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#TravelTuesday – Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India

#traveltuesday: shimla, himachal pradesh, india

Kipling once called the heat “the central fact of India.” No surprise, then, that to carry on business during the summer months, the British would head north to the Himalayas and the town of Shimla (then Simla), “Queen of the Hills.” Here, melting snows kept the temperature tolerable, and Victorian architecture, gardens, and entertainment—including The Mall, Gaiety Theater, and lawn tennis at the posh Viceregal Lodge—helped to create a simulacrum of the sceptered isle they’d left behind.

Shimla remains one of India’s most venerated British-built hill stations and provides an imperial starting point for visitors who wish to explore Himachal Pradesh, among India’s loveliest states. Its rural landscape is dotted with Hindu and Buddhist temples and communities whose festivals enliven the summer months.

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