Shimla Tourism, Himachal Pradesh
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Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India
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About Shimla Tourism
Popularly known as ‘Queen of Hill Stations’, Shimla is one of the most traveled destinations in India. Colonial attractions, natural beauty, and scenic views of the valley are highlights of Shimla tourism. The enchanting tourist places in Shimla such as The Mall road, Kufri, Green Valley, Christ Church, and the Ridge Shimla attract a large number of tourists to this hill station. 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.
Narkanda and Kufri lie less than a 3-hour drive from the main centre of Shimla. 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 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. 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.
Places to Stay in Shimla
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. 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.
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 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 feet tall statue of Lord Hanuman is situated a top the Jakhoo Hill. It is located at an altitude of about 8500 feet above the sea level and stands 108 feet 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. Nearby tourist attractions from Shimla include Chail, Kasauli, Solan, and Mashobra.
Trekking in Shimla
Shimla features a few rewarding nature trails offering delightful views of fruit orchards in the valley and snow-capped peaks. A trek to temples such as Kamna Devi and Jakhoo Temple allows memorable views around the year. Both treks can be enjoyed by people of any age group. A meandering 4-km-long trail to Tara Devi Temple is a great experience for trekking in Shimla.
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Places To Visit In Shimla
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Annandale in Shimla
Famed for its grounds, golf course and racecourse, Annandale is a popular tourist attraction in Shimla. Located at a distance of about 2 km from Shimla Railway Station and 5 km from the Ridge, Annandale in Shimla is easily accessible via can or taxi. Nestled at a height of about 6227 feet above sea level, this attraction de...
Naldehra in Shimla
One of the most popular tourist attractions of Shimla, Naldehra Shimla is a great place to enjoy a few rounds of golf amid the beauty of nature. A place where you can forget the hustle bustle of city life on your vacation, Naldehra golf course Shimla is where tourists and locals alike come from all over and spend hours rubb...
Summer Hill in Shimla
Summer hill Shimla is a major tourist attraction for people from far and wide. It is a small hill located a little bit away from the city of Shimla, and is actually one of the seven hills which are part of Shimla. It is certainly the most popular hill among tourists who wish to see some of the most beautiful scenery all aro...
Green Valley in Shimla
Located about 10 kilometres from downtown Shimla, Green Valley features a beautiful mountain range on the way to Kufri from Shimla along National Highway 22. Owing to its proximity to Shimla Railway Station, this attraction is easily accessible via cabs or taxis. Also known as the Hassan Valley, Green Valley in Shimla is on...
Shoghi in Shimla
Shoghi is located 13 kilometers away from Shimla and is flooded with lush green hilly slopes and gorgeous pine trees. Shoghi in Shimla is popular for local produce like pickles, syrups, juices, and jellies. The place is also dotted with many temples and is referred to as the temple town. The place can be explored in 2 to 3 ...
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Things To Do In Shimla
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Shopping At Lakkar Bazar In Shimla
After you are done shopping you can even trek up to Jakhoo peak as the bazaar is at the beginning of this peak. Shimla is a shopaholic’s delight as there are several markets here where you can pick up a variety of shawls, local handicrafts, exquisite jewelry, woolens, etc. Among the markets of this “Queen of the Hills”, sho...
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Toy Train In Shimla
Chug along the pine-covered mountains of Shimla on the famous toy train. This toy train in Shimla is listed among the UNESCO world heritage sights and is one of the major tourist delights of Shimla. Explore the beauty of the lush terrains of Himachal on this toy train ride and let the cool winds sweep across your face.
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Summer Festival In Shimla
Shimla’s vibrance and dynamism can be felt in the summer festival held here every year for ten days during the brink of summer season, in either May or June. This summer festival in Shimla is a riot of festivities and colors and celebrates the advent of summer. You can watch the plethora of local talent all around in the fo...
- Cultural shows
- Folk Dance
- Music Cultural Show
Ice Skating In Shimla
Shimla is known as one of the top ice skating places in India. The hill station in Himachal offers a variety of adventure activities and out of these ice skating in Shimla is one of the most popular things to do. This is an enjoyable adventure activity as you get to skate across the frozen slopes along the foothills of the ...
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Skiing In Kufri
The snowy landscapes of Kufri make this a skier’s paradise and attract tourists from all corners of the country. Skiing in Kufri is an exciting sport where you will get to experience an adrenaline rush while skiing across the icy slopes. Hundreds of skiers flock to this region right from when the snowfall begins in the wint...
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- Snow Activities
- Adventure Activities
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- Stunning views
- Ideal for couples
- Ideal for friends
How To Reach Shimla
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The nearest airport from Shimla is in Jubbarhatti and it is located at a distance of 22 km from the main city. Delhi (DEL) to Shimla (SLV) flight is operated by Alliance Air and it takes about 90 minutes to travel by flight. There are flights connecting Jubbarhatti to New Delhi, Kullu, Chandigarh on a daily basis. Many shared 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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Kani's 4 days trip to ShimlaIts was a great trip . Travel agent and driver was good and guided us very well. Good memories and good services from their side
Riddhish's 7 days trip to ShimlaAll together it was a good experience right from the pickup at the Chandigarh airport to exploring Himachal to our drop to Amritsar on the last day of the trip. We travelled in the month of March (6th to 15th). The driver was efficient and reliable. All the four hotels were good except we had a bitter experience in Golden Apple in Manali. We were supposed to celebrate our anniversary on 8th March in Manali and there were absolutely no arrangements made even though we were told that this would be arranged beforehand, there was a miscommunication between the company and the hotel management. The service was very slow in Golden apple and specially the front desk manager was rude and was absolutely not interested to listen to our concerns. They had a veg buffet and it was repetitive and options were very limited, we also found other guests complaining about the menu and quality of food during breakfast and dinner. We had our anniversary dinner on 9th instead of 8th due to utter mismanagement. Even though there were several calls made by Travel triangle to the hotel manager he was still very adamant to make the required arrangements for our pre-planned anniversary dinner. So finally the food was served in the room after multiple requests, it was a regular veg dinner (nothing special) and a chicken curry (all packed food) and two broken candles and a match box. Is this what we call an anniversary dinner? It was totally ruined and and absolutely disappointing, had a lot of expectations. The cake was horrible and so was decoration in the room. The food quality was again pathetic. The hotel staff in Manali always had this attitude towards us as if we were staying there for free. The food in Dharamsala hotel was definitely not good, but the hotel service and room was pretty good. We had a very good experience in Shimla and Dalhousie. Overall it was a fun holiday.
Niharika's 7 days trip to ShimlaThe experience as a whole was good! Was quite impressed with the hotel services at Chandigarh and Kasol. The hotel given to us for Manali wasn't great at all. It was an untidy place and we were also charged a 2% extra tariff on card services. The cab service & driver were excellent.
Dhushyanth's 7 days trip to ShimlaEverybody plans their trip through travels to travel tension free but our experience was just opposite. We travelled to manali and shimla with lots of tension because of bag packers tours and travels . They didn't let us travel tension freely . Even though the total amount was cleared cab and hotel people asks for money and the assigned travel agents did not respond properly. Much of the time was wasted due to this money issues. Please do not do this to anybody and next time I would definitely not recommend this travels to anybody. It's a big NO!!!
Dipakshetty's 5 days trip to ShimlaIt was very nice trip, Cab Driver was also good & supportive. Overall experience was very good. only we were little dis-pointed with food quality in Dharamshala which was addressed on time.
Inaseetha's 4 days trip to ShimlaThe whole trip was very nice. The hotel was good , the cab driver was cooperative and everything was well taken care of.
Yash's 4 days trip to ShimlaThe trip went really smoothly. The hotel staff was very hospitable, and we're very cooperative as well.
Ganesh's 6 days trip to ShimlaAll and all, it was a great trip and Driver was very professional. Solang Valley!
Kunal's 3 days trip to ShimlaIt was a memorable trip and all because of travel triangle. All the arrangements were good. The driver was very friendly.He took us to really good places with breathtaking views. Couldn't have asked for more. Can't chose one!! Paragliding in Kullu, fun activities in Solang valley, view from hotel(it was breath taking!!!) Overall trip was memorable!!:)
Gouravdhiman's 5 days trip to ShimlaIt was amazing experience to visit manali Tyre ride in solang valley was our best experience
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Snowfall in Shimla usually begins from December and lasts till the end of February.
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.
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.
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