Shimla Travel Guide

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Shimla Things to Do


    Visit the old Viceroy's lodge that was built in 1888 and now home of the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies (since 1965). It is about a 30 minute walk from the centre and you will see it on the right as there is a big garden on a hill. You can visit this building from 9 am to 8.30 pm, but it will close at 1 pm for an hours lunch break.


    Visit the main street and see the English architecture at the town hall which is still in use today, but was built under the British rule. At one time the British forbade the locals from walking in this area.

  • Monkey kingdom

    Up at the Jakkhu temple, Ram Dave, the pujari (prayer conductor), studies monkey social behaviour. He has found a way to control them through eye contact. This can be witnessed every Sunday in the compound in front of the Hanuman temple.

  • Trekking

    In SHimla one can do day trips & treks for 2 -3 days to 8-10 days depending on the season summaers is ideal for long treks even some high altitude treks are available with the agency we went trekking with its called Great Escape Routes very efficient people with good knowledge of the region & very safe trekking.

  • Visit the Viceroys Lodge

    Patterned after an English great house, complete with its own small parish church, the old Viceroys Lodge is stepped in character and well worth a visit.This was the builiding the likes of Curzon used when retreating from the heat of Delhi in the summer months. I only visited the gardens and viewed the builiding from the outside because of time...

  • Wooden Bazaar

    There is an entire road of shopping dedicated exclusively to all sorts of wooden craftsmanship items. You can purchase anything from elephant or camel figuriens to rolling pins or other decorative items. The prices are very reasonable. Its a good place to buy some wooden gifts for friends back home.


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Shimla Restaurants

  • Very Good veg food!

    We stayed in Shimla for 3 days. On the mall road we found a very good resto ''Nalini''. It's a multicuisine restaurant. One can have soups, salads, pizzas, sandwitches, south indian dishes, mughalai dishes, desserts, beverages at very affordable price.Service is very quick and food quality is also very good. All kind of dosas an uttapam

  • The best chai during freezing day !!!

    The temperature is minus 3. I only hv 2 nights in Shimla, so I brave the cold to view the small town. I spotted this small restaurant near Lakkar Bazaar. My son ordered Special Thali (vegetarian rice) and myself, buttered chappati with dhal and curry. Yummy !!! But the best was their chai, served hot and creamy (fresh cow milk). The best chai that...

  • Starbucks with a conscience?

    Also, situated on The Mall is Barista. Similar to an Indian Starbucks. So, if you like Starbucks, you will like this. It has much less character than the Indian Coffee House but the coffee, the food are more "western" and slightly more expensive.It does have some interesting slogans on posters on the wall,"Drugs, Racism. Outside food. Just some of...


Shimla Nightlife

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    by jmschief Written Sep 19, 2005

    Apart from one night when we visited Shimla we were happy staying at the resort - the food was excellent although believe it or not, we were looked after a bit too well. A couple of nights we didn't really fancy food and just preferred a couple of beers but even though we didn't go up to the restaraunt - 'if mohammed won't come to the mountain.......' the food followed us down to the bar.

    All very sweet but it meant Indian hospitality made us all put on a stone!!

    Dress Code: None

    All mucking in!!
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Shimla Transportation

  • Toy Train : Slow but worth the...

    I took the Shimla - Kalka toy train. I booked online from own country to make sure that I got the seat since this train is always fully booked. The train leaves on time. It was slow, but the view, as many had said, was awesome. Really worth the time spent.

  • Himalayan queen - Toy train

    If you have some time to spare, then take a slow toy train up to Shimla. There is nothing much to do, but the experience of chugging up the hills, past little hamlets and terraced fields, making your way through tunnels and over breathtaking bridges. Its leisurely pace offers you a panoramic view of changing landscapes, providing a welcome respite...

  • Toy train

    Already on the first day when we arrived in Delhi we started to look for the train tickets and on the same evening we left to Shimla.At first we had night journey till Kakla, but after we get on the "Toy train", which took us till Shimla. Train is very small and cosy. It goes really slow, but the view is amazing and it is good changes after...


Shimla Tourist Traps

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    Approximateli 580km from delhi by Bus, can also go by Train from Kalka and by Air too.You will enjoy the most by Train from Kalka to Shimla it takes 5 Hours with crossing 103 tunnels. Take warm clothes in any season Lots of places to see. Kufri, Naldhera,Jakoo temple, The Mall, Ridge,

  • Hotel touts

    Make sure you have a hotel or room booked in advance. Touts selling hotel rooms will pester you like hell the moment you get off the train. There is a Himachal tourism office at the train station, make sure you avail thier facilities. There are also day trips organised by the Himachal tourism, book those tours at thier office on Mall road. There...

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    by Kaplangh Written Jul 19, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The views! Being above clouds!

    If you need to escape the heat of India then head into the mountains. The journey is rather long, but worth it in every sense.

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