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Shimla Tourism | How to Plan a Trip to Shimla

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Shimla At a Glance
  • Average Climate:5°C to 18°C
  • Best Time to Visit:March to Nov
  • Major Airports:Jubbarhatti Airport
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Shimla Travel Guide

Shimla - often known as the summer capital of India, is also one of the best hill stations to visit with family, friends, and even alone. Being an important city from the British Raj, Shimla has evolved into one of the finest summer destinations in India. Shimla has always been a go-to place for people, with extravagant sights, amusing spots, and an extensive list of places to visit.

Owing to the pine and oak forests throughout the hill station and the mighty Himalayas glaring from a distance, it won't be wrong if we say that Shimla is a perfect place for photographers, explorers, and nature lovers. Our customizable Shimla tour packages allow you to explore this scenic town's breathtaking beauty. 

Places to visit in Shimla 

With such a wide range of attractions and famous places, Shimla is one of India's most visited tourist destinations. So, before we enrich you with the best places to visit in Shimla—and a few around Shimla, here are a few essentials. Here are a few top-notch Shimla tourist spots are:

  • The Mall Road
  • The Ridge
  • Kamna Devi Temple
  • Chadwick Falls
  • Sankat Mochan Temple
  • Annandale
  • Jakhu temple Shimla
  • kali bari temple Shimla
  • Shimla State Museum
  • Tattapani

Things to do in Shimla

Exploring Shimla is not that easy because this city offers a massive list of things. There are innumerable things to do in Shimla, from something that keeps toddlers engaged to adventures for avid travelers.

So while planning your trip to Shimla, ensure the number of things you want to engage yourself in. Here are some top-notch activities to enjoy in Shimla.

  • Toy Train Journey
  • Shopping at Lakkar Bazar
  • Visiting the Shimla Ridge
  • Exploring the Annandale military museum
  • Offering prayer at Jakhoo Temple

Best time to visit Shimla

Shimla climate is amazing in all seasons, and it depends on the travelers as to what time they prefer to visit here. If you are one of those who wish to spend their summer vacation with family- Shimla can be your destination.

If you wish to enjoy some snow sports and thrilling activities, you can still plan on visiting Shimla. This hill station is an all-season favorite for riders, avid adventurers, nature lovers, and backpackers. To know more, click here!

How to reach Shimla

Visiting Shimla is convenient by air, road, as well as rail. Here is more information on how to reach Shimla. The nearest airport to Shimla is Jubbarhatti Airport or Shimla Airport. However, the best way to reach Shimla is by train. The reason is you have to get down at the Kalka Railway station. And the joy starts from here. Get to the toy train as you will enjoy kalka to shimla toy train. When traveling by road, several buses from multiple cities go to Shimla. 

Accommodation in Shimla

Shimla tourist places are trendy in India, and it has a lot of accommodation options. It has many places to stay, from homestays for backpackers to luxury hotels for travelers. In addition, several properties have now been converted into private cottages or villas to be the best location in Shimla to stay. So if you are traveling in a vast group, consider enjoying the jungle vibes in any of the cottages available. Some top Shimla hotels are Hotel Sukh Sagar, Sunrise Villa, Radisson Hotel Shimla, The Apple Blossom, and Toshali Royal View.

Where to eat in Shimla

Shimla offers a variety of dining options for visitors. For local cuisine, try the street food stalls in the Mall area or head to restaurants like Himachali Rasoi or Baljees for traditional dishes. Café Sol and Wake & Bake Café are popular choices for continental cuisine. Indian Coffee House and Trishool Bakers are great for snacks and quick bites. The Oberoi Cecil and Wildflower Hall offer fine dining experiences with breathtaking views of the mountains. 

How to get around in Shimla 

The best way to get around Shimla is on foot, as most popular areas are pedestrianized. Alternatively, local buses and taxis are available for longer distances. Tourists can rent a car or a motorbike to explore the surroundings but be prepared for narrow, winding roads and steep inclines.

Travel tips

  • Explore the Ridge, Shimla's main attraction, for scenic views.
  • Try local Himachali cuisine at restaurants like Himachali Rasoi and Baljees.
  • Visit the Viceregal Lodge for a glimpse into colonial history.
  • Take a toy train ride from Shimla to Kalka for a scenic journey.
  • Shop for souvenirs at Mall Road and Lakkar Bazaar.
  • Go on a trek to the nearby Shali Tibba or Jakhu Hill.
  • Attend the Summer Festival in June for cultural performances and competitions.
  • Experience the ice skating rink at the Mall in winter.
  • Visit the Himalayan Bird Park to see various bird species.
  • Explore the nearby town of Mashobra for a peaceful getaway.


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