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Shimla

Shimla

Weather

The city of Shimla experiences subtropical highland weather conditions. Summers, extending from March to June, are best for enjoying the scenic beauty of the region. Temperatures range between 15°C to 30°C. No snowfall is experienced during this season. The season of monsoon begins in July and continues till the middle of September. Excessive rainfall can cause landslides. The winter season, lasting from October to February, is great for indulging in winter sports like ice skating, skiing, and enjoying the snowfall. The average temperature remains around 8°C but can reach freezing temperatures of -2°C. The best time to visit the city is from the month of September to June.

How To Reach

By Road:

Buses of the HPRTC offer connectivity from all the cities in Himachal Pradesh state to Shimla. Normal and deluxe buses are available from Delhi to Shimla. Overnight buses are present which ply between Chandigarh and Shimla, and Delhi and Shimla.


By Air:

The Jubbarhatti Airport in Shimla is situated almost 25 km away from the centre of the city. Tourists can avail taxi cabs to reach the city from the airport. Delhi International Airport is the closest international airport. The Delhi Airport connects Shimla to most of the important cities in India as well as several international cities



By Rail:

A meter gauge railway station is present in Shimla. It establishes a connection with the closest broad gauge railway station at Kalka, situated at a distance of almost 89 km from the city. Kalka is well-connected to Ambala, Chandigarh, Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai. No direct trains are available from Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai. Taxi services are available from the town of Kalka to Shimla. 


Overview

Shimla is one of the most beautiful hill stations in India, located in the state of Himachal Pradesh at an altitude of 2,200 m. The city unrivalled its magnificent beauty during the British days and served as their summer capital. The entire town is set amidst dense jungles, majestic hills and boasts of its own unique charm. The winding roads, gushing waterfalls and pleasant climate make Shimla the perfect spot for tourists, especially honeymooners. The well-knit roads have established Shimla as the kick-off point for the remaining Himachal region.

 

Traces of the colonial rule are still noticeable in the city in the form of imposing Victorian-style structures. The snowy mountains and serene environment lend an aura of grandeur to the region. Shimla is famous not just because of the awe-inspiring monuments and colonial architecture; the city is home to some of the most breathtaking views that draw honeymooners and adventure enthusiasts alike.

 

The highlight of tourism in Shimla is the various fairs and festivals of the capital city. Christmas is celebrated with great pomp and splendor. The Summer Festival arranged by the Government during the month of June happens to be the greatest event in the valley, representing the rich tradition and culture of the Himalayan states. Tourists greatly enjoy the colorful performances of the folk dancers as well as other activities based on the rich rural tradition of the region. A typical hilly landscape boasting of a scenic countryside, comfortable climatic conditions and viable social standards, Shimla has acquired the status of the foremost tourist spots in India.

 

The city of Shimla is a paradise for shopaholics. The Mall region has innumerable shops on either side. Stores sell colorful woolen textiles, quality books and fine handicrafts. The State Emporium sells the best handicrafts. Colorful winter clothing items like caps, socks, gloves are available at cheap rates. Painted potteries are popular as well as wooden walking sticks. Shawls and carpets are in great demand among tourists. Smaller shops sell Tibetan ethnic jewelry.

 

Shimla also offers ample opportunities for trekking, jungle walks and horse riding for adventure loving tourists.

 

The cuisine of Shimla is a distinct combination capable of satisfying the taste buds of visitors. A wide choice of multi-cuisine fare is available in restaurants and eateries across the city. Continental and Chinese dishes are popular. Authentic Himachali food can be sampled at several restaurants in the city. Indian fast food is found in various eateries along with quality confectionary.