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Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh is one of the top tourist destinations in India. The picturesque city is situated in the northwestern part of Himalayan Mountain Range and the mean elevation of the city is 7,234 feet. Shimla is a hill station that experiences extreme climatic conditions.
The altitude give Shimla its diverse climatic conditions. There is no such ideal time to visit Shimla, as this pleasant hill station is one of the most preferred destinations in India at any given time. One can say that the peak season for Shimla travel is all though the year! Read on further and decide the best time to visit Shimla for yourself.
Places to visit :
Tara Devi : Tara Devi has a temple dedicated to the goddess of stars on top of the hill. There is a military Dairy Town here as well as the headquarters of Bharat Scouts and Guides. At a height of 6,070 ft.
Mashobra : 13 kms. away from Shimla, Mashobra has several excellent picnic spots. Mashobra offers ideal walks amidst oak and pine trees.
Mashobra is the site of the annual Sipi fair in June. The nearest rest house is at Craignano which is 3 kms. from Mashobra, and is a beautiful holiday resort.
Kufri : Well known for its ski slopes. Commands good views. Shimla has an added attraction of Mini zoo amidst dense forest
to the tourists where a rare breed of wild animals and pheasants species commonly found in Himalayan forest region have been kept in natural habitat. Spread over an area of twenty hectares of land with rich flora and fauna about 140 wild animals including pheasants of different verities 'Monal' the State bird of Himachal Pradesh and one of the endangered species of Himalayan region has been the other attractions of this zoo also been placed safely in this mini zoo. The other attraction of this zoo are Tibetan wolf, Brown Bear and Barking Deer. There are other popular wild animals species in the Mini zoo such as leopard, Ghoral, Samber, Himalayan Thar, Yak, black bear and number of pheasants varieties. Himalayan Nature Park has been set up at Kufri in 1992 which is spread in 90 hectare area and mini zoo has been set up in this Park.
Chail : Chail, at a height of 2,250 metres, combines the charm and beauty of a remote and peaceful mountain resort with the splendor
and elegance of a princely reserve. Chail was the summer capital of the Maharaja of Patiala before Independence. The verdant forests around
Chail are alive with many species of birds and deer.
Kasauli : 61 kms. from Chandigarh, 77 kms. from Shimla, Kasauli (1,927 metres) is charming and quiet; an ideal place for those in search of peace and relaxation.
Solan : A popular place, named after Shoolini Devi is a Mushroom City of India. The Dr. Y S. Parmar University of Horticulture & Forestry,
one of its kind in Asia, is situated here.
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