Simla Tourism & Travel Guide

Simla is the capital and the largest city of the northern India state of Himachal Pradesh, Dharamsala being the other capital. Shimla is also a district which is bounded by Mandi and Kullu in the north, Kinnaur in the east, the state of Uttarakhand in the south-east, and Solan and Sirmaur. Sitting majestically above the lush plains, the British designated the town as the summer capital of India. The higher terrains of the town reflect this British connection, embodied by its buildings, built in the Victorian style, while the lower slopes are occupied with Indian bazaars and restaurants. The nearest broad gauge head is at Kalka - a four- to seven-hour journey from Delhi. After that, take the mountain train from Kalka to Shimla. This railway track has recently been granted the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Best time to visit

Peak Season to visit Shimla: March to June is a popular tourist season in Shimla as the weather is quite pleasant and perfect for outdoor activities. The temperature is comfortable and usually varies between 15°C and 30°C.


Accommodation in hostels and guesthouses: INR 500 - 800

For Mid-range Travellers: INR 1200 to INR 3000 a day

For Luxury Travellers: INR 4000 and upwards


Sample the lifestyle of the rich and the famous while sipping on apple wine out of silver chalets and savouring Himachali food at some of the most luxurious hotels in Shimla. Here are Tripoto's top picks

If you're looking to witness the magic of Shimla without burning a hole in your pocket, Tripoto's list of the best mid-range hotels will come in handy while booking your next stay

If you believe Shimla is an expensive place for a vacation, Tripoto's list of the best budget hotels will definitely change your mind.

Homestays are the perfect way to gain insight into the local culture of a place. It is lodging with a personal touch that makes your holiday all the more special. Feel at home in Shimla with our top homestay picks.

The "Queen of Hills" is one of the most popular destinations in North India. With its British-era architecture and old-school vibe, there is nowhere in the country quite like it. Here is Tripoto's list of places in Shimla you absolutely cannot miss. 

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The Mall
The place is abuzz with activity all through the year and is the heart of the town of Shimla in Himachal Pradesh. While ...
Christ Church
The Mall, Near Municipal Library, Shimla 171001
Found at the Ridge, this church was built sometime between 1846 and 1857and is the oldest church in all of North India. ...
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E Bourne Hotel Rd, Nigam Vihar, Khalini, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171002, India
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Naldehra Golf Course
P.O. Durgapur, Naldehra, Shimla 171007

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Best Time to Visit Shimla


  • Peak Season: March to June is a popular tourist season in Shimla as the weather is quite pleasant and perfect for outdoor activities. The temperature is comfortable and usually varies between 15°C and 30°C. If you are into adventure sports then this is the ideal time to try paragliding, trekking, camping and rafting.
  • Shoulder Season: You can also visit Shimla during winter months. The hill station witnesses heavy snowfall and tourists throng Shimla in December during Christmas and New Year. Winters are also an ideal time to visit Shimla if you love adventure sports like skiing and ice-skating.
  • Off-season: It is advisable not to visit Shimla during monsoons as the place has a history of having landslides every now and then. The roads can get very slippery and it is not a good idea to roam around at this time.

Budget for Shimla

Accommodation in hostels and guesthouses: INR 500 - 800

  • Food in local cafes and street eateries: INR 50 - 150
  • Public Transport in buses and auto rickshaws: INR 15 - 80
  • Sightseeing: INR 10 - 50.

For Mid-range Travellers: INR 1200 to INR 3000 a day

  • Accommodation in mid-range hotels and resorts: INR 800 - 1000
  • Food in mid-range cafes and restaurants: INR 250 - 500
  • Local transport in local taxis or car rentals: INR 200 - 400
  • Treks and Hiking packages: INR 1000 and upwards.

For Luxury Travellers: INR 4000 and upwards

  • Accommodation in 4* or 5* hotels: INR 3500 and upwards
  • Food in upscale restaurants and bars: INR 700 and upwards
  • Local transport in private taxis: INR 2000 and upwards
  • Guided tours: INR 1500 and upwards.

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