Situated at a height of 2213 metres, in the northwest Himlayas. Shimla was the summer capital of India during pre-independence British Raj period. It is a very popular holiday-retreat during the summer months and is well-known for its Victorian architecture, which is reflected in certain areas of the Mall and The Ridge. Shimla's cool climate is the precise reason why it is such a popular summer retreat.
The higher levels of the town reflect this British connection, comprising mostly buildings in the Victorian style, while the lower slopes are occupied with Indian bazaars and restaurants. Vehicular traffic is banned from the historic central area of the Mall, which makes walking quite comfortable. Places of interest in Shimla are: The Mall - the main shopping centre of Shimla with many restaurants; Jakhu Temple - perched on a hilltop offers spectacular views of the mountains. According the legend, the monkey god Hanuman rested here during his journey to the Himalayan mountains; the 19th century Christ Church on the Ridge, with its stain-glass windows looks pretty impressive, and Lakkar Bazaar – market selling souvenirs made of wood.
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