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» Himachal Pradesh
Also Known As: The Summer Refuge
Altitude: 2,159m.
Places of Interest: The Mall, Christ Church, Kufri, Narkanda
Best Time To Visit: April To August & December To January

PLACES TO STAY

The capital city and commercial hub of Himachal has got some of the finest options of accommodation. The options vary from luxurious, posh looking five star hotels, cottages and holiday resorts to economy class and budget hotels and lodging rooms.

CLIMATE

Shimla is located on the slopes of lower Himalayas. The altitude of Shimla from the sea level makes it a very cool place. The temperature range is not very high and the maximum temperature rarely crosses 25 degrees during summers. Rainfalls mark the summers and the nights are cool and light warm cloths are required during this time. Winters are cold and chilly winds from the upper Himalayas makes the place really cold. Around Christmas or last week of December Shimla gets snow. The Best season to visit Shimla is between April and August, but the main season is between December and January. It is better to avoid the rainy seasons.

ADVENTURE IN SHIMLA

Apart from the treks to the nearby areas, Shimla is gateway to Kinnaur and Spiti . Camp Blue Pines near Mashobra is an adventure-cum-trekking based gateway from Shimla. It has Swiss tents on a twin-sharing basis and a capacity for 7 couples or 45 children.

Skiing
The skiing season generally commences in the first fortnight of January and continue till mid- March depending upon snow conditons. HPTDS organises ski courses of 7 days and 15 days duration at Narkanda, every year. The facilities for the participants include boarding, lodging and equipment.   more...

Fishing
Trout finish is available at Rohru, 110-km from Shimla, at Seem, 9-km from Rohru in river Pabar, and in river Baspa in the Sangla Valley . Mahseer fishing is available at Tattapani, 46-km from Shimla.   more...

Golfing
Nine-hole Golf course at Naldehra, 23-km from Shimla, is one of the oldest Golf courses in India.

Trekking
The Shimla- Kinnaur region offers some exciting trekking opportunities. Narknda to Banjar (Kullu) over the Jalori and Bashleo Passes and Sarahan to Sangla are some of the popular treks, both for the domestic and foreign tourists.

SHOPPING

The Ridge, Shimla, Himachal pradeshBeing the state capital, handicrafts from all over the state come here for sale. The Mall has some of the good and big names in the garment and textile industry. The State emporium on the Mall offers many handicrafts and handloom items, which are made by the artisans of Himachal. The famous Himachali hat comes in different rates and vivid colors. Lakkar Bazaar is famous for items made from wood. These decorative wooden items are made from the softwood found in the hilly region. Further, dry fruits and natural herbs, which have many medicinal properties, are also easily available in the shops.

FAIRS & FESTIVALS

Every year in the month of June, the Folk Dance festival, the "Mushaira" - recitation of Urdu poetry by poets, the Red Cross Fair, Golf and the Flower Show are some of the events held in Shimla, to celebrate Summer Festival. In December, Ice-Skating Carnival is held and then Christmas celebrations overtake Shimla.

RESTAURANTS

BANKS/MONEY CHANGERS

State Bank of Patiala, The Mall
Punjab National Bank, The Mall
Punjab and Sind Bank, The Mall
Indian Bank, The Mall
Indian Overseas Bank, The Mall
Jammu And Kashmir Bank, The Mall
Grindlays Bank Limited, The Mall
H.P., State Co-OP. Bank, The Mall

HOSPITALS /NURSING HOMES

Kamla Nehru Hospital
Deen Dayal Upadhyay (Ripon) Hospital
Indira Gandhi Medical College

TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRES

Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation Tourist Information Office
Department of Tourism
Govt. of Himachal Pradesh
Victory Tunnel
Cart Road

NEARBY CITIES

Chandigarh : 117-km
Mandi : 150-km
Kalka: 90-km
Kasauli : 80-km
Bilaspur : 81-km
Ambala: 151-km
Tapir: 198-km
Sirmour : 142-km
Renuka Lake : 159-km



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