Shimla, formerly known as Simla, is the capital of Himachal Pradesh. It is located close to the north-western Himalayan ranges. It used to be the summer capital of the British Raj. A very picturesque and popular holiday destination, the city experiences pleasant summers and snowy winters. Surrounded by beautiful hills of oak and pine vegetation, the town is also known for its Victorian architecture. Tourism in Shimla is the main source of revenue for the local coffers. The scenic rail route between from Kalka to Shimla, finds itself in the Guinness Book of Records for the steepest rise in altitude over a 95km stretch.
Skiing and ice skating are popular during the winter months, while the summer months sees many tourists choosing to trek and
experience the breathtaking vistas first hand. 2 to 3 days in Shimla should be sufficient for a comfortable stay. However, if you
are leaving Delhi in the afternoon, you can stop for the night at Ambala, and spend some of the next day visiting this town before
continuing your onward journey to Shimla.
There are lots of places to see in and around Shimla, some of them are listed below:
Other locations include Tattapani, Chabba, Arki Palace, Reserve Forest Sanctuary and Himalayan Aviary. There are hundreds of Hotels in Shimla each catering to different budgets. However, if you are visiting during the summer months, please ensure you book in advance to avoid disappointments. Shimla tours can be arranged by the hotel administration as well. There are also many resorts in this hill station. Make sure you carry your camera along as some of the images of Shimla are picture perfect!
Shimla is a well visited tourist attraction in North India and can easily be reached by air, road and rail.
The road route usually taken from Delhi to Shimla is as follows:
Delhi - Panipat - Karnal - Ambala - Chandigarh - Kalka - Shimla
The drive on a good day should take 6-7 hours but watch out for traffic pile ups during the weekends. This can stretch the time upto 12 hours. Take NH1 till Ambala and NH22 the rest of the way. Travel time varies due to two reasons, road work and toll booths. The amount of time you take depends on when you leave Delhi. An ideal itinerary would be to start early in the morning from Delhi and break the journey at two places i.e. Delhi to Ambala, Ambala to Kalka and the finally Kalka to Shimla. There is no dearth of restaurants on the way. There are many dhabas like 'Jhilmil' at Karnal, which is a favourite for some regular visitors. The Shimla airport is 25 km from the town and there are daily flights connecting to Delhi. The meter gauge railway line from Shimla to Kalka is a worth the trip with its many vistas. Kalka in turn is connected to all other major cities by broad gauge.
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