Shimla – Colonial Getaway in the Hills

Shimla was the summer getaway of the British since the 1860s. Blessed with salubrious weather and breath taking views of the mountain, Shimla was named as the Queen of the Hills by the British seeking refuge from the searing heat of the plains.

Shimla is at an altitude of 7200 feet above sea level and linked with Kalka by rail. The Kalka Shimla Mountain railway is a UNESCO world heritage site and provides breathtaking views of rhododendron and deodar forests as it ferries passengers over 700 bends and through 103 tunnels over a 96-km distance.

Shimla is connected to major cities in North India by road. The nearest airport is at Jabbarhatti, which is 12 km away from Shimla. The best way to get there is undoubtedly by the toy train. Shimla is a popular destination for honeymooners. There are many Shimla tour packages available from the major cities in India. Most of these tour packages are for 7-8 days and cover tourist attractions in Shimla and Kulu Manali. Tourists in Shimla should normally cover The Mall, Jakhu Hill, the local market, the museum and nearby hill stations of Mashobra, Chail, Kufri and Naldehra.

Luxury Shimla hotels are geared to meet the year round tourist traffic. Most of these hotels also offer world class amenities for conferences and business off sites.

East Bourne

This luxury hotel has 61 centrally heated luxury rooms. The opulently furnished rooms have shower panels with 24-hour hot and cold water, Hair and body dryers, LCD, Wooden flooring, mini bar, tea coffee maker and room and laundry service. The 3 conference halls accommodate 600 delegates. The multi cuisine restaurant and bar offer plenty of opportunities for guests to unwind. The hotel also has a modern spa with sauna, steam massage and beauty salon. The hotel also has an indoor heated swimming pool.

The Cecil

This property is a part of the Oberoi group of hotels and is virtually a heritage institution in Shimla. The 100-year-old hotel offers facilities, including wireless Internet access in all rooms and public areas, Full service Oberoi Spa and Fitness Centre, 24 hours in room dining,24 hours Concierge, Meetings and Conference facilities, Indoor heated swimming pool, Activity centre for children, Billiards room and laundry services. The hotel is 10 minutes from Shimla station and a 45-minute drive from the airport. The opulently furnished rooms recall the days of the British Raj.

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