Honeymooning newlyweds, Indian families retreating from the overbearing summertime heat of the cities, and plucky backbackers enjoying Shimla’s colonial hill station vibe are all won over by this appealing mountain town. Whether you’re looking for a cheap bed while backpacking through northern India, or seeking some luxury surrounded by opulent Colonial style, Shimla has an array of hotels and accommodation options.
Shimla’s markets and shops overflow with traditional Kangra silk scarves and Kinnauri shawls, hand woven in the characteristic geometric patterns of the local area. You’ll also find heaps of cold weather garments, including leather gloves, knitted jumpers and thick fabrics to warm you up on chilly mountain nights. Thanks to the surrounding mountain pine forests, Shimla’s well known for its wooden handicrafts, which make perfect gifts and souvenirs.
High above sea level in the Himalayas of Himachal Pradesh, surrounded by snow-capped mountain ranges, pine tree-crammed forests, and fruit-filled orchards, this bustling hill station has been a summertime retreat from the sweltering northern Indian lowlands since Colonial days. It’s still as popular as ever, with plenty of Indian newlyweds, citied-out families and foreign visitors, who enjoy the novel mix of Colonial-era buildings, a refreshing mountain breeze, and a bustling Indian town.
Shimla will have you out of breath in no time, whether you’re briskly exploring the long, winding lanes of the town centre, taking in Colonial architecture and bustling bazaars, or hiking into pine forests to explore temples and glimpse distant snow-capped mountains. Once the British summertime capital, Shimla’s still a popular mountain retreat from the scorching summer heat of the plains.
The vast array of cuisine on offer in Shimla means that no matter what your taste, you’re bound to find something to make your mouth water. Due to its popularity with Indian and global visitors, this mountain town’s brimming with places to eat and, as per usual in India, the best deals can often be found in the markets. If your tummy’s not quite used to this, there’s plenty of squeaky clean restaurants too.
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