ShimlaShimla - Situated at an altitude of approx. 6500 ft above sea level, is the capital of the North Indian State of Himachal Pradesh. Shimla was the former official summer capital of the Government of India right up until 1947, when India gained Independence. Shimla was originally a small hill village named after the goddess Shamla Devi, a manifestation of Kali. Discovered by the British in 1819, it became a popular refuge from the heat of the plains of North India. In 1903, a railway line was laid, connecting it to the plains, and thus making it easily accessible. One of the attractions of Shimla, is this World Heritage toy train, that stills runs on a narrow gauge train track from Kalka , in the foothills, to Shimla.

Getting to Shimla

  • By Air – There is a small airport, 23 kms away from Shimla, that is served by seasonal flights from Delhi and Chandigarh, though most people tend to prefer Delhi or Chandighar, as the flight gateways to Shimla.
  • By Rail - There is a toy train that connects Kalka (the nearest mainline railway station, 100 kms away) to Shimla. Kalka, is connected by superfast trains to Delhi.
  • By Road - Shimla is 375 kms from Delhi and 120 kms from Chandigarh.

Best Places to Stay in Shimla

Oberoi Clarke's, Shimla Hotels Bookingsmake a booking

Located on Shimla's main promenade - The Mall,  The Oberoi Clarke's is an old colonial building, dating back to the 19th century.  The rooms are spacious and elegantly furnished, many offering spectacular views of the mountains around Shimla. Rooms and Suites have been recently refurbished, and are now  equipped with modern conveniences such as televisions, mini bars, direct dial phones and attached baths.

Oberoi Cecil, Shimla Hotels Bookingsmake a booking

Over 100 years old, The Oberoi Cecil is a Grand Heritage Hotel, and very much a part of the history of Shimla. It is situated at Chaura Maidan, close to the Mall of  Shimla, 7000 feet up in the Himalayas.  The Oberoi Cecil is within walking distance of the famous Vice Regal Lodge, former summer residence of the Viceroy of India. The hotel has been restored to its original grandeur with wood floors, period furniture, crackling fires and an inviting ambience. Built around a beautiful atrium, the rooms offer splendid views of the mountains and valleys.  A heated swimming pool, billiards rooms and children's activity centre and many opportunities for nature walks, make this luxury resort an all season destination.

Oberoi Wildflower Hall, Shimla Hotels Bookingsmake a booking

Built on the location of the former residence of Indian Viceroy, Lord Kitchener, at an altitude of over 8000 feet, this luxury hotel is set amidst 22 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, with a forest cover surrounding it. From its vantage point on top of a hill, it looks out onto a magnificent vista of rugged mountains, snowy peaks and thick forests. The rooms are cosy and comfortable, and many have fireplaces. The stunning indoor pool opens onto a large conservatory and terrace with outdoor Jacuzzi and is complemented by a state-of-the-art spa.

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