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Owing to its steep terrain, Shimla hosts the mountain biking race MTB Himalaya, which started in 2005 and is regarded as the biggest event of its kind in South Asia.Shimla also has the largest natural ice skating rink in South Asia.After reorganisation of state of Himachal Pradesh, the existing Mahasu district was named Shimla.

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Subsequently, residential schools for pupils from upper-class families were established nearby.

By the late 1830s, the city also became a centre for theatre and art exhibitions.

Apart from being a tourism centre, the city is also an educational hub with a number of colleges and research institutions.

The area of present-day Shimla was invaded and captured by Bhimsen Thapa of Nepal in 1806.

The climatic conditions attracted the British to establish the city in the dense forests of Himalayas.

As the summer capital, Shimla hosted many important political meetings including the Simla Accord of 1914 and the Simla Conference of 1945.

As the population increased, a number of bungalows were built and a big bazaar was established in the town.

The Indian businessmen, mainly from Sood and Parsi communities, arrived in the area to cater to the needs of the growing European population.

In 1830, the British acquired the surrounding land from the chiefs of Keonthal and Patiala in exchange for the Rawin pargana and a portion of the Bharauli pargana.

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