The best way of enjoying a tour to Himachal Pradesh is setting up a camp to explore the vast beauty of nature. You can put up your own tent or take shelter under the roof offered by any of several camps that are situated in various parts of Himachal Pradesh. These camps offer accommodation, catering and lot of other activities. Most of these camps offer best quality services. Himachal Tourism has camps in Mashobra and Baldian near Shimla.
Acclaimed as the best sport fish in the world, both Brown and Rainbow Trout are found in the upstreams of Pabbar River in Rohru, 110Kms from Shimla. There are several spots ideal for fishing. Chirgaon has a trout hatchery and other sites are - Seema, Mandil, Sandsu, Tikri and Dhamvari all are within 5 to 25 km of Rohru. Mahseer Fishing is available at Tattapani 46 km from Shimla. The licenses for fishing at Pabbar can be had from the Officer of Fisheries stationed at Chirgaon.
The museum is located 2. 5 km west of the scandal point and opens daily except on Mondays and public holidays. It has got a good collection of ancient historical sculptures, paintings, coins, photos and other items from all over the state as well as outside it. It has also got a library, which houses many historical books and manuscripts. Visiting hours are from 10 AM to 5 PM and it is closed on Monday and gazetted holidays.
The Shimla ice-skating rink has the largest open-air area with naturally frozen ice in this part of the world. The Ice Skating Club has already celebrated its Diamond Jubilee. Ice-skating normally begins in early December and carries on to February. Clear skies and low temperatures provide series of uninterrupted sessions. There are two sessions every day, in the morning and in the evening depending upon the frozen ice on the ground. The hanging balloon on the Municipal Building adjacent to scandal point works as signal, weather the skating is going to held on that day or not. Membership is available for the season as well as for shorter terms and even for single sessions. Skates are available at the rink.
Housed in the former Viceregal Lodge, it was built in 1888. The style of architecture is English Renaissance, the masonry of the walling is light blue limestone and the wrought stonework is done in sandstone in a beautiful light gray tint. It has magnificent lawns. The entry in the institute is by ticket and only on Sundays the grounds are open for the public.
Situated near the Pawana Dam, it is one of the best sites to take off from. Your take off site overlooks the river Indrayani and the town of Kamshet. With massive Pavana lake in front of you, it also becomes one of the exalting experience while gliding over the pristine lake.
Shimla has three cinema halls, near to Mall and Hindi movies are played mostly. One can visit the Roller Skating hall on the left side of the Lakkar Bazaar and can do roller skating on melodious music. Mall has few Billiard Rooms. In the Tourist Season various entertainment programs are organized such as Summer Festival in June, Ice skating in Dec-Jan and Winter Carnival. Most of the time one or the other exhibition or craft fare is held around mall area.
At Naldera, 23 km from beyond Shimla is one of the oldest golf courses in India. The course, whose topography is absolutely natural, was originally placed by the British Viceroy of India, Lord Curzon, at the turn of the century. He was so enchanted by the spot that he named one of his daughters 'Naldera' after the spot. This is a par 68, nine-hole course which is regarded as one of the most challenging in the country. In the repeat nine, the yardage some - what increases. The links are maintained by Himachal Tourism and accommodation is available at Hotel Golf Glade. There are other hotels in the private sector near Naldera.
The best shopping areas in Shimla are The Mall, Lower Bazaar, Tibetan Bazaar and Lakkar Bazaar. The various shopping items include handicrafts, wood, and metalwork, shawls, pullovers, local tweeds, wooden articles, toys, caps, Tibetan carpets and pickles, jams and squashes. The Lakkar Bazaar is famous for its Wooden Crafts and articles can be purchased from this area.
Skiing is possible at Narkanda and Kufri (Januarymid-March). HPTDC organises ski courses of 7 days and 15 days duration at Narkanda. One can get himself registered with the HPTDC for the course and all the facilities of equipment, lodging and boarding are provided.
Blessed with scenic landscapes, a lot of tourists like to explore the various trek routes in Shimla. A few of the famous ones are Shimla to Kullu over the Jalori Pass (3300 meters), Shimla to Kullu via Bashleo Pass (3250 meters), Shimla- Rohroo- Sangla, Sarahan to Sangla, Shimla to Hatupeak, Shimla to Shalipeak, Shimla to Churdhar, Shimla to Chail, Shimla to Junga, and Shimla to Tattapani. No special training is required for most things, age is no consideration and all you need is reasonable level of fitness. Equipment, training and instructors are available there itself.
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