Seven Interesting Facts About Shimla That Nobody Knows
Shimla is like a living and breathing destination which is situated at the base of lower Himalayas. Every year Shimla gesticulates lakhs of tourists to its fantastical world’s planter architecture and beautiful hills. You just be assured for getting a memorable moments irrespective of your long stay . Here are some interesting facts about Shimla which are hardly known to people and you must be aware before you proceed for your next trip to the hill station. Have a look of these.
Shimla follows the name of a goddess
Shimla has been named after Shyamala Devi, an incarnation of goddess Mahakali and a fierce facet of Durga Devi. There is a popular Temple ,called Kali Bari ,in Shimla where devotees resemble like Dakshineshwar Kali Temple of Kolkata.
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It rests on the top of seven hills
Shimla is located on the top of seven major hills which are named as –Prospect Hill, Observatory Hill, Inveram Hill, Summer Hill, Jakhoo Hill, Elysium Hill and Bantony Hill.
The notoriety behind the ‘Scandal Point’
There is a place called Scandal Point in Shimla where the Mall Road connects the Ridge Road. The unusual name of the place has evoked the curiosity of many visitors who have visited Shimla. So,let us know the story. Long ago, a British woman had eloped with a king from India. The action has its own negative consequences, but that’s how the place got its name.
The Kalka-Shimla rail tunnel is haunted
Tunnel No. 33,known as Barog , is the longest tunnel on Kalka-Shimla train track. An engineer named Colonel Barog was assigned the project of building the existing tunnel in the year 1898,. However, the engineer was penalized by the British government as he failed to complete the project on time. Hurt, Barog committed suicide and his body was buried at the tunnel site. Since then, people have been experiencing extrasensory activities at the tunnel site.
A too old post office
The first post office of the northern India is in Shimla set in the year 1882. It was formerly named Conny Cottage.
Shimla has second oldest church in North India
The popular Christ Church is a major reputed site in Shimla. It is North India’s second oldest church after St John’s Church in Meerut. Apparently, the Christmas celebrations in Christ Church are one of the best things you can look forward to if you are lucky to be there during Xmas time.
A tall statue
One of the biggest statues in the world is in Shimla. The Hanuman Statue at Jakhoo Temple was inaugurated in November 2010 in Shimla. It is a 108 ft long statue of the Hindu monkey god which is larger than the famous Christ – the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The ‘Shimla Mirch’
It is easy to understand why Shimla Mirch has been named after the Queen of Hills. The British rulers had brought the green bell peppers to India long ago and made it grow in and around Shimla. Even now, the people of north India address green bell peppers as Shimla Mirch.
Shimla has unofficially turned into the most polluted hill station due to the large number of vehicles plying in this town. Moreover, due to large-scale commercialisation and increase in tourist count, Shimla is sinking under the weight of its existing infrastructure.