India’s iconic hill station, Shimla has retained much of its Victorian charm and occupies a wonderful position on the edge of the Himalayan foothills. The summer capital of the Raj for almost a century, it was to here that government officials and their families fled in an attempt to escape the oppressive heat of the plains. With its pretty bungalows, well-maintained gardens, quaint shops and gothic churches, Shimla is the most ‘English’ of towns. Visit iconic Christ Church, with a window designed by Lockwood Kipling, Rudyard’s father, enter the Gaiety Theatre and Town Hall, explore Lord Dufferin’s Vice Regal lodge or hike the hills around the town. Shimla is also famous as the terminus of the century old Kalka-Shimla narrow gauge railway and taking a ride through the spectacular scenery is a highlight of any visit. Pettitts specialises in providing quality, tailor-made holidays and tours to northern India.