How to Reach shimla, Himachal Pradesh
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Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India
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How To Reach Shimla
For those wondering how to reach Shimla, taking a direct AC bus or Volvo from Delhi or Chandigarh is the best option to travel. One can reach Delhi or Chandigarh by train or by flight as per their convenience. The distance from Delhi to Shimla is about 342 km while Chandigarh is only 4 hours away by road.
Shimla is one one of the most popular hill stations in India. Tourists not only from India, but from around the world visit Shimla. Shimla is located at an altitude of 2274 metres above the sea level. With such a large number of tourists visiting Shimla every year, it becomes immensely important to get an insight into how to reach Shimla.
Let us now look briefly how one can reach Shimla by the various modes of transport available.
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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Prashansa's 6 days trip to ShimlaIt was an overall great experience in Shimla and Manali. The only area of concern was the hotel provided in Shimla. Could have been better and similar to the one we got in Manali. As a whole, we loved the place and the co-ordination from travel triangle and the agent was pretty great. Thank you!
Sunilsharma's 6 days trip to ShimlaWe had a great trip of Manali. We stay in 2 hotels and both are good. Specially Hotel golden apple resort. Breakfast and dinner provide by hotel and its good. Cab driver was very good & experienced. They give proper time to us. Few things is disappointed me but there is small things. Overall my experience was good. Best memories of my trip was seeing snow and it was really an amazing experience for me and also went on the snow point where we were enjoyed alot.
Vijaymandoria's 4 days trip to ShimlaHi This Vijay...First I would thank to Zoom Himachal for the good experience… I booked my package with Zoom Himachal. And below are good and bad both experience with them … Good Experience is – Volvo Bus Delhi to Manali – Bus was very clean and the driver and their support person were very nice. Behaviors of both were very good. Driving was very good. Curtain and blanket was clean. Totally I can say the Zingbus service is very good. Hotel – Hotel Holiday Heaven was awesome. Hotel was very clean. Service was very good and staffs are polite and nice. One of the best things is food was awesome. The food taste was homely and this is Best option for people search for vegetarian food. Bad Experience is – Volvo Bus Delhi to Manali - Bus was drop me 5km away from the bus stand even the all road was clear. No snowfall was on the road. Cab – Cab was very dirty from inside. I said him next morning please clean the cab from inside..that he was saying..Sir thand bhut hai gadi saaf nhi kar sakta. Cab driver two times demand me extra charge for pickup and dropping to 5km ahead from bus stand because the bus drop me 5km away from the bus stand. Cab driver makes excuse that his destination is only from the bus stand and he is picking us from 5km away from the destination so he would charge me extra. First thing was he couldnot demand me any charge directly. He should contact with agent for related to like this any problem. We felt that the driver is the local person of Manali and he would guide us about Manali, but when we ask him something, he did not speak anything and used to ignore us. He used to stop the car while going for the site scene and did not tell that the destination has come and you go and enjoy. Only we used to ask him why the car stopped, then he told us that the destination now come. Volvo Bus Manali to Delhi – Agent changed my bus from Zingbus to Luxmi Travel and Luxmi bus was very smelly and we felt the dust has in air of Air conditioner and seat was so uncomfortable. Driver and one other support person were very rudely. Driving was not so good. Even the driver support person was sleeping in the bus at night.
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Raghu's 12 days trip to ShimlaOverall trip is very good, before confirming the quote need to check all the hotel & places to visiting to be mentioned in the quote will helpful Kufri & Manali trip
Seosandeep's 5 days trip to ShimlaBest winter trip for manali and shimla. Kufri is my memorable place
Sameer's 5 days trip to ShimlaMake sure you serve your customers in better way.. As they might be with huge expectations for their memorable trip. That can be hotel food or any other services. Suggest your customers about the weather conditions or good time to visit places forehand so that they can at least plan for their trip well. Thank You
Nishantojha's 3 days trip to ShimlaEvery thing was great especially the hotel staff. But i had an issue regarding the cab. The cab driver was less experienced i.e. He was unable to drive in slopy areas when snowfall was there.. Where as every other vehicles were easily going on that region. So bcz of that me and my wife had to walk alone on the slopy road which was fully covered with ice at night around 8 p.m. approximately 1.5km . And that too without any street lights. So this was the major fault from the cab side. Else was great and thank you Travel triangle for the lovely trip.
Smiji's 4 days trip to ShimlaFirst day was tough for us, as we do not have any contacts to contact. And the driver was also more scared for running the vehicle. Due to snow we could not reach hotel and we end up taking another hotel after paying extra money. The second day also the problem came for hotel. As the pipe got broke, we went and came back to the same hotel. From second day the trip remains good and the driver was also good.. which made our trip good. Definitely snow only.
Praveenfigreda's 6 days trip to ShimlaCollect all the information about hotel before customer going to stay bcoz there will be no confusion between hotel people and customer...collect all the facilities of the hotel according to the season...Give proper date and timings of the place so that people can go to all the places which will comes under package.... Thank you About history of the tajmahal and monuments Amazing to see the snow in manali
Tanmaygupta's 3 days trip to ShimlaMy experience was overall good but the bus facility was disappointed and also that not all points not visited becoz guide denied to go there.... It feels me so bad from asthetic himalayas.... Best memories of my trip was river rafting it was really an amazing experience for me and also went on the snow point where we were enjoyed alot...i really want to visit in manali again...
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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.
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.
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.
Though, there is no direct train available from Delhi to Shimla, you may board an express train from Delhi to Kalka, and then get on another train to travel from Kalka to Shimla.
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