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Shimla Tourism

Bounded by Kullu and Mandi in the north, Kinnaur in the east, Solan and Sirmur in the south-east, Shimla is one of the most popular hill stations in north India. Situated at a height of 2200 m, set amidst the verdant array of mountains, mystical woods and cool atmosphere, Shimla is one of the most famous destinations in the country.  Known as the summer capital of India, Shimla is a beautiful getaway spot for one to enjoy, relax and rejuvenate. With its natural beauty, picturesque views, a wide array of adventure activities and colonial style buildings narrating the story of the British era, Shimla is a paradise for nature lovers, photographers and adventure enthusiasts.

The Mall road surrounded with shopping streets, the ridge overlooking the verdant mountain range, the Christ Church and museum in colonial style, the Jakhoo temple calling out for the ancient history and legends, and Kufri the famous skiing spot are the must-visit destinations once you are in Shimla.

 

Top things do in Shimla

1. Kufri

9 kilometres from city centre

2. Mall Road

30 kilometres from city centre

3. Chail

15 kilometres from city centre

4. Lakkar Bazar

1 kilometres from city centre

5. Mashobra

6 kilometres from city centre

6. Horse Riding

12189 kilometres from city centre

7. Retreat Building

7 kilometres from city centre

8. Scandal point

0 kilometres from city centre

9. Ridge

0 kilometres from city centre

10. Naldehra

9 kilometres from city centre

11. Tara Devi Temple

5 kilometres from city centre

12. Wild Flower Hall Hotel

7 kilometres from city centre

13. Jakhoo Temple

1 kilometres from city centre

14. Toy Train to Kalka

1 kilometres from city centre

15. Institute of Advanced Studies

3 kilometres from city centre

16. Christ Church

0 kilometres from city centre

17. Gurudwara Sahib

0 kilometres from city centre

18. Skiing in Kufri

32 kilometres from city centre

19. Himachal State Museum

2 kilometres from city centre

20. Shimla Reserve Forest Sanctuary

7 kilometres from city centre

21. Green Valley

4 kilometres from city centre

22. Himalayan Bird Park

2 kilometres from city centre

23. Tattapani

23 kilometres from city centre

How to reach

Shimla is easily accessible by Road, Rail and by Air.

How to Reach by Flight

Jubbarhatti is the airport at Shimla. Situated at a distance of 23 kilometres from the city, there are daily flights from Delhi and Kullu. If you wish to fly from any other part of the country or abroad you will have to change flights at Delhi.

How to Reach by Train

The best way to travel to Shimla is by train. The trains run on the track connecting Shimla to Kalka. It takes around 5 hours to reach Shimla from Kalka by train. Some of the trains are Shivalik Deluxe Express, Shivalik Express (also called the toy train), Rail Motor, Himalayan Queen and Holiday Trains. Holiday trains run only during tourist seasons.

How to Reach by Bus

Himachal Road Transport Corporation and many private operators provide daily buses to this destination, hence making a Shimla visit by bus an easier choice.

How to Reach by Road

These are some popular routes to reach Shimla by Road: - The city nearest to Shimla is Kalka (80 km away) - Chandigarh connects to Shimla through the NH-22 (119 km away) - The national capital of Delhi is 370 km away

How to travel within

For moving around in Shimla, the best way would be by hiring Shimla local transportation. The easiest and most affordable mode of transportation would be the local buses. You can also rent taxis or private cabs in any part of the city.

Local Cuisine

Pahari or Himachali cuisines have very little global presence. But, it’s simple flavours and earthiness leaves an everlasting impression on your mind. The most famous dishes from Shimla are Channa Madra (Chickpeas in gravy), Chicken Anardana, Siddus - a winter delight filled with a small amount of paste of poppy seeds, sometimes mutton or a sweet filling is also prepared, Sepu badi Madra made with a fine mixture of Urad & Chan Dal and Auriya Kadoo (Tasty Pumpkin).

Famous restaurants in Shimla are:

  • The Restaurant
  • Hide Out Cafe
  • Wake & Bake Cafe
  • Cafe Simla Times
  • Cafe Sol
  • Himachali Rasoi
  • Honey Hut
  • Eighteen71 - Cookhouse
  • 45 the Central
  • Cafe Under Tree

Shimla Itinerary

Day 1:

  • Jakhoo Hills
  • Himachal State Museum
  • The Ridge
  • Christ Church
  • Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex
  • Mall Road Shopping

Day 2:

  • Kufri Ski Resort
  • Dorje Drak Monastery
  • Vice Regal Lodge
  • Kali Bari temple.