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Introducing Shimla

Best time to visit : Spring months (March-April), Autumn months (October-November) and Snowfall months (December-February)
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Shimla, previously known as Simla, has always been a shining destination on the map of Indian tourism industry. Holiday opportunities in this capital city of Himachal Pradesh are not restricted to a particular theme, but are enjoyed with enthusiasm by honeymooners, family tourists and adventure loving tourists alike. Shimla, from the time of British rule in India, has served as a summer holiday retreat for its moderately warm climate during summer months. Designated as ‘Queen of the Hills’, Shimla has its abundant natural beauty well- complimented by the man-made structures. Architectural wonders, old buildings and religious structures add to the charm of the city set amidst dense forests, fruit orchards and beautiful meanders. With the best tourist information in hand, you can harness the unadulterated glamour of Shimla.

Facts

Shimla is well-known as the best North Indian hill town for all seasons and all reasons. Apart from being a summer retreat, it is a popular snowfall destination as it receives heavy snowfall during winter months that experience extreme cold. Spring and autumn seasons in the city bless it with marvelous views and limitless scenic beauty. Shimla is a world-famous resort for adventure sports like trekking, skiing and ice skating. The city is also known as the fruit-bowl of India, as it has many orchards producing fruits like apples, strawberry, plum and litchi. Shimla has successfully retained the colonial aura with its magnificent tourist places that include colonial buildings, churches and monuments. It is a visual delight to explore the Victorian and neo-Gothic architecture excellence of these constructions. Christmas and New Year celebrations in Shimla draw huge flocks of tourists, both Indian and foreigners.

The Mall, the main street in Shimla is home to many popular restaurants offering relaxing atmosphere and quality food at reasonable prices. Enjoy continental cuisines at The Devcios and authentic Asian dishes at The Oberoi Cecil Restaurant. Ashiana Goofa Restaurant on The Ridge is an ideal option for local cuisines. Indian Coffee House and Barista are good choices for coffee and light snacks. Wines that are brewed at local breweries can be enjoyed at the places like Lobby Lounge and Rendezvous.

Lakkar Bazaar (wood market) on the Mall Road is a paradise for the tourists who love to collect handicrafts and souvenirs. Other noteworthy items that are worth purchase include woolens, shawls and carpets and there are many shops on the Mall selling them. Himachal Emporium, run by the state government, is an ideal venue to purchase local hand-made items. Shimla being home to fruit orchards also produces jams, wines and squashes that can be purchased from any part of the city.

Nearby Places:
  • Kufri, which is around 14 km. from Shimla, has mesmerizing beauty and is a well-known destination for hikers and skiers. Mahasu Peak and Indian Tourist Park offer amazing views of the natural surroundings.
  • Home to the world’s highest cricket ground, Chail can be reached by traveling 45 km. from Shimla. Chail palace, Chail Sanctuary and Chail Gurudwara are the worthwhile attractions of the town which also hosts hiking expeditions.
  • Tattapani is another popular place 52 km. from Shimla and is known for erupting hot sulfur springs, known to have healing qualities. Many holy temples and adventure activities like rafting can be accessed here. 
  • Naldehra is located 22 km. away from Simla and has its imposing beauty defined by lush green forests, relaxing atmosphere and a beautiful golf course.
  • Narkanda, another hill station 60 km. from the city, is a wonderful skiing resort and also accommodates striking scenic beauty. Apple and peach orchards are in plenty at this place.
  • For extremely pleasing natural settings, Kasauli is a perfect getaway from Simla. Located around 75 km. away, the place offers soothing beauty that can be accessed at Monkey Point and Sunset Point.

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