Summers in most Indian cities are extremely hot. One often tends to take a break – weekend or otherwise – to escape the summer heat by visiting a hill station. Summers for students are also synonymous with summer vacations. And if you’re a North Indian, you have myriad options to explore. One such popular summer retreat is the erstwhile summer capital of British Raj – Shimla.
Wondering why most people consider Shimla as an amazing summer vacation destination? It can’t just be the weather, right?
To answer the same, we have narrowed down the list of reasons that make Shimla a perfect summer vacation destination. Have a look.
1. The weather is pleasant and perfect for a summer vacation.
Shimla is a year-round destination and enjoys pleasant summers and slightly colder winters. But the destination has been a significant destination for a summer vacation, especially from the hotter North Indian cities like Delhi and Chandigarh. The average temperature here during summers is about 15° C to 20° C.
2. The road journey is comfortable and beautiful, especially from cities like Chandigarh and Delhi.
Shimla is well-connected by roads from major cities of North India. Regular buses – both private and those run by HPTDC (Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation) – run to and from the Himachal capital. The roads are smooth and the journey is comfortable.
3. Alternatively, you can opt for a toy train ride from Kalka to Shimla.
The Kalka-Shimla toy train journey is an experience in itself, especially during summers when you stick your head right next to the window to see the snake-like motion without feeling the chill. With Kalka being the nearest major railway station on broad gauge, the toy train is the only option to head to Shimla. And not only should those who are already commuting by train, but also those taking a road have trip to Shimla experienced this ride.
4. There are many tourist places in Shimla and its vicinity that are perfect for a summer vacay.
There are a lot of attractions for the tourists to visit on their summer vacation in and around Shimla. These include Military Museum at Annandale, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Jakhu Temple, Summer Hills, and Chadwick waterfalls that can be visited in a couple of days. Those looking to book longer Himachal tour packages, there are destinations like Chail, Kufri, Naldehra, and Tattapani located not very far from Shimla.
5. The list of summer activities in Shimla is not that short either.
Shimla offers a lot of activities to try in and around the destination. Tourists can go on short hikes up to Glen, Summer Hill, Prospect Hill, Jakhoo Temple, and Kamna Devi Temple. The sunrise views at Chadwick falls and sunset views at Scandal Point often tempt photographers, couples, and nature lovers. There’s also Tattapani, located closeby, where tourists can opt for rafting.
6. And the resorts in Shimla are perfect for a relaxing summer retreat.
At the end of the day, one needs to retire to a comforting stay option. And there are many hotels and resorts here that provide comfort & luxury in addition to some amazingly breathtaking views. The most beautiful resorts in Shimla include The Oberoi’s Wildflower Resort, British Resort, and Havens Resort.
With the mercury already rising, you might be already contemplating about a summer retreat. So, why not head to Shimla this summer? After all, it is often been called the Queen of the Hills!