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Pritha Manchanda Apr 16 2014

Which are the unknown facts about Shimla?

Anupriya Bedi Apr 16 2014
13 people found this answer useful Useful ?Yes

If you think you know all about the most popular hill station in Himachal Pradesh, then think again! Here is a list of 13 unknown facts about Shimla that are sure to leave you spell-bound.

1. Shimla was declared the summer capital of India in 1864 by the British and before that, it was a part of Nepal.

Photo of St. Michael's Catholic Church (by Shashank Sharma 2511)

2. After Independence, it was the capital of Punjab until Chandigarh came into existence.

Photo of Mall Road (by Sushma B)

3. Shimla is home to the legendary mountain biking race MTB Himalaya which is regarded as the biggest event in South-East Asia

Photo of MTB Himalaya mountain biking race group (by Parth Joshi)

4. Shimla got its name from a Hindu Goddess ‘Shyamala Devi’ who is an another incarnation of Goddess Durga

Photo of Shyamala Devi Idol (by Arnab Dutta)

5. The train route from Kalka to Shimla has more than 806 bridges and 103 tunnels! Better connectivity means more opportunities to visit the beautiful hill station of Shimla!

Photo of one of the 103 tunnels on Kalka-Shima route (by Raghavan V)

6. The Kalka-Shimla railway route is recognised as a World Heritage Site and is described as the ‘most authentic mountain railways in the World’ by UNESCO itself.

Photo of Kalka-Shimla Railways (by A M Hurrell)

7. There is a Chotta Shimla and New Shimla both in Shimla. You can experience old-world charm and glimpses of British Raj here!

Photo of a bridge connecting Chotta Shimla with New Shimla

8. On your way to Viceregal Lodge, there is a stretch of old wooden houses known as Yarrows where Muhammad Ali Jinnah once lived.

Photo of Yarrows (by Akkida)

9. You can buy handmade Chinese shoes if you place an order in advance from stores like Tatung, Hopsons or Fook Chung. Bet this was one of the unknown facts about Shimla.

Photo of chinese shoes (by Franco Folini)

10. Try an irresistible dessert known as Spoonies at Trishool Bakers and while you indulge in this sweet delicacy the owner will tell you stories about how this is the favorite eatery of the Bollywood actress Preity Zinta and how she orders Spoonies in large numbers.

Photo of Trishool Bakery (by Marvin PA)

11. There is a helipad in Shimla known as Annandale Helipad and the area is surrounded by a large golf course dotted with beautiful deodar trees

Photo of Annandale (by Subhashish Panigrahi)

12. Shimla is home to South Asia’s only natural ice skating rink.

Photo of Ice Skating Rink (by the oktravel club)

13. There is a Scandal Point at the Ridge which marks the spot where the Viceroy’s daughter and the Maharaja of Patiala used to have a romantic rendezvous in colonial times.

Photo of Scandal Point (by sushmab)

These were the 13 unknown facts about Shimla and now that you know them, spread the word and do try to visit some of these the next time you are in Shimla.

thanks for sharing... out of 13 i knew about 11.. :) and one sad thing i woud like to add is that Hopsons and ta tung dosent make shoes now... they just sell shoes and sandals which are worth a wear.. :)
Thanks for sharing!
this is an exact copy of another blog I read http://topyaps.com/unknown-facts-about-shimla
Deepika Sauda May 19 2014
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i feel like i should visit again
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Lovly place...... hv been there  lot of time... and  would love to go again n again. .... LOVE YOU SIMLAm coming next week. ....:)
Kartikey Palan Apr 17 2014
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Superb ! Thanks for giving such a short and interesting information....
Jitu Chaudhary Apr 18 2014
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Wow i go there once . i visit some of them.
I go there with my friends in a car from hodal (Haryana)
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the bridge in the photo above which says to b connecting chotta and new shimla is not true, it's the famous combermere bridge and the photgarph of trishool bakery is not true it's of somewhere else....
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