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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Sdd Sdei
  • Sdd Sdei
  • 3 Reviews

"A great destination for cliff runners and holiday hungers" new review

  • 6.5/7
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No doubt its a great destination for cliff runners and holiday hungers you will find a gorgeous view from this place, for me we go to all the tourist destination around Shimla and go to the neighbouring places such as kufri, solan, kasuli and many more.
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Jeena Abel
  • Jeena Abel
  • Lives in Kochi
  • 3 Reviews

"Land of beauty with a cool climate" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Wow!! A thrilling experience we felt in the nature of Shimla. Climate so cool that made our trip most comfortable. Awesome feeling in each and every moment. So we refer the place to my friends and relatives. Best place for honeymoon couples!!
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Sagarika Hela
  • Sagarika Hela
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 5 Reviews

"Perfect place to be at the hill top" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Shimla is a very cool place to be and it's my dream place also. I loved to be there and being there was the most amazing time and memory of my life. The Mall Road church, green valley, Kufri and all the places you must visit at Shimla. I forgot to mention about Kalibari. It's also a very mind resting place to the religious people and really very cool to have a Kalibari at the hill top.
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Harjot Singh
  • Harjot Singh
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 1 Review

"Awesome and a memorable experience" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
It was so much fun and you must go to the Mall Road. If you are going during winter season then must go to Kufri and the clock tower. It was a memorable experience. You should go there at least once. You will never regret!!
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Chirag Mehta
  • Chirag Mehta
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 42 Reviews

"Queen of hills" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
It use to be summer capital for British rulers for its pristine beauty at that time and somewhat they have maintain it also now. Mall road, church are worth visit in current times and if you want to go nearby places do not miss tatta pani. Travelling in toy train can be added advantage ample of cheap and luxuries accommodations are available.
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Razi Ahmad
  • Razi Ahmad
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 4 Reviews

"Overall, an awesome experience" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Shimla is nice place, every time when I visit this place, I love this place. The only problem at this place is hotels. All hotel are situated on the hill and its tough job to reach there because you have have to go by walking and climbing though stairs. Otherwise place is good and mall road market is also good.
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Saurabh Upreti
  • Saurabh Upreti
  • Lives in Ghaziabad
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  • 3 Reviews

"Overall, a cool place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
We celebrated our 5th anniversary there. Explored shimla local with sightseeing Naldera, Kufri. In naldera, we had fun as doing adventure sport. Zip line. Passing from green valley, we went Kufri. But the approach to Kufri, Somehow was not good. As passage was muddy and we have to go in this passage through Horse ride.
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Shweta Goyal
  • Shweta Goyal
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 2 Reviews

"An awesome place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Recently, I visited Shimla and it is a very nice place to visit. Everything there is very nice. The temperature was good. It is a place where a person can go to relax from his hectic schedule. Overall it was very good experience visiting there. I really enjoyed a lot at such an awesome place.
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Minali Yadav
  • Minali Yadav
  • Lives in Surat
  • 1 Review

"A cool place to get chilled" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Must visit once in a life time specifically during winter when everything is covered under the snow and blue sky. The feeling of freshness and to relax yourself. Also kufri, the horse ride known as khacchar. There you can spend whole day with eating maggi and aloo tikki with garam garam chai. Love the experience.
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Devansh Gupta
  • Devansh Gupta
  • Lives in Aligarh
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"Best place to enjoy flora and fauna" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Great flora and fauna, must watched and no-1 in queue for places to celebrate holidays. Feel the cool breeze and peace in the silence off hills and of course wonderful scenery. Of mountains such like heaven on the earth. Also go to the mall road for buying goods and shopping and also visit Jakhu Temple and Tara Devi situated on the top of Shimla and an adventurous place, love it.
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