Welcome to Shimla

Strung out along a 12km ridge, with steep forested hillsides falling away in all directions, the Himachal capital is a good appetite-whetter for the awe-inspiring mountain tracts of the state's interior. Shimla is one of India's most popular hill resorts, buzzing with a happy flow of Indian vacationers and full of relics of its previous life as the summer capital of British India. Traffic is banned from the central... Read More

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Himalayan Historical Guided Day Tour in Shimla

Meet your tour guide at Christ Church (near Mall Rd, Lakkar Bazaarl) to start your walk through the town. Shimla acts as a hub for India's tourism sector. It is also home to a number of colleges and research institutions as well as multiple temples and palaces. The city's buildings are styled in the Tudorbethan and neo-Gothic architectures dating from the colonial era.The heritage walk starts from the Christ Church,which is located at the western shoulder of Jakhu Hill and east towards the Viceregal Lodge. Shimla has a number of places to visit. Local hangouts like The Mall and The Ridge are in the heart of the city. Most of the heritage buildings in the city are preserved in their original 'Tudorbethan' architecture. The former Viceregal Lodge, which now houses the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, and Wildflower Hall, now a luxury hotel, are some of the famous ones. During the walk your guide will take you through a number of old buildings such as Gaiety theatre, General Post Office, Imperial Bank, Railway Board Building, Gorton Castle, Knockdrin, Kennedy Cottage, Cecil Hotel,and Viceregal Lodge and you will find every building has a different style of architecture with many stories of the past. Your guide will narrate various facts and history about the old buildings as you enjoy the nature walk.The last point of your heritage walk is the Indian Institute of Advanced Study. After learning about Shimla history your tour ends and you can take local transportation by own expense) to your hotel or you can walk back to Christ Church, whichever you prefer.

$1120 Multi-day & Extended Tours

6-Day Golden Temple and Haridwar Rishikesh Tour

Day 1 : New Delhi - [B, D]Leave your hotel in New Delhi to board the fast air-conditioned train at 6am for Amritsar; complimentary breakfast is served on the train. Reach Amritsar at 12:20pm and check into your hotel, in time for lunch. After some rest, take an excursion to the India-Pakistan Wagah Border to witness the highly entertaining ceremony performed by army contingents from both countries. Upon return, take an evening walk in the old parts of Amritsar. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.Day 2 : Amritsar - [B, D]After an early breakfast, visit the majestic Golden Temple, the most sacred to the Sikhs, and see rituals being performed in its serene environment. Enjoy lunch at one of the city's street restaurants. In the late evening, visit the Jalianwala Bagh and the Durgiana Temple. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.Day 3 : Shimla - [B, D]Board the train at 6am for Chandigarh, India's most well-planned city designed by the French architect Le Corbusier. Arrive at 9:30am, and after a 2-hour sightseeing of the city and lunch, leave for Shimla, a beautiful hill resort. Along the way, take a thrilling ropeway ride at Timber Trail. Arrive in Shimla by 6pm and check into your hotel for dinner and overnight.Day 4 : Shimla - [B, D]After an early breakfast, visit the Jakhoo Hill, which has a large statue of a monkey god, the Shimla Ridge & the State Museum. Return to your hotel for lunch and some rest. In the afternoon, visit the Summer Hill, the Chadwick Falls and Kufri. Take a walking tour of Shimla before returning to your hotel for dinner and overnight.Day 5 : Rishikesh - [B, D] Leave at 6:30am by air-conditioned car or coach for a 6-hour drive through breath-taking landscapes toward Rishikesh. Check into your hotel, where you can enjoy lunch. In the afternoon, visit Kunjapuri Devi Temple and Vasishtha Gufa (Cave). In the evening see Ganga Aarti at Triveni Ghat. Afterward, return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.Day 6 : Hardwar - Rishikesh - [B, D]After breakfast take an excursion to Haridwar. Visit the Mansa Devi Temple, Daksh Mahadev Temple and Sapt Rishi Temple. In the evening witness aarti at Har-Ki-Pauri on the banks of the Ganges. Return to your hotel at Rishikesh. Dinner at the hotel; your tour will end at Rishikesh after dinner.

$445 Multi-day & Extended Tours

6-Night Private Himachal Pradesh Tour from New Delhi

Day 1 : Delhi to Shimla (D)After a pickup from the airport or railway station your driver will begin the journey to Shimla, a hill station and capital of Himachal Pradesh. Check in to the hotel and spend the day at your leisure before dinner. Overnight: Shimla HotelDay 2 : Shimla to Kufri to Shimla (B,D)Enjoy breakfast, then head out to Kurfri, a region famous for its hiking and trekking routes. Indira park and Fun World have fun activities for visitors along with giving you a panoramic view of the valley and peaks surrounding you. Return to Shimla in the evening and stroll around mall or ridge road. Trek through the woods to Mahasu peak and get an incredible view of the Himalayas or go for a yak or pony ride. Return to the hotel for dinner. Overnight: Shimla HotelDay 3 :Shimla-ManaliAfter breakfast, drive to Manali, a town on the banks of River Beas, through the Kullu Valley. Upon your arrival, check in to your hotel and spend the day at your leisure until dinner. Overnight: Manali Hotel Day 4: Manali to Excursion to Rothang Pass (B,D)Begin your drive to Rohtang Pass after eating your filling breakfast. It was once an important trade route in medieval times between Leh and Himachal through Lahul and Spiti. If the road to Rohtang Pass is closed, an alternative sightseeing adventure will be provided. Return to the hotel in the evening and enjoy dinner. Overnight: Manali HotelDay 5 : Manali (B,D)Take a city tour of Manali and explore the interesting places it has to offer. Visit the 450 year old Hidimba Devi temple, a deeply revered shrine with four-tiered roof shaped like pagodas. Next, visit the Tibetan Monastery and see several Buddha statues as well as Tankha paintings. Have dinner later into the evening.Overnight: Manali HotelDay 6: Manali to Chandigarh (B,D)Enjoy a morning healthy breakfast then pay a visit to Kullu Valley. Afterwards, make the drive to Chandigarh, where you will check into your hotel and spend the evening at your leisure. Overnight: Chandigarh Day 7: Chandigarh to Delhi (B)Come the early morning, you will be transferred to the Delhi airport or railway station for your departure.

$21 Private & Custom Tours

Private Half Day Local Shopping Tour of Shimla

Meet your guide at Christ Church at 10am or 1pm, depending on your choice, and proceed towards the most famous shopping markets. This private tour allows you to choose the markets you would like to visit.The best shopping areas in Shimla are the Lakkar Bazaar, The Mall, and the Government Emporium. The lower bazaar and the Tibetan bazaar are also well known shopping areas. You can select which markets you would like to visit, with your guide alongside you to make recommendations bases on your interests. Your guide will help you to bargain with local shop keepers and also explain to you about the local handicrafts and clothes. During the shopping walk tour you can visit following markets:Lakkar BazaarLocated on a narrow road adjoining the Ridge, the bazaar is popular for wooden decorative items and souvenirs.The MallThe Mall lies at the heart of all the shopping activities. Buzzing with shops, cafes, theaters, restaurants and a whole bunch of merriment, it is close to all places of interest.Himachal EmporiumIt is famous for local handicrafts. So if you are interested in locally-made handicrafts at pocket-friendly prices, Himachal Emporium is just the place for you.Lower BazarLocated just below the Ridge, it is hidden amongst crowded lanes and old buildings, Lower Bazaar, also known as Subzi Mandi, is extremely chaotic yet full of life.Tibetan MarketThis makeshift market is on Shimla’s slopes and is the perfect destination for those who love a good bargain.Your guide can also share recommendations on good places to stop for lunch or dinner (your own expense), in case you get hungry.  At the end of your tour, you will be take back to you at departure point.

$35 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Half Day Temple Tour in Shimla

Meet your private guide at your hotel at your departure time and start your cultural tour into the immenseness of Indian Mythology.First, your guide will take you to the ancient Jakhoo Temple. It is an ancient temple in Shimla, dedicated to Hindu deity, Hanuman. The temple has a mythological story attached to it dating back to the battle between Lord Rama and Ravana at Lanka.Your guide will explain the history of this temple. Here, you will attend morning Aarti ceremony. Aarti is a devotional ritual that uses fire as an offering. It's usually made in the form of a lit lamp. After taking the blessing of God and enjoy the morning prayer with music and bells, you will proceed to the next temple, Kali Bari.The Kali Bari temple is one amongst the most revered Kalika (embodiment of Goddess Shakti) temples in India. This temple was built in the year 1845 and is dedicated to Goddess Kali who is also known as Shyamala, which means that the temple has miraculous powers to fulfill all the desires of its devotees. It is from the name of Goddess Shyamala that Shimla derives its name. Explore this interesting legend as with your expert guide who will explain to you the significance of prime deity.Later on, you will enjoy Indian breakfast with tea to regain energy. Your guide will take you local restaurant where you will enjoy the breakfast.After breakfast, your guide will take you to the Sankat Mochan Temple, which is also dedicated to the Lord Hanuman. This temple is located at place where one can actually meditate and enjoy the calm and peaceful vicinity. Here, you will find lush, green trees surrounding the Sankat Mochan Temple. Your guide will tell you the story of this temple as well. After your visit to all temples, you will have learned some new historical knowledge. Your guide will then take you back to your hotel.

$222 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Private tour tour to Shimla from Delhi

Day 01: Delhi – Shimla (380 kms/10 hrs) By A.C Volvo BusStart your memorable tour Shimla. Here, you will find yourself in a small station amidst the lofty snow-clad Himalayan ranges, surrounded by lakes and lush greenery. Reach Rama Krishna Metro station around 5pm. Here you will get a semi-sleeper bus for Shimla. The route will be taken half by plane and half through the undulating hillsides of the region. Dawn will break into view to reveal one of the most picturesque places in Himachal Pradesh where grand Himalayas reveal their majestic heights and beauties. Soon you will reach Shimla.Day 02: Arrival Shimla- Kufri Day Excursion Arrive at Shimla in the early morning. Our driver will pick you up from the bus stand and transfer you to your Hotel. Check in and relax for a few hours. Post-lunch (own expense) get ready for a day excursion to Kufri. This is a place where you can revitalize yourself amidst the dense forests and snow-capped mountains among exotic flora. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Himalayan wildlife zoo, which is home to rare antelope and birds such as the Himalayan Monal. In the evening you will be completely free to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Kufri region. After spending quality time in a natural experience, return to your hotel. Enjoy a delicious dinner afterward. Follow with an overnight stay at the hotel.Day 03: Shimla- Delhi (By A.C Volvo Bus)Post breakfast, get ready to learn historical knowledge about city. Your guide and driver will pick you up from your Hotel and proceed to the most prominent attractions in the region including the Kalibari Temple, Jakhu Temple, and Christ Church. Your guide will narrate the facts about these temples as you proceed. Later on our guide will assist you local restaurant to having lunch. Here you can enjoy the delicious himachali food (own expense). After having lunch proceed to the Mall road of Shimla, see the Mall (the central, historical area), a good place to view the the seven majestic hills of Shimla. Further along the same road is Lakkar Bazaar, which is a good place to buy handicrafts and other souvenirs. Later on your guide will assist with the heritage walk. During the walk you will explore a number of old buildings, such as Gaiety Theater, General Post Office, Bantony, Betink’s Castle, Imperial Bank, Railway Board Building, Gorton Castle, Knockdrin, Kennedy Cottage, the Sanatorium, Cecil Hotel, and the Indian Institute of Advanced Study. After exploring the city we get ready to head out. Our driver will drop you off at the bus stand, where you will get a Semi Sleeper bus to Delhi. Next day, the bus will drop you off at the Bus stand, where you can hire a local car or auto rickshaw (own expense) to return to your booked hotel or airport directly.