Shimla Tour Package From Mumbai
Mumbai is a major metropolitan and is very well connected to Shimla. Though there are no direct trains or buses between Mumbai to Shimla. The easiest way to reach Mumbai is to take a flight from Mumbai to reach either Delhi or Chandigarh. The distance between Mumbai and Shimla is 1789 kilometres by road and 1401 kilometres by air. Further, the metropolitans of Delhi and Chandigarh both form very interesting places to stop over for a day or two from tourism perspective before you proceed on for Shimla. Delhi to Shimla distance is 342 kilometres and takes around 7 hours to reach by road. The roads are also extremely well maintained with various halting places to grab a tasty snack on the way or for restroom facilities. Chandigarh to Shimla is also very well connected by highway and is merely 112 kilometres approximately by road and takes around 3 hours to reach. Both are equally good and comfortable options to reach Shimla from Mumbai.
Heli Taxi Service: Chandigarh to Shimla
New and Innovative way to reach Shimla from Chandigarh is the Heli Taxi Service that takes merely 20 mins. Himachal Pradesh government has recently launched the Heli Taxi Service on the Chandigarh-Shimla route with a capacity of 19 passengers per sortie and a fare of 2999 INR per person. The normal distance by road of 3 hours to 4 hours has now been drastically slashed to merely 20 minutes with this helicopter service operator Pawan Hans Ltd. operated in association with the state government for to and fro dropping in the Chandigarh-Shimla route. It started off with running twice a week Monday and Friday.
Why Mumbai people enjoy Shimla
Mumbai is hot and humid the year around. The weather along with the fast-paced life in an extremely congested city makes people crave for a nice cool break to the hills. Mumbai has the gift of beaches and sea. But when it comes to the freshness and cool climes of the snow-capped abode of the Himalayas, very few hill stations can compete with the popularity of Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh. Shimla is resplendent with the beauty of glittering snow-capped hills and green meadows and dense forested hilly vistas. Shimla has a balanced mix of everything, right from very picturesque temples that are located in stunning mountain tops to old architectural marvels of the Victorian era combined amazing naturally beautiful locations.
Shimla is known for some very renowned festivals out of which is the Summer Festival that is celebrated annually in the month of June. The festival stretches for a week and attract a huge number of tourists and travellers from all across the country and outside. This festival is a robust amalgamation of mellifluous song and graceful dance performances, mesmerizing fashion shows, delightful cookery shows and even cute baby shows.
Shimla has a rich colonial association in its architectural splendours as well as in the culture and locations and traditional practices and tourist attractions. Historically, Shimla was declared the summer capital of India in the year 1864 by the then rulers the British. Interestingly, Before it came under the British rule it was a part of the kingdom of Nepal. After India gained independence, Shimla was declared the capital of Punjab until Chandigarh attained its identity. Shimla is a bustling locale that hosts many shows. For example, the legendary mountain biking race held in Shimla known as the MTB Himalaya is a major event of South-East Asia.
Facts that Interests the People of Mumbai
Shimla is attractive to the people of major metropolitans such as Mumbai, Kolkata or Chennai on account of being connected to Kalka, the nearest rail head, by the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Kalka-Shimla toy train. It is a fascinating ride from the plains to the hills via the picturesque panoramic beauty through 806 bridges and 103 tunnels. Shimla has the only natural ice skating rink in South Asia, which is a favourite haunt for tourists being situated in the heart of Shimla.
Shimla has a British legacy of the Annadale Ground where the Durand Football tournament was held long back in the year 1888 when India was still under British occupancy. The Town Hall which is another Victorian-style building dating back to British era was built in the year 1888 and it is an amazing building that is earthquake proof. It is a fact that Gandhiji had visited Shimla for the first time in the year 11th May, 1921. Shimla boasts of being the birth place of various popular and widely known film personalities such as Anupam Kher, Prem Chopra, Balraj Sahni, Priya Rajvansh. Shimla has a Scandal Point at The Ridge which is named so on account of being the dating destination for the Viceroy’s daughter and the Maharaja of Patiala. The place is thus associated with romantic dates since the colonial times and is still a favourite honeymoon destination for the people of Mumbai.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the language of Shimla?
Answer: Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh. It has a multilingual and cosmopolitan character. People is Shimla speak and understand both Hindi and English fluently. Punjabi and Pahari languages are also commonly spoken and understood in and around Shimla, especially by the locals.
Q: What are the essential items that we need to include while packing for Shimla trip from Mumbai?
Answer: Some of the essential items that need to be included in your luggage during your Shimla trip from Mumbai are as follows: sunscreen lotion and moisturising lotion, heavy woollen clothing and warm socks in case of travelling to high altitudes or in winter season, shoes with proper grip to walk and hike in mountainous terrains, personal medication for all kinds of emergency, camera with sufficient batteries and memory cards, along with charger and adapter, sunglasses, hats, Id proofs, mobile chargers and extra pair of flipflops or waterproof shoes, slippers just in case you would want to plunge or wade through the beautiful waterfalls, lakes, rivers or streams.
Q: What is the staple food of the people of Shimla?
Answer: The Shimla people have very simple food habits. Their staple food is Rice, Maize and Wheat. They also prefer a variety of pulses to go along with wheat breads or ‘rotis’ and ‘chawal’ or rice, such as black lentil, black gram and kidney beans. Rice is popular in the adjoining local areas such as Mandi, Kangra, Kullu and rice forms a part of daily diet of the people Shimla.
Q: Why is the state named Shimla?
Answer: Literally, the term ‘Shimla’ seems to have originated from ‘Shamla’ the other name for Goddess Kali. It is also believed to have been derived from ‘Shyamalaya’ which means ‘blue house’ and it is said to be the name of house built of blue slate by a ‘faqir’ or saint on Jakhu Hills, a prominent landmark of Shimla and currently the most famous tourist attraction.
Q: What is the distance from Mumbai to Shimla?
Answer: The distance from Mumbai to Shimla is around 1801 kilometres. And by road it would be a journey of around 31 hours to reach. Best mode would be to reach by train or flight till Delhi or Chandigarh and then cover the rest of the journey by bus or hired taxi.