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shimla FAQs

1) When is the best time to visit Shimla?
Summer is the best time to visit Shimla for a cool hill station vacation. The weather stays pleasant between the summer months of March and June and all attractions are open and accessible. However, if you want to enjoy snow and experience the thrill of skiing and ice-skating, then winter is the time to be in Shimla.


2) Which is the closest airport to Shimla?
Shimla’s own Jubbarhatti Airport is only 20 km away from the city. But it is not on the regular routes of commercial airlines. Chandigarh Airport is the closest airport to Shimla which is well-connected with the rest of the country. It is around 130km from Shimla and it takes around 3hrs and 45mins by road.


3) Can I travel to Shimla by train?
Yes, you can travel to Shimla by the Kalka-Shimla rail line. The narrow-gauge tracks are 94km long and start from Kalka in Haryana. There is a total of 5 trains which ply between the two stations and take between 5 to 6 hours to complete the journey.


4) When does it start snowing in Shimla?
It starts snowing in Shimla from the end of December onwards.


5) How far is Kufri from Shimla?
Kufri is around 15k away from Shimla, a distance covered in 45 minutes by road.


6) How many days are necessary for a holiday in Shimla?
5 nights and 6 days should be the ideal duration of a Shimla holiday to explore and enjoy all that it has to offer.


7) How far is Chandigarh from Shimla?
Chandigarh is around 130km from Shimla and it takes around 3hrs and 45mins to cover the distance by road.


8) Is Shimla a family friendly destination?
Yes, Shimla is very much a family-friendly destination. It has many activities and attractions that can be enjoyed with family.


9) Is Shimla an expensive destination?
For what it offers, Shimla is a reasonably-priced holiday destination. The prices may go up during the peak season. But if you book your holidays in advance, you can save money. Thomas Cook India’s Shimla holiday packages start at an incredibly pocket friendly INR 10,999.


10) Which are the best places in Shimla to stay at?
Shimla has a range of hotels, lodges and resorts to choose from depending on your budget. The higher-priced hotels will offer better service and amenities than lower-priced ones. You can also choose a home stay for a closer connection to the local culture.

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