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Shimla Educational Tour for Students

 

SHIMLA PACKAGE DEALS

Option – 01: 03N/04D Shimla Holiday Package from Amritsar by Private Vehicle @ INR 9200 /- per Person. t&c apply

Package Inclusion: Accommodation + Sightseeing + Pvt Vehicle + Breakfast and Dinner

 

Option – 02: 02N/03D Delhi Shimla Tour Package with Nagsons Amusement Park for Children’s from Delhi by Pvt Vehicle @ INR 13000/-per Person. t&c apply

Package Inclusion: Accommodation + Sightseeing + Amusement Park Ticket + Breakfast and Dinner + Activities (ZIP LINING, BURMA BRIDGE, VALLEY CROSSING, GYROSCOPE, GYROSCOPE)

 

Option – 03: 04N/05D Shimla Kufri Adventure tour Package from Delhi by Volvo Bus@ INR 15000/- per Person. t&c apply

Package Inclusion: Camping + Adventure activities (Rock Climbing, Water Rappelling, Ring Walk, Valley Crossing, Trekking and Hiking) + Tour Guide + Vehicle + All Meals + Delhi to Shimla Volvo Bus Tickets

 

Option – 04: 07N/08D Shimla Manali Dharamshala Tour Package from Ex Delhi by Pvt Vehicle @ INR 21000/- per Person. t&c apply

Package Inclusion: Accommodation + Sightseeing + Volvo Tickets + Breakfast and Dinner + Vehicle

 

Option – 05: 03N/04D Kalka Shimla Toy Train Weekend Package from Delhi – Delhi to Kalka by Volvo Bus @ INR 8000 per Person. t&c apply

Package Inclusion: Accommodation + Sightseeing + Breakfast and Dinner + Toy Train Charges + Delhi to Kalka Volvo Bus Ticket

 

Shimla Educational Tour for Student: Overview

The Focus of this special Shimla tour is to see its Historical aspects, experience Shimla’s intellectual/ intelligentsia side & enter into Nostalgia while roaming in Shimla streets.

Our aim is to take a tour deep into Shimla's Grand past and un-earth the secrets in each Shimla Tourist Attraction. Our Guarantee is that after reading this package, you will take Shimla visit very seriously & will look forward to visit Shimla ASAP.

 

How to Reach Shimla By Flight: The nearest airport to Shimla is situated at Jubbarhatti, 22 kms from Shimla has regular flights from Delhi but due to bad weather conditions, flights may be irregular. Alternatively better option is to reach Chandigarh Airport at a distance of 120 Kms away, from chandigarh , you can board Holiday Travel Taxi to reach Shimla in approx 2.5-3 hours.  By Toy Train from Kalka: From Kalka, the Narrow-Gauge Kalka-Shimla Unesco - Heritage Toy Train connects to Shimla.The total distance covered is 96 kms from Kalka to Shimla with 107 Tunnels & 864 Bridges. The Shimla toy train starts Jouney at 656 meters (2,152 ft) above sea level in Kalka and reaches Shimla at an altitude of 2,076 meters.  The route offers a panoramic feast of the picturesque Himalayas from the Shivalik foot hills at Kalka to several important points such as Dharampur, Solan, Kandaghat, Taradevi, Barog, Salogra,  Summerhill and Shimla. The Railway has 919 curves, the sharpest being 48 degrees.The journey takes about five-and-a-half hours to reach Shimla.  By Train: Indian Railways connects up-to Kalka ( about 100kms from shimla) By broad-gauge line.The Kalka station is connected to most major cities in India, including Delhi and Calcutta.  Best time to visit Shimla Best time to visit Shimla in March to June: This is a popular tourist season in Shimla as the weather is quite pleasant and perfect for outdoor activities. The temperature is comfortable and usually varies between 15°C and 30°C. If you are into adventure sports then this is the ideal time to try paragliding, trekking, camping and rafting  Places to visit in Shimla Shimla Ridge: the town spills downwards, with winding roads linking up settlements and stone steps connecting each layer. The Cart Road encircles the base of the main settlement, and is the highest motorable road of Shimla. The Mall is open only to pedestrians. There is a lift run by the Himachal Tourist Department that connects the railway stations and Cart Road to the Mall.  The Mall Shimla: The Mall Shimla is the main attraction in Shimla, lined with shops selling woolen garments and shawls, handicrafts, departmental stores, eateries and old colonial timber houses. There is a palpable change of character from the times when the Mall was strictly out of bounds for all natives except royalty, to the Indian crowds that walk down it today.  Christ Church: At the eastern edge of the Ridge is the famous Christ Church, which was consecrated in 1857. It is a prominent yellow painted building with a Victorian-Gothic spire. In the church some of the finest stained glass windows in India depict faith, hope, charity, fortitude, patience, and humility.  Tudor Library: Nearby to the church is the mock- Tudor Library, which was built in 1910.  Scandal Point: On the other extreme of the Ridge is the Scandal Point. A statue of the Lala Lajpat Rai dominates the place and groups of local people gather here in the afternoon for some casual chit-a-chat. The temple of Kali Bari is nearby to the Scandal Point enshrines the idol of Shyamla Devi, the presiding deity of Shimla. Town Hall reminds of the colonial past of Shimla, the timber lined General Post Office and the old Gaiety Theatre remind of teh Britishb Era. This popular hall was home to the Shimla Amateur Dramatic Society, complete with a gentlemen’s club where the discussion veered around the noble pursuit of cricket and horse racing.  St. Michael’s Cathedral/ Shimla church: The other important church, St. Michael’s Cathedral, which is built like a cruciform, is just off the Mall. Vice Regal Lodge, now known as the Rashtrapati Niwas (President’s House) is the most impressive colonial edifice of Shimla, located on the top of Observatory Hill, this Elizabethan mansion was built in 1888 for Lord Dufferin. It now houses the Institute of Advanced Studies, and is open only in some parts to the public.   The Glen: A thickly wooded area 4 kms to the northwest past the Cecil Hotel, Chadwick Falls, at 1,586 metres where the river drops 67 metres and is best visited during the monsoons.  The Sankat Mochan Temple: About 7 kms on the Shimla-Kalka road and the Himalayan Aviary close to the Viceregal Lodge, with a selection of birds like the monal, pheasant, pea fowls and peacocks. The Summer Hill is in suburbs of Shimla and is located about 5 kms away the town and a stop on the Kalka-Shimla rail line, has quiet walks through wooded surroundings. The Himachal Pradesh University is also located here.  The Summer Hill: The Summer Hill is in suburbs of Shimla and is located about 5 kms away the town and a stop on the Kalka-Shimla rail line, has quiet walks through wooded surroundings. The Himachal Pradesh University is also located here.  Naldehra: Naldehra, at an altitude of 2050 m and 23 km from Shimla on Shimla- Tattapani road, houses the oldest and the highest golf course in India. In the middle of the course is a temple, Mahunag Mandir. It was a favorite pastime spot of Lord Curzon.  Chail: Chail is a lush green setting and was the former capital of the Patiala State. It has the world’s highest cricket ground at a height of 2250 m, built in 1893. It is also a hiker’s paradise and there is a wildlife sanctuary at a distance of 3 km from here. Himachal Tourism runs the Palace Hotel (Earlier the Palace of Maharaja Of Patiala)  Fagu: Fagu Situated on Hindustan-Tibet Road (22-km), at a height of 2,450m Fagu is gifted with some enchanting views. Himachal Tourism runs the Hotel peach Blossom.  Kufri: Kufri, at distance of 16 km from Shimla and at an altitude of 2510 m above sea level, is a site offering some famous hikes and wonderful snow for skiing in winters. An enjoyable walk leads up to the Mahasu Peak. The Himalayan Nature Park here has a good collection of animals and birds found in the region.  Mashobra: Situated on Shimla-Naldehra road at a height of 2149 mt. . A place of unique beauty, Mashobra is an ideal interlude beneath the oaks and the pines. Featuring beautiful gardens spattered with the daffodils, hyacinths, asphodels and celandines, it is a popular weekend resort, dotted with delightful villas and innumerable picnic spots. Goddess Durga temple is worth seeing From here, a track leads down to Sipur, which is an exquisite glade shaded by ancient deodar trees. A fair  is held here every April/May. About 3 km from Mashobra is the lovely resort of Craignano.  Adventure Things to do in Shimla Rafting at Tattapani The perfect combination of adventure and beauty, Tattapani is an amazing spot for a fun-filled and memorable day. Tattapani is about 60 kilometers from Shimla, and is a popular spot for hot springs too. You can avail the 14 km long or the 36 km long rafting route. River rafting in the cold water of River Sutlej, one of the longest rivers of India can be a lot of fun and exciting.  Shop at local bazaars Shimla also has a range of charming markets and places to visit in Shimla for shopaholics. One of the most popular places to go to for shopping is at the Mall road in Shimla. This place is the shopping hub and commercial center of Shimla. One can find small souvenirs and knick-knacks here along with handicrafts and other artifacts that Shimla is famous for.  Yak Rides Horse riding and Yaj Riding in Kufri is popular tourist activity especially for kids to be taken around to different view points on a horseback. These Yaks are also known for their milk and cloth making wools. They are also eaten as meat. Also, these beasts are very special entertainer in Tibetan Festivals in Himachal Pradesh. Some Yaks are forest Yaks which are very dangerous and cannot be used fro Safaris.  Skiing On the Slopes of Mahasu Peak Kufri, the winter sports capital of Shimla, leaves each and every visitor splendid with its beautiful white cover of snow. The slopes, the heights, and the snowy carpet it offers are the most adventurous platforms for skiing. The thick cover of snow is perfect for hosting the adventurous sport. Skiing, purchase one of the most popular winter sports has now become the signature sport of Himachal Pradesh during winters. Tourist from all over the country and ski loving international tourists converge on Himachal Pradesh during winters to enjoy the thrill and excitement of racing down the snow clad slope.  Trekking in Chail The Chail Sanctuary in Himachal Pradesh is a peaceful retreat for the wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers. The Chail Wildlife Sanctuary covered in Deodar and Oak Forests has a rich plethora of flora and fauna. Chail is the place where Trekking is one of the most pleasurable activities. The treks in the area provide many interesting sights and sounds of the picturesque nature.    Shimla Cuisine Tourists look around to find where to find Delicious Himachali Food, They can see only Punjabi Food Joints, Italian Jolints, Bakeries, Chinese Food Stalls, Not no-where Himachali Dishes. authetic and traditional Himachali food like khoru, patore, babroo, chaa ghosht, murgh anardana, Dham , Simply head towards any of Oberoi Group of Hotels ( Wild Flower Hall, Clarks, or cecil) and enjoy the long forgotten traditional Himachali recipes.  Good Restaurants in Shimla Shimla is so much more than the bustling, snow-capped capital of Himachal Pradesh. Along with scenic views of the beautiful mountain tiers, this picturesque city offers a melting pot of mouthwatering cuisines.  It is the most frequented place that has not only good restaurants but also small coffee joints like Café Coffee Day and Barista. Devicos is a multi-cuisine restaurant, serving north Indian, south Indian, Chinese and Continental.   People/Lifestyle of Shimla The people of Shimla are among the warmest and friendliest people of India. They believe in simple living and are content with whatever they have got in life. The locals here are known as the Pahari Peoples. However in modern times, the people living in Shimla are known as Shimlaites. The Shimlaites make their living through agriculture and livestock. The women here wear Salwar, Kameez, Kurta or the long knee length gown known as Juan Chadiyan which reflects their culture.  Adventure & Trekking in Beautiful Shimla There are very few places in the world  as richly endowed as Himachal Pradesh with its geographical diversity. Shimla is situated in the Shivalik range of Himalayas with combination of low lying hills to gigantic mountains. Shimla district is full of thickly populated pine trees and small rivulets, rivers in deep gorges and placid mountains lakes, mountain sides draped in snow, and green alpine meadows, all form a part of this immense spectrum. And the possibilities for a wide range of adventure activities are enormous. There are day-hikes by the thousand, and trek routes follow trails that last couple of days or can even extend over few weeks. These vary from gentle walks over easy terrain, to grueling expeditions. There is skiing, heliskiing and ice-skating. There is the thrill of paragliding and the test of stamina with mountain-cycling. You can go camping and fishing and play golf or take a safari by car, jeep or on motorcycle. All you have to do is make up your mind and select your own activity. No special training is required for most things, age is no consideration and all you need is reasonable level of fitness. Equipment, training and instructors are available. And then, all this comes at a fraction of what it would cost elsewhere in the world.  Golf in Beautiful Shimla At Naldera, 23 km. from beyond Shimla is one of the oldest golf courses in India. The course, whose topography is absolutely natural, was originally placed by the British Viceroy of India, Golf Lord Curzon, at the turn of the centaury. He was so enchanted by the spot that he named one of his daughters 'Naldera' after the spot. This is a par 68, nine hole course which is regarded as one of the most challenging in the country. In the repeat nine, the yardage some - what increases. The links are maintained by Himachal Tourism and accommodation is available at Hotel Golf Glade. There are private hotels near Naldera.                    Ice Skating - The world's Largest Natural Frozen Ice Rink The Shimla ice-skating rink has the largest open-air area with naturally frozen ice in this part of the world. The Ice Skating Club has already celebrated its Diamond Jubilee. Ice-skating normally begins in early December and carries on to February. Clear skies and low Ice Skating, Shimla temperatures provide series of uninterrupted sessions. There are two sessions every day, in the morning and in the evening depending upon the frozen ice on the ground. The hanging balloon on the Municipal Building adjacent to scandal point works as signal, whether the skating is going to held on that day or not. Membership is available for the season as well as for shorter terms and even for single sessions. Skates are available at the rink. Fancy dress carnivals, 'gymkhanas' ice-hockey and dances enliven every season.   People of Shimla Shimla is a place that has been untouched by commercialization and globalization. It is very different from rest of the Indian states and has retained its old world charm. he lifestyle of Shimla people is very down to earth and uncomplicated. They look for happiness in small things rather than search for materialistic pleasures. They are known to be very hospitable and make their guests feel at home. To get the real feel of Shimla culture one should visit Shimla and meet local people.  Shopping in Shimla 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. The Mall is the best place for shopping in Shimla. The government run emporiums and several private outlets offer great shopping in Shimla. Another popular shopping place   About Scandal point in Shimla & Visit to Scandal Point History of Shimla cannot be completed without mentioning the name of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh. The maharajah Bhupinder singh of Patiala was a frequent visitor to Shimla the summer capital of the Raj. It is rumored that, in shimla in 1892 he met an English girl there who eloped with him. This infuriated Lord Kitchener, the commander in cheif of Indian army based in shimla and Lord Kitchener completely banned Bhupinder Singh from entering Shimla. Maharajah shifted residence with his new found love to his palace at Chail, A near by hill station. The girl was probably the daughter of a high ranking British officer, though it is also rumored that  she was relative of Lord Kitchener.  Scandal Point Shimla A Famous point in Shimla Known as Scandal Point, This was the place, where the English girl and the maharajah used to meet. But actually in 1892 maharajah Bhupinder Singh was only 2 years old and could not have seduced anybody. But the tale has stuck to Bhupinder Singh because of his colorful nature. Scandal Point, carries its legacy and reputation it carries today. People still love gathering at the Mall to gossip about who ran off with whom. And love affairs were quite scandalous” e.g the stories of the ‘grass-widows’, a label given to young, married women who spent time in Shimla when their husbands were away in the rest of the country. And of  ‘fishing fleet’, young unmarried women who sailed out every year from Britain to find husbands.  Visit to Maria Brothers Antiquarian Bookshop Maria Brothers Antiquarian Bookshop in Shimla has the rare, first edition (1858) of Complete Works of Shakespeare, illustrated by John Gilbert. (Inset) Illustrations for Romeo and Juliet.  Dak Bungalow of Shimla  The first dak bungalows were built in Shimla in the 1820s, much before it was declared summer capital by Viceroy John Lawrence in 1864.  Shimla Museum Famous for keeping records for Numerous large-scale political decisions were taken In Shimla  Discussions which led to the Partition,  The shimla Manifesto, declaring the first war with Afghanistan was signed here,  The historic 1972 Shimla Agreement  1914 conference which resulted in the drawing of the McMahon Line. Shimla that the British government ran the country for eight months in a year. A little village in Himalayas — neither Calcutta, nor Delhi — controlled one-fifth of the world during British Raj  Visiting Souvenir of Electricity coming To Shimla An old street lamp made of cast iron having the coat of arms of King George’s V, who was king when Shimla first got electricity in 1913. Now, it lays bare because the emblem was unscrewed after Independence.  Swiss Bavarian Architecture in Shimla The structure which houses the Himachal Khadi Ashram has Swiss Bavarian architecture  Chinese Shoemakers of Mall Road This one km-long stretch is lined with Chinese shoemakers (one claims that yesteryear actors, such as Kamini Kaushal, Moushumi Chatterjee and Hema Malini, were regulars.  Gothic, Elizabethian, Tudor, Scottish and Swiss Bavarian architecture in Shimla  Former Civil Secretariat, also known as Gorton’s Castle. Himachal Khadi Ashram store and a restaurant, but is a classic example of Swiss Bavarian architecture. Weeping Willow made from single cutting  :- Bay windows and lotus-inspired cupolas on the windows of the floor above India Coffee House including a cutting from the tree on Napoleon’s tomb in Helena   Visit Shimla Telegraph office Mystery  regarding alf-stone-half-red brick building of Telegraph Office. now occupied by BSNL. This whimsical building in Shimla had Asia’s first automatic telephone exchange and a capacity for 2,000 lines. It is an earthquake-proof, majestic structure, made of Ashlar-worked stone. You could see that the stone is finely cut, to a size that was pre-decided. However, in 1922, money was scarce and that is what forced the architect, John Begg, to continue building the top half structure in red brick. John Begg constructed the St Andrew’s church besides the Telegraph Office to establish synergy with the Telegraph Office, The lower part is built in red brick and the roof is tiled, all in an effort  The building opposite this structure, A railway booking office A Building resembles a steam locomotive and curves along the street.   A Nostalgic Tour to Gaiety Theatre  Gaiety Theatre built in 1887, takes you through the restored Victorian Gothic building built by Henry Irwin in 1887. The acoustics ensured that microphones were not missed, and the walls are covered with golden peppier Mache. The first English play to be staged here in 1887, Time Will Tell, starred Kipling.     SPECIAL BONUS OF SHIMLA MANALI PACKAGE - TOUR TO BEAUTIFUL MOVIE SHOOTING LOCATIONS IN SHIMLA   Tour of Beautiful Bollywood Movie Locations in Shimla :- This capital city of Himachal Pradesh is very popular destination for Bollywood Movie shooting. Shimla has honor of locatio for Super hit films like Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Black and Vidhu Vinod Chopra's Kareeb, Old Movies Like Love in Shimla, Voh Kon Thi etc. As were films like the recent, Jab We Met and Three Idiots, Gadar: Ek Prem Katha, Black, Raju Chacha, Chori Chori, Lootmar, Baadal, Bade Dilwale, Kudrat    Jab We Met  Movie Shooting Location in Shimla-Kalka Toy Train -Mall road Shimla Scene1 : In Jab We Met, Shimla was the place where Geet (Kareena) stayed after she broke up with her boyfriend Anshuman. Scene2 :The song is picturized in the Shimla town with a scene where Sahid Kapoor drives his car on the Shimla Mall road while searching out for Kareena.  Scene3 :Moreover, the movie also features the Heritage toy train of Shimla when they head back to Kareena’s native place. Scene4 : Aaoge Jab tum song in Jab We Met Shot in Shimla mall road Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India.   3 Idiots  Bollywood Movie Locations Shimla, Scene1: Woodville Place where Kareena was getting married. Scene2 - Man scenes shot in Town Hall of Shimla, The famous song Behti Haawa Sa Tha Woh” Shot in Christ Church. victory tunnel, Shimla bypass Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India Scene3 - Rancho's Home - Chail Palace hotel - Chail Scene4: Christ Church, Shimla, Madhvan asking Rancho's address in Shimla. Scene5: Chail Palace, Solan, Himachal Pradesh, India - Shown as Javed Jaffery's house.  Gadar Ek Prem Katha Movie Location Shimla ‘Gadar Ek Prem Katha’  movie Shooting in  Bishop Cottons School Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India. The song “udja kale kawan” is picturized in Bishop Cotton School Shimla during the British Colonial Period.    Black Movie Shooting Location Shimla Scene 1:- Indian Institute of Advanced Studies - College where Rani studies Scene 2 :-The inspiration of the last decade “Black” has scenes shot in and around Shimla. In this movie the Woodville Palace had been used as the house of Michelle.Black’ Movie Shooting in  Christ Church, Woodville Palace Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India  Visit - Other Hit Bollywood Movie Locations in Shimla “Kraantiveer Movie” was also shot at the Mall Road, the Ridge and the Scandal Point , Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India. "Main Tera Hero" scenes shot in the picturesque Shimla. Horror movie Raaz II has many scenes shot in Shimla. Tere Ghar ke Saamne Movie song  “Tu Kanha ye Baata” ” starring Dev Anand and Nutan has been shot at Shimla Railway Station. Himachal Pradesh, India Main Aisa Hi Hoon” - starring Ajay Devgan and Esha Deol and its song 'Papa mere Papa' shows the Shimla city. The song “deewanapan deewangi” featuring Isha Deol and Ajay Devgan is picturized near The Ridge and The Mall, Shimla.  The Song “Gaadi Bula Rahi Hai” of the movie Dost starring Dharmendra, was shot in the Toy Train Shimla Himachal Pradesh, India The song “Mere Dil Me Aaj Kya Hai” from Daag, Movie starring Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore has scenes shot in Shimla ,Himachal Pradesh, India The song “yeh vaada hai” is a romantic track from the movie Raju Chacha featuring Ajay Devgan and Kajol. The song is mainly picturized in The woods of St. Bedes and the forest road of Shimla Himachal Pradesh, India.

 

What is Unique in Shimla Educational Tour for Students and why?

In this tour package we provide all heritages sightseeing tour of shimla and guide well known knowledge of activities which is available in Shimla. In this Tour, we will spend many hours exploring Shimla from obscure hamlet to summer capital of British raj to tourist Heaven of Independent India To its unplanned Growth & ultimate decline.



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Shimla Educational Tour for Students: Inclusion

  • 03 Nights stay at twin sharing basis

  • Breakfast and Dinner

  • Welcome drink on arrival (Non-Alcholic)

  • 03 Day sightseeing of heritage sites

  • Private vehicle for 04 days

  • Parking, toll tax and driver hault

  • Inclusive of all taxes

 

Shimla Educational Tour for Student: Exclusion

  • Any personal Expense

  • Any airfare, busfare and railway fare

  • Lunch

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Shimla Educational Tour for Students - Itinerary

Arrive at Delhi airport or railway station and proceed for Shimla which is one of the most scenic hill stations in North-India. Enroute you may have lunch at any good restaurant, after that you will continue your journey towards Shimla. Upon arrival check in to hotel and rest of the day free at your leisure and overnight stay with dinner

Meals: Dinner

Lunch: Served at same hotel

Today we will spend full day visiting Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Christ Church, Viceregal Lodge, Scandal Point, Ridge & many other Heritage attractions. After that you may have lunch at any nearest restaurant later you will visit Shimla Museum, Swiss Bavarian Architecture in Shimla, Chinese Shoemakers of Mall Road and Visit Gaiety Theatre. By the evening you will return back to hotel and overnight stay with dinner at Shimla hotel

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Lunch: Served at any nearest restaurant

After breakfast start your day by visit Kufri which is famous for its ski slopes and fine views. Reach Kufri and enjoy trekking and hiking trails. After kufri move towards Chail Drive, reach and check in to hotel. Overnight stay with dinner at chail

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Lunch: Served at any nearest restaurant

After breakfast visit and cover all the famous sightseeing of Chail Drive Sadhupul Lake, Kali Ka Tibba, Gurudwara Sahib, after that you may lunch at any nearest restaurant, later you will departs from Chail to Delhi for onwards Journey. Tour gets end with lots of memory

Meals: Breakfast

Lunch: Served at any nearest restaurant



How to Reach Shimla

By Flight: The nearest airport to Shimla is situated at Jubbarhatti, 22 kms from Shimla has regular flights from Delhi but due to bad weather conditions, flights may be irregular. Alternatively better option is to reach Chandigarh Airport at a distance of 120 Kms away, from chandigarh , you can board Holiday Travel Taxi to reach Shimla in approx 2.5-3 hours.

 

By Toy Train from Kalka: From Kalka, the Narrow-Gauge Kalka-Shimla Unesco - Heritage Toy Train connects to Shimla.The total distance covered is 96 kms from Kalka to Shimla with 107 Tunnels & 864 Bridges. The Shimla toy train starts Jouney at 656 meters (2,152 ft) above sea level in Kalka and reaches Shimla at an altitude of 2,076 meters.

The route offers a panoramic feast of the picturesque Himalayas from the Shivalik foot hills at Kalka to several important points such as Dharampur, Solan, Kandaghat, Taradevi, Barog, Salogra,  Summerhill and Shimla. The Railway has 919 curves, the sharpest being 48 degrees.The journey takes about five-and-a-half hours to reach Shimla.

 

By Train: Indian Railways connects up-to Kalka ( about 100kms from shimla) By broad-gauge line.The Kalka station is connected to most major cities in India, including Delhi and Calcutta.

 

Best time to visit Shimla

Best time to visit Shimla in March to June: This is a popular tourist season in Shimla as the weather is quite pleasant and perfect for outdoor activities. The temperature is comfortable and usually varies between 15°C and 30°C. If you are into adventure sports then this is the ideal time to try paragliding, trekking, camping and rafting

 

Places to visit in Shimla

Shimla Ridge: the town spills downwards, with winding roads linking up settlements and stone steps connecting each layer. The Cart Road encircles the base of the main settlement, and is the highest motorable road of Shimla. The Mall is open only to pedestrians. There is a lift run by the Himachal Tourist Department that connects the railway stations and Cart Road to the Mall.

 

The Mall Shimla: The Mall Shimla is the main attraction in Shimla, lined with shops selling woolen garments and shawls, handicrafts, departmental stores, eateries and old colonial timber houses. There is a palpable change of character from the times when the Mall was strictly out of bounds for all natives except royalty, to the Indian crowds that walk down it today.

 

Christ Church: At the eastern edge of the Ridge is the famous Christ Church, which was consecrated in 1857. It is a prominent yellow painted building with a Victorian-Gothic spire. In the church some of the finest stained glass windows in India depict faith, hope, charity, fortitude, patience, and humility.

 

Tudor Library: Nearby to the church is the mock- Tudor Library, which was built in 1910.

 

Scandal Point: On the other extreme of the Ridge is the Scandal Point. A statue of the Lala Lajpat Rai dominates the place and groups of local people gather here in the afternoon for some casual chit-a-chat. The temple of Kali Bari is nearby to the Scandal Point enshrines the idol of Shyamla Devi, the presiding deity of Shimla. Town Hall reminds of the colonial past of Shimla, the timber lined General Post Office and the old Gaiety Theatre remind of teh Britishb Era. This popular hall was home to the Shimla Amateur Dramatic Society, complete with a gentlemen’s club where the discussion veered around the noble pursuit of cricket and horse racing.

 

Scandal Point

 

St. Michael’s Cathedral/ Shimla church: The other important church, St. Michael’s Cathedral, which is built like a cruciform, is just off the Mall. Vice Regal Lodge, now known as the Rashtrapati Niwas (President’s House) is the most impressive colonial edifice of Shimla, located on the top of Observatory Hill, this Elizabethan mansion was built in 1888 for Lord Dufferin. It now houses the Institute of Advanced Studies, and is open only in some parts to the public.

 

The Glen: A thickly wooded area 4 kms to the northwest past the Cecil Hotel, Chadwick Falls, at 1,586 metres where the river drops 67 metres and is best visited during the monsoons.

 

The Sankat Mochan Temple: About 7 kms on the Shimla-Kalka road and the Himalayan Aviary close to the Viceregal Lodge, with a selection of birds like the monal, pheasant, pea fowls and peacocks. The Summer Hill is in suburbs of Shimla and is located about 5 kms away the town and a stop on the Kalka-Shimla rail line, has quiet walks through wooded surroundings. The Himachal Pradesh University is also located here.

 

The Summer Hill: The Summer Hill is in suburbs of Shimla and is located about 5 kms away the town and a stop on the Kalka-Shimla rail line, has quiet walks through wooded surroundings. The Himachal Pradesh University is also located here.

 

Naldehra: Naldehra, at an altitude of 2050 m and 23 km from Shimla on Shimla- Tattapani road, houses the oldest and the highest golf course in India. In the middle of the course is a temple, Mahunag Mandir. It was a favorite pastime spot of Lord Curzon.

 

Chail: Chail is a lush green setting and was the former capital of the Patiala State. It has the world’s highest cricket ground at a height of 2250 m, built in 1893. It is also a hiker’s paradise and there is a wildlife sanctuary at a distance of 3 km from here. Himachal Tourism runs the Palace Hotel (Earlier the Palace of Maharaja Of Patiala)

 

Fagu: Fagu Situated on Hindustan-Tibet Road (22-km), at a height of 2,450m Fagu is gifted with some enchanting views. Himachal Tourism runs the Hotel peach Blossom.

 

Kufri: Kufri, at distance of 16 km from Shimla and at an altitude of 2510 m above sea level, is a site offering some famous hikes and wonderful snow for skiing in winters. An enjoyable walk leads up to the Mahasu Peak. The Himalayan Nature Park here has a good collection of animals and birds found in the region.

 

Mashobra: Situated on Shimla-Naldehra road at a height of 2149 mt. . A place of unique beauty, Mashobra is an ideal interlude beneath the oaks and the pines. Featuring beautiful gardens spattered with the daffodils, hyacinths, asphodels and celandines, it is a popular weekend resort, dotted with delightful villas and innumerable picnic spots. Goddess Durga temple is worth seeing From here, a track leads down to Sipur, which is an exquisite glade shaded by ancient deodar trees. A fair  is held here every April/May. About 3 km from Mashobra is the lovely resort of Craignano.

 

Adventure Things to do in Shimla

Rafting at Tattapani

The perfect combination of adventure and beauty, Tattapani is an amazing spot for a fun-filled and memorable day. Tattapani is about 60 kilometers from Shimla, and is a popular spot for hot springs too. You can avail the 14 km long or the 36 km long rafting route. River rafting in the cold water of River Sutlej, one of the longest rivers of India can be a lot of fun and exciting.

 

Shop at local bazaars

Shimla also has a range of charming markets and places to visit in Shimla for shopaholics. One of the most popular places to go to for shopping is at the Mall road in Shimla. This place is the shopping hub and commercial center of Shimla. One can find small souvenirs and knick-knacks here along with handicrafts and other artifacts that Shimla is famous for.

 

Yak Rides

Horse riding and Yaj Riding in Kufri is popular tourist activity especially for kids to be taken around to different view points on a horseback. These Yaks are also known for their milk and cloth making wools. They are also eaten as meat. Also, these beasts are very special entertainer in Tibetan Festivals in Himachal Pradesh. Some Yaks are forest Yaks which are very dangerous and cannot be used fro Safaris.

 

Skiing On the Slopes of Mahasu Peak

Kufri, the winter sports capital of Shimla, leaves each and every visitor splendid with its beautiful white cover of snow. The slopes, the heights, and the snowy carpet it offers are the most adventurous platforms for skiing. The thick cover of snow is perfect for hosting the adventurous sport. Skiing, purchase one of the most popular winter sports has now become the signature sport of Himachal Pradesh during winters. Tourist from all over the country and ski loving international tourists converge on Himachal Pradesh during winters to enjoy the thrill and excitement of racing down the snow clad slope.

 

Skiing On the Slopes of Mahasu Peak

 

Trekking in Chail

The Chail Sanctuary in Himachal Pradesh is a peaceful retreat for the wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers. The Chail Wildlife Sanctuary covered in Deodar and Oak Forests has a rich plethora of flora and fauna. Chail is the place where Trekking is one of the most pleasurable activities. The treks in the area provide many interesting sights and sounds of the picturesque nature.

 

Shimla Cuisine

Tourists look around to find where to find Delicious Himachali Food, They can see only Punjabi Food Joints, Italian Jolints, Bakeries, Chinese Food Stalls, Not no-where Himachali Dishes. authetic and traditional Himachali food like khoru, patore, babroo, chaa ghosht, murgh anardana, Dham , Simply head towards any of Oberoi Group of Hotels ( Wild Flower Hall, Clarks, or cecil) and enjoy the long forgotten traditional Himachali recipes.

 

Good Restaurants in Shimla

Shimla is so much more than the bustling, snow-capped capital of Himachal Pradesh. Along with scenic views of the beautiful mountain tiers, this picturesque city offers a melting pot of mouthwatering cuisines.  It is the most frequented place that has not only good restaurants but also small coffee joints like Café Coffee Day and Barista. Devicos is a multi-cuisine restaurant, serving north Indian, south Indian, Chinese and Continental.

 

People/Lifestyle of Shimla

The people of Shimla are among the warmest and friendliest people of India. They believe in simple living and are content with whatever they have got in life. The locals here are known as the Pahari Peoples. However in modern times, the people living in Shimla are known as Shimlaites. The Shimlaites make their living through agriculture and livestock. The women here wear Salwar, Kameez, Kurta or the long knee length gown known as Juan Chadiyan which reflects their culture.

 

Adventure & Trekking in Beautiful Shimla

There are very few places in the world  as richly endowed as Himachal Pradesh with its geographical diversity. Shimla is situated in the Shivalik range of Himalayas with combination of low lying hills to gigantic mountains. Shimla district is full of thickly populated pine trees and small rivulets, rivers in deep gorges and placid mountains lakes, mountain sides draped in snow, and green alpine meadows, all form a part of this immense spectrum. And the possibilities for a wide range of adventure activities are enormous. There are day-hikes by the thousand, and trek routes follow trails that last couple of days or can even extend over few weeks. These vary from gentle walks over easy terrain, to grueling expeditions. There is skiing, heliskiing and ice-skating. There is the thrill of paragliding and the test of stamina with mountain-cycling. You can go camping and fishing and play golf or take a safari by car, jeep or on motorcycle. All you have to do is make up your mind and select your own activity. No special training is required for most things, age is no consideration and all you need is reasonable level of fitness. Equipment, training and instructors are available. And then, all this comes at a fraction of what it would cost elsewhere in the world.

 

Golf in Beautiful Shimla

At Naldera, 23 km. from beyond Shimla is one of the oldest golf courses in India. The course, whose topography is absolutely natural, was originally placed by the British Viceroy of India, Golf Lord Curzon, at the turn of the centaury. He was so enchanted by the spot that he named one of his daughters 'Naldera' after the spot. This is a par 68, nine hole course which is regarded as one of the most challenging in the country. In the repeat nine, the yardage some - what increases. The links are maintained by Himachal Tourism and accommodation is available at Hotel Golf Glade. There are private hotels near Naldera.

            

Ice Skating - The world's Largest Natural Frozen Ice Rink

The Shimla ice-skating rink has the largest open-air area with naturally frozen ice in this part of the world. The Ice Skating Club has already celebrated its Diamond Jubilee.

Ice-skating normally begins in early December and carries on to February. Clear skies and low Ice Skating, Shimla temperatures provide series of uninterrupted sessions. There are two sessions every day, in the morning and in the evening depending upon the frozen ice on the ground. The hanging balloon on the Municipal Building adjacent to scandal point works as signal, whether the skating is going to held on that day or not.

Membership is available for the season as well as for shorter terms and even for single sessions. Skates are available at the rink.

Fancy dress carnivals, 'gymkhanas' ice-hockey and dances enliven every season.

 

 

People of Shimla

Shimla is a place that has been untouched by commercialization and globalization. It is very different from rest of the Indian states and has retained its old world charm. he lifestyle of Shimla people is very down to earth and uncomplicated. They look for happiness in small things rather than search for materialistic pleasures. They are known to be very hospitable and make their guests feel at home. To get the real feel of Shimla culture one should visit Shimla and meet local people.

 

Shopping in Shimla

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. The Mall is the best place for shopping in Shimla. The government run emporiums and several private outlets offer great shopping in Shimla. Another popular shopping place

 

About Scandal point in Shimla & Visit to Scandal Point

History of Shimla cannot be completed without mentioning the name of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh. The maharajah Bhupinder singh of Patiala was a frequent visitor to Shimla the summer capital of the Raj. It is rumored that, in shimla in 1892 he met an English girl there who eloped with him. This infuriated Lord Kitchener, the commander in cheif of Indian army based in shimla and Lord Kitchener completely banned Bhupinder Singh from entering Shimla. Maharajah shifted residence with his new found love to his palace at Chail, A near by hill station. The girl was probably the daughter of a high ranking British officer, though it is also rumored that  she was relative of Lord Kitchener.

 

Scandal Point Shimla

A Famous point in Shimla Known as Scandal Point, This was the place, where the English girl and the maharajah used to meet. But actually in 1892 maharajah Bhupinder Singh was only 2 years old and could not have seduced anybody. But the tale has stuck to Bhupinder Singh because of his colorful nature.

Scandal Point, carries its legacy and reputation it carries today. People still love gathering at the Mall to gossip about who ran off with whom. And love affairs were quite scandalous” e.g the stories of the ‘grass-widows’, a label given to young, married women who spent time in Shimla when their husbands were away in the rest of the country. And of  ‘fishing fleet’, young unmarried women who sailed out every year from Britain to find husbands.

 

Visit to Maria Brothers Antiquarian Bookshop

Maria Brothers Antiquarian Bookshop in Shimla has the rare, first edition (1858) of Complete Works of Shakespeare, illustrated by John Gilbert. (Inset) Illustrations for Romeo and Juliet.

 

Dak Bungalow of Shimla

The first dak bungalows were built in Shimla in the 1820s, much before it was declared summer capital by Viceroy John Lawrence in 1864.

 

Shimla Museum

  • Famous for keeping records for Numerous large-scale political decisions were taken In Shimla

  • Discussions which led to the Partition,

  • The shimla Manifesto, declaring the first war with Afghanistan was signed here,

  • The historic 1972 Shimla Agreement

  • 1914 conference which resulted in the drawing of the McMahon Line.

  • Shimla that the British government ran the country for eight months in a year. A little village in Himalayas — neither Calcutta, nor Delhi — controlled one-fifth of the world during British Raj

 

Visiting Souvenir of Electricity coming To Shimla

An old street lamp made of cast iron having the coat of arms of King George’s V, who was king when Shimla first got electricity in 1913. Now, it lays bare because the emblem was unscrewed after Independence.

 

Swiss Bavarian Architecture in Shimla

The structure which houses the Himachal Khadi Ashram has Swiss Bavarian architecture

 

Chinese Shoemakers of Mall Road

This one km-long stretch is lined with Chinese shoemakers (one claims that yesteryear actors, such as Kamini Kaushal, Moushumi Chatterjee and Hema Malini, were regulars.

Gothic, Elizabethian, Tudor, Scottish and Swiss Bavarian architecture in Shimla

Former Civil Secretariat, also known as Gorton’s Castle.

Himachal Khadi Ashram store and a restaurant, but is a classic example of Swiss Bavarian architecture.

Weeping Willow made from single cutting  :- Bay windows and lotus-inspired cupolas on the windows of the floor above India Coffee House including a cutting from the tree on Napoleon’s tomb in Helena

 

Visit Shimla Telegraph office

Mystery  regarding alf-stone-half-red brick building of Telegraph Office. now occupied by BSNL. This whimsical building in Shimla had Asia’s first automatic telephone exchange and a capacity for 2,000 lines. It is an earthquake-proof, majestic structure, made of Ashlar-worked stone. You could see that the stone is finely cut, to a size that was pre-decided. However, in 1922, money was scarce and that is what forced the architect, John Begg, to continue building the top half structure in red brick.

John Begg constructed the St Andrew’s church besides the Telegraph Office to establish synergy with the Telegraph Office, The lower part is built in red brick and the roof is tiled, all in an effort

The building opposite this structure, A railway booking office A Building resembles a steam locomotive and curves along the street.

 

A Nostalgic Tour to Gaiety Theatre

Gaiety Theatre built in 1887, takes you through the restored Victorian Gothic building built by Henry Irwin in 1887. The acoustics ensured that microphones were not missed, and the walls are covered with golden peppier Mache. The first English play to be staged here in 1887, Time Will Tell, starred Kipling.

 

SPECIAL BONUS OF SHIMLA MANALI PACKAGE - TOUR TO BEAUTIFUL MOVIE SHOOTING LOCATIONS IN SHIMLA

 

Tour of Beautiful Bollywood Movie Locations in Shimla :-

This capital city of Himachal Pradesh is very popular destination for Bollywood Movie shooting. Shimla has honor of locatio for Super hit films like Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Black and Vidhu Vinod Chopra's Kareeb, Old Movies Like Love in Shimla, Voh Kon Thi etc. As were films like the recent, Jab We Met and Three Idiots, Gadar: Ek Prem Katha, Black, Raju Chacha, Chori Chori, Lootmar, Baadal, Bade Dilwale, Kudrat

 

Jab We Met  Movie Shooting Location in Shimla-Kalka Toy Train -Mall road Shimla

Scene1 : In Jab We Met, Shimla was the place where Geet (Kareena) stayed after she broke up with her boyfriend Anshuman.

Scene2 :The song is picturized in the Shimla town with a scene where Sahid Kapoor drives his car on the Shimla Mall road while searching out for Kareena.

Scene3 :Moreover, the movie also features the Heritage toy train of Shimla when they head back to Kareena’s native place.

Scene4 : Aaoge Jab tum song in Jab We Met Shot in Shimla mall road Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India.

 

 Aaoge Jab tum song

 

3 Idiots  Bollywood Movie Locations Shimla,

Scene1: Woodville Place where Kareena was getting married.

Scene2 - Man scenes shot in Town Hall of Shimla, The famous song Behti Haawa Sa Tha Woh” Shot in Christ Church. victory tunnel, Shimla bypass Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India

Scene3 - Rancho's Home - Chail Palace hotel - Chail

Scene4: Christ Church, Shimla, Madhvan asking Rancho's address in Shimla.

Scene5: Chail Palace, Solan, Himachal Pradesh, India - Shown as Javed Jaffery's house.

 

Gadar Ek Prem Katha Movie Location Shimla

‘Gadar Ek Prem Katha’  movie Shooting in  Bishop Cottons School Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India. The song “udja kale kawan” is picturized in Bishop Cotton School Shimla during the British Colonial Period.

 

Black Movie Shooting Location Shimla

Scene 1:- Indian Institute of Advanced Studies - College where Rani studies

Scene 2 :-The inspiration of the last decade “Black” has scenes shot in and around Shimla. In this movie the Woodville Palace had been used as the house of Michelle.Black’ Movie Shooting in  Christ Church, Woodville Palace Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India

 

Visit - Other Hit Bollywood Movie Locations in Shimla

“Kraantiveer Movie” was also shot at the Mall Road, the Ridge and the Scandal Point , Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India.

"Main Tera Hero" scenes shot in the picturesque Shimla.

Horror movie Raaz II has many scenes shot in Shimla.

Tere Ghar ke Saamne Movie song  “Tu Kanha ye Baata” ” starring Dev Anand and Nutan has been shot at Shimla Railway Station. Himachal Pradesh, India

Main Aisa Hi Hoon” - starring Ajay Devgan and Esha Deol and its song 'Papa mere Papa' shows the Shimla city.

The song “deewanapan deewangi” featuring Isha Deol and Ajay Devgan is picturized near The Ridge and The Mall, Shimla.

The Song “Gaadi Bula Rahi Hai” of the movie Dost starring Dharmendra, was shot in the Toy Train Shimla Himachal Pradesh, India

The song “Mere Dil Me Aaj Kya Hai” from Daag, Movie starring Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore has scenes shot in Shimla ,Himachal Pradesh, India

The song “yeh vaada hai” is a romantic track from the movie Raju Chacha featuring Ajay Devgan and Kajol. The song is mainly picturized in The woods of St. Bedes and the forest road of Shimla Himachal Pradesh, India.

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Shimla Educational Tour for Students: Inclusion

  • 03 Nights stay at twin sharing basis

  • Breakfast and Dinner

  • Welcome drink on arrival (Non-Alcholic)

  • 03 Day sightseeing of heritage sites

  • Private vehicle for 04 days

  • Parking, toll tax and driver hault

  • Inclusive of all taxes

 

Shimla Educational Tour for Student: Exclusion

  • Any personal Expense

  • Any airfare, busfare and railway fare

  • Lunch

  • Gst Tax

Shimla Educational Tour for Students - Itinerary

Arrive at Delhi airport or railway station and proceed for Shimla which is one of the most scenic hill stations in North-India. Enroute you may have lunch at any good restaurant, after that you will continue your journey towards Shimla. Upon arrival check in to hotel and rest of the day free at your leisure and overnight stay with dinner

Meals: Dinner

Lunch: Served at same hotel

Today we will spend full day visiting Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Christ Church, Viceregal Lodge, Scandal Point, Ridge & many other Heritage attractions. After that you may have lunch at any nearest restaurant later you will visit Shimla Museum, Swiss Bavarian Architecture in Shimla, Chinese Shoemakers of Mall Road and Visit Gaiety Theatre. By the evening you will return back to hotel and overnight stay with dinner at Shimla hotel

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Lunch: Served at any nearest restaurant

After breakfast start your day by visit Kufri which is famous for its ski slopes and fine views. Reach Kufri and enjoy trekking and hiking trails. After kufri move towards Chail Drive, reach and check in to hotel. Overnight stay with dinner at chail

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Lunch: Served at any nearest restaurant

After breakfast visit and cover all the famous sightseeing of Chail Drive Sadhupul Lake, Kali Ka Tibba, Gurudwara Sahib, after that you may lunch at any nearest restaurant, later you will departs from Chail to Delhi for onwards Journey. Tour gets end with lots of memory

Meals: Breakfast

Lunch: Served at any nearest restaurant

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