Capital of Himachal Pradesh. Wonderful city with a long history. Beautiful scenery and a hill-way of life to experience.
Life moves slowly and peacefully here with wonderful nature all around.
Stay only one full day. Move on to Kufri or Naldehra or Manali as soon as possible. Very dirty, no waste management plan in place.
People are nice ... all "views" are built up...rampant corruption, minimal planning , next big monsoon should bring disaster to all living on slopes of hills that trees have been exterminated from. Monkeys are a major hassle and potent danger. AVOID for now.
Shimla is beautiful. Especially the toy train journey from kalka. When you go to kufri, unfortunately it is not well looked after and the locals do not take pride in its appearance.
The toy train and visit to the mall was sufficient in my opinion... with more time, you are better off moving onto to manali etc.
If you like a cold place in HOT INDIA this is it.Be prepared for the time it takes to get there add at least 1/2 hour to an hour whatever time the tour guide or driver tells you.
Shimla is replete in history.The sight and sounds are interesting,the Mall is overrun by tourists who often believe they are the only people in the Mall and has a lot of people with nothing to do but stare.
The historically significant places are lost and unannounced, the rich legacy of Shimla lies buried in crass commercialsm and crass tourists.I tried the place in the dead of winter, hoping for some resipte,well, it was worse!
One must try the toy train from Kalka to Shimla. The city has awesome landscape and mountain views however the roads are bit congested and often are of not good quality.
The Viceregal hall, Tara devi, and Jhaku temple are must see.
Quite busy & commercialized city. Its more a city than a hill station. Too much population & traffic.
Still if weather is cool, it have its own charm.
Viceroy lodge is great. Bird park is rubbish. Gulub jamun is delicious there. Hire a porter if the hills are too much for you and your luggage (only about 50 rupees) taxi is 150 minimum.
few places we liked, mall road is main attraction, tara devi mandir is another very good place to see, breath taking views of hills are good place for photography
it is good to avoid during summer holidays . Toy train ride is must. In fact this can be built in for one leg of journey to/from shimla.
We were quite sure we were not visiting temples and do the typically boring stuff, where you just travel in a car and reach a point, look around have a snack and go on to another site.
The adventure sport activity organised by the hotel we stayed was superb. We were right in the forest amongst huge deodar and pine trees, rappelling, and fire fox flying, and river crossing. We had a himachali lunch right there in the forest. And headed back totally revived by the beautiful crisp mountain air! Definitely try this, also staying close to the mall road was a good idea, cause you can try out some other food besides hotel food. Shopping is good in mall road. It is also very beautiful to walk in mall road. We stayed exactly 1 and 1/2 days here. The experience of whistling pine trees, forest trek not too long to exhaust you, picking pine cones as our prized collection, was surely relaxing ang enjoyable. Don't think I would stay more than two days here.
Overall visitng Shimla was a good experience. Good historical connection, state museum was worth watching.
However the way environment is kept was quiet disappointing. Full of filthy smell coming from waste water and burning plastic.
A brilliant contrast to any other part of India. The cooler climate was welcome after the oppressive heat of Delhi .