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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Ashutosh Pandey

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"Cool and green environment" new review

  • 7/7
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Once in life everyone must visit Shimla. Cool and green environment. Interesting place to visit. In Shimla, plantation is very good and people are very honest. Visit every type of interest's places here. No dull moments here.
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"Shimla is a cynosure of India" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
It is a very good place to enjoy living. We have to go Shimla one time in a life. Atmosphere as well as environment of Shimla is very good. There is no pollution in Shimla. People of Shimla are kind in nature. Actually Shimla is a cynosure of India which helps the economy of India.
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"Interesting places to visit" new review

  • 5/7
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Once in life everyone must visit Shimla. Cool environment, green and interesting places to visit. Visit every type of interesting places here. No dull moments. Every time here gives a lot of joy and peace. It is also ancient and historic place.
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"Attractive nature with scenic beauty" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
One of the best place in Himachal Pradesh. Attractive nature, scenic beauty, fresh air and pure water. Best place to calm your mind. Momos is the best food available everywhere in Shimla.
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"A beautiful destination of the English times" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
A beautiful destination of the English times. Mall road is just awesome. Must take the journey from Kalka to Simla by a Toy Train. Best places nearby are Kufri, Jaiko Temple and Chail. The people of Himachal are so well cultured and helpful. A must visiting destination of northern India.
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"Fantastic holiday to Shimla" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
This is fantastic place to explore new food items. While there are local sweet and farsan shops here, there is also a local night bazaar which takes place after 10:30 odd. It's on Mall Road. You may go to have variety of dishes at night. That's actually the night life of Shimla. It's a beautiful place and worth exploring as well. Best place for foodies. I shall add more info post my next visit.
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"Superb place to visit in summer" new review

  • 7/7
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When you are planning for a trip in summer with family or friends, then Shimla is the best option. You will definitely enjoy the mountains and trenches. The shopping in Shimla near church area was awesome one. You can get many items at the cheapest price. If you plan for Shimla then you must head towards Kulumanali or Shangla Valley. I have visited Shangla Valley. It is very good place. You can see the ice mountains and the Dongri culture in that area. You will find a temple in the area and river Indus flowing below valley. You will definitely enjoy the place. Try to take a separate vehicle from Shimla to Sanghla Valley.
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"A place close to nature and you feel free from worries" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Shimla is a good hill station, especially its Mall Road is impressive. Its mountain view fantastic. Restaurant on the hill top are awesome. My experience in Shimla was very good. A city through which you can come close to nature and feel free from worries.
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Karan Ratra

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"A good place for holidays" new review

  • 6/7
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I visited Shimla for a holiday trip with my friends. Stayed in three star hotel and travelled with a cab. My friends were too excited to go over there. The hills are so exciting to watch. We visited shops, food stores, malls, etc. We earned a great experience with this trip.
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"The perfect summer destination" new review

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If you want a stress free holiday, where every member of your family can enjoy, then Shimla is your go to vacation destination. This city can be enjoyed in summers as well as winters. If you want to enjoy the snowfall then Dec-Jan is the perfect time while if you want some relief from the scorching heat in summers then May-July is the right time. The capital city has a number of famous temples like Kalibari and Jakhoo Mandir. Indian Institute of Advanced Studies famous for Shimla conference where the decision to carve out Pakistan and east Pakistan (now Bangladesh) in 1945 is also a place of interest in the city. The Mall is the shopping centre of Shimla and is buzzing with pedestrians. There are several restaurants to satisfy your taste buds on the Mall. There are several other places in and around the city where you can visit by hiring taxi or using government buses which are significantly cheaper than the former. Nearby places include Kufri, Tatta pani, Naldehra, Tara Devi, etc.

People can reach Shimla from Kalka either through Toy Train or bus. Bus takes three hours while the Toy Train takes around six hours. But the toy train is more enjoyable as the train passes through various valleys and mountains which are great to watch.
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