Shimla is a pleasing hill town located at 2200 m above mean sea level, in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Shimla is a famous summer retreat since the colonial era. In the 18th century, Shimla was a hidden hill region flourishing with high-altitude forests.
Named after the local deity, Shyamala Devi, Shimla came under the control of British by the mid of 19th century. During this time, John Lawrence, Viceroy changed Shimla into a summer capital. Thus, Shimla has a unique nostalgic feel with the colonial architecture, pedestrian shopping streets, ancient churches, and others.
The prime beauty of the hill town comes from the weather. While the plains get scorched up by the sun, this hill town gets a pleasing summer and a snow-drenched winter. The local cuisine of the land is Pahari dishes. However, today, the land has a fusion cuisine to satisfy the tourist population of the land. Apart from cuisine tasting, top activities to enjoy here are trekking, hiking, forest camping, river rafting, paragliding, ice skating, and others.
Shimla is reachable via Chandigrah-Shimla highway or by a flight to Jubbarhatti Airport. However, the toy train is the touristy way to reach this hill station, especially if you are on a honeymoon trip. Kalka Shimla toy train is a heritage site worth enjoying. Apart from the mountain train, top destinations to covers here are Kufri, Chail, Ridge, Mall Road, Tattapani, and others.
Best time to visit in Shimla is from the month of March to June. If you are looking for snow activities, the hill town is best visited between November and February. If you love lush foliage and want to enjoy a cozy monsoon, visit between July and September.
The best time to visit depends on the type of vacation you desire. Also, the type of destinations and activities depend on the type of vacation you are expecting. Here are some of the top suggested and chosen tour packages for different type of travelers in Shimla.