Shimla Tourism

Above you, a rich spread of stars twinkling in the night sky. Under you, the softcover of green grass. Ahead of you, the gentle curves of hills rising and falling. All while the wind whispers to you in gentle murmurs and the houses on the hills are illuminated with the warm glow of lights. This is Shimla tourism in a nutshell – an abundance of beauty wherever you look.

The city of Shimla is spread across the northern parts of the foothills of the Himalayas. The pristine pine trees owe their existence to the high-altitude of 2100 metres above sea level.


Shimla Tourism: A Quick Overview
Currency Indian Rupee (INR)
Population 1.7 lakhs
Time Zone GMT +5:30 (IST)
Area 35.34 Sq. Kms.
State Himachal Pradesh
Dial Code 0177
Location The Sevem Hills of Shimla
Official Language Hindi

Highlights of Shimla


Nature and Camping In Shimla
Wouldn’t you love to watch the sunset with a steaming cup of chaai and the mountains for the company? Well then, we have the perfect spot for you! Or perhaps you prefer a holiday with more excitement and would prefer to climb and conquer these undulating hills? If you are a beginner and don’t really have much time, you could go on a trek to the Dhanu Devta temples. These three temples are in the southern slopes of the city. You could start from the Mall Road and go downwards to the High Court passing through Bemloe. If you want a challenge, Tara Devi temple is the place to go. You will have to take a bus to Tara Devi from Shimla and then make your way uphill for four kms, wandering through the forest paths. If you want to sleep under the stars and contemplate life; you could always go for outdoor accommodation rather than taking the mainstream hotel arrangement. There are several camping sites in Shimla that offer you an enchanting view of the green hills around you. Head to Shogi, Sarahan, Sandasu and Chirgaon. The best time to go camping would be from December to February.

Cuisine Of Shimla
Shimla has food for the soul with its piping, hot delicacies. Dive into the local cuisine and try its famous food, Madra originating from the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. This dish comprises soaked chickpeas or veggies, turmeric, a dash of cinnamon garnished with some spices. You must also try Thukpa which is a noodle soup of Tibetan origin. This is the one dish that parents will never stop their children from having since it has the nutrition of all veggies as well as protein. It can be prepared as both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. If you are a meat lover, you must try the Himachal delicacy Chha Gosht comprising flavoured meat, yoghurt, garnished with coriander and spices. If you are missing home and craving maa ki dal then do have maash dal made with black lentils. Ginger, garlic and mustard are added for some seasoning.

Shop and explore At Shimla
In sharp contrast to the tranquil hills that surround Shimla, the bustling Mall Road lies at the heart of the city. With theatres, shops and food joints, Mall Road is one of the many famous places to visit in Shimla. However, the theatres here are a tad bit different from the ones we are used to. The Gaiety theatre hosts many cultural activities and events. This road also offers a wide range of Himachali handicrafts and souvenirs to take back home. You could also visit the Tibetan Market and put your bargaining skills to test. Mufflers, scarves and gloves to keep yourself warm and some Tibetan rugs to accessorise your home are available at reasonable prices. You will also find some antiques as you wander further into these crowded lanes. If you want an escape from the chaos of this popular tourist spot, then you must head to Kufri. Thirteen kilometres away from Shimla, this hill station is colder, calmer and bathed in sheets of snow in the winter.

Adventure sports In Shimla
The open-air ice-skating rink is the only natural ice-skating rink in Southeast Asia. You try this activity during the winter since the temperature during this time prevents it from melting and cracking under pressure. As you explore Shimla, discover the adventure enthusiast in you too! If you want to try your hand at rafting, then you must go to Tattapani, situated fifty kilometres from Shimla. The jacuzzi-like, hot water springs and green valleys make Tattapani the most preferred site for the ideal rafting experience. Skiing is one of the most popular activities to do in the city. Speed your way amidst the snowy slopes! If you do lose balance and fall, the thick sheets of snow will make sure you don’t hurt yourself!

Best time to visit Shimla

If you are an adventure enthusiast and want to head out and participate in some outdoor activities, then you must go during the months of March to June. The weather is agreeable and suitable to try paragliding, trekking and rafting. However, if you are looking for some relief from the abundance of tourism in Shimla, you could attempt a trip between July to September. Be advised though that the area receives heavy rainfalls and the threat of landslides, so do proceed with caution. Once the season is done, the rainfall does leave behind some lush greenery to marvel at. If snow is what you’re after – fighting with it, making snow angels, letting the flakes flutter onto your skin – then do visit during the months of October to February!

How to Reach Shimla

By Road: Being one of the most accessible and most frequented hill stations by the tourists, Shimla is well connected with all the major cities in the north. The destination to the hill station by road is a feast for the eyes; from cities such as Delhi, Dehradun as well as Chandigarh. Himachal Road Transport Corporation is a safe option in case you want to travel by bus. Both AC and non-AC buses are easily available. It is also a good option to drive to Shimla from Delhi or even Chandigarh; since the journey would be rather smooth with a beautiful view outside to look at. Make sure you take the window seat!

By Rail: The closest railway station is the Kalka Railway station located 96 kms away from Shimla.  The railways connect Shimla to the neighbouring Indian cities. Taxis and cabs are easily available from Kalka railway station to Shimla.

By Air: The nearest airport to the city is the Jubbarhatti airport, located 20 kms away from Shimla. In case you are an international traveller, you can always take the flight to and from the Indira Gandhi International airport in Delhi. The domestic airport connects you to neighbouring cities like Dehradun, Delhi and Chandigarh. Taxis and cabs are easily accessible from the airport.

History of Shimla


Shimla was discovered by the British soldiers, post the rule of the Gurkhas from Nepal. Wanting to create a shelter amidst the dense forests of the hill station, the Assistant Political Agtates - Lieutenant Ross - built a wooden British residence. It soon became a refuge for the women from the heat in the plains and a hangout or resting spot for the British soldiers after the Gurkha war. Soon enough more homes were built, and Shimla became a rejuvenation spot for the British. Since the Britishers were in such awe of this city, it became the summer capital in 1864. Later, it was made the capital of Punjab, post-Independence. Today, Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh.

Interesting facts about Shimla

  • Shimla has the only natural ice-skating rink in the whole of Southeast Asia since it was founded by a Britisher. So, if you want the European feels, do visit this place!
  • Want to know a secret? Visit the Scandal Point near Mall Road in Shimla. Rumour has it that a British lady and an India Maharaja eloped together years ago!
  • Gather around the fireplace and listen to this haunted story! The Kalka tunnel number 33 is long enough to hold haunted tales of the ghost of the engineer who built it roaming around in the tunnel.
  • The city has the highest statue in the entire world. The statue of Lord Hanuman is situated at an altitude of 8100 feet at the Jakhu Temple.

With plenty of places to visit in Shimla do not forget to sit back and take in the beauty of the hills around you. In the hullaballoo that is our city life, we sometimes forget to appreciate the simpler things in life. Shimla Tourism will bring you back to earth and rejuvenate your senses.

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Shimla Tourism Guide

Shimla, which was once the summer capital of British India, is today the most visited hill station of the country. Situated on the foothills of Himalayas, it is known for its splendid natural beauty. Be it summers or winter, Shimla looks tremendously beautiful. While summers in Shimla reveal the scenic view of mountains covered in green, winters here are all about white beauty with hill tops covered with snow.

One of the best things to do in Shimla is to go for the toy train ride from Kalka. Most Shimla tourism packages consider this train ride the best way to catch a sight of beautiful terrain of this hill station. This small hill station has a lot to offer to the tourists. Some of the famous tourist destinations of Shimla, according to Shimla tourism are Kufri, Jakhoo Temple, Christ Church, Himachal State Museum, Himalayan Bird Park, Chadwick Falls, Naldehra and Shaily Peak. For lovers of shopping, Mall Road and Lakkar Bazar of Shimla is a paradise. Ask your travel agent to provide a trip to these places in your Shimla tourism packages, to enjoy what the hill station has to offer.

According to Shimla tourism board, the best time to visit Shimla is between March and June and October to February. So, book your Shimla tourism package for these months, if you want to enjoy your trip to Shimla to its fullest. You can contact Thomas Cook if you are looking for an all-inclusive Shimla tourism packages. We, in association with Shimla tourism, have developed Shimla tour packages that will provide you the best time there. We also help our international tourist in obtaining Visa along with flight and hotel bookings.

Bounded by Mandi and Kullu, the city of Shimla is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh, and previously, the summer capital of British India. With such titles, it is little wonder that Shimla is a traveller’s paradise, making it an attractive vacation destination. A number of Shimla tour packages are available, making it easier for the tourists to plan their travels. It also offers a number of activities, recreational and rejuvenating services, making the city a top choice for when it comes to choosing an ideal tourist destination. Individual services like Shimla tour are also offered here.


Places to visit in Shimla

The best places to visit in Shimla are Viceroy Lodge, the Jakhoo Temple, the Christ Church, the Mall Road, the Ridge and even the Kalka–Shimla Railway line that was built by the British and is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site. Most of these are major attractions and are maintained by the Shimla tourism. Shimla also houses the largest natural ice skating rink in all of South Asia. It is open from December through February.


Best time to visit Shimla

The best time to visit the city of Shimla is known to be between the months of March to June. The weather is pleasant and ideal for a number of sports and recreational activities, making it a popular season amongst the tourist as well. We provide a number of Shimla tour packages and individual Shimla tours during this time as well.

Thomas Cook is known for offering specialized tour packages, making it an ideal choice for the travellers. We have customized Shimla tour packages that include a variety of additional services like flight ticket booking services and individual Shimla tours as well. This not only helps the tourist in deciding on the Shimla tour package that suits them best but makes their travel arrangement customized and tailor made for them.

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