All about Chandigarh to Shimla, you would like to know

By Neelam Dimri
4.8 min read

Shimla is one of the most wonderful hill stations of India. Every year thousands of tourists visit Shimla. In fact in has been a favorite of the honeymooners and adventure sports lovers. If you too are planning for a visit Shimla this summer, one of the best ways to go to Shimla is by road.

The Chandigarh to Shimla distance is around 128 kilometers. Rail is another mode of transport that you can avail to travel to the hill station. However, there are no direct flights from Chandigarh to Shimla. But you can take a flight to the Jubbarhatti Airport, which is just 22 kilometers from Shimla. From the airport, you can take a cab or travel in public vehicles that go to Shimla. There is also no direct Chandigarh to Shimla train. The nearest station is Kalka and from the station, one can travel in a toy train and it is surely going to be a memorable experience! The toy train travels through the bountiful scenic beauty, which is definitely going to be something exhilarating to begin your vacation with.

The easiest and the most convenient way you can travel to Shimla is in a Chandigarh to Shimla Volvo or in a private car. You can do bookings of Volvo buses from online portals or can ask your local travel agent for helping you. There are different types of buses that ply on this route – deluxe Volvo Buses, Luxury Buses, and then, there are ordinary buses. You can also hire a car and travel by road along with your family and friends. The time taken to travel from Chandigarh to Shimla by road is around 2 hours and 20 minutes.

Places to visit in Shimla

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 The Ridge Shimla is one of the most popular destinations of the hill station. You can stroll down the Ridge. It is basically the walkway that runs alongside the Mall Road, which is a famous shopping center. There are shops where you can buy souvenirs, eat the local delicacies at the food vendors and also take a look at different landmarks. As you take a stroll you will be able to see the 19th-century neo-Gothic church and a library that dates back to the early 20th century. There are also statues of Mahatma Gandhi, Indira Gandhi, and Dr. Y.S Parmar. You can spend the evenings at the ridge with your loved ones.

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Jakhu- Temple

It is the temple in Shimla that houses a 33 m tall idol of Hanuman. Locals believe that Lord Hanuman will bring fortune to the uphill trekkers to his temple. This temple is at a height of 2, 455 m or 8000 ft. You need to be careful of your belongings as there are monkeys who can do mischief and take away your things playfully!

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Tara Devi Temple

 Tara Devi temple, visited by the devotees for worshipping the Goddess of stars, has a heavenly atmosphere. Its location on the mountain peak adds to the spiritual essence in the atmosphere. A number of legendary tales associated with the origin of this temple makes it a must visit place for having a fantastic experience.

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 Kufri, the winter sports capital of Himachal Pradesh is known for its mesmerizing scenic beauty. Located at a height of 2622 meters above sea level, it has an amazing view in the foothills of the mighty Himalayas. Its historical significance is enhanced by the fact that it was once an inherent part of Nepal. Apart from its picturesque view, it is an attraction point for various winter sports like ice skating and skiing. It’s on the must view list of many travelers.

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 Located at a distance of 22 km from Shimla, this place is mainly popular for Naldehra Golf Club. At an altitude of 2200 m, it is one of the most renowned golf courses in India with 18 hole golf course.

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Lakkar Bazar 

Lakkar bazaar is in the heart of Shimla town. It is loved by people for local handicrafts, woolens and some of the most exquisite jewelry designs.

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Summer Hills

Summer Hills is one of the most fascinating places to visit in Shimla. It is a town with a magnificent view located at a distance of 5 km from the famous Ridge of Shimla. Majestic rich greenery presents an amazing view from the top. It is a part of the picturesque 7 hills that make Shimla a beautiful valley. So, back your bags to be mesmerized by the scenic beauty of this place.

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The Mall

If you ever travel from Chandigarh to Shimla on a vacation, you should not miss the shopping spree at the Mall. It is actually the busy main street of Shimla. There you can visit the local emporiums where you can shop for traditional jewelry, clothing, and souvenirs to bring back home. Visit the old amateur theatre and enjoy eating the delicacies assorted by the local vendors. Visit the mall in the evening and you will surely love the lively atmosphere.

Best time to visit Shimla

Shimla is the hill station that welcomes tourists throughout the year. However, the summers are pleasant. If you want to enjoy snowfall, you need to visit during the winters. In the monsoon months between July-September, there is lush green vegetation around. However, you need to be careful about avalanches and landslides. The hills are beautiful with white clouds floating all over.

Before you could rejoice fully in the breathtaking beauty of Shimla hills, it will be time to take a bus to Chandigarh from Shimla. However, the memories are sure to last for months or maybe years to come. 
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