The place is abuzz with activity all through the year and is the heart of the town of Shimla in Himachal Pradesh. While one may want to go shopping here, this place is home to some ver famous malls and shopping complexes like the Hong Kong Market. A number of restaurants and cafes dot the street and one can drop by any of them for a snack and drink. One is reminded of a carnival at The Mall, as the mood is full of fun, frolic, merry making and delicious food. A good thing here is that no vehicles are allowed to play here, so that one can stroll around peacefully without being honked at.
Found at the Ridge, this church was built sometime between 1846 and 1857and is the oldest church in all of North India. The church was designed by Colonel J.T Boileau and had a clock tower recently added in 1860. A new porch followed in 1873. This church stands to remind one of the developments brought about during the British Raj and is symbolic of the marvelous architectural feats of the era. The place is done up in a neo-Gothic style and one is sure to pay a visit here to spend some moments in prayer.
If you wish to worship the Hindu God Hamuman when in Shimal then please pay a visit to the Jakhu Temple that is just about 45 minutes away by foot from the famous Mall Road. A number of monkeys inhabit the place and one is warned about food being snatched away from ones hands by these curious inhabitants. Legend tells us that this temple has a mark or footprint of the Lord Hamunan. This shot the temple to instant popularity and it is now a famous tourist hot spot in Himachal Pradesh. Hold on to your children when you visit the temple
East Bourne Hotel Road
The Mall Road in Ludhiana is like a shopping district of the very urbanized city. There are a number of large shopping malls out here and a paradise for shopaholics. There are shops for everything and of every size. It is impossible that you do not get a stuff you want over here. The best part above all is that things are so reasonably priced here that bargaining is not much needed. Tha malls on the other hand are where you will get all top brands and latest fashion stuff. This street is also lined with the best restaurants and eateries of the whole city. All of these features make Mall Road a very important landmark of Ludhiana.
The Ridge: A great time to visit the Ridge is at night. The church, the national flag, are all lit up beautifully and one can easily capture the moving clouds in the light. Its pleasantly chilly and completely safe to sit here and enjoy the view of the mountains. Day 3: Green Valley, Water catchment sanctuary, Annadale
Indian Institute Of Advanced Study
We moved forward to our next destination ,Indian Institute of Advanced Study . As day passed , weather became more chilly ,foggy and windy . On the way we spotted the famous IGMC Medical college , Shimla , passed through some VIP areas and finally reached the institute. Architecture of the building was worth praising . This building was originally built by the viceroy of India . Many historic decisions has been taken in this building during Independence movement which now servers as institute where scholars do researches . We explored the entire campus and then went for guided tour inside the campus . It is a must visit place.
This was our last day at Shimla, based on reviews we planned to head to Green Valley first.Green Valley: This is precisely a view point with lush green trees on all sides and a view of the mountains on the other side of the valley. Personally, I did not love it much. an Okish place.
Wake and Bake
One of the newest entrants to Shimla's growing list of restaurants - Wake and Bake serves the best pancakes in Shimla (perhaps the only place that serves pancakes). Though, I am a vegetarian, I have heard that their bacon dishes are out-of-the-world. Do try their cold coffee and chocolate shake. Yum! It's on the mall road, opposite Gaiety Cultural Complex.
If you take a small road that cuts between Christ Churchand State Library at The Ridge, you’ll come across an arrow-mark on the wall directing towards Jakhoo temple. You just have to follow the steep, ever ascending road. It’s easier than you imagine. It takes 20-25 minutes to reach the Temple.
In 2010, a huge statue of Hanuman is built near Jakhu Temple in Shimla with the cost of 1.5 Cr. Jakhu is also famous for world tallest statue of Lord Hanuman which surpasses the current tallest statue of 'Christ the Redeemer', which measures at 98 feet and stands at an altitude of 2296 feet in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was unveiled by Bollywood Actor Abhishek Bachhan in year 2010. This giant idol of Lord Hanuman is 108 feet high on a highest hill of summer capital of British era shimla.This titanic size of hanuman statue can be seen from a long distance in Shimla.If you are planning to visit this temple, you should remember some tips.
We headed towards Jakhu temple . As we moved forward , road became steeper and steeper . There were long pine and oak trees on both sides of the road and deep valley . Finally we reached on the hill top where Jakhu temple was situated . View from the hill was mind boggling. It was foggy and snowy . After visiting the temple we spent some time playing with the snow .Please be aware of monkeys at this place . Don't carry anything in your hand/pockets if possible .
Annadale: One cannot praise this place too much, coz' its one of a kind. Annadale is basically an army museum. Its not just any another museum. It displays unique information of the army, like its uniforms, medals and awards. It also displays the original letter of surrender from Pakistan on Kashmir. Outside the museum, there's a small cafe overlooking a helipad. if you're lucky, you can get to see the landing of a helicopter, we did :). You can also see a varied species of indoor plants, cactuses, flowers displayed here. The cafe serves freshly made items from maggi to sandwich and cold coffee. All in all, a good place to spend some time. I am tempted to add in a lot of pictures of this place.. but I shall stick to one ....