Shimla is the capital city of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, located in northern India. Shimla is well known as a hub for India's tourism sector. It is among the top 10 preferred entrepreneurial locations in India. In 1864, Shimla was declared as the summer capital of British India, succeeding Murree, northeast of Rawalpindi. After independence, the city became the capital of Punjab and was later named the capital of Himachal Pradesh.
As a large and growing city, Shimla is home to many well-recognized colleges and research institutions in India. The city has a large number of temples and palaces. Shimla is also well noted for its buildings styled in Tudorbethan and neo-Gothic architecture dating from the colonial era. Owing to its scenic terrain, Shimla is home to the legendary mountain biking race MTB Himalaya. The Kalka-Shimla railway line, constructed in 1906, added to Shimla's accessibility and popularity. The railway route from Kalka to Shimla, with more than 806 bridges and 103 tunnels, was touted as an engineering feat and came to be known as the "British Jewel of the Orient". In 2008, it became part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mountain railways of India.
Day 01: Arrival Shimla
Start your journey with the assisted transfer to the railway station to board the train to Kalka. Arrive Kalka, where you will be assisted to change the trains and board Himalayan Queen Train. This train is registered in The Guinness Book as the greatest narrow gauge engineering achievement in India. The train passes through the breathtaking landscapes of majestic Himalayas, 103 tunnels, 969 bridges, 919 curves and more than 20 railway stations in its entire journey. Enjoy the splendid views of snow clad ranges of the Himalayas, covered with thickly populated forests of pine and oak. On arrival met by THO tour executive and transfer to the hotel for overnight stay. Stay overnight at the hotel in Shimla. (D)
Day 02: Shimla
Dwelling on a panoramic location, the hilly town is surrounded by green pastures and snow-capped peaks, accompanied by structures made during the colonial era, creating an incomparable aura. The magnificent old sites and structures hold the reminiscences of the pre-independence era, when India was ruled by the British. Enjoy leisurely breakfast at hotel. After breakfast, explore the rich heritage of Shimla, once the summer capital of British India. You will explore the Ridge, situated along the Mall road, is the hub of all cultural activities of Shimla. While walking through the mall road, visit Scandal Point, a point where Mall road joins Ridge road, is named after the incidence where emperor of Patiala, smitten by daughter of Viceroy of India, kidnapped her from this point. Visit the Indian Institute of Advance study, built in 1884-1888, Viceregal Lodge. Walk uphill to have scenic view of valley of Shimla from the top of Jakhoo Hill and Hanuman Temple at the top, the highest point in Shimla. Visit Lakkar Bazaar for shopping of artifacts made from wood. Return to the hotel in the evening. Stay overnight at the hotel. (B, D)
Day 03: Shimla – Kufri – Naldehra – Shimla
Your tryst with nature continues. Located just 13 kms from Shimla and the highest point in surrounding areas, Kufri is a trekker delight. Morning after breakfast, take an excursion to Kufri. Visit the Himalayan Wild Life Zoo which hosts rare Antelopes, Felines and Birds including Himalayan Monal, the state bird of Himachal Pradesh. Trekkers can enjoy trekking to Mahasu Peak, walking through the picturesque apple orchards. For the Golf enthusiasts, Naldehra, holds a special place as it is the home to the oldest Golf course in India. This nine hole par 68 course is considered one of the most challenging courses in India. Lord Curzon, Governor General and Viceroy of India (1899-1905) had this course built at the turn of the 19th Century. Return to the hotel in Shimla in the evening. Stay overnight at the hotel. (B, D)
Day 04: Departure Shimla
After breakfast your tour finishes with transfer to the Shimla Railway station to board your train to Kalka. (B)
- 03 nights hotel accommodation with private facilities.
- Travel, transfer and sightseeing by private air-conditions car with driver as per itinerary
- Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, D=Dinner)
- Entrance fee & Monument charges.
- Local English speaking tour guide during sightseeing in Shimla
- Air conditioned chair car tickets for Delhi – Kalka and Toy train tickets from Kalka to Shimla.
- All current taxes