Mall Road is the main street in Shimla, the capital city of Himachal Pradesh, India. Constructed during British colonial rule, the Mall road is located a level below the ridge. The offices of municipal corporation, fire service, and police headquarters are located here. Automobiles, except emergency vehicles are not allowed on this road. For this reason, the locals — and tourists(including Indian and foreign) — are often found strolling on this road in the evenings.
A Himachal emporium that offers handicraft products of Himachal Pradesh like locally designed woollen cloths, branded cloths, pottery items, and jewellery is also located here. There are at least three books shops including one that sells old books !
"Mall road has a number of showrooms, department stores,"shops, restaurants and cafes.
The story goes that the then Maharaja of Patiala had eloped with the daughter of the British Viceroy. This had led to the Maharaja being banished from entering Shimla by the British authorities. He countered the move by setting himself a new summer capital – now famous hill resort of Chail, 45 km from Shimla !
"Scandal point is where the Mall road joins Ridge road on the west side. The name arose from the commotion,"caused by the supposed elopement of a British lady with an Indian Maharaja.