Shimla Tourism
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Shimla Tourism

Shimla Info

  • State: Himachal Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • Altitude: 2205 m
  • Pincode: 171001
  • District: Shimla
  • Language: Hindi
  • STD code: 0177
  • Weather: Summer 14 to 28°C, Winter -2 to 10°C

Shimla, also known as Simla, is a tourism paradise located in the midst of Himalayan cedars and pines at an altitude of 2,205 m above sea level. Known as the 'Queen of Hill Stations', the destination is spread over an area of 18 sq km. The capital city of Himachal Pradesh is located in the northwest Himalayas, in the northern part of India.

The erstwhile summer capital of the British features dense woodlands, apple orchards and beautiful landscapes. Capitalising on grand old testimonies, colonial characteristics, peace-loving environment and adventure opportunities, Shimla welcomes tourists from around the world. It offers beautiful faades from the crescent shaped ridge to the descending valleys of evergreens.

History of Shimla

The word 'Shimla' originated from 'Shyamali Devi', a re-incarnation or descendant of the fearsome Goddess Kali. The altar at Jakhoo Hill was initially shifted by the British to the place known as Kali Bari Temple at present. The hill station is enveloped by seven hills that include Jakhoo Hill, Bantony Hill, Prospect Hill, Summer Hill, Observatory Hill, Invererarm Hill and Elysium Hill.

The historic Hindustan Tibet Road was commissioned in 1850 commencing from Kalka to Shimla and thereafter to the Chinese ruled territory, Tibet. In 1864, the town of Shimla was declared as the summer capital of the British Empire in India. Another red-lettered event in the history of the town was when the foundation stone for the Kalka-Shimla railway line was laid here in 1903.

Things to do in Shimla

The route from Kalka to Shimla on the narrow gauge is a major tourist attraction. The route, along with trees of fir, pine, walnut, apricot and terraced paddy fields of corn and the famous capsicum, locally known as 'Shimla Mirch', runs through 102 tunnels. The district of Shimla has numerous rivulets, small streams and springs and provides opportunities for trekking, rock-climbing and ice-skating. Shimla holiday packages offer a chance to explore Shimla better. 

The hill station is dotted with structures from the colonial era such as the Auckland House, Gaiety Theatre, Gorton Castle, Peterhoff House and Viceregal Lodge. Famed for its Victorian architecture, most of the houses in the hill station are built with timber (oak) wood in Gothic style.

Since ancient times, Shimla has maintained its retreating charm and became one of the major tourist spots in north India. Tourists can participate in many activities in and around Shimla. Trekking in Shimla is a must. The ideal time for trekking is between the months of March and August when Shimla is a little warm. The Manali Mountaineering Institute conducts trekking tours in and around Shimla.

Food & Shopping in Shimla

For tourists not seeking any form of adventure, taking a leisurely walk on Mall Road to shop for local souvenirs, enjoying some street food or watching a film at the Gaiety Theatre is recommended. Visit Indian Coffee House for some hot coffee and snacks. Ashiana and Goofa, two restaurants run by the State tourism department, serve authentic Himachali cuisine, which is worth a try. Shimla is also known as a haven for fresh fruits. Tourists can try some local fresh produce like guava, strawberry and litchis.

Places like the Mall Road are great for shopping. State run shops like the Himachal Emporium on Mall Road offer local handicrafts, Himachali shawls and woolens. Located near Mall Road is the Lakkar Bazaar, famous for selling locally made wooden handicrafts and furniture.

Travelling to Shimla

The city is a popular holiday retreat during the summer season from April to August. However, it is also frequented in the winter months of December and January, when the hill station is covered with snow. Shimla can be visited throughout the year, as various activities can be enjoyed in different months.

Shimla can be reached by air, rail and by road. The Jubbarhatti Airport is 25 km away. Daily flights ply between Delhi and Shimla. Kalka is 96 km from Shimla and is the nearest railhead connected to the hill station. It takes close to six hours by train to reach Shimla from Kalka. Tourists can also travel to Shimla by road. The drive is scenic and the National Highway from Delhi to Shimla is well maintained. Taxis and buses also ply on the route and it takes an eight-hour drive to reach Shimla from Delhi.

Accommodation options in Shimla

Shimla is a popular hill station and is thronged by tourists during the peak season. It is advisable to book holidays in  advance. Hotel options in Shimla range from 5-star hotels, resorts to budget options like guesthouses, lodges and budget hotels. 

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Ravi Gupta

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"A Perfect Weekend Destination" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Its an amazing hill top destinations with different smaller hill top towns to be visited in parts. All are glorious in their own. Kasauli, solan, kufri, shimla. It's a list of hill top towns. All amazing. There is lot of greenery still left to enjoy. Perfect to be visited during summers.

Food is good and very reasonable. You will enjoy the morning paranthas as breakfast. There are lot of fun activities, trekking, sightseeing, temples, adventure activities, etc

An ultimate tourist destination in total.
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"A walk on hills" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
SHIMLA is situated in Himachal pradesh, better known as DEV BHOOMI. Shimla is a nice place to visit with family or friends, there are many places to see in Shimla, weather it is spiritual or recreational. In shimla if you want to go for religious places then one can visit TARA DEVI TEMPLE which is situated uphill in a nearby place Shoghi, or can visit JAKHU TEMPLE which is situated in heart of city ie Jakhu hills. Or you can take a walk on Mall road, or RIdge. If you are a shopaholic you can buy stuff on mall road or in Lower Bazaar market.

Now it comes to food if you are a foodie, then you can munch snacks, burgers, patties in different bakeries on Mall road. Or if you are looking for a proper meal, you can visit Alfa or Ashiana restaurant on Mall road or Other restaurants nearby, So if you want to relax and spent some quiet time with your dear ones. SHIMLA is the place for you.
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Ashok Katyal

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"Overall, a good experience" new review

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
The overall experience of this visit is good. The road from Shimla to Delhi is EXCELLENT. Shimla is very much crowded. The food in Shimla is good. Shimla is well connected. The Mall Road visit is good to walk around. It has eating joints and also several shops.
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"A good destination" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
You will not get any snow in Shimla at this time. You may get rain as monsoon is near. Shimla and Manali are two different locations. You can get snow in Rohtang in Manali. In Shimla you can get a good room for 2000 to 5000. The places to visit are Ritz, Church, Lakkar bazar and gaiety theatre. 2 days are enough to go around. You can visit Kufri and narkanda by taxi they will charge around 1500. You can have horseriding.
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"Tthe best place to spend holiday" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Shimla is the best place to spend holiday because there are so many historical place that are popular as mall road, jakhu temple you can enjoy there with experience of shopping and travelling. Shimla is a place where many films were shot because of its beauty and best weather conditions.
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"Shimla - The Heaven On Earth" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
A place where you are always made to feel welcomed. People who are strange to you, treat you as a friend. Even if you are alone, still you aren't treated as a stranger. A journey between mountains, appears to be beautiful. It is really a beautiful place as I have nothing to complaint about. Just can say good things about this treasure of mountains. Since, this place has a bright light. An unending light, which never seems to die. Not a moment appears dull in this place. When I sleep, mind is at peace even though I am completely alone. If being alone can be this peaceful, then loneliness is surely the best option.
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"Amazing place" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I love travelling and I travelled a lot and wanna travel the historic and amazing place. Well I had visited Shimla two times and every time I enjoyed a lot. Shimla is one of the great place in India for travelling. I went there both the time with my family. Shimla is the best.
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"A great gift of nature" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Those who loves or like the nature must visit Shimla. There they will feel happy and real Himalayan life. Major markets are on the way to Mall Road, where you can buy many things which are produced in Himachal only. Restaurants are very clean and generally vegetarian is served but tasty food is available. In brief it is a great gift of nature to us.
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"A romantic place" new review

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Very cool and romantic place. Enjoy this summer with your family at queen of hills Shimla. I love that place. You must visit jakhu temple. Local momos in tibetan market is amazing. Walking with family. Always keep warm clothes when travelling to Shimla.
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"Shimla - a name of cool and relaxing feeling" new review

  • 6/7
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"Shimla"a destination of cooling and relaxing feeling. I travelled this hill station last April. I enjoyed this place with my family. Nature has gifted this place with cool and green environment. So, friend come to this place and enjoy cooling and relaxing feeling.
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