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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Rahul Dobriyal
  • Rahul Dobriyal
  • 1 Review

"Awesome destination to have fun" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Shimla provides awesome view and it is a fun place to be at. Skating, skiing and the beautiful scenery will catch you in the moment. Manali is also place to visit nearby. The lakkar bazaar and many temples to visit there. A must visit place. I have myself gone there twice. Night time is usually quiet and you can just enjoy the scenic beauty there. The places that I had covered were Kufri, Chail and Naldehra. I had my hotel at Mall road so all the tourist attraction like Christ church, kali bari temple, wood market etc. The former summer capital of the British in India, and the present capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla(named after the goddess Shyamala devi) has been blessed with all the natural beauties which one can think of. Shimla is ideally located, and though there is an air service to the town, it is best to take road trip. Its just beautiful.
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Himanshi Gogia
  • Himanshi Gogia
  • Lives in Faridabad
  • 4 Reviews

"It attracts a lot of tourists" new review

  • 4/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Shimla is no biggie place to go, it has been a popular place surely, specially for people from Delhi and CHD. Kufri was a vision this time. This time of the year after snowfall, Shimla does attract a lot of tourists. But one thing to be careful about is the porters there. God knows what an experience we had because of them. To note, please directly book the hotels and cabs and not to listen to them. Specially this "kunwar tours and travels" we had to call for police because of their behaviour. but hearty thanks to Himachal Police and specially Mr. Ravinder Thakur, he really helped us. Thats it to quote for Shimla. Do walk around the mall road and take a trekk.
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Manvika Bimbraw
  • Manvika Bimbraw
  • 1 Review

"A must visit place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Shimla is one of the smallest hill stations in north india. It is also the nearest one to the popular cities. The weather is still pleasant till October but quite cold till February. The mall road is quite a happening place which adds variety of food, church, allows shopping as well. Jhakhu temple is the must visit temple. In the evening the sky gives multi coloured beautiful sceneries to capture. Also during December & February it snows. One should visit to have a small trip.
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Soumyadipta Deb
  • Soumyadipta Deb
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 1 Review

"Truly Amazing and Beautiful Hill Station" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Our trip to shimla has been awesome mixed with amazing and beautiful scenery backed by fabulous climate. During our visit to shimla in October, 2014, we stayed at Hotel Cedar Grand and visited major attractions like Mall road, Church, Kali temple, Jakhu temple, Kufri. Having visited many hill stations during my life, Shimla is truly beautiful and amazing. I would definitely recommend visit and stay in shimla, else you miss something in your life.
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Anamika Arora
  • Anamika Arora
  • Lives in Jalandhar
  • 1 Review

"A place of snow" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Shimla is the best place to enjoy during the winter holidays. There is a lot of snow in kufri and always a great hustle and bustle of people on Mall road, also people can buy almost everything at a good price from the Mall road. More place like Christ church, Jakhu temple are worthwhile.
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Mudit .
  • Mudit .
  • Lives in Achhnera
  • 3 Reviews

"Not recommended" new review

  • 2/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Would never visit this place again, the worst part is the travelling bit and the stay was very bad nothing much to go around apart from the Jakhu temple, Tata pani is also available in Manali so would suggest people not to waste their time in Shimla rather have a beautiful trip in Manali, and the hotel THE HIMALAYAN RESORT the best place to stay in, amazing hospitality and food is something no one would feel upset about.
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Harish Phulara
  • Harish Phulara
  • 10 Reviews

"Awesome experience"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Shimla, the queen city of North India is a worth visit. I went shimla in the month of October. And guess what I enjoyed a lot, more than I was expecting. Weather there was nice. During evening, you gonna love the breeze there. People of Shimla are more friendly than Delhiites.
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Ramniwas Rao
  • Ramniwas Rao
  • Lives in Vapi
  • 5 Reviews

"An excellent destination"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Shimla is located in heaven of earth, himachal. The destination is excellent. At Shimla the tourists can indulge themselves in a gamut of activities and experiences - going for a shopping spree, revelling in the scenic delights, waking up to misty mornings in the mountains, walking down the lanes reminiscent of the historical past and going out for action-filled adventure tours.
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Naresh Shah
  • Naresh Shah
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 1 Review

"Awesome place to visit"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Really to have a wonderful place in India its our pride. You can feel heavenly at the time of visiting this place with awesome beauty and peace in atmosphere that can make you fall in love with nature. You can take a deep breath and have a lovely beauty of it. It will make you forget all the worries and you can enjoy that days and I assured you will never forget it in your life.
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Nitin Singla
  • Nitin Singla
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  • 7 Reviews

"A good holiday spot"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Shimla is a beautiful place to spend a holiday with family and friends. It was wonderful to spend holiday spending in a nice hilly area. There are wonderful places to see and mall road is awesome. I love Shimla. Every person must visit Shimla once to feel it.
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