The British empire may have ceased to exist, but its echoes linger on in Shimla. As the 'summer capital' of the British in India, this was the country's focus for the better part of every year and now, it is the state capital of Himachal Pradesh. Today, its well developed facilities, easy accessibility and numerous attractions make it one of India's most popular hill resorts.
Placed in the lower ranges of the Himalaya mountains, it is surrounded by pine, deodar, oak and rhododendron forests. Towards the north lie the snow-covered high ranges. Within the town are a host of splendid colonial edifices, quaint cottages and charming walks.