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North India

Shimla

Shimla is one of the most traveled tourist destinations of India. It is beautifully cuddled in the lap of nature in the state of Himachal Pradesh. An end number of tourists flock the city to enjoy a vacation in hill station. Come summers and see people coming here to have a respite form the scorching heat. As winters come, tourists horde the place to enjoy thrilling winter sports as skiing. Shimla tour packages are customized as per travelers’ choice and needs. Shimla tours are idyllic for honeymooners, families, adventure buffs, and every other visitor who wish to have an amazing time in a soothing natural ambiance.

Shimla, the former summer capital of British India and the present capital of Himachal Pradesh, is best reached by road taking in the charms of the Himalayan country side on the way - though there is an air service for those in a hurry. It is a place designed for complete relaxation, a delightfully situated hill station retreat. Wander down the Mal and watch all the local people doing the same; breathe the pine scented air in the tall and beautiful forests with the sun casting light through the trees on the sparkling brooks. North of Shimla is the beautiful forested Kulu Valley, with its flowing rivers and flower strewn walks, known as the 'Valley of the Gods'. You can bite into a crisp apple plucked from one of the many orchards, or watch the local people in their homespun woollen clothes and bright Kulu caps drying apricots in the sun.

Tourist attractions

Characterized by heaving hills, luxuriant green valleys, voluble rivers, impenetrable woods and a pleasurable climate Shimla is the best resort to get away from heat and rush of plains. Tours to Shimla are marked with an exciting visit to a number of colonial buildings and churches that also emphasize the daintiness of the place. The high ranking tourist attractions of Shimla are quite captivating. Shimla has been endowed with many natural bounties. Highly acclaimed for tourist places in Shimla, the place is menat for nobody but you.

Some of the famous tourist sites of Shimla include The Ridge that presents excellent view of the mountain ranges. Mall Road is very popular among travelers. Visitors can go to Kali Bari temple where it is believed that idol of Goddess Shayamla is enshrined here. Other places of interest in Shimla are Jhakoo Temple, an ancient "Lord Hanuman" temple, Sankat Mochan – Lord Hanuman temple, Taradevi and State Museum.

Also worth visiting tourist sites of Shimla are Summer Hill, Glenn, Botanical Gardens, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies.

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Things to do

Things to do in Shimla are many. Tourists who are fond of adventure sports can wind out in indulging Adventure sports of Shimla. These sports offer a thrilling experience. In winters, of course skiing is the most preferred thing. In addition to skiing, tourists are also engrossed in trekking, fishing, camping and ice skating. Young kids, children and youngsters also can be spotted playing with snow, throwing snow balls at each other, making snow man. Adventure tours in Shimla will also give a chance to enjoy golf. The lush and well maintained golf courses in Shimla are apt for golfers.


Shopping in Shimla

Shopping in Shimla is a fun filled activity. Avid shoppers can go for local handicrafts, Himachali caps, woolen shawls decorated with mirror work, thread work, sequins and embroidery. Wooden souvenirs are also worth buying here. You just need to haggle for the price if you are not visiting a fixed price shop. Otherwise the experience is just amazing.


How to Reach

How to Reach Shimla is easy for travelers. You can reach Shimla by air, the most convenient and rapid mode of transport. Though it has its own airport but landing in Chandigarh is a good decision. Reaching Shimla by rail is also very convenient as Kalka is the nearest major railhead which is connected with Shimla on the meter gauge. Shimla can be reached by well-maintained and efficient network of roadways and National Highway 22 that links the town with Chandigarh.


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