The capital of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is one of the most popular hill-stations in India and is known for its scenic beauty. It has been the capital since the time of the Raj. If you’re visiting Shimla for the very first time then you can book Shimla holiday package and get rid of hassles that comes in the way of travel. You can comfortable vacation in the city.
How to reach Shimla?
If you are coming from New Delhi then reaching Shimla is fairly simple as you can take the Shatabdi Express from the New Delhi Railway Station which will take you to Kalka within 4 hours. From there, you can try taking the Kalka-Shimla Railway, which is one of the Mountain Railways of India that has UNESCO World Heritage status and is said to be the most amazing journey. If you don’t get the tickets or you miss the train then you can even hire a Taxi from the Kalka station that will get you to Shimla in another two to three hours. If you are coming directly from Delhi then you also have the option of driving down from Delhi yourself, but that can even take you to ten hours.
Suppose you’re planning your trip from other parts of the country / world, then also you have to visit Delhi first and then follow the route above, or you can also reach Chandigarh, which is just 110 Kms away from Shimla and take a cab that will get you there in four or five hours.
What to do in the Shimla trip?
If you book the Shimla holiday package then you are going to enjoy the following things:
When you’re taking the Heritage Mountain Train from Kalka to Shimla, your lunch will probably be on-board. But if you’re on the road, then you have the lunch in a true Indian style by stopping for lunch at a dhaba along the way. Dharampur, is just 65 kms away from Shimla, is a popular choice and there are a number of restaurants / dhabas you could choose from.
Once you reached Shimla and if you have already booked the Manali Shimla package for 6N/7D then you will find the hotels are ready. You can check in as soon as you reach the place. After getting refreshed rush straight to The Mall.
The Mall is the main street in Shimla, and is filled with shops and restaurants. Cars are not allowed on to The Mall beyond a certain point, so this an ideal place to stroll around and soak in the relaxed atmosphere.
You can walk around, and enjoy the wonderful old-world charm that this sleepy hill-station has managed to retain despite all the commercialization.
Next you can visit the wonderful old-world charm at the iconic Town Hall, and the Gothic building of the Gaiety Theatre. At the far end of The Mall, is the Oberoi Clarkes Hotel, which is a heritage property with a quaint appeal. Feel free to grab a bite to eat as well.
If you book the Shimla holiday package beforehand then you can go on a Heritage Walk of Shimla with Raaja Bhasin. It is a local historian and an author of five critically acclaimed books.
On the way you can have insights into Shimla’s history, architecture, people and places were priceless.
The Walk will end at The Mall itself, so get in any of the restaurants around for a quick bite. There are options for Pizza, for Chinese, for Indian and you can even find a Café Coffee Day if you’re not in the mood to experiment.
You can visit Lakkar Bazaar (Wooden market), just a little further down the Mall Road, for wooden souvenirs. You can follow the Shimla Kullu Manali tour guide to find more such places.
You can also make your way to Jakhoo Hill, the highest point in Shimla for some stunning panoramic photos. You can also opt for o an excursion to Chadwick Falls, seven kilometres away.
After having a leisurely breakfast in the hotel if you have opted for the breakfast option when you booked Shimla holiday package you can head to the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, for a glimpse of one of British India’s most stunning creations.
Have a walk from the Viceregal Lodge is the Oberoi Cecil Hotel, an elegant property reminiscent of the Colonial era. Now, it’s time to pack your bags, and begin your journey back. But not before planning your return capture very moment and have a box filled with memories. The entire trip will be as smooth as this guide if you book the Shimla holiday package beforehand by visiting the Kalpanatourstravels where you can find many exciting deals and enjoy the trip completely.