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Snow Skiing in Shimla
Shimla is one of the most beautiful places in the country. Located in the Himachal Pradesh, this place was once the summer retreat of the British rulers. It was the British who identified the full potential of this place. This place received fresh snow fall during every winter season (usually between the months of November and March). This snowfall, combined with the fact that Shimla was surrounded by the mighty Himalayas all around, made this place an ideal destination for snow-skiing. Thousands of tourists come here during this season to enjoy this adventure sport. There are safe skiing locations for beginners and kids as well in Shimla. Tourists who come here hugely benefit from the authorised training centres located near the skiing spots in Shimla. These centres have professional skiing experts who teach the beginners the fundamental concepts of skiing before they set out on their trip. If you plan to visit Himachal Pradesh, especially Shimla, when you visit India, you must definitely try out snow-skiing to know what adventure is all about. There are three important skiing spots in Shimla - Kufri, Mashobra and Narkanda. This experience is sure to evoke the child within you and you will go back carrying some unforgettable memories.
How to reach Shimla
By Air: At 23km from Shimla, Jubarhati is the closest airport. This airport is always buzzing with lots of domestic flights to important cities like Delhi and Chandigarh. Foreign tourists can first get down at the Indira Gandhi International Airport at Delhi and then take a domestic flight from there to Jubarhati to reach Shimla. Lots of prepaid taxis and cabs are available from the airport to reach here.
By Train: The railway station in Shimla is quite small and is just about 1km away from the central town. This is well-connected with the next closest railway station, Kalka, which is also a big railway junction. One of the experiences that you cannot afford to miss when you visit Shimla is the toy train ride. It runs between Shimla and Kalka, covers a total distance of 96km and takes around 7 hours to complete its ride. This is the best way to enjoy the scenic beauty of Shimla at affordable rates.
By Bus: Shimla, being one of the prime tourist destinations, is well-connected by buses operated by Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation and other private operators to almost all the nearby important cities in the country like Delhi, Chandigarh, Manali and other northern cities. Some of the important cities that are located in close vicinity to Shimla are Chandigarh (117km), Manali (260km) and Delhi (343km). Travel from Delhi to Shimla is one of the most luxurious experiences as there are many air-conditioned sleeper buses and deluxe buses that one can book from. ISBT Kashmiri Gate operates many AC luxury buses in this route.
Snow skiing charges in Shimla
The average rates of skiing in Shimla are around 400INR for 30 minutes and close to 600INR for an hour. These charges are quite reasonable taking into consideration that Shimla is one of the best places in the world for snow skiing. Hiring the snow–skiing equipment, accessories and gear can get quite costly. Usually the hiring charges are around 1000INR per person. This includes hiring gloves, helmet, goggles, boots, dress, skiing board and the like. Skiing can be done here from mid-November to mid-February. Tourists can take up Shimla winter travel packages from authorised tour operators and get discounted rates on snow skiing and other adventure sports activities.
Top service providers
There are many travel operators (government authorised and private) in Himachal Pradesh providing exciting adventure sports tour packages to all over the state. Similarly in Shimla, there are quite a lot of tour agents who are providing attractive snow skiing rates for tourists who book packages with them. Some of the highly reputed service providers of snow skiing packages in the state are Snow Shine Holidays and National Adventure Foundation. Both of these operators have designated snow skiing tours. These tours are decided based on the demands and preferences of the tourists.
Best season to visit
The months between November and February are the best to visit Shimla for tourists who want to witness the beauty and thrill of adventure sports activities. This is the time when the region receives fresh snow fall. The grounds are covered in deep layers of snow and there are snow-capped peaks all around, making this a perfect skiing spot.
Local buses and taxis are available right from early morning till late in the night in Shimla for locals and tourists to get around the city. Apart from this, tourists can also use the tourists’ buses that are operated by HPSRTC (Himachal Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation). Trekking is the only option for going up the steep slopes in Himachal Pradesh. A lift is operated by the state’s tourism department to connect Cart Road to the Mall, which is another form of local transportation.
There are many star and budget hotels nearby Shimla for the benefit of tourists. Some of the very popular hotels are Hotel Kapil Shimla, Hotel Prestige and Hotel Doegar. For tourists who are ready to splurge on their accommodation, Hotel Willow Banks, Club Mahindra Mashobra, Oakwood Hamlet Resort, Hotel Shingar, Hotel Le Royale, Hotel Gulmarg Residency etc. Tourists who are travelling on a shoestring budget can choose accommodations like Sun N Show, Tirupati Palace, Barowalia Resort, Hotel Dreamland, Hotel Amar Palace etc.