Visit Shimla in the summer and you will experience the pleasant, temperate climate that has made it India’s most fashionable summer escape for over a century. See some of the most impressive colonial architecture in the country and enjoy haggling for bargains in bazaars, and eating local or international delights. Breathe in the clean, fresh air and hike into the hills for some stunning views across the Himalayas.
Shimla is the capital of the Himachal Pradesh state and is situated along a ridge in the Himalayan foothills. The British began building residences in Shimla in the 1820s and ever since, visitors have been lured to the “Queen of Hill Stations” for its cool air and natural beauty. The area is particularly rewarding for those who like to hike.
Start your visit in Shimla Mall. This vehicle-free thoroughfare is where you will find most of the major shops and restaurants. It is also where the majority of the city’s colonial buildings are located. Foremost among these is the Gaiety Cultural Heritage Complex, home to one of the oldest theatres in Asia. A short walk out of town brings you to the most spectacular colonial building of them all, the Viceregal Lodge.
Take a break from the historic attractions and experience Shimla’s range of entertainment options. Play golf, eat in restaurants serving cuisine from all over the world and ride the world’s highest go-kart track at Kufri Fun World. This attraction, like so many places in Shimla, is blessed with awe-inspiring views across the Himalayas. Trek into the hills to enjoy the stunning nature of the surrounding area. The most popular walk is to the Jakhu Temple.
The most popular way to arrive in Shimla is by train. The track winds through the mountains, passing through more than 100 tunnels and offering spectacular views at almost every turn. Driving or flying in are also possible. April to October is the most popular time to visit, although winter sees Shimla become a snow-covered paradise, with the surrounding peaks glistening white in the winter sun.
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