Shimla is a mesmerizing hill station that is located in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It features a wonderful blend of tranquil atmosphere and chilly weather making it one of the must-visit places in Himachal Pradesh. The temperature in this city averages between 10 and 15 degrees celsius during the course of the year, however during the winter months the temperature averages about 5 degrees celsius and also experiences snowfall during these months.

Travellers visit Shimla in winter because they can participate in a variety of snow-based activities like skiing, ice skating and more. All the popular attractions of Shimla during winter are covered with snow giving the places a unique outlook as compared to the rest of the year.

Travellers who are planning to reach Shimla in December can utilize rail, road and air transportation to reach this northeastern city. If you are planning to reach this city via air, then the nearest airport where you can alight is the Chandigarh Airport. This airport is located about 117 km from Shimla and travellers can hop on taxis or other forms of transportation to reach our city.

How to Reach Shimla

Shimla also features good rail connectivity from nearby states. Travellers can hop on trains travelling to Shimla and alight at Kalka Railway station. This is the closest railway station to Shimla and is located about 88 km away. One can utilize taxis or public transport from this railway station to reach Shimla.

If you plan on travelling to Shimla via road then you can utilize both public transport and your personal vehicles. There are a number of state-run and private operated buses that ply this route that will help you reach your destination. You can also utilize your personal car and take in the majestic sights on offer during your trip. This city is located about 300 km from Delhi and Punjab.


Things to do in Shimla


Take a trip on the toy train

Taking a trip on the toy train is one of the best things to do in Shimla in December. This train was started well over a hundred years ago during the British Colonial period. Since Shimla had been declared as the summer capital of the British, they needed a quick and easy way to access this hill station and therefore they built the Kalka Shimla narrow gauge railway in November 1903.

This journey starts off from the Kalka Railway Station and the train begins the climb to reach Shimla. Since it is a single gauge line, the train speeds are limited, but this is more than made up with the wonderful sights on offer on either side of the railway tracks. Head over to Shimla in January and experience this one of a kind journey that takes about 4 hours and 40 minutes to complete.

Go Skiing in Kufri

Kufri is a panoramic hill station that is located near Shimla. This hill station receives a large amount of snowfall during the winter season and forms extensive slopes that serve as the perfect platform for skiing. Skiing in Kufri is one of the best things to do in Shimla in Winter as it is ideal for both beginners and seasoned ski enthusiasts. There are a number of trainers who can teach you the basics of skiing and help you embark on a unique experience.

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Visit the Shimla Water Catchment Sanctuary

The Shimla Water Catchment Sanctuary is another important attraction in Shimla. It is a must-visit place for nature lovers and is spread over an area of 10.25 square kilometres. A number of migratory birds will nest here during the Shimla winter season. In addition, there are a number of other animals such as leopards, deer, gorillas and more that can be spotted in their natural habitat.

Head over to the Ice Skating Club

A trip to the Ice Skating Club is one of the best things to do in Shimla in January. It is famed as the only open-air skating rink in all of Asia. Take a trip to this skating rink and glide along the ice while being guided by experienced practitioners of the sport.


Guests who are travelling to Shimla in winter and are looking for a superb sojourn can head over to the Orchid Shimla. Our luxury hotel blends royal comfort with top of the line hospitality to ensure a wonderful sojourn for visiting travellers.