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Ideal duration: 2-4 days
Best time: Oct-Jun
Nearest Airport: Chandigarh
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Probably the most popular hill station in northern India, Shimla is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh. Famous for its Mall road, the Ridge, toy train and colonial architecture, Shimla is popular among honeymooners and families alike.
Situated at the height of 2200 m, Shimla is one of the most eminent tourist destinations in the country. Set amidst beautiful hills and mystical woods, Shimla is one of most aesthetically planned cities in India. The erstwhile summer capital of British India, this town's captivating natural beauty, and the atmosphere are bound to leave any tourist overwhelmed. The well-knit roads, impeccable cleanliness, and an efficient administration make for a perfect combination for any tourist destination in the world. This town has colonial-style buildings alongside the historic temples, and the amalgamation of the worlds leaves everyone visiting this region spellbound. Within this city, one must visit the Mall Road, The Ridge, Institute of Advanced Studies and Jakhu Temple. Shimla is also used as a base to cover other nearby places like Chail, Kufri, Naldehra, Mashobra, Tattapani and Narkanda. The toy train to Shimla from Kalka passes through beautiful hills and valleys and is one of the most beautiful train routes in the world.
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I visited Shimla in the month of June, which is the time when Shimla is bustling with tourists. I chose this season to escape the scorching heat and found out that it indeed was an ideal option for a weekend getaway. The weather was pleasant and perfect for outdoor activities like trekking, camping, rafting and even paragliding. I had a great time walking through the famous Mall Road and indulging myself in delicious and pocket friendly roadside snacks. The local handicrafts shops are a must visit for all those who wish to take a memory of the place back home. A small piece of advise to all those visiting Shimla is to carry comfortable walking shoes and light winter clothing for the night time!
My school excursion included a trip to Camp Peach Valley, Shimla. It is, by far, my best travel experience. I took part in many fun-filled activities such as trekking, rope walking, camping and sightseeing. We also had bonfires on two consecutive nights which were truly amazing. The weather is perfect for a summer holiday. Also, we were to do rappelling which somehow got cancelled. I think this is the best place to vacation with your friends.
Being one of the most popular hill stations of northern India, Shimla, the capital city of Himachal Pradesh is famous for its pleasant and cool weather, beautiful hills and just an overall amazing tourist spot. Our evening walks, even with huffing and puffing uphill, was definitely worth it! Shimla has many tourist spots like the Ridge, the toy train, the Jakhu temple, etc. but since me and my friends were interested in lazing around and have a chill getaway trip, we just trotted along the long winding Mall road and shopped for some bits and pieces. It was the perfect spot for us since me and my friends stuffed our faces with Maggie and tea along with other delicious street foods available along the way. The hot food food with the cold and cozy weather, great friends and amazing views is what made Shimla one of the greatest and chill trips ever!
The weather. It snows in winters and the landscape becomes all beautiful. One of the few hill stations to have an airport. One of the most developed hill stations.
The climate has started to become warmer with extreme colonization. The greenery has started to go away a little bit. One of the most congested hill stations.
Perfect for people who want to have a short holiday and enjoy the weather as the winters approach. Extremely popular among students, couples, and adrenaline junkies. A stopping point to nearby hill stations.