How to reach Shimla

Shimla is the capital of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, in the Himalayan foothills. Once the summer capital of British India, it remains the terminus of the narrow-gauge Kalka-Shimla Railway, completed in 1903. It’s also known for the handicraft shops that line The Mall, a pedestrian avenue, as well as the Lakkar Bazaar, a market specializing in wooden toys and crafts.

Shimla is a beautiful hill station in Himachal Pradesh, lies at an altitude of 2202 meters above sea level. That is easily accessible by Road, Rail and by Air. gives you the details on how to reach Shimla conveniently.

How to reach Shimla by Air/Flight

Jubbarhatti is the airport at Shimla. Situated at a distance of 23 kilometers from the city and is one of the very few airports at any of the hill stations. Probably one of the smallest airstrips, the ride is pretty bumpy in the plane when it lands. However, since this airport is not functional throughout the year, hence it’s advisable to choose Chandigarh or Delhi as connecting airports. People coming by air till Chandigarh generally prefer to book cabs to reach Shimla, which will take 3-4 hours. There are regular buses too. From Delhi airport, it roughly takes around 7-8 hours to reach Shimla.

How to reach Shimla by road

Shimla is a hot tourist destination and buses run for Shimla from as far as Delhi. These are some popular routes to reach Shimla by Road. These undulating mountain roads to Shimla also provide an enchanting experience as the train journey does. Shimla “capital of Himachal Pradesh ” is well connected by road with neighbouring states like Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal, and Punjab. 

  • The city nearest to Shimla is Kalka (80 km away)
  • Chandigarh connects to Shimla through the NH-22 (119 km away)
  • The national capital of Delhi is 370 km away
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Several state and private run buses can be boarded from bus stations of the various cities and towns around Shimla. They charge according to the distance and comfort offered. The most comfortable buses are Volvos. They are air-conditioned and provide television screens with a CD/DVD player for entertainment. You can also select lower priced deluxe buses, other air conditioned buses, JNNURM buses and ordinary buses.

How to reach Shimla by train

The best way to travel to Shimla is by train. The trains run on the track connecting Shimla to Kalka. This 96 kilometer long railway track offers a magical train ride through 102 tunnels, 87 bridges, sharp curves, gradients and spectacular views of the Himalayas. For the construction of this track engineers and construction workers took great risks. No wonder this narrow gauge track was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It takes around 5 hours to reach Shimla from Kalka by train. You can reach Kalka from all major cities of India. Trains start plying from 4 am onwards from Kalka station and offer chair car seating. Breakfast is provided by some trains, though it is advisable to order your breakfast when you buy your ticket. You can buy tickets by booking online. Some of the trains are Shivalik Deluxe Express, Shivalik Express (also called the toy train), Rail Motor, Himalayan Queen and Holiday Trains. Holiday trains run only during tourist seasons. 

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