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Shimla and Chail

Shimla offers much more than charming colonial buildings against a backdrop of the magnificent snow-capped Himalayas. The upper reaches around the Shimla region offer skating on natural ice as well as hosts the MTB Himalaya (South East Asia's biggest mountain biking race). Shimla also boasts ownership of the 16th century "Arya Astha Sahasrikas Prajna Paramita" Tibetan script (at the quaint Maria Brothers antique booksellers) and the Jakhu Temple Shrine with Lord Hanuman's footprints. Pleasant summers and snow-covered winters make Shimla a favourite weekend getaway with tourists all the year around. Legendary ghost stories (Chudail Baudi, for single men whose cars slow down for the lady in the white sari) and fantastic cultural heritage make this visit all the more memorable.

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Things to do

Dhami Estate Bird Watching - The erstwhile princely state of Dhami presents much in the way of royalty with a good dose of nature thrown in. A 28-km drive, post-lunch, leads you down to Dhami House. Dhami is surrounded by reserve forest with one of the best oak forest covers around Shimla. Take a walk around Dhami House and the orchards nearby that are rich in wildlife as well as birdlife. Spend some time with the royal family while dinner is served. Kunwar Dushyant Singh now resides in and looks after this ancestral property.

Kalka Shimla Toy Train - 103 tunnels, 864 bridges, 919 curves and a ride of a lifetime: Ladies and gentlemen, welcome aboard the Shimla-Kalka 'toy train'. This UNESCO heritage train chugs slowly up the mountains, seemingly playing an interesting game of hide and seek with the tunnels.

Viceregal Lodge Kipling Walk - What makes Shimla more alluring is its glorious past, the days when it was summer capital during the British Raj. Beneath the Kali Bari temple, at the North Bank, lays an ordinary house where there once lived an extraordinary person, Rudyard Kipling.Leave history behind, for a peaceful walk through dense forests for a quiet moment of solitude with a quaint picnic basket for company. Our local expert will walk you through the history of each of these sites and the local legends that go with them. Heritage will take a hold.

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Best time to visit October to March

Late September to early November is the ideal time to visit here after the rains have subsided.The chilly winter arrives by late November and stays on till the end of February.

Clear skies stay on through March till the haze in by mid-April to the mid-June rains. Frequent landslides are the only dampener till the monsoons end.

How to reach

Air

  • Air Transport is not as robust as compare to other states. There are two major airport near Shimla - Shimla Airport (SLV) and Chandigarh International Airport (IXC).

  • Shimla Airport is located 21 kilometre from shimla in Jubberhati. Jubberhati is a small town near Shimla in Indian state Himachal Pradesh. Air India is the only airline which provide daily flights services from Delhi to Shimla. You can take cab to reach Shimla.

  • Chandigarh International Airport is located 123 kilometre from Shimla in "The City Beautiful" Chandigarh. Chandigarh is a union territory which serve as the capital of two state Haryana and Punjab. Chandigarh airport is well connected to domestic destinations as well as some the International destinations. You will find daily flights from all the major cities of India leading you to Chandigarh. You can take cab or bus from Chandigarh to reach Shimla.

Rail

  • Himachal Pradesh is all about high mountains and deep valleys so there are no major rail track anywhere within the state.

  • The Kalka Railway is the only railway station in Himachal which is 88 kilometre from Shimla. You can take the "Kalka-Shimla Toy Train" from Kalka to Shimla, it is one of the major tourist attraction. Kalka offers a good connectivity from major cities like Chandigarh, Delhi, Howrah and many more.

  • Chandigarh railway station is also a good option. It is 110 kilometre from Shimla. Chandigarh railway station is well connected to every major Indian city. You can take bus or cab from Chandigarh to reach Shimla.

Road

  • Roads in Himachal Pradesh offers the best connectivity within and out of the state. Shimla is a very popular destination so it offers excellent connectivity to all the major Indian destinations via roads.You will find bus and cab facility throughout the state and other state connecting Shimla to every major destination in India. Shimla is also connected through some of the National Highway like NH5 and NH44.

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