Recreating some rare scenes of Old Shimla


The majority of our present generation has missed something that couldn’t be revived, except through some visuals, rare pictures, sketched and paintings- the Old Shimla. The capital city of Himachal,Shimla, has always been a point of attraction, most praised by the British, who put marvelous architectural and aesthetic gems into the crown of queen of hills. The British Colonial rule was a nightmare for those who lived it. However, we could still praise the sense of aestheticism displayed by the British. Things have changed a lot here. Now both,‘Dogs and Indians’ are allowed on the Shimla Mall. Rather, dogs are the most permanent admirers of the Shimla Mall and seems to be avenging their ancestors.

Anyway, we would just like to show a few very old and rare pictures, sketch and paintings, which would help you recreate some scenes from times back in between the last two Centuries, and in some pictures, even older than that. Go through the images, try to compare the ‘now &then’ conditions, of course, after you recognize the place or buildings, known by different names presently and most of which are heritage property now.

One of the HW Community members clicked these pictures about nine months ago at the Shimla Heritage Museum, US Club, during an exhibit.

Buildings displayed here include US Club,Christ Church, Vidhan Sabha, Viceregal Lodge, Town Hall, General Post Office, Barnes Court, Bishop Cotton School, Central Hotel, Gorton-Castle AG office, Gaiety Theatre, Dalzells-House, Jakhoo Temple, Railway Board Building, Ripon Hospital, Nabha Estate, Oakover and Kalka-Shimla Railway Line, a UNESCO world heritage.

Photo Credits: Sunny Thakur, from Shimla

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