Visiting Amusement park is the part of my multidimensional life as I love to get submerged in the lap of nature. I was relieved with the thought of office task and assignments and was enjoying every moment unlimitedly. Hip Hip Hurray Amusement Park Shimla is such a sort of park that would work as a healer to the working pains of an individual. Situated at the distance of 16 kilometer away from Shimla the park is spread in the area of 5000 sq m. the park houses amazing rides like gondola wheel, bumper cars, kiddies helicopters and several others to unwind and thrilled. Some indoor games like air hockey, redemption games, reality games, etc. are the added entertainment sources of the park.
The activities that in enjoyed a lot and that fit into my characteristics were the adventure offered by the park like Burma Bridge Crossing, flying fox, commando net climbing and valley crossing. It is the combination of leisure and adventure activities which is favorable for both kinds of visitors. I was constantly coming down the commando net climbing and could not able to complete the set, but the other two adventure activities were simply cleared out by me without inconvenient. Commando net climbing was reviving my soldierly spirit throughout the activity. Having so many attractions for the visitor under one roof it is the perfect destination for the local as well as outside visitors to relax and chill out their moments. The park also houses a souvenir shop from where I purchased some of the memento for my friends and family members. Now the time came of relishing the mouth watering delicacies that are offered by the restaurant inside the premises of the park. I was bursting out of hunger and so I had them fully fledged to be unworried about my next serving of snacks.
I captured few images of the Hip Hip Hurray Amusement Park Shimla and its surroundings to share them with my loved ones. The moments were really memorable to delightful. I managed to exit the park on time to cover the next destination for a temple of a Goddess in Shimla.
Now was the time to have some fun with the flora and fauna of Shimla Water Catchment Sanctuary. I was on the way to one of my beloved destinations for wildlife. Lying to the north of the Kufri and adjoining to National Highway 22, Shimla Water Catchment Sanctuary is located 12 kilometers away by east of Shimla. It takes around 20 minute to drive from the main city and reach the sanctuary. I passed through the Sanjauli-Dhalli Tunnel of Shimla. It was an unsurpassed experience to drive down the sanctuary. The site houses a fairly steep catchment for the water supply to Shimla. The water supply through series of steam pumps was once firstly reputed of its kind in India. Today the sanctuary is known to be the richest in the reserve of Himalayan flora and it bounds the tourists into its immaculate and undisturbed atmosphere. It was under Municipal Corporation of Shimla since 2006 and then taken over by the Wildlife Division of Shimla in the year 2009.
To get the best hidden views that cannot be achieved by the vehicles is by trekking or hiking through the trails. These trails are easily covered on foot within the time period of 3 to 4 hours. Chharabra offers exciting wildlife sightseeing while leading through the trail. There is small cabin for the tourists to get their permits for bicycles and cars which is charged Rs 25 and Rs 200 respectively. I hired a bicycle to ride the forest from the wooden cabin. I could not express my sentiments as that was something which I never deed before. I was little terrified but excited at the same time.
A guide was also there to show us the right path as there were other visitors too with whom I was accompanied. I mostly prefer to travel in group as I love to interact with them related to their work and hobbies. A wide variety of wild animals, birds and pheasants can be observed with great interests as they are available in some of their rare species. It took few hours to complete my expedition of Shimla Water Catchment Sanctuary and I caught another destination of an amusement park.
Mall Road, Shimla: The mall road of Shimla is quite silent and peaceful unlike any other city of India. I enjoyed shopping here. The beauty of this lane lies in its simplicity. I shopped several artifacts and daily wares from the Malls here. It was really enjoyable. Tourists make sure to visit the Mall Road.
The best way to reach Chadwick falls Shimla is by sharing a local taxi or trekking for an adventurous trip. It is 7kms away from the Shimla and takes around 45 minutes to walk from Summer Hill of Shimla. The falls plunge from the height of 1586 meters. The point is one of the favorite destinations for the tourists who come to visit Shimla every year. The falls is encompassed with steep hills of deodar and pine forests and the cascading sound is simply breathtaking. I dipped my legs in the gushing water of the fall and shivered for a while with its chilly experience but the fell was extremely distinct.
The level of the waterfall escalates after the month of September when the monsoon is about to over. I was fortunate to visit this Shimla in the month of October and the water was dazzling like scattered crystals. The bounty of nature and its creative features are overwhelming and have the capability of mesmerizing the visitors. There are some of the old temples in the vicinity and can be pleasured if the tourists have enough time. I was too overwhelmed with the features of the waterfalls. I sat there for a while and glanced at the phenomenal and captivating views of the falls. It was enthralling me with the sense of ecstasy and rapture. I remained disconnected with the monotonous life of Agra where I reside and work and this was a milestone for me.
Though I am not as adventurous as many of my friends but still can manage enough to enjoy the hidden beauty by trekking for a while. Hill station like Shimla needs a mood of adventure to unfold its concealed allure and poised nature. That particular moment compelled me to have a chance of living the life full of excitement and enthusiasm. I clicked few images of the Chadwick Falls Shimla to treasure them in my memories and my travel diary. The journey to the waterfall ended with a beginning of a sanctuary in Shimla and I moved on to replenish my delight with the next destination.
The royalty of a ruler is stated by his luxurious castle. A king is the perfect way to describe how I felt like whilst spending my time at The Hotel Asia the Dawn Shimla. This huge 3-star property was no less than a quaint castle. I think when I pictured a perfect break from my work, I discovered this was the perfect picture of the place I was going to stay, which is the beautiful city of Shimla. This hotel had all the facilities I desired and always wished to have when I travel.
The hotel is situated in Kachi Ghatti, 6 km away from the famous Mall road in Shimla. There also was the famous Christ church barely 4 km away which was definitely a must visit on my itinerary. My room was really spacious and well furnished. I stepped down in the beautiful lawn of the hotel in the morning only to see the beautiful Japanese garden I had been hearing so much about from the hotel staff. It was a perfect place for me to meditate. After a refreshing session of meditating, I gave a visit to the fitness centre to pay some heed to my health and fitness. It was an absolute treat for me to discover an In house spa in the hotel premises. I spent a couple of hours rejuvenating myself before I went down to the hotel restaurant for a delicious and satisfying lunch. It was not long before I realized the hotel had a pool which was an absolute pleasure for travelers like me.
I put my swimming clothes on and went down for a dip. I spent an entire evening by the poolside sipping onto my Pina Colada and wondering how beautiful the life is away from all the work and stress related to it. I even clicked numerous pictures of the panoramic and beautiful view the window of my room pointed out to. Any photographer could not resist this pleasure if he looked out that window and saw the beautiful view as I did. The stay at The Hotel Asia the Dawn Shimla just added to the effective refreshment this trip had on my soul. I plan to visit the Rashtrapati Niwas Shimla next as I leave the hotel to discover more about the city.
Bhima Kali Temple : I didn't know the trip to Himachal would turn out to be so interesting. I visited the Bhima Kali Ji Temple and realised that it was one of the best decisions I made in the trip. The temple has a magnificent construction with lovely carvings on the inside. I clicked several pictures.
One always feels that essence of pride when he is acquainted with its history. I experienced it myself during my visit to the Himachal State Museum, Shimla. Built in 1974, this heritage of Himachal was established with an aim to preserve the hill culture and the history of Himachal Pradesh. This gothic structure protects the various art forms and archaeology if this wonderful state and houses various exhibits depicting different stages of Indian history and the Culture.
It was not difficult to reach the museum. It is situated on the Mall Road of Shimla. One has to take a short walk to the place accounting to the permanent restrictions on the movement of the vehicles. It definitely repels the visitors due to its location at the steep hill corner. I reached the place and purchased the 50 Rs camera ticket (20 Rs for people without a camera) and entered the premises of the museum. This place was a treat for a history lover. One could easily spend 3 hours complementing the beauty of those amazing artifacts. I saw ancient coins, statues, masks which went back as far as 5th century.
The whole collection of the museum is well-maintained and preserved in a damage free and safe environment. The place had a really enriching ambiance. I could feel a constant cool breeze as I strolled down the beautiful gardens in the lawn of the museum. Though this place is difficult to reach for people because of climbing problems, my effort was totally worth it. I felt closer to my country as I saw such detailed projection of the Indian History and Culture in its prime stages. I could not resist noticing the remarkable architecture of the building of the museum itself. The best thing that I loved the most and which really stood out of all the other things I saw was the exhibitions of the dolls of different states of the country. I will forever cherish the time I spent amidst the legendary history at Himachal State Museum, Shimla, and I recommend a visit to everyone who visits Shimla.
There is always so much more to a city then the weather and its people. There is always a history that makes the place special. The magnificent colonial Rashtrapati Niwas Shimla was one such beautiful place. It is situated on the observatory hills of Shimla is a must visit for every tourist. It is located around 3 kms away from the Mall road of Shimla. This royal gothic building served as a former residence of the British Viceroy of India. Presently, the main building is now operational as the academic institute of Advanced Studies as converted by Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru and Dr. Radhakrishnan.
I was fortunate as an architect to witness the majestic building as an absolute amazing piece of architecture. I went along the entrance portico which leads to the reception hall which was marked with a spiral staircase and a magnificent fireplace. I could not get enough of the elaborate wood-work and the beautiful interior of the building itself. I made my way to the famous treaty room where the Shimla agreement was signed between India and Pakistan on 2 July by Prime minister of India Indira Gandhi and President of Pakistan Ali Bhutto.
There is the historic museum room too which houses the interesting photos from the post and pre independence time. The amazing flower beds and the well maintained lawns were really a treat to the sore eyes. I took a full guided tour which could not get more informative and rich with Indian history than it was. I was overwhelmed with the architecture as well as the fact that I was at the same place where the legendary partition bill was signed. I took as many snapshots in the non restricted spots to preserve the memories of my trip to this royal Rashtrapati Niwas Shimla.
This wonderful creation built in the summer capital of British India serving as the Indian institute of Advanced Studies is truly pride of this city like a diamond on the ring. I was now ready to visit the Himachal State Museum Shimla and witness the next page of history.
Stained Glass Catholic Church Shimla : I have always been fascinated by painted glass works and glass mosaics. The stained glass catholic church of Shimla is a unique combination of beauty and art. It is a place for catholic religious tourists. I enjoyed viewing the amazing glass mosaics on the church windows. They were true depictions of glass art.
Unfurling Shimla by trekking or hiking would disclose the hidden and unseen splendor of this hill station located in Himachal Pradesh. The places of tourist attraction are unending in the fascinating hills of Shimla. Jhaku Temple Shimla is among one of them. Being hardworking person by nature I always put my best efforts to get the highest yields and at the same time I love to travel in and outside India to unwind with great pleasure. I never forget to pack my camera before packing my luggage for travelling and I am fond of relaxing in the nearest spa centers wherever I travel. These activities put me in the land of quest and excitement. Visiting this temple of Shimla was equally an affair of exhilaration.
Located 2km away from the heart of the city, the temple is bestowed with its reviving beauty and offers a captivating view of the hills and remote mountain ranges. Sunrise and sunset are equally thriving from this state of point at the time of monsoons. The temple is the holy shrine of Lord Hanuman, the prime worshipper and devotee of Lord Rama.
Legend says that Lord Hanuman stopped here during his search for Sanjivani Plant, an herb that required curing Laxman who was fatally wounded during the battle in Lanka. The temple is connected with a ropeway and it houses a tall figurine of Lord Hanuman with 108 feet in height. I was left with spellbinding experience and capitulate myself to the divine place. The temple is easily and excitingly accessible from the Ridge that crosses near Christ Church. I loved to see the monkeys wandering around the temple but not hurting anybody with their mischievous acts. I gave them sum bananas that I carried with me during my visit to the temple.
The temple is also approachable through dense forests and needs good stamina to climb. Ponies are also available there to carry pilgrims to the Jhaku Temple Shimla. It is the best ever seen point of attraction that Shimla embrace in its treasured casket. I came out of the temple to witness some of the more interesting places of Shimla.
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A big hello to everyone here... I am 'the' Geeta Sharma, a young, vibrant, and fun-loving girl from Agra. As a kid, tall buildings always inspired me and now as I type, I myself have attained a master’s degree in Architecture and am working on several projects in and around my city. Whenever I feel taxed of my job, I find a way out in the nature, my second habitat for obvious reasons! Meditation, camping, and photography are activities for which Mother Nature inspires me! On my way back, I also make it a point to get my mind and body relaxed at nearby spa centres. That is about me and you will find much more in detail with regular blogs and updates from me. So stay tuned and sit tight for new experiences every day!