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

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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Jaspal Singh

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  • Jaspal Singh
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 1 Review
  •  73 readers

"Feeling good" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
I m trying new adventure such as low temperature and silent place if you know this place tell me place I m going. Michal p is very good and clean, silent. I m always trying spend my holiday in Michal pardesh. Uttrakhand is also good but I like hilstations
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Charan Kumar

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  • Charan Kumar
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 89 photos
  • 11 Reviews
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"Nice hillstation" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Shimla is a nice place, one can really enjoy the nature. Make sure you visit Kufri, Jakhu Temple and The Mall. Be careful with people who loots money from you. People here drive/ride crazily on roads. I suggest to stay in a good hotel, and check the approach.
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Shubham Gupta

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  • Shubham Gupta
  • Lives in New Delhi
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  • 28 Reviews
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"Perfect destination for family" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Shimla capital of Michal Pradesh. You will get crowd in every season. Only 3 but must visit places are The ridge, rashtrapati niwas and jakhoo temple. One more thing that is not place that is train Himalayan queen. If you are in Shimla then complete your trip with a ride of Himalayan queen train. According to me this 5 hour journey will never bored you and you will see small and cute railway station during journey.
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Jitender

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  • Jitender
  • Lives in Adra
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"Cleanest in Himachal Pradesh" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
With pleasant weather Shimla is recommended highly... It's cleanest in Himachal Pradesh and what else like a metro you can have all available (sometimes a bit costly) at your demand live music... Different cuisine and no doubt THE RIDGE... And TRI COLOUR flying high is a magical feeling. Must go.
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Gurbachan singh

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  • Gurbachan singh
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 2 Reviews
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"Good Desitination" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
You can go through Toy train from Kalka to Shimla, is very nice for children as well as adults, you can see the beauty of mountain very closely,
Place are must visit : Jakhoo Temple, Kufri, Mall Road, Naldera, Green Valley etc, is very good placed to visit. (Adventure park & mini zoo also at Kufri).
Local food is very delicious chaat, paranthas, momos, kulcha, and veg sandwich which is easily available at Mall road. All type of food available chines, continental, and fast food also.
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Adesh Sidhu

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  • Adesh Sidhu
  • Lives in Gurgaon
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  •  28 helpful votes
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"Vibrant Place with Lotof History" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
If you are a history buff then a visit to Shimla is a must. There are many historical buildings and every building has a story to share. If you are looking for some relaxed holiday than Shimla offers a lot of things. Stroll on ridge and mall at a leisurely pace and see the world passing by you. There are many options of food which can be relished in Shimla. A good place to visit with family or friends. It will never disappoint you.
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Sandesh

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  • Sandesh
  • 2 Reviews
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"Beautiful" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Very beautiful place created by the God, want to visit again and again. You can't stop yourself to say WoW frequently when walking on street. So in my opinion everyone has to be there once in a lifetime it's worth for your money and give a better experience to you.
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Chirag Patel

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  • Chirag Patel
  • Lives in Bhavnagar
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"Amazing Shimla"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Shimla is a good place for the summer. Here all the places give you happiness and joy. And you never want go back home. But you want to stay and pass all life in Shimla. This is Shimla. I like Shimla. And I hope you visit Shimla.
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Anurag kashyap

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"Shimla -The Queen of Mountains"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I thought visiting Shimla in August would not be a pleasant experience, but to my surprise, it was more than delightful and certainly the best place I have ever visited in my lifetime. Shimla is known as "Pahado ki Rani' for no reason. It has hundreds of gorgeous and ecstatic hills that can be experienced easily through Naldehra. The city area is also a delight to the eyes and stomach as it offers delicious food, breathtaking views, regularly emerging clouds, a little rain, temples, and best of all, really nice people.
I had the best experience of my life in Shimla and will visit this place again in near future.
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Pritesh Mehta

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  • Pritesh Mehta
  • Lives in Baroda
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  • 487 Reviews
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"Good Health and Good Wealth"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Shimla is the most beautiful hill station of India. There Were very good cold atmospher. We were go there From Kalka to Shimla Toytrain. This toytrain is very beautiful. We take ticket from Kalka station. We reached in train take the seat with my family. Breakfast, Newspaper and water gave in train. We were showed nature scene and there hills morning nature is amazing. We were start our toy train journy at 6:00 am and we reach Shimla at 11:00 am. This journy was very relax and very comfort to my family. There were minus atmospher. Real there were very clean and very amazing city. We reached out resort. Then take room and bathing after take breakfast. We take relax some time and then after go to malve road that was the main market of Shimla. Then evening we were went to small nearest view point and came bake night 7:00 pm. Take dinner and take deseert. There food and service was very good. Seconde day we went to visit kufri, club and other big point in kufri very good snow we were played in snow with my family. Kid were very happy to pay. We take dinner on the way and we come back to resort at 6:30 pm. We were very tired. Take dinner and sleep. This day we were take sizler it was amazing test. Thirday we were after breakfast go to local market and do shopping some hot wear. Then forthday early morning we take bus and reach at Delhi. Then came back from Delhi to Baroda.
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