Named after Shyamala Devi, an incarnation of Goddess Kali, Shimla is perhaps the most popular hill-station in India. Once the summer capital of the British, this quaint town with its hand-painted signs, old buildings and iron lamp posts remind one of the colour drawings in a fable. Blanketed in snow during the winter months of December through February, Shimla is the perfect companion for writers seeking solitude and those with a penchant for all things adventurous. Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh is indeed a great place to escape to during the summer or better still, if you enjoy the cold, what’s holding you back?
Best Time to Visit Shimla - While this depends on your personality purpose of visiting Shimla, for the general crowd, the months from March through October are considered the best time to visit this place. If you are someone who is into winter sports and enjoy playing around in the snow, then the winter months of December through February are the best time for you to vacation here. However, just like yourself, there are plenty of people around the country who share the same passion and finding suitable accommodation can be a task. Though there are plenty of good hotels in Shimla, it is advisable to make your bookings in advance.
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Events in Shimla - Planning a trip here? It’s best to centre your Shimla hotel booking around the following events. The ice- skating carnival is held from December through February and is a great time to be in Shimla. The Bhog Fair held is held in November and people from across the country travel to Shimla to pay respect to Devta Bansor. The Lavi Fair is the most important event held here as it seeks to pay tribute to the trade pact signed between Tibet and the former state of Bushahr. This fair is an important event for businesses and small-scale industries in Shimla. Also, the prospect of enjoying a ‘white Christmas’ draws tourists from around the country to this hilltown in December.
Experiences in Shimla - Riding the Shimla-Kalka Toy train is something you just can’t afford to miss when travelling to Shimla. A thrill that you will remember, the toy train is perhaps the best way to explore and experience the lush green forests and man-made tunnels that Shimla is famous for. Enjoy ice-skating? Well, why not make the most of Asia’s only open air ice-skating rink in Shimla? As a matter of fact, professional and amateur skaters travel to Shimla during the winter months to make the most of this ice-skating rink. If shopping is what you desire, Lakkar Bazaar is the place for you here. Therefore, when choosing accommodation in Shimla, it is important to look booking hotels that are close to popular tourist haunts. This market is a heaven for woodwork, artefacts, woollens and yes, great food. Adventure junkies ought to go river rafting at Tattapani, nestled on the banks of the river Sutlej. Over the years, Tattapani has earned a name for itself when it comes to river rafting in India. Enjoy trekking? Then how about taking a walk to Jakku Temple or better still enjoy the sunrise at Chadwick Falls and sunset at Scandal Point? There are plenty of trails for both professionals and as well as beginners to choose from. When in Shimla, how can one forget about Mall Road? This famous street in Shimla is dotted with restaurants, bars and pubs, shops, markets and hotels. Two prominent attractions here are the Ridge and Scandal Point. As for eating out, try the food at Alpha Restaurant, Indian Coffee House, Sagar Ratna, Baljees and Devicos, Cafe Shimla Times, Goofa Ashiana and Wake & Bake Café. There’s much more to enjoy here and you must visit the Military Museum at Annandale, Observatory Hill, Arki Fort, Gaiety Heritage, Cultural Complex, Viceregal Lodge and Hadimba Devi Temple. Now that know where to go and what to do in Shimla, book Shimla Hotels are close to these attractions. With this you will have more time to explore and unearth here.