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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. Sitting resplendent at 8000 feet (2438 metres) and surrounded by 23 acres of fragrant cedar forest is Wildflower Hall - the magnificent former residence of Lord Kitchener.

Mashobra Himalayas, Chharabra, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171012
+91 177 2648585
reservations.wildflowerhall@oberoihotels.com

Location & Access

From Chandigarh International Airport

Distance: 124 km
Driving Time: 5 hours

  • Leave the airport heading east. Turn right towards Airport Road and bear right on to Airport Road
  • Turn onto the NH21 (toll road). At the exit for the NH21 service road, take the ramp to the left
  • Turn left onto the NH22/Zirakpur-Kalka Road (toll road) towards Haryana
  • Turn left, staying on the NH22/Kalka Road/Chandigarh-Kalka Road. At the roundabout, take the third exit
  • Turn left, staying on the NH22/NH22 bypass/Pinjore Parwanoo Bypass/Himalayan Expressway (toll road) towards Himachal
  • Bear left onto MDR9/Chandigarh Shimla via Barog Road. Go straight on to the NH22 towards Solan
  • Keep going straight along Solan Road towards Shoghi and drive for approximately 30 minutes to the old bus stand
  • Head to Cart Road (Chota Shimla-Sanjauli Road)
  • Turn right onto Sanjauli Dhalli Tunnel from Sanjauli
  • The road name changes here to Dhalli Chowk
  • Keep right on to Kufri Road. Wildflower Hall is approximately 4kms along this road, after Dhalli Chowk
From Shimla Airport

Distance: 31.2 km
Driving Time: 1.5 hours

  • Exit on the Airport Road towards the SH16/Airport Road
  • Bear right onto the SH16/Airport Road
  • Bear right onto the NH88/Totu Chowk
  • Turn left, staying on NH88/Tavi Chowk
  • Keep going straight, on to Shimla old bus stand road
  • Head to Cart Road (Chota Shimla-Sanjauli Road)
  • Turn right onto Sanjauli Dhalli Tunnel from Sanjauli
  • The road name changes here to Dhalli Chowk
  • Keep right on to Kufri Road. Wildflower Hall is approximately 4kms along this road, after Dhalli Chowk
From Shimla Railway Station

Distance: 12.8 km
Driving time: 45 minutes- 1 hour

  • Head east out of Shimla Railway Station
  • Head to Cart Road (Chota Shimla-Sanjauli Road)
  • Turn right onto Sanjauli Dhalli Tunnel from Sanjauli
  • The road name changes here to Dhalli Chowk
  • Keep right on to Kufri Road. Wildflower Hall is approximately 4kms along this road, after Dhalli Chowk
From Mall Road, Shimla to Wildflower Hall

Distance: 10 km
Driving time: 45 minutes

  • Head south-east on Kamla Nehru Hospital Road/Mall Road for 200 metres
  • Take a slight left for 400 metres
  • Take a slight right towards Circular Road for 500 metres
  • Take a slight left onto Circular Road. Pass Karyalaya Maha Sachiv Himachal Pradesh Bal Kalyan Parishad (on the right) after 1.7kms
  • Continue onto Sanjauli Road
  • Turn right onto Sanjauli Dhalli Tunnel from Sanjauli
  • The road name changes here to Dhalli Chowk
  • Keep right on to Kufri Road. Wildflower Hall is approximately 4kms along this road, after Dhalli Chowk
From the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies to Wildflower Hall

Distance:14.5 km
Driving time: 1 hour 15 minutes

  • Head south-east onto Chaura Maidan Road for 1.5kms
  • Pass Wingait Inn Hotel, Shimla (on the left after 600 metres)
  • Turn left onto to Cart Road (Chota Shimla-Sanjauli Road)
  • Pass by STEAM SHED (on the right)
  • Turn right onto Sanjauli Dhalli Tunnel from Sanjauli
  • The road name changes here to Dhalli Chowk
  • Keep right on to Kufri Road. Wildflower Hall is approximately 4kms along this road, after Dhalli Chowk

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.