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.
It was built as a residence for Lord Dufferin in 1884 and now houses the IIAS.
The building was the residence for seven Viceroys and the location for the Punjab High Court.
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.
Prospect Hill During Winters | Other 6 hills are Observatory Hill, Summer Hill, Inverarm Hill, Bantony Hill, Jakhoo Hill and Elysium Hill
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
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The train route from Kalka to Shimla has more than 806 bridges and 103 tunnels | Image Credits: HillPost.in
Besides, there’s a tu- tu and a tuti kandi.
It’s a cluster of old houses once occupied by Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
Just place an order in advance at Tatung, Hopsons or Fook Chung.
Their patrons include Preity Zinta and Anupam Kher.
A. O. Hume lived here.
Pt. Madan Mohan Malviya and Lala Lajpat Rai accompanied him.
They push you around and sometimes even make the lift stop for hours. They might even call out your name, people say.
Your car will slow down on its own and your back seat might bet occupied by a lady in a white saree.
The house also has a studio that her father very lovingly constructed for her.
It is actually written in gold and silver ink.
It was run by the Muslim Community but was soon shut down by the British.
There is only one other in Tibet that teaches the practice of ‘ Kalachakra. ‘
The school has been operational since 1863. They actually have a closed door in the building from where 100 Muslims students left at partition.
The Mall was actually called the ‘Thandi Sarak’ in the British Era.
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.
The Grand Hotel west, Lakkar Bazaar are going down. Alarmingly Shimla has 187 buildings with more than five floors.
The Shimla Convention was signed by India, China and Tibet in 1914. When the treaty was signed Tibet was considered historically independent.
All eateries close around midnight. There are no outlets that are open 24/7.
For its dimensions, Shimla has half a dozen tattoo artists and a long list of tattoo crazy youngsters.