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Shimla City Information

Shimla City Information Guide

Shimla City Information Guide:

Get a heads up on all that you might need to know before your trip to Shimla – such as information on general weather conditions and average temperatures forecasted on the days of your upcoming trip; elevation, languages spoken, time zone, STD and ISD codes, places where you can park your vehicles, information on tourism lifts, prices etc.

ToursinShimla.com recognizes the need for the provision of such information to ensure that each moment of your trip is enjoyable and hassle-free.

Time Zone:

IST (+5:30 UTC)


7225 feet (2202 metres) above sea level

Languages Spoken:

Himachali, Hindi, English

STD Code:


ISD Code:


General Weather Conditions:

Cold and chilly in winters, warm and pleasant in summers, Shimla is a year-round destination, where every season brings with it its own set of experiences.

In summers (April to July), Shimla experiences temperatures varying from 15 degree Celsius to 27 degree Celsius. While warm and sunny during the day, the temperatures cool after sundown.

In winters (November – March), maximum temperatures dip to 17 degree Celsius and can go further down to 0 degree Celsius. In winters, snowfall can be expected through the months of December to February, with heavy snowfall occurring towards January and February.

The Monsoons (August – September) are tricky with mudslides, landslides and heavy rainfall.

Best Time to Visit:

The best time to visit Shimla for a holiday depends upon one’s own preference. Holidaymakers wishing to escape the heat of the plains will prefer to head to Shimla in the summers, while those wishing a magical white winter with snowfall and merrymaking will prefer to plan a Shimla holiday in winters, especially in the months of January and February. Similarly, those wishing to escape the crowds can head to these hills during, early or late summer and early winter.

What to Wear:

The varying temperatures of Shimla during both summer and winters require layers of clothing, so that as the temperatures rise and fall as the day progresses, one can peel off or don layers for comfort.

In summers, cotton clothing with a light pullover (for early mornings and evenings) is sufficient, while in winters, heavy woollens with coats, shoes and socks, gloves and a scarf/cap and earmuffs for the ears and head are a requirement. Good, sturdy shoes are a requirement throughout the year as the slopes of Shimla are steep and walking is the major way of transportation between different destinations.

Vehicle Parking Information:

For an updated guide to paid parking lots, restricted routes, taxi stands and sealed routes, please visit http://hpshimla.nic.in/sml_traffic_mgmt.htm

One should take special care of Sealed and Restricted roads in Shimla, all the roads leading from cart road to mall side are sealed and restricted roads. Parking on the sides of Cart Road is also prohibited. There is heavy fine on violation of any of the rules.

Tourism Lifts Location:

Himachal Pradesh Tourism Department runs a tourism lift that connects visitors on Cart Road to the Mall Road and vice versa. The lift is a two-step lift, i.e. you take one lift from Cart Road that takes you halfway up, where you alight, walk a short distance and take another lift that covers the rest of the ascent up to the Mall Road.

Tourism Lift Fee:

One needs to buy a ticket to use the lift, but the cost is quite nominal – less than 15 INR. Some hotels have their own lifts to the Mall Road as well.

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