About Shimla, also known as Simla, is the capital city of the northern state of Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the least populous capital cities in India, despite being the chief commercial, cultural, and educational centre of the hilly regions of the state. Shimla boasts of a number of buildings that are styled in the Tudorbethan and Neo-Gothic architectures which date back to the colonial era, besides several temples and churches. City Infrastructure Bus or private vehicles are the principle mode of transport here. The NH 22 connects Shimla to the nearest large city of Chandigarh. It also enjoys road connectivity to all the major towns. The Kalka Shimla Railway features in the Guinness Book of World Records for the steepest rise in altitude in a distance of 96 kilometres. In 2008, this scenic narrow gage track became part of the World Heritage Site Mountain Railways of India. The city hosts three railway stations. A development plan has also been formed to make the city a spot for health tourism. Real estate The number of upcoming properties in Shimla is on the rise, and they are finding wide number of buyers amongst locals. Several home-seekers are keen to develop their own property in Shimla, and different developers are thereby concentrating on plots in the city. For those looking for second homes in a serene and picturesque environment, the under construction villas in Shimla are the perfect housing solutions. With smooth connectivity and availability of the necessary amenities, Shimla is fast emerging to be a desirable residential investment. Villas, apartments, and bungalows in the lap of nature are often much sought-after options for holiday homes and retirement homes. The proximity to the national capital and Chandigarh make Shimla an emerging hotspot for the realty sector. Several studio apartments as well luxury housing projects are also springing up in the city. Lifestyle The main shopping street of Shimla is the Mall, which has numerous restaurants, clubs, banks, bars, etc. The Ridge is the prominent shopping district where several retail outlets, eateries and other services are available. Other places of interest include Christ Church, Jakhu Hill, Shimla State Museum, Summer Hill, Annandale, Tara Devi, Sankat Mochan, Anand Vilas, Chail, Kufri, and many others. When it comes to education, Shimla is home to many schools from the British era, some of the prominent ones being Bishop Cotton School, Shimla Public School, St. Edwards School, DAV New Shimla, Auckland House School, etc. Other educational institutions include the likes of Indira Gandhi Medical College and Dental College, Government College (Sanjauli), the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, the Himachal Pradesh University, University Institute of Information Technology, Himachal Pradesh University, and few others. There are also two state libraries. The Shimla Summer Festival is a widely popular event celebrated annually during peak tourist season. Shimla also hosts the South Asias only natural ice skating rink. There are also a number of temples which draw several devotees from nearby towns and cities, such as Kali Bari Temple, Jakhoo Temple, Tara Devi. The city also houses sporting venues like the Indira Gandhi Rajya Khel Parisar, the main sports complex and the Naldehra Golf Club.