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How To Reach Shimla From Kolkata

Shimla Tourism

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Current weather:

Best time to visit:

Jan - Dec



Ideal Duration:

2-4 Days




Shimla,Himachal Pradesh,India 

Ideal for friends Ideal for couples Family Tour

How To Reach Shimla

From-To Distance By Air By Train By Road
Kolkata to Shimla ---

How To Reach Shimla From Kolkata

Shimla is one of the most vibrant hill stations in India amidst majestic hills and mystical woods. Tourists flock to this hill station from all over due to the pleasant climate, picturesque scenery and bustling bazaars. Some must visit places in Shimla include Jakhu Temple, The Ridge, Mall Road and Institute of Advanced Studies. You can also go on weekend trips to nearby attractions like Kufri, Chail, Mashobra, Naldehra, Narkanda, and Tattapani. Are you planning Kolkata to Shimla tour with family or partner? You can read the details below to understand how to get to Shimla by air, rail, and road.

How to reach Shimla from Kolkata by air

If you are traveling by air from Shimla to Kolkata, you can take a flight from the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Airport to the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi. This total journey takes about 2 hours. From here, you can book a flight to Chandigarh which takes about 50 minutes. Now travel by car from Chandigarh to Shimla in about 1 hour and 43 minutes.

How to reach Shimla from Kolkata by train

For those who are traveling by train from Shimla to Kolkata, you can take a train from Howrah Junction to Kalka. This journey takes about 33 hours. From Kalka, book a cab to Shimla that will take about an hour. This entire journey takes about 34 hours. Kalka Mail runs daily between Howarah and Kalka train stations. It is the most convenient way to visit from Howrah to Shimla by train.

How to reach Shimla from Kolkata by road

If you are traveling from Kolkata to Shimla by road, there are no direct buses. You will have to travel by train from Sealdah to New Delhi. This takes about 17 minutes. From here, take a train to Kashmiri Gate that takes about 6 minutes. From here, you can take a  direct bus to Shimla that in total takes about 11 hours. If you travel by your own vehicle from Kolkata to Shimla, the entire journey would take 25 hours and 16 minutes.


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When does snowfall start in Shimla?

Snowfall in Shimla usually begins from December and lasts till the end of February. 

Suggest an easy family trek 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. 

What are the major tourist attractions for sightseeing?

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.

Where and what can I buy 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.

Where can one stay in Shimla?

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.