Shimla Tourism Guide
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Shimla Tourism Guide
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.
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. The Kalka Shimla Railway is also a good option for travelers. Tourists can also hire cabs from New Delhi, Chandigarh and Manali to reach Shimla. A holiday in Shimla is perfect for people who are looking forward to enjoying the natural beauty and want to spend some time in the lap of nature. The weather in Shimla is soothing throughout the year. It snows here in the winters and the temperature might drop down to sub-zero levels as well. Shimla is a vintage city 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 Ridge Shimla is also a good place to visit when here.
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. 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. 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. Tourists can also enjoy a wide variety of adventure activities in Shimla like Trekking, Skiing, Fishing, and Golfing. 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. Light woolen clothes are preferable during the summer season and heavy woolen clothes are advised during the winter season. 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 languages spoken in Shimla are Hindi, English, Himachali, and Gharwali.
Light woolen clothes are preferable during the summer season and heavy woolen clothes are advised during the winter season.
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 languages spoken in Shimla are Hindi, English, Himachali, and Gharwali.
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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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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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