It’s a frequently searched question about Shimla, that in total, How many Hills are there in Shimla? The Answer is unexpected!!
Shimla is known as the Queen of Hills. One reason is the fact that it is surrounded by Seven Hills. These seven hills or sister are the important part of the Shimla. Today, these seven sisters or hills keep the heritage of Shimla in safe condition. These hills offer a wide variety of trails to visitor’s to explore. The seven hills are:
The Seven Hills Of Shimla
This hill is located in western part of Shimla city. It is one of the most popular religious destinations, which has Kamna Devi’s Temple at the top. The temple also provides a glorious view. It comprises of the dense deodar forest, surrounding hills and the toy train which is running to and from the Tara Devi. This hill is an ideal paradise for the photographers, bird watchers, nature lovers and the trekkers.
Summer Hill is one of the suburbs which are located in western part of the city. This place is located just 5 km away from the center of the city. It is also one of the stations for the Kalka Shimla toy train. Some prominent personalities such as Mahatma Gandhi and Princess Amrit Kaur stayed in this area, when they visited Shimla.
Observatory hill is located in the western part of Shimla. Today, it houses the IIAS, Indian institute of Advanced Study which is one of the tourist attractions. The building was constructed in 1884 to the 1888 for the Viceroy of India, Lord Dufferin’s summer residence. The main historic event was the Shimla Conference in 1945. After independence, this building was known as the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Subsequently, this building was used to house the IIAS.
Inverarm Hill is located in the western part of the Shimla. The main sightseeing spot on the inverarm hill is the State Museum and the Bird Park. The aviary has lot of different birds which also includes the resplendent Himalayan Monal, which also the State Bird of Himachal Pradesh. The State Museum is very popular with the tourists and the visitors. It displays the history, culture and the heritage of the Himachal Pradesh. Most of the people visit the State Museum by traveling in cars and the cabs. But, the adventurous people prefer trekking to this panoramic hill through the forest which has the birds, butterflies, flowers and trees.
Bantony Hill is located in the central heart of Shimla city. This hill was named after the Lord Bantony. Bantony Castle, which is a major landmark of Shimla, is located on the Bantony Hill. After independence, the castle was used as the office for the city railway board. After some time, the building was declared as the unsafe and today, the deserted castle is in ruins. It has been declared as the impermissible property. Apart from the castle ruins, the Bantony hill also has a Central Government’s guest house which is known as the Grand hotel.
The highest point of Shimla, Jakoo hill is located in western part of the Shimla city. This hill is located just 2 kilometers from the centre of the city. The main attraction of the Jakoo Hill is the ancient temple of the Lord Hanuman, the Jakhoo Temple. Visitor’s also enjoy the best sunrise and the sunset from the temple. For reaching the temple, you have to climb 300 meters, which goes through the pine and deodar forests.
•Elysium Hill Shimla
Elysium Hill is located at the north western part of Shimla. It reaches out towards the Shim Ridge of the Bharari Spur. This part of the Shimla has the Longwood and the Auckland House. You should visit Elysium Hill to see the view of Shimla city, which is spread down below in the valley. You will pass the Auckland House, when you are going to Lakkar Bazar. When you are trekking to the Elysium Hill, you will pass the villages of Kamiana and the Pabo.