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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. Located at the quieter end of the bustling Mall Road, near the Viceroy Lodge, The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla is announced by a crisp, white facade and smart, green terrace railings.

The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla
Chaura Maidan, Ambedkar Chowk, Shimla 171004
reservations.shimla@oberoihotels.com.

Distance

From Chandigarh International Airport

Distance: 122 km
Driving Time: : 4 hours

  • From New Civil Air Terminal continue onto Gmada Aerocity (4.9 kms)
  • Head south-east
  • Turn right at the first cross street
  • Follow the NH5 to MDR9 in Kumarhatti
  • Continue straight onto the NH5 for 4.1 kms
  • Turn left onto the NH5/NH 7
  • Turn left at Main Chowk to stay on the NH5/NH 7
  • Turn right at J.S Opticians to stay on the NH5/NH 7
  • Continue straight past Projector On Hire onto the NH5
  • Follow the NH5 to Cart Road/Old Bus Stand Road in Shimla for 43.2 kms
  • Continue on Cart Road/Old Bus Stand Road. Drive to Chaura Maidan Road in Nabha
  • Turn right onto Cart Road/Old Bus Stand Road
  • Turn left onto Chaura Maidan Road
  • Pass by Vidhan Sabha Parking (on the right)
  • Take a slight left at CPWD OFFICE to stay on Chaura Maidan Road
  • Pass by Government of India Clermont (on the left)
  • The Oberoi Cecil will be on your left
From Shimla Domestic Airport

Distance: 18 km
Driving Time: 50 minutes

  • From the Airport Road follow Shimla Airport Road to SH 16
  • Continue onto Shimla Airport Road for 1.2 kms
  • Follow SH 16 to the NH22 to Airport Road in Neri for 9.5 kms
  • Merge onto SH 16
  • Turn right at Bus Stop Kanchi Mod Bharyal onto NH22 to Airport Road
  • Follow the NH5 to Cart Road/Old Bus Stand Road in Shimla for 4.6 kms
  • Pass by Taradevi Bus Stop (on the right in 350 metres)
  • Continue on Cart Road/Old Bus Stand Road. Drive to Chaura Maidan Road in Nabha
  • Pass by CMP Check Post (on the right)
  • Turn left onto Chaura Maidan Road
  • Pass by Vidhan Sabha (Legislative Assembly on the right)
  • Take a slight left at CPWD OFFICE to stay on Chaura Maidan Road
  • Pass by Government of India Clermont (on the left)
  • The Oberoi Cecil will be on your left
From Shimla Railway Station

Distance: 850 km
Driving time: 3 minutes

  • Drive east on Cart Road/Old Bus Stand Road towards Chaura Maidan Road
  • Turn left onto Chaura Maidan Road
  • Pass by Vidhan Sabha Parking (on the right)
  • The Oberoi Cecil will be on your left

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 November to February, during which time temperatures can drop to 19°F (-7 °C) and snowfall is likely.

Shimla's pleasant spring and summer lasts from March until June. Temperatures average 59 °F and 81 °F (15-27°C), with nights still getting chilly.

During the monsoon and autumn season (July to October), temperatures can range between 59 °F and 77 °F (15°C and 25°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.