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Shimla originally called Simla, is a city in the Indian state of
It is also the capital of the state and a municipal corporation within
the Shimla district.
In 1864, Shimla was declared the summer capital of the erstwhile British Raj in India.
A popular tourist destination, Shimla is often referred to as the "Queen of Hills"
(a term coined by the British).
Located in north-west Himalayas at an altitude of 2,130 metres (6,988 ft), the city of Shimla,
draped in forests of pine, rhododendron, and oak, experiences pleasant summers and cold,
The city is famous for its buildings styled in tudorbethan and neo-gothic architecture
reminiscent of the colonial era.
Shimla is connected to the city of Kalka by one of the longest narrow gauge
railway routes in India.
Shimla is approximately 115 km (71.4 miles) from Chandigarh, the nearest major city,
and 365 km (226.8 miles) from New Delhi, the national capital.
The city is named after the goddess Shyamala Devi,
an incarnation of the Hindu Goddess Kali.
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