Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Discover Shimla

The capital city of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is home to a variety of temples and churches, and its gravity defying Kalka-Shimla railway which has earned UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Shimla also offers  amazing views of the Himalayas and the largest natural ice skating rink in South Asia.

Located in the foothills of the Himalayas over 2,000 metres above sea level, Shimla offers spectacular views and a comfortable cool climate. The British Raj made the area their summer retreat from the 1860s onwards, with the British administration accompanied by families and servants, making the journey every summer to escape the heat. It was during this time in 1903 that the Kalka to Shimla narrow gauge railway was opened. Affectionately known as the Toy Train, the train ride to Shimla is a major draw offering views of the stunning scenery.

Things to do in Shimla

  • Enjoy a trip on the ‘Toy Train’
  • Take time to browse – The pedestrianised town centre makes it an easy place to explore the wonderful shops and restaurants or wander through the bazaars and steep narrow lanes
  • Explore a bygone era – Evidence of the British Raj and Victorian architecture can still be seen and a trip to the Viceroys Lodge (where the decision was taken to partition India) is worth a visit
  • For nature lovers, there are walking and trekking opportunities, or you can take a pony ride through the lush pine forests.

The best way to see Shimla

If you would like to visit Shimla, why not take a look at one of our wonderful ATOL and ABTA protected holidays?  Please remember all our private tours are designed to meet your exact requirements, and the tours mentioned are just examples to help inspire you. Contact our travel experts on 01792 315499 or email for more information.

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