Shimla is known as the Queen of Hill Stations for a reason. Or rather, many - To break away from the daily humdrum of city life, to quench your thirst for fresh air amidst nature, to embrace your adventurous self in a ton of outdoor activities, and so much more. The capital city of Himachal Pradesh is home to some of the most beautiful, popular resorts and picturesque views. This makes it one of the country’s best campsites.
Here is a comprehensive camping guide for you vacationers planning to travel to Shimla this season.
March to June is generally a popular tourist season in Shimla since the weather is mild and ideal for outdoor activities. The weather is pleasant, ranging between 15°C and 30°C.
These are some of the best camping destinations in the city that have still preserved their rich heritage and enjoy a fairly moderate temperature throughout the year.
2. Park Woods Shoghi
3. Mashobra Greens
The scenic Junga Village is located about 10km south of Shimla and is also is in close proximity to Delhi and Chandigarh. At an altitude of about 5000 feet and on the brink of a ridge, this mostly a year-round destination, is an easily accessible camp site spread across almost 3 acres of forested land with pine and oak trees, by river Ashwini and multiple waterfalls.
The camp facilities include – accommodation in a waterproof canvas tent with twin beds and a private bathroom, a conference room, a common dining area and housekeeping service. They also provide hot water all day and generally follow a buffet system with homely, nutritious food.
What you should carry:
Toiletries, towels, snacks, medicines and your trekking gear.
Zip lining, rope course, stream walk, jummaring, valley crossing, day treks and bonfire with in-house music.
Places to visit in and around: Sri Mahamaya Mandir, Summer Hill, Kali Bari Temple, Ridge.
The Park Woods is located in Shoghi, a small suburb of Shimla. The 20-acre campsite is a lush green land with three divisions: private, public, and sporting amenities, with five portions of land for each. There are premium tents and deluxe cottages with sharing restrooms.
Set in the midst of nature, these camps provide various activities. You may participate in indoor and outdoor sports such as table tennis, carom, badminton, ropewalk, and tree-connect, commando net, tyreweb, and more.
Plus, this town is known for its locally produced fruit products like juices, pickles, jellies and syrups and also has several ancient temples.
What you should carry:
ID proof, sun glasses and cap, flash torch, comfortable clothing.
3. Mashobra Greens Camp
A place where you will feel so close to nature; located 9km from Shimla, the Mashobra Greens Camp is nestled in cedar woods with a rustic aroma and fresh air. It offers Swiss tents, bamboo cottages, and luxury mud cottages and several different outdoor activities.
They don’t call Mashobra the “birdwatcher’s delight” for nothing. The Reserve Forest Sanctuary here houses one of Asia’s largest watersheds with a rich coniferous cover and sees a number of birds like the Himalayan eagle, pheasants, and partridges.
Activities offered: Rappelling, rafting on the river Sutlej, rock climbing, rope course exercises, stargazing and skiing during winters.
The Banjara Orchad Retreat in Thanedar is an ideal retreat for you to relax, unwind and refresh. Home to beautiful apple and cherry orchard, this place is about 80 km from Shimla on the old Hindustan-Tibet road. At an altitude of 7,000 feet, it offers you a panoramic view of the mountains, most of them cloaked in slow with a soft blue haze. The accommodation is in the form of classic rooms, retreat rooms, suites, and independent log huts, all of them with the view of the valley and bathrooms with 24 hr hot & cold water.
Exquisite walks & hikes to Hatu Peak, driving excursion to Sarahan.
Kufri is a resort hill station in the district of Shimla, India. It is located 20 km from the state capital Shimla on the National Highway. The Himalayan National Park in Kufri is has nearly 31 species of animals and over 150 species of birds. It doesn’t end with just the greenery and hills. The Kufri Fun World is one of the biggest amusement parks anywhere in the world. It also has a Go-Kart track.
You can trek through thick deodar forests, trails with abundant flora and alpine terrains. One of the most typical ways to explore the town of Kufri is by horse riding. You can drive down to Mall Road and shop local handicrafts like Tibetan carpets and Pashmina shawls.
No matter what season you decide to visit Shimla in, you have to be fully prepared and carry all the necessary things on you.
Start with good grip
for the treks and hikes and an extra pair of
for the walks. Make sure to carry a head torch if you’re planning to head out in the evening or night, and sunglasses and a cap.
You would need a multi-functional
that can accommodate all of these items and still feel light on you as you take it with you everywhere.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What should I wear in Shimla in summer?
The average temperature during summer is between 19 and 28°C, so you should carry light clothes, preferably just a fleece jacket and a parka for the nights. You can wear dresses, T-shirts and pants. Most importantly, carry a sunscreen and cap with you.
What clothes to wear in Shimla in March?
The temperatures in Shimla in March are quite cold with temperatures ranging from 7°C to 20°C. There could also be days of rain during this month, so be sure to bring along a waterproof jacket.
What should I wear in Shimla in winter?
Winter is when snow engulfs Shimla, and the average temperature is around 8 °C but it can drop to as low as -7°C. So, we recommend layering up well. Your jacket is the most important piece of clothing to take on this trip. Carry a snowproof and waterproof technical jacket, and lightweight but super warm down jacket or husky jacket. Apart from this, you should also pack a sweatshirt or windcheater, and good trekking boots. You will also need a warm thermal wear set if you decide to go on a mountain trek.
Can I wear shorts in Shimla?
You can wear shorts during the summer season in Shimla, but winters are super harsh, so you shouldn’t wear anything that isn’t below the knees!
What should I pack for Shimla?
Your packing checklist covers essentials that you would need in Shimla depending on the weather. But generally, you will need two jackets, sweatshirt/hoodie, track pants, moisture-wicking T-shirts, and accessories like caps, gloves, mufflers, and socks. Apart from clothing, you will need really sturdy, good grip shoes, and your personal travel kit with all necessary medicines and toiletries.