Hotel Willow Banks
by on December 27, 2021

Shimla, the old summer capital of British India, still shows the outstanding architecture from this time in its history owing to its mild weather throughout the harsh Indian heat. Our top picks for the finest places to stay in Shimla are all brimming with colonial charm and provide a great location to unwind while yet being close to the action. To find the best hotels in Shimla you must go for the place of your choice.

Shimla, the state capital of Himachal Pradesh, is situated atop a 12-kilometer mountain with panoramic views of the valley and woods below. The Mall, a pedestrian promenade with antique, apparel, and book stores in the heart of town, leads to Christ Church, one of Shimla's most renowned sites.

Jakhu Temple (beware of monkeys along the route), devoted to the monkey deity Hanuman, is definitely worth a visit. However, be aware that it is a thirty-minute climb!

Christ Church, located in the centre of Shimla, is a historic neo-Gothic church that is one of the British Raj's surviving legacy.

 • The magnificent train trip from Shimla to Kalka is a legendary excursion, especially at night when fully lighted. 

Attracting lovers of nature and the great outdoors, Shimla offers walking paths for all abilities and several respectable tour organisations for those who desire to be led. 

Literary aficionados can pick up a copy of Rudyard Kipling's classic 'Kim,' since most of the action takes place in and around town.

Our top picks for the finest places to stay in Shimla exude elegance and history, and although none are budget-friendly, you will not be disappointed!

Chapslee, the erstwhile private house of the Hon'ble Raja Charanjit Singh, is an adventure in and of itself. The rooms are jam-packed with more antiquities than most museums, and with most meals included, you'll be taken care of from arrival to departure. Even the wood-paneled billiards area at the Oberoi Cecil exudes colonial elegance.

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