Once the imperial summer capital of the British Raj, Shimla is today a year round holiday destination favoured by many and the capital of Himachal Pradesh. This capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla, is located at an average altitude of 7250ft. The city is famous for its buildings styled in imperial architecture dating from the colonial era.
Shimla is connected to the city of Kalka by one of the longest narrow gauge railway routes still operating in India, the Kalka-Shimla Railway. Shimla is approximately 115 km (71.4 miles) from Chandigarh, the nearest major city, and 365 km (226.8 miles) from New Delhi, the national capital.
The Clarkes hotel is located on the bustling promenade of Shimla – The Mall Road. Constructed during the British colonial rule, the Mall road is located a level below the ridge. Automobiles, except emergency vehicles are not allowed on this road, thus, it is a popular haunt for a stroll in the evenings for the locals and tourists.
Contemporary commercial enterprises rub shoulders with landmarks of the colonial era like Gaiety Theatre, The Town Hall, St. Micheal's Cathedral and General Post Office.
The Clarkes Hotel is located on the Mall Road.