Beauty of Shimla hills, Rhododendrons

Shimla: Much of the Himalayan lands in Himachal have a forest cover that hold a variety of trees, which are not only help to moderate the climate but also protect the environment and enhance the scenic beauty of the hills.

Himachal state flower Rhododendrn
Himachal state flower Rhododendrn

With the onset of summer, Buras also called buransh (Rhododendron) have begun dot the landscapes around the city.

Found growing away in the wild between 1800 and 2800 meters altitude, the red coloured Rhododendron flower was declared the state flower in 2007.

The status has helped in over exploitation of the wild flower, which residents earlier used to harvest relentlessly each summer for making juices, squashes and other beverages.

A walk through the woods around Himachal Pradesh University, around the localities of Bharari, Taradevi, Jakhu forest roads and Sanjauli are prized these days because of the large number of trees in bloom.

Tourists who notice these flowering trees are eager to get themselves photographed in such scenic settings, with some just clicking close up shots of the flowers as memorable moments spent in the hill station.

The Rhododendron flower also hold nutritional and health properties and is used by traditional nature medicine practitioners for curing common colds, asthma, some heart ailments and digestive disorders.

Rhododendrn in bloom

Two years ago, when I for the first time came to Shimla, on a uphill walk to Jakhu temple, when I first got to these flowers of immense beauty up close, the impression was case permanently that I cherish even today.

The walk through a Rhododendron lit forest with my brother, sister, brother in law and their child is one of the first impressions of this city that has held me here.

Birds chirping about and monkeys frolicking among the flowers in these silent sentinels of Shimla, simply add to the beauty of the town that even attracted the mighty rulers of the British Empire, about two centuries ago, to this hill station.

Photos by Sanjeeva Pandey

An intern at Hill Post, Arvind is pursuing masters in mass communication at Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla. Previously, he has interned with HT Media Ltd. A young journalist in making, Arvind loves photography, traveling, playing chess and listening to music.

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6 Comments

    1. says: Kuldeep Singh

      Hello Saurabh, I am from Bilaspur. I have tasted that squash and liked too. Can you please send me address where it can be purchased?

  1. says: Nodnat

    The State Flower of Himachal Pradesh is the pink rhododendron (Rhododendron campanulatum) and not the red rhododendron (R. arboreum) shown in your article.

  2. says: arvind kumar

    As we all knows a picture is worth thousand words. Although Pink Rhododendron is the state flower, but in this feature there may be non availability of self captured picture of pink Rhododendron. That’s why as a symbol these Red Rhododendron pictures are used.

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