Best To Travel
All the year round
The Mall and the Himachal Museum
- Summer: 28 °C - 15 °C , Winter: 7 °C
- -4 °C
One moment we were on a hilltop, the next on a cloud....the environment of
Shimla will make you feel the same way. From part- time capital of India to
full-time capital of a state, the hill station of Shimla has remained as
charming as always. You can count on the gorgeous Himalayan views and make
excursions to the countryside around. The salubrious air and scenic views
act as a balm, helping us to ignore the scars of modernity. Shimla turns out
to be a perfect tourist destination that endorses many travel attractions,
breathtaking highways, inaccessible mountains and colourful people.
Shimla owes its character almost to the British, who established the hill
station to escape from the scorching heat of the plains. The 12-kms,
crescent shaped ridge on which it is located was first occupied by the
British troops, in the early part of the 19th century, during the
Anglo-Gurkha War. The little village of Shymala, a retreat for British
officers, soon grew to become the glamorous summer capital of the British,
Travel Attractions in Shimla
- This is the major shopping centre of Shimla.
The Mall also has some finest restaurants. The Gaiety Theatre, which is a
reproduction of an old British theatre is a centre of cultural activities.
The Mall also houses shops that are filled with materials of latest fashion
- The hill is situated at an altitude of
2,155m offers a spectacular view of the area and is a major picnic spot.
- The Glen forests are located at a distance of 4 km
from the Ridge at an altitude of 1830 mts. An ice cold stream flows through
this forest which makes it a fascinating picnic spot.
The Jakhu Temple is dedicated to Lord
Hanuman and is at an altitude of 2,455m near the highest point of Shimla
ridge. It offers a fine view of the surrounding valleys, out to the
snowcapped peaks, and over the town itself. The temple is a 45-minute walk
from the Mall. Jakhu is a vantage point for witnessing the changing skyline
as the sun rises or sets.
- One can reach these falls by taking about
45-minutes (7-km) walk from Summer Hill Chowk. These falls are surrounded by
- At an altitude of 1,283m, Summer Hill is a
picturesque spot on Shimla-Kalka Railway line offering shady walks in quiet
surroundings. The Father of Nation, Mahatma Gandhi during his visit to
Shimla lived in the elegant Georgian House of Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur located
here. Himachal Pradesh University is also situated over here.
Himachal State Museum
The Himachal Museum is set in
spacious lawns of Shimla. It has collections of Pahari miniatures, stone
sculpture, local handicrafts, textiles and embroidery. Himachal State Museum
was opened on January 26, 1974 with the purpose of collecting and protecting
the scattered cultural heritage of Himachal Pradesh particularly in the
Western Himalayan principalities.
Other Tourist Attractions
Kalka-Shimla Toy Train
- The state of Himachal Pradesh is
the proud owner of two narrow gauge rail tracks of which Kalka-Shimla is
one. The expedition between Kalka and Shimla is one train ride that offers
an experience which one wishes, never to forget.
- The Shimla ice-skating rink has the largest
open-air with naturally frozen ice in this part of the world. Membership in
this rink is available for the season as well as for shorter terms and even
for single sessions.
Tourist Preferred Hotels
Give all the privilege of deciding your accommodation in Shimla to your
pockets. As Shimla offers variety of accommodation options ranging from
budget to luxury class. To mention a few are:
Restaurants/ Eating Out Places
- The Cecil Oberoi Resort
- The Peterhoff
- Hotel Holiday Home
- Shilon Resort
- Hotel Chapslee Palace
- Hotel Combermere
- Hotel Asia, The Dawn
- Hotel Mayur
- Hotel Crystal Palace
- Honeymoon Inn
- Start Resort
Finding something to eat of your taste and choice is not always easy,
agreed? But if its the all rounder restaurants of Shimla then one can find
it easy to please one's stomach. Shimla has a number of restaurants, that
are absolute delights for the tourists visiting the land. Like :
Shimla Travel (Air/Rail/Road) Information
- Ashiana Goofa Restaurant
- The Ridge
- Fascination Restaurant
- Alfa Restaurant
- Himani Restaurant
- Nalini Restaurant
- Seventh Heaven
- Silver Oak
- Bhasoli Restaurant
: The airport at Shimla, 22 km from the main city, has
connecting flights to Delhi and Kullu. The nearby Chandigarh airport is,
however, more handy as it is connected to all the major airports in India.
: Only train plying between Shimla and Kalka joins them
through railways network.
: Shimla is well connected by road to most towns within the
state and to all major towns in Punjab and Haryana. It is linked by bus and
coach to Delhi and Chandigarh as well.