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Shimla Tourism

A beautiful city of the northern state of India, Himachal Pradesh is one of the most famous tourist destinations in India. Shimla is full of picturesque places which will offer you a thousand reasons to cherish your stay in the city. Formerly known as Simla, the city is the best place to spend summer vacations. Shimla is well-known for its architecture of Victorian style.

Known for its scenic beauty, this popular hill station of the north is also called Queen of the Hills. It is believed that the city has originated its name from Goddess Shymala Devi, who was considered as the reincarnation of goddess kali. Snowcapped mountains of the city and lush green plantations make a unique combination that you will never find elsewhere.

This Shimla travel guide on Shimla tourism will help you explore the city easily and inform you about the places to visit in Shimla, Shimla tourist places, the history and culture of Shimla, and the best time to visit Shimla.

History of Shimla

The city's history will take you to the 18th century, when the British defeated Gurkhas and took over the region. Thus, Shimla can be classified as British Era and Post-Independence. In 1816 East India companies took over the place from Bhimsen Thapa. British then handover the region to the Maharaja of Patiala as a reward. With the help of the British, Maharaja gradually developed the city and built many monuments, which are now the famous Shimla tourist destinations.

After independence, Shimla remained the capital of Punjab until Chandigarh was formed. Then, forming by merging 28 princely states, which were located in this area, the state of Himachal Pradesh came into existence in 1950. In 1971 Himachal Pradesh became the 18th state of India, and Shimla was assigned as the capital of the state.

Culture and Tradition of Shimla

You can see the culture of Shimla with the blend of modern thoughts and traditional values. There are people from various mixed tribes found in this region. These people are very proud and protective of their traditions. You can trace the lifestyle of Tibet as Tibet highly influences the area. People generally wear salwar, kurta, kameez or Juan chadiyan, which is a long knee-length gown.

The dance and music are generally inspired by religion. The people celebrate the festivals with traditional music and dance. The music instruments involve such as Ektara, Chimta, Flute, Ghunghroo, Manjari, Jhanjh, Ghariyal etc. The region mostly consists of people from the Hindu and Jain communities. With temples and Buddhist monasteries, you can also get Churches of the British era. The handicraft work of Shimla is highly appreciated. You can purchase dress material embroidered with Kohana and Thapada styles.

Cuisine in Shimla

You can often get people of Shimla to savor normal North Indian food such as Broth, Lentil, Bred, rice and vegetables. Locals also prefer non-veg food such as madeera pateer, Bhagjery, Chouck Manee etc.

In traditional cuisine, Shimla has its own identity. However, travellers also love to taste Himachali food such as Patore, Khoru, Murgh Anardana, Cha Ghost, which pamper your taste buds with the traditional taste of Himachal Pradesh.

Shimla Weather and best time to Visit

Language Spoken

Hindi, English

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Places to Visit Shimla

The Queen of Hill is always one of the favourite destinations among travellers. The famous Shimla tourist places are Observatory Hill, Ari Fort, Gaiety Heritage, and Himachal State Museum. The Jakhu Temple, Christ Church, and Hadimba Temple are other famous Shimla travel places. Here is the list of the best places to visit in Shimla. 

Viceregal Lodge:

Formerly this was a palace of the British Viceroy of India, known as the Rashtrapati Niwas. It was started in 1880 and completed in 1888. The building has a well-maintained lawn and a small cafeteria. Except for Monday, the palace is open for all days from 10 to 5 pm.

Himachal State Museum:

The place is full of a rich collection of anthropological items, 19th century Pahari miniature paintings and numismatic finds. The museum also features a collection of bronze idols from the temples scattered all around the Himalayas. You can complete visiting all museums in approximately 1 to 2 hours.

Jakhoo Temple:

It is one of the most famous Shimla travel places and an ancient temple in Shimla. The temple is dedicated to monkey God Hanuman, and you can find several monkeys on the route to this temple.

Best Time to Visit Shimla

The weather of Shimla is cherishing throughout the year. The summer here does not have snowfall most of the time, while if you wish to witness the snowy weather of Shimla, you must visit the city during this season. The best time to visit Shimla is the monsoon from the months between July to September.

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Getting In Shimla


By Airways:

The Jubbarhatti Airport is a domestic airport that is at a distance of 23 km from Shimla. All those who wish to reach Shimla by air can reach here through Chandigarh and New Delhi airport.

By Roadways:

The good cluster of Road is nicely connected with the city. You can catch different busses to Shimla from Manali, Delhi, Gurgaon, Chandigarh and Kullu.

By Railways:

There are two major railway stations which are situated near Shimla. The Kalki Railway station and the Chandigarh Railway Station are the names of these two stations. The former one is the closest between the two,


You will love your Shimla trip, and our Shimla travel guide will help you out to explore the city and Shimla tourist destinations. 

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