If you have no time to go through our interesting experience right now and just curious to plan your trip in short time. Here you go..
We planned a trip for 3 days.
There are mainly three preferred ways to reach Shimla:
- By Bus: you can take an overnight air-conditioned luxury bus from ISBT Kashmiri Gate. Buses go in the morning or later at night - timings can vary from season to season. Buses can be booked online too.
- By Train: There are around 5-6 trains from Delhi to Kalka.We took the Kalka Shatabdi, which goes from Dilli Rohilla station to Kalka Railway Station via Chandigarh. From Kalka you can take either the famous toy train of Shimla or you can take a taxi from Kalka to Shimla. If you want to enjoy the view of valleys, I would suggest you make reservations in toy train at least before 1 month.It is famous by the name “Himalayan Queen”. Although it takes 7 hours to complete 96 kilometers of distance, the experience is amazing. You can also take pictures of beautiful valleys.
- By Car: It takes around 7 hours to reach Shimla by car. From Delhi, you will have to take the outer Ring Road towards GT Karnal Road, then turn right on NH 1. Once you reach Ambala, move to NH 22 towards Kalka. Keep moving on the same highway towards Solan and then to Shimla.
We started early morning from Delhi, reached Kalka at 11:50 am, from there we took a shared cab for Shimla. In Evening, we visited: Ridge Road, Christ Church and had famous Shimla classic food.
We hired a cab in 700 Rs for the whole day, you can call the driver mentioned below and get his cab.
Cab Driver Name: Naveen Sharma, Contact: 9418363139
Places visited: Jakhu Temple, Green Valley, Kufri(Horse r), Himalayan Nature Park, Mall Road, Rendezvous bar
Independence Day Celebration at Ridge Road, Advanced Studies, Himalayan bird park, Cafe Shimla times. Places that could not be visited, unfortunately: Annandale, Chail, Toy train journey from Kalka to Shimla, Gaiety theater.
Things to Remember while packing your baggage:
As per my experience with Shimla, I would suggest you keep following things in mind while you pack your baggage for Shimla during the rainy season(for girls only):
Carry summer wears like a t-shirt, shorts, shoes for trekking, rain coat, jackets and denim as it is cold during the night, an extra pair of footwear.
Also, you can carry some cool hats/caps, just for a change while clicking pictures.
If you suffer from motion sickness(as we did) traveling in round valleys, you must carry medicines, ginger candies and lemon flavored Gatorade.
Total Expenses: Rs.12,000 for 3 days.
Hotel bookings for 3days: Rs.3900
Train from Delhi to Kalka: Rs.936
Cab from Kalka to Shimla: Rs.1250
Cab to roam around shimla: Rs. 700 per day(total: Rs.1400)
Other Expenses: Rs.5000
So It was approximately Rs.6000 per head which is quite a budgeted trip and that too girls...
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Cheers! to the successful trip my dearest siso Natasha.