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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

History of Shimla

Nestled in the midst of the Himalayas, Shimla lies at an altitude of 2205 m above sea level. It is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh. Often referred to as the ‘Queen of Hill Stations’, Shimla is known for its scenic beauty and pleasant climate. The erstwhile summer capital of British India, Shimla has a rich political and cultural history. It serves as an important political centre in the British era. Featuring beautiful orchards, rich landscape, colonial structures and old testimonies, Shimla receives tourists from all over the world.

People and Culture of Shimla

The major population of Shimla consists of Pahadis, followed by Punjabis. A small minority of Tibetans Buddhists, Christians and Muslims also reside in the city. Hindi, Punjabi and other Pahadi languages are spoken in the place. The Shimla Summer Festival is celebrated every year with great pomp and show in a span of 3-4 days.

Things To Do in Shimla

There are ample of places to visit in Shimla. Located in the heart of Shimla, the Ridge is a popular sightseeing in Shimla.Located at a distance of 16 km from Shimla, the Himalayan Nature Park is also among the popular places to see in Shimla. Home to over 140 species of flora and fauna, the major attractions of the place are the Musk Deer and Tibetan Wolf. It is also known for its ski slopes. During your Shimla tour, you must visit the Golf Course in Naldehra. Lying at an altitude of 2200 metres above sea level, it is one of the oldest golf clubs in the world. Among the other Shimla attractions, the Jakhoo Hill is also worth a visit. The highest point of Shimla, it lies at an altitude of 8000 metres above sea level and offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding region.

Food and Shopping in Shimla

Apart from sightseeing, there are many other things to do in Shimla such as shopping. The Mall Road is the main shopping destination in Shimla. It is a long stretch of street lined with shops selling a wide range of items such as exquisite jewellery, local handicrafts, woollens, Himachali shawls, etc. It also features other establishments such as restaurants, cafes, clubs and tourist centres. Located close to Mall Road is the famous Lakkar Bazaar which is known for wooden handicrafts and furniture.

After a tiring day of Shimla sightseeing, one can indulge in mouth watering food in Shimla. From dhaabaas to bakeries to fine dining restaurants, Shimla is brimming with eateries that serve a wide range of cuisines. Indian Coffee House is a well known café and a must visit. For some authentic Himachali food, head over to Ashiana and Goofa, two famous restaurants which are run by the Himachal Pradesh tourism department.

Accommodation in Shimla

Tourists who are wondering how to reach Shimla can choose from various options such as flight, cab and bus. Located at a distance of 25 km, Jubbarhatti Airport is the closest airport to Shimla. There are regular flights to places such as Delhi, Mumbai, etc. One can also reach Shimla by toy train.

Since Shimla is an eminent tourist destination, it is brimming with tourists all through out the year. Therefore, it advisable to book hotels in Shimla well in advance. From resorts to homestays, there are ample of accommodation options in Shimla. There are many hotels in Shimla that overlook the snow covered mountain and lush deodar and pine forests and lie close to Shimla tourist places.



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Gaurav

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  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews
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"A perfect hill station with family" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Today
Shimla is cooler than plains and we can reach by train too. Lots of things to do like heritage walk, flower lawns etc. I found Institute of Advanced Study is best place to visit in Shimla. Kufri is good for kids. Mall road walk is good for kids who love to run. Overall good experience.
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Innocentcriminal

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"Nice place to visit" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Very good place to visit. At that place we really feel happy and cold minded. It helps me a lot to understand that how beautiful nature we are provided by God. We have to take the fresh air, cold breeze blowing. Infact everything is amazing, very good place and must visit it once in your life.
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Traveler Inme

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"Shimla In The Monsoon" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Usually people avoid hills in the rains. Well, its better to be safe than sorry, with so many calamities doing their rounds in the news. We too debated for long and kept our final decision for the final hour based on weather predictions. As luck would have it we found ourselves driving down (8 hours) the wonderful route to Shimla from Delhi. A good time to avoid the vacation crowd and have a good long weekend.
Since we reached our destination in the night I was up early morning to take in the green, clean, fresh views of Shimla (a hill station that never sleeps). I was all smiles with the misty views, chirping birds, green hills, rolling valley and rain washed nature. Hill rains can be very unpredictable usually playing hide and seek with the sun / clear sky. If going to hills during monsoon please be acceptable of the fact that you may not be able to follow the itinerary that you would have made. Instead choose a place where you can relax amidst nature and go for short walks which may cover some of your to do list.
We managed to do our toy train ride to Shoghi, visit to the my Taradevi temple and enjoy a wonderful leisurely walk, in the drizzle, on the Mall Road only. Nevertheless, it was good enough for a rainy weekend and it keeps the place open for another visit:) Our experience of the Toy Train ride to Shoghi can be read on this link. Holidayiq.
The evening walk on the wet Mall Road was sheer fun. Soft drizzle and weekenders enjoying themselves. The markets on the Mall Road is always abuzz with life. We did some interesting window shopping, picked up some books and little stuff, had some delicious pasta and brownie at a quaint small Italian joint called & Bake'. On your visit to Shimla do not miss admiring the British colonial buildings now housing important offices (some seen on the Mall Road).
So if you are living near Shimla and want to get away from the mundane, simply plan an extended weekend and enjoy the rains @ Shimla.
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Kausik Mandal

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"The congested hill station" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
It was a much hype for us when we reached Shimla by Shivalik dlx from Kalka. Stayed here for three days, took Tours outside the place, but frankly it was a so so trip for us except the train journey. Nobody should miss it. Plan accordingly. Shimla mall, should be called as a marketplace rather.
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Mayank

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"Very tourist friendly" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
The Queen of hills, this is a perfect place for weekend getaway from Delhi or nearby Chandigarh. Easily accessible from Kalka via road and rail and connected to the jubbarhatti airport. Recommended for couples or families this place has something for everyone. I bad been to Shimla many times and every time I make an effort to see it from a different angle.

You will astonished to see engineering marvel of Britishers if you get to travel by the kalka Shimla railway.

Though it takes more time I would recommend toy train as a one time experience everybody should give a try. There are many temples here and picturesque landscapes to be enjoyed.

What I like a lot about Shimla is that it offers you all in one package be it religious, trekking, nice landscape view from the Mall Road, adventure based activities at kufri and a lot more.

Worth a visit!!
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Gaurav Maheshwari

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"A good attraction" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Shimla is a nice place, offers variety of hotels and attractions, good lodging options and offers great food. Its close to Delhi takes 7-8 hours from Delhi by road, so one can reach right at 12 noon provided you are ready to leave early morning, traffic is also less during that time. Nice place to unwind with family and friends, good weather is another attraction especially during peak summers.
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Juhi singh

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"A nice place to visit" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It's a nice place to visit and some peaceful areas in surrounding such as Craignano, Fagu valley are the real value of himachal that lush green forest and peaceful environment whereas mall road is fully crowded with tourist. According to my personal experience I don't like places which are crowded so I liked the nearby places the most. The hotel in which we stayed was too good. Overall, it was a nice trip.
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"Relief from heat in summers"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Shimla is a hill station in himachal where we can visit during summers for getting some relief from the heat. The climate over there is relatively cool as it is situated high on hills.
The location of town is awesome with beautiful views from the city. The city receives snowfall during winter months. The toy train ride from kalka to shimla is also very good. There you can find many hotels and lodges to stay at budget prices but during vacations the prices of rooms are usually high.
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Traveler Inme

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"Toy Train Joyride @ Shimla"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We took a trip to Shimla in the monsoon of 2015 to avoid the tourist crowd in summers and enjoy the misty greens of the hills. We also experienced our first toy train ride and that too amidst soft drizzle and beautiful Himachal terrain!

Our destination was Ma Tara Devi mandir located in Tarav parvat. We had taken tickets till the Taradevi halt but was advised by a gentleman to get down at Shogi instead and take a cab up to the temple. A sound advice in monsoon and for people who do not indulge much in trekking.

You need to be punctual, rather before time, to be able to get seats in the toy train as most of it is unreserved. Since we did not check the timings we missed the morning train and had to wait for the next one in the afternoon. The station has a canteen that serves simple veg thali. One can also buy some toy train related souvenirs from a little shop there.

Our beautiful joy ride began from Shimla to Shoghi and while we chugged along I sat back to enjoy the journey and nature at a leisurely pace. We had an interesting co-traveler, a local of Shoghi who had many interesting things to share that we may never find in any book /notes. The childlike joy of seeing the train turn (now a rarity from the closed AC bogeys) and passing thru numerous tunnels is captured in a couple of pics shared.

This is a must do for all traveling to Shimla. The Kalka Shimla train track is a narrow gauge and it takes 5-6 hours to reach Shimla. The Kalka-Shimla route is 96 km long, which includes 102 tunnels. Every tunnel has its own story and the longest tunnel of Barog takes around 3 minutes to cross.

P.S. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, the Nilgiri Mountain Railway and the Kalka “Shimla Railway have collectively been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site".
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"Nothing much to see at this place"

  • 1.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
One of the worst location ever been in my life. I expected a lot from Kufri and Shimla. Finally I got disappointment only. Don't travel to Kufri and waste your money on horse riding. It costs you 500 rupees/person. Nothing is there. Shimla is clean and tidy. But it's good for few hours only, not for spending days.
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