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 fašades 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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Sumesh Guleria

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"A trek to get a 180 degree Shimla view" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Tara Devi is situated on top of a hill is a must visit place in Shimla. It is almost 10 Kms from Shimla City. As I mentioned it's on TOP OF HILL just opposite to Shimla city from where you can grab full view of Shimla ( from Advance studies-Ridge-Mall Road-Jakhoo-Chotta Shimla).

Now a days there's a lot of local buses plying to Tara Devi from Shimla but the best way to visit Tara Devi is to grab the Toy Train whose ticket price can put you in trouble i.e Rs. 5/-. Yeah just Rs. 5 upto Tara Devi.

Its just 20-25 minutes which will blow your mind as you will go through, Deodar Jungle, extraordinary tunnels & providing a mind blowing view of SHIMLA AIRPORT.

Now come to the point as you'll reach the TARA DEVI RAILWAY STATION. There will be 2 options either grab a bus or be ready to bring out a adventures devil from you. Means 2-4 Km Trek. Just ask the locals the way through jungle to the TARA DEVI TEMPLE. But since Himachali people are very good they will suggest you to go by bus because its total Jungle trek 2-3 Km so, but you have to enjoy the trip. So ask them that to show the way from Jungle.

They'll tell you the whole way properly. So then your actual journey will start.
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Ankit Kaushik

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"A good destination spot" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Shimla is a very good place in India. It is a very peaceful and romantic tourist place, here you can see the real beautiful nature and beautiful hills. You can enjoy the winter as well as summer season. The food is excellent.
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Vishal Sharma

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  • Lives in Chandigarh
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"Perfect holidays" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
Wonderful experience to visit Shimla in any weather, lots of historic places nearby Shimla. Mall road is heart of city & shopping place, in winters ice skating is main attraction. Famous lakker bazar where you can get items made up of woods. Kalibari temple, jakhu mandir, ridge any many other famous tourist destinations were to see and enjoy and dont forget to eat a himachali local food.
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Mr Lakhshit

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"An awesome place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
An awesome place, will come again. The environment was too good. Friendly people and great views. Horse riding was good. The city was neat and clean. It had good food, clean roads, dense forest. Awesome weather great sunset views, lovely people. Traveling by car is always good.
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Rakesh Patil

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"Good destination for enjoyment" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
It was a good trip, I enjoyed a lot with my wife which was our first visit to Shimla. It is memorable. Everybody should visit once in lifetime to Shimla. Hotel was good, people were nice and cooperative. Other places to visit are Mall road, kufri was good. We enjoyed lot of fruits. It was an enjoyable trip.
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Dheeraj Kela

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"Life time memories" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Its a life time memory. My trip to Shimla was a family get together and one of the very memorable ones I have had. The long evening walks from the mall to our hotel and the small restaurants and the local momos were good. Ate Maggi all time. Bhel was also good. First time I saw such a big lemon in my life. The size of a big muskmelon.
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Saumya Saxena

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"A fun filled trip" new review

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  • Posted 1 week ago
I went with a group of friends, it was fun masti and dhamaal. We went to jakhu temple where there is a 108 ft long statue of Lord Hanuman, but beware there are lot of monkeys there so be careful. In fact in shimla monkeys is the main problem, they take your specs and camera.
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Bhumika Mishra

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  • Lives in Allahabad
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"Nice trip" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
My trip to shimla was a family get together and one of the very memorable ones I have had. The long evening walks from the mall to our hotel and the small restaurants and the local momos were awesome. Coupled with treks to jakhu and the viceroy's lodge and all the heritage buildings was very educative. We went in the summers and the weather was very pleasant and the people were really friendly. The only thing that was slightly irritating was the traffic jams and so I would recommend to go to nearby places on foot rather than take a car.
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Amit Biswas

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"Shimla you can enjoy in any season" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Shimla you can enjoy in any season. Ether it is summer/winter or rains and even autumn, In autumn you can visit apple orchards. Enjoyable and magnificent scenic beauties. Food was very good. Joy train journey Kalka to Shimla was mesmerizing. Enjoyed wholeheartedly.
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Vijay

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"First visit to Shimla!" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Overall it was a good trip of my life, enjoyed I lot with my wife which was her first visit to Shimla. I request every people to visit to Shimla and enjoy their life with their family. Hotel was good, people were nice, place like mall road, kufri was awesome. We enjoyed lot of fruits life pichs, palms, lichi.
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