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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Ajay kumar rawat

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  • Ajay kumar rawat
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 4 Reviews
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"Perfect place for tour" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
I will give full star for this place because to visit hill stations, Shimla, Kufri are most beautiful hill station in Himachal and mall road is like a shopping complex there you can buy everything, clothing, food and everything and you can enjoy too.

Visit center mall and to visit there are many travel agencies they provided taxies in economical rate and you can enjoy every moment of pleasure of nature and beautiful hill stations. I enjoyed too much here and weather was also so good and cool sometime so you need to keep some light warm clothes with you in your bag so that in cold weather it would be helpful. You will definitely enjoy while you are with your friends or in family.
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Chandrashekhar Sheoram

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  • Chandrashekhar Sheoram
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  • 3 Reviews
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"An excellent place to visit" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
It was indeed a trip to remember forever. Excellent places to view, lots of adventure sports available. You can trek, skew in ice, play other games in it. Horse ride to climb the mountains. Pictures with Yak!!! Hot tea in the cold breeze. Lots of places to hangout. One of d best places for couples and even for families. Equip yourself with the winter wears to enjoy the weather.
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Vikash

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  • Vikash
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  • 5 Reviews
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"Not up to expectation" new review

  • 1.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
I think our tour agency didn't plan well good package to visit Shimla. Our main destination was the mall and kufri, We spent 3 hours in mall and it was good. But Kufri was a flop day and the tour agency might given us better other choice to visit. In Kufri there was nothing interesting in summer season, its good destination only when snow is falling. While horse riding there is lot of dust which can be enough reason to cause of Asthma so better skip this spot.
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Parmeshwar Chidri

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"Full of enjoyment" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
It was full of enjoyment and I got really close to the nature. It was like heaven for me, it has become one of the best memories that I have lived. I would suggest everyone to at least go once to Shimla. It is the heaven on earth for me and I hope it is for everyone.
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Mitushi Singal

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"Relive the nature" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Life of city is very monotonous so to regain your inner soul and life one should travel the himalaya and in the lap of himalaya is a city very small yet larger than life SHIMLA capital of himachal pradesh. Shimla is a city of culture and heritage from British era and to enjoy scenic beauty of nature one should travel it once in life it would surely be a life time experience.
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Gourav

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  • Gourav
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"A one time visit spot" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I couldn't find anything about Shimla which could bring me there again. This is just one time visit place. I am not sure to come here again. I just wanted to add Shimla in my list of visited place, that's it. Shopping was expensive. Roaming were tiring. Connectivity with Chandigarh was too poor and it costed big amount to reach there.
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Devender Megh

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  • Devender Megh
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"A good place to have fun" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
The right time to visit Shimla is during summer time. Visit Shimla for its scenic view. From Shimla you can travel by car to Kufri. After reaching Kufri, you have to ride on horseback to the sight. There is lot of fun with my friends. The trip is full of adventure.
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Ashwani Gautam

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  • Ashwani Gautam
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"Best place for holiday with family" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Best place for holiday with family. Do avoid Durga Dhaba at Kasauli. The food there is very good. If you walk along the mall road then there are other places to eat. Best place to eat in Kasauli is Roscommon. They make the best stuffed chapatis around. Far better than the rubbish served at Gianis in Dharampur.
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Bharatbhushan Rankas

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"A good place to enjoy" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Here all things were special. All the places are must visit because they all are good and you get a new experience. Local food is about your choice what you want to eat because every person's taste is different. Now about activities that kept you busy we do everything that we see there. So it's upon you. If you go than you'll definitely enjoy that place.
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"Best place for summer holidays" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I like Shimla city. The hotels of Shimla give best services. There are many places to visit in Shimla but I like Jakhoo Hill very much, if anyone wants to see nature you can visit Jakhoo Hill. Museum was also good.
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