Christmas & New Year celebrations in Shimla - the best season to visit this beautiful hillstation

Are you planning to visit Shimla? Even though it is an all season tourist destination, there are certain times and seasons that will help you make the best out of this tourist paradise in Himachal Pradesh.

Shimla has been the all time favourite tourist spot. Even during the British era, the English people made 'Simla' as the summer capital of India. During summer season most of the high British officials used to come here to escape from the hot weather in the central India.The used to feel relieved and relaxed in this beautiful hill station covered by tall depdar trees all around. Fantastic buildings shaped by British engineers still provide the proof of their residences here in Shimla. Serene and pleasant environment cool and pure atmosphere, beautiful scenic view still attracts thousands of tourists from different parts of the nation all around the calendar. But there are specific occasions and period when it is best to visit Shimla and enjoy its beauty at full bloom. Here I am elaborating them in detail.

Christmas & New Year Celebrations in Shimla

This is the best and peak time for the tourists to come and enjoy holidays in Shimla. Christmas and New Year time is generally called the tourist season in Shimla. The prime reason for this is the chilly winter season. Most of the people from lower and central India have a great craze to have a view of snowfall as it is a dream for them. Visiting Shimla at this point of time turns their dream into reality as snowfall is most common during these days.

Hotels are flooded with reservations and bookings. Attractive facilities are provided for the tourists during this season. Special parties, functions are organized specially for the tourists. Christmas day and the night before the New Year have special arrangements for the tourists to make their holidays special. Though hotels may seem expensive during winter season but the contentment and satisfaction one gets from their services is worth praising.

On the eve of Christmas people come and gather near the holy church on the Ridge Shimla. Prayers are done. Many tourists come and join at this festive time and enjoying the chilly weather at the same time. The eve before the New Year(31st December) is just a blast. A huge gathering on the Mall Road and Ridge can be seen enjoying. Branded showrooms, restaurants and various other shops provide heavy discounts on the purchase of goods for the tourists. It is really thrilling to be a part of New Year eve in Shimla. And don't forget to take a walk in the Mall road and relieve all your stress.

Summer Season in Shimla

In the middle of the year that is May and June, when the entire nation is burning hot, Shimla is the place which has a very pleasant weather. The temperature during the summer season ranges between 25 to 30 degree Celsius, which is pretty low as compared to other states. So for the people who are perspiring excessively and want to get a break from their work, Shimla is the best place to visit during summer season.

Green Deodar trees sheltering this beautiful hill station act as the warm wind cooler. They keep the temperature cool and pleasant. Moreover hotels and restaurants in Shimla provide special facilities for the tourists during the summer season. Nearby places like Kufri and Narkanda are even at greater altitudes and cooler. Tourists can thus drive few kilometers ahead to visit these places.

Summer Festival is also one of the tourist attractions during this season. Summer Festival is an annual festival celebrated in the beginning of the June month in Shimla. A huge stage is set up on the Ridge, Shimla, with good sitting arrangement for thousands of people. Various professional artists like singers, dancers, bands etc. are invited from various parts of the country to give their performances. The Summer Festival lasts for three days. Himachal folk performances are the centre of attraction in this festival. Tourists really enjoy having a glance of such performances and getting to know about the culture of Himachal.

Tourist information from Shimla Police Department

It has been seen that tourists are often cheated by coolies and guides. In order to protect tourists from such fraudulent people, Shimla police has provided few guidelines to the people visiting Shimla.

Shimla Police has provided certain tips which the tourists visiting Shimla must take care of, so that they are not cheated and duped by few miscreants in the city. As the tourists are new to the city, it may happen that few people might take the advantage and take away their money, luggage or misguide them.

The tourists should keep in mind the following things as specified by the police auhorities:

1. If the tourists are taking any services form the Coolie's, they must check their token number and identity cards.

2. Packaged tours organized by coolie's and guides are not authorized.

3. Tourists might be cheated with higher rates charged on services. So before taking the services from coolies and guides please confirm the rates fixed by the government.

4. In order to get the requisite and accurate information about tourism, contact the Information Tourist Centres Tuti Kandi, Railway Station, Victory Tunnel and Mall Road.

5. Don't get misguided by such coolies and guides.

6. In case of any help required from the Shimla police, you can contact at the following number- 100, 0177-2812344, 2656535

I hope that people will definitely love to experience a visit to Shimla at these points of time. Hope you enjoy all.

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Guest Author: TripHermit Expeditio16 Nov 2018

Great information!! I really enjoy reading this blog information. Thanks for sharing this blog information.

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