Shimla- Captivating Colonial Charm

The erstwhile British summer capital and the present capital of Himachal, Shimla promises you gorgeous views, colonial charm and a delightful sense of tranquility. Its lush forests, rolling valley, awe-inspiring scenery and an enduring colonial legacy lends it a charm of its own. It’s quaint colonial churches, lively Mall Road, longstanding Gothic buildings, charming gabled-roof cottages and a century old toy train that huffs and puffs up the hills; all come together to create the magical allure of this gorgeous hill destination. 

Major Attractions of Shimla

Mall Road

Dotted with pretty shops, quirky cafes and street food vendors; Mall Road is a perfect place to soak in the spirit of Shimla.

Kalka Shimla-Toy Train

A UNESCO-listed World Heritage, this charming Raj-era toy train takes you from Kalka to Shimla along a scenic route through scores of tunnels & bridges. A favorite with kids & adults alike; this train ride is a perfect way to enjoy the Himalayan panorama.

Jakhoo Temple

The 108 ft high idol of the Monkey God in this much-revered hill temple is a famous attraction of Shimla.

The Shimla State Museum

Housed in a colonial mansion, this museum is a treasure trove of Himachal’s cultural heritage. It’s collection of artifacts, handicrafts, coins, paintings, and bronze idols, is quite incredible.

Viceregal Lodge

The seat of power during the colonial era, Viceregal Lodge stands royally on the Observatory Hill in Shimla. Its magnificent architecture and centuries of history in its bricks & beams, lends it an awe-inspiring aura. The building now houses the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, a government research institute.

Saint Michael’s Cathedral

An architectural masterpiece of the Raj-era, this magnificent church is built in grey stone with French-Gothic interiors and exquisite stained glass windows. Its gilded walls, old glass tapestry and spiritual aura are quite moving.

Other Attractions of Shimla

  • Wax Museum, Shimla
  • Tara Devi Temple
  • Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex
  • Chadwick Pond
  • Kali-Bari Temple
  • Christ Church
  • Himalayan Aviary

Fairs & Festivals of Shimla

  • Shimla Summer Festival- A cultural extravaganza
  • Ice Skating Carnival- Winter Sports in Shimla with a touch of gaiety
  • Rhyali Festival- Dedicated to the Rain Gods
  • Christmas- Famed for its white-Christmas celebrations

Shopping in Shimla

Mall Road is a perfect place to buy colorful shawls, woolens, Tibetan relics and Feng-Shui objects. Check out Lakkar Bazaar for wood-carved walking sticks, panels & curios or visit Himachal Emporium for an array of local handicrafts.

Food in Shimla

From Tibetan momos to continental fare, from Himachali food to American breakfast; Shimla is a cosmopolitan culinary delight. Do try steaming momos, juicy corn-on-cob, and Himachali Siddu, Madra & Palda for a lip-smacking experience.

Best Time to Visit Shimla

Shimla is a year-round destination. The peak summer season is from March to June while the winter season lasts from September to February. However, the white winters in Shimla in the months of December and January are an amazing experience.

How to Reach Shimla

By Air- Jubbarhatti Airport, 23 kilometers from Shimla, connects Shimla to Delhi.
By Train- Kalka-Shimla toy train takes you to Shimla through a scenic route. Kalka is well connected to major cities in the country through rail & road.

By Road- Shimla is connected to the major cities in northern India through a network of well maintained roads and highways.

Join us on our Shimla Tour where picturesque views, bustling bazaars, heritage buildings, and cozy accommodations make for a perfect holiday in the hills. Do reach us for Customized Himachal Tour packages for your travel group.

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