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At an altitude of 2130 meters, Shimla sprawls along a crescent shaped ridge with its suburbs clinging to the slopes. Along the fridge runes the mall from which the British not only banned all vehicles but also, in these days the mall is a busy scene with throngs of holiday-makers in the evenings. It's lined with stately English looking houses bearing strangely displaced English names. bearing strangely displaced English names. Shimla's English flavor is enforced by buildings like Christ Church with dates from 1857, Gorton Castle, and the former Viceregal Lodge Rashtrapati Niwas on Observatory Hill which dated from 1888.  

Shimla was one a string of hill stations that the British established to escape from the scorching heat of the plains. The 12 km crescent shaped ridge on which it is located was first occupied by the British troop in the earl part of the 19th century, during the Anglo Gurkha War.

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The Mall: All visitors ot Shimla inevitably walk down the Mall, the main promenade that runs along the top of the ridge a busy shopping area with old colonial buildings, souvenir shops and restaurants. At the top end of the Mall is Scandal Point.

Jokhoo Hill (2,438 m): The steep climb to Jakhoo Hill, Shimla's highest point, is rewarding for there are superb views of the town and its surrounding. At the top is an old Hanuman temple.

Summer Hill: (1,982 m) The quiet and lovely suburb of Summer Hill has secluded, Shady walks and charming views. It was here that Gandhiji stayed on his visits of Shimla, in the elegant Georgian mansion that belonged to Rajkumari Amrit Kaur.

Prospect Hill (2, 175 m) A 15 minute climb from Boileauganj Prospect Hill is another favourite walk and vantage point with breathtaking views.

Kufri: (2,622m) Kufri is a noted summer and winter resort with its gloriour views of forested slopes and tall ranges iced in a covering of perpetual snow.

Fagu: (2,509 m) Just 6 km from Kufri, Fagu is a vantage point with panoramic views of the ranges and valleys.

Narkanda (2,708 m) A hill road with superb vies links Narkanda with Shimla, Narkanda. located amidst fragrant pine forest is a ski resort in winter.

Hattu Peak (3, 300 m) Rising above forests of spruce, the Hattu peak is a vantage point with spectacular views (8m).

Kotkhai, Hatkoti, Rohru and jubbal etc is famous for the Temple of Devta Shikri.

Rampur: Rampur was once the capital of the princely state of Bushair and a major centre on the old trade route into Tibet.

Places to Eat: Tripti's Vegetarian, Krishna Bakers, Chung Fa Chinese Food Shop, Park cafe, Ashiana & Goofa restaurants, Baljee's & Fascination Restaurants, Alfa Restaurant, Indian Coffee House, Shere-e-Punjab, Triple Restaurant.

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