- Travel to Shimla hill station in India Himalayas which is full of
amazing sights, blessed with all the natural bounties, surrounded by
towering snowy peaks, trekking and hiking trails, a popular honeymoon
destination and known for its immense natural beauty all over the world.
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Duration: 05 Nights - 06 Days
90-kms From Kalka,
|Main Attractions :
The Mall, Christ Church,
|Best Time To Visit :
April To August &
December To January
The Summer Hideout
A quaint little hill train chugs up into the Shivalik foothills, over
dramatic loops and high arched bridges to the hill resort of Shimla, the
capital of the mountain state of Himachal Pradesh.
Shimla was one a string of hill stations that the British established 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, in India.
Shimla's salubrious climate, easy accessibility and numerous attractions
have made it one of the most popular hill stations in northern India. The
splendid views of the snow clad ranges of the Himalayas, fine walks through
oak and flowering rhododenron, enchanting resorts within easy reach, golf at
naldehra and skiing at kufri and narkanda make shimla an attractive
destination throughout the year.
The Mall :
Places Of Interest In Shimla
is the main shopping centre of Shimla with restaurants. The Gaiety Theatre,
which is a reproduction of an old British theatre is a center of cultural
activities. A passenger lift of HPTDC can be taken from the Cart Road and
the Mall. Lakkar Bazaar adjacent to the Ridge is popular for its wood-crafts
Christ Church & St. Michael's Cathedral:
Built in 1846-1857, Christ Church is the second oldest church of Northern
India. The Church overlooks the ridge and is one of the landmarks of Shimla.
Shimla's other important churches is St. Michael's Cathedral and Roman
Catholic Cathedral, which is just off the Mall.
Crowned by a temple dedicated to Kamna Devi 15-minutes walk from
Boileauganj on Shimla-Bilaspur road. The hill is situated at an altitude of
2,155m offers a spectacular view of the area.
The large open space in the heart of town presents excellent view of the
mountain ranges. Shimla's landmarks - the Neo-Gothic structure of Christ
Church and the new - Tudor Library building is worth seeing.
Dedicated to Lord Hanuman, this temple is at an altitude of 2,455m near the
highest point of Shimla ridge. It offers a fine view over 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.
Surrounded by thick forests, one can reach these falls by taking about
45-minutes (7-km) walk from Summer Hill Chowk.
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.
This small village is famous for the hot water sulphur springs. Unlike the
springs in Manikaran and Manali, these springs are not so eye-catching at
first, but their setting is very beautiful. The village is very relaxed and
Great hiking, skiing, some beautiful scenes and a cool environment that's
what Kufri is all about. In the winters Kufri attracts ski-lovers from all
across the world.
Chail is hiker's paradise. Chail was the summer capital of Maharaja of
Patiala, the area is spread over three hills. One has the village of Chail,
the other has the Snow View mansion and the third one has the Palace cum
hotel of Chail.
Narkanda is basically a transit point between Shimla and Rampur. This place
is famous for Hiking and Skiing but only during the season.
In recent times Kasauli has developed as an alternate accommodation for
Shimla. It is 12-km from Shimla on the way to Kalka. Kasauli has been coming
up as a side trip from Shimla. It has some great walks. The walk to Sanawar
is very pleasing and full of natural beauty. Sansar has the potential to
become another hill station in the area as nature has provided abundance of
beauty and scenery to this place.
Solan is the district headquarters and is the home to Meakin Brewery. Solan
is 48-km from Shimla and is at an altitude of 1,342m. It is also the
bifurcation point for Rajgarh with it's orchards and enchanting villages.
Adventure Sports in Shimla
Shimla- Kinnaur region offers some exciting trekking opportunities. Narknda
to Banjar (Kullu) over the Jalori and Bashleo Passes and Sarahan to Sangla
are some of the popular treks, both for the domestic and foreign tourists.
From Bharari you can walk to the villages that lie to right of the Seismic
Recording Centre, or to the villages of Pabo and Kamiana. Longer treks can
be made to Kiar Koti and Tattapani, but for taking-up these treks you better
take a guide along.
There are quite a good number of trails that can be done in the suburbs.
Some are - a walk between the Catering Institute at Kufri and Wildflower
Hall; a walk to Mahasu Peak from Kufri through the Himalayan Nature Park and
a walk along the Bekhalty road from Mashobra and treks from Mashobra to
SHALI PEAK TREK
Highest Altitude: 4,800m.
Duration: 18 Days
Time Period: Mid-July to September
Visible from Shimla and facing Mashobra, is the Shali peak. At 3,200m this
is the highest in Shimla's vicinity. The summit presents an unimpaired view
of the area around and holds an ancient temple dedicated to the Goddess
About The Trek
Drive upto Mashobra and walk down to the glade of Sipur. Carry on 8-km
through picturesque woods, fields and orchards to the village of Thaila.
Cross Nauti stream that races through a deep gorge. Here begins the 6-km
climb to the hamlet of Kuthnol. Then is the final 6-km ascent to the peak.
A thick forest lies on the northern face of the Shali hill. An additional
hike may be made to the adjacent 'Choti' or small Shali and the lake of
Karyali. Camp overnight at Shali or at Kuthnol.
Alternatively, drive upto the village of Gulthani that lies about 8-km
short of the peak and walk the rest of the way. This route is via Mashobra,
Baldian and Thaila.
Hiking & Climbing:
At 2455m, Jakhoo Hill towers over Shimla. Filled with history and
architectural charm, there are several houses along its steep.1.5-km climb
that starts from the Ridge and a temple dedicated to Lord Hanauman crowns
the forested hill. Enjoy the most spectacular sunrises and sunset sights
from this spot, especially during the monsoons.
Another beautiful trail takes you to Sanjuali and between Holly Lodge and
Sanjauli, the distance is about 3-km. From Sanjauli, you can walk back via
the Government College to the Ridge - 2-km, or via St.Bede's College and
Ramchandra Chowka, 3-km. Alternatively, you can bus back from Sanjauli to
Apart from the treks to the nearby areas, Shimla is gateway to Kinnaur and
Spiti. Camp Blue Pines near Mashobra is an adventure-cum-trekking based
gateway from Shimla. It has Swiss tents on a twin-sharing basis and a
capacity for 7 couples or 45 children.
The skiing season generally commences in the first fortnight of January and
continue till mid- March depending upon snow conditons. HPTDS organises ski
courses of 7 days and 15 days duration at Narkanda, every year. The
facilities for the participants include boarding, lodging and equipment.
Kufri is a popular ski resort and is at a distance of 16-kms rom Shimla.
With thick woods around, Kufri offers a panoramic view of 2,000 miles of the
great Himalayan ranges. Naldhera is another adventure area that is situated
at a distance of 23-kms from the hill station. Naldhera is blessed with a
thick cedar forest, attractive picnic spot and a 16-hole golf course. Fagu
is another spot from where one can check out very fine views and has a lot
of snow in winters for the delight of snow lovers and skiers.
Situated 64-kms north of Shimla is Narkanda, at an altitude of 2,700m, a
ski resort and also a popular spot for viewing the Himalayas particularly
from the 3,300m high Hatu Peak.
Chabba is located on the road to Tattapani and is 53-kms away from Shimla.
There is the one of the oldest hydroelectric power project, which is
nowadays famous for river rafting.
How To Get There
The Jubbarhatti airport is 23-km from Shimla and major domestic airlines
cater their services from here to Shimla. One can catch direct flights from
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Shimla has a narrow gauge railway line on which Toy Train runs from Kalka
to Shimla. The train cruises its way through valleys and beautiful
landscapes at a very slow pace making the journey very pleasant. From Kalka
one can take trains to other parts of India too. The Toy train from Shimla
is of two types - one is the normal multi coach train and the other is the
single car train, which has a glass roof giving an enthralling experience
during the journey.
Roads connect Shimla with other places in Himachal as well as other major
towns and cities of the neighbouring states. There is regular bus service
from Delhi and Chandigarh as well as ordinary; semi deluxe, deluxe and AC
coaches for Shimla are available too. One can also cross over to Leh and
Ladakh via Rohtang Pass from here
Distance From Major Cities
Beside the Himachal Pradesh
Tourism tours there are numerous tour operators and travel agents that
organise a fleet of air-conditioned and luxury coaches and cars, ambassador
cars and jeep in its Transport Wing for individual and group excursions of
conducted and package tours from Shimla. A number of Shimla based
sightseeeing tours are arranged from the Tourist Information Office, The
Travel Packages of Shimla
Hotels at Shimla