Shimla tour package from Delhi
Shimla, the Queen of Hills, the erstwhile British summer capital, is the most loved and spoken about hill stations of India. Situated just 350 kilometres from Delhi, Shimla is the most frequented hill stations of Himachal from Delhi. Shimla offers breath-taking views of the Himalayan scenery. It has something for every traveller. The Mall of Shimla gives you a chance to meet and greet the locals and feel the Himachal culture as these simple living humble folks are seen gathering or chatting over a cup of evening tea or sitting for a round of gossip at the popular Scandal Point. Scandal Point is a must visit for all tourists as this is the bustling hub of Shimla, complete with restaurants, good cafes and lines of shops to indulge in interesting shopping of silver trinkets, miniature Buddhist paintings from quaint Tibetan shops and mementos.
Shimla is resplendent with its aura of Victorian style buildings that reminds us of the British era in India. These buildings have been carefully restored and still stand in their full glory. Some of the most beautiful buildings of British legacy includes the Viceregal Lodge which is a Baronial mansion. It is now a proud symbol of colonial Shimla. The architecture boasts of Elizabethan style with a unicorn and a lion to guard its manicured lawns. Even the interiors are pretty to have a look around, complete with beautiful wooden carvings.
Shimla was established by the British in the year 1817. This quiet hill station was a favourite with the British rulers. Several current tourist hubs such as Annadale and the gorgeous Georgian houses, the famous Gaiety Theatre that continues to hold performances even today or the state museum that exhibits interesting ‘Company Paintings’ or the paintings belonging to the British era are living witnesses to the British culture in India.
Delhi to Shimla
Delhi gets intensely heated up in the summer months from April to June. Similarly, it remains covered with a sheet of thick fog in the winter months of December to January. Thus almost the entire year, the people of Delhi try to escape either from intense heatwaves or from foggy cold winters to this favourite weekend destination whenever they get a chance.
There are several ways to reach this very accessible hill station.
- You can take a flight from New Delhi to Chandigarh and then take bus or cab (Hired taxis are available in plenty) to Shimla.
- You can directly take a bus from Delhi to Shimla. There are plenty of buses at regular intervals, both government and private. There are luxurious Volvo buses that makes journey very smooth and comfortable. All the buses stop at various restaurants and eateries on the way to grab a bite, a cup of refreshing coffee or for restroom facilities. The Himachal Tourism (HPTDC) buses are of various different categories to suit all budgets. The road distance from Delhi to Shimla is around 350 kilometres and does not take more than 7-8 hours or so.
- The entire route from Delhi to Shimla has very good roads. The government has promoted tourism and arranged for world class infrastructure for the convenience of travellers and tourists. Delhi being the capital is thronged by foreign tourists in considerable numbers throughout the year. Most of these tourists love to visit this splendid and joyful hill station of Shimla. Thus taking a cab or driving down personally in one’s own vehicle is also an excellent and comfortable option.
Kalka-Shimla Toy Train Ride
Want to travel back in time and that too the most picturesque way! You should avail the historic UNESCO World Heritage Kalka-Shimla toy train from Kalka to Shimla. Kalka is situated close to Chandigarh, to further North. Kalka lies in the state of the captivating mountains, Himachal Pradesh. The distance between Kalka and Shimla by toy train is 96 kilometres. On the way, the route goes through 20 railway stations, crosses 103 tunnels, goes over 800 bridges and crawls peacefully meandering across an incredible 900 curves.
The history of Kalka-Shimla train goes back to the British era. It was built by the British in 1903 to connect to magnificent Shimla, their summer capital. The journey is magnificent as it provides one of the most scenic train journeys in the whole of India. The narrow single gauge track winds uphill through the steep mountains and valleys and you can see the verdant beauty of Himachal all the way.
The longest tunnel is near the Barog station, This tunnel incredibly stretches for more than a kilometre. It is close to the main railway station at Barog. This part of the journey commands the most spectacular scenery occurs from Barog to Shimla. As the train route comes to the steepest ascent, the speed decreases and allows plenty of opportunity to enjoy the mesmerizing Himalayan beauty. There are two passenger trains for the convenience of daily or regular commuters. There are three regular tourist trains — Shivalik Deluxe Express, which is premium express train with best views, Himalayan Queen which is a standard train and Rail Motor Car which is uniquely designed and resembles a bus with a transparent roof.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How can I plan my Shimla trip from Delhi?
Answer: For planning a Himachal trip, first you need to decide on the number of days, then fix a budget for the trip. You also need to identify the destinations to be covered in those few days. Book the flight/train tickets and also book the hotels for stay. Plan an itinerary on a daily basis. You can go for one-stop solution for all your needs, including tickets, hotel, pick and drop, transfer and itinerary from a tour and travel package operator. Choose wisely from your previous experiences and the best pricing models. Also, talk to the package provider to give you the best deals and let you know the recent offers.
Q: What is the traditional dress of Shimla people?
Answer: As per the traditional dressing norms of Himachal Pradesh, the Brahmin men wear dhoti, kurta, coat, waistcoat, turban and a carry a hand towel. The Rajput male consists wear tight fitting churidar pyjamas, long coat and starched turban. But now these traditional dresses are worn only on special occasions. Most of the time, the people follow the cosmopolitan culture and wear modern dresses such as jeans, trousers, shirts and T-shirts. And the modern women wear salwar, kurta or saree apart from modern dresses such as jeans, tops, skirts and short dresses.
Q: What to do in Shimla trip from Delhi?
Answer: Himachal Pradesh is famous for its snow-covered Himalayan landscapes and has some very popular tourist spots and showcases some glimpses of unique Indian culture and tradition. Take in the diversity of the culture and enjoy the exquisite Himalayan beauty. Also live a true traveller’s life by roaming along the dense deep forested valleys of Himalayas. Enjoy the various thrilling outdoor activities such as rock climbing, mountain biking, paragliding, ice-skating, trekking, rafting and heli-skiing on your trip to Himachal Pradesh.
Q: Who do I contact during emergency, during my Himachal trip from Delhi?
Answer: Always keep the number of your relatives and immediate family members handy in case of contacting in emergency. Apart from that there is always the dial 100 for Police, 102 for ambulance, and 108 for integrated emergency contact number. Also keep in touch with your travel agent and your travel partner’s office numbers. They will be very useful in case you face any discrepancy regarding booking or issues with itinerary or payment.
Q: How are the roads connecting Delhi and Shimla?
Answer: The roads leading from Delhi to Himachal Pradesh are very good and very well maintained. They are mostly National Highway Routes passing through major and populous North Indian towns such as like Sonipat, Ambala, Chandigarh, Panchkula etc. The roads are in good condition even during monsoons and after rains. They are safe except during rains, when they might get a bit slippery or might see some landslides at places.