Shimla Tour Packages
Himachal Pradesh is a heavenly land blessed with infinite natural beauty. It has got serene beauty, unexplored faces of green meadows and blue mountains, dense and dark forests of mountain conifers, the deep roots of ethnicity and tradition-steeped local warm-hearted populace. And Shimla can be called the brimming face of all the goodness of Himachal. Shimla Tour packages shall focus on Shimla definitely and allow you to explore the richness of culture and unspoilt beauty of Himalayas as a whole. It also transports its travellers to an ancient colonial heritage dating back to the British era.
Shimla Tour packages are planned to meet various different specifications of clients. But each package unravels the beauty of Himachal in its purest form. Shimla is blessed with the best of everything that allures one to visit this heavenly abode. Right from the stunning snowy peaks and lush green valleys to adventure for brave hearts and the romantic isolation for the love birds or honeymoon couples, Shimla has the right mix of everything. This fusion of all aspects make Shimla one of the most popular tourist destinations of India. It is also very popular among foreign tourist and has a lot to offer to the travellers from the far West. Shimla makes for a relaxing and laid back getaway if you plan not to attempt the blood rushing and adrenaline pumping adventure activities.
The adventure spree of the tourists include thrilling sports like heli-skiing, nature walking, paragliding, rafting, trekking, yak riding, rock climbing, horse riding, zorbing and camping. Most parts of Shimla have the very modern amenities and facilities to offer to its admirers but at the same time Shimla has retained its old-world charm and preserved its essence by not getting affected too much by commercialization or pollution.
Shimla’s Colonial Charm
Most popular Himachal tour packages definitely include Shimla, along with some other equally popular destinations such as Kullu Manali, Dharamshala and Dalhousie. The fame of Shimla dates back to the British ruling period when Shimla formed the base of British rule. It enjoyed the status of being the capital city and was a respite for British officials during the scorching summers of North Indian plains. Since that time, Shimla has acquired the old world charm with its colonial architecture that is sophisticated and unique. The beauty of the hilly landscape that forms the backdrop of Shimla combines with the legacy of the rich British heritage and the fascinating landscapes. The city has acquired its name from the deity of Goddess Shyamala Devi, who is known to be an avatar of Goddess Kali. The famous Shimla Kalibari is dedicated to this popular deity.
The history of Shimla does not date back more than a couple of centuries maybe when in 1819 the British discovered this hill city and fell in love with it. They set up a proper road and railway connection and soon the improved accessibility along with a pleasant favourable weather that is considered somewhat similar to that in England made it immensely popular among the British personnel. They therefore chose Shimla for hosting functions, balls and festive celebrations during all of summer months. Once they started spending considerable time in Shimla, soon they focused on building residential schools and colleges for the upper-class British elites. By the year 1830s, Shimla transformed into a hub for theatre lovers and art aficionados. Finally in 1863, under the instruction and desire of the then Viceroy of India, John Lawrence, Shimla attained the status of becoming the elusive summer capital of the British rule. Till date, Shimla exhibits proud signs of diversity of the state along with culture and topography.
Shimla is one of the most busy hill stations almost throughout the year due to its superb connectivity by road, rail and air and also because of the superb infrastructure to support thousands of tourists at any single point in time. While booking Shimla Holiday Packages, mostly Shimla Manali goes hand in hand. The Mall Road in Shimla is a favourite haunt for leisure walk by tourists. You can take a stroll, go for shopping, buy fancy candles and knick-knacks, eat at up-class restaurants and enjoy the delightful pleasant weather. Jakhoo Hill housing the famous Jakhoo Temple is the highest point in Shimla and offers a surreal view of the snow capped mountains all around.
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 tour package can be booked all through the year as it is an all-the-year-round popular destination for friends, families, couples, senior citizens and honeymoon couples.
Best Time to Visit Shimla would be in the summer months from March to June when the weather is absolutely fantastic and temperature varies between a comfortable 15°C and 30°C. This time is also suitable for braving the adventure sports such as paragliding, trekking, camping and rafting.
Another good time to visit Shimla would be the months of October to February when people are eager to watch snowfall that usually happens between December and February. Then it is time for the ski lovers to try Shimla.
Shimla Sightseeing included in Shimla Tour Package
Customized Shimla Package tour include the best places for Shimla sightseeing such as follows:
Annadale – Annadale is located near the famous Ridge right at the centre of Shimla. It is a serene picnic spot suitable for family visit. History lends importance to Annadale, it being the playground for games like polo, cricket and horse racing during British era. Now it is owned by the Indian Army and proudly exhibits the Army Heritage Museum in its premises.
Tara Devi Temple – This temple is located on the Shimla-Kalka Highway and is an important religious landmark. It is perched atop Tara Parvat and is situated approximately 15 kilometres away from Shimla. This ancient temple is 250 years old and is dedicated to Maa Bhagwati Tara Devi, who is again an avtar Goddess Durga. It boasts of flawless and exquisite architecture and hypnotizes its devotees instantly. The residing idol is made of ashtadhatu or a unique combination of eight different elements. The temple is set against a charming backdrop composed of dense pine forests with the distant snow-capped Himalayan ranges peeping from a distance.
Town Hall – The Town Hall was built in the centre of the city of Shimla in 1910 during the British Rule and contains a well-stocked library. It used to serve as a municipality during the British era. It is located in the buzzing Mall area of Shimla and the architectural grandeur makes it an ideal location for couple and family photography while on Shimla visit.
Iconic Gaiety Theatre – The Gaiety Theatre doubles as administration office apart for being theatre hall. This building is located in the heart of Shimla, very much on the Mall Road and hence is tremendously popular among students. Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex is a happening tourist hot spot. It was inaugurated on 30th of May in 1887 and was given shape by Henry Irwin. Gaiety Theatre possesses a unique Gothic style of architecture and is proud rendition of Victorian artistry. The building of Gaiety Theatre served as a multipurpose centre for hosting parties, armoury, British police office, bar and galleries apart from being a high-class theatre hall. After about two decades of running successfully, the five-story building became structurally unsafe and it was demolished leaving the theatre intact. This theatre is famous for hosting legends like Rudyard Kipling, Prithvi Raj Kapoor, Baten Powel and K. L. Sehgal.
Kufri – Kufri is a must-visit destination while planning a Shimla tour package itinerary. Kufri is situated at a height of 8000 feet and located about 16 kilometres from Shimla city centre. Nature spreads its aura in Kufri lending it an appealing charm. Mahasu Peak is the highest point in Kufri and in winters it is popular for skiing. This picturesque destination has various places of interest, each of which is worth visiting. It has got a thick forest cover and the a Himalayan Nature Park with some rare animal species like hangal, brown bear and Himalayan Monal. Chini Bungalow and Kufri Fun World are also fun places to visit with family.
Chadwick Falls Overview – This waterfall is located 7 km away from Shimla near Summer Hill and makes for an exciting tourist destination. The waterfall gushes out of a green and fresh forest cover with mist-engulfed hills at the backdrop. It is rain-fed and bulges out during monsoon making quite an impressive picture. The waterfall area is ideal for photography.
Viceregal Lodge is a very popular tourist destination of Shimla and has an remarkable architectural beauty. It carries a historical significance since it was the summer residence of the Indian Viceroy during the years 1888 to 1946. This stately building proudly stands 2 kilometres west of Shimla at the peak of Observatory Hill and offers astounding panoramic views of the meadows and hills around.
Christ Church – The Christ Church is located at the Mall Road in the middle of a furore of daily activities. The Christ Church is famed for being the second oldest church in North India. The interiors exhibit a unique neo-gothic architecture looks very beautiful. Its appeal designates this church as one of the most important tourist attractions in Shimla.
Naldehera Golf Course – The Naldehra Golf Course is undoubtedly one of the most scenic destination of Shimla. It is said that the golf course has an exotic Scottish charm. It is located around 22 km from Shimla. The golf course measures an amazing 4285 yards and boasts of 18 holes, 16 greens and 18 tees. This Golf Course came into existence in the early 1900s, under the aegis of former British viceroy of India, Lord Curzon. This golf course is considered one of the oldest in India and being situated 2,200 m above sea level, it is one of the most challenging golf courses in India. The Golf Course exhibits a smooth, fresh sloping glade that is surrounded by a thick growth of tall Deodar trees from all sides. The beauty of the golf club was so popular among the British officials that Lord Curzon called his third daughter by the name Alexandra Naldehra. It also has a stylish club house that remains a place to socialize and get entertained. Also, Shimla tourists can try to avail its service through prior members.
The monsoon months of July to September are not that frequented as heavy rainfall and occasional landslides make Shimla a bit vulnerable. Hotel prices drop and good economic deals on high-class properties are offered around this time.
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.
Major Attractions of Shimla
One of the main attractions of travelling to Shimla is the Kalka Shimla toy train. The Kalka Shimla railway is a narrow-gauge railway line that crosses the wondrous verdant greenery of the Himalayan folds. The Shimla Kalka journey time is approximately 5 to 6 hours. The distance from Kalka to Shimla is around 96 kilometres long. There are an amazing 103 tunnels. Each of the tunnel is a mystery unravelling its own story. Barog is famous for being the longest tunnel of Barog which is approximately 1143 metres long and takes approximately 2.5 to 3 minutes to travel from one end to the other. Usually, the train travels at 25 kilometres per hour. Gazing out of the window as the train chugs along and watching the surrounding landscape breezing past is a pleasure and an unforgettable travel memory. Shimla Tour Packages add zing to the list of itineraries by adding Shimla Kalka journey by toy train. Some of the major stations that the train passes by during its winding and gurgling journey across mountains and meadows are Dharampur, Solan, Kandaghat, Barog, Taradevi, Summer hill and Shimla.
It is to be noted that bookings for Shimla opens a month in advance. There is a huge rush of fun-loving tourists booking tickets to this heavenly land of peace and beauty, especially during the summer and winter seasons during school and college vacations when tourism in Shimla sees a peak. During the festive days and holidays of Dusshera, Christmas, New Year or any other major festival, it is wise to book tickets in advance. The train runs all seven days a week and online ticket booking can be done through various websites that are affiliate websites of IRCTC, a government undertaking, from the comfort of your location.
Summer Festival of Shimla – The Summer Festival of Shimla is a delightful and pompous affair celebrated in the mid-summer month of June. The festivities continue for almost a week and is very popular among tourists and locals equally. The magical cultural performances of songs and dances, trendy fashion shows, mouth-watering culinary shows and baby shows attract huge crowds from all walks of life from far and near.
Kamna Devi Temple – Visit the famous Kamna Devi Temple that is spread in the bosom of breath-taking mountain ranges at the top of the Prospect Hill approximately 6 kilometres away from Shimla. It is located at a stupendous height of 2150 metres above sea level. If someone is willing to scour the beauty of the hills from close angles, the journey from Shimla to Kamna Devi Temple makes for an extremely pleasant walk. Kamna Devi Temple of Shimla has Goddess Kali as its resident deity, who is another form of the ever-powerful Goddess Durga. This deity is extremely popular among the local people of Shimla who believe strongly that this resident Goddess Kali fulfils all desires of all her worshippers who struggle uphill to reach the temple and offer prayers. The temple receives innumerable devotees offering puja throughout the year.
But Kamna Devi Temple is also famous for the idyllic setting of the natural backdrop of the hills and the meadows, the forests and the glens. The adjoining areas of the temple harbours a buzzing picnic spot that breathes out tonnes of natural beauty. It also offers mesmeric views of the Tara Devi Temple and southern Shimla. The Kamna Devi Temple site is also suitable for adventurous activities such as trekking and rock-climbing up across the Prospect Hill.
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.
The Modern Changing Face of Shimla
Shimla was the summer capital of British raj and still now it is a popular haunt of a huge number of tourists during the hot summers of Indian plains. It is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations and also has a lot of name and fame for being an educational hub. The population of Shimla has increased manifold in the last decade and Shimla has become more trendy and upcoming. It is not simply a quiet nice place to live in. It is also a buzzing nucleus to get the best of mountain life along with the freshness, excitement and adventure.
Luxurious stay atop the Himalayas where tourists can seek communion with nature and indulge in some adrenaline rushing sports with our Manali tour packages. The bliss of the tour packages for friends, family, honeymoon couples, is what makes Manali Tour packages famous around the year for holiday seekers. Where can you go to escape the scorching summer of the plains in the months of May and June where you can have full day fun and frolic in the pleasant weather? The answer to the question is a trip to Manali for your weekend getaway with tour packages which are meticulously designed to suit the needs and requirements of the tourists by adding all the sights, adventure activities other charming destination.
Set on the river bank of Beas, is always buzzing with tourists as it offers a picturesque landscape set at the backdrop soaring mountains of western Himalayas. The name Manali wakes the vision of snow in our mind, pine trees, sulphur springs, apple plantation and high mountain roads. Tucked away from the hustle of the city, this town offers boundless serene landscape and all types of natural pleasures for tourist holidays. Manali is a gateway for Spiti Valley and further to Ladakh.From Manali, one a take a short trip to Kullu Valley, whose enchanting location makes it the best place to enjoy, relax and explore the unmatched natural beauty.
Manali is a small town located in the state of Himachal Pradesh is quite a famous tourists destination for travellers all around the year who are on a trip to Shimla, Kullu and Manali. Nestled in the lofty mountains of Himalayas, the mesmerising topography of Manali attracts people not only from India but every nook and cranny of the world. Manali is a frequently sought destination with people always searching for various Manali Tour Packages at competitive prices. Situated at an astounding height of 6260 meters above the sea level, Manali is an ideal summer getaway and tourists paradise for people looking to spend their holidays cradled in the arms of nature.
Also known as lover’s paradise, Manali is an ideal romantic getaway for the honeymooners’ delight. The pleasant weather and secluded places in this paradise are away from the heat of the sun where couples can enjoy their blissful stay. The hill station has majestic forests, gurgling Beas River, steep icy slopes, the peaceful Rohtang Pass, mesmerising view in Kullu Valley, various religious attractions and outstanding scenic views. A summer voyage to Manali is every couple’s dream to escape to the mysterious woods, away from the city. Apart from summer, Manali is also a famous winter destination where couples can enjoy the powdery snowfall creating a visual treat to the eyes.
It is one of the best and beautiful hill station of India, bestowed with snow-clad peaks, gorgeous green valleys, gurgling rivers, lush forests, and much more. Apart from its natural ambience, this place also offers various adventure sports like skiing, paragliding, biking, hiking and so on, which can be booked online so that tourists can carefreely enjoy the positive vibes and peace of the place. Manali is a famous destination that can be visit by families, group of friends, couples who wants to get away from the cities to experience solitude amidst nature. The charm of the hill station never fades in any season which makes it a perfect destination to take a voyage.
The Modern Changing Face of Shimla
Q: Can we find snow in Shimla is winters?
Answer: Shimla is easy to approach and one place when you might get to see snow in winters. It is a great experience to see the hills covered with snow. To enjoy snowfall in Shimla, the best season to visit would be during the mid and late winters from end of December till February. Temperatures dip below freezing point during these times.
Q: Which is the best place to shop in Shimla?
Answer: The best places to shop in Shimla are the Lakkar Bazaar, Lower Bazaar, The Mall, Himachal Emporium and the Tibetan Market
Q: What all is there to see in Shimla?
Answer: Shimla Mall Road, The Ridge, Jhakoo Temple, Christ Church, Kufri, Chail, Green Valley, Himalayan Park, Viceregal Lodge, Kuthar Fort, Annadale, Jhonnie’s Wax Museum, Summer Hill, Chadwick Falls, Shaily Peak, Shimla State Museum, Kali Bari Temple --- and the list for Shimla sightseeing goes on and on. These are all stately and pristine places and will fill you with peace and harmony.
Q: Which is the best way to travel to Shimla?
Answer: Taking a Toy Train Ride from Kalka to Shimla is the most picturesque way to travel to Shimla. The roads are also very good and Shimla is well connected by roads. State transport buses as well as private buses and hired cabs are available for travelling to Shimla.
Q: What is famous for shopping in Shimla?
Answer: Handicrafts of Shimla is a favourite shopping item of Shimla. Woollen clothes, shawls, wood carved items, traditional artefacts, handmade paper and wooden tables, antiques, beautiful jewellery, Himachali hats and embroidered suit pieces.