Nestled among snow-capped mountains and oak, pine and rhododendron forests is the picturesque hill station of Shimla, where colonial-era structures and the historic toy train charm architecture lovers and history buffs alike. Founded in the 18th century, Shimla served as the ‘Summer Capital of British’ when they ruled over India. Its legacy is evident with sights like the Viceregal Lodge, a beautifully preserved Jacobethan-style building that houses ancient photographs and artifacts dating back to the British times in India. Other must-visit places include the Neo-Gothic style Christ Church, the Ridge (the hub of cultural and social activities), the Jakhoo Temple dedicated to Hindu deity, Lord Hanuman and the bustling Mall Road, which is dotted with vibrant cafes, restaurants, shopping centres, handlooms and more. Plus, the beautiful landscape also makes it a perfect spot for adventure seekers, who can indulge in recreational activities, like camping, mountain biking, skiing, ice-skating, camping, paragliding and short hikes.