Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh is one of the top tourist destinations in India. The picturesque city is situated in the northwestern part of Himalayan Mountain Range and the mean elevation of the city is 7,234 feet. Shimla is a hill station that experiences extreme climatic conditions. The altitude give Shimla its diverse climatic conditions. There is no such ideal time to visit Shimla, as this pleasant hill station is one of the most preferred destinations in India at any given time. One can say that the peak season for Shimla travel is all though the year! Read on further and decide the best time to visit Shimla for yourself.
Reasons to Visit:
The Mall and Ridge Road in Shimla : The mall is the main street in Shimla and shopping center like in most of the other hill stations in India. You can see resturants, banks, clubs, see the shops and do some shopping. Ridge Road is large open space which is situated at the heart of Shimla and runs east to west along the side of the Mall Road.
Jakhoo Hill :Jakhoo is the highest peak in the area and offers a great view of the magnificant Shimla. There is an ancient Lord Hanuman temple at the top of the Jakhoo hill.
Shimla State Museum :Shimla state museum houses a huge collection of magnificant paintings sculptures, coins, handicrafts, photos, etc. of not only the state of Himachal Pradesh but outside too.
Summer Hill : Situated at a distance of 5 kms. from the Ridge is the lovely township of Summer Hill at a height of 6,500 ft. on the Shimla-Kalka railway line. Mahatma Gandhi lived in these quiet surroundings during his visits to Shimla. Himachal Pradesh University is situated here.
Annandale : Developed as the playground of Shimla, Annandale is 2-4 kms. from the Ridge at a height of 6,117 ft. It is a favourite spot for cricket, picnics and the princely game of polo.
Day 1: Chandigarh to Shimla:
Pickup from Chandigarh railway station / bus stand / airport. We shall start our drive from Chandigarh to Shimla. If you start early you can have a break at the Pinjore gardens and / or timber trail resort. (It has a ropeway and a restaurant at the top of the hill). Evening is free to explore the famous shopping plaza the mall.
Day 2: Shimla:
After breakfast, the sightseeing of various places in and around Shimla covering the mosque, Vice Regal lodge, Christ Church built in 1844, the Gaiety Theatre, The Scandal Point, Kaali Baari temple and Jakhoo temple. The evening is free to explore the famous shopping Plaza of the North
Day 3: Shimla:
After breakfast, excursion to Kufri and Chail. Kufri is famous for its Himalayan National Park, Poney and Yak Ride and one can see the endless Himalayan Panorama from Kufri, driving further from Kufri to Chail is an exciting drive and lunch at Palace hotel Chail can be a better option and later visit to the highest cricket ground and Kaali Ka Tibba. Evening at leisure.
Day 4: Shimla to Chandigarh:
After breakfast, departure transfer from the hotel to Chandigarh railway station / airport
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