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How to Reach Shimla

How to Reach Shimla by Air

The Jubbarhatti airport, 22 km from Shimla has regular flights from Delhi. But due to rough weather conditions during winter, flights may be irregular, especially from December till February. Alternatively, Chandigarh Airport at a distance of 120 kms, can be used for air connections and then up to Shimla by road.

How to Reach Shimla by Rail

The broad-gauge line terminates at Kalka, about 100 kms down in the plains. The Kalka station is connected to most major cities in India, including Delhi and Calcutta. From Kalka, the narrow-gauge line connects to Shimla. The toy train that runs from Kalka and back takes about five-and-a-half hours to reach. The luxury first class compartments have glass sides to give a superb view of the ride through tunnels, over bridges and up steep slopes. Though the train journey is romantic, it is much slower than travelling by bus.

How to Reach Shimla by Bus

Shimla is connected by road to Chandigarh, Delhi, Dehradun, Kalka, and other major north-Indian towns. There are regular bus services to Chandigarh, Kullu, Manali, Delhi, Mandi Pathankot, and Ambala. Most travelers prefer to drive up to Shimla in private or hired vehicles.

Getting Around Shimla

Most of Shimla can be covered on foot but the climb can sometimes get arduous. Kashmiri porters are a common site near the railway station and bus stand. Taxis are available for hire. In addition, mini buses and Himachal Tourism buses operating from the Mall are available for local tours.

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