Shimla, located in the northern part of the country, is the capital city of the state of Himachal Pradesh. A tourism hub, this hill station offers many delights to its visitors in terms of attractions and activities. A major part of the present city was under dense forestation until the 18th century, except the Jakhoo Temple and a few scattered houses. This place was first invaded by Bhimsen Thapa of Nepal in the year 1806, and thereafter, the British East India Company took supervision of this territory as per the Sugauli Treaty that was signed after the Anglo-Nepalese War (1814-16). Following which, this place became the summer capital of the Britishers. Tourists can plan Shimla holidays from April to August and December to January as these are considered to be the ideal time to visit this beautiful place. The city is well-connected by air, rail and road transportation with different parts of the country.
Kali Bari Temple
Devoted to Shyamala (a Hindu goddess), the Kali Bari Temple is located near the Shimla City Mall. This city has derived its name from this temple, which was built in the early 19th century by anonymous Bengali devotees. The temple was renovated to its present form during the British rule in 1845.
Kali, a paramount figure in late medieval Bengali devotional literature, was first cited in the Rigveda, an ancient Hindu religious text. The name Kali is synonymous with several goddesses, such as Durga, Bhadrakali, Chamunda, Bhavani, Sati, Parvati, Rudrarani, Kamakshya, Uma, Himavati, Kumari and Tara.
A famous shrine among locals, it is visited by Hindu pilgrims and tourists throughout the year. During Navaratras and other important Hindu festivals, the temple attracts a huge crowd from all across the country. Tourists can look for the best holiday packages to this destination that includes a visit to this revered site, along with hotel accommodation and food.