It is perched at a height of over 2,000 meters above sea level in North India. It is the capital of Himachal Pradesh.


Shimla a popular hillstation in North India and is the capital of Himachal Pradesh. It derives its name from Goddess Shyamala Devi. In 1819 after the Gurkha War, it was annexed by the British. The cool hill station became an escape for the British elite and civil servants. Since then, it has been attracting guests of all backgrounds.


Fresh and juicy fruits are grown in many orchards in and around Shimla. So these are integral to the meals of the region. The regional native food is simple, healthy and filling as a lot of walking is involved, energy providing dishes are preferred. But dishes common across the world are also easily found.


The main languages are Hindi, Punjabi and Pahari. But English is also spoken commonly.


Shimla is blessed with natural beauty as well as manmade creations like ancient temples and churches. The Mall of Shimla is the hub of activity. There are many options for day trips and side tours. Due to commercialization smaller towns around Shimla are becoming important tourist spots. Read more
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Sights and attractions in and around Shimla

As this is a hill station, Shimla receives maximum crowd during summers. At this time it's extremely crowded so some people prefer to come here after July and before May. In winters, people who love snow come here to enjoy snowfall. Some of the important festivals are The Summer Festival and The Winter Sports Festival.

Distance to other cities

Solan46 Km
Matiana47 Km
Chandigarh120 Km
Dharamsala237 Km
Manali259 Km
Delhi364 Km
Ranikhet563 Km