A century ago, the British selected Shimla as their summer capital, using it as a retreat from the blistering heat of the plains. Named ‘the abode of the high and mighty,’ Shimla is situated at over 2000m, with beautiful promenades, graceful colonial buildings, wooded ravines, evergreen forests, and the snow-capped Himalayas as a backdrop.
We will take a walking tour through the British heritage of the city. Begin with a visit to the Viceregal Lodge. The official summer residence of the British viceroys was completed in 1888 and the entire Indian subcontinent was ruled from here for just over half of every year (usually early April to late October) from then till WWII.
Also, we will stop by the Gaiety Theatre – this lovely Victorian theatre, opened in 1877 and now splendidly restored, has long been a focus of Shimla’s social life. Rudyard Kipling and various viceroys are among those who have trodden its Burmese teak boards.
Overnight: Clarkes Hotel, Shimla (B, L, D)
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