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The Mall: This is the heart of the city, the hub of all social activities. Always busy with a tourists and locals alike, The Mall is lined with bright shops selling all possible wares, the clubs, banks, hotels and post office. It remains especially crowded during the peak season and is extremely neat owing to the fact that no vehicle is allowed here. The Scandal Point here joins the Ridge Road towards the west of the Mall. The name of this point is derived from the story that a British lady eloped with the Maharaja of Patiala! Also located here is the Gaiety Theatre, where a number of popular film personalities have performed. Today it is used by the schools here as a centre for performing arts. The Kali Bari Temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali and houses a wooden image of the goddess. Also worth watching is the Town Hall, which, in its well-preserved grandeur, is reminiscent of the British era. The Ridge Road provides an easy access to Lakkar Bazaar, a market where wooden arts and artifacts are available. Christ Church: Located on the Ridge end of the Mall, this distinctly yellow Church is famed to be among the oldest churches of North India. Built majestically, it is known for its stained glass windows that have illustrations representing faith, hope, charity, fortitude, patience and humility. St. Michael's Cathedral: Another Roman-Catholic Church worth taking a look at is this church, also known for its splendid stained-glass paintings. This is the only church with five marble altars transported from Italy. Especially watch the central window, which carries a unique depiction of the crucifixion of Christ. Also located inside are idols of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Immaculate Heart of Mary and St. Theresa. Jakhoo Hill: Said to be the highest peak in Shimla, it naturally affords superb views of the town and of the sunrise and sunset. At its peak is an ancient Jakhoo Temple dedicated to Hanuman. Watch out for the numerous monkeys that play around this area as if keeping guard over their favourite god! Bhimakali Temple: Believed to be over 800 years old, this temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga. Built in typical Tibetan-style, it showcases both Buddhist and Hindu elements and has a slanted roof, golden towers, a pagoda and a silver carved door. This temple is especially popular during Dussehra. Sankat Mochan Temple: Dedicated to Hanuman, this temple complex also includes idols of Lord Rama, Lord Shiva, the Navagraha Temple and a Ganesha Temple. Also visit the 3-storey Langar Hall, where prasad is distributed every Sunday. Also located here is a Marriage Hall and residential quarters for priests and temple staff. Tara Devi Temple: Dedicated to the Goddess of Stars, this temple is located on the hill by the same name. The temple provides spectacular views of the surrounding region. Shimla State Museum: Started in 1974, this museum houses a fine collection of miniature Pahari paintings, sculptures, bronzes wood-carvings and folk costumes, textiles and jewellery of the region. Indian Institute of Advanced Study: Housed in the Viceregal Lodge, this institute facilitates and promotes studies in the areas of Humanities, Indian Culture, Religion and the Social and Natural Sciences. The building is distinctly British and has spacious gardens bordered by pine trees. Also housed within is a library and documentation facilities. Summer Hill: Also known as Potter's Hill due to the number of potters who used to gather here to collect clay, this hill is known for its scenic walking tracks. Almost entirely covered in pine and deodar trees, the hill houses the ancient home of Rajkumari Amrit Kaur. This place was also frequented by Mahatma Gandhi when he was visiting the Himachal Pradesh University. Annandale: Also called the playground of Shimla, this spot is located almost 3 kms from the ridge and is known as a popular picnic, cricket and polo spot.