Mall Road is the main street in Shimla, Constructed during British colonial rule, the Mall road is located a level below the ridge road. The offices of municipal corporation, fire service, and police headquarters are located here. The Ridge Road is a large open space, located in the center of Shimla. It is the hub of all cultural activities of Shimla. Underneath the Ridge, large water tanks are placed from which water is supplied to the British era tourist town. The Ridge houses the city's lifeline in terms of the water reservoir, with a capacity of 1000000 gallons of water, beneath it. Because of the fact that these tanks are significantly large in size, they have been used as the main water supply for Shimla. Another highlight here is Christ Church which is Situated on the Ridge, It is the second oldest church in Northern India. In the backdrops of the church you can see the Jakhu Hills and the big stautue of Lord Hanuman.Next day I started from Shimla to kafnu.
Shimla: One of the most famous hill stations that exist till date, being a total beach lover i never visited Shimla, never got any chance neither i was very much interested. But, we were locked in our houses for months , i was getting depressed due to being in my room 24*7 because of quarantine and all. So, it happened when a long weekend came around 2nd october as it was Gandhi Jayanti we decided to go on a road trip to Shimla considering it was the nearest possible hill station and a new one for us. After an adventurous drive of around 12 hours , we finally reached our hotel namely Willow Banks on the Mall road. What a gorgeous hotel it was man, a royal one. After all the sleep and relaxing, we finally head out to explore the Mall Road where we were planning to have some Himachali Dham, which we didn't get but we definitely had a finger-licking desi food at an amazing restaurent on the mall road itself. Roamed here and there, saw the very famous Ridge of Shimla and clicked some amazing pictures in front of it and headed back to our hotel after walking around 2-3km , not so usual for Delhi people. The moment we stepped in our hotel's dine area we heard two very talented boys singing some himachali folk song and oh my god! What a wow experience it was, we had some hot coffee and enjoyed that evening to the fullest, never gonna forget that.
Shimla Mall Road- watch for the timings and charges
So we came back to Shimla in the evening around 5:30PM. Checked into the Bhoot Bungalow we booked and started walking up from Lakkar Bazaar which was hardly 100m from our stay.When you check Google for places to visit in Shimla you will see a list like thisMall Road, The Ridge, Christ Church ,Scandal Point, Lakkar Bazar.These are not different places but just different parts of Mall Road. All these places are to be visited by walking as no vehicles are allowed. It will only take like 2 hours maximum to check out these places. Go here in the evening you will see really great lighting around coming from the cafes and small shops and also breath taking view of the hills shimmering with lights from houses.If you like to try Tibetan food, cafés and Pubs then mall road is a good place for you. Since I'm from Bangalore which is like the hub of cafes and pubs I din find this place much interesting.Shopping in Lakkar Bazar for Winter wear is a great idea if you are good at negotiating.
First day in Shimla started with drizzle followed by thunderstorm.I thought to spend the day like lazy tourist and roam around the mall road and explore the city.The mall road of Shimla has so much to offer from hotels ,bars to banks ,shops etc.The Mall road is connected to the Ridge which is the cultural hub of the city.It runs east to west alongside the Mall Road, and joins it at the Scandal Point on the west side. On the east road leads to Lakkar Bazaar.The Christ Church, having neo-gothic architecture is one of the prominent landmarks in the Ridge Road.