Reasons To Visit Shimla
Shimla is one of the most fascinating and unique cities in India located high up in the south-west Himalayas. There are many stunning sights to be seen around the city like the Chadwick Falls and the Jakhu Temple, or you can venture up to Jakhoo Hill to experience the breathtaking panoramic views of the landscape below. Along with its many historic sites, the city is home to plenty in terms of shopping and dining with places like The Mall and the Lower Bazaar offering an excellent day or evening out. There are also many family-friendly attractions in the city like the zoo and ice skating over the winter, so there are many things to do to keep the children occupied.
Arriving In Shimla
Shimla Airport is situated around 20 km from the center of Shimla and currently handles just a single flight route from Delhi. If you are looking to travel from the UAE to Shimla it won’t be possible to make the journey directly. However, Delhi Airport handles many flights directly from the UAE, so you can conveniently make the trip with only a single transfer. Alternatively, you may consider arriving at the nearby Chandigarh International Airport which handles direct flights from Sharjah and Dubai International Airport and has good road connections to Shimla.
Shimla Airport is a relatively small and basic airport offering very little in terms of facilities and amenities, so bring any essentials you need with you. When you have arrived at the airport, you can arrange for a prepaid taxi within the airport so that you will get a fair price for your trip. The journey into Shimla from the airport will take longer than expected due to the difficult mountainous terrain in the region.
Shimla Travel Information
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UAE nationals traveling to India can go online and apply for an e-visa which is valid for up to 60 days. Due to the high elevation of Shimla, the weather in the city is a lot cooler compared to other cities in the region with average highs in the mid-20s from May until August, while it can get rather chilly during the winter and some snow falls in January and February. There is also a rainy season in the region which begins in June and continues until September. You will need to put your clocks forward by one hour and 30 minutes to get on local time in Shimla, while the currency in India is the Indian rupee.
* This information is correct as of March 2018
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