Shimla Tourism

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

History of Shimla

Nestled in the midst of the Himalayas, Shimla lies at an altitude of 2205 m above sea level. It is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh. Often referred to as the ‘Queen of Hill Stations’, Shimla is known for its scenic beauty and pleasant climate. The erstwhile summer capital of British India, Shimla has a rich political and cultural history. It serves as an important political centre in the British era. Featuring beautiful orchards, rich landscape, colonial structures and old testimonies, Shimla receives tourists from all over the world.

People and Culture of Shimla

The major population of Shimla consists of Pahadis, followed by Punjabis. A small minority of Tibetans Buddhists, Christians and Muslims also reside in the city. Hindi, Punjabi and other Pahadi languages are spoken in the place. The Shimla Summer Festival is celebrated every year with great pomp and show in a span of 3-4 days.

Things To Do in Shimla

There are ample of places to visit in Shimla. Located in the heart of Shimla, the Ridge is a popular sightseeing in Shimla.Located at a distance of 16 km from Shimla, the Himalayan Nature Park is also among the popular places to see in Shimla. Home to over 140 species of flora and fauna, the major attractions of the place are the Musk Deer and Tibetan Wolf. It is also known for its ski slopes. During your Shimla tour, you must visit the Golf Course in Naldehra. Lying at an altitude of 2200 metres above sea level, it is one of the oldest golf clubs in the world. Among the other Shimla attractions, the Jakhoo Hill is also worth a visit. The highest point of Shimla, it lies at an altitude of 8000 metres above sea level and offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding region.

Food and Shopping in Shimla

Apart from sightseeing, there are many other things to do in Shimla such as shopping. The Mall Road is the main shopping destination in Shimla. It is a long stretch of street lined with shops selling a wide range of items such as exquisite jewellery, local handicrafts, woollens, Himachali shawls, etc. It also features other establishments such as restaurants, cafes, clubs and tourist centres. Located close to Mall Road is the famous Lakkar Bazaar which is known for wooden handicrafts and furniture.

After a tiring day of Shimla sightseeing, one can indulge in mouth watering food in Shimla. From dhaabaas to bakeries to fine dining restaurants, Shimla is brimming with eateries that serve a wide range of cuisines. Indian Coffee House is a well known café and a must visit. For some authentic Himachali food, head over to Ashiana and Goofa, two famous restaurants which are run by the Himachal Pradesh tourism department.

Accommodation in Shimla

Tourists who are wondering how to reach Shimla can choose from various options such as flight, cab and bus. Located at a distance of 25 km, Jubbarhatti Airport is the closest airport to Shimla. There are regular flights to places such as Delhi, Mumbai, etc. One can also reach Shimla by toy train.

Since Shimla is an eminent tourist destination, it is brimming with tourists all through out the year. Therefore, it advisable to book hotels in Shimla well in advance. From resorts to homestays, there are ample of accommodation options in Shimla. There are many hotels in Shimla that overlook the snow covered mountain and lush deodar and pine forests and lie close to Shimla tourist places.

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Shimla Traveller Reviews

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Vijay Sharma

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"Shimla Beauty of Hills." new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
E former summer capital of the British in India, and the present capital official Pradesh, Shimla has been blessed with all the natural bounties which one can think of. It has got a scenic location, it is surrounded by green hills with snow capped peaks. The spectacular cool hills accompanied by the structures made during the colonial era creates an aura which is very different from other hill.
Bulging at its seams with unprecedented expansion, Shimla retains outscoring heritage, with grand old buildings, charming iron lamp posts and Anglo-Saxon names. The Mall,  
Packed with shops and eateries, is the main attraction of the town,  and Scandal Point, associated with the former Maharaja of, offers a view of distant snow clad peaks.  
Shimla is ideally located, and though there is an air service to the town, it is best reached by road that takes in the charms of the HIMALAYAN countryside at its best. There is a sense of nostalgia about Shimla, with its old bungalows and their gabled roofs and beautiful gardens.  
The Shimla back to the 19th century when it was founded by the British in the year 1819 after the Gorkha war. During that period, it was most popular for the temple of Hindu Goddess Shyamala Devi. In 1822, the first British summer home was constructed by Scottish civil servant Charles Pratt Kennedy. Shimla became the summer capital of the British Raj during the latter half of the 19th century and the soldiers of the British army, merchants and civil servants dropped in here to get relief from the scorching heat of the plains. Presently, it is the state capital of Michal Pradesh, with its population around 1. 6 lacs (Shimla town only) having Altitude 2202. 00 meters above sea level, Languages Pahari, Hindi and English, Best time to visit October to November & April to June and standard Code is 0177. Shimla has seen many important historical events such as the famous Shimla Pact between India & Pakistan which was signed here. The place is also famous for its natural beauty, architectural buildings, wooden crafts and apples.
A remarkable event took place in the history of Shimla when the Kalka-Shimla railway line was constructed in the year 1906 that significantly added to its quick accessibility and it gained immense popularity. Apart from this, Shimla was declared as capital of the undivided state of Punjab in the year 1871 and remained so until Chandigarh (the present-day capital of Punjab) was given the status of the region's capital. Michal Pradesh got separated from undivided Punjab in the year 1971 with Shimla becoming
Its capital. You will come across several British structures in Shimla such as the Viceregal lodge, Auckland House, Gorton Castle, Peterhoff house, and Gaiety Theatre that are the reminders of the colonial times. Some of the most prominent things to watch in Shimla are the Michal State Museum & Library, Viceregal Lodge, Botanical Gardens, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, The Ridge, Summer Hill, Glenn and Taradevi Temple. Everything in this quaint town has a unique appeal and never fails to impress even the most demanding tourists.
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Ashok  Nigam

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  • Ashok Nigam
  • Lives in Lucknow
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"Mesmerising visit to Shimla" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Best months to go there is April, May, June and July. A place which astonished a person after entering in this city. Nice valley, great mountain and hills, green valleys, temples, fountain and many more attraction which is enough that no one will try to oppose about it's attraction. Finally great place for single friends families and couples.
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  • Akhilbhardwaj
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"A beautiful place to enjoy your holidays" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I travelled Shimla 2 months ago. It's a very beautiful place to go. Mall Road and rizz are the major places here to go and they are amazing. The murti of Lord Hanuman of Jakhoo Temple increases the beauty of the hills. When You go to Shimla, please go to these places and enjoy.
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Arnab Nag

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"Awesome place to visit" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
A long awaited trip, finally happened in the month of February this year. First of all the early morning ride on the Kalka-Shimla Railway was breathtaking. My humble request to all - Please do not take the roads because you just can't afford to miss this ride! For all the mountain lovers like me, Shimla is the place to be. We stayed at the Hotel Mayur which is right next to the Christ Church at the ridge. I feel that's one of the best places to stay at Shimla. Spending time at the ridge in the evening felt the best, with the sun going down and a hot cup of coffee. And it feels amazing to look at our huge National Flag flying right in the middle of the Ridge. We also got to see a dance show at the Gaiety Theatre Complex which was quite fascinating. The next day we did some sightseeing around Shimla. I found Kufri to be a little overrated although the horse ride all the way to the top of the mountain was very adventurous. We were expecting heavy snowfall but the weather turned out to be just perfect for us. To all the people who intend to visit Shimla for the first time, here are a few tips:

1. Before my trip, I came across a lot of reviews and blogs where it was mentioned "Beware of touts". I would like to say that I didn't come across any, so there is no need to panic about that.

2. You don't need to carry too much of cash, as there are plenty of ATMs.

3. Be prepared to walk a lot! Since cars are not allowed within the main area of the city, most of the places like Jakhoo Temple, Shimla Kali Bari, etc. Has to be covered on foot.

4. You should definitely try out the Topaz Restaurant which is a part of Hotel Mayur. The chinese is excellent and quite reasonable.

5. If you are looking for cheap and tasty food, you can try out New Malook Restaurant which is in the alley next to the Domino's near the Shimla Police Station. Do try out their paw bhaji, its absolutely lip smacking!

6. The best way to explore Shimla is on foot. Don't be lazy. Walk around to discover the beauty of this place.

The perfect place for a rejuvenating vacation.
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Manoj kumar bansal

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  • Manoj kumar bansal
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"Nice place to visit" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Shimla weather very good. Nice crowd at the Mall. People in groups you can see everywhere... It looks like all the people from Delhi and Chandigarh rush to Shimla for a smooth weather trip. Only the hotel I choose from make my trip was a disaster. Hotel Cedar Grand.
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  • Gaurav
  • Lives in Delhi
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"A perfect hill station with family"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Shimla is cooler than plains and we can reach by train too. Lots of things to do like heritage walk, flower lawns etc. I found Institute of Advanced Study is best place to visit in Shimla. Kufri is good for kids. Mall road walk is good for kids who love to run. Overall good experience.
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  • Innocentcriminal
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"Nice place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Very good place to visit. At that place we really feel happy and cold minded. It helps me a lot to understand that how beautiful nature we are provided by God. We have to take the fresh air, cold breeze blowing. Infact everything is amazing, very good place and must visit it once in your life.
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Traveler Inme

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"Shimla In The Monsoon"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Usually people avoid hills in the rains. Well, its better to be safe than sorry, with so many calamities doing their rounds in the news. We too debated for long and kept our final decision for the final hour based on weather predictions. As luck would have it we found ourselves driving down (8 hours) the wonderful route to Shimla from Delhi. A good time to avoid the vacation crowd and have a good long weekend.
Since we reached our destination in the night I was up early morning to take in the green, clean, fresh views of Shimla (a hill station that never sleeps). I was all smiles with the misty views, chirping birds, green hills, rolling valley and rain washed nature. Hill rains can be very unpredictable usually playing hide and seek with the sun / clear sky. If going to hills during monsoon please be acceptable of the fact that you may not be able to follow the itinerary that you would have made. Instead choose a place where you can relax amidst nature and go for short walks which may cover some of your to do list.
We managed to do our toy train ride to Shoghi, visit to the my Taradevi temple and enjoy a wonderful leisurely walk, in the drizzle, on the Mall Road only. Nevertheless, it was good enough for a rainy weekend and it keeps the place open for another visit:) Our experience of the Toy Train ride to Shoghi can be read on this link. Holidayiq.
The evening walk on the wet Mall Road was sheer fun. Soft drizzle and weekenders enjoying themselves. The markets on the Mall Road is always abuzz with life. We did some interesting window shopping, picked up some books and little stuff, had some delicious pasta and brownie at a quaint small Italian joint called & Bake'. On your visit to Shimla do not miss admiring the British colonial buildings now housing important offices (some seen on the Mall Road).
So if you are living near Shimla and want to get away from the mundane, simply plan an extended weekend and enjoy the rains @ Shimla.
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Kausik Mandal

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"The congested hill station"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It was a much hype for us when we reached Shimla by Shivalik dlx from Kalka. Stayed here for three days, took Tours outside the place, but frankly it was a so so trip for us except the train journey. Nobody should miss it. Plan accordingly. Shimla mall, should be called as a marketplace rather.
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  • Mayank
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Very tourist friendly"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The Queen of hills, this is a perfect place for weekend getaway from Delhi or nearby Chandigarh. Easily accessible from Kalka via road and rail and connected to the jubbarhatti airport. Recommended for couples or families this place has something for everyone. I bad been to Shimla many times and every time I make an effort to see it from a different angle.

You will astonished to see engineering marvel of Britishers if you get to travel by the kalka Shimla railway.

Though it takes more time I would recommend toy train as a one time experience everybody should give a try. There are many temples here and picturesque landscapes to be enjoyed.

What I like a lot about Shimla is that it offers you all in one package be it religious, trekking, nice landscape view from the Mall Road, adventure based activities at kufri and a lot more.

Worth a visit!!
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