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Beautiful Shimla Tour Package – Snow Capped Destination in India
Beautiful Shimla Tour Package: Overview
Shimla, the Queen of Hills looks absolutely amazing in winters. It magnetises travellers from around the globe because of the intermittent snowfall and its snow-clad beauty. Snow buffs and enthusiasts can enjoy the carpet of snow and indulge in an array of activities like skiing, snowboarding, snow scooter, trekking, etc. Whether you love skiing or not, whether you are a snow lover or not, a trip to Shimla will not disappoint you.
This popular hill stations in North India is an ideal place to experience the snow, pleasant weather and picturesque sceneries. Beautiful Shimla tour package by Holiday Travel covers best snow-capped destinations in Shimla like Mashobra, Kufri, Narkanda, Rohru, Kasauli and Chail.
Experience the winter magic by planning a trip to Shimla and witnessing snowfall in the Queen of hills.
Suitable For: Families, Youngsters, Adventure enthusiasts, Photographers, Snow lovers,
SHIMLA PACKAGES BEST DEALS
Option -1: 05N/06D Shimla Chail Luxury Tour Package with Rohtang Ex: Delhi by pvt vehicle @ INR 30,000/- per person. t&c apply
Package Inclusion: Accommodation + Breakfast and Dinner + Sightseeing + Pvt vehicle
Hotels : 5* Wildflower Hall Hotel (Shimla), 5* Treehouse Chail Villas Hotel (Chail)
Option -2: 03N/04D Shimla Honeymoon Volvo Package Ex: Delhi @ INR 9,000/- per person. t&c apply
Package Inclusion: Accommodation + Breakfast & Dinner + Honeymoon Inclusion + Sightseeing Tour + Volvo tickets
Hotels : 2* Hotel Hari Palace (Shimla)
Option -3: 03N/04D Shimla Honeymoon Luxury Package with The Oberoi Cecil Ex: Delhi by Pvt Innova @ INR 39,999 per person. t&c apply
Package Inclusion: Hotels accommodation + Breakfast & Dinner + Honeymoon Inclusion + Shimla Sightseeing + Innova
Hotels : The Oberoi Cecil (Shimla)
Option -4: 3 Days Shimla Holiday package with Salong Valley Ex: Delhi by Pvt Vehicle @ INR 7,000 per person. t&c apply
Package Inclusion: Accommodation + Breakfast & Dinner + Shimla sightseeing + Pvt Transportation
Hotels : Hotel Blossom (Shimla), Hotel Jubilant Regency (Manali)
Note: There is no Hotels in Solang Valley so we suggest Manali Hotels
Option -5: 3 Days Shimla Family Package Ex: Delhi by Pvt vehicle @ INR 18,000 per family. t&c apply
Note: Above rates for 2 adults & 2 child (age below 12)
Package Inclusion: Family Room + Breakfast and Dinner + Sightseeing + Pvt Vehicle
Hotels: 2* Vatsalyam Home Stay (Shimla)
What is Unique in Shimla Tour Package and why?
Shimla Tour Package is unique because in which you will find chance to explore your holiday in between scenic beauty and enjoy adventure activity in snow area. Trekking and hiking trails in Kufri, Snow Games in Shimla and much more. In winters, it is home to winter-sports and an ice-skating carnival. Shimla gets you crazy, makes you wild and No doubt is the most beautiful city of the world.
Beautiful Shimla Tour Package: Highlights
Show your skills at the Asia’s largest and only open-air Ice Skating Rink
Indulge in variety of adventure activities at Mashobra
Enjoy a peaceful and scenic nature walk at Kasauli
Enjoy skiing in Kufri, a heaven in Shimla during snowfall
Walk through the enthralling apple orchards in Narkanda and Rohru
Visit the highest cricket ground in the world in Chail
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Hotels in Shimla
Standard Hotel: Hotel Blossom: TA Rank (4.0) – Certificate of Excellence
Hotel Blossom Shimla is famous 2* hotel located at a distance of 4 km from Shimla and close to most of excursion like St Mary's Church, The Mall and Summer Hill. There are 9 splendid rooms in the hotel that are categorized as Deluxe Room, Suite and Family suite. All the rooms are well-sourced with a tea/coffee maker, telephone, chair and table.
Restaurant: Hotel Blossom served multi cuisine restaurant facing the open lawn fills the dining experience with an alluring view.
Deluxe Hotel: The Cedar Grand Hotel and Spa: TA Rank (4.0) – Certificate of Excellence
Hotel Cedar grand is one of the finest Hotels of Shimla. Known for its refined elegance, signature service, and world class SPA. Located near Winter Field in Shimla, The hotel offers facilities like central heating in winters, conference hall and internet access. Round the clock Front Desk, Travel Desk and ample parking space are available for you. You can choose from 31 Valley-facing rooms, each tastefully furnished and with modern en-suite bathrooms boasting transparent see-through glass windows in sections of the wall.
Restaurant: The Cedar Grand Hotel and Spa served multi cuisines
Luxury Hotel: Shimla Havens Resort: TA Rank (4.0) – Certificate of Excellence
Shimla Havens Resort is located at a distance of 16 km from Shimla Airport. This hotel in Shimla provides a fitness centre and the rooms offer a view of the forests. The resort is an ideal place for those who are nature lover and who looking for a perfect peaceful holiday destination in the lap of nature. Resort is also famous for the party lovers where you can indulge in loud music and sensual drinks.
Restaurant: The Cedar restaurant offers views of the forest and serve Indian, Chinese and Continental dishes
Hotels in Chail
Standard Hotel: Deventure Hotel: TA Rank (3.5) – Certificate of Excellence
Deventure Hotel run by Smart-Value Hotels is a mid segment leisure hotel with best of amenities and Contemporary hospitality. The hotel rooms are spacious and offer great panoramic view of the picturesque mountain and serene pine and oak trees. Rooms come with wooden furnishings and have large windows that offer plenty of natural light.
Restaurant: Deventure Hotel serve selection of Indian, Chinese and European dishes.
Deluxe Hotel: Fernhill Resort: TA Rank (4.0) – Certificate of Excellence
Fernhill Resort located at Kano near to Blossom Hill and popular tourist attraction Gurudwara Sahib. Fernhill Resort Chail combines warm hospitality with a lovely ambiance to make your stay in Shimla unforgettableThe natural surroundings, complete isolation and luxurious treatment make this resort a perfect accommodation option for leisure and business.
Restaurant: Fernhill Resort serves multi cuisines to enjoy your delicious taste.
Luxury Hotel: Treehouse Chail Villas: TA Rank (4.0) - Certificate of Excellence
Treehouse Chail Villas can be reached from Shimla Railway Station which is at a distance of 39 km. We offer ultra modern wooden cottages with amazing views amidst apple & peach orchards. 32 tastefully designed cottages with fabulous wooden exteriors and flooring unwind the mind, body and soul of hill station lovers staying here.
Restaurant: Hotel offer Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisine
Your winter trip to Shimla starts with an early morning flight from Delhi to Shimla. The flight duration is around 1 hour 10 minutes. Keep your eyes wide open as your plane flies above the most scenic hill station in North India. After reaching Shimla, check in at your hotel and freshen up. Post breakfast, head to explore Shimla.
Capture some perfect camera shots at the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, the building built by the British as a summer retreat for Indian President. The marvellous architectural beauty and the peaceful surroundings make it a hot tourist spot in Shimla. You can also take a tour of the Viceregal Lodge, popularly known as Rashtrapati Niwas.
Head to Lakkar Bazar for some pocket-friendly shopping. Pick souvenirs like woodwork artefacts, winter wears, local handmade shawls, etc. for your loved ones.
By 5 pm, reach the Asia’s largest and only open-air Ice Skating Rink. Tourists from all over flock to Shimla for this amazing ice skating experience during winters. Note that the rink is open from 8 am to 11 am and 5 pm to 8 pm from December to March.
After spending a joyous day, head back to the hotel for overnight stay.
- Budget: Hillcrest Resort, WelcomHeritage Woodville Palace, The Cedar Grand Hotel and Spa
- Luxury: The Oberoi Cecil, Clarke's Hotel, Oberoi Wildflower Hall
Suggested Restaurants: The Oberoi Cecil Restaurant, Wake & Bake Café, Combermeres Café
Begin your day early this morning with hot breakfast and enjoy full day sightseeing in Shimla.
Witness sunrise at the tranquil Chadwick waterfall and enjoy the splendour of the first rays hitting the water. The waterfall is set amidst the Glen forest adding to the existing charm of it. You can also enjoy an enthralling trek to reach the waterfall.
Later head to the Military Museum at Annandale to check out the arms and ammunition used in the Indo-Pak war of 1971. It is also a perfect place for golf lovers as it has a mini golf course which offers incredibly beautiful sceneries of its meadows.
Next, visit the popular tourist attraction in Shimla, Jakhoo Hills which is the highest peak in Shimla. Also, seek blessings at the historic Jakhoo temple, which houses 108 feet tall Hanuman statue.
Catch a glimpse of breath-taking sunset at the Scandal Point near Ridge. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Post breakfast, prepare yourself for a day excursion to Kasauli. We recommend you to start your day early as reaching Kasauli will take 2 hours 30 minutes.
Kasauli has romance in its air, so breathe-in some of it while taking a nature walk with your loved one. Gilbert Trail is one of the most scenic nature walks which offers stunning views of lofty hills, thick woods and rich flora and fauna.
Enjoy the UNESCO World Heritage toy train ride from Dharampur (which is 10 km. from Kasauli) to Barog and return. Get enchanted with the views of oak and pine forests, gorges and small hilly hamlets as your train passes through the hills and tunnels.
If time permits, visit Man-ki Point, popularly known as Monkey Point and Anglican Church.
Drive back to Shimla and enjoy dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Post breakfast, checkout from the hotel and drive 12 km. to reach Mashobra. Check in at the hotel and head for local sightseeing in Mashobra.
Mashobra is an offbeat place to visit near the Himalayas and a haven for peace-seeking souls. The place gives you an excellent opportunity to unwind yourself amidst mist bathed hills, apple orchards, pine, cedar, oak and deodar trees, gushing streams flowing through the valley and much more.
Mashobra is a paradise for adventure seekers. You can indulge in activities like skiing, trekking, river rafting, quad biking and rappelling.
You can also enjoy bird watching experience in Mashobra forest. The Reserve Forest Sanctuary is home to some of the bird species like Himalayan eagle, pheasants, partridges and chikors. You can also enjoy trekking or camping in the forest.
After spending an exciting day, retire for the night and head to the hotel.
- Budget: Marigold Sarovar Portico, Mashobra Greens, and Hotel Rock Heaven
- Luxury: Club Mahindra, Wildflower Hall, Tranquil Countryside Homes
Suggested Restaurants: The Oberoi Wildflower Hall, Cafe Valley Vue, The Restaurant
Begin your day with scrumptious breakfast and spend the day at Kufri, which is just 7 km. drive from Mashobra.
Kufri is a heaven in Shimla during snowfall. It ranks among the top tourist attractions in Shimla. It magnetises tourists in winters for the ski slopes and the picturesque views from the ridge of Kufri. Here you can enjoy activities like horse riding, yak riding, skiing, sledging, etc.
Visit The Himalayan Nature Park to spot rare species of animals and migratory birds. Some of the animals that you can find here include Barking Deer, Musk Deer, Brown Bear, Hangal and Monal. You also get to capture the breath-taking view of the Himalayan snow clad peaks from this park.
You can also visit Kufri Fun World, which is an amusement park featuring a variety of joyrides for kids along with the world’s highest go-kart track for adults.
If time permits, you can also check out highest point in Kufri, Mahasu Peak. Later head back to the hotel in Mashobra for an overnight stay.
Post breakfast, checkout from the hotel to reach Narkanda. It takes 1 hour and 40 minutes to cover the distance of 53 km. After reaching, check in at the hotel and head for exploring Narkanda.
Narkanda is perched at a height of 7400 feet above the sea level making it a perfect place to get panoramic views of the valley. During winters, this small town turns into a ski resort attracting everyone from beginners to experienced skiers.
You can check out the beautiful Tannu Jubbar Lake in Narkanda. Here you can spend some peaceful and relaxed time watching the mesmerising view of the lake encircled with trees all around and mountains on the top.
Enjoy a walk through the enthralling apple orchards at Stokes Farm. In the history, a man named Satyanand Stokes started cultivation of apples in Narkanda for livelihood and now it has become an enjoyable experience for tourists.
Catch the scenic view of mountains covered in snow and its surroundings at Hatu Peak. You can reach the hilltop by trekking 7 km. one way. Other popular attractions on the peak include Hat temple and a small pond located on the top.
Retire for the night and overnight stay at the hotel in Narkanda.
- Budget: Hotel Snowflake, Tethys Ski Resort
- Luxury: The Wilderness, Seetalvan Orchard
Suggested Restaurants: Palki Restaurant, Negi Dhaba
Post an early morning breakfast in your Shimla winter holiday tour package, check out from the hotel. Located 63 km. away from Narkanda is Rohru which has ample to offer its visitors. After 3 hours of drive, reach the hotel in Rohru and do the check-in procedures.
Rohru is another lesser known but a picturesque destination in Shimla. It is popular for its apple orchard in the whole of Himachal Pradesh. If you visit this town in the beginning of December, you can enjoy trout fishing. Other activities that you can enjoy here include hand gliding and trekking at Pabbar Valley. Chanshal Range is situated 4,520 metres high and serves as an ideal spot for slope skiing.
Other great places to visit in Rohru include Shikhru Devta Temple and Hatkeshwari Mata Temple Complex.
After spending a joyous day, head back to the hotel for overnight stay.
- Budget: The Chanshal, Hotel Giri Ganga
- Luxury: Hotel River View
Suggested Restaurants: Flavours, Mafyre Family Restaurant, Panchratan Restaurant
Post breakfast, prepare for the checkout. You can either reach Delhi by road which is 11 hours of the drive (439 km.) or can take a train or flight from the nearest destination.
If you want to extend your trip, here is a one-day extension that you may opt for.
Post an early morning breakfast, checkout from Rohru and head to another picturesque town Chail, located at a distance of 126 km. from Rohru. It will take around 4 hours 30 minutes to reach there by road.
Chail is a quiet hill-station tucked in the lap of nature. If you love wildlife, Chail Wildlife Sanctuary is certainly one of the best places to visit in Chail. It is home to some of the beautiful and colourful birds and animals. You can enjoy spectacular scenic views along with listening to the chirping of birds.
Sadhupul Lake is the perfect hangout place in Chail and not to be missed by tourists. You can savour lunch at the lake restaurant while enjoying the breezy weather and dipping your feet in cold lake water.
Another popular attraction in Chail is the famous School Play Ground. Avid cricket lover can enjoy a walk around the highest cricket ground in the world, set at an altitude of 7500 feet.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Chail.
- Budget: Village Live In Resort, Little Heart Resort
- Luxury: Nature Nest Eco Resort, Chail Resorts & Villas, Maple Resort
Suggested Restaurants: Chail Palace Restaurant, Kanwar Bhojanalaya
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 woollen 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.
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.
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 centuary. 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 oprivate 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 lowIce 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.