Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh. During colonial time Shimla was the summer capital of British India. The city is situated in the southern part of the Himalayas. Set along a 12km ridge, with sloping forested hills falling away in every direction, you get a fling of the feeling of being at the roof of the world. Shimla is especially a popular destination for Indians. During the peak season from March to end of June the hill town is buzzing with a happy flow of local vacationers.
The centre is the main square with large white church and outlook post. On a clear day a toothed line of snowy peaks is clearly visible from here. For the most part of the day the square is filled with tourists taking snaps and children riding around on one of the horses waiting in line to be booked. The long, main street; the Mall is full of souvenir shops, bakeries, restaurants and small tourist agencies. The road runs from east to west of town just below the spine of the hill. Our favourite spot on the Mall is Café Simla Times. A perfect hang out during sunny days to marvel at the splendid views and enjoy a cocktail and live music in the evening. Traffic is banned from the centre part of town, which makes it pleasant walking around.
Welcome to your vintage dream
During our stay in Shimla we sleep in Chapslee Hotel. Originally built in 1835 and opened for visitors in 1976. It is the perfect exclusive heritage hotel for an ultimate Shimla experience. Chapslee is a gorgeous antique boutique family villa. Set in a lush green flowering garden with romantic small benches and private seats underneath a plant tunnel. Stepping into the family owned hotel is like stepping into a sophisticated vintage dream. The house is richly decorated with brilliant antique furniture, the most beautiful Persian patterned carpets, Peshwa vases, a cabinetry from the Doge’s palace in Venice and a priceless collection of Indian art. Chapslee offers six separate spacious suites each tastefully designed. There is a small library, a large common room, a spacious double dining room and a gorgeous glass greenhouse. Every morning is a delicious breakfast served and in the evenings a tasteful home cooked dinner. All of this combined with world-class service makes Chapslee the perfect retreat to enjoy a royal vacation.