Shimla is a holiday paradise for Delhi residents especially during the scorching summer months and school vacation period. The peak season is March-June when weather is pleasant and you can experience different adventure sports like paragliding, skiing and ice skating. However, it is also the time when Shimla is packed with tourists. You may consider October-November period which is also popular but less crowded. The hill station witnesses snowfall during the peak winter in January and you can cherish the snow-clad misty mountains amidst the lush green valleys. Monsoon period is one time you should definitely avoid traveling due to risk of landslides and avalanches. Shimla never fails to amaze you with its endearing beauty. It’s very popular for the colorfully adorned Jakhu temple that you can reach through the famousJakhuropeway in 5 minutes.
Here, we describe the different ways you can take to reach Shimla as per your budget and company.
If you are traveling to Shimla with your family, a road trip is by far the most enjoyable journey that you can experience. At a distance of 352 km from Delhi, it takes about 7 hours to reach Shimla. You can take breaks at your own pace and stop for a quick bite at Solan. You can even bring packed snacks and lunch to cut down your journey. Keep your playlists ready and enjoy the ride with alluring greenery on your way for a memorable trip. Alternatively, for a larger group, you can also hire an Innova to travel together.
The train journey from Delhi to Shimla is in two parts- Delhi to Kalka and Kalka to Shimla. Your fastest option will be the Shatabdi to reach Kalka in 4.5 hrs. The journey is quite comfortable and you get food served on the way. From Kalka, you can take the famous toy train ride to Shimla. Although the toy train journey takes a longer time, it is a once in a lifetime experience that you shouldn’t miss. The route has an old-world charm and one can enjoy the majestic glory of the flanking mountains en route to the hill station.
A bus ride is another great option to explore. If you are traveling in a large group of friends, you can opt for an A/C Volvo bus. Most buses travel overnight and reach Shimla by early morning. A daytime journey too has its own charm and offers you picturesque scenery while you relax in the comfort of your seat.
If you are looking for a way to reach Shimla in the shortest time, then a flight from Delhi to Shimla will be your best shot to reach in approximately 1 hour 10 minutes. Jubbarhatti or Shimla Airport is 23 km away from the main city of Shimla. You can take a taxi from the airport to reach your hotel directly. Book your flights in advance to get the best airfare rates and save on your travel.