How to reach Shimla from Delhi?
Ans. Shimla and Delhi enjoy a good connectivity to each other. Here are some of the best ways to reach Shimla from Delhi:
By Air: There is no direct flight connection between Shimla and Delhi. If at all you are planning to take a flight then you have to first fly to Chandigarh and from there board a flight to Shimla.
By Rail: Shimla is not directly connected to Delhi by rail. One has to first reach Kalka by train and then board another train to Shimla. It is to be noted that the much acclaimed Toy Train runs between Kalka and Shimla and takes around 4-5 hours to reach.
By Road: NH 44 and NH 5 connect Shimla to Delhi. There are regular state-run and private buses between Shimla and Delhi. Therefore, reaching Shimla from Delhi by road is quite convenient.
How can I go to Shimla from Delhi Airport?
Ans. There are three ways to go to Shimla from Delhi Airport:
You can take a flight from Delhi to Chandigarh. From there, you can take a flight to Shimla.
You can also go to ISBT Kashmiri Gate from Delhi Airport to board a bus to Shimla.
You can hire a cab from Delhi Airport and directly drive to Shimla.
Is Shimla better than Manali?
Ans. Both Shimla and Manali are the top tourist attractions of Himachal Pradesh and have their own speciality. Shimla is closer to cities like Delhi and Chandigarh, and thus is often chosen as a weekend getaway. Manali, on the other hand, is comparatively far from the above mentioned cities and is mostly chosen for a break of 3-4 days.
Both the destinations are ideal for family holidays and honeymoon. Manali though, is more popular amongst trekkers and adventure enthusiasts due to its close proximity to Lahaul & Spiti, Ladakh, and a number of treks. Shimla, on the other side, is ideal for a relaxing and rejuvenating holiday. Thus, it is unfair to call one of these destinations better than the others.
How much does it cost to visit Shimla?
Ans. The cost of a trip to Shimla depends on a lot of things such as means of transport, accommodation, number of people travelling with you, and activities. On an average, a trip from Delhi to Shimla will cost INR 3000 – 5000 per person for two days.
What is the fare of the Toy Train from Kalka to Shimla?
Ans. The fare of Toy Train from Kalka to Shimla ranges from INR 70 to 500. One will have to pay INR 300 for Rail Motor or INR 500 for Shivalik Deluxe or INR 70 for Shimla Kalka Express or INR 260 for Himalayan Queen.
Can we go to Shimla by car?
Ans. Yes, it is quite convenient and easy to go to Shimla by car.
Is Ola available in Shimla?
Ans. Yes, Ola service is available in Shimla. Ola Mini and sedan cars can be booked for travelling within and around Shimla.
How far is Kullu from Shimla?
Ans. Kullu is at a distance of about 210 km from Shimla and is well-connected by NH 154 and NH 205.
Is Manali colder than Shimla?
Ans. Yes, Manali is colder than Shimla in the winter season as it is in close proximity to Pir Panjal Range of Indian Himalayas. The temperature sometimes drops as low as -10℃ in Manali in the winter season. In Shimla the temperature can go up to -5℃ in the winter months.
Is Shimla safe for couples?
Ans. Shimla is one of the safest places for tourists. It is in fact, a couple-friendly destination and has several romantic hotels to offer.
How can I plan a trip to Shimla?
Ans. Planning a trip to Shimla is quite easy. The best and most convenient way of planning a trip to Shimla is by booking it with some reputable and trustworthy travel company.
If you want to plan a trip on your own, that is also possible. Here’s some useful information to make your planning easy:
Buses and cabs are readily available for Shimla from destinations like Delhi and Chandigarh.
Hotels can be booked online in advance, in order to avoid the rush upon reaching Shimla.
Most of the attractions in Shimla can be reached on foot. For attractions little far from Shimla, cabs are readily available.
Mall Road has some great restaurants and shops for buying local articles.
What is the taxi fare from Chandigarh to Shimla?
Ans. The taxi fare from Chandigarh to Shimla ranges from INR 2000 for a 4-seater vehicle to INR 3000 for a 6-seater vehicle.