About Shimla

Shimla: where serenity meets the mountains

Himachal Pradesh

Shimla Overview

Shimla is one of India's most famous tourist destinations due to its strategic location in the gorgeous landscapes of Himachal Pradesh, the home of snow-clad hills, vintage architecture, and innumerable tourist locations and activities. Shimla offers the most suitable way of spending your vacation, with architecture dating back to the British era and towering peaks that are absolutely breathtaking. 

The nearby villages of Kufri, a snow-covered hill station, and Chail, which is noted as the nation's largest cricket venue, often blankets Shimla.

During Shimla tourism, people visit the famed Jakhu Temple and go sightseeing at various views. This classic hill station has it all, whether you're seeking for a romantic and calm weekend in the woods, or you want to try something more daring like an adventurous trip.


Shimla Weather

Shimla Weather during Spring-Summer (March-June) 

The spring season begins from March to April, while the summer season runs from May to June. Shimla Weather grows slightly warmer, with temperatures ranging between 16°C and 30°C, and the climate remains comfortable throughout the day, making exploration of the town fairly delightful. The snow melts away, revealing a lovely green landscape and a plethora of flowering flowers opening the gates for Shimla Tourism.


Shimla Weather during Monsoon (July-September)

Between July and September, Shimla experiences monsoons. It is sometimes getting extended till the middle of October. The region receives a lot of rain, and this isn't the best season for Shimla tourism because it's prone to landslides. The average annual rainfall is around 1400 mm, and the temperature ranges between 14 and 20 degrees Celsius. Due to the Shimla Weather during monsoon, it is the off-season for Shimla Tourism.


Shimla Weather during Winter (October-January)

The best season for Shimla Tourism is during the winter, especially for those who wish to see the snowfall and explore the snow-covered town. The Shimla Weather in October is chilly and pleasant. Winter officially begins in November, but the months of December and January are the coldest. The temperature varies from a high of 8 degrees Celsius to a low of -6 degrees Celsius. During this period, the Shimla Winter Carnival is also hosted.


Places to Visit in Shimla

Shimla Tourism attracts adventure seekers from all around India and beyond, making it a key center for adventure activities in northern India. Shimla also has several gorgeous sites with excellent vistas. There are some stunning architectural masterpiece places to visit in Shimla.

The Ridge is among the most attractive  places to visit in Shimla. Located on the Mall Road in Shimla's core, this is a much-loved and cherished stretch where visitors gather to take in the views of the surrounding areas. Take a walk to Mall Road in the evening to enjoy the fresh air. Take in the atmosphere and dine at one of the local restaurants on Mall Road.

If it's winter, you may take a half-hour cab ride to Kufri and enjoy the snow with your family. Visit Kufri, Shimla's colder, taller, and less congested cousin, which is only 13 kilometers from the main town. The vistas and scenery here only improve, and the landscapes become more flattering, despite the tourist crowds.

On the road to Kufri, a stunning mountain range, the Green Valley is about five minutes from a bus stop. The valley is a gift from God to the lovely city of Shimla. The lush greenery and natural beauty of the area hypnotize you and make you forget about anything else and is one of the best places To Visit in Shimla.

Your Shimla tourism would be incomplete without a stop at the Jaakhu temple. The Jakhu Temple, located on Jakhoo Hill, Shimla's highest point, is a historic temple devoted to the Hindu god Hanuman. It is set against the beautiful green backdrop of the Shivalik hill ranges. The world's largest Hanuman statue is located in Jakhu Temple and can be seen from most places of Shimla.


Things To Do In Shimla

Shimla is one of India's most well-known hill stations. There is no shortage of things to do in Shimla, which is equally appreciated by loving couples, friends, and family. 

A fun toy train journey through much of Kalka and Shimla is a must-do activity while you're here. You can go shopping on the Mall Road, take a stroll through the Lakkar Bazar, or take a tour of the lush green valleys.

Shimla's shopping focuses around The Mall Road, which is located in the middle of the city. Local handicrafts, shawls, woolens, fine jewelry, and other items can be purchased in Mall road. Also adjacent is the Lakkar Bazaar, which has some beautiful wooden handicrafts as well as dry fruits and natural herbs.

There are a variety of adventure activities among the most popular things to do in Shimla. Skiing, ice skating, and horseback riding are all options. In the picturesque city of Shimla, ice skating is a popular pastime. 

Horseback riding is a popular and much-loved pastime in both Shimla and Kufri and is one of the most sought-after and exciting things to do in Shimla. Horse riding is often accessible along the Ridge in Shimla.

The hill village is a favorite among adventurers and environment lovers alike. There are numerous temples, churches, and cultural centers to visit in Shimla tourism. Visit the goddess Kali at the Kalibari temple, visit the Gurudwara Sahib for blessings and pray at the Jhakko Temple. 

Another thing to do in Shimla includes visiting Christ Church, which took 11 years to build, has a unique quality about it making it a popular destination for people of all ages. When lit up at night, the church truly sparkles, and in the winter, it takes on the appearance of a majestic castle.

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Where Is Shimla?

Shimla, commonly known as Simla, is the capital and largest city of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. At a height of around 7,100 feet, the city is located northeast of Chandigarh on a ridge of the Himalayan foothills (2,200 meters).

How To Reach Shimla?

Shimla, a popular tourist destination in the north, is easily accessible by road, rail, and air.

Shimla By Air

Shimla Airport, also known as Jubbarhatti Airport, is located approximately 25 kilometers from the city center and is one of the few airports in any of the hill stations. The plane journey is pretty turbulent when it lands, as it is probably one of the smallest airstrips. However, because this airport is not operational all year, it is best to use Chandigarh or Delhi as connecting airports. 

The nearest major airport to Shimla is Chandigarh, which is around 113 kilometers away. People arriving by flight in Chandigarh typically book cabs to Shimla, which would take 3-4 hours. There are also regular buses. Shimla is around 7-8 hours away from the Delhi airport.

Shimla by Rail

The Kalka Railway Station, which is only 90 kilometers from Shimla, is the nearest wide-gauge railway station. Shimla is also only 113 kilometers away from Chandigarh Railway Station. Shimla is well-served by local buses and taxis from both of these railway stations. Shimla has its own railway station; however, it is solely served by narrow gauge trains from Kalka. It takes around 5-6 hours by rail from Kalka to get here, but it's a really scenic journey with enough tunnels and scenery to compensate for the extra time.

Shimla by Road

To get to Shimla, one can take a taxi, a local bus, or the toy train. Shimla is also easily accessible by car, and the Chandigarh-Shimla route is in good shape, taking only 3 and a half hours from Chandigarh. 

Shimla is a popular tourist destination, with buses running from Delhi, Jaipur, Punjab, Haryana, and parts of Uttar Pradesh to Shimla. When traveling from Delhi to Shimla, there may or may not be a stop in Chandigarh. Taxis are readily available from Chandigarh and Delhi, as well as from other nearby locations, to get to Shimla. Shimla is very well-served by HRTC buses, which run from practically every area of Himachal Pradesh.

How To Reach Shimla From Delhi?

The distance between Delhi and Shimla is 344 kilometers.

The aerial distance between Delhi and Shimla is 271 kilometers.

Shimla from Delhi by Road

The road trip is fascinating because it takes you through various different cities and towns. The road connecting Delhi and Shimla is in better condition than the roads leading to other hill stations. 

By Car

The majority of visitors prefer to get to Shimla from Delhi by road. The road is reasonably well maintained, making for a pleasant drive. The journey is covered in around 7 hours and 35 minutes via NH 44 and NH5. 

By Bus

For this trip, there are various bus options as well. HTRC, City Land Travels, Himachal Tourist (Volvo bus), and Northern Travels, to name a few, are some of the operators for this journey. In most cases, the pick-up point is the Delhi ISBT Kashmiri Gate, and the drop-off point is the Shimla ISBT Tutikandi. It's possible that the journey will take 7 to 10 hours.

Shimla from Delhi By Rail

Another option is to take a train from Delhi to Kalka and then a further train from Kalka to Shimla.

Traveling by train from Delhi to Shimla is arguably the most preferred mode of transportation. However, there is no direct train service from Delhi to Shimla. The train makes a halt at Kalka station before continuing on to Shimla. On this track, toy trains run and are available. Depending on the train schedules, the travel could take anywhere from 10 to 23 hours.

Shimla from Delhi By Air

Shimla is served by the Jubbarhatti Airport, which is 22 kilometers from the town. There is one daily direct flight that takes about 1 hour 30 minutes. 

How Far Is Shimla From Chandigarh?

The road distance between Chandigarh and Shimla is 114 kilometers.The aerial distance between Chandigarh and Shimla is 56 kilometers.

How Is The Weather In Shimla?

The weather in Shimla is good for the majority of the year. 

As the summer months approach, the days become hotter, providing the ideal opportunity for a refreshing vacation. Shimla is best visited between March and June when the weather is pleasant and the temperature ranges between 15°C and 30°C.

Winter brings with it a thick covering of white fluff snow, which makes for beautiful days spent in the crisp air of the bright winter sun. Snowfall in Shimla is best experienced during the winter months of November to February. This time of year is great for snow-related activities.

Monsoons have their own allure, turning the valley a vibrant green and turning the skies a flaming orange at dusk. Apart from the monsoon season, which begins in July and lasts until September, Shimla tourism thrives throughout the year.

How To Reach Shimla By Train?

Shimla Railway Station is a Himachal Pradesh operating station located in the Shimla district. It is located at a height of 6,844 feet above sea level. The railway station connects Shimla to the rest of the world and is known for the Kalka-Shimla train route, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. However, it is solely served by narrow gauge trains from Kalka. To get to Shimla, one can take a taxi or hire a private cab from Kalka station.

The Kalka Railway Station, which is only 90 kilometers from Shimla, is the nearest wide-gauge railway station. Shimla is also only 113 kilometers away from Chandigarh Railway Station. Shimla is well-served by local buses and taxis from both of these railway stations. 

When Snow Falls In Shimla?

Shimla experiences bone-chillingly frigid winters from November to February.

The view of the wonderful snowfall can be seen between the end of December and the beginning of January, and is the best time to visit Shimla for snowfall.

What To Do In Shimla?

Here is a list of some of the best things to do in Shimla:

  • Toy Train RideWalk down the Ridge
  • Shopping At Mall Road and Lakkar Bazar
  • Ice skating
  • Rafting At Tattapani
  • Explore the Pine Forests
  • Camping
  • River Rafting
  • Paragliding
  • Cycling: A Relaxing Ride
  • Enjoy Phenomenal View Cottage Stay
  • See The Life-Size Statues at Johnnie’s Wax Museum
  • Golfing At Naldehra
  • Birdwatching at Water Catchment Sanctuary
  • Seek Peace And Blessings at Tara Devi Temple
  • Picnic at The Glen
  • Explore Fine Pictures in Photo Art Gallery
  • Trekking
  • Grab A Cuppa at Cafe Simla Times 
  • Skiing in Kufri
  • Horse Riding

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