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Travel Information

The summer capital of the British Raj, Shimla is until today, a popular hill station getaway, located in the State of Himachal Pradesh in northern India. Sitting resplendent at 8250 feet (2500 metres) and surrounded by 23 acres of fragrant cedar forest is Wildflower Hall - the magnificent former residence of Lord Kitchener.

Location & Access

Flying to Shimla

Chandigarh airport is four hours' drive from Wildflower Hall, Shimla. The roads are picturesque, windy and the views along the way simply spectacular.

The airport offers daily connections to Delhi and Mumbai. It also has flights to the major cities in Asia, Europe and America.

Some approximate domestic flight times are as follows:

  • Delhi to Chandigarh flights: 1 hour
  • Mumbai to Chandigarh flights: 2 hours

We would be happy to arrange a chauffeur driven car to meet your plane.

Please contact us for assistance or further information.

Trains to Shimla

There are regular trains from Chandigarh railway station to all the major cities in India. Please be advised that trains can be fully booked weeks in advance.

Some approximate train journey times are as follows:

  • Delhi to Chandigarh trains: 5 hours
  • Jaipur to Chandigarh trains: 12 hours
  • Mumbai to Chandigarh trains: 27 hours

Chandigarh railway station is, like the airport, four hours' drive from Wildflower Hall, Shimla along spectacular mountain roads. We would be happy to arrange a chauffeur driven car to meet your train.

Please contact us for assistance or further information.

Other Travel Information

Immigration

All international visitors to India (except those with a Nepali or Bhutanese national passport), must have valid passports stamped with current visas. For more information on visa categories and applications, please visit the Government of India online portal for visa applications here .

It is mandatory for all international visitors to India to register with the Foreigners' Regional Registration Office within 24 hours of arrival. The hotel will scan your passport photograph page when you check in and take care of this service for you.

Visa on Arrival

The Visa on Arrival (enabled by Electronic Travel Authorisation) facility is available for travellers visiting India from 43 countries. For more information on the Visa on Arrival facility, please click here to visit the website of the Government of India.

Currency

The unit of Indian currency is the Rupee. For up to date information on exchange rates, please click here.

We would be happy to help with foreign currency exchange in India. Please ask the concierge upon arrival.

There are plenty of international ATMs in all major cities in India. International credit cards are also widely accepted.

Please note: It is prohibited to take Indian currency out of India.

CUSTOMS ALLOWANCES

Currency

Visitors of Indian origin and foreigners aged above 10 years who reside in India can carry INR 45,000 (when the country of origin is Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar or China, the currency allowance is INR 6,000)

International visitors (over 18 years) from every other country can carry USD 10,000 or the value of USD 5,000 in other currencies, per person into India.

Duty Free Goods

Duty free allowances per person (over the age of 18) are as follows:

  • Alcohol: 2 litres
  • Cigarettes: 100 pieces
  • Cigars: 25 pieces
  • Tobacco: 125g

Passengers aged over 18 can also carry one laptop computer.

Customs duty is leviable at 36.05% on the valuable of dutiable goods in excess of the allowance.

Restricted Items

The following items are prohibited in India:

  • Maps and literature where India's external boundaries have been incorrectly drawn;
  • Narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances;
  • Goods violating any of the legally enforceable intellectual property rights;
  • Wildlife products;
  • Counterfeit currency;
  • Specified live birds and animals.

WEATHER IN SHIMLA

Shimla is known for its mild summers and long, chilly winters.

Winter in Shimla lasts from December to March, during which time temperatures can drop to 32°F (0 °C) and snowfall is likely.

Shimla's pleasant spring and summer lasts from March until June. Temperatures average 73 °F and 82 °F (23-28°C), with nights still getting chilly.

Autumn temperatures (September to November) can range between 45 °F and 63 °F (7°C and 17°C).

RECOMMENDED CLOTHING

If you are travelling to Shimla during the summer months, we recommend you wear comfortable clothing made from natural fabrics and carry a sweater or shawl for the evenings. During the winter months, you should pack warm clothes, coats, hats and gloves.

LANGUAGE

English is widely spoken in India. Staff at the airport, hotels, restaurants and shops will most often be fluent in English.

Hindi is the official and most widely spoken native language in India. It is most concentrated in the northern states. Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil and Kannada prevail in the south.