04 May, 2009

Shimla – A Remote Place Filled with Tradition


Shimla is located in the north-west Himalayas at an altitude of over 2000 m in India. It is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh State. Many tourists come here for its buildings styled in tudorbethan and neo-gothic architecture. The city is spread on a ridge and its seven spurs. The city is exposed to earthquakes, which are a serious threat to weak buildings. Also, the closest river, Sutlej is 21 km away.

The climate is moderate: winters are cold and summers are relative warm. The main field in economy is tourism. Also, 47% of the population has government jobs, because of Shimla’s status as the capital city of the state. The city is a medical center in that area. There are several hospitals and a medical college. The unemployment rate has dropped from 36% in 1992 to 22.6 % in 2006 due to industrialization and growth of service industries.

There is a great variety of festivals that take place here, like Summer Festival, or performances by popular singers from all over the country. You can visit many places like the mall road and ridge, or the State Museum. If you want something else, you can always go to Naldehra nine-hole golf course.

Other places of interest on Shimla are: Rohru, with a great panorama, Hatkoti temple, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Summer Hill, a very nice city where Himachal Pradesh University is situated. Other cities like Mashobra, Kufri (the winter sports capital), Chharabra are also great to visit. In Tatapani, you can admire the sulphur springs.

Education is not neglected either. There are many schools that were built by the British, like Shimla Public School, Bishop Cotton School. Also, there are 2 libraries in the region and institutes of research like Central Potato Research and National Academy of Audit and Accounts.



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