(Last Updated on : 17/10/2013)
Mall Road is one of most crowded road of Shimla
. Located at the centre of the Shimla it includes a number of popular shops, showrooms, departmental stores, restaurants and cafe shops. Located just below the ridge Mall road includes all the important offices of Shimla like the offices of municipal corporation, fire services and police headquarters. Mall road does not allow movement of vehicles except the emergency vehicles. This provides an opportunity to enjoy an excellent walk throughout the Mall Road. Besides this the Himachal Pradesh
Emporium is also located at Mall road that offers handicraft products of Himachal Pradesh. The road is full of shops that sell woollen products, branded cloths, pottery items and jewellery.
Mall Road connects a number of tourist spots in Shimla. Some of the main attractions of Mall Road include Scandal Point, Gaity Theatre, Kali Bari Temple
and the Town Hall. Scandal point is the place where Mall road joins with the ridge road on the west side. The area is called scandal point after the rumour of supposed elopement of a British lady with Maharaja of Patiala
during the British Raj. Presently the area is marked by the statue of Lala Lajpat Rai
, Indian freedom fighter. Though it has nothing to do with the rumour yet it decorates the Mall road and scandal point that attracts the visitors.
Among other attractions, Gaity Theatre is also located in Mall Road. This was inaugurated in 1887 which was the biggest place of attraction for the people of Shimla. The Theatre invited a number of popular film personalities who performed on this stage. Today the place is known as the Social Club of Shimla. It is often used for conducting art competitions by various schools in Shimla. Recently it has been renovated by the state government which is maintained in the original structure to preserve the heritage of the building. Along with this Kali Bari Temple
is also located at Mall road which was built in 1845. The Kali Bari Temple has been the next popular tourist sights of Shimla which attract a large number of tourists. Town Hall of Shimla is another major attraction of Mall road. Town Hall which comprises the office of Municipal Corporation is one of the heritage buildings of Shimla that reflect the pre independence British architecture in Shimla. This building has also been renovated and preserved in its original form.
Thus, Mall Road is the prime road of Shimla which connects every corner of the hill station. With a number of heritage buildings it attracts maximum number of tourists who visit Shimla. It is one of the most popular hubs of Shimla.