Shimla tour package from Kolkata
Why Shimla from Kolkata?
Kolkata an old congested bustling city full of vibe and life has a million city dwellers who are wanderers and farfarers at heart. The daily monotony of the busy everyday life keep them glued to life and its necessities. As they deal with the common triviality, they constantly search for a breather to escape to some far off land, to breathe the fresh unpolluted air and to fill all senses with the smell of flora.
Since the British times, Kolkata has been under the colonial influence and has served as a British capital for years. Shimla was also the erstwhile British summer capital. Hence, the people of Kolkata feel a natural connect to visit another colonial epitome of British heritage.
More than that, the weather of Kolkata is very hot and humid throughout the year as it is situated very close to the Bay of Bengal and has marital coastal climate. When summer peaks in the city and it becomes a frying pan with intense humidity, life seems to come to a standstill. It is then that the people enjoy vacation from schools and colleges and in the absence of academic pressure to thwart travel plans, most families make elaborate vacation plans to escape to the cooler North. The superb accessibility of Shimla by road, rail and air from all major cities of India makes it a the first choice of vacationers, tourists and travellers.
How to reach
Mostly tourists from Kolkata fly to Delhi. They stay in Delhi, the capital, for a day or a couple of days. Then travel to Shimla either by road or take the train to Kalka to catch the toy train from Kalka to Shimla. Alternatively, you can just take Kalka mail to reach Kalka and then ride the heritage toy train of Shimla from Kalka to Shimla. The Kalka-Shimla narrow gauge toy train is the most picturesque journey that anyone can enjoy across the green verdant hills slowly winding its way up through the glory of the mountains. Feel exuberant while crossing the 1 kilometre long tunnel of Barog on the way. There are an astounding 103 tunnels, 800 bridges, and a stunning 900 curves throughout this journey of UNESCO World Heritage Kalka-Shimla toy train. The toy train is in three categories. The 120 seater Shivalik Deluxe Express is a premium grade express train furnished sophisticatedly with carpets, wide glass windows, cushioned comfy seating arrangements, relaxing music, meals provided in train and upgraded toilets. Most importantly this express train has only one stop at Barog. Then comes the second category which is named Himalayan Queen. This one is a standard train and has the normal arrangement of first and second class carriages. It does not have in-the-train food arrangement provided but food can be purchased at the nine stations it stops at along the way. The third option is named the Rail Motor Car and has the semblance of a bus dated from the time of the Second World War and hence is a pretty unique experience. The carriage has a transparent roof and fits limited passengers of not more than fourteen. It is also an express service, with food provided. This train too has a single stop at Barog. Due to limited capacity, getting tickets for this carriage gets difficult.
In Shimla, some of the must visit places that attracts tourists from all across the world are replete with exquisite natural beauty. For example, the Ridge is a primary venue for all the important festivals and events of Shimla and remans completely frozen in peak winters. Kufri and Chail are two mesmerizing locations that can be covered in a day trip from Shimla. These verdurous meadow covered hill beauties are extremely attractive and in spring when the meadows get covered with tiny mountain blossoms, these places exude an fragrant charm. Go for the serene hiking trails and the lush greenery with an exquisite view of the snow covered peaks. Green Valley is similarly charming and an excellent venue for photography. Jhakoo Hills and the temple perched at the top involves a fun-filled trekking and picturesque settings. Kaila forests offers unforgettable memories of wilderness. Himalayan Bird Park is a fanciful bird watching venue. The Christ Church, Kuthar Fort, Annadale, ViceRegal Lodge and Shimla State Museum are all epitomes of Victorian architecture that fascinates you with their glamour of vintage charm.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is Shimla safe at night?
Answer: Yes, Shimla is safe for tourists at all times of the day. Only during evening hours or night, the roads of the mountains get deserted so you won’t be able to get any aid in case of emergency or breakdown. Hence, travelling on roads after night should be avoided. Also, as there are dense forests all round and filled with several kinds of animals, you should be extra careful not to wander around aimlessly without local dependable guide.
Q: What will I do in a 2-day trip to Shimla from Kolkata?
Answer: Start Shimla sightseeing with a visit at the Jakhu Temple on top of the Jakhu Hill; visit the Himachal State Museum and the Ridge for its historical association and heritage. Also visit the famous Christ Church and the Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex. Don’t forget to shop and eat local cuisines at the famous Mall Road and the Lakkar Bazaar.
Q: How many days are sufficient for Shimla visit?
Answer: Shimla is not a very big place. Thus 2 days are enough for Shimla sightseeing. A third day can be kept for a day trip to Kufri and Chail, two mesmeric hill stations situated close by.
Q: Which is the best time to visit Shimla?
Answer: Best time to visit Shimla are the summer months or the winter months. The summer season forms the peak season for Shimla travel. When the Northern plains reel under the intense summer sun, April, May June form an ideal time to visit Shimla. Another good time to plan Shimla tour package from Kolkata are the months of October and November when the weather is very pleasant and there are a lot of holidays on Indian calendar. The month of March is also good for visiting Shimla. During the winter months from December to February, the hill station witnesses heavy snowfall and tourists flock to Shimla during Christmas and New Year to enjoy the festive spirit.
Q: When can we see snowfall in Shimla
Answer: Generally, Shimla receives its first snowfall of the season sometime in late December or at the beginning of January. And thereafter you can expect snowfall in Shimla intermittently till mid-March.