Shimla Tour Packages
Shimla tour packages are among the top-selling packages of Himachal. The other very popular tour packages of Himachal are Shimla honeymoon package ,Shimla tour packages for families and more. Each of these packages are custom tailored. For example, the Shimla honeymoon package will include all romantic destinations such as the popular and charming viewpoints of Naldehra, Kufri, Chail, Jakhoo Hills, candlelit dinners at suggested restaurants, complimentary romantic dinners, leisure time for a walk along the Mall Road in the evening, some trinket shopping and such other activities. Similarly, the Shimla tour packages for family will include the places earmarked for family fun such as the The Ridge, Annadale, Chadwick Waterfall, Shimla State Museum, Tara Devi Temple, Naggar Castle, Lakkar Bazaar, Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex, Gorton Castle and the likes. Similarly, a combined Manali Shimla tour packages will include the best of both Shimla and Manali depending upon the budget of the tour and the duration of trip as well as the preferences of the guests.
For the newlyweds, Shimla tour Packages is as attractive as the Manali tour Package and even the mix of both if one has ample time. Such Shimla tour packages are absolute combination of places of natural beauty and fun and adventure parks, maybe a bit of wildlife sanctuaries along with a rightful mix of the colonial heritage buildings or edifices.
Shimla tour packages has a lot to offer. The city of Shimla has a superb colonial heritage. The city carries the legacy in bits and pieces in every aspect of the outlook. The red British style huge building immediately marks Shimla tour packages different from other mountain tour packages. The colonial architecture, combined with the British style iron lamp posts and the Anglo Saxon names all replete with British memories of the past. But now it just adds to the wistful quaint colonial beauty. The gabled roofs of the old style bungalows will give you an exotic feeling of unearthly charm.
There are museums and temples, forest treks and monasteries, information on the best places to eat or grab a local delicacy and suggested destinations of exotic camping sites, skiing sites, places famous for hot water springs, green meadows, river rafting, paragliding, rock climbing and much more to be covered in our Shimla tour packages. We promise the best of holiday experience and expert travel plans so much so that you would come back for more!
How to reach Shimla
Shimla, the gorgeous hill station of Himachal Pradesh is situated at an altitude of 2202 meters. It was the summer capital of British India and still retains the royal splendour of the bygone era. Shimla is very well connected by road, rail and air to all other major cities of India.
The closest airport to Shimla is Jubbarhatti that is located at a distance of 23 km from the city. Daily flights connect Delhi to Jubbarhatti. Most other flights are connected to Shimla via Delhi where you might have to change flights.
One of the most convenient ways to reach Shimla is by train. The best way to travel to Shimla is by train. Kalka is the major railway head and a toy train runs from Kalka to Shimla connecting 96 km. This is a magical ride skirting through the lovely Himalayan meadows and runs through 102 tunnels, goes over 87 quaint bridges, takes thrilling and sharp bends. As it climbs up slowly and steadily, the gentle gradients commands some unparalleled and spectacular views of the Himalayan terrain spread around. To travel to Shimla on this narrow gauge track that has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site is a wonderful sojourn. The journey time from Kalka to Shimla is approximately 5 hours. Tickets can be easily booked online. If breakfast is not included in the tickets you can avail breakfast in any of the major stations that the train crosses. Kalka on the other hand is a major railhead and is connected to all other major cities of India by several long-distance and short-distance trains. It is a busy junction.
Shimla is very conveniently connected to all surrounding major cities. The scenic mountain roads offer a captivating experience as the cab, buses or hired taxis skim through the hill roads. The neighbouring states of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal and Punjab have regular buses plying to Shimla. There are state-run buses as well as private bus operators. Kalka is just 80 km away while Chandigarh is connected via the NH-22 that is at a distance of 119 km away. Delhi is a major city connecting Shimla to other parts of India and is around 370 km away.
Things to do in Shimla
Day-long Shimla sight seeing
Embark upon an exhilarating sight-seeing trip through the length and breadth of Shimla taking in its rich cultural heritage. Shimla is a potpourri of glorious architectural monuments such as the Shimla State Museum and the Christ Church located on the Ridge beside the bustling Mall Road. Day trip also includes the other tourist attractions such as the Tara Devi Temple, Sankat Mochan Temple and the Kali Bari Temple which are very popular and well frequented by the religious aficionados.
The beauty of the Summer Hill at an altitude of 1283 meters is serene and has a breath-taking aura. The spot is just 5 km from the Ridge Road on the Kalka-Shimla highway. The place is surrounded by quiet beauty of silent hills, which gives it a stunning aura. Jhakoo Hills is another primary tourist spot not to be missed. The spot is ideal for a heavenly and leisurely trek along the hills and forests of pine and deodar. The walk among the snow-clad mountains makes Jhakoo Hills an ideal romantic gateway that is thickly covered by mountain forests. The colourful Jakhoo Temple is a sight with splendour and the recently built Hanuman statue beside it adds beauty to the existing charm. The clever and naughty monkeys rule the area surrounding the Yahoo Hills and are a constant menace for the unaware tourists.
Shimla offers some excellent and refreshing mountain terrains in the midst of snowfall, earthy freshness, pine and deodar forests tranquil and picturesque setting make Shimla an ideal destination for camping. Some of the camping sites in and around Shimla are Sandasu, Chirgaon and Larot, Shoghi and Sarahan. There are also excellent picnic spots around this charming town namely Glenn, Summer Hill and Chadwick Falls. A trip to Shimla would be incomplete without a ride on the popular Toy Train that runs between Shimla and Kalka. Camping at Mashobra is also an excellent option for camping enthusiast.
Shimla Heritage Walk
The buzzing crowd of magnificent Shimla makes it a happy and bustling place full of fun-filled vacationers from far and near in search of bonhomie, peace and excitement. Each and every building is a silent specimen of its past role in British India. The heritage walk starts from one of the heritage monuments and covers the Christ Church at the Ridge, the gothic castles, ancient temples, heritage hotels and the banks and government office buildings constructed in the British era and now operating as fully functional modern administration centres. Each building, monument and relic is steeped in rich culture and carries an untold and interesting story.
Visit to Green Valley
Visiting the popular and stunning Green Valley makes for an exciting trip. It offers splendid avenues for nature photography and it is the time to click some fantastic personal memories too. This location is picture perfect and is you are lucky enough you can see Bollywood movie shooting too. It is located near Kufri which is turn deserves a visit. Lush green environs and spotting of rare flora and fauna make for additional attractions.
Bird Watching in Shimla
Get up early in the morning and travel to the Shimla Water Catchment Sanctuary to gather some unbelievable bird watching experience. Birds of different feathers flock here such as Chakor, Kalij Pheasant, Black and Brown Partridge, Thrushes, Himalayan Magpie. Other bird species such as Bulbul, Wood Peckers, Parrots, Peacock, or the more rare Paradise fly catchers, Jungle Fowl, Golden and Black headed Orioles, Yellow Ioras, Red-vented Bulbuls, Blue Jays, Purple Sunbirds, Green Barbets and Mynahs attract a lot of attention.
Shopping at Lakkar Bazaar
For the shopaholics who would like to carry lot of material memories from Shimla a rendezvous with the bustling shopping area of Lakkar Bazaar is a must. This exciting street shopping includes woollens, mats, rugs and carpets, pashmina shawls, handicrafts, decorative items and knick-knacks. Dry fruits and Kullu Shawls form chief attractions.
Ice skating in Shimla
Ice skating is a popular winter sports for enthusiastic tourist and lovers of adventure. Shimla has one of the most prominent ice skating rinks in the country. It is a natural rink and is open air and this fact attracts even more people. The winter months from December to February form the peak ice skating time.
Best Time to Visit Shimla
Shimla has an impeccable and refreshing weather all round the year and tourists can go to Shimla all through the year. Summers temperatures hover around 20 degrees Celsius and makes for an extremely pleasant visit. March month onwards as the greater part of the Indian plains continue to get heated tourists and travellers flock eagerly to the cooler clime of Shimla to get respite from the summer heat. The monsoon month of July, August and September are not very popular tourist months as the rains make the hill roads treacherous and dangerous. Another burst of tourist season starts from October and continues the whole of winters till February. In the winter months, one can enjoy the thrill of snow fall and the pure magic of snow-capped Himalayas. Activities such as trekking, paragliding and skating are very popular during this time. The spring season commencing from March and stretching till June is the best time to visit Shimla. The long summer vacation of schools also sees a lot of people pouring in from various parts of the country. Similarly, the autumn season from August to November has a number of religious festivals lined up and therefore holidays when the tourists can plan for vacation.
Shimla Itinerary 3Days/2Nights
Shimla is most probably the most popular hill station of North India and is always crowded with a variety of tourists and travellers from all across the globe and all through the year. Shimla is fondly called the Queen of Hill Stations and is the legendary summer capital of British India.
It is day of pleasant and relaxing Shimla sightseeing. A chance to behold the glory retained since the days of the British occupation of India. Take a leisurely walk down the Mall Road and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the crowded street. Indulge in good food and frantic shopping. Visit The Ridge, the Jhakoo Temple, the Scandal Point and the Christ Church on the Mall Road, The Institute of Advanced Studies on the Observatory Hill and the Himalayan Bird Park. Come back with an assortment of variegated memories and charm of the various different tourist attractions.
Plan a beautiful day trip to Kufri and Chail. The beautiful landscape amid lush green thick forest cover and stupendous and majestic mountains enthrals and captivates the city souls. The serenity and peace and the fresh mountain air rejuvenates and fills all minds and souls with a goodness of spirit. The views around are mesmeric. Come back after a refreshing day to the comfort of the hotel to have a lavish dinner and restful overnight stay.
Plan a day trip to Tattapani, the site of hot water natural springs and Shiva caves. Witness nature’s miracle of unending oozing out of steamy hot waters from underground between the rocks and mixing with the cold river waters. Stand at the point of water mix and indulge in the extraordinary feel of the healing waters of the hot springs and the soothing and refreshing cold river water. Return to the hotel in Shimla for an overnight stay.
It is the day to start back home with lots of pleasant memories and loads of shopped goods.