Shimla Tourism, Himachal Pradesh
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Shimla Tour Guide, Himachal Pradesh
Popularly known as ‘Queen of Hill Stations’, Shimla is one of the most traveled destinations in India. The enchanting Shimla tourist places such as The Mall road, Kufri, Green Valley, Christ Church, and the Ridge Shimla attract a large number of tourists to this hill station. A Shimla tour package can familiarize you with all Shimla points of interest. Being one of the most popular hill stations in India, Shimla sees a huge footfall of tourists every year. Shimla is surrounded by lush green hills and snow-capped mountains. Many tourists like to have beforehand information about Shimla tourism. This Shimla travel guide will prove to be very useful for the tourists who are visiting Shimla. Make sure to find out the best time to visit Shimla, best ways to reach the hill city, and other vital information about Shimla tourism before booking your package.
Tourists can explore Kufri which is located only a short drive from Shimla. This place is popular for a zoo and an amusement park to entertain people of all ages. Solan is a peaceful town on the way to Shimla from Chandigarh. Narkanda and Mashobra lie en route to Kinnaur Valley. Soghi is also a popular camping spot near Shimla in Himachal.
A romantic getaway to Shimla is perfect for couples who are looking forward to enjoying the natural beauty and want to spend some time together. A ride on the Kalka Shimla Railway is also a good option for honeymooners. Other romantic places in Shimla include the Ridge, the Mall Road, and Himalayan Nature Park.
Places to Stay in Shimla
There are numerous hotels, resorts and guest houses in Shimla for all kinds of budgets. These hotels offer some of the most pleasant stays to the tourists. Hotel Sanskar, Dolphin Cottage Homestay, Hotel Surya, and Hotel Shimla View are good options for budget travellers. On the other hand, Evoke Shimla Heavens Resort, Zurich Resort, Woodville Palace Hotel, and Radisson Hotel Shimla provide luxury accommodation.
Adventure Tour in Shimla
Trekking in Shimla can be enjoyed on a few single-day treks to mountain peaks and hilltop temples. Tourists with family and frineds can plan a day trek to Tara Devi and Jakhoo Temple from the ridge in Shimla. Trek to Chadwick Falls and three temples of Dhanu Devta are also popular for nature lovers.
Paragliding in Shimla is famous during the summner months of March through June. Waknaghat is the spot where several local tour operaters provide paragliding services. Tourists can catch a wonderful 360-degree view of the hill station by soaring above the hills.
Camping in Shimla is an emerging activity. Shoghi town is the best spot to enjoy camping in Himachal. There are several tour operaters that offer tent or camp stay for both luxury and budget travellers. Narkanda is another great spot for camping in Shimla.
Shopping in Shimla
The local traditional items of Himachal Pradesh are available at most of the shops in Shimla. One can find Wooden Articles, Toys, Kullu Shawls, Caps, Tibetan Carpets and other handicraft items in Shimla. The Mall Road is a the best place for honeymooners and families to shop for local items.
Religious Places in Shimla
The Jakhoo Hill is the highest hill of the majestic hill station of Shimla. Jakhoo hill offers a spectacular view of the surrounding hills and the snow-capped mountains. It also offers a splendid view of the entire city of Shimla. A 108 ft tall statue of Lord Hanuman is situated a top the Jakhoo Hill. It is located at an altitude of about 8500 ft above the sea level and stands 108 ft tall. This majestic statue of lord hanuman has special sensors to drive away the birds. Kamna Devi Temple and Kali Bari Temple are other notable shrines in Shimla.
The Christ Church in Shimla is popular for its stunning colonial charm and architectural style. Opened in 1857, it is the second oldest church in North India after Meerut. Daily mass at Christ Church is conducted in both Hindi and English.
Shimla is located at a distance of about 350 km from New Delhi and at a distance of about 120 kms from Chandigarh. Many state-run buses are available for Shimla from New Delhi, Chandigarh, Manali and Kullu. Shimla is a colonial town and has been the summer headquarters for the Britishers. The most popular heritage building in Shimla is the viceregal lodge. This was the residence of the Viceroy of India during the British rule. The 12 km long ridge road in Shimla offers some of the most amazing views of the surrounding hills. Best months to visit Shimla is from May to July and from September to February. Nearby tourist attractions from Shimla include Chail, Kasauli, Kufri, Solan, Nahan, Narkanda, Renuka Lake, Sarahan, Sirmour, Mashobra & Craignano, Naldehra, Rampur. Tourists visiting Shimla often visit these places also.
The 12 km long ridge road in Shimla offers some of the most amazing views of the surrounding hills. Best months to visit Shimla is from May to July and from September to February.
Nearby tourist attractions from Shimla include Chail, Kasauli, Kufri, Solan, Nahan, Narkanda, Renuka Lake, Sarahan, Sirmour, Mashobra & Craignano, Naldehra, Rampur. Tourists visiting Shimla often visit these places also.
How To Reach Shimla
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The nearest airport from Shimla is in Jubbarhatti and it is located at a distance of 25 km from the main city. There are flights connecting Jubbarhatti to New Delhi, Kullu, Chandigarh on a daily basis. Many cabs are available from Jubbarhatti airport to Shimla.
The iconic Kalka Shimla railway line connects Shimla to Kalka. This railway line has been declared as a world heritage site by the UNESCO. It offers an experience one of its kind. Tourists can enjoy the breathtaking views of the lush green mountains, forests, tunnels, bridges. Overall, it is a very pleasurable journey from Kalka to Shimla. The toy train connecting Kalka to Shimla, runs on a narrow gauge railway line. The toy train covers a distance of about 100 km from Kalka to Shimla in about 6 hours. Five trains ply on this route from Kalka to Shimla namely Shivalik Deluxe, Rail Motor, Shimla Express, Himalayan Queen and Shimla Kalka passenger train. The main stops on this route are Dharampur, Barog, Solan and Kandaghat.
During the summer season, when there is a lot of rush of the tourists, these trains see a lot of footfall. As these trains run at a very slow speed, so one can enjoy the surroundings even better. Some trains even have their roof made up of glass. It offers a splendid view and is a great experience to be in these trains.
Shimla is well connected by road with major cities in North India. There are direct buses for Shimla from New Delhi, Chandigarh, Kullu, Manali. The bus service of HSRTC is very good and many ac and non ac buses are available from these cities to Shimla. It takes about 8 hours by road to reach Shimla from New Delhi. The distance between Shimla and New Delhi is about 325 km. Many cabs are also available from New Delhi to Shimla. Most of the tourists prefer to travel to Shimla from Delhi by road, as it is a enjoyable journey. While on a road journey from New Delhi to Shimla, one can see some of the breathtaking views of the snow clad peaks of the Himalayas. There are various kinds of hotels and guest houses in Shimla, where the tourists can have a pleasant stay.
The distance between Shimla and New Delhi is about 325 km. Many cabs are also available from New Delhi to Shimla. Most of the tourists prefer to travel to Shimla from Delhi by road, as it is a enjoyable journey. While on a road journey from New Delhi to Shimla, one can see some of the breathtaking views of the snow clad peaks of the Himalayas. There are various kinds of hotels and guest houses in Shimla, where the tourists can have a pleasant stay.
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FAQ's of Shimla
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There are about 500 hotels in and around Shimla, ranging from a five star to three star hotels. Also, there are numerous private and government guesthouses where one can stay in.
Snowfall in Shimla usually begins from December and lasts till the end of February.
Lakkar Bazzar is an ideal shopping destination for people who enjoy street shopping. In this Bazaar you can find a diverse range of artefacts, pashmina shawls, woolens and handicrafts. Dry fruits and the "Kullu Shawls" of the bazaar are also very famous. Other things that one can pick up at the Bazaar include wooden handicrafts, Chinese shoes, Tibetan mats and carpets.
Mall Raod, Jakhu Temple, Christ Church, Ridge, Viceregal Lodge, Scandal Point, Chadwick Falls and Green Valley are some of the major tourist attractions in Shimla.
The Tara Devi Temple Trek is one of the best treks for a family in Shimla. On this trek, tourists can traverse through the Himalayan mountain ranges with spectacular view of the slopes. Other highlights include the Shimla-Kalka toy train and the vibrant Tara Devi station.
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