One of the top most tourist hill station destinations in Himachal Pradesh is Shimla. The capital city derives its name from ‘Goddess Shyamla’, supposed to be an avatar of Goddess Kali. History says, when the British discovered this lovely hill station they fell in love with this beautiful and declared Shimla would be their summer capital. Shimla is a picture perfect place surrounded by natural bounty, no wonder tourist are attracted to this hill station and always come back for more. What makes Shimla unique is, still you will find traces of colonial charm and architecture, thanks to the British for making Shimla their summer capital. Due to its pleasant climate, Shimla can be visited t any time during the year. The summers are warm and cool and pleasant in the evenings, while the winters are cold bringing a chill right to the bones. This is what makes Shimla a favourite tourist destination. This picturesque tourist place is located in the northwestern ranges of the Himalayas. Shimla still remains untouched by globalization and commercialization, and also very different from the other states in India which has managed to retain the old world charm. Shimla’s cultural heritage is very traditional and rural, which portrays a right balance between modern thoughts and traditional values. The best season to visit this beautiful hill station is between May – July and September – November. So, plan the itinerary dates accordingly.
Tourist attractions and adventure
There are plenty of tourist attractions worth visiting and adventures worth trying. With its picture perfect scenery all around, Shimla place is a photographer’s paradise. The famous tourist attraction in the centre of Shimla is known as The Ridge – a main hub for all cultural activities. Situated close to the Mall Road, which is also famous shopping centre in Shimla. The Prospect hill with it natural surroundings is a great place to visit and unwind. From the main centre of Shimla is the Shimla State Museum and Library which is famous for having a collection of ancient sculpture, coins, paintings and photographs. Indulge in adrenalin adventure sports! The newly found outdoor recreational activities are catching up fast among tourists. The tall ranges of Himalayas, are the best suited to try your hand at adventurous activities like trekking, mountaineering, para gliding, skiing and fishing.
Radisson Hotel Shimla
The elegant upscale hotel is set in the Himalayas and is 2.8 km from Shimla train station. The hotel is surrounded with beautiful view of cedar forests and mountains. The well furnished decorated rooms are air conditioned and have sitting areas. All the rooms are provided with free Wi-Fi, TVs and DVD players, flat-screen TVs, mini bars and tea and coffee making facilities. The well maintained bathrooms have hot shower facilities. There’s also a seasonal outdoor pool, a spa for relax and rejuvenate yourself and a gym. There is also a kids’ club for recreational activities. Opening to the outside garden is, Café Valley Vue which serves all kind of international cuisine. The Pulse Terrasse bar is the place to unwind and enjoy drinks. Laundry service and free car parking is avalable for the guests.
Radisson Hotel Shimla is 1.3 km from Christ Church, and 2.4 km from Hindu Jakhoo Temple. It is 1 km from Himachal State Museum and 25.7 km from Shimla Airport.
The hotel has a tour desk to arrange day trips and car rentals. There is a business centre for corporate meetings and events.
Honeymoon Inn Shimla
This hotel is good to have relaxed stay and is situated 1.3 km from the bustling shopping areas on Mall Road, Shimla and 1.5 km from Shimla Old railway station.
The Honeymoon Inn Shimla offers three categorised room: Super Delux Room, Honeymoon Special room Club House. All the rooms are designed to provide stunning views of the mountains and valleys. The furnished rooms comes 24 hour free Wi-Fi, LCD TV with cable connection, telephone and tea and coffee making facilities and 24 hours room service. Upgraded rooms have private and high vaulted ceilings. Doctor is available on emergency basis.
Complimentary breakfast is provided, and there’s a international restaurant. The Club House is a ideal place for guests to unwind by the fire place. Other amenities include a game room, X Box Kinetic, carom, pool table and chess.
So, plan your itinerary, pack your bags, get into the flight and head to Shimla – A hill station where all your holiday dreams come true!