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A Rendezvous With Shimla ?
Ritco ToursShimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh, a state in north India and is famous as the queen of hill stations in India. In fact, of all the hill stations in India, Shimla receives a very high number of tourists. Shimla is bestowed with the best of nature. It has lush greenery on one side and snow-clad mountains on the other side. A few buildings in Shimla refresh memories of the colonial past and modern structures aptly remind that Shimla has succeeded in keeping pace with the time. Shimla derives its name from goddess 'Shayamla Devi', another manifestation of Goddess Kali.

Things You Can Do in Shimla ?
» Sightseeing : Shimla is the hub of natural beauty and scenic pleasure. The main attractions of Shimla are Viceregal lodge, Himachal State Museum, Annandale, Chadwick Falls and the Mall of Shimla.

» Shopping : 'The Mall' has emerged as the main shopping center of Shimla dotted with all kinds of shops. Lakkar Bazar is another popular market place of Shimla. Some of the popular items one can buy from here are rugs, leather craft, carpets and silver jewelery, handicrafts, wood and metalwork, shawls, pullovers, local tweeds, caps, Tibetan carpets and pickles, jams and squashes.

» Eating Out : Some of Shimla's popular restaurants are Devicos, Baljee's, The Oberoi Clarke and The Park Cafe. Various delicacies made of Shimla mirch (Capsicum) are very popular among tourists.

» Adventure Sports : Indulge yourself in several adventure activities. Shimla has immense opportunity for the adventure lovers. You can engage yourself in skiing, trekking, etc. Nature walk is one most ideal way to revive your body, mind and soul.

Sightseeing in Shimla ?
» Annandale : Annandale Hill is Shimla's highest point. From this point, you can enjoy a mesmerizing view of Shimla town and its suburbs. An old Hanuman temple further adds to the attraction of the place.

» The Hills : Jakhoo Hill is another high point in Shimla. The place has emerged as a major picnic spot of Shimla for the splendid views that it offers. Prospect Hill is another favorite walk and vantage point providing breath taking views. There is a little temple of Kamna Devi on top of the hill.

» Chadwick Falls : This 67 meter waterfall cascades into a deep gorge. The Fall is at its best after monsoons. Almost every tourist coming to see the falls makes it a point to capture the falling waters in his or her cameras.

» Himachal State Museum : The Museum, which was opened in 1974, has tried to project the cultural wealth of the state. At present, Museum has about 9000 objects in its collection. The building with spacious lawns has collections of pahari-miniatures, stone sculpture, local handicrafts, textiles and embroidery. The building of Himachal State Museum is a great piece of colonial architecture.

» The Mall : The Mall, is the main shopping center of Shimla, another place receiving huge crowds in the evening. Although there is nothing special about the place, shops of all kinds makes the place very gorgeous after sunset. Shimla ranks as one of the most popular hill stations of India as it stores a myriad of attractions for tourists.

Excursions from Shimla ?
Ritco ToursShimla has many attractions, which are intriguing and mesmerizing. It also has some wonderful destinations nearby. Kufri is 16 kms away from Shimla and is well known for its ski slopes. Mashobra, 13 kms. away from Shimla, has several excellent picnic spots. Mashobra offers ideal walks amidst oak and pine trees. Another interesting destination Naldehra is 23 kms away from Shimla and is etched with conifers. Naldehra offers a well groomed nine-hole Golf course; undulating hills and giant Deodars, making it a unique spot for picnics. Other destinations nearby are Chail, Solan and Kasauli.

Most Ideal Time to Visit Shimla ?
Shimla has a moderate climate. In summers Shimla has a maximum temperature of 28°C and a minimum of 15°C. In winters, Shimla experiences a maximum temperature of 8°C and a minimum of 0°C or even low. Winters are cold due to the chilly winds from the upper Himalayas. Heavy woolens are recommended for this season. Around Christmas, Shimla also experiences snowfall. Shimla receives an average annual rainfall of 166 cms. March-May and October-November are the most ideal time to visit Shimla, which is the peak season.

Getting There ?
» By Air : Shimla airport is located at Jubbarhatti, 23 km from the downtown Mall. The airport receives only small aircrafts (17 to 19 seaters) and provides only basic amenities. Direct flights are available from Delhi and many other national destinations. Jagson Airlines operates three flights a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) connecting Shimla with Delhi and Kullu (one hour from Delhi and 30 min from kullu, subject to fair weather conditions). Additional flights are also operated during the peak seasons. Hire a taxi at the airport to reach the city.

» By Rail : The Kalka railway station connects Shimla with the rest of India. The Kalka -Shimla narrow gauge line is considered one of India's greatest engineering feats. There is direct connectivity between Kalka and Delhi. The Shimla Railway Station is just over a kilometer from the city. Another kilometer further is the inter state bus terminus (ISBT). You can hire a taxi to reach your destination. The 'toy train' also chugs up and down amidst scenic mountain ranges from Kalka, the nearest broad gauge railhead to Shimla and back. The best option are from Delhi, the Shatabdi Express, the Himalayan Queen Express and the Howrah Kalka Mail. The 120 seat Shivalik Deluxe Express connects with the Howrah Kalka Mail. It covers the 97 km distance in 280 min., with only one technical halt at Barog. The Indian Railways introduces Holiday Special in seasons.

» By Road : Buses regularly operate between Delhi and Shimla. Buses from a few other destinations of north India are also available. Shimla is on NH 22 (Ambala,- Zirakpur-Kalka-Kaurik). The NH 22 connects Shimla to Chandigarh, Mandi and Delhi by all weather road. Shimla is approximately 370 kms away from Delhi.

» Private Vehicles : You can contact us for this, as we are well established with an extensive number of cars and coaches (ranging from luxury to budget and between) for the tourists from all over.

Anchoring in Shimla ?
Ritco ToursShimla, the queen of hill stations, is an awesome place to jaunt. Its a paradise for nature lovers and those looking for adventure. A place that ignites your senses and re-energizes you. The sprawling meadows, the splendid hills and the enchanting pine and apple orchards, attracts one and all. Shimla has numerous lovely and interesting places to visit. Shimla has a multilingual, cosmopolitan character, people speak and understand both Hindi and English. There are some other local languages also that are spoken here, like Punjabi and Pahari languages. It is always preferable to carry woolem wears with you during your trip to Shimla.

As you reach the nearest airport or the railway station at Shimla you need to take a taxi, bus or hire a private vehicle to reach the main city. Here you can experience the awe inspiring sights of Shimla by moving in the local mode of conveyance.

In order to enjoy Shimla to the fullest, book with us and enjoy the trip to Shimla in a most comfortable way. We own a complete fleet of vehicles offering personalized services to ensure that you enjoy your trip to the fullest.

Accommodations ?
Shimla has a wide range of hotels and guest houses in the budget, mid-range and top-end categories. During the lean season, hotels offer heavy discounts to attract tourists.

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