Shimla a place for snow and offers everything you can ask for, known as the queen of hill stations, Shimla is definitely one of the most visited tourist destinations in India.
Options to reach Shimla:
By air: The city is properly connected from all the major cities around. Shimla Airport, in Jabbarhatti, is in the city itself. The other nearby airports is Chandigarh and New Delhi.
By road: Shimla is approximately 340 km from New Delhi, and 120 km from Chandigarh. Regular buses, both private and state run travel Delhi en-route Chandigarh.
By Train: The world heritage narrow gauge railways connect Shimla to Kalka. Kalka is abundantly connected to all the major cities of India.
Best Time to Visit Shimla
Shimla that stays pleasant during the summers and winters and monsoons bring out the lavish green hills.
October – March: Heavy snowfall in December and January.
April – June: The summer months with average temperature of 15 degree Celsius attract families and honeymooners alike. The weather stays ideal for adventure sports like paragliding, trekking, and camping.
July – September: The monsoon is not really a good time to visit Shimla as the city experiences occasional avalanche and landslides. However, the green meadows become nothing but most attractive aspect of the city with clouds floating everywhere.
- Summer Hills
A picturesque township is located 5 km from Shimla. This hill is carpeted by rich greenery that offers breathtaking views from the top.
- Indian Institute of Advanced Studies
Built by the British, IIAS is primarily the summer retreat of Indian President. It was passed on to the nation by the then president – Dr Radha krishnan as an institute to promote advances studies in humanities and arts in India.
This place was home for a number of adventure sports during the British rule including racing. However, now, this place is just perfect for all the golf lovers out there as the racecourse has been converted to a mini golf course.
- Jakhoo hill
Highest peak in Shimla, this hill is almost 9,000 feet high in Shimla, a heaven for all the nature lovers and pilgrims who come to visit the historic Hanuman statue at the Jakhoo temple.
- The Scandal Point, Ridge
This place is home to the famous Tudor library, a treat to all the snow capped mountains surrounding Shimla.
The museum amazingly displays the glorious past of the state and Indian culture and heritage.
- Naldehra and Shaily Peak
Naldehra is one of the best places to visit near Shimla as it offers the most picturesque sunrise and sunset views. The stunning view, calmness and fresh air is sure to leave anyone spellbound.
- Chadwick falls
The monsoons lead to an increase in the water level of the falls making the place even more beautiful with its sparkling water. Chadwick falls is surely a treat to one’s eyes with its captivating beauty and ambience.
This hill station once belonged to the kingdom of Nepal. It offers some exciting winter sports skiing and ice skating.
The home of the famous Chail Palace known for its architectural brilliance, since it is at a higher altitude than Shimla, one can enjoy the view of twinkling city lights.