Shimla Hill Station -The Paradise for Hill Lovers-TripSmooth

With breathtakingly beautiful forested hillsides falling away in all directions, Shimla hill station seems to be one of the most popular destinations of Indian tourism. Being the largest city as well as the capital of Himachal Pradesh it is the centre of commercial, cultural and educational hub of the state. Not only this city remains in the popular tourist attraction for its untouched natural beauty but also attracts a large number of travellers for its incarnation as the summer capital of India during the British rule. Being the summer capital, this hill station has an enriched history and is surrounded by various historical architecture which is a must-visit during your Shimla tour. Located on the lap of South Western Himalayan ranges at an altitude of 2206 from sea level, Shimla welcomes tourists from all over the world throughout the year. The capital of India, New Delhi is 350 km away from Shimla hill station whereas Chandigarh and Manali are situated at a distance of nearly 116 km and 247 km respectively.


How To Reach :

  • By flight: Jubbarhatti Airport of Shimla serves as the nearest domestic airport of Shimla hill station. Almost 23 km away from the heart of the city, regular flights are operated in this airport from New Delhi and Chandigarh. Indira Gandhi International Airport of New Delhi is the closest International flight destination of Shimla. Nearly 360 km away, IGI shares excellent connections with all the major airports of the world. Regular bus services and prepaid cabs are available from outside the airport to help travellers reaching Shimla. Click Here To Book Cheap Flight Ticket

  • By rail: Kalka is the closest railway destination of Shimla hill station. Set at a distance of nearly 96 km from the city, Kalka railway station is well connected to all the major Indian cities. Frequent trains run between Delhi and Kalka making it one of the favourite options for tourists wishing to explore the magnificent beauty of Shimla. You can hire taxis or private cabs from Kalka station to reach Shimla.

  • By road: Excellent road connectivity connect this small hill station with its surrounding major cities including New Delhi, Chandigarh, Dehradun and many more. Reaching Shimla through the well maintained broad national highway is a visual delight and the best way to explore the untouched beauty of tranquil nature. Himachal Road Transport Corporation for HRTC along with several private buses run between Shimla and its neighbouring cities. You can even board on luxury buses available regularly from ISBT Kashmiri Gate.

Best Time To Visit :

Shimla hill station is a round-the-year go-to destination for tourists. The best time to visit Shimla depends entirely on your tastes. To get rid of the scorching heat, March to June is the perfect time for you to visit the summer capital of India of the British. The temperature hovers around 15-degree centigrade and 30-degree centigrade and makes the weather pleasant to enjoy the scenic beauty to the most. This is the ideal time to enjoy adventure sports like trekking, camping, paragliding, and rafting. Sunny day and cold wind create the perfect combination to provide you memorable holidays. To enjoy the beauty of snow-covered Shimla, winter is undoubtedly the best season to visit. Plan your trip between December and February when the temperature remains around 8-degree centigrade and -2 degree centigrade. Ice skating and skiing are arranged around the hills for tourist seeking for adventure during their trip. Monsoon in Shimla starts from July and continues till September. It is better for tourists to avoid this period as landslides, flood and other problems related to heavy rain can create great trouble in your tour. However, lush greenery and slash price on hotel deals attract some tourists in monsoon.

Note: Shimla to Manali is around 7 hours journey by Car via NH205. Manali Town of Kullu: The Beautiful Hill Station Of India.



Places to visit in Shimla :

  • The Ridge Shimla: Entitled as the heart of Shimla hill station, The Ridge is the most popular point of Shimla tourist places. The broad street runs from east to west and connects Lakkar bazar in the west to the famous scandal point on east end respectively. The snow-laden mountains amidst the clear blue sky surrounded by the lush greenery of rhododendron, Himalayan oak, pine, and firs create vivid eternal beauty to entice the tourists. Century-old British establishments juxtaposing dazzling boutiques, cafes, shops, restaurants and bars make it popular among all visitors irrespective of their ages and choices.

  •  Jakhoo Hill and Temple: Set at an elevation of 8000 feet above the sea level, Jakhoo Hill is the highest viewpoint of Shimla hill station, this place is the best known for offering spectacular views of snow-capped Shivalik Ranges. Here you can witness 108 feet statue of Lord Hanuman. To enjoy the world's largest statue of Lord Hanuman, this place attracts both devotees and tourists alike. This place is believed to be the place where Hanuman took rest for some time during his journey to find Sanjeevani Booti for Lakshman during the war with Ravana.

  • Kufri: Located almost 40 minutes ride from the city centre, this small village of Shimla hill station remains the centre of attraction of tourists seeking for adventure sports like skiing, ice skating etc. Almost 8607 high feet from the sea level, Kufri experiences regular snowfall and promises spectacular views of the surrounding nature. 

  • Green Valley: As suggested by its name, it is the valley covered by Green blanket of deodar and pine against the backdrop of snow-capped mountains. It is the place where you can enjoy the pristine beauty of nature to its fullest. 

  • Mall Road, Shimla: Located at the heart of the city, Mall Road is a popular shopping destination of Shimla hill station. Tourists can enjoy the true essence of Shimla here while shopping exclusively handcrafted works, famous woollen clothes, jewellery, furniture and enjoying delicious delicacies.

  • Kalka Shimla Railway: Taking a ride on Kalka Shimla railway is one of the most beautiful experience tourists want together when exploring the beauty of Shimla hill station. This railway is listed in the World Heritage site by UNESCO. This is one of the slowest rides you can experience. You can enjoy the breathtakingly scenic beauty of Mother Nature during your journey that will stay in your mind forever. 


Where To Stay :

  • Snow Valley Resorts Shimla: Situated in Ghoda Chauki, this resort in Shimla allows the guests to enjoy stunning scenic views of the surroundings while enjoying modern amenities like an elevator, free Wi-Fi etc. 

  • Hotel Marina: Located in Mall Road, this is a popular choice of tourist looking for luxurious and trendy staying during their trip to Shimla hill station. Surrounded by lush greenery, the rooms are furnished with modern amenities to make your stay comfortable and memorable.

  • Silicon Inn Shimla: This budget hotel is a popular choice for tourists tight in budget. This hotel comes with a bundle of modern amenities in a pocket-friendly range.

  • Groombridge: Surrounded by the greenery of rhododendron and oak trees guests of this hotel can enjoy the view of snow-capped Shivalik ranges and Shimla ridge. This boutique property of Shimla hill station is equipped with world-class facilities.

  • Royal Homestay: This affordable homestay will allow you to enjoy the cosiness of Home Away from home. 

About Visa :

Apply for an e-visa offered by Government of India to feel the essence of the Shimla tour package to the fullest. You can get the visa within three days of application and it allows you to stay in India for three months at a term. Presently, it is provided twice a year per person.


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WimRab Kalen
Love this article . Thank you!
Plan to visit Simla,kulu,Manali, Dalhousie, Dharmasala during October November
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