Shimla is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh. This picturesque city is situated in the north-western part of the Himalayan Mountain Range. Once the summer capital of British India, it is famous for the narrow-gauge Kalka-Shimla Railway, completed in 1903. It’s also known for the handicraft shops located in Lakkar Bazaar, a market specializing in wooden toys and crafts.
The city is frequented by tourists’ through-out the year. The weather braces in the range of 10°C and 15°C in the months of November and December but it drops below 3°C and sometimes to freezing point in the month of January.
From February to March, Shimla temperature roves in the range of 15°C and 20°C whereas it slightly rises to a maximum of 28°C in April to June.
From July to September, the place receives excessive rainfall and one can see lush green surroundings everywhere. During this period the temperature lays in between 15°C to 21°C where as it becomes moderate during October when the weather exhibits a temperature ranging from 13°C to 17°C.
Thus throughout the year, the city offers a pleasing climate but the best time to visit Shimla is in the months of September, October and November and thereafter in February to May.
How to Reach
Shimla is a easily accessible hill station. One can reach here by road or even by the narrow gauge railway or by air too.
The Kalka Railway Station and the Chandigarh Railway Station are the two closest broad gauge railway stations from Shimla. Both the railway stations connect all the major cities in India. Well if one who is looking to reach Shimla by train may opt to reserve his tickets on the track of narrow gauge that stretches from Kalka to Shimla.
The Jubbarhatti domestic Airport is situated 23 km from Shimla. As of now very few flights operate for Shimla. If one is looking to reach by air, then Chandigarh Airport is the closest one. There are regular flights from most of the major cities in India to Chandigarh.
The distance from Chandigarh to Shimla is just 100 km. You can easily drive from New Delhi to Shimla covering approximately 320 km. If you plan to drive from Amritsar to Shimla, a distance of 300 km is to be covered whereas from Jalandhar it is 220 km and from Ludhiana it is only 190 km.
From Manali, it is a mere 6 hours’ drive en-route Bhuntar and Banjar. The distance from Manali to Shimla is approximately 260 km whereas en-route Mandi it is 250 km.
The hues of Himalayas does not always require too much of time and money to get explored. Few hours from Delhi, these pristine hills of Shimla are always a favourite pick amongst travelers. The meandering path riding up to the colonial ambience and thick green valleys, brings a unique harmony between nature and mankind. Some of the popular sightseeing spots in Shimla worth exploring are:
· Observatory Hill
· Arki Fort
· Gaiety Heritage
· Cultural Complex
· Viceregal Lodge
· Himachal State Museum
The Mall Road is always echoing in spirit and vibrancy. From delicious North Indian restaurants to hot delectable Himalayan cuisine, food stalls along the Mall Road are ideal places to tantalize your taste buds before proceeding for a shopping excursion. Popular tourist places to visit are
· The Ridge
· Hanuman Temple
· Jakhu Temple through Ropeway
· Christ Church
are few minutes away from the bustling Mall whose spectacular beauty should definitely not be missed.
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