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Page 721. " the rarefied atmosphere of Simla "
Shimla in the 1850s
Public DomainShimla in the 1850s - Credit: D. Roberts

Simla (now Shimla), is the capital of the state of Himachal Pradesh, India.  It is a beautiful hill station located in the Himalayas and was declared the 'summer capital' of the British in 1864.  Its name derives from the goddess Shyamla, who is believed to be an avatar of Kali.

Today Shimla is a popular tourist destination.