shimla or Simla is the capital city of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is a hill-side city, known for being a much-coveted tourist destination. The name of the city is received from an incarnation of the Hindu goddess Kali, known as Goddess Shyamala Devi. Shimla was chosen to be the summer capital of British India in 1864. The city became the capital of Punjab after independence. It was later shifted to the territorial boundaries of Himachal Pradesh and was made its capital. It is the principal center for commercial, cultural and educational activities of Himachal Pradesh. The city consisted of small hamlets before 1815 when the British forces took control of the area. The conducive climatic conditions of the area attracted the British to set up the city amidst the dense forests of the Himalayas. Shimla houses many buildings styled in the neo-Gothic and Tudorbethan architectures dating from the colonial era. It also has multiple temples and churches. These specimens of colonial architecture along with the natural environment of the city attract tourists. Places worth visiting in Shimla are the Viceroy Lodge, the Christ Church, the Jakhoo Temple, etc. The Mall Road and the Ridge together form the city center and are full of tourists at all times. The Kalka?Shimla Railway line which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site is also a major tourist attraction. Tourism fuels the economy of this scenic city.
The Federal Bank Limited or the Travancore Federal Bank Limited was incorporated on 28th April 1931 with an authorized capital of Rs.5000/- at Nedumpuram, a place near Tiruvalla in Central Travancore under the Travancore Companys Act. It started the business of auction and other banking transactions, connected with agriculture and industry. Shri K P Hormis and his close relatives or friends obtained a controlling interest in the Bank in 1944. On 26th January 1946, the Bank opened its second branch at Angamally. The Bank was licensed under Section 22 of the Banking Companies Act, 1949 on 11th July 1959. In 1970, the Bank got the license of a Scheduled Commercial Bank, which also coincided with the Silver Jubilee Year. In 1972, It witnessed expansion beyond the home state, and the Bank became an Authorised Dealer in Foreign Exchange in 1972. International Banking Department started functioning from Mumbai in 1973. Since then, the Bank could substantially increase its market share of the NRI business. In 1982, the International Banking Department of the bank was later moved to Cochin for centralization of activities. The Bank opened 53 branches during the year 1975 and 42 offices 1976. The total number of offices reached 276 from 114 in 1973. Commenced Merchant Banking Operations in 1989.