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About Shimla

Nestled in the Himalayan foothills, Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh and boasts a rich history as the summer capital of British India. It’s renowned for its elegant Victorian architecture and historic narrow-gauge railway, as well as sweeping views of the Shivalik Ranges.

Things to do

Soak up the dramatic mountain views on the narrow-gauge train from Kalka to Shimla, built in 1898 during the British Raj. Journey through the Himalayan Shivalik Hills and across more than 800 bridges while being pulled by vintage diesel-hydraulic locomotives.

Mingle with locals along Shimla’s main thoroughfare, the Mall, which is filled with Victorian architecture and retains its Raj-era charm. Take in the street vistas from Scandal Point where a statue of Indian freedom fighter, Lala Lajpat Rai, stands, then shop for Himachal handicrafts along the pedestrianised strip.

For the best views in Shimla, head to Jakhoo Hill to discover sweeping panoramas of the Shivalik Ranges. You’ll also find the ancient temple of Jakhoo, which is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and features the world’s tallest statue of this Hindu deity.

Step inside the former residence of the British Viceroy of India at the Rashtrapati Niwas, also known as “Viceregal Lodge”, a Jacobethan-style residence that dominates the Observatory Hills of Shimla. It was completed in 1888 and houses an impressive collection of artefacts and photographs detailing British rule in India.

Getting around

Chandigarh International Airport is around 3.5 hours’ drive from Shimla and there are regular trains from Delhi to Kalka Railway Station. Long-distance buses also connect Delhi and Shimla, while taxis are readily available for getting around the city.

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Radisson Hotel Shimla

Radisson Hotel Shimla
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Shimla, India
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Very Good, 8.0
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Radisson Hotel Shimla provides a comfortable setting while in Shimla. It features a spa and wellness centre, as well as a sauna, a Jacuzzi and an outdoor pool.

Hotel Kapil

Hotel Kapil
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Shimla, India
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Fabulous, 8.7
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Hotel Kapil is situated in Shimla and features complimentary wireless internet. It is conveniently positioned for those wishing to discover the area's attractions.

The Oberoi Cecil

The Oberoi Cecil
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Shimla, India
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Exceptional, 9.6
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Located in Shimla, The Oberoi Cecil is an easy drive from Himachal Pradesh University and Kalka Shimla Railway. A limousine service and an indoor pool are just some of the deluxe amenities on offer to guests throughout their stay.

Clarkes Hotel

Clarkes Hotel
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Shimla, India
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Fabulous, 8.8
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Situated a brief drive from Jakhoo, Clarkes Hotel provides modern accommodation in Shimla. It also offers an express check-in and check-out feature, an indoor pool and a safe.

Hotel Surya Shimla

Hotel Surya Shimla
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Shimla, India
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6.1
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Hotel Surya Shimla is located in Shimla and features a rooftop terrace. It is situated a short stroll from Mall Road.

Springfields Shimla

Springfields Shimla
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Shimla, India
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6.5
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Springfields Shimla offers a charming setting when in Shimla. It also provides an express check-in and check-out feature, a safe and valet parking.

Hotel Willow Banks

Hotel Willow Banks
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Shimla, India
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6.3
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Hotel Willow Banks is situated in Shimla and is close to the area's popular attractions. Guests can also enjoy free Wi-Fi.

Hotel Gulmarg Regency

Hotel Gulmarg Regency
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Shimla, India
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5.5
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Hotel Gulmarg Regency is set in Shimla and is within a short walk of local sightseeing spots, such as Fagu Ski Resort. It is ideally located for guests wishing to discover the area's attractions.

Ashiana Clarks Inn Shimla

Ashiana Clarks Inn Shimla
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Shimla, India
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6.5
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Ashiana Clarks Inn Shimla provides comfortable 3-star accommodation in Shimla. It also offers a sauna, a Jacuzzi and a coffee bar.

Snow Valley Resorts

Snow Valley Resorts
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Shimla, India
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Located in Shimla, Snow Valley Resorts is an easy drive from Lakkar Bazaar and Mall Road. It also offers free Wi-Fi, a kids club and a swimming pool.

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