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Old timer says that once Shimla gets in your blood, it never leaves; it calls you back time after time. “As the former summer capital of British Empire in India” Shimla has a rare range of built heritage, some of the finest structure of the British colonial genres still stand over its seven hills which have so much history packed into them.

Old timer says that once Shimla gets in your blood, it never leaves; it calls you back time after time. “As the former summer capital of British Empire in India” Shimla has a rare range of built heritage, some of the finest structure of the British colonial genres still stand over its seven hills which have so much history packed into them.

To explore the rich heritage of Shimla, which is also known as the “jewel of orient” you need to walk. A Walk over the Shimla’s main spur will display some of Shimla’s finest colonial structure. Those who has entered at all deeply in the engrossing history of the British, their development and settlement in Shimla, this is the most interesting and attractive walk for them. The entire length of this Heritage walk comes under Shimla’s Heritage Zone which still holds the memory of British imperial dream.

There is no doubt that Shimla is a Walker’s Paradise. Every lane leads one to some history; every wall hides a story behind it. Most of the lanes have been carved through the forests of lofty cedars, rattling oaks, blooming rhododendrons or whispering pines. The most imposing and attractive structures which includes the Christ Church, the Gaiety Theatre, the Bandstand, some heritage hotels, Bantony castle, museums, old banks and government offices are the highlights of this walk. These are some of the best examples of British Architecture of the era and reveal history and various interesting stories of the glorious past.

Walk through Shimla’s Heritage Zone

It begins from the heart of the city the “Ridge” where the Shimla’s most photographed monument stands the “Christ Church” which is located at the western shoulder of “Jakhu Hill” – the highest hill of Shimla, and extends towards east till the former Vice regal-Lodge which form a unique feature in the architecture of Shimla, striking the observer by the grandeur of the viceroy’s , the exquisite beauty of their decoration, stone work , Burma teak framed wooden panels and historical significance which now houses Indian Institute of Advanced Study.

  • A number of old buildings such as christ church, Band stand, Gaiety Theatre, Town Hall, Scandal point, Conny Cottage, Telegraph office, Bantony, Bantink’s Castle, Catholic Church, Kalibari temple, Imperial Bank, Railway board Building, Gortan Castle, Knokdrin, Kennedy Cottage, Retreat, Cecil Hotel, Inver arm( Himachal State museum), Peter Hoff and Vice regal Lodge keep your eyes wide open.
  • We start at 10 am from the Christ Church and at a leisurely pace we proceed towards the western end of Shimla and Passing through many historical and Heritage buildings, each possessing a different style of architecture and holding many stories of British Imperial Dream.
  • The walk ends at the former “Vice regal Lodge” which now houses Indian Institute of Advanced Study.
  • A well conversed English Speaking Guide who holds a good knowledge on the Heritage Zone of Shimla
  • A Mineral Water bottle for everyone in the group
  • Price for 1 – 4 people traveling together is INR 2000/- and for Extra Person INR 500/- per person
  • Entry fee of the Heritage Buildings and museum
  • Vehicle if required can be arranged (Innova Jeep @ Rs. 3000/- Approx.) per day on demand.

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