Here’s how Shish and his friend discovered the historical charm of Shimla on his wonderful escapade to Himachal. This account of his 2 nights 3 days trip to Shimla will take you on a fascinating ride to the most lovable hill town of India.
I am a passionate traveler and I like to explore new places to see how different they are from the previous one. I believe we live in a world where there is so much to explore in a very limited time. I was glad I was accompanied by a friend of mine who loves travelling as much as I do.
The idea was to pick a location where I could get to witness landmarks of our rich Indian history, while also getting way from this scorching heat. Hence, we decided that Shimla was the ideal destinations to visit. It was also the perfect opportunity for me to experience a ride on the delightful Kalka-Shimla rail link.
I stumbled upon TravelTriangle’s Facebook ad and thought I should give it a try. I liked the fact that they offer a customisable Shimla tour package that allowed me to craft my itinerary the way I wanted to. We adjusted the package to suit our needs and soon we were packing for yet another awesome adventure of our lives – a historical trip to Shimla!
Trip Duration: 2 Nights / 3 Days
Trip Cost: INR 21,200/-
Agent Name: GR Travels – Handcrafted Journeys
Inclusions: Accommodation, breakfast & dinner, sightseeing
Here is a sneak peak into our 2 nights 3 days Shimla tour
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Day 1: A 2-hour flight from Kolkata to Delhi > train to Ambala > cab ride to Shimla > check-in at Hotel Maharaja > visit to Sankat Mochan and Kali Bari temple > lunch at a roadside food zone > visit to All India Institute of Advanced Studies > a gorgeous sunset at The Ridge > quick visit to Café Sol > dinner at hillside roof-top restaurant of Moti Mahal Delux
Day 2: Breakfast > visit to Kufri for adventure sports like hill climbing, free fall, and ziplining > lunch > horse riding to Kufri hill > visit to Apple Garden > drive to Chail Palace > visit to the highest cricket field of the world and Kali Temple > visit to The Ridge to witness night view of Shimla > quick visit to Embassy cafe > dinner at hotel
Day 3: Breakfast > Shopping for gifts and souvenirs at The Ridge > Also bought Himachal apples and red cherries > snacks at a roadside cafe > visit to Christ Church and Town Hall > departure via Kalka-Shimla rail link
Owing to the fact that the trip was very well organised, we were able to cover all major places to visit in Shimla, while making sure it was a relaxed vacation rather than a hasty one.
The following are some of the major highlights of our trip that deserve a special mention
Sightseeing in Shimla: Diving into the colonial history of India
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A visit to the historical attractions was the major reason I chose Shimla over other hill towns in Himachal. And true to its promise, our trip enchanted us with a deep insight into that bygone era. We had first visited the All India Institute of Advanced Studies, a place where many groundbreaking decisions had been made during the colonial rule, along with the one to separate India from Pakistan in 1947. That feeling of having witnessed that iconic Round Table where it all happened can’t be put down in words! Apart from its historic significance, even the architecture of AIIAS is mind blowing.
Other places we visited were the Christ Church and Town Hall, prominent legacies of the British Raj. A beautiful marvel of British architecture, Christ Church has been built in a way that it beams at tourists standing miles away. We were absolutely awestruck at the magnificence of this second largest church in North India. The Town Hall was equally overpowering. The distinct British architecture of the building makes it stand out from all the ones around it. The quaint structure struck in us a deep nostalgia that we unable to justify.
Cafes in Shimla: Quick escapes for some delicious treats
There are some really adorable cafes in every corner of Shimla, especially The Ridge, where visitors can take a respite and chill. Foodie or not, every traveler ought to check these out on their trip to Shimla. During our getaway we took the chance to visit Café Sol, a popular cafe in Shimla to eat or hangout with friends. Out of their amazing fare, we tried the brownies with ice cream and pizza, both of which were absolutely delicious.
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We also went to Embassy, one of the oldest and quirkiest coffee shops in Shimla. We tried one of their finest cakes along with some cookies and shakes. Other than these, Shimla has many more roadside café’s where you can sit back and enjoy. Alas, we couldn’t check them all out on our short trip.
The Ridge: Stunning views of the quaint hill town
This is one amazing spot in Mall Road that provides panoramic views of the misty mountain ranges and green valleys dotted with colourful houses. Stealing such awesome views of the town was one of the best experiences I had on my Shimla holiday. It seems, that breathtaking sunset and the sparkling night view of Shimla we witnessed here are now engraved in our memories for life!
Kalka-Shimla train journey: My dream ride through click-worthy landscapes
A historical trip to Shimla is incomplete without banking on this awesome experience! The train journey provided us with dramatic views of picturesque mountain ranges and tranquil villages to the eye-catching Shivalik foothills of Kalka. Chugging through narrow gauges, over a stunning bridge, and verdant hills, the entire journey gave me and my friend loads of loving memories to take home. No wonder it is among the most amazing things to do in Shimla.
- The historic places to see in Shimla
- Stay at Hotel Maharaja
- Visit to all the major attractions, specially All India Institute of Advanced Studies
- Roadside food stalls and the chic cafes
- The sublime views from The Ridge
- Scenic views of and adventure sports at Kufri
- The train journey on the Kalka Shimla rail link
- Dinner at the hillside roof-top restaurant of Moti Mahal Delux
- The cab driver was lazy, had a very discouraging and uninterested attitude, and lacked information on the destination
Suggestions to future travelers
- Visit Shimla in winters to enjoy the snow, and ten times more stunning views
- Travel home on the Kalka Shimla rail
My Hotel Maharaja Review: A stay at this hotel contributed immensely to making our trip enjoyable. With clean rooms, hospitable staff, delicious food, and a well maintained property, this hotel is a good accommodation option for people visiting Shimla.
My Hotel Maharaja Rating: 3.5/5
Love history? Embark on a pleasing historical trip to Shimla and explore its colonial essence. Book your Himachal tour package and beat the heat up in those bewitching hills of North India!
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