Where is Shimla?
Shimla, the state capital, is located in the state of Himachal Pradesh in North India. It lies at an elevation of 2,159 m. The beautiful hill station was established by the British to escape the heat of the plains.
How will you gain access?
The Jubbarhatti Airport is located at a distance of 23 km from Shimla. Shimla has a narrow-gauge railway line, running from Kalka to Shimla. The toy-train takes you through verdant valleys and magnificent landscapes, making the ride a never-forgetting experience for the visitors. From Kalka, one can take trains to reach other key destinations of the country. There are regular bus services from Delhi and Chandigarh. There are deluxe, semi-deluxe, and AC coaches for Shimla too.
What magnetizes people?
The Mall is the chief shopping area of Shimla. One can take a trip from the Cart Road to the Mall in the Lifts, a system to prevent the city from crowding and to save you walking. There are numerous shops and stalls displaying exquisite and interesting local arts and crafts. Handcrafted Chinese shoes are famous too.
The Jakhu Temple, located at an elevation of 2,455 m, is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. The temple is a 45-min walk from the Mall. It offers splendid views of the valleys and the town. It is a vantage point, offering views of the changing skyline as the sun rises or sets.
Take a 45-minute walk ahead of the Summer Hill Chowk and you find yourself at the Chadwick Falls. Surrounded by dense forests, the Chadwick Falls is a sight to behold for tourists and visitors.
Erected between 1846 and 1857, the Christ Church is privileged to be the second oldest church in North India. The church overlooks the ridge and is a chief landmark of the town.
The Summer Hill, a picturesque picnic spot, is perched at an altitude of 1,283 m. Mahatama Gandhi, during his visit to Shimla, lived here in the Georgian House of Rajkumari Amrit Kaur.
What are the adventures in store?
The picturesque hill station of Shimla puts forth a plethora of options for adventure enthusiasts. The Shimla-Kinnaur region offers fabulous trekking opportunities. Both shorter and longer treks are available. But for the longer treks, it is advisable to take a guide along. Shimla is a gateway to Kinnaur and Spiti. Camp Blue Pines is located near Mashobra. It has Swiss tents on a twin sharing basis. Skiing is another option. Between the months of January and March Kufri (16 km) turns into a fantastic ski resort. One can also enjoy river rafting.
Which are the nearby hotels?
One can find a wide range of accommodation from dormitories to luxury suits. Shilon Resort (24 km from City Centre) is a 5-star located amidst the lofty Himalayan peaks and engaging orchards. Springfields (20 km from Airport) is a popular 4-star. It was originally built by Mohammad Yahya Khan, an aristocrat from Lahore. Hotel Wildflower Hall (24 km from Airport) and East Bourne Resort (24 km from Airport) fall into the 3-star group of hotels.
What is the best time?
One can pay a visit to Shimla between the months of April and August and between December and January. The maximum temperature during the summers records 28 degrees while the minimum during the winters records 4 degrees centigrade.