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Shimla

(6500 Ft Above Sea Level)

Himachal Pradesh | India
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Shimla is categorised as Hill Station


Christ Church Shimla (Nivalink Trip Dated - 3 August 2010)
Mall Road Shimla (Photo Courtesy: Betelgeuse)
Indian Institute of Advanced Studies (Photo Courtesy: Aman Gupta)
Viceregal Lodge (Photo Courtesy: ptwo)
Inside State Museum
Heritage Train
Jakhu Temple
View from Shimla
Shimla Town
Naldehra Golf Course
State Library (Nivalink Trip Dated - 3 August 2010)

Reasons to Visit
  • Shimla is a renowned holiday resort that used to enjoy the status of being the summer capital of the British Raj, is now the state capital of Himachal Pradesh.
  • Raj Bhawan area and Mall Area are higher and therefore enjoy better feel than lower areas around the Station where it feels more like a city than a hill station.
  • It snows in Shimla and winter when it does snow is the only time Shimla looks like a destination.
  • Due to Global warming and its after effects the snowfall has reduced and unpredictable and therefore one cannot plan a trip in advance for the snow experience.
  • As Roads have improved (Delhi-Chandigarh and Chandigarh - Shimla), Kalka-Shimla train is something to be used only if experience of heritage train is a must.
  • Shimla is covered as a weekend Getaway Ex-Chandigarh / Jallandhar / Ludhiana and as a part of larger itinerary covering other Areas of Himachal Pradesh.
Know It
  • Guests during summer prefer to skip Shimla and stay at numerous destinations that have now come up around Shimla (Chail, Kufri, Shilon Bagh, Naldehra etc.) and prefer to do a day visit to Shimla. Today, Shimla is crowded and overdeveloped over the years and has completely lost its heritage feel. During peak season its full of traffic and getting a place to park the vehicle is a headache (Despite presence of few car parks). Mall and few other areas are sealed and only can be covered on foot. Heritage Train timings require an overnight stay in Chandigarh or Parwanoo and dont have connections from Delhi except one overnight Kalka Mail.
Recommendations
  • Popular Hill Stations of India"Shimla (6500+ ft asl) is capital of Himachal Pradesh and now a crowded hill station. Tourists like to visit Mall road and colonial era structures and explore areas around Shimla such as Chail, Fagu, Kufri, Naldehra etc. as day excursions"
  • Popular Destinations of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab"Shimla (6000+ ft asl - 120 kms from Chandigarh) is a colonial era hill station and capital of Himachal Pradesh. Modern day Shimla is most crowded and commercial therefore attracts only travellers who are unaware of the lack of charm and character. Other travellers prefer to stay on outskirts at destinations such as Shoghi (15 kms), Mashobra (15 kms), Kufri (25 kms), Naldehra (25 kms), Chail (50 kms). Typical Stay - 2 nights"
  • Colonial Heritage Hill Stations of India"Shimla was developed in early 19th Century and used to be the Summer Capital of the British Raj and therefore historic in many ways. British built in 1903 a Railway line to facilitate the transfers. The UNESCO-recognized train route passes through 102 tunnels and crosses over 850 bridges and remains till today an attraction. Shimla of today is a bit crowded and touristy but there are enough areas such as the Vice Regal Lodge, Clarkes Hotel and wooded walks that would take any heritage traveller "
  • Heritage Hill Stations to visit for Heritage Train Experience"British built a train from Kalka to Shimla in early 1900s. Shimla was then Summer capital of the British Raj and therefore of historical significance. The Train journey is now one of sought after experiences for the heritage / Inbound traveller. Total journey time is about 5 hours (Starting 12 noon). "
  • Airports and Popular Access points for Himachal Pradesh"Shimla railway station is where guests arrive for a heritage train experience. Jabarhatti Airport near Shimla (20+ kms) offers an Airport access for Shimla, Spiti Valley, Sangla Valley etc. destinations"
Access Information

Shimla has 55 Hotels approved and listed with Nivalink

CategoryCount
Standard5
Mid-segment17
Premium27
Luxury4
Experiential2
Type of HotelsCount
Hotel24
Homestay4
Resort22
Adventure / Camp2
Self Catering1
Bungalow2

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5 verified holiday itineraries are listed for Shimla

CategoryCount
Getaway (1-3 nights)1
Short Break (4-6 nights)1
Holiday (7 or more)3

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List of Holidays for Shimla

Getaway

  • Shimla Getaway (2 Nights)

Short Break

  • Sangla Valley Family Adventure (6 Nights)

Holiday

  • Best of Heritage Himachal and Punjab (10 Nights)
  • Full Himachal with Golden Temple (10 Nights)
  • Shimla -Manali (8 Nights)

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Shimla has 15 Transport services that can be booked online. Click here for reviewing and booking them.

Airport Pickup or Drop

ServicesRates Starting From
Pickup/Drop between Chandigarh Airport and ShimlaRs. 3574
Pickup/Drop between Shimla Airport and Hotel in ChailRs. 3099
Pickup/Drop between Shimla Airport and Hotel in FaguRs. 2582
Pickup/Drop between Shimla Airport and Hotel in KufriRs. 2454
Pickup/Drop between Shimla Airport and Hotel in MashobraRs. 2324
Pickup/Drop between Shimla Airport and Hotel in NaldehraRs. 2582
Pickup/Drop between Shimla Airport and Hotel in NarkandaRs. 3873
Pickup/Drop between Shimla Airport and Hotel in ShimlaRs. 2066
Pickup/Drop between Shimla Airport and Hotel in ShoghiRs. 2324
Pickup/Drop between Shimla Airport and Hotel in TattapaniRs. 3873
Pickup/Drop between Shimla Airport and Hotel in ThanedarRs. 3873

Day Sightseeing

ServicesRates Starting From
Day Sightseeing in ShimlaRs. 2582

Point to Point Transport

ServicesRates Starting From
Car hire - Manali to Shimla DropRs. 7275
Pickup from Dharamshala and drop to ShimlaRs. 5000

Railway Station Pickup or Drop

ServicesRates Starting From
Pickup/Drop between Chandigarh Railway Station and ShimlaRs. 3574

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6 Travel Ideas listed for Shimla. Click here for reviewing them.

Destination Ideas

  • Kalka – Shimla Heritage Train
  • Rafting in Sutlej Basin near Shimla
  • Shimla - A Colonial Hill Station
  • Shimla in Summer
  • Shimla in Winter
  • Travel Idea for Himachal Pradesh - Bird watching in Shoghi

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  • NameDescriptionCategorySub-CategoryDistance(Kms)
    Christ Church, Shimla, is one of the oldest church in North India. Built in the neo-Gothic style in 1857 to serve the largely Anglican British community in Shimla. Christ Church is situated on The Ridge and is one of the prominent landmarks of Shimla. The Pipe-Organ of Christ Church is one of the biggest in the Indian subcontinent and was erected in September 1899.
    Church
    Roman Catholic Church
    0
    Mall Road is a city centre area with a walking street with shops around. Mall road is closed for vehicular traffic. About 1 km long street, at one end of the Mall is The Clarkes hotel and the other end is the ridge and Christ Church. Mall Road in Shimla is perhaps the most happening of Mall Roads in all Hill stations in India and therefore a popular hang out place for a large number of regular getaway seekers from neighboring plains and for tourists to Shimla. Mall Road is accessible from Circular road via a lift. Mall road is extremely touristy and often gets crowded in evenings and therefore must be avoided by those who seek peace and tranquility.
    Shopping
    High Street
    0
    Himachal State Museum has a rich display of the cultural, artistic and archaeological heritage of Himachal Pradesh. The various galleries in here include Pre-Historic Gallery, Wood-Carving Gallery Archaeology Gallery, Wall Painting Gallery, Coin Gallery, Pahari Painting Gallery, etc.
    Museum, Arts Crafts Culture
    Archeological Museum, Art Gallery
    1
    Kali Bari temple is a popular devi temple in Shimla at one end of the mall road.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Devi Temple
    1
    A Historic monument at 3 kms from Shimla Mall area where India-Pakistan Partition talks were held. A guided tour can be arranged that details architecture and history. There is also a manicured garden and a cafeterial attached.
    Historic Site
    Indian Independence
    3
    A Walk from Mall road to Viceregal Lodge can be interesting as one passes through several historical monuments of the area.
    Activity
    Walking
    3
    Lakkar Bazaar is known for wooden toys made by a small group of Sikh carpenters who settled there a century ago from Hoshiarpur. Purchase of Wooden walking sticks is popular with tourists.
    Shopping
    General
    4
    A Popular Lord Hanuman Temple a few kms away from Shimla and from where one gets views of the Shimla town. On a notorious side, bordering on a mini-experience is a set of mischievious monkeys that reside here and seem to pounce on anything loose (Can even by a handbag or a purse).
    Temple or Holy Place
    Lord Hanuman
    4
    Institute of Advanced studies, an impressive colonial era building, takes one back in time. Its one of the historic places where India - Pakistan Partition pact was sealed. A guided tour is available of the area. It can also be a short walk from the Mall or just a hop away from whats popularly considered city centre.
    Historic Site
    Indian Independence
    6
    Taradevi Temple, a Devi temple set on hilltop offering views of Shimla town and area around. Temple is popular with locals and tourists to the area.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Devi Temple
    10
  • NameDescriptionCategorySub-CategoryDistance(Kms)
    Situated about 18 km from Shimla, at over 2,600 metres altitude, the Himalayan Nature Park is located amidst 90 hectares of temperate vegetation that forms natural habitat for many a wild animals of the Western Himalaya. Animals in the Nature Park include Leopard, Brown Bear, Musk Deer, Bharal, Black Bear, Tibetan Wolf, Leopard Cat, Sambhar, Ghoral, Barking Deer, Monal, White Crested Kaleej and Cheer pheasant.
    Zoo
    High Altitude Zoo
    18
    Mahasu peak at a few kms from Kufri is popular view point and where one arrives in Winter for some fun with snow. Skiing here is not fully organised but local operators conduct what can be termed as fun skiing.
    View Point
    Himalayan Views
    23
    Sulphur Springs in river Sutlej are popular as it is said to have medicinal properties.
    Natural Wonders
    Sulphur Springs
    52
  • NameDescriptionCategorySub-CategoryDistance(Kms)
    Kalka Shimla Heritage train is a preiindependence era train that is often referred to as "Toy Train". It is one of the sought after journies for any heritage and experiential traveller.
    Activity, Heritage Site
    Heritage Train Journies, Heritage Train
    0
    Taradevi walk can be arroached from a point 6 kms Short of Shimla coming in from Shoghi. It's a 4 km walk taking upto the temple on the hilltop passing through narrow pathways, forests and offers excellent views of the area around.
    Activity
    Walking
    6
    It snows in Winter in Kufri and thats when guests from around (Shimla, Chail, Shilon Bagh, Mashobra, Naldehra, Fagu etc.) arrive for a bit of fun with snow. Mahasu peak is a popular area for this activity.
    Activity
    Snow Experience
    20
    The Naldehra Golf Club, located in the hill state of Himachal Pradesh in North India, some 22 km from Shimla, constitutes a course perched at an altitude of 2,200 meters. It is a par 68, 18-hole course with 16 greens and 18 tees and has a design reminiscent of Scottish links courses. It is possible to play on the course by paying a daily green fee. Equipment and Caddies are available on hire as well. The area is surrounded by Thick forest and presents a very soothing backdrop for Golf. The course is closed from 15th December to end February.
    Activity
    Golf
    22
    The powerhouse at Chabba which is 18 kms from Naldehra provides a starting point for the 11 km river rafting stretch to Tattapani. Season is during April to June
    Adventure
    White Water Rafting
    41
    Tattapani is also renowned for trout fishing. The season begins from 31st March - 31st Oct. Fishing fees are nominal.
    Activity
    Angling
    52

Destinations within reach from Shimla

  • Mashobra ( 10 Km )

    Mashobra is 12 km from Naldehra near Shimla. Situated at a height of 2600 m, Mashobra is a retreat more

  • Shoghi ( 15 Km )

    Shoghi is a wooded area 15 kms before Shimla. There are couple of adventure / nature oriented more

  • Kufri ( 15 Km )

    Kufri is a hillside getaway situated at an altitude of 2633 m above the sea level and 19 km from more

  • Fagu ( 18 Km )

    Fagu is a hilamayan getaway around Shimla and one of the highest points in the area and therefore more

  • Naldehra ( 20 Km )

    Naldehra is a Himalayan getaway situated at an altitude of 2044 m, lies about 23 km from Shimla. more

  • Kandaghat ( 35 Km )

    Kandaghat is home to Destination resort, a getaway popular with corporates from Chandigarh for more

  • Solan ( 50 Km )

    Solan is home to some getaways and a transit stay option on Kakla - Shimla highway. more

  • Chail ( 50 Km )

    Chail was the summer capital of the flamboyant Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala and now Summer more

  • Tattapani ( 52 Km )

    Tattapani is renowned for its Hot water springs and is typically visited ex-Shimla / Mashobra / more

  • Deha ( 60 Km )

    Deha (6000+ ft asl) is an Himalayan Hamlet at 67 kms from Shimla having totally cut off character more

  • Narkanda ( 62 Km )

    Narkanda (8000 ft asl) is an area surrounded with orchards and a transit point on the Hindustan more

  • Kasauli ( 80 Km )

    Kasauli is a small cantonment town in Solan district off Kalka - Shimla Highway and still retains more

  • Rajgarh ( 90 Km )

    Rajgarh (6500 ft asl) lies on the Solan - Nahan route in remote and unexplored Sirmour district of more

  • Chindi ( 90 Km )

    Chindi is lies on the route which one takes to access Kullu Valley during winter when Jalori Pass more

  • Kalka ( 95 Km )

    Kalka is a railhead at 40 kms from Chandigarh and starting point of the renowned Kalka - Shimla more

  • Rampur ( 128 Km )

    Rampur is a riverside transit point on NH-22 (Hindstan Tibet Road) at 132 kms from Shimla and 70 more

  • Ropar ( 130 Km )

    Ropar lies only 50 kms from Chandigarh. The major pilgrimage destinations in Ropar comprise Naina more

  • Hamirpur ( 150 Km )

    Hamirpur lies enroute from Jalandhar - Mandi - Kullu - Manali route. 45 Kms from Hamirpur lies more

  • Ambala ( 150 Km )

    Ambala is a cantonment town at 50 kms before Chandigarh and major railhead for accessing more

  • Shoja ( 150 Km )

    Shoja (or called Sohja or Sojha) is a Himalayan hamlet (8500 ft asl) 5 kms short of Jalori Pass. more

  • Mandi ( 155 Km )

    Mandi is a transit stay option. It is the gateway to the Kullu Valley and a point where road from more

  • Mori ( 156 Km )

    Mori is a riverside town situated in the remote Himalayas. Rafting is one of the popular more

  • Sarahan ( 167 Km )

    Sarahan lies beyond Rampur off the Old Hindustan-Tibet Road and is visited for the Bhimkali Temple more

  • Patiala ( 170 Km )

    Patiala is known for its heritage buildings and monuments and visited for heritage hotel “Baradari more

  • Una ( 179 Km )

    Una lies on the Punjab - Himachal border at 120 kms from Chandigarh and is the access point to more

  • Barkot ( 217 Km )

    The junction point of Yamunotri and Har-Ki-Doon, Barkot is situated at an altitude of 5500+ ft more

  • Sangla ( 220 Km )

    Sangla is a village, situated at an altitude of 8,792 ft in Baspa Valley of Kinnaur District. It more

  • Palampur ( 220 Km )

    Palampur also known as the 'Tea Capital of North India,' is a popular hill station. Palampur is more

  • Kullu ( 220 Km )

    Kulllu area is known for apple orchards and trout fishing besides a range of adventure activities more

  • Kangra ( 220 Km )

    Kangra is district headquarters and visited for the Brajeshwari Devi temple, one of the most more

  • Raison ( 231 Km )

    Raison is a riverside location 15 kms after Kullu and 26 kms before Manali, known for off-beat and more

  • Phagwara ( 235 Km )

    Phagwara lies mid-way between Jalandhar (22 kms) and Ludhiana (39 kms) on GT Road and is home to more

  • Bir ( 240 Km )

    Bir in Himachal Pradesh is renowned for being home to many institutes that promote spirituality, more

  • Karnal ( 240 Km )

    Karnal lies on NH-01 (GT Road or Delhi - Ambala highway) at 125 kms from New Delhi. Karnal is a more

  • Naggar ( 240 Km )

    Naggar (20 kms from Kullu and Manali) on the left bank of the Beas River and offers commanding more

  • Kanatal ( 290 Km )

    Kanatal (8500 ft), one of the well-known spots in Uttaranchal, is located on the Mussoorie - more

  • Haridwar ( 290 Km )

    Haridwar is situated on the banks of River Ganges (Ganga) and staying on the banks of the River more

  • Chamba ( 310 Km )

    Chamba is situated at 8500 ft asl and 30 kilometers farther from Kanatal and about 60 km from more

  • Amritsar ( 325 Km )

    Amritsar is a major destination in India where guests arrive to visit the "Golden Temple", a Sikh more

  • Bathinda ( 326 Km )

    Bathinda lies in close proximity to the Damdama Sahib, a major Sikh Pilgrimage centre and one of more

  • Khajjiar ( 334 Km )

    Khajjiar (6500 ft asl) is an off beat destination at 22 kms from Dalhousie known for its Himalayan more

  • Meerut ( 334 Km )

    Meerut lies 70 kms from New Delhi and is one of the largest producers of sports goods, and the more

  • Rohtak ( 339 Km )

    Rohtak Lies at 70 kms from New Delhi where getaway resorts are located which are popularly visited more

  • Hansi ( 350 Km )

    Hansi is a small town in Hissar dist of Haryana. Sheikhpura Kothi, a heritage home is the main more

  • Gurgaon ( 390 Km )

    Gurgaon near Delhi International Airport is one of Delhi's four major satellite cities and i part more

  • Noida ( 390 Km )

    Noida lies 20 kms east of Delhi and now an extended suburb of the Delhi NCR (National capital more

  • Losar ( 392 Km )

    Losar is a remote Himalayan village that lies on Kaza - Manali Road, 18 kms short of the Kunzum La more

  • Manesar ( 395 Km )

    Manesar is a fast growing industrial town on Nh-08 near Gurgaon. Manesar is best known for being more

  • Sohna ( 403 Km )

    Sohna lies 60 kms South of Gurgaon and is known for its Sulphur springs and proximity to the more

  • Dhampur ( 405 Km )

    Dhampur is a countryside getaway at about 180-190 kms from New Delhi and is part of the Sugar belt more

  • Katehra ( 422 Km )

    Katehra lies on the edge of India - Pakistan border in Punjab countryside and where guests arrive more

  • Rewari ( 438 Km )

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  • Jammu ( 448 Km )

    Jammu is a point of access for visiting Vaishnodevi Temple, which is 13 km walk from Katra (50 km more

  • Kashipur ( 458 Km )

    Kashipur is at a point from where Corbett National Park and Lake Districts of Kumaon (Bhimtal, more

  • Kosi ( 480 Km )

    Kosi is a local getaway ex-Delhi / NCR, 105 kms from Delhi on the Delhi - Mathura route at about more

  • Behror ( 491 Km )

    Behror lies in NH-08 and is home to mid-way motels and getaway resorts that cater to corporate more

  • Paota ( 531 Km )

    Paota is located 179 kms from Delhi and 80 kms from Jaipur on Nh-08 and home to Shakunt Resort, a more

Average Day / Night Temperature of Shimla,Himachal Pradesh,India

January
16°C / 5°C
February
15°C / 7°C
March
20°C / 11°C
April
23°C / 14°C
May
30°C / 19°C
June
29°C / 21°C
July
28°C / 21°C
August
24°C / 18°C
September
25°C / 16°C
October
22°C / 12°C
November
20°C / 9°C
December
18°C / 7°C

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Shimla
Locality NameDescriptionSuitable ForHotels (Nos)
Chaura MaidanChaura Maidan is an area where Govt. offices with old colonial era buildings is situated just before one reaches Victory Tunnel, Railway station and Mall road.Holiday3
Chhota ShimlaAn area 2 kms from Mall road on circular road, offering valley views and some mid-segment / heritage hotels.Holiday3
Circular RoadCircular road is the one that encircles Shimla and goes upto Chhota Shimla, Raj Bhawan and Secreteriat.Holiday3
Goodwood EstateJust off circular road (Victory Tunnel - Mashobra road end) and here Radisson Jass Hotel, a luxury getaway resort is situated.Holiday1
KhaliniA wooded area a couple of kms from Mall area Holiday1
Mall RoadShimla Mall Road is most renowned for its shops and walks. Vehicles are not permitted here. Its favorite place for guests to hangout. There are hotels on the high court side of the mall.Holiday4
Railway StationWhere Kalka- Shimla heritage train terminates. Transit/Business1
Raj BhawanA secluded area behild Chhota Shimla and home to renowned Woodville PalaceHoliday1
SecreteriatA quieter area beyond Chhota Shimla near Himachal Secreteriat where some mid-segment hotels are situated.Holiday1
Tara DeviTara Devi is an area 6 kms short of Shimla on the Kalka - Shimla road, recommended for groups.Holiday4
Summer HillA quiet location with a green backdrop 7 kms from ShimlaGetaway2
KasumptiResidential area 5 kms from Shimla town centreHoliday/Getaway2
Airport in Shimla
  • Simla Airport ( SLV ) , Shimla
Railway Stations in Shimla
  • Simla ( SML ), Shimla
Recommended travel connections to Shimla from Major Cities.

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