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“Shimla: The old lady of the Hills”
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Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
11 helpful votes
“Shimla: The old lady of the Hills”
Reviewed June 9, 2009

The first time we visited Shimla, we found touts clinging to the outside of our taxi pleading us to come with them to see a hotel room !!!
That's Shimla for the uninitiated. Luckily for us, we were only passing by.

Even after this debacle, in my opinion, Shimla is still beautiful provided its not the peak season: Some people say she is like a nubile damsel raped over the years. I feel such a lady would still be charming. The peak season also has its shades but visiting Shimla from September to December would be the best time. You would give the crowds a miss and get some good off season deals.

The reason for Shimla being so crowded are many: Firstly, it is the capital of the state, which makes it all the more important and activities abound.Then it is steeped in history and a haven for travellers. The weather is excellent all year round with some snowfall in winters. Finally, it has character and above all all said and done, it is beautiful. Also, the roads and traffic are well managed and that gives it a neater and more organised look than other Indian cities.

Finding a stay there though, can be both a pain and a delight. The hotels of the tourism development department of the government are self deprecating even though they hold prime location in the city. Excellent options are available from all the leading hotel chains but then they would burn your pocket (not just a hole!). Thankfully, there are places to stay for all budgets and options in and around Shimla are enough to satiate the ever flowing crowds even in the peak season.

You can drive down to Shimla from Delhi via Chandigarh and take the Kalka-Shimla highway. The journey takes 5-8 hours depending upon the time of the day, season, traffic and your driving speed. The highway drive is itself a pleasure and a journey to reckon.

If you have time to spare, take the toy-train from Kalka. It will take you leisurely up the hills passing through 1000 bridges and 100 tunnels. No wonder it is one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. The station of Barog which is approximately half way is worth visiting. All tunnels, stations and routes are brightly painted and well mainted to their old glory.

In Shimla, The Viceregal Lodge, the parks and the temples are a treat. Nearby Naldhera has golf retreats. Otherwise walking The Mall to get a feel of the town and long walks in the hills are the common past time.

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2 reviews
“Paradise on earth”
Reviewed March 1, 2009

Last year our family went to Shimla to celebrate a vacation and our experience was great. We have started to shimla in Toy train from Kalka. We eajoyed the toy train journey very very much, there were nearly 102 tunnels and over 35 bridges. Once we reached Shimla we enjoyed a great vacation with the Scinic beauty of Green Valley where we ate the fresh apples (we have never ate such a tasty apples earlier). Then we had a gr8 time at Khufri, Yak riding, mountaing trecking, horse riding, fog, sight seeing....etc. On the whole our Shimla tour was a greastest experiecen in Shimla

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1 review
“honeymoon city”
Reviewed February 11, 2009

we reached shimla in the night.. hmm.. what a beautiful night it was..
its ultimate place.
the lightings of house located all over the mountain.. it looks like sanjivani tree which lord hanuman brought for bhaiya laxman.
the bus moving on slopings was like never before though i have visited more steeps than this..
hot soup,superb food which was good hot to beat the coolest night.
we were moving on the road with hands in hands on those cool valleys of shimla at night12.
next morning we visited local places, market which is a very good shopping place, even males get addicted..
overall i can say,
"No Honeymoon is complete without Visit to SHIMLA"

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1 review
“Shimla...too much crowded to be called a hill station!”
Reviewed February 10, 2009

Shimla would have been "Honeymooners Paradise' at a time. Presently it more of a concrete jungle. more properties and less of scenic beauty. Traffic Jams, parking problems are part of daily life, you hardly get snow in the winter. And good stay for budget travelers is difficult to find. You only get to stay in some old properties with red interiors (remember honey moon paradise of yester-years), round beds etc which smells stuffy.

Shimla can very well be used as a center point to travel to nearer places like Tattapani, Kufri etc which do not have many places to stay of their own.

Overall, I would say that with time Shimla has lost its charm. I would rather look at some unexploited place.

Thank Yayawar
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Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 helpful votes
“Very good place to visit and for fun”
Reviewed February 7, 2009

This is a very good place for having fun with ur partener or with ur familiy.the most beutifull and popular place is mall road in shimla.where peoples really enjoy at evening time by shopping,photographing and eating foods of diferent types.

Thank gurpreet s
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