Shimla- Mall, Mountains and Colonial Times

Shimla, one of the most favourite hill retreats of North India, welcomes its guests with scenic vistas, lovely locals, a glorious colonial past and misty mountains. Even though it remains packed with tourists all year long, the hill station has not lost its charm. As it grew over the years, the hill station expanded from its original ridge to the adjoining areas and even more.

Today most of the sightseeing in Shimla can be done by car, however there are still some lovely walks and beautiful stretches which one can explore for localflavour. Take a walking tour of the Mall Road is inevitable as it is the heart of the town and is host to a number of attractions including the famous Anglican Christ Church, the Gaiety Theatre(place for amateur theatre plays during the Raj), Scandal Point along with many restaurants and shopping outlets. Don’t forget to indulge in some delicious dishes at Wake n Bake Cafe, situated at the Mall Road. This tiny cafe is famous for its breakfast menu and refreshing shakes. Some other notable attractions here include the Jakhoo Temple, Viceregal Lodge and Himachal State Museum.

The Mall Road in Shimla is the longest stretch of open-air, pure pedestrian shopping and forms the core of the notified “Heritage Zone” of the hill station. Don’t miss shopping at the Lakkar Bazar as the market is famous for woodwork with several souvenir shops. One of the ‘not to miss’ attractions is a joy ride on the Kalka Shimla Toy Train which is a different experience altogether. The 6-km stretch is a sheer delight which promises to be one of the most spectacular rail journeys.

Shimla offers some of the best stay experiences amidst its natural beauty and plush landscape. There are number of hotels in Shimla that are housed in heritage buildings, offering a slice of the colonial experience. In addition to these, there are a number of hotels that offer a wide range of accommodation choices- from luxury to dormitories.

Luxury Properties

If you want to splurge on your vacation in Shimla, you can choose from properties like Woodville Palace, The Cecil, The Clarks Oberoi and Chapslee. All these hotels promise a memorable stay experience amidst world-class luxuries. Some of these are heritage properties as well.

Mid-Budget Properties

Some of the famous mid-budget hotels in Shimla include Hotel Springfields Shimla, Honeymoon Inn, Hotel Snow King Retreat and Whistling Pine Resorts among others. All these Shimla hotels offer a complete stay experience without hurting your pocket much.

Budget Properties

For travellers who want to save on accommodation, Shimla has a large number of options. Some of the recommended budget hotels in Shimla are Hotel Kapil, Hotel White, Barowalia Resort and Aachman Regency.

Hope the above list of hotels will help you find the best accomodation option in Shimla, depending on your budget and requirement. You can compare hotels price via ixigo and get best offers on hotel booking.

Surbhi Bansal is a writer by profession. She loves to read, travel and occasionally take pictures. She is a day-dreamer, nature lover, believer of destiny, and follower of stars.

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