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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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Anurag kashyap

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"Shimla -The Queen of Mountains" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
I thought visiting Shimla in August would not be a pleasant experience, but to my surprise, it was more than delightful and certainly the best place I have ever visited in my lifetime. Shimla is known as "Pahado ki Rani' for no reason. It has hundreds of gorgeous and ecstatic hills that can be experienced easily through Naldehra. The city area is also a delight to the eyes and stomach as it offers delicious food, breathtaking views, regularly emerging clouds, a little rain, temples, and best of all, really nice people.
I had the best experience of my life in Shimla and will visit this place again in near future.
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Pritesh Mehta

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  • Lives in Baroda
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  • 485 Reviews
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"Good Health and Good Wealth" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Shimla is the most beautiful hill station of India. There Were very good cold atmospher. We were go there From Kalka to Shimla Toytrain. This toytrain is very beautiful. We take ticket from Kalka station. We reached in train take the seat with my family. Breakfast, Newspaper and water gave in train. We were showed nature scene and there hills morning nature is amazing. We were start our toy train journy at 6:00 am and we reach Shimla at 11:00 am. This journy was very relax and very comfort to my family. There were minus atmospher. Real there were very clean and very amazing city. We reached out resort. Then take room and bathing after take breakfast. We take relax some time and then after go to malve road that was the main market of Shimla. Then evening we were went to small nearest view point and came bake night 7:00 pm. Take dinner and take deseert. There food and service was very good. Seconde day we went to visit kufri, club and other big point in kufri very good snow we were played in snow with my family. Kid were very happy to pay. We take dinner on the way and we come back to resort at 6:30 pm. We were very tired. Take dinner and sleep. This day we were take sizler it was amazing test. Thirday we were after breakfast go to local market and do shopping some hot wear. Then forthday early morning we take bus and reach at Delhi. Then came back from Delhi to Baroda.
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Kavita

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"Crowded, Packed, & Hill less Hill Station!" new review

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Well, I recently went for my first trip to Shimla and was shocked to see the amount of construction that has happened there. The entire place is full of residential area or hotels and all one can see is construction. I call it a hill less hill station because the hill is not visible anymore.
In case you still plan to visit, please keep heavy woolens in winters and maybe very light sweatshirt for the monsoon months.
One may have difficulty finding parking and hotels during peak season so it is safe to book hotels in advance around this place.
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Kavita

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"Densely populated, too many flats and hotels!" new review

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
I recently went for my first trip to Shimla and I have nothing good to say about this place. There is no part of hill that is visible because it is all full of hotels and flats.
Even parking is a big issue specially during peak season. It took us more than 1. 5 hours to look for parking.
All you can find on mall road are brands so forget that you will be able to pick up small gifts like wooden key chains, candles, etc.
Overall, the experience here wasn't that great and I would not like to visit Shimla ever again. Its better to go to Mashobra for spending your vacations.
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Kavita

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"Densely populated, too many flats and hotels!" new review

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
I recently went for my first trip to Shimla and I have nothing good to say about this place. There is no part of hill that is visible because it is all full of hotels and flats.
Even parking is a big issue specially during peak season. It took us more than 1. 5 hours to look for parking.
All you can find on mall road are brands so forget that you will be able to pick up small gifts like wooden key chains, candles, etc.
Overall, the experience here wasn't that great and I would not like to visit Shimla ever again. Its better to go to Mashobra for spending your vacations.
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Kavita

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"Densely populated, too many flats and hotels!" new review

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
I recently went for my first trip to Shimla and I have nothing good to say about this place. There is no part of hill that is visible because it is all full of hotels and flats.
Even parking is a big issue specially during peak season. It took us more than 1. 5 hours to look for parking.
All you can find on mall road are brands so forget that you will be able to pick up small gifts like wooden key chains, candles, etc.
Overall, the experience here wasn't that great and I would not like to visit Shimla ever again. Its better to go to Mashobra for spending your vacations.
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Prabal Awasthi

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  • Lives in Lucknow
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"Shimla-hill station that is much hived" new review

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
I visited Shimla in month of Octoberwith my wife and kid. My taxi left me at beginning of Victoria street .. As taxi not permitted beyond it .. So cookie took us to hotel. Weather was good . . Ridge is the soul place to walk and enjoy in city ... So I hired hotel just behind church on ridge. To avoid too much walk ... Ridge is small flat area of size ofpark ... Where visitors enjoy pony ride in small area .. Road side momos and apples and kiwis in season ... So their is not much to do ... Around Shimla kufri is good only in snowfall otherwise waste of time and money ... Shimla palace is nice to visit ... So in all as compared other hill stations of northern India .. Shimla is average
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Avik narayan Chatterjee

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  • Avik narayan Chatterjee
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"Come Shimla And enjoy Nature" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Want to spend some romantic moments in the lap of nature- No other place can be better than this small hill town of Shimla. Scenic beauty is simply awesome. And one can't miss the toy train ride either during arrival or departure. The cosy ride in the shivalik express( toy train) just passing by the numerous tunnels helps you reach there. Once in Shimla the most serene thinhg is perhaps a walk in the Mal. It's probably one of the cleanest Mal in India with some mesmerising views. At a walking distance from the Mal is Shimla Kali Bari that attracts most of the tourists. Also sightseeing tour packages are available from various operators. For a small hill town like Shimla it offers much more than expected. Almost everything is available here. Hotels as per your budget are right there waiting to welcome visitors.
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Ravi kumar

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"Romantic place" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Shimla is very romantic place for couples. I suggest for newly married couples for new trip. Weather was awesome. Very cool weather and so beautiful nature. Mall road looks like foreign place. People are very silent and innocent but coolies makes tourists fool. Moreover all was so much good and memorable for us.
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  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Queen of hill station- Shimla" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Visited Shimla on January 2nd week .. The real beauty of Shimla is in the mountains .. Climate was very chilled .. Stayed at hotel CK international .. Food was good but do carry proper wollens for yourself .. Visited Kufri & mahesu peak (highest peak of Shimla) .. But do bargaining in the local market .. A visit to adventure park in Kufri is wroth visit .. We did mountain climbing, rappelling and it was simply amazing .. Good place for honeymoon also .. Rightly called as queen of hill station
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