Shimla is as charming as it was in colonial times. The capital city of Himachal Pradesh is 2200m high, with stunning hills, beautiful valleys, and magical forest surrounding it. For the past five decades, Shimla has been one of the most visited destinations for solo travellers, families and honeymooners.

This charming town was once the British summer capital. It still retains its beautiful architecture, picturesque churches, and stunning temples. The Mall road is a walker-friendly route that leads to the centre of the town. Plan a trip to Shimla soon if you haven’t been there yet. Shimla offers plenty of entertainment and activities for all ages. Kesari Tours wanted to make sure you have all the information you need before you choose a Shimla tour package.


Shimla’s best time to visit

Shimla can be visited all year. If you want to enjoy a pleasant climate during the day, the summer months from March to June is the best time to visit. This is a great way to escape the heat of summer in other parts of India. The ideal months for a snowbound holiday adventure are November through February.

Shimla is famous for its beautiful Victorian architecture, sparkling lakes, and natural beauty that will make you stop and stare. You can either plan a long weekend trip from the north to Shimla, or you can take your time and relax in the amazing climate.

Visit these places

If you have limited time, we understand that you would love to see the town and all its attractions quickly. If you’re visiting in winter, however, it is best to take your time and enjoy the stunning views. Take a look at these places that you should visit during your Shimla tour.

The Shimla Ridge: Take Insta-worthy photos, soak in the beauty of nature and shop until you’re satisfied at the Shimla Ridge. The Ridge is located in the centre of town and offers spectacular views of the majestic Himalayas. The Ridge is a large open space that runs along the Mall Road, which is also famous in Shimla. It connects you to Scandal point. Shop, eat at local eateries, visit the Christ Church, tour the Tudor library, or simply enjoy the magnificent view of the city. It is open daily from 8 am to 6pm.

Christ Church: The Christ Church is a wonderful example of neo gothic architecture. It’s located on the Ridge. This church, which was built in 1857 is an integral part of Shimla. It is a must-see because of its beautiful stained-glass windows, murals inside, and clock tower. It houses the largest pipe organ of India and is featured in well-known Bollywood movies such as 3 Idiots and Black. It’s open daily and is a great place to learn about history, architecture, and take photos.


Summer Hill: Summer Hill is a small town located just outside of Shimla. Here potters collect clay to make their pots. It is also known as Potter’s Hill and offers stunning views of the valley and lush greenery. It is located approximately 5km from the Ridge. This hill is part of the seven hills that make up Shimla. Enjoy the sunrise as the sun colors beautiful mountains in shades orange and purple. The charming town is worth a full day of exploration. You should not miss a trip to the breathtaking Chadwick Falls or a ride on Kalka-Shimla’s train.


Annandale: Do you wonder what Annandale is? It is where the British played polo, cricket and raced horses. It is now known as Annadale and houses a small course called Helipad and an army museum. The museum is free to enter and is open from Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 2 pm, 3pm to 5 pm, and 3 pm to 5 pm on Tuesdays. The Ridge is approximately 4km away. It is also known for its hiking trails. Plan a hike to Annandale’s Glen or highest peak. Enjoy the beauty and serenity of the gardens surrounding you, and take in the natural world. You can also visit the Cactus Museum nearby.


Chail: This charming hill station Chail was founded by Maharaja Bhupinder Sing of Patiala. Legend has it that the King fled to Chail with his Viceroy of India, who was then in the British Raj. Today, the Scandal Point in Shimla is where he eloped. Lord Kitchener of Shimla expelled the couple from Shimla and they settled in this hill station. It is home to the highest cricket field in the world, making it the ideal place for a relaxing vacation. It is located approximately 55.1 kilometers from Shimla. The Palace Hotel, Sidh Baba Temple, Kali Temple, and Chail Wildlife Sanctuary are all worth a visit.


Kufri is another hill station worth visiting. It’s located 17 km from Shimla. It is known for its lush forests and picturesque views, as well as adventure sports. This mountain abode, located at the Himalayas’ foothills at 2510m above sea level, is a must-see for adventure and nature lovers. Kufri, once part of Nepal’s kingdom, offers stunning views of the snow-covered Himalayas. There are many options for adventure sports and activities like skiing. Kufri is a must-see on any Shimla itinerary if you want to experience snowfall. Visit the Himalayan Wildlife Zoo, and Kufri Fun World.


Things to Do in Shimla

We know that you want to have fun, and Shimla has plenty to offer. These are just a few of the many things you can do while in Shimla

  • A two-day Shimla camping trip that includes trekking.
  • Forest camping in Junga at Shimla
  • Visit the Shimla State Museum
  • The Arki Fort is a place to see architecture, history and photographs.
  • Visit the temples of Shakhni Mahadev and Lutru Mahadev near the Arki Fort.

Is Shimla safe to visit?

Tourists are safe in Shimla. You should take all precautions when visiting other cities. Consider the possibility of landslides when planning a winter vacation. Before you travel, speak to your Kesari travel connection.

Manali, where snowbound peaks call you

Manali is a must-see on any Shimla tour. Manali, nestled between the snowy mountain slopes of Pir Panjal Dhauladhar ranges is India’s most popular hill station. Manali boasts stunning views, lush green forests, wide-open spaces, and a constant fog of pine scent that lingers in the air. Manali is a tourist hot spot throughout the year. It has many attractions, including picturesque hippie hamlets and vibrant upmarket streets. Temples, museums, rivers, and trekking trails. Make sure to check out Shimla-Manali tour package deals.


Manali’s best time to visit

Winter is the best season to visit Manali, and it lasts from October through February. January is the best month for snowfall lovers. Keep warm clothing on hand for temperatures below 0°C. Summer from March through June is a good choice if you are looking for a pleasant climate.

Manali is known for its clean roads, tall eucalyptus trees, charming eateries and kitschy markets. It also has quaint cafes that offer delicious local food at great prices. Old Manali is a peaceful and serene place where you can listen to the Kullu River roar in the background. Manali is well-known for its adventure activities like paragliding and rafting, mountaineering, and even the famous Mall Road.


How do you get there?

Manali package is approximately 50 kilometers from Joginder Nagar, the nearest railway station. It is not connected to larger cities as it is a narrow gauge station. Chandigarh or Ambala are the nearest broad-gauge stations. You can fly to Bhuntar (also 50 km from Manali) or book a bus, cab or taxi to get to Manali.

To book a spectacular Shimla Manali trip, visit the Kesari Tours site. You can also walk into your nearest Kesari branch to speak with us.

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