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Shimla

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PlaceShimla
AreaHimachal Pradesh , India
Language Hindi, Punjabi, Dogri, Kangri
WeatherSummer 5°C to 32°C, Winter -10°C to 20°C
Plan before:3 days
Prices starting: 2010/night
Best Time: March, May, December
Ideal Duration4 - 7 Days
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Shimla Overview
588 customer reviews | 11 answered questions

Rating
Excellent (290)
Very good (107)
Average (92)
Poor (41)
Terrible (58)
Do's & Dont's in Shimla
  • Must See
    86%
  • Comfortable clothes
    78%
  • Parking
    79%
  • Food Joints
    97%
  • Hidden gem
    52%
  • Cleanliness
    53%
Ranking
Ranked 1 in Hill Stations tours
Best time to visit for Solo - March, May, December
Best time to visit for Couple - March, May, December
Best time to visit for Family and Friends - April, May, June

Ideal duration for holidays in Shimla is 4 - 7 Days, Best for Weeklong trips
Popular amongst travelers from mumbai, new delhi, shimla, kolkata, chennai
Where to Eat?
Things to do in Shimla
About Shimla
Currency: Rupees - INR
Pincode: 171001

Shimla is the beautiful capital of Himachal Pradesh, which offers wonderful holiday experience full of adventure, romance and complete spiritual as well as inner relaxation. Britishers were so incapacitated by its beauty that it remained their summer capital for over 75 years. It is situated at an altitude of 2205 m and has a population of over 171,817 people. Shimla is engulfed by snow-capped mountains, green pastures, dense forests and a round-the-year pleasant climate and these conditions attracts legions of tourist every year. Perfect time to visit Shimla starts from April till mid-July and mid-September till October end. But, for snow lovers, winter is the best time to visit.

One of the most appealing reason to visit Shimla is the warm and cordial nature of the locals. They receive you with such warmth that is unmatchable. In order to take breathe in Shimla in a few hours, you can take the toy train ride from Kalka station to Shimla, which takes you through a picturesque route, which is going to make you spellbound. Apart from the snow covered mountains , Shimla also has a dense forest cover that comprises of oak, deodar, pine and rhododendron forests. These forests are a treat for nature lovers. Shimla is also famous for its apple trees and are relished all over the country. Visiting the apple garden is a must, who knows, you might get the first hand taste of the fresh fallen apple!

In Shimla, you can go for a nature walk, go fishing, golfing, ice-skating, trekking, skiing, adventure sports and much more. The major places to visit for trekking and adventure are Fagu, Kufri and Naldhera. Kufri is a ski resort for winter's only. If you are in the mood to take on a game of golf, you can pay a visit to the Nalendra Golf Club which is 22km away from Shimla. One can enjoy the pleasures of roller skating at Lakkar Bazar and open air ice skating at Rivoli bus stand. Unbelievable it might sound, but Shimla has Asia's only natural ice skating rinks. Those who are in love with the view of sunset, The Ridge is a popular place to visit which even provides a panoramic view of the seven hills of Shimla. In order to rekindle spirituality within ,you visit the second oldest Church in the northern India Christ Church and St Michael's Cathedral as well as Dorje Drag Monastery.

Shimla offers a host of temples such as the temple of Tara DeviGoddess of Stars, Jakhu Templebeautiful temple of Lord Hanuman , located at a height of 2455m, Sankat Mochan the temple of Lord Hanuman which is famous for the numerous monkeys that are always found in its vicinity, Kali Bari Templededicated to Goddess Shyamala, Anand Vilas or the temple of all faiths Sarva Dharma Mandir etc.

Tatta Pani, 55 kilometres from the main city, is the name of hot sulphur springs that are believed to have medicinal value is located on the banks of river Satluj. You can even shop till you drop at The Mall and buy jewelry, embroidered shawls and garments and take away souvenirs for your loved ones. The Mall is a reminiscent of the British who have actually designed it as a tranquil hideout so that some escape can be felt from the surrounded sultriness. Consequently,it is an inspiration for locals, foreigners, school children, adults, and especially for the honeymooners and you should definitely carry camera to capture the exclusive moments. Along with the shopping experience , you can even indulge in the ious eatery joints and the striking pieces of architecture found around the place. Lakkar Bazaar is famous for souvenirs and crafts made of wood. So pack up your bags as Shimla is the your ultimate destination that pampers you, enthralls you, excites you and might even help rejuvenate.
 

How to reach Shimla by

AIR

Jubber Hatti, 23 km from the city is the nearest airport, which is connected by ious airlines with Delhi and other cities of India.

RAIL

Shimla is connected by a narrow gauge railway line with Kalka 96 km which in turn, is connected with major cities.

ROAD

Shimla is connected by motorable roads with different cities and places in India.
Shimla is
96 km from Kalka
149 km from Ambala
447 km from Chandigarh
240 km from Dehradun
370 km from Delhi
220 km from Kullu
260 km from Manali
358 km from Pathankot
150 km from Mandi


Air Distance from places (in Kms)
Shimla Reviews (588)
visitor
5 ★
My overall experience in Shimla was Excellent.
traveler
5 ★
Washroom facility is not so good. There is no entrance fee.
user
5 ★
No photography is allowed here.
anonymous
5 ★
My overall experience in Shimla was Excellent. There is no entrance fee.
traveler
5 ★
Washroom facility is not so good. My overall experience in Shimla was Excellent
visitor
5 ★
My overall experience in Shimla was Excellent.
traveler
5 ★
Washroom facility is not so good. There is no entrance fee.
user
5 ★
No photography is allowed here.
anonymous
5 ★
My overall experience in Shimla was Excellent. There is no entrance fee.
traveler
5 ★
Washroom facility is not so good. My overall experience in Shimla was Excellent
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Traveler Questions & Answers
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Q : We want to enjoy snow, so please let me know which month and where snow is available in shima
A :
Hi, if you are looking deliberately for the snow then from December to February is the ideal time to enjoy snowfall.
By Sakshi on 23rd Apr, 2018
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Q : Can we have direct flight to Shimla from Delhi?
A :
Yes you can have direct flight from Delhi to Shimla, just log into any online portal and book for the same.
By Imran on 19th Apr, 2018
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Q : Trekking trip around 18 may
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You can enjoy Trekking trip with friends and family at various hill stations like Rishikesh, Manali, Shimla, Mussorie etc. www.hellotravel.com/india/rishikesh www.hellotravel.com/india/shimla www.hellotravel.com/india/manali There are many more just visit to hello travel page.
By Prashant on 18th Apr, 2018
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Q : Where can we do shopping in Shimla?
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If u want to explore the local market then you can walk into, Himachal Emporium, Tibetian market, market on Mall road and near Jhaku temple. Else you can check into Shimla Central Mall also for shopping.
By faheem ahmad on 17th Apr, 2018
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Q : Could you please tell me the 4 stars hotel located at mall road, shimla?
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There are many, 4 stars hotel on Mall Road, you can find it online and some of the famous are: Snow Valley Resort, Hotel Woodpark, Hotel Willow Banks adding to few. Enjoy your stay!!
By Mohit on 16th Apr, 2018
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Q : I am planning my holiday to Shimla in month of May, since its a peak season, should I book hotels online or book them once I reach to Shimla?
A :
Booking done prior to the visit is always beneficial, it helps to compare the hotels easily under one roof, exciting packages, discounts, additional benefits, though you can book your hotel after you reach also but during peak season many good hotels become unavailable which causes lot of inconvenience to the traveler. I suggest you do your booking online to save your time and money. Enjoy your vacation!!
By faheem ahmad on 12th Apr, 2018
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Q : Hi, I am planning a family trip to Shimla, could you please tell what is the best thing about Shimla?
A :
Good to hear that, Shimla is known for its beauty,meadow hills,church, temples, kufri etc. Shimla is in itself is best, it is a perfect destination for family holidays from shopping to eating one can enjoy everything there.. The queen of hills will leave you spellbound when you will reach. Happy journey!!
By Arpit on 11th Apr, 2018
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Q : Where can i see snow this time in himachal?
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these are the top places in himachal for snowfall in december, Dalhousie, Dharamsala, Rohtang Pass, Kufri
By arpit Goel on 22nd Dec, 2017
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Q : can we witness snow now in shimla?
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Yes, if you are lucky. There was snowfall in shimla few days back.
By arpit Goel on 22nd Dec, 2017
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Q : What is the overall journey charges for a couple to travel for shimla
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budget trip costs around 3000 per night. a luxury trip can go as much as 10000 per night
By pankaj on 4th Jan, 2018
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Q : In which month, snowfall takes place in Shimla?
A :
snowfall takes place usually in beginning of january and sporadically in end of december
By pankaj on 4th Jan, 2018

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