Tired of boring routine and busy city life? To get away from the hustle and bustle of life, plan your vacation to Shimla and enjoy the bliss of its beautiful terrain. This picturesque hill station, located in the heart of Himachal Pradesh, captivates the attention of every visitor by its rolling hills, gushing waterfalls and panoramic view. Tagged as the ‘Queen of Hill Station’, Shimla stands out as one of the most popular honeymoon destination in India. Salubrious summers and snowy winters make this city a hot tourist getaway. On your blissful visit to the land, don’t forget to take a trail down the city’s serene countryside to explore the city’s virgin beauty. You can also indulge in thrills like horse riding and or river rafting or splurge in shopping. This pretty hill-station is well-connected to other cities by a good network of roadways, railways and airways. The writing below will surely help you by providing all the necessary information on how to reach Shimla.
Traveling To Shimla
Jubbarhatti airport, located at a distance of 23 km away from the heart of the city, links Shimla to the important cities of Delhi, Chandigarh, Kullu and Dharamshala. Indian Airlines, Archan, and Jagson Airlines provide regular air services to various parts of the country. Some of the other major airlines operating from Shimla are Air India, Go Air, Jet Airways, Kingfisher and SpiceJet. However, travelers visiting from international destinations may need to rely on Delhi airport, which is situated at a distance of 357 km from Shimla. Being the major tourist destination of India, the air schedule of the city always remains chock-full. Thus it’s recommended to book your tickets in advance if you don’t wish to be strangled with the hassles of last minute bookings. Make sure to book your tickets at least a month before your travel dates.
Shimla is connected to Kalka, which is the major railhead in the zone, by a narrow meter-gauge. Located just about 96 kms away, one can easily reach Shimla from Kalka via ‘toy trains’ that offers a fairytale ride down the rolling hills, meandering through 102 tunnels and 87 bridges, during its six and half-hour of rail ride. However, if you are looking for a deluxe ride, then boarding the Shivalik Express, a luxury deluxe train, will take you to the city of Kalka, snuggled up in regal comforts. Another deluxe train, the Himalayan Queen that runs between Delhi and Kalka, can get you close to the city in complete style.
State government’s HRTC buses connect all the major cities of Himachal Pradesh to Shimla. Buses provided by travel agencies promises you comfortable journey to this beautiful hill station. From ordinary to deluxe buses to semi deluxe ones, you can pick your ride and service as per your convenience. Apart from the well-maintained buses, the highways provide better and safer drive. Some of the noted places of country directly connected by buses are Chandigarh, Delhi, Ambala, Agra and Amritsar. If you want a private and comfortable journey, then you can hire a taxi that ply from neighboring places to Shimla. To avoid last minute booking fiasco, check with the concerned authorities and book the vehicle or tickets in advance.