Old times say that once Shimla gets into your blood, it never leaves. It calls you back time after time and at every moment, the town is capable of showing its rich and varied character. As the former summer capital of British India, Shimla has a rare range of built heritage and is surrounded by thick forests of pine, Himalayan oak, flowering rhododendron and tall cedar-the ‘almost-legendary’deodar trees. Today’s Shimla retains a substantial measure of a distinct lifestyle that had grace, leisure and elegance as its hallmarks. But unlike a place that lives on memories alone, the town has a youthful vigour in its step and it’s well developed facilities and numerous attractions and activities have ensured its popularity down the decades. It is perhaps the biggest hill station in the world, located at an altitude of 2,421 meters above sea level. ORIENTATION Shimla is located in the north-western ranges of the Himalayas at an altitude of 2397.59 meters. It coordinates 31°612N 77°1020E / 31.10333°N 77.17222°E. HISTORY Shimla which was once part of the Nepalese kingdom got its name from the goddess Shyamala the other name for goddess Kali. British were the founders of Shimla in the year 1819 and after which they laid down the Kalka-Shimla railway line in 1903 and soon it became the summer camp for the British. After independence,Shimla became the capital of Punjab and was later named the capital of Himachal Pradesh.