Shimla Manali Tour Package: Shimla also known as Simla, the official name until 1972 is the capital. It is the also largest city of the Northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. In 1864, Shimla was declared as the summer capital of British India. After independence, the city became the capital of Punjab and was later made the capital city of Himachal Pradesh. Shimla has a number of places to visit. Local hangouts like the Mall and the Ridge area in the heart of the city.