Introduction – Shimla


Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh, in India. In its 200 years of modern history, Shimla has served as the Summer Capital of India under the British, as also the Summer Capital of The Punjab.

This Destination page on Shimla provides information on the town of Shimla. At Mountain Walker we strive to be as accurate and unambiguous as we can be. Therefore, we thought it prudent to distinguish between the Shimla the city and Shimla the district.

Shimla town is a social habitation with a limited geographical entity that is best defined as per the current municipal boundaries.

Shimla District is a broader administrative region that encompasses much more than Shimla town and is primarily a mechanism of administration and governance for a large area of Himachal Pradesh.

Both the town and the district have evolved over the past two centuries. If you would like to know more about the District, you can do so here: Shimla District.