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Shimla and around

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Shimla, Himachal’s capital, is India’s largest and most famous hill-station, where much of the action in Rudyard Kipling’s colonial classic Kim took place. While the city is a favourite spot for Indian families and honeymooners, its size does little to win it popularity among Western tourists. It is however, a perfect halfway house between the plains and the Kullu Valley. It’s also the starting post for forays into the remoter regions of Kinnaur and Spiti.

The southernmost area of the state, Sirmaur, is Himachal’s most fertile area, with the major Sikh shrine in Paonta Sahib and Renuka wildlife sanctuary as noteworthy sights. Southeast of Shimla, Kasauli is a peaceful place to break your journey from Chandigarh in Punjab, whilst nearby Nalagarh Fort has been converted into the finest hotel in the state.

Northeast of Shimla, Sarahan, site of the famous Bhimakali temple, set against a backdrop of the majestic Himalayas, can be visited in a two- or three-day round trip from Shimla, or en route to Kinnaur.

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