In fact, you can step out of the city and drive to Narkand (Narkanda), which is 80 km and takes 3 hours, considering that the roads are smooth and the weather is supportive. If you are travelling in winters, please carry extra jacket/woollen/pullover and gloves and stay warm unlike me, who was not prepared for it. It was freezing cold and we witnessed snowfall a day before X-mas.
Shimla is the capital and the largest city in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Shimla was declared as the summer capital of British India named after a Hindu goddess, Shyamala Devi, an incarnation of Kali. It has an average altitude of 2,206 meters (7,238 ft) above mean sea level. Shimla is spread on a total of 7 hills among them Jhakhu, which is at a height of 2,454 meters (8,051 ft).It was chilling sort of weather when I landed Shimla in late December 2016. The weather was much like 7°C reflecting on her phone screen. I was able to clearly witness the early sunrise, dispersion of sunlight throughout the sky had covered in into vibrant color sky. It was literally shivering morning with people burning woods.NarkandaI visited Narkanda that is approximately 63Km away from Shimla. Trust me! if you visiting Shimla Narkanda, Hatu Peak should be on your list. Hatu peak is the second highest peak in Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh, India. It is located at an elevation of 3400 m (11,152 ft) above sea level. One can easily reach out there by car but the roads are very narrow.