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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Atul Verma
  • Atul Verma
  • 1 Review

"A beautiful destination" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted Yesterday
I visited Shimla last year with my girlfriend. Far away from tensions of your busy life, you can spend your time here join mall road, ridge, kufri and many more. I will love to go once again there and enjoy once more. My girlfriend and I ate pizza at pizza hut. We did lot of shopping.
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Rishabh Dhiman
  • Rishabh Dhiman
  • Lives in Rishikesh
  • 9 Reviews

"A beautiful city" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
I visited Shimla last year with my friends just to spend some time together from our regular schedule. First day was good we took a look around and saw the local market. There is a beautiful church in Shimla one should visit it, its beautiful and ancient. The government is very concerned about the clean Shimla which is nice and doesn't irritates the tourists from those unnecessary horns and gases.
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Mukesh Kumar
  • Mukesh Kumar
  • Lives in Noida
  • 5 Reviews

"A good destination for 2 days visit" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Its a place where you roam max 2 days and no more. Then you have to either move to chail, kullu or any nearest station. Shimla is having mostly local near site seeing places which you can cover in a day. Jakhoo temple, mall road, kufri, naldhera, narkanda, museum, and other places which you have to cover in 2 days and then move.

Best is to make a 1 week tour of shimla, followed by kullu manali to enjoy complete trip.
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Satvir Singh
  • Satvir Singh
  • Lives in Bathinda
  • 1 Review

"An awesome city" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Shimla is an awesome city specially mall road. Himachal pardesh is a close to nature. My memories are awakened of shimla. I was riding a horse at mall road shimla. My wife and I ate pizza at pizza hut. We did lot of shopping.
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Jagadeesh Patel
  • Jagadeesh Patel
  • 1 Review

"Must visit place during winter in february" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
I visited last year in February and the experience is awesome. You take a lift to go higher to visit the old church and then I walked hills to visit the hanuman temple which is visible when you stand anywhere in the city because it is very big statue and it is good to visit the temple as it is upper and you get to visit many monkeys in the way to temple and you can take rest on ice laying around and play little bit with the ice. The breezing smell of the trees and with hot tee made my day. Thanks to the city I felt the most cold in my entire life.
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Bhawna Arora
  • Bhawna Arora
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 4 Reviews

"Get romantic with your better half" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Very good place to spend time with your better half and family too. Far away from tensions of your busy life, you can spend your time here join mall road, ridge, kufri and many more. This is really great place to spend time and leave all your worries behind. Must go place at least once.
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Prashant Raj singh
  • Prashant Raj singh
  • Lives in Katihar
  • 3 Reviews

"A nice hill station" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Shimla is one of the best place in India especially the snow fall is really interesting. I love the place, the hills, the snow falls the people of Shimla are so good and cooperative. I will love to go once again there and enjoy once more. I recommend this place to all. By bus it will cost only 950 from Delhi.
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Arvind Kumar
  • Arvind Kumar
  • Lives in Jamalpur
  • 3 Reviews

"A place to have good fun" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It was a lot of fun with my family there. We enjoy a lot in toy train ride. Eating samosa's in the stations. Train ride and views on narrow tracks. The snow fight, the nature's beauty and horse ride. Every thing I loved it. It's a memorable moment for me.
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Astik Chauhan
  • Astik Chauhan
  • Lives in Shimla
  • 1 Review

"A trip full of fun" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Last week I went to Shimla with my family. Shimla is the capital of h. P. It is a very beautiful city. On the first day I went to jakhu temple. The temple is so beautiful and it is famous for lord Hanuman. I also visited the others sightseeing spots and had fun.
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Bhaves kumar
  • Bhaves kumar
  • Lives in Pune
  • 5 Reviews

"Perfect location to enjoy your honeymoon" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Shimla is a wonderful location to enjoy your honeymoon. The Mall is the main shopping street of Shimla. It also has many restaurants, clubs, banks, bars, post offices and tourist offices. And Jakhu Hill is the highest peak an offers a beautiful view of the town and of the snow-covered Himalayas. And In my opinion Kufri is the Best location in Shimla. Kufri is the local winter sports Centre.
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