the capital of Himachal Pradesh, lies at an altitude of 2,213 m. A much
preferred summer refuge of the British in the bygone eras, the hill town
still has the colonial charm lingering on. As you take a stroll, you will
come to observe a number of old British buildings, quaint cottages and
churches that remind us of the British era. Shimla happens to be much more
than the pine forests, apple orchards and heart stirring views. Cultural
programmes keep on taking place throughout the year. Apart from the Ice
Skating Carnival and Summer Festival, there are a number of other events
that give you an insightful view of the picturesque town, its history and
Climate & Best Time
Shimla has mild summers with temperatures ranging between 28 degrees and 15
degrees centigrade. The winter temperature records a minimum of 0 degree or
even lower. The average annual rainfall of Shimla happens to be 166 cm. The
ideal time for tourists to make a trip to the hill station is between April
and July and mid-September to October.
Places to Visit
Shimla offers to see numerous places of worship, including some ancient
churches. The marketplaces of the town are filled with interesting curios
and souvenirs that you would like to carry back home.
» The Ridge
Tourists can take great delight in the stunning views of the mountains from
here. The neo-Gothic styled Christ Church and the neo-Tudor library,
must-see sights for tourists, are also located in this part of the town.
» Jakhu Hanuman Temple
Hanuman Temple, positioned on the Jakhu Hill, is one of the biggest
attractions for visitors to Shimla. A steep climb takes you this temple
which is also the highest point in the town. From here, you can also feast
your eyes upon the heart-stirring views of the valleys and the mountains.
» The Mall
It is a major centre of activities in the hill town of Shimla. It is lined
with numerous hotels, restaurants and shops that sell exquisite items of art
and craft. The Gaiety Theatre, one of the most ancient in the world, is also
a big draw for tourists.
» St Micheal's Church
Another must-see in Shimla is this church which is built in the shape of a
cruciform. It is easily accessible from the Mall, lying below the District
Shimla has a number of hotels and resorts ranging from deluxe and heritage
to budget categories. You can choose to stay at hotels like Clarke's Hotel
(4 star), Honeymoon Inn (3 star), Hotel Springfields (heritage), Woodville
Palace Resorts (heritage) etc.
The airport of Shimla is just at a distance of 22 km from the city centre.
It has regular flights to Delhi and Kullu. The more convenient, however, is
the Chandigarh Airport. Kalka, which is 96 km from the city, is the closest
railhead. Through road routes, Shimla is linked with all the major towns of
the state including Punjab and Haryana. You can also take buses from Delhi
(360 km) and Chandigarh (117 km).