Shimla called as the 'Queen of all the hill stations'
and Kullu Manali
called as the 'The adobe of God - A real paradise'
are the pride of Himachal Pradesh. Himachal Pradesh called as the land of eternal snow peaks is located in the North West in India right in the lap of Great Himalayas Ranges. Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh, which has been the summer capital of the government of India during English rule. It is a lovely hill station set among spectacular cool hills with plenty of colonial charm. It provides superb panoramic sights of the valleys, and the lofty peaks of the great Himalayan range, on both sides.
North of Kullu is a beautiful spot, in the midst of pinewood with high mountains towering above it, Manali is 40 Km from Kullu. Manali may not have the colonial touch like Shimla, but it is a town with a lovely nearby countryside of forests and orchards for hiking.
Enclosed by the last snow range of the Himalayas, the Dhaula Dhar, and Pir Panjal, running parallel to the south of it, Kullu, a valley that leaves the spectator awestruck at the breathtaking grandeur of its mountains, its torrents and its vast expanses of snow in its upper regions. Fascinating, calm, placid and gorgeous, Kullu is the Valley of the Gods, who in turn can be benign, angry and capricious.
Shimla was the most important British hill resort, prior to India's independence. It is named after its patron goddess, Shamla Devi, a manifestation of Kali. Shimla, located at an altitude of 7,267 feet, is inhabited around a crescent - shaped ridge, which is blessed with perennially cool air and amazing views.
A journey through Shimla holds the promise of a deep and refreshing communion with nature in its varying beauty. Here, lakes gleam like emeralds and sapphires amidst towering White Mountains that stand aloof and forbidding in their majesty. Since placed in the lower ranges of Himalayas, it is surrounded by pine, deodar and oak forests. Towards the north lie the snow covered high mountain ranges.
In addition to that, it's well developed facilities, easy accessibility and numerous attractions make it one of the India's most popular hill stations. Shimla holds a variety of shopping, sport and entertainment. The colorful local bazaars of Shimla are sprawled over the southern slopes of the ridge.You may be a nature lover, an adventure sports enthusiast or may simply need a break from the hectic pace of life, Shimla has it all.