Shimla: Art Deco Hotels, Ice Skating and Smoked Trout


It’s that time of the year again! The time to get your holiday spirit high and bring in the winter festivities with all vigor and excitement. If you are looking for the perfect place to spend the holidays this season, there’s one place which makes your Christmas and New Year truly special. Head out for a short, sweet, and snowy vacation to Shimla. The Queen of the Himalayas is truly a treasure trove. While the summers are colorful and radiant with fresh foliage, wild blossoms, and blue sky, winters of Shimla are warm, cozy, and vibrant, beckoning all kinds of travelers and experience its winter beauty.

To reach Shimla

You can book an affordable taxi from Chandigarh to Shimla which comes with all the licenses. Alternatively, you can also travel from Delhi, NCR, or Gurgaon via car or bus. It takes about 4-6 hours to reach Shimla from any of these destinations.


Vying for vintage

The colonial town is all about heritage. Whether it is the historic points of interest or tourist accommodation, be ready to be awe-inspired by the very vintage appeal of architecture, especially the dated ones. To have a closely similar experience of the good old days, check into one of the heritage hotels. Places like the Clarkes Hotel, the Oberoi Cecil, Chapslee, or the Wildflower Hall, are not only stunning properties but are a name to reckon with, in Shimla. Constructed in the art deco style, each of these hotels is a piece of work with their antique fixtures and a touch of English country. For more such visual delight, take a Heritage Walk down the lanes and alleys of Shimla and marvel in the classic colonial architecture across its bungalows, churches, and even official establishments.

You can also take a driving tour of the town. If you are traveling in larger groups, you can book an Innova taxi from Chandigarh or another starting point. Bigger vehicles help tread the mountain roads easily and make for a comfortable drive.

Adventure on Ice

Needless to say, Shimla has always been known as an adventure hub. While its other sister towns are more about treks, hikes, and exploring nature, Shimla comes with more indulgent activities like skiing and ice skating. In fact, Shimla boasts the largest natural ice skating rink in the country! If you thought ice skating is more enjoyed by the tiny tots or younger ones, then it is time to let your inner child out right here in Shimla and go zooming across the frozen lake. The enjoyable winter sport became so popular that the town started celebrating the ‘Ice Skating Festival’ every winter, and turning the quiet hill station into an exciting zone of feast and festivities. You can pack your own skating gear or rent out at the skating ground and explore the expansive natural ice rink.

Shimla - adventure on ice

A feast for the soul

If the beauty of Shimla is a feast for the eyes, then its food is definitely a feast for the soul. A collage of cultures in its own, quaint way, the town of Shimla offers the best you can find in the mountains. With a little bit of English on one side, and a touch of German, Dutch, Indian, Chinese, and Tibetan, on the other, Shimla hosts a host of classic and contemporary cafes and diners. Take a dive into the locally famous smoked trout at signature cafes like Café Sol, or a hearty breakfast at Café Shimla Times. Looking for a romantic dinner? Then head to the Goofa & Ashiana for a dinner with a view. For a decadent serving of good dessert, Embassy is your go-to place. The oldest bakery and confectioner of town surely has everything to satisfy the sweet tooth.

If you are dreaming of a white Christmas, head to Shimla and you never know, you might just get lucky to experience the season’s first flurry and make your dream come true!


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