Located deep in the Himalayan foothills and entirely surrounded by dense forest and magnificent mountains, Simla (now spelled Shimla) was the glorious summer resort of the British Raj. One of the most popular hill stations in India, the city sits at an altitude of 2213 meters and is the present capital of Himachal Pradesh.
The imposing six-story Scottish baronial mansion known as Viceregal Lodge, summer seat of the British government until the 1940s, is undoubtedly Shimla’s best-loved colonial attraction. Shimla, which has the distinction of inspiring scenes from Rudyard Kipling's Kim, is also a base for visitors who come to seek adventure in other parts of the state.
Altitude: 2,205 m
STD Code: 0177
Pin Code: 171001
Language: Hindi, English, Himachali
Clothes: Summer: Light Woollens Winter: Heavy Woollens
Temperature: Summer: 27 - 14 C Winter: 16 - (- 2) C
Local transport: Bus, taxis are the major modes of local transport in Shimla.
Best Season: The best time to visit Shimla is between April to June and September to November.
How to reach
By Air: The nearest airport is 23 kms away from Shimla.
By Rail:The Shimla has meter-gauge line, which is declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
By Road: Shimla is very well connected by good motorable roads to all important cities in India