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COVID-19 : SHIMLA is in Orange Zone
Last Updated: 26 Sep 2020
Latest Information on Travelling to SHIMLA?

Entry is open from all domestic destinations in India.

  • Face masks are compulsory when going out in public
  • COVID-19 test is not required on entry to the state, however, thermal screening shall be done for all passengers entering the state.
  • Containment zones to remain in lockdown till 31st of August 2020.
  • No night curfews are active in Shimla
  • All supermarkets, parks, malls and attractions are open with strict COVID-19 prevention norms in place.
  • Social distancing to be followed mandatorily when out in public.
  • 14 days of Institutional Quarantine is mandatory for travellers arriving from any Red Zone districts outside Himachal Pradesh
  • Passengers having ILI (Influenza Like Illness) symptoms are also to be quarantined in a government facility for 14 days. 
  • For passengers arriving from red zone districts outside of Himachal Pradesh, carrying a COVID-19 negative test report from ICMR authorized lab, not older than 48 hours from the date of departure,14 days of Home Quarantine is allowed.
  • All passengers must download Aarogya Setu App.
Flights

Flights to Shimla Airport are available from Delhi

Trains

No train service available

Buses

Inter-state entry of private and government buses in restricted in the state, however, intra-state bus services are functioning in the city from 7 a.m to 7 p.m. with 60% passenger capacity.

Local Transport
  • HRTC and private buses to operate with a maximum of 60% capacity
  • Public transport to be operated from 7 AM to 7 PM

Tourism units are safely open and allowed by the Government and follow proper COVID safety measurements. Therefore, tourists will have to follow the guidelines while visiting any place. Travellers are advised to practice good personal hygiene to ensure their safety.     

COVID certificate not required to travel within Himachal Pradesh Updated: 26 Sep 2020

The tourists who are travelling within the state do not have to produce any kind of COVID negative report while visiting Kullu and Manali. These tourists can visit Manali without hotel booking proof or COVID test report.

Tourist restrictions eased to enter Himachal Pradesh Updated: 26 Sep 2020

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, in a Cabinet meeting, revealed his decision of reducing the tourists’ minimum duration of stay from 5 days to 2 days. Read more.

Hotels in Himachal may reopen after mid-september Updated: 26 Sep 2020

The hotel owners of Himachal Pradesh have decided to only reopen the hotels in the state after mid-september to curb the spread of Coronavirus.Read more.

Himachal Pradesh: Tourists should Adhere to the State Government Guidelines Updated: 05 Sep 2020

After entry allowed into Himachal Pradesh, around 700 tourists visited in the first five days, resulting in long queues. Therefore, to control the spread of COVID, the government of Himachal Pradesh mentioned that the tourists should strictly adhere to the state government guidelines.Read more

Nestled in the Himalayas, and like most hill stations, Shimla shows different colours as the seasons change. The best time to visit Shimla differs on what sort of landscape you wish to witness, and what sort of experiences you want to have, for there is something new and unique in Shimla all year round- be it during the snowy winters or the lush green monsoons.

During the spring, the temperature is at its most pleasant. With the bright red rhododendron flowers in full bloom, most treks around Shimla are popular during this season. As the summer months approach, the days get hotter and make for the perfect reason to escape to this destination for respite with rivers to take a dip in the fresh glacial waters.

Monsoons have their own charm, painting the valley bright green and the skies fiery orange during sunsets. Winters bring on a thick blanket of white fluff, making for perfectly lazy days under the crisp air of warm winter sun.

Here are the best seasons to visit Shimla:

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Shimla in Winter

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Shimla in Winter
During the winter months from November to February, Shimla turns into a winter wonderland! With frequent bouts of snowfall every other day, Shimla often sees around 15 to 30 inches of snow during winters. From just marveling at the powdery white sights around, or going out and goofing around making snowmen and having snowball fights, to even hiking in knee deep snow, Shimla is a snowy paradise for every winter lover.

Things to do: The famous Shimla Ridge is especially a spectacular sight to see during the winters. While the roads, trees, and the beautiful church are all covered in complete white, the spirit of the people is as high as ever. With colourful umbrellas over everyone’s head, there’s isn’t a moment of dullness or inactivity in Shimla, whether it may rain or snow! You can see people going about their daily routines like no big deal, and tourists flocking to get a view of the peaceful white calmness that takes over the city.

Another big reason why Shimla is a tourist hotspot even in winters is because of its annual Winter Carnival! The city organizes a festival where everyone comes together and takes part in fun-filled activities. And for thrill seekers, snowy Shimla is a godsent gift! Be it snowboarding or skiing, ice skating or paragliding, these activities really boom up during these freezing months.

While experiencing snow is something people tend to remember forever, it must be remembered that nights can get especially harsh during these months. It is important to layer yourself up in enough warm clothes, and don’t venture outside when the weather is turning out to be bad. A lot of road accidents also happen because of careless driving on icy roads, so make sure you take all necessary precautions before heading out to have fun!

Temperature: Shimla experiences an average of 10 degrees Celsius in winters during the day and an average of -4 degree Celsius during the winter nights.
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Shimla in Summer

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Shimla in Summer

Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh and most famously known as the Queen of Seven Hills, was also once the summer capital of India. The Britishers loved Shimla’s cool summer climate and the relief it provided from the strong summer heat in the rest of the country. Summers in Shimla are perfect with bright sunny days and cool nights. The temperature does not go to the extremes during the entire day and the months of April to July are as blissful as any summer can be, making it the perfect summer vacation spot!

Dense alpine forests and snow clad peaks glistening in the sun make it perfect for long leisurely strolls through the interiors of the city. And with the weather gods in your favour, what better time is it to visit Shimla than summers!

Things to do
: With the flowers in full bloom and the warmth of the sun above, not only are summer days extremely beautiful in Shimla, but the clear summer nights in the mountains also give stargazers the perfect opportunity to spot the Milky Way Galaxy and other bright stars and constellations in the sky.

The most popular activities in Shimla during summers is trekking. Whether it is a short hike to Jakhoo Temple, or a two days’ trek to Hatu Peak, the weather is as good as it will ever be during this time of the year, making it perfect to get some blood pumping in the outdoors! The summers also make for the perfect time to walk across the Mall Road and feast in some freshly brewed beer in the state’s first-ever microbrewery, or go from café to café trying out their various shakes and mocktails!

Temperature
: The average temperature in Shimla during the day is about 28 degree Celsius, and the average temperature during the night is 19 degree Celsius.

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Shimla in Monsoon

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Shimla in Monsoon

If you are a mountain lover, you swear by the fact that the real charm of mountains can only be witnessed during the monsoon season. As the Rain Gods go all out on the Himalayas, their true beauty comes out, and the spirit of people lights up. The monsoon months in Shimla usually begin in June and go on till August, and with mist taking over the landscapes, and the lush green of the jungles dominating the vistas, Shimla in monsoon is a sight to see.

Things to do: One of the best things to do on a monsoon morning in Shimla is to wake up early and warm yourself with a cup of piping hot tea in one of the cozy cafes in the city. With astounding views of the valley and some goodness in a cup, there’s nothing better than a hot breakfast on a cold rainy morning!

Or if you’re just not an early morning person, take a bus to Sanjauli- the Old Shimla- and take longs walks as the smell of fresh rain slowly rises from the earth and fills your senses. Walking through these muddy trails in jungles dripping of rain feels just like a Ruskin Bond book! Another wonderful sight is the Toy Train that runs through Shimla. With the rains bestowing us with cool showers, curl yourself up in a seat in the train and spend hours looking out the window, marveling at how beautiful nature can be!

Temperature
: The average temperature in Shimla during monsoon is 22 degree Celsius during the day and 14 degree Celsius during the night.

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15 December 2019
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