Annandale

At a distance of 2 km from Shimla Railway Station and 2.7 km from Shimla Old Bus Stand, Annandale is a historical play ground located at a height of 6,117 feet above sea level. Annandale is one of the prime tourist attractions in Shimla and also one of the best Tourist places in Himachal Pradesh.

Annandale is a favorite spot for cricket and polo. Annandale is located in a deep wide valley in the suburban village of Kaithu, Shimla west. This playground rests on a small patch of table-land about a three-quarter of a mile in circumference. This place was named by Captain Charles Pratt Kennedy, one of the first incomers to the place.

It is quite a scenic spot as it gives a picturesque view of the Shimla city and its surroundings are occupied by deodar trees, oak trees, etc. Since the 1830s, Annandale has been an important centre of Anglo-Indian playful activities, amusement and entertainment. The round playground, at present hosts army exercise, parades, sports and Dussehra celebrations. Tourists visit the place for picnic parties, birthday-balls, fetes, races and polo matches.

Situated amidst dense deodar forests, drive to Annandale itself is a treat to your senses. If you love walking, you would find your way up the hill to be a challenging experience but an experience worth it. The view from the highest point of Annandale is breathtaking. Splendid gardens well maintained by the army mesmerize you.

The Army Heritage Museum has some excellent collections that give an insight into the Indian Army history. It is dedicated to the soldiers of Indian army. The Green House has a wide range of plants. The parade ground behind the Army Museum is impressive. The field is also used as a Heliport in The City.

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