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About Shimla

The former summer capital of British India, due to its temperate climates during the punishing Indian summer, Shimla still displays the impressive architecture remaining from this period in its history. Our pick of the best places to stay in Shimla are all overflowing with colonial touches and provide a perfect spot to relax, whilst being within easy reach of town.

The capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is located along a 12km ridge, with sweeping views of the valley and forests below. The centre of town, The Mall, a pedestrian area made up of antique, clothing and book shops, leads on to one of Shimla’s most famous sights: Christ Church.

What Not To Miss:

  • Jakhu Temple, dedicated to the monkey god Hanuman (beware of monkeys along the way) is well worth a visit. But be warned it is a thirty minute ascent!
  • Christ Church, situated in the heart of Shimla - this historic neo-Gothic Church is one of the lasting legacies of the British Raj. Particularly spectacular at night when fully illuminated.
  • The scenic train journey from Shimla to Kalka is an iconic ride. Get some delicious Indian snacks on the train and have a wander round Kalka’s verdant Pinjore Gardens.
  • Attracting lovers of nature and the great outdoors, Shimla has walking trails for all abilities and many reputable tour groups for those who wish to be guided.
  • Literary fans should pick up a copy of Kipling’s classic ‘Kim’ as much of the action takes place in and around town.

Our pick of the best places to stay in Shimla ooze luxury and history and whilst none are for those on a budget, you won't come away disappointed!

For an historic stay

  • The former private residence of the Hon'ble Raja Charanjit Singh, Chapslee is an experience itself. Rooms are packed with more antiques than most museums, and with most meals included you are taken care of, from arrival to departure.
  • A favourite amongst visiting Brits for over 130 years The Oberoi Cecil provides colonial charm right down to the wood paneled billiards room.

For unrivalled luxury

  • Like something from a fairy tale, Wildflower Hall is perched 8000 feet up and enjoys 360 degree views of Shimla and the surrounding forests. A winter wonderland half the year and summer escape the other it is without doubt the best hotel in town.

For an apartment

  • If you think you'd prefer your own space, don't hesitate to visit our online partner Booking.com, for a wide range of apartments throughout the city, plus some further out which offer fantastic access to the countryside.

Travel Information

  • Shimla Airport, is the nearest airport situated 22km (14 miles) away. However, flight options are limited, so visitors may be better flying to Chandigarh International Airport (120km / 74 miles from Shimla) which s served by many more operators.
  • Rail connections from Delhi, via Kalka to Shimla provide stunning scenic mountain views.
  • Best time to visit - March-June, provides pleasant temperatures ranging between 15-30 degrees and avoids the worst of the monsoon season
  • For car hire prices, we recommend visiting our online partner, Rentalcars

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Best Hotels in Shimla

  • The Oberoi Cecil Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) 75 rooms from £127

    Back to Nature  -  With nature trails and a bounty of outdoor activities this property is great for getting back to nature.
    Local markets  -  Head to The Ridge for some fine examples of colonial architechture and great antique and book shops.
    Sights nearby  -  Just a short walk away is the Vice Regal Lodge, the former summer residence of the Viceroy of India.
    Great walks  -  There are many nature trails beginning right from the hotel.
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    Welcoming guests for over 130 years Cecil was a popular hotel amongst Britishers escaping the heat of the planes in the summer months, and still maintains its colonial white facade. Featuring a cavernous lobby, wood-beamed indoor pool and rooms decorated in classic colonial style. A historic stay. See More

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  • Wildflower Hall, An Oberoi Resort Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) 85 rooms from £196

    Back to Nature  -  The hotel has gorgeous gardens and stunning vistas of the surrounding hills and mountains.
    Great walks  -  Finish off a walk amongst the fragrant pine trees with a gourmet picnic.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.
    Air conditioningTennisSpaRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenDisabled accessViewsParkingNo pets
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    Perched at an altitude of over 8000 ft with indescribable views of the surrounding hills. Full on old world, colonial charm rooms are understated luxury with polished woods, antiques and open fireplaces. Enjoy indoor-outdoor dining or a whiskey at The Cavalry Bar. There is a sumptuous pool and spa. See More

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  • Chapslee Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) 5 rooms from £200

    Local markets  -  The Mall with its lines of shops is great for shopping and picking up trinkets.
    Great walks  -  The 30 minute walk up to Jakhu Temple is well worth it.
    Tennis  -  There are tennis courts on site for guests to use.
    Sights nearby  -  Viceregal Lodge is just a short walk away.
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    The former residence of the Hon'ble Raja Charanjit Singh is today a boutique property boasting luxury from a bygone era. With a library, cards room, tennis court and croquet lawn you truly are transported into another time. Plus what is regarded as the best restaurant in Shimla can be found here. See More

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