Currently, Shimla Airport is not operational. Hence, you need to take a bus or taxi from Chandigarh International Airport or Indira Gandhi International Airport at Delhi, to reach Shimla.
Chandigarh International Airport has domestic flights to and from across various cities in India, such as Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Srinagar, Chennai, etc. It is served by many airlines including AirAsia India, Air India, Jet Airways, GoAir, IndiGo SpiceJet and Vistara.
Tourists from abroad can board a flight to Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, which is the nearest major international airport. It is connected to cities across the country as well as international cities such as Moscow, Sharjah, Toronto, Beijing, Paris, Mauritius, etc. Apart from several domestic airlines, international airlines serving the airport include Aeroflot, Air Arabia, Air Canada, Air China, Air France, Air Mauritius, etc.
Nearest Airport: Chandigarh International Airport is located at a distance of 118.3 km from Shimla, whereas Indira Gandhi Airport at Delhi is 358.1 km away.
Safety Suggestion: Both from Chandigarh International Airport, as well as Indira Gandhi International Airport, you will not experience any flight-related issues in general. However, during the winter season there is a thick cover of fog some days. Hence, you should plan your visit accordingly, keeping the weather conditions in mind.
Shimla is well-connected to several cities in the country, by road. National Highway 22 (NH 22) connects Shimla to Chandigarh, which is the nearest big city. Shimla is connected to major cities and towns in Himachal Pradesh as well. HRTC (Himachal Road Transport Corporation) is the main public sector transport service and has a fleet of buses serving the area. There are many private operators as well. You can choose between luxury, semi-deluxe, regular, non-A/C and A/C buses. Chandigarh has buses to Shimla round the clock and there are daily buses from Delhi.
Journey Suggestion: A road trip to Shimla gives you the opportunity to drive on one of the most scenic routes. The roads are well-maintained and there are no issues in general. However, some stretches of the highway have narrow paths, so make sure that the driver is well-acquainted with driving on hills. During winters, keep snow chains handy, in case of heavy snowfall.
Shimla Railway Station is the nearest railway station. It serves the Kalka–Shimla Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which passes through stunning routes of the Himalayas. Kalka Shimla Express, Himalayan Queen, Kalka Shimla Passenger, etc., are some of the trains serving the station.
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The Hanuman statue at Jakhu Temple in Shimla is among the tallest statues of Hanuman in the world. It is a must-see when in Shimla
Shopping in Shimla Mall Road with its vibrant shops, diverse products, and scenic views is a dream come true for shopaholics!
The Indian Railways offers five hill trains: Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Kalka-Shimla Railway, Kangra Valley Railway, and Matheran Railway.
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