In 1806, Shimla, along with Almora, Kumaon, Garhwal, Sirmaur, Dehradun and Kangra, was invaded and captured by Prithvi Narayan Shah of Nepal, Shortly later, the British East India Company with local kings went to war with Nepal from 1814 to 1816. At the conclusion of the war, as a result of the Sugauli Treaty, all these captured parts of North India were ceded to the British East India company. At that time, Shimla was known for the temple of Hindu Goddess Shyamala Devi, and not as a city as it is today.
Not long after gaining possession of Shimla, the British began to develop the area. The Scottish civil servant Charles Pratt Kennedy built the first British summer home in the town in 1822. Lord Amherst, the Governor-General of Bengal from 1823 to 1828, set up a summer camp here in 1827, when there was only one cottage in the town, and only ‘half a dozen’ when he left that year. There were more than a hundred cottages within ten years. Shimla soon caught the eye of Lord William Bentinck, the next Governor-General of Bengal from 1828 (later of India, when the title was created in 1833) to 1835. In a letter to Colonel Churchill in 1832, he wrote.
“ Simla is only four days march from Loodianah (Ludhiana), is easy of access, and proves a very agreeable refuge from the burning plains of Hindoostaun (Hindustan).”
Day 01: Manali – Shimla
In the morning after breakfast you depart for Shimla (approx 249 Kms / 6 – 7 hrs). Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. You can enjoy a stroll in the famous shopping place of Shimla town – The Mall & The Ridge.
Day 02: Shimla
In the morning after breakfast you are taken to visit Indian Institute Of Advanced Studies, Sankat Mochan Temple and Jakhu Temple. Rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 03: Shimla – Chandigarh
In the morning after breakfast you depart from Shimla for Chandigarh Airport (approx 350 Kms / 8-9 hrs) where you catch a flight back home with beautiful memories of your holiday.