Located in the picturesque foothills of the Himalayas, the capital of Himachal Pradesh and once the summer capital of British India. Shimla is the terminus for one of the three Mountain Railways of India, a UNESCO World Heritage site. A 96 km long single rail link built in the mid nineteenth century connecting Kalka and Shimla. The ‘toy train’ takes around 7 hours of winding along the edges of the mountains, through tunnels and over old bridges. Aim for a window seat as the vistas are nothing short of amazing. The city itself has much to offer. The history of colonial times and the architecture and churches it left behind. Trekking up approx. 1000 steps to the Jakhoo Temple (dedicated to Hanuman) perched high above. The natural beauty and cooler temperatures bring tourists from all over, foreign and Indian alike.
How to get there: By Plane – Jubarhati is the nearest airport approx. 23 km from town.
By Train – The ‘toy train’ is most definitely my recommendation for transport to Shimla from Kalka. Trains from both Delhi and Chandigarh go to Kalka.
By Bus – Many bus companies run to Shimla from Chandigarh, Manali and Delhi. Night buses are a common way from Delhi to make the 343 km journey.