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Experience the charm of Shimla, a beautiful hill station in Himachal Pradesh known for its colonial architecture, scenic beauty, and pleasant climate. Shimla, once the summer capital of British India, is famous for its colonial-style buildings such as the Viceregal Lodge, Christ Church, and Gaiety Theatre. The Ridge offers panoramic views of the surrounding hills and is a favourite spot among tourists. Indulge in various outdoor activities such as trekking, camping, and skiing, while local handicrafts such as shawls, woollens, and wooden artefacts make excellent souvenirs. The Jakhu Temple, home to the world's largest Hanuman statue, is notorious for its thieving monkeys.

EXPERIENCES

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Heritage and Architecture


Embark on a private guided tour of Shimla's historic landmarks, including the Viceregal Lodge, Gaiety Theatre, and Christ Church. Your expert guide will share captivating insights into the city's colonial past, architectural heritage, and cultural significance. Enhance this exclusive outing with a luxurious picnic or high tea at a scenic spot amidst Shimla's historic sites.

Toy Train Ride


Enjoy a private ride on Shimla's famous Kalka-Shimla Toy Train, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, valleys, and forests. Enhance this luxurious experience with a gourmet picnic at a picturesque location along the train route, featuring fine local delicacies and beverages amidst the breathtaking scenery.

Himachali Cuisine


Delve into the unique flavours of Shimla's traditional Himachali cuisine, which uses local ingredients such as red rice, rajma (kidney beans), and kala chana (black chick peas). The cuisine incorporates dairy products such as ghee, curd, and paneer (cottage cheese), as well as spices like cardamom, cinnamon, and coriander. Popular dishes include siddu, a steamed bread made from wheat flour and yeast, and dham, a feast served on special occasions that includes multiple vegetarian dishes such as chana dal, khatta, and rajma.

Hiking and Trekking


Explore the stunning landscapes of Shimla on a personalized hiking or trekking expedition, led by an experienced guide. Discover the region's diverse flora and fauna, visit remote villages, and capture breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks. Enhance this adventurous experience with luxury glamping, featuring comfortable accommodations, gourmet meals, and personalized service amidst the pristine wilderness.

Art and Crafts


Gain a deeper understanding of Shimla's artistic heritage with a private tour of local handicrafts and artisans. Visit workshops where skilled craftsmen create exquisite wood carvings, traditional textiles, and vibrant handicrafts. Learn about the traditional techniques and materials used in these crafts, and perhaps even try your hand at creating your own masterpiece. Complete this unique cultural immersion with a visit to a luxury boutique, where you can browse and purchase exquisite handicrafts to take home as a souvenir of your visit to Shimla.

Green Valley


Escape the city's hustle and bustle by venturing into the Green Valley, a lush, verdant landscape nestled between the hills of Shimla. This picturesque spot, dotted with pine and deodar trees, offers a tranquil setting for leisurely walks, picnics, and photography. Keep an eye out for local wildlife, such as yaks and deer, that occasionally make an appearance.