Thursday, December 6, 2007

Kalpa, the land of Shiva.

This is an example of mix of Pahari (from mountains) and Buddhist architecture in the countryside temples in the villages more north from Shimla ito Kinnaur and Spiti valleys. This particular shot has been taken from Kalpa, the favourite retreat of Lord Curson, one of the Viceroy of British India. He wanted to make Kalpa the next summer capital of British India.
In the backdrops one can see the famous Kinner Kailash Range, according to Hindu legend it is believed to be the winter abode of Lord Shiva, the elevation of Kinner Kailashis 6050mts. With the better transport & lodging facilities, Kalpa has became a favourite destination of adventure lovers. The famous Kinner Kailash Parikrama, a strenuous trek starts from Kalpa only.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Shimla facts

Shimla Location
Located on the edge of foothills and middle ranges of the Himalayas, Shimla is a lovely hill station that is a favorite among travellers from around the globe. Shimla's geographical location is responsible for its pleasant climatic conditions. In India, the location of Shimla is just perfect to go on an ideal vacation. It has its own charm in summers as well as winters. Shimla is spread over an undulating altitude that averages at 2100 meters above sea level. This beautiful hill station lies between 31.06o North to 77.13o East. The high altitude has a fitting vegetation cover of evergreen pine trees. The city is spread over an area of 25 square kilometers. Though it seems small, the hills and undulating terrain surrounding it give it the look of a majestic hill station.
Shimla Facts
One of the most beautiful hill stations of India, Shimla was a small, unknown village before the British discovered it in the year 1819. Around the year 1864, the British declared it the summer capital of India. Even today, it is one of the most preferred hill stations for tourists.

Area: 25 square kilometers

Altitude: 2130 meters above sea level

Currency: Indian Rupee

Language spoken: Himachali, English and Hindi

Location: 31.06° North to 77.13° East

Population: 163,000 (according to 2001 census)

Religion: Domination of Hinduism

STD (Standard Trunk Dialing) Code: 0177

Summers: April to June (16o - 28o Celsius)

Monsoons: July to September (12o - 22o Celsius)

Winters: November to February (-7o - 10o Celsius)

Time: IST (Indian Standard Time) +5.5 hours