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Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

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.

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. 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.

How to discover Shimla with Authentic India Tours

If you would like to discover Shimla please contact our travel experts on 01792 315499 or email info@aitholidays.com Tours to Shimla can be combined with a number of different options such as the iconic Golden Triangle, Amritsar with its gleaming Golden Temple, and the Western Himalayas.