Shimla Tourism

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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Biswajeet Mishra

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  • Biswajeet Mishra
  • Lives in Delhi
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  • 35 Reviews
  •  12 helpful votes
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"Snow Queen Shimla" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Yes guys you heard it correct, visit Shimla as early as possible because its just worth watching the beautiful scenarios and mighty mountain ranges. And your favorite snow falls. You will just love it. I would say kindly carry heavy woolen as temperature may change suddenly.
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Pranav Raj

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  • Pranav Raj
  • Lives in New Delhi
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  • 21 Reviews
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"Overpopulated but very romantic destination" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
We experienced all kind of weather like bright scorching sunny, Windy-cloudy & ofcourse snowfall. The overall trip was fabulous except the one day which was snowing throughout the night & day. Whole 20km radius turns into white land of thickness about 20cm. There are lot of smaller tourist attractions to name a few better place to visit are The Mall Road, Kufri, Green Valley, Adventure island, Apple garden, gokarting, Jhaku temple. The hill station is famous for delicious food as well. The place is bit more exposed to tourist and is overpopulated destination. The connectivity from Delhi to Shimla are through railway (Normal train coupled with Toy train) and Road (Volvo buses). 2-3 Days trip would be enough to roam in & around Shimla. I would suggest the traveller to choose any hotel nearby Mall road ( Tourism lift) so that it will be easy to visit local destination by walk.
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Koushik Mondal

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  • Koushik Mondal
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"One of my best place in India" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
I have visited this place 2 times, and yet the charm of this place makes me think to revisit there. This place is really a like heaven. I have already loved it a lot and recommend all of you to visit there at-least one if you wanna feel like heaven before dying!
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Sijo araikal

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  • 4 Reviews
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"Not anymore a relaxing place"

  • 1.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Apart from the cold weather which it offers, nothing good about Shimla now .. Dusty roads, over crowded tourists, over priced shops .. Every where you can see development .. Almost like a metro city .. Didn't find a place to unwind and relax and enjoy the nature .. Just bustling crowd every where ..
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Farhiz panthaky

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  • Farhiz panthaky
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"Very few points worth visit"

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The Mall Road: For an urban dweller like me, I found the mall road as a typical idea I wanted to run away from. It's quite like a more posh form of Linking Road, Bandra. No local stuff save jewellery, and some clothes. However, it is neatly maintained and managed. YOU CAN ONLY WALK THIS 4+ KM STRETCH, no vehicles. The Church atop the Mall Road is one we regularly see in movies. Food is tasty and cheap.
Himaliyan Nature Park, Kufri: The receptionist was far from 'a receptionist' we know; almost to an idea of returning. We gladly chose to continue. For the first time we saw a tiger from very close quarters (like 4 feet) and he was like with us for good ten minutes, unperturbed. Of the other animals was a sweet Himaliyan Bear, among others. For a 30 rupees ticket, it was worth it.
Shimla: Shimla, par say is a very urban hill station, not quite like ones we know in Maharashtra. If you plan a long relaxing holiday, Shimla is a destination for you. For a one day visitor like me, it was a waste
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  • Vishalprasad
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"Shimla - just like heaven"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Shimla is a very beautiful city and is the capital of Michal Pradesh. It is a city situated in the hills. From British time It is a tourist destination good for the people who like to be bear nature as Shimla has dense forests and is pollution free city. It is one of the most visited and beautiful cities in India as per the research. Shimla city has many destination places like jakhoo hill on which famous Hanuman temple is situated. It is belief that Hanuman ji landed on the hill when he was searching for sanjivani buti to heal lord ram and laxman. There are also some British made buildings which are great attraction to the tourist like the gaity theatre, the Indian institute of advance studies which is famous tourist destination. And for nature lovers there is also many more places like kufri where they can do trekking there are also roads for mountain biking etc in Shimla. And also world heritage kalka Shimla railway line also starts from here and you can take a ride on toytrain from Shimla to kalka from the betaking nature. Shimla is very good for tourists and is ranked 2nd all over India for fashion trend.
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Jaspal Singh

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  • Jaspal Singh
  • Lives in New Delhi
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"Feeling good"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 27, 2016
I m trying new adventure such as low temperature and silent place if you know this place tell me place I m going. Michal p is very good and clean, silent. I m always trying spend my holiday in Michal pardesh. Uttrakhand is also good but I like hilstations
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Charan Kumar

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  • Charan Kumar
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Nice hillstation"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Sep 25, 2016
Shimla is a nice place, one can really enjoy the nature. Make sure you visit Kufri, Jakhu Temple and The Mall. Be careful with people who loots money from you. People here drive/ride crazily on roads. I suggest to stay in a good hotel, and check the approach.
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Shubham Gupta

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  • Shubham Gupta
  • Lives in New Delhi
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"Perfect destination for family"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 22, 2016
Shimla capital of Michal Pradesh. You will get crowd in every season. Only 3 but must visit places are The ridge, rashtrapati niwas and jakhoo temple. One more thing that is not place that is train Himalayan queen. If you are in Shimla then complete your trip with a ride of Himalayan queen train. According to me this 5 hour journey will never bored you and you will see small and cute railway station during journey.
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  • Jitender
  • Lives in Adra
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"Cleanest in Himachal Pradesh"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 19, 2016
With pleasant weather Shimla is recommended highly... It's cleanest in Himachal Pradesh and what else like a metro you can have all available (sometimes a bit costly) at your demand live music... Different cuisine and no doubt THE RIDGE... And TRI COLOUR flying high is a magical feeling. Must go.
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