Shimla Tourism

Shimla Tourism

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Shimla is a great location to visit in India. Connected very well through road and rail, it is a lovely drive from Delhi or Chandigarh. Great place to visit for a honeymoon or a getaway with family. Visit during December/January if you wish to see snowfall or during summers if you want to get away from the summer heat. Offers variety of hotels across all range of budgets. A must visit for every traveler.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Kufri - Horse ride and sight seeing
Naldera - great place to have a picnic with family, has a golf course
Jakku - a bit of spirituality thrown into your vacation. A hike via road to the top of the mountain
Lakkar Bazaar - shopping
Mall - Shopping for lifestyle and more
Christ Church - Serene and peaceful place to pray to the almighty
Advance Studies - you should not miss this place. If you love architecture, you will love the place, great during sunsets but shuts entry at 5PM

Activities & things to do: Picnic, Hike, Horse ride, Shopping, Meditate

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Preferable mode of transport - Hire a car from Chandigarh - self driven
Taxis are expensive. You will spend more on travels within the city if you dont have a self driven vehicle as places are far off. While travelling on a horse, be ware that the saddle is well tied. Shopping prices are very fixed however you can pay the amount as the people there are honest and helpful. They usually ask what the product is worth unlike other tourist destinations.
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Shimla Traveller Reviews

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Hardik Shah
  • Hardik Shah
  • Lives in Baroda
  • 3 Reviews

"Good Experience" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Shimla is very good place to visit. The best month to visit Shimla is March because you can go around the place without any hassle, there is no rush. You must visit Kufri and the Mall Road. To reach Shimla you can take a toy train from Kalka....... More
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  • Sabir
  • 4 Reviews

"Nice place and super romantic" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
A preferred destination for newly married couples. Very romantic place and beautiful climate. I had been there in March 2013 when the climate was very good with a hint of rain / or snowfall at times. We were fortunate enough to experience the....... More
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Nisha Kukreja
  • Nisha Kukreja
  • Lives in Chandigarh
  • 2 Reviews

"Shimla is very pleasant" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Winter season is good to travel as you may find snow at some places. Mashobra is an cold zone where you will notice the temperature is lower than Shimla. Very nice place to stay rather then Shimla. It was pleasant and would surely visit the....... More
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Vijay Kumar
  • Vijay Kumar
  • Lives in Chandigarh
  • 1 Review

"A honeymoon tour to Shimla" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I went for Shimla during honeymoon tour for 6 nights/7 days, awesome arrangements made by RPC Holidays. We stayed at Willow Banks, located on Mall Road. Due to snowfall in Shimla, there was some problem with the transportation but COI....... More
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Sakshi Kukreja
  • Sakshi Kukreja
  • Lives in Dehradun
  • 3 Reviews

"Shimla is blessed with beauty"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The experience to visit the capital city of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla, was really amazing and would definitely visit again. The place is rightly called as Dev Bhoomi. The place is blessed with natural beauty, that provides amazing views to your....... More
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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

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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Honeymoon - 10500 Per Person 4 days & 3 nights VIEW DETAILS
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