Shimla , formerly known as Simla, is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh.

In 1864, Shimla was declared the summer capital of the British Raj in India. A popular tourist destination, Shimla is often referred to as the "Queen of Hills," a term coined by the British. Located in the north-west Himalayas at an average altitude of 2,205 metres (7,234 ft), the city of Shimla, draped in forests of pine, rhododendron, and oak, experiences pleasant summers and cold, snowy winters. The city is famous for its buildings styled in tudorbethan and neo-gothic architecture dating from the colonial era.

Shimla is connected to the city of Kalka by one of the longest narrow gauge railway routes still operating in India, the Kalka-Shimla Railway. Shimla is approximately 100 km (62 mi) from Chandigarh, the nearest major city, and 365 km (227 mi) from New Delhi, the national capital.

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Indian Summers with Luxury Oberoi Hotels
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Indian Summers with Luxury Oberoi Hotels

India
North India and Rajasthan
Agra
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13 nights from £3,299 per person
Itinerary Highlights
  • Take in the major sights of Old & New Delhi on a full day guided tour
  • Explore some of the best architectural wonders of Agra
  • Visit some of the highlights of Jaipur with your guide
  • Experience the Indian Summers at Shimla
Oberoi Wildflower Hall
Hotel

Oberoi Wildflower Hall

India
The Himalayas and the Foothills
Shimla
Why you'll love this resort...
  • The former residence of Lord Kitchener, erstwhile Commander-in-Chief of the British Army
  • Opulent interiors with stunning scenery and views over the foothills of the Himalayas
  • Ideally located for trekking, mountain biking and guided nature walks
  • Secluded in wilderness with private tours to Shimla just a 40-minute drive away
The Himalayan Foothills
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The Himalayan Foothills

India
North India and Rajasthan
Delhi
+3 others
12 nights from £1,680 per person
Itinerary Highlights
  • See some of the highlights of Amritsar including the Golden Temple
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Dharamsala, home of his holiness the Dalai Lama
  • Take one of the most scenic train rides in India aboard a toy train in Shimla
The Oberoi Cecil
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The Oberoi Cecil

India
The Himalayas and the Foothills
Shimla

Situated in a privileged location 7,000 feet high in the Himalayas, The Oberoi Cecil is over 100 years old, having been built originally as a Himalayan hill station and reopened in 1987 as a grand heritage hotel from the Oberoi brand. Centred around an atrium, this luxury hotel has all the charm of the colonial era with wooden floors and lovely furniture. Accommodations include Deluxe Rooms, Premi...

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