Shimla Heritage Walk

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Shimla Heritage Walk


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Shimla, Himachal Pradesh



Capital of the state of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is the most popular vacation spot for Indian tourists. Itwas also the summer capital of British India. Set amidst the landscaping snow-capped peaks, ​it retains itscolonial heritage, with grand old buildings, charming iron lamp posts and Anglo-Saxon names. Thebeauty of the hill town never seizes to please any tourist.


Christ Church, situated at the Ridge in Shimla, is one of the oldest churches in North India. Built to servethe large Anglican British community in Shimla, it was constructed in the year 1857 and was designed byColonel. J. T. Boileau. It is one of the most prominent landmarks in Shimla and is reminiscent of theBritish colonial legacy.Adorned by a large clock on the façade, the structure  is built in the Neo-Gothic style of architecture. Theinteriors of the church are elegant and simple and has five stained-glass windows, that symbolize someof the virtues in Christianity. A large pipe organ is also installed inside the building. The light yellowbuilding stands peacefully among the landscape of Shimla, a quite sanctuary for the devotees.


It is a large open space situated at the heart of Shimla, along the Mall road. It is a hub of culturalactivities and many prominent landmarks of the city are located here.


Scandal Point is the intersection between The Mall and The Ridge. It has been named after aromantic folklore. The story says, that during the British Era in 1892, Bhupinder Singh, theMaharaja of Patalia, fell in love with the daughter of the viceroy. It is believed that the king andviceroy’s daughter ran away from this point. Therefore, he was banned from entering Shimla.The place also houses a range of restaurants and cafes.


The State Museum Shimla is a colonial building, perched above a hilltop known as Inveram, along theMall road. Housing a large collection of artifacts and objects, pertaining to the state of himachalPradesh, it is a major attraction of the hill town. The museum is placed in a colonial mansion, that servedas the private residence of Lord William Beresford, the military secretary to the Viceroy, Lord Bentick.Later, it was used as a residence for officials of the Indian government. In 1974, it was opened as themuseum to collect and preserve the cultural and historic wealth of the state.


Indian Institute of Advanced Study, also known as Viceregal Lodge, is located on thepicturesque location of Observatory Hill. A major attraction in Shimla, the Scottish structure is aresearch institute, built under the viceroyalty of Lord Dufferin between 1884 and 1888.Established in 1964, and inaugurated by Dr S. Radhakrishnan, the former President of India, itis a major tourist attraction in the beautiful city of Shimla.The building was formerly used by the British Government to hold important political meetings.Taken here, are some significant historic decisions, such as the Shimla Conference (1945), andthe Separation of Pakistan and East Pakistan (1947).Winning trophies by SAGES, for being one of the most beautiful and well-maintained gardens inthe region, it perhaps has one of the highest landscape gardens in the world.The excellence of this architecture was a part of the Bollywood movie, Black.


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