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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Sunny Garg
  • Sunny Garg
  • Lives in Sirsa
  • 6 Reviews

"One Time Visit" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Shimla is a good place if you want to spend your holidays in the heart of Himalayas region, peaceful place, mountains, clouds the sudden change in whether, the Himachal's Culture and many more things.

There are many places near by Shimla which you can visit during your trip, some of the places are given below:
Green Valley
Jhakhu Temple
Kufri
The Mall
The Ridge

If you are moving to Shimla via Kalka it's best to take Toy Train which departs from Kalka railway station and passes through 110 Tunnels made in the British Era, or if you are taking the bus route you can take a halt just 10 KMs from Kalka to take a ride between the mountains through trolley which is run by Timber Train.
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Ujjwal Goyal
  • Ujjwal Goyal
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 Review

"Perfect place for summer" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Shimla is a very cold and nice place, especially during the scorching & hot months of may & june when people are very much affected by the summer season. I must suggest the people should visit Shimla by road as they can enjoy the sight of valleys & other beautiful landscape. Annandale is a must visit place in Shimla. It should not be missed at all.
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Piyush Sharma
  • Piyush Sharma
  • Lives in Kota
  • 1 Review

"An adventurous trip" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
In the month of January, this year some of my friends and I visited Shimla because of college vacations. We stayed there for 2 days and then we moved to haridwar for industrial tour. But in those 2 days we enjoyed a lot. The real beauty of nature exists there. The view of mountains, lakes & fog in atmosphere was just amazing. We enjoyed river rafting of 8 km & also enjoyed mountain climbing. We visited several places in Shimla & played with snow as there was snowfall before the day we arrived there. I will never forget those moments of adventure.
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Kartikey Chona
  • Kartikey Chona
  • Lives in Chamba
  • 5 Reviews

"Must visit place, its heaven" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
No words to describe beauty of Shimla, its beautiful. Best time to visit in Summer. Its perfect for couples mainly for newly married couples. One verdict if you have your own vehicle then do prefer hotels in outskirts as they will provide you true experience of nature.
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Bhavikkumar Kothari
  • Bhavikkumar Kothari
  • Lives in Thane
  • 5 Reviews

"Good climate condition and maintained well" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Superb and awesome climatic condition. Chills fluctuate a little, but its all okay. Many places to visit for sightseeing, having fun in the snow, roaming all around. North Indian cuisines are available everywhere. Not at all costlier and people are the best. City is very clean due to ban on plastics.
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Vipin Gyanchandani
  • Vipin Gyanchandani
  • Lives in Nagpur
  • 6 Reviews

"A good place for shopping" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I stayed only for a single day in Shimla. We went to Kufri Valley there. There was no snow in Shimla at that time (but there was snow in Manali at that time). However, the best part of the day was shopping at Mall Road. The Mall Road of Shimla is a perfect place for a Shopaholic.
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Abhijeet Anand
  • Abhijeet Anand
  • Lives in Jehanabad
  • 4 Reviews

"Good place to get rid from summer" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Shimla is famous for snow fall though I visited in summers so there is no snow fall but enjoyed alot there. Very interesting place. One can easily enjoy the sight seeing. Good place to get rid from summers or hit of sun. Enjoy the summer here. I had good experience visiting there. Would love to visit again and again.
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Abhishek Add
  • Abhishek Add
  • 4 Reviews

"A good place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Cool place to visit during winter. Lots of snow around. Kufri must be visited. Thick fresh snow during January. Nice place to take photos. We went during the chakka jam. But that did not matter. Bus services are available and are pretty safe too. Nice view of the mountains while travelling. The place and the people of Himachal are very good, and the place is really safe and secure. The place has a lot to offer to tourists. I really had a good time. The hotels there are really good and within the budget.

In the bus from Shimla to Kufri.
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Ravikant
  • Ravikant
  • Lives in Delhi
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  • 6 Reviews

"Overall, a good destination" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
May is a good month to visit Shimla. Don't stay in a hotel close to the station if you want a quiet holiday. Visit mall road, naldehra golf course. The htdc hotel at the golf course has a nice view.

Visit kufri. Be prepared to ride the horse. The place is lovely. Do take the rope to move from one hill to another. Its fascinating.

Hot tea and pakodas should not be missed. Yaks are a delight to see. Take a photo or too.

Visit chail. The palace is lovely. Kadhi chawal at the local dhaba was awesome. Take some lovely photos at the palace lawns.
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Mayur
  • Mayur
  • Lives in Adra
  • 4 Reviews

"A good destination for shopping" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Very good place to go with couple. I had visited in the month of January last week and February first week last year. Had a very good experience there with my wife. The mall road - u can spend full day shopping around the mall road.
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