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 façades 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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Prafulla Pattanayak

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  • Lives in Rourkela
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  • 13 Reviews
  •  21 helpful votes
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"It was a nice place & a peaceful destination!" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
It is a popular honeymoon place for newly wed couples. As well as it is a peaceful and nearest to nature place for those people who wants. Mall road visit is awesome stayed 2 day in Shimla. We went to mall road of both Shimla and Manali. Shimla is so peaceful that I wanted to stay. Best place for couples.
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Poonam Singhal

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  • Lives in New Delhi
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"Hill station, best for honeymooners!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
It's a awesome place to regenerate our energy and mood. It is a popular honeymoon place for newly wed couples. As well as it is a peaceful and nearest to nature place for those people who wants a peace of mind and recovering their health. It is a adventurous place also those people who want to doing something new. Like that skying, ice skating, rope-ways, etc. Its a place where you knew about history also. Before, Shimla is the capital of India also. I also visited here many times. But all times, l feel happy, to see this place. My children are also enjoy these trips.
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Anil

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"It was an amazing Shimla trip!" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Awesome experience. Toy train, Jakhu mandir, mall road visit is awesome. Stayed 2 days in Shimla. Advice to visit in couple better if you go with another couple (friend & his wife ) so that you can easily take a car to visit nearby places. 2 couples means 4 persons for security reason it would be better. Always book hotel by your friend reviews who already visited the place, because many hotels we see on internet are far away from main city and hill stations look more beautiful in evening. If hotel is far away then you can't enjoy this because of security reasons.
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Sanmeet Malhi

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  • Sanmeet Malhi
  • Lives in Meerut
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"Nature at its best" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Beauty place that too with beautiful people. People are friendly one can easily trust them. You should try the locals the are awesome this what I think from my experience. Places are full of natural beauty with greenery all around. And one thing that I want to share is Shimla is neat and clean and every person should take an initiative to keep it up.
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Suboohi Shaikh

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  • Suboohi Shaikh
  • Lives in Bhopal
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"In love with Himachal" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Truly in love wit Himachal. Wanna visit again. My whole trip was so adventurous with my squad we enjoyed a lot. We went to mall road of both Shimla and Manali. Shimla is so peaceful that I wanted to stay there for my entire life but due to busy schedule it cant be possible. Surely will visit again soon.
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Lohith Ramachandra

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  • Lohith Ramachandra
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Definitely is the Queen of Hills!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Clear blue sky's just calling out your name, the beauty of Shimla is really worth its fame. No other place can beat her in the game. Oh snow clad beauty. These are the exact words that describe my views on Shimla. Absolutely breathtaking and beautiful is this place. Don't miss out on travelling to snow point, Rohtang valley, Solang valley and the awesome trek to the Shiva Lingam formed or if snow. Hit me up if you need any help in planning a trip here, would love to help if you guys need. Cheers!
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Shivam Chauhan

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  • Shivam Chauhan
  • Lives in Greater Noida
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"Beautiful Place Shimla!" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Shimla is placed in between of mountains and covered by snow as we all know. It is better than Mussoorie in all aspect. Shimla is very clean and air is so fresh there. From Delhi Only in 170 you reach the Shimla, by taking a train from Delhi Sarai Rohilla at 5:35 AM in the Morning & the train is from Delhi to Kalka in Punjab. After reaching Kalka you take the toy train which was on the same station and the price of ticket is 50 only. Travelling in toy train is also a different experience for nature lovers. Overall Shimla was a great place. I said must go only for once.
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Nishant Gunjan

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"Shimla is a beauty amidst wilderness" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Shimla is a great tourist destination to be visited from December to February, when it is mostly laden with snow. Pony rides and yak rides to Kufri is quite exciting where you can find some more adventures. Mall road is somewhat costly but OK for shopping. There is a church, Hanuman temple, and valley of flowers national park which could be visited.
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Alpesh r Shah

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  • Alpesh r Shah
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"Superb place, go in offbeat season!" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
It's a very good place. Try to travel in off season as less crowd and enjoy the winter. Climate is very chilled from December to February but can enjoy it. Whole hill station is on single side of mountain and other side its slope. Don't forget to ride toy train to Kalka or vice versa, but take morning one at 10:00am. At least need 3-4 full days to move around and sightseeing in Shimla.
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Anurag Rajput

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  • Anurag Rajput
  • Lives in Varanasi
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"Amazing place!" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
I have visited Shimla for the first time and it was an amazing experience. I was searching for good places to visit near Delhi friends suggested me to go to Shimla it was a very good experience hope to visit soon with my loved once. Those who are reading this review guys its a very nice place to come with more than one person. Its a very romantic place.
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