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Shimla - Memories of the Colonial Empire

What to see and do in India's Shimla hill town

Shimla, also known as “Queen of Hills”, is one of the most popular hill stations in northern India. The capital city of Himachal Pradesh, its name has been derived from the name of the goddess “Shyamala Devi” a form of Goddess Kali. Situated at the height of 2205 meters, Shimla is surrounded by picturesque hills, verdant forests and lush green plantations. The ambience and vibes of the hill town is impossible to find anywhere else in India.

Being located at the foothills of Himalayas, Shimla hill town is connected to Kalka station via Kalka-Shimla railway. In 2008 this narrow-gauge railway was added to UNESCO's World Heritage Sites in India.

Shimla hill town in India's Himachal Pradesh
Located in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla hill town attracts
visitors from India and abroad to this summer resort, also referred to as Shimla Hill Station.

What to see there?

The Mall Road in Shimla, located at the heart of the town, is the main street which has a number of showrooms, shops, restaurants, and cafes. Some not to miss attractions of this picturesque hill station are Jakhoo Temple, the Ridge, Tattapani, Himachal State Museum and Tara Devi Temple among others. Don’t miss the local markets for a complete Shimla experience. Lakkar Bazaar is one market which is a must visit if you want to shop for exquisite wooden crafts as the entire stretch is lined with such shops. Shimla has other interesting shopping options as well- you can head to Himachal Emporium for buying local handicrafts at affordable prices, Minchys is one place where you get authentic Himachal fruit products and Dockers San Francisco for global brands.

What to do?

Cafes at Mall Road serve choices of local cuisines as well as mouth-watering Indian, Italian, and Chinese cuisine to name a few. Honey Hut, Café Sol, Wake n Bake and the Devicos are must try cafes when you are here. Skiing in Kufri, horse riding and a Toy Train to Kalka are must try activities when you visit Shimla. The toy train is one of the most unforgettable train journeys and it offers spellbinding views of the valleys and mountains riding through various tunnels. Do opt for the Heritage Walk Tours that are conducted by local operators to know more about the place. Some of the famous attractions of this walk are Catholic Church (1885), Telegraph Building (1886) and State Bank of India Building (1903).

A hill side at Shimla town
Located at the foothills of Himalaya, the town of Shimla is considered the king of hills,
with its majestic views of surrounding mountains.

Thinking about staying in a hotel?

When it comes to hotels in Shimla, you will get plenty of options to choose the best accommodation as per your budget and requirement. For people who don’t mind spending for world-class luxuries, hotels like Oberoi Cecil, Wildflower Hall, Clarkes Hotel,East Bourne Resort & Spa and The Cedar Grand-Hotel & Spa would be the best pick of the lot. If you are looking for some nice mid-budget Shimla hotels, we would suggest you take your pick from names like Hotel Springfield, Hotel Snow King Retreat, Honeymoon Inn Shimla and Whistling Pine Resorts among others. All these properties offer a perfect blend of comfort and luxury without being too heavy on your pocket.

As for budget accommodation, hotels such as Marigold Sarovar, Summit Le Royale, Sterling Hotel and Hotel Surya are good choices. These hotels with well-maintained rooms and helpful staff promise a relaxed stay experience for the guests. The list has some of the best hotels in Shimla and we hope that it will help you in choosing the right kind of accommodation as per your need.

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