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Bantony Castle

16th Dec 17

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The Railway Board Building

16th Dec 17

Shimla Toy train

Shimla Toy train  Video Review

Shimla Railway Station

13th Nov 17

Kali Bari temple, Shimla

Kali Bari temple, Shimla  Video Review

Kali Bari Temple

20th Mar 17

Ridge Ground, Shimla

Ridge Ground, Shimla  Video Review


18th Mar 17

Ridge, Gandhi statue

Ridge, Gandhi statue  Video Review


17th Mar 17

Scandal Point, must visit in Shimla

Scandal Point, must visit in Shimla  Video Review

Scandal Point

Aggarwal VK
17th Mar 17



Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex

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25th Jan 17

Kufri adventure snow park

Kufri adventure snow park  Video Review

Himalayan Nature Park In Kufri

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24th Jan 17

Nice visit

Nice visit  Video Review

Scandal Point

Sunny Chhillar
14th Jan 17

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Reasons to go to Shimla

1The ‘Queen of Hill Stations’
The ‘Queen of Hill Stations’

From Manali, travel to Himachal's capital, Shimla.  

HolidayIQ Traveller Keki Madon says, “It was Christmas time when we were going to Shimla. As we were driving from Shimla, there was little snow beyond Kufri on the slopes. We stopped to take pictures. The next morning we were surprised to see a blanket of white.” "Do visit the bakeries in Shimla and take a walk on Mall Road", recommends HolidayIQ Traveller Srimanth Saha.

Biswajeet tells HolidayIQ, "Visit Shimla as early as possible because it is 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."

Distance from Manali: 250 km via National Highway 3, 305 and 5 and can be covered in 7 hours. 


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2Pack your clothes in bulky suitcases and you shall regret it!
Pack your clothes in bulky suitcases and you shall regret it!

Carry a larger handbag or backpack to hold accessories when you take them off indoors. Make sure you carry an umbrella, regardless of the weather forecast to save money on a soggy purchase if raindrops fall. Remember, thieves do not rest in the cold so pack your valuables in RFID-safe bags.

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3A snow clad paradise on Earth
A snow clad paradise on Earth

HolidayIQ Reviewer Rohan boil shares, “A must see place when you visit Shimla A majestic building. Great architecture. Huge space and beautiful lawns. Historical relevance. A must visit a place, especially with kids and families. Ideal for picnics. Take a walk along the entire route. It houses the IIIAS now. ”  

HolidayIQ Reviewer D K JAIN adds, “Marvellous architecture; The Institute is a marvelous heritage structure with sprawling garden and stately rooms harboring British era furniture, paintings, and some interesting artifacts. It has been maintained in the very good state of repairs but the road on one side of the building leading to the city is in a very bad shape.”  


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4Paradise in Himachal Pradesh
Paradise in Himachal Pradesh

HolidayIQ Reviewer Rohan Bhoil says, “A majestic building. Great architecture. Huge space and beautiful lawns. Historical relevance”  

HolidayIQ Reviewer D K JAIN shares, “The Institute is a marvelous heritage structure with sprawling garden and stately rooms harboring British era furniture, paintings, and some interesting artifacts. It has been maintained in a very good state of repairs but the road on one side of the building leading to the city is in a very bad shape.”  

HolidayIQ Reviewer Smriti Das shares, “We went to Sarahan from Shimla during our Sangla valley trip. We stayed one night at Bhimakali Temple guest house. Temple is made of wood. Interior and exterior decoration and architecture of the temple is excellent. It's an old famous temple at this place.”  


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5Plan a photoshoot amidst the snow-capped mountains
Plan a photoshoot amidst the snow-capped mountains

Hill | Snow | Weather | Nature

HolidayIQ Reviewer Sanchit Bhargava shares, “Mall road is a place to have an enjoyable experience in Shimla. It is surrounded by the best market and a beautiful church with a marvellous museum...This is the place for a photoshoot, scenic beauty and a combination of winter with sunrays giving your body and mind rejuvenating experience.

HolidayIQ Reviewer Yatindar shares, “The photographic spot was well sheltered from frequent rainfall and a good place of temporary resting. The natural beauty was marvellous and abounds in peace and tranquillity.”

HolidayIQ Reviewer Nehal Sampat adds, “The place is surrounded by green mountains. There is greenery everywhere. A nice place for clicking photographs.”


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Reviews (1398)

Vaishali sharma

Vaishali sharma4.3/5

2 reviews

Must visit if you wish to fall in love with himachali wines

We had a short trip of two nights at Kasauli and two at Shimla. We fell in love with the weather at Shimla. It started raining on the day we reached so the weather became really pleasant. If you are visiting these two cities of himachal, don't forget to try himachali thali and himachali wines. These wines are available at Gupta provisional store at Kasauli and at lakkar bazar and Mall road in Shimla. Plum and apricot flavour are the best bet. You can also try himachali cuisine at a small restaurant named himachali rasoi near Mall Road. Just ensure that when you leave for kalka/chandigarh from Shoal you have few hours extra time at hand as the route towards Kalka becomes super crowded on weekends . .

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Balram Nayan

Balram Nayan2.9/5

1 review


I visited Shimla in june 2018. I gone from Kolkata to Delhi by flight. Same day I gone from Delhi to kalka by train shatabati. Where I stayed at hotel in night. This whole journey tired me. Then next day at 7 AM we took toy train. TheIn whole journey only valley was there. If you tavel one hour or four hour same scene will be seen. Our toy train journey was for 7 hour, Which tired more. Then we reached Shimla. Hotel was away from main city. No shop was threre, which creates some difficulty. Then next day we visited kufri, green valley. Where we enjoyed horse riding. Adventure to do was very costly. Actually anything in Shimla is costly. 15 rupees water bottle cost was 25 rupees in our hotel. Next day we visited local. I will give it to 3 star out of five.

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Shimla Overview

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 dhabas 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.

Photos of Shimla

Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla

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Jinsu Bansal

Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla
Himalayan Nature Park in Kufri, Shimla

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Sonu Singal

Snow covered Himalayas near the park
Golf Course, Naldehra, Shimla

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Smriti Das

Golf Course, Naldehra, Shimla
Bhimakali Temple, Shimla

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Kaushik Basu

Another view of the temple

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