Shimla's unique perosnally and place in history owes much to its position as the British Rajs summer capital in the 19th century. Starting from the central ridge, it developed on seven nearby hills and now spills over into a Chhota Shimla and a new Shimla as well. As you approach the city, its spreads across a long ridge, the tower of Christ Church to the east and the dramatic towers of the Oberoi Cecil poking out to the west.
A sprawling city on the south-western slopes of the Himalayan Mountain range; picturesque vales and forests decorating the landscape. Welcome to Shimla. Located in the state of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is one of the major tourist destinations in the country. As capital of the state of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is at the same time a major attraction for the tourists, as well as hub of all activities in the state. The city, with an elevation of around 2000 m from the sea level, was built during the British rule as a summer capital. It still shows signs of British influence in architecture as well as certain customs.
People speak Hindi and English. Punjabi and Pahari language are spoken and understood by the people.

Travel Tips

The best time to go to Shimla is during the period between September and June.

The temperature is cool then and there is not much rainfall. If you are travelling during the winter months pack warm cloths as winter is very cold in these regions. Summer is pleasant with moderate temperature.

When to visit

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sprinkles Very Cold
  • 8.7° Max
  • 2.2° Min
  • 3.0 mm
  • Carry Heavy woollen
Things to do

If you are planning to make a trip to Shimla, make sure that you plan it carefully, otherwise there is every possibility that you will run out of time before you run out of places to visit. Shimla is known for its natural beauty and presents some of the most picturesque locales in the country. One of the most popular spots in the region is the Choor Chandni Peak. The peak is surrounded by pine trees and offers a great view of the surrounding area. Fagu is another place of interest. Apart from the scenic beauty, it also has one of the famous local temples, Banthia Devi Temple. If you are interested in wildlife, you can make a trip to the Chail Wildlife Sanctuary. The dense forest here is also the shelter of some of rare varieties of animals. Also close by is the Himalayan Avian Sanctuary. The bird sanctuary is famous as the habitat of many rare varieties of birds. Arki Fort is one of the major historical sites. The fort is the site of many struggles between the local rulers and the British during the 19th century. Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex is a 122 years old monument and has a vast collection of artifacts from various periods. Also, do not forget to visit the Kuthar Fort. It is said to be the oldest structure in the region, being around 800 years old. Manorville Mansion another place to visit. It is famous for hosting personas like Mahatma Gandhi, and Jawaharlal Nehru.

Getting Around

The city of Shimla is quite well developed and getting around is fairly easy. The public transport system is quite good. There are plenty of buses. You can also move about by renting a car. Car renting services are fairly numerous and comes at a reasonable price.

Places to Stay

As a popular tourist destination, there are a large number of hotels in Shimla where you can book your accommodations. Depending on whether you want to pamper yourself or look at the budget end of things, there are a wide variety of hotels to care to your needs.

Shimla offfers plenty of hoel across all budgets, inluding quite a few that are housed in heritage buildings.

How to Reach

  • If you prefer to travel by plane, the nearest airport is at Jubbarhatti Airport. From there, you can either take a taxi or a bus to cover the remaining portion of the journey. Cars for hire are easily available just outside the airport. The distance between Jubbarhatti Airport and Shimla is around 25 km. It is connected to the airport in Delhi and has daily flights. Reaching Shimla by air is thus quite easy.
  • The nearest important railway station is at Kalka. The rail station at Kalka is connected to the station in Delhi, Chandigarh and the other stations across the state. The fare for interstate travel will be between Rs.1600 and Rs.3000 depending on the class you choose to travel in. If you are travelling within the state, the fare will be somewhere between Rs.150 and Rs.300. You can book your tickets from sites like,, and
  • The city of Shimla is quite well connected by road. There are direct bus routes between Delhi and Shimla. You can get up on a bus from any of the important towns or cities and take a bus which will take you directly to Shimla. Alternately, you can also rent a taxi or a car for the trip. Buses are of various types, from luxury AC ones to non-ac ones. The fare varies accordingly.

Surrounding Attractions

The Majathal Sanctuary is well worth a visit. The vast space of the sanctuary is known for playing host to a number of rare birds and animals. If you want to do some river rafting, you can go to Chabba.

The Mahakali Temple is also quite nearby, up on the hillock behind State Bank building is the more than 150 year old . Mother goddess here is Shyamala, the presiding deity of Shimla.

Christ Church- The silhouette of Christ Church and its cream-coloured spires can be seen for mils as you approach Shimla. Its sained glass windows are particularly rich and intricate' one depicts all the seven virtues. The Sunday morning service is a musival pleasure with a choir and the historic church organ. 

Jakhoo Hill - Jakhoo is the tallest of Shimla's hills and towers over the Ridge. Its crowned by the famous Jakhoo Hanuman Temple and an extravagantly gigantic statue of God.

Lakkar Bazaar - Its name comes from the wooden artefacts but bustling Lakkar Bazaar is a medly of woollens, toys and household item shops as well.

Emergency No.

Police: 100

Fire brigade: 101

Hospital: 102