Shimla Tourism

Shimla Tourism

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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 dhabas 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.

Shimla is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Chandigarh  and Ludhiana.

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Nitin mn

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  • Nitin mn
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Shimla - Queen of Hills" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Shimla is very neat and clean city. This city called as "Queen of Hills". And really it is a Queen of hills.
People are nice there. Shimla's Mall Road is very good to visit. You can enjoy various kind of food there. Coffee with Cakes are very good there.
If you like to have wine, then you are at right place.
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Abhinav Sudan

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"Awesome place for a relaxed weekend" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
1. Why to visit?
It is the capital of HP located at the foothills of Himalaya. With an altitude of around 2200 m and good shopping options this can be an awesome place for a nice weekend.
2. Must Visit Places.
The ridge, Christ and Catholic Churches, mall road, Jakhu temple ropeway, Tattapani, Rashtrapati Niwas, Lakkar bazaar and local temples are worth visiting.
3. Local food and shopping.
The food part is well covered by the available restaurants and local shops. For shopping it provides good wooden toy shops in Lakkar Bazaar and locally handcrafted items are worth buying.
4. Activities.
The ropeway at Jakhu temple is good. Taking a stroll in the Mall road and Ridge is recommended. Photography can be done in nearby areas.
5. Advice.
Private vehicles are banned in Mall road and ridge and nearby areas. The steep slopes pose major problems for a four wheeler, moreover due to large no of tourists visiting this place walking on foot is advised. Take camera along and enjoy shooting the beautiful hills and roads from the top.
Happy Holidaying !!
Warm Regards
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Ajay tripathi

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  • Ajay tripathi
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"Holidays at Shimla"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
This city truly represents an old colonial English establishment with some very old which are now heritage structures, remarkably most of them are maintained to their original shape. In my opinion, only uphill parts of the Shimla give a feel of being in a heritage summer/ winter destination, otherwise downhill is like being in overcrowded metro with litters all around. Poor traffic conditions, pathetic parking, heavy congestion of vehicles, polluted.
It seems a wise decision to stay at serene environment of Kufri getting a rich feel high hills, then roaming all around the Shimla.
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Tushar Mehta

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  • Lives in Ahmedabad
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"Shimla, Must visit Gateway of Himachal"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 31, 2017
As Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh, we found it full of crowd. British type monuments & buildings make everyone surprised. Clean hilly roads, pleasant climate, helping nature of local public, make your trip memorable. Interesting Sightseen, picturesome views, food, shopping everything is there for tourist.
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Shyam Bihari

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  • Shyam Bihari
  • Lives in Jehanabad
  • 17 Reviews
  •  43 helpful votes
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"Summer vacation enjoy party with friends"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 27, 2017
Simla is one of the most adorable place where in summers party enjoy much better. This one the favourable temperature where exist and comfortable in environment .. My friend and also me love this place and much precious space in Simla all the facilities is better
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Bhanu Sehrawat

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  • Bhanu Sehrawat
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Must visit place peaceful nature at its best"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted May 23, 2017
I good palace to visit. I thing best mountain view at evening is at Shimla point one should must visit ones year at this palace heavens. There are many palace to visit like Humuman temple hilipad must visit. Cool part is its easily to reach from Delhi. Simla rocks
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  • Gitika
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 3, 2017
Our stay in Shimla was for 2 nights. It is a beautiful place. Only thing is it has become really commercialized. We visited the Mall Road. Kufri is one place you need to visit when you are Shimla. We went there in the month of Jan so luckily we could experience snowfall too
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Bharati Bhattacharya

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  • Bharati Bhattacharya
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"Over rated hill station of our country!"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted Apr 21, 2017
Visited Shimla as weekend gateway in april; frankly, I wonder why is this place called queen of hills! There are lots of other hill stations in India which are much better than Shimla; even Manali & Dharmashala are better in Himachal valley. Shimla is simply a over hyped & overrated hill station with high rates of everything (hotels, food, sight seeing, shopping). There is nothing much to see in & around Shimla. In winters, its good only if you want to see snowfall (if you are lucky enough). Please avoid going in summers as it get hot during day time, with no good places to visit.
The mall, scandal point etc are good points to spend the evening, with cool breeze blowing; you can do horse riding there, shopping, or simply sit on the benches & relax.
But, beware of the travel agents there, most of them are fake or thugs. They know how to take out money from tourists' pocket with their sweet talks & fake promises. Book rides or Tours from authentic ones only. Had a very bad experience with one of the tour operator named Mr. Rawat, & finally had to go to police station.
The Kalka-Shimla toy train was a good experience though, gave good scenic views & passed through more than 100 tunnels. But avoid this route in summers as there is no AC & even fans in any train.
Overall, it was a good experience, though not very cost effective or memorable one.
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  • Mukesh
  • Lives in Gohana
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  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 18, 2017
Very nice tour .. Awesome services provided to us in each and every respect ... The way of receiving, guiding the public was quite awesome ... Hotels provided to us are very good having all the facilities at door step on a single bell ... Overall it was awesome
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Hitesh patel

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  • Hitesh patel
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"This is a good place to visit in winters not in summer or after march"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Apr 17, 2017
Shimla is for leisure and adventure but it is in winters when it is snowing or else it is worst in this season and wastage of money,
There are so many places to visit and it can be visited in a day so please plan your tour accordingly, In Shimla taxi is the only option and it is very costly,
There are so many destinations out side Shimla but all are useless if there is no snow do not go outside Shimla, every where there is a union for taxi or horses.
Do not visit to kufri the most worst place if there is no snow, Horse owners do not allow you to go by walk and there is only one and half kilometer from taxi stand they will say 7 kms and there is nothing to see in summer so if there is no snow do not go to kufri.
You can travel by local city bus you need to ask to local people or else no body from hotel or taxi people will guide you.
You need smart planning.
Mall road is good for visitors but it closes at 9pmm sharp even lift will also close and there is no night life in Shimla so make your plan accordingly there is Pizzahut, Dominos for pizza lovers on mall road, there is good pure veg restaurant on mall road Sagar Ratna food with all choice northindian and south indian food is available.
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