Shimla can very easily be described in two words – charming and resilient. Charming as centuries have passed but it still manages to attract hoards of travelers to its lap and enthrall them with its beauty. Resilient because scores of human’s with different backgrounds and cultures have come and made it their home and she welcomes one and all. Every city has a soul that differentiates it from any other location. The soul of Shimla is honest, cherished and striving to survive in these changing times. We are today going to share some little known and strange facts about Shimla.
38. Indian Institute Of Advanced Studies – IIAS Had Power Supply Way Back in 1888.
It was built as a residence for Lord Dufferin in 1884 and now houses the IIAS.
37. Nathuram Godse’s Trial Took Place at (Now) Peterhoff Hotel
The building was the residence for seven Viceroys and the location for the Punjab High Court.
36. Before the British, Shimla Region Was Ruled by the Nepalese
Shimla Was A Part Of The Kingdom Of Prithvi Narayan Shah Of Nepal Before The British. It was declared the summer capital of India in 1864.
35. Shimla is Located On 7 Hills
Prospect Hill During Winters | Other 6 hills are Observatory Hill, Summer Hill, Inverarm Hill, Bantony Hill, Jakhoo Hill and Elysium Hill
34.Shimla is One Of The Youngest Cities In The Country
55% of the population is in the 16- 55 age group. And 28% of the rest is below the age of 15 | Image Credits: phototravelings.blogspot.in
33. Shimla Hosts The MTB Himalaya, The Biggest Mountain Biking Race In South East Asia.
Image Credits: MTBhimalaya.com
32. The Kalka-Shimla Railway Is Recognized As A World Heritage Site By UNESCO.
The train route from Kalka to Shimla has more than 806 bridges and 103 tunnels | Image Credits: HillPost.in
31. There Is A Chhotta Shimla… and New Shimla… Both In Shimla.
Besides, there’s a tu- tu
and a tuti kandi.
30. While Walking Towards Viceregal Lodge, You Encounter Yarrows.
It’s a cluster of old houses once occupied by Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
29. You Can Still Order Handmade Chinese Shoes Here.
Just place an order in advance at Tatung, Hopsons or Fook Chung.
28. You Get The Best Spoonies And Japanese At Trishool.
Their patrons include Preity Zinta and Anupam Kher.
27. Shimla Has The Only Natural Ice Skating Rink In South Asia
26. The Durand Football Tournament Was Held at Annandale Ground In 1888.
25. Lord Combermere Was The First Commander-In–Chief Of The Indian Army To Visit Shimla In 1828.
24. The Founder of Indian National Congress Lived at ‘Rothney Castle’ in Shimla
A. O. Hume lived here.
23. The Town Hall Was Built In 1888. It Is An Earthquake Proof Building.
22. Gandhi first came to Shimla on 11th May, 1921.
Pt. Madan Mohan Malviya and Lala Lajpat Rai accompanied him.
21. The corridors of IGMC are believed to be trolled by a gang of ghosts.
They push you around and sometimes even make the lift stop for hours. They might even call out your name, people say.
20. The Chudail Baudi Near Nav Bahar Beckons All Single Men.
Your car will slow down on its own and your back seat might bet occupied by a lady in a white saree.
19. Shimla is the Birth Place Of Anupam Kher, Prem Chopra, Balraj Sahni, Priya Rajvansh
18. The Jakhoo Temple Shrine, Believers Say, Holds the Foot Prints Of Lord Hanuman.
17. The Houlme Is The Birth Place Of Amrita Shergill, One Of India’s Most Well Known Artists.
The house also has a studio that her father very lovingly constructed for her.
16. The Maria Brothers Has In Its Custody The “Arya Astha Sahasrikas Prajna Paramita” Of 16-17th Century Compilation In Tibetan Script.
It is actually written in gold and silver ink.
15. Shimla had its first newspaper – Simla Akhbaar in 1848.
It was run by the Muslim Community but was soon shut down by the British.
14. The first shop opened in Shimla was a butchery run by Messers Barret & Co.
13. Auckland House School Is The Only Girl School In India To Introduce Scuba Diving.
12. The Jonang Takten Phuntsok Choeling Monastery In Sanjauli Is One Of Its Kind In India.
There is only one other in Tibet that teaches the practice of ‘ Kalachakra. ‘
11. BCS Shimla Is One Of The Oldest Boarding Schools In Asia.
The school has been operational since 1863. They actually have a closed door in the building from where 100 Muslims students left at partition.
10. The First Road Of Shimla Was Constructed In 1828.
The Mall was actually called the ‘Thandi Sarak’ in the British Era.
9. The Gurkha Gate Was Actually Built To Honor The Gurkha’s For Their Support To The British.
8. Some Amazing Hindi Songs Have Been Shot In Shimla.
- Behti Hawa Sa Tha Wo – 3 Idiots
- Aaoge Jab Tum Saajna – Jab We Met
- Tera Mujhse Hai Phele Ka Naata Koi – Aa Gale Lag Jaa
- Udja Kale Kawan – Gadar
7. The Sanjauli Cemetery Actually Has A Dedicated Path For Suicides.
6. Shimla Falls In Seismic Zone IV.
According to officials, even 2% of the buildings will not able to withstand an earthquake of high intensity.
Shimla is bursting on the seams with residents, as it was only planned for 16000 residents.
5. The northern slope of Ridge is sinking.
The Grand Hotel west, Lakkar Bazaar are going down. Alarmingly Shimla has 187 buildings with more than five floors.
4. The Shimla Convention Is A Century Old. Tibetans Are Still In Exile.
The Shimla Convention was signed by India, China and Tibet in 1914. When the treaty was signed Tibet was considered historically independent.
3. You will get no food in Shimla after midnight.
All eateries close around midnight. There are no outlets that are open 24/7.
2. Tattoo crazy youngsters
For its dimensions, Shimla has half a dozen tattoo artists and a long list of tattoo crazy youngsters.
1. From the North Side of Ridge the Rain water drains into Sutlej River and is carried into Arabian Sea, South side drains into Yamuna and flows to Bay of Bengal.