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

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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Juhi singh

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  • 2 Reviews
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"A nice place to visit" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
It's a nice place to visit and some peaceful areas in surrounding such as Craignano, Fagu valley are the real value of himachal that lush green forest and peaceful environment whereas mall road is fully crowded with tourist. According to my personal experience I don't like places which are crowded so I liked the nearby places the most. The hotel in which we stayed was too good. Overall, it was a nice trip.
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Aditya Singh

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  • Aditya Singh
  • Lives in Shahjahanpur
  • 6 photos
  • 13 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
  •  5084 readers

"Relief from heat in summers" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Shimla is a hill station in himachal where we can visit during summers for getting some relief from the heat. The climate over there is relatively cool as it is situated high on hills.
The location of town is awesome with beautiful views from the city. The city receives snowfall during winter months. The toy train ride from kalka to shimla is also very good. There you can find many hotels and lodges to stay at budget prices but during vacations the prices of rooms are usually high.
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Traveler Inme

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  • Lives in New Delhi
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  • 9 Reviews
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"A nice destination" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
We took a trip to Shimla in the monsoon of 2015 to avoid the tourist crowd in summers and enjoy the misty greens of the hills. We also experienced our first toy train ride and that too amidst soft drizzle and beautiful Himachal terrain!

Our destination was Ma Tara Devi mandir located in Tarav parvat. We had taken tickets till the Taradevi halt but was advised by a gentleman to get down at Shogi instead and take a cab up to the temple. A sound advice in monsoon and for people who do not indulge much in trekking.

You need to be punctual, rather before time, to be able to get seats in the toy train as most of it is unreserved. Since we did not check the timings we missed the morning train and had to wait for the next one in the afternoon. The station has a canteen that serves simple veg thali. One can also buy some toy train related souvenirs from a little shop there.

Our beautiful joy ride began from Shimla to Shoghi and while we chugged along I sat back to enjoy the journey and nature at a leisurely pace. We had an interesting co-traveler, a local of Shoghi who had many interesting things to share that we may never find in any book /notes. The childlike joy of seeing the train turn (now a rarity from the closed AC bogeys) and passing thru numerous tunnels is captured in a couple of pics shared.

This is a must do for all traveling to Shimla. The Kalka Shimla train track is a narrow gauge and it takes 5-6 hours to reach Shimla. The Kalka-Shimla route is 96 km long, which includes 102 tunnels. Every tunnel has its own story and the longest tunnel of Barog takes around 3 minutes to cross.

P.S. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, the Nilgiri Mountain Railway and the Kalka “Shimla Railway have collectively been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site".
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Thiyagu Periyasamy

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"Nothing much to see at this place" new review

  • 1.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
One of the worst location ever been in my life. I expected a lot from Kufri and Shimla. Finally I got disappointment only. Don't travel to Kufri and waste your money on horse riding. It costs you 500 rupees/person. Nothing is there. Shimla is clean and tidy. But it's good for few hours only, not for spending days.
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Parmod Kumar

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  • Parmod Kumar
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews
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"Good destination for a short tour" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Shimla has improved a lot in terms of its cleanliness. As compared to my last visit to Shimla, the roads and streets were well maintained. No smoking on public place. Weather is comparatively hot but good. People are nice and helpful. In peak season, the hotel and parking availability is less and costlier but ok. Overall the destination is good for short time travel.
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Naushad ibrahim

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"A laid back place to visit" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Shimla is a pretty nice and laid back place to visit. There are plenty of things to see around Shimla. Taxis are expensive in Shimla so try to make an arrangement with a tour operator before you begin your holiday so there are no unexpected expenses that way. We really liked the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies if you are a history buff. A lot of viceroys from the British times and the presidents have lived in this amazing building with a lot of history in it. We also went to some temples in the area like Taradevi Temple and the Hanuman Temple in Shimla. Be very careful about monkeys when visiting these temples. The monkeys will come and attack you if you are carrying any food items like the Prasad you receive from the temple. At most of the temples, you can also get a lathi to chase away monkeys and trust me it is worth getting one of them while going to the temple.

Besides that we also were at the Mall Road where there are lots of shops and little shops carrying jewellery items, dresses, etc. We really liked Mall Road and spent a lot of time there and my wife really likes to shop along with my daughter. While trying to go up to Mall Road, please try to take the Lift up to Mall Road which is much easier and convenient than trying to walk up. You have to go through two sets of elevators, but it gets you up there pretty quickly.
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Somya goel goel

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"Nice to visit" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Nice play to visit Shimla as for relaxing, climate is really good and the people are really helpful. Overall stay in Shimla is very nice, there are many places surrounding Shimla to roam like, Kufri, Naldehra, Mashobra and the most where we enjoyed is Institute of Advance Study.
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Rishi Narayanan

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  • Rishi Narayanan
  • Lives in Perinthalmanna
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  • 14 Reviews
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"Cool, romantic and Crowdy" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Shimal has been a hot tourist spot for the last 20 years. So although the place is cool and romantic, I felt it is too crowded. The Mall Road, unlike that of Manali is packed with all branded shops like Reebok, Nike, Dominos etc and so I felt like more than keeping the place like a typical Himalayan tourist spot, it has grown up to the grade of a small city. One should enjoy the Shimla-Kalka train journey at least one way, which we were not able to. And there are some places like Kufri, where without snow, is nothing. You will get really disappointed.
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Tiziano Elvira

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  • Tiziano Elvira
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Looks beautiful at night" new review

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
I liked the place. Although we city people come here for some fresh air once in a while and I was disappointed finding myself in a situation of hardly being able to breathe in without inhaling some black smoke. There was fog all around and it was all smoke and dust. The atmosphere as a whole smells like burnt gas/oil. The best time to take a walk is early in the morning. Loved the snow covered mountains further up. But in the city all I could think of was the smokey air.
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  • Lives in Bihar Sharif
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"Very nice trip"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Garmi me jaana achchha rahega, I enjoyed rainy weather too, very good feeling while watching places there, just enjoy the place, do not expect outstanding but still enjoyable, 4 nights stay enough for Shimla, mall road, jakhu temple, kufri, etc are the attraction.
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