SHIMLA- The Queen of Hills
The capital city of Himachal in the foothills of the Great Himalayas still basks in colonial charm. Shimla fascinates every traveler with its terrific outdoors and unique appeal form the British Raj. No wonder why British trusted Shimla as their proud summer capital. Head to this place between July and September, that’s the best time to visit Shimla when misty mornings welcome you to the heavenly abode.
Shimla Ridge – the 13 km stretch neatly entwined in the heart of Shimla is a hub of cultural activities and the most popular things to do in Shimla. Head to the Mall road next because it is the most prominent market hub of Shimla where every traveler’s favorite thronged by tourists the most. From the best places to eat in Shimla to the most popular shops selling the best of traditional clothes and leather goods, Mall Road has it all.
Intersecting the Mall Road and The Ridge is Scandal Point – a popular sightseeing attraction in Shimla, and a must-visit for every adventure seeker. Head to Shimla trip if you are planning on a long romantic walk. Besides, State Museum, Summer Hill, Himalayan Bird Park, Gorton Castle, and Kali Bari Temple are some other popular tourist attractions of Shimla. Leave the vehicles, you can actually go walking in Shimla – it is highly recommended. The pleasant weather in Shimla hovers around 20 degrees Celsius, thus making it an ideal fit for every traveller
Best Time to Visit
Shimla is a year-round holiday destination popular with families and couples. Here’s a seasonal break up so you can plan your trip accordingly:
March to June: This is a popular tourist season in Shimla as the weather is quite pleasant and perfect for outdoor activities. The temperature is comfortable and usually varies between 15°C and 30°C. If you are into adventure sports then this is the ideal time to try paragliding, trekking, camping and rafting. Make sure you carry comfortable walking shoes for going around the Mall Road. Summers are mild and you might need light woolens, especially at night.
July to September: This is not peak season in Shimla because of heavy rainfall and occasional landslides. But monsoon brings out the lush character of the hill station. Also, since few people like to travel to the hill station at this time, hotel prices drop down considerably and you can find great deals on really good properties.
October to February: This is again a popular season for Shimla for people who are looking for snow, which typically falls between December and February. This is the time skiing and ice skating take off. The average temperature during this season is around 8°C and goes down to -2°C. This is a popular time for honeymooners. Don’t forget to carry warm clothes if you don’t want to get tuck in your hotel room.
How to Reach Shimla
By Air:- Jubbarhatti is the airport in Shimla to which regular domestic flights are available from major cities of India.
By Rail:- Kalka, 96 Km away, is the nearest railway station connecting Shimla to various neighboring states. Then train to Shimla from Kalka could be taken to reach in as less as 6 hours time.
By Road:- Chandigarh and New Delhi are connected by National highways that lure the road hitters more than anything for starters of this tremendous journey to Shimla.