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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Tiziano Elvira

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  • Tiziano Elvira
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 1 Review
  •  748 readers

"Looks beautiful at night" new review

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 3 days 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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Sameer Kumar

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  • Sameer Kumar
  • Lives in Bihar Sharif
  • 3 Reviews
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"Very nice trip" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 week 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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Sachin Kumar

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  • Sachin Kumar
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 5 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  24230 readers

"A charmful place" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Shimla being one of the highly visited and favorite of all, is an all time destination, you can visit anytime and will experience a different Shimla every time you will visit. It is correctly named as Queen of all hill stations, it has got a different charm altogether, weather is pleasant all year around.

That is for sure you will never get bored in Shimla, infact you will get addicted by the charm of this place, the must visits are Ridge the central point of the place, the christ church, Jakhu hill and temple, kufri and the Mall road, Shimla Himalayan queen train and Indian institute of advanced studies.

Shimla has many good places and restaurants to blow away your hunger, there are many good and reasonably priced restaurants along the Mall, there is a Domino's as well for the people who loves pizza, you can buy many things from the local market but there no nothing called speciality of this place as such, as no special thing is manufactured here itself, but you can find the showrooms of many brands here.

The best way to explore a hill station is on-foot and keep walking to explore the place. That's exactly what I did, that was the best way to know the place in a better way and trust me you will not feel tired infact you be feel relaxed and rejuvenated, in kufri you have a number of activities to do in the adventure park but i even explored the kufri on-foot, and as there was snow as well the it added to our enjoyment and we enjoyed the place a lot, Kufri is quiet and relaxing place and is less crowded.

Best way to reach is to take an overnight volvo bus for a comfortable journey or else for the best experience book the connecting train from Delhi to Kalka and from Kalka to Shimla for a scenic journey. Remember, the vehicles are not allowed on The Mall at all so be prepared to walk, a lot.
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Amit Chaudhary

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  • Amit Chaudhary
  • Lives in Pune
  • 155 photos
  • 11 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  24458 readers

"An awesome place" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Awesome place with lil bit cold in November but worth travelling either with family and with friends or with gf. Mountain, rains, cold, there is everything you need it. Religion, wildlife, adventure, morning sunrise, sunset, cityscape. Awesome journey in cold and ice.
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Atul Jha

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  • Atul Jha
  • Lives in Samastipur
  • 1 Review
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"Cool place to visit" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
We started our journey from New Delhi, which ended in 9 days. This was an awesome Himachal trip. Hotels are nice. Natural beauty is finest. Dharamshala Manali Kufri are other places which we visited on this trip. Snow fall is one of the best thing which we witnessed. I would love to go their again and again if time permits.
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Nikky bajaj

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  • Nikky bajaj
  • 3 Reviews
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"Best destination to enjoy lively vacation" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
A Beautiful place to married couples and families too. Has everything from valleys, mountains to lovely temples, good restaurant with different cuisines. Best destination to enjoy lively vacation. Best hotels to stay is hotel Kapil, it's small - 15 rooms hotel but with clean and spacious rooms, family friendly, staff are very well-trained. Had been with my family and will definitely visit again.
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Er kanwardeep Singh

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  • Er kanwardeep Singh
  • Lives in Ludhiana
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"A beautiful place to visit in winters" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Beautiful place to visit in winters. Year ending months are best time to visit as there will be snow every where and if you are a lucky one you can enjoy the snow fall.

I reached Shimla on 1st Jan night from Ludhiana with my friends as there was continued rain on our way. On next day as expected there was a snowfall and all routes were blocked to in and out of Shimla due to snow. As we were the lucky one as we were staying at Chail from which kufri the main snow spot of Shimla was just 13 km and we enjoyed a whole in fresh snow. I would suggest if anyone wants to visit Shimla definitely visit in December.
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  • Lives in Dehradun
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"Glory of Shimla" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
All hill stations were favourite of British people for respite from hot weather of India. Mussoorie and Shimla are two most significant among all. Both claim to be Queen of hill stations. For me both lack waterbody. Still I love the serenely green cities what both of them truly are known for. Shimla is developed as winter capital of Punjab even from British period. The old buildings are magnificent. I love to be at centre for advanced studies. The traffic jam on roads is disturbing in the evening, so I enjoy lights from the glass window of hotel while sipping coffee or licking soft souffle. OMG this is beyond words. Must visit place to experience and feel romanticism in the breeze. Late night slowest gaiters by the cliff are worth watching.
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Ajay singh

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  • Ajay singh
  • 8 Reviews
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"A lovely hill station" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
A lovely hill station with beautiful homes and lot of greenery and lovely people. It is land of God. Tara devi temple and Jakosa temple are simply out of this world. Mall Road is great as it is restricted road for vehicle. To walk there is a great pleasure.
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Ashutosh shrivastava

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  • Ashutosh shrivastava
  • 5 Reviews
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"Good nature and climate" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Nice place of Shimla. Everybody should visit here. Nature and climate is also very nice. People are so cooperative. Suggest for others to visit Shimla once in his/her lifetime. Food is available of all types. All needs fulfilled easily in Shimla.
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