Shimla is located at about 372 km from Delhi. Shimla formerly known as Shimla, it is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh, located in northern India. It is well-connected to Delhi by roadways and railways. However, the best way to travel from Delhi to Shimla is by car, a journey of around 6 hours. Some of the important places covered on the way are Delhi - 97 km -> Panipat - 35km -> Karnal - 71km -> Ludhiana - 61km -> Panchkula - 41km -> Solan - 49 -> Shimla. On the route, several petrol pumps of Bharat Petroleum, Indian Oil and HP, apart from hospitals and pharmacies, ATMs and road-side dhabas are located.
Transport options from New Delhi to Shimla
New Delhi to Shimla By Car: Take a cab from Delhi to Shimla, which takes around 3 hours. The cost of cab ranges from INR 9 to INR 97 per km, depending upon the type of car. Ideal for families, senior citizens and groups.
New Delhi to Shimla By Bus: Take a direct bus from Delhi to Shimla, which takes over 6 hours. Super deluxe buses are available from Delhi. Shimla bus stand is located in the heart of the city. Ideal for backpackers, individual travellers and groups
New Delhi to Shimla By Train: Take a direct express train from Delhi to Shimla that takes over 7 hours. Shimla is connected to Delhi by a broad gauge up to Kalka. Ideal for groups and families.
New Delhi to Shimla By Flight: Take a flight from Delhi to Shimla. There are regular flights from Delhi to Shimla. From the airport, taxi services to reach te city centre are available. Ideal for families, senior citizens and groups.
It is simple route and should not be an issue at all. You should hire an SUV type of vehicle for instance Toyota Innova (Best and value for money) or a Tavera (Cheverolet). It should cost you about Rs (INR) 2500-3000 from Delhi Airport to Chandigarh. Then you can see/stay in Chandigarh and head to Shimla ( Journey in car takes approx 3.5 to 4 hrs).
We started from Delhi in the morning. Gobbled up great parathas at Murthal and the lassi was too heavy. Typical Punjabi hospitality and style. Food was marvellous and sufficient for the long drive ahead. We took up the road to Shimla bypassing Chandigarh and the mountains were visible just after Mohali. The drive in the mountains was good. Although nearing Shimla the jams started which were long and kind of spoiled the fun. Overall, the drive was fun.
It was really a fun while travelling by car, giving opportunity to stop wherever you to have the glimpse of the nature. Shimla is traffic pro city now days, hence advice to avoid roaming after 8 Am till 11 Am and in the evening between 5-7 pm, pathetic!!
We were a bunch of youngsters, set out to enjoy our new year in Himachal Pradesh. Our journey started from New Delhi, on a train. The journey was as usual, but because we were a group, we did a lot of masti. :P
We reached Kalka in the morning. Surprisingly, the train was on correct time. This was because tourists need to board Toy Train for Shimla.
Since it was winter, hence the weather was too chilly. We hadn't booked toy train tickets beforehand. This was a major mistake. A huge queue was gathered for the tickets. Finally we had no choice but to book a cab. If you are planning for this destination, it is advised to book Toy Train tickets online. :)
But, the cab ride was much interesting too. We experienced a beautiful and mesmerizing view of nature. The scenery was awesome. There was no snow in Shimla at that time.
We booked Hotel Gulmohar. And it is again much advised to book Hotels before the trip. It lessens the hassle and also you will pay lesser price online. The hotel was excellent with good service. The temperature was almost 0 degrees there. Hence, room service used to make tea outside of our room only, other wise it will cool off by the time the tea reaches us. :P
We were advised to turn on the Geysers 3 hours before bathing. But bathing was an impossible thing. But we did the impossible.
Our tour started with the Mall road. The crowd was excellent. You can't do much shopping there, but fruits. The brands you find there are everywhere, so it hardly matters.
Advisable places to visit: Mall Road Church, Hanuman Temple.
Mall Road church is a walking distance destination. But for Hanuman Mandir, you need to board a shared taxi which takes 10-20 rupees per person per side. You would find a lot of monkeys, so don't carry any eatables openly in your hands.
We went for the new year's eve, hence there were a lot of parties organized in clubs. We found a good one and got a huge discount afterwards for being the party poppers in the eve. :P
The next day, there was a live band organized near the church square. It was awesome.
We decided to go to Kufri. We took a cab ride and it took about 1. 5 hours for us to reach as there was ice on the roads. The weather forecasting declared it would snow. We were very excited. But the cabs won't take you to Kufri, but to a intermediate destination, where you can take a ride on Mules (hybrids of donkeys and horses) Because there are no roads for cars. The mule owners would ask for a huge amount but generally they settle for 150 per person.
This ride is adventurous in it's own way. The mules walk at the edge of the roads, which terrifies at some points. We saw snow when we reached there. There were several adventure spots with economical packages. But you can again bargain with them.
We made a huge snow man. Our hands and legs turned blue due to snow and ice. We enjoyed a lot. Returning to out hotel, the journey was coming to the end.
We were lucky to get tickets of toy train this time. The train experience was awesome and it's a must experiencing ride. :) The train runs at a speed of an average of 20 kmph. So you can get down any time. But it is not advised. :P Risky enough.
This was my trip and I enjoyed a lot. Hope my review helps! :)
Good experience travelling in the bus. Staff behavior is good. Punctuality at the boarding point and destination. Water bottle and blanket was provided by them. Hygiene food is available by the staff. Air conditioning bus. Comfortable seats but no charging point in the bus.
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