It is good to resolve all your doubts and then set up a course for Shimla or any hill station for that matter. This article on FAQs is an attempt to answer all your questions to make your trip enjoyable & memorable.

Please use our comment section to post your questions and we will make all attempts to answer as quickly as possible.

Here it goes!

1. Are there any hostels in Shimla?

Your budget-friendly trip is possible if you don’t mind staying in hostels. The reviews don’t recommend hostels for a family stay. Here is the list –

i) Thira Hostel
ii) Idyllic Hostel
iii) YMCA Hostel
iv) Abuzz OC
v) Aapo Aap Homestay

2. Are Cars allowed on Mall Road Shimla?

Cars are not allowed on Mall Road, Shimla. There are a number of entry points to Mall Road in Shimla. Your cabs can drive you up to a particular point beyond which you will have to walk to reach Mall Road.

Entry to Mall Road Via Bombay Bites Restaurant from Cart Road

Entry point involving straight walk-

  • From Indira Gandhi Medical CollegePrivate vehicles are allowed beyond IGMC up to Manchanda Opticals. From this point onwards there is a level walk up to Ridge/Mall Road. You will pass through the famous Lakkar Bazaar.
  • Entry from AG Office- Cabs can reach up to AG Office or Railway Board Building. Further, you will have to walk towards Scandal Point while passing through Indian Coffee House.
  • Entry from DC Office- This route, I find the best & shortest. But this is a very busy road and demands a quick alight.

Entry point involving climb-

  • Entry from Lakkar Bazar Bus Stand– Get down just before Lakkar Bazar Bus Stand. Follow an upclimb via the famous Tibetan Market to reach Scandal Point. This route is not recommended when there are senior citizens along.
  • Entry from Cart Road via Bombay Bites Restaurant– This is an easy route for almost 30-40% of the tourists. Usually, the cabs are parked in the Parking & Commercial Complex which is just in front. Take the stairs to reach Mall Road via Bombay Bites Restaurant, Metropol (Vidhayk Sadan).

Entry from Cart Road Via lift

The entry from Cart Road via Bombay Bites Restaurant covers 30-40%, and the balance 60-70% of tourists reach Mall Road using HPTDC Lift. This is very convenient when there are senior citizens along.

Please note that there are fixed timings for the operation of the lift. During the peak tourist season, they do extend the closing time. Better to check the closing time to avoid unnecessary inconvenience.


3. How is Johnnie’s Wax Museum in Shimla?

Johnnie’s Wax Museum in Shimla was the first wax museum in Himachal Pradesh. The museum had about twenty life-sized statues. The museum is closed now and has been replaced by a Red Tape showroom.

Johnnies Museum in Mall Road, Shimla(Then & Now)

Visitors who had not visited Madame Tussauds wax museum always enjoyed visiting Johnnie’s Wax Museum and clicking photographs with the wax statues of Messi, Harry Potter and MK Gandhi to name a few.

4. Where is Sagar Ratna Restaurant Located in Shimla?

Sagar Ratana Restaurant was located above Syndicate Bank(now Canara Bank). Sagar Ratana was serving the localites & tourists looking for vegetarian food, mainly South Indian cuisine.

The restaurant was closed in the year 2018. Presently, Sagar Ratana does not exist in Shimla anymore.

5. Where is Kamats Restaurant Located in Shimla?

Kamats Restaurant was operating until 2018 on the same premises where Sagar Ratna existed. Kamats Restaurant commenced operations in Feb 2019. The Kamats Restaurant closed its operations in Jul 2022 post-Covid.

Kamats Restuarant(Now Permanently Closed)

The franchisee operating Kamats Restaurant in Shimla has now commenced operations as Bombay Bites Restaurant, Near Lift Parking on Cart Road.

6. Can I find snow in Shimla in the month of April?

There is a remote possibility of witnessing snow in the month of April. However, we see snow settlements in some shady patches in Kufri, Narkanda.

7. What are the cab charges for local sightseeing in Shimla?

Cab charges for local sightseeing range from 800-2000 Rs depending upon the number of places you want to cover. The cab owners or agents are available on Mall Road or Ridge to get day trip deals.

You can also book cabs through Taxi Unions.

8. Where do we park our car if we plan a day’s visit to Shimla?

Planning a day’s visit to Shimla means you don’t require an accommodation to stay and you don’t have private space to park your car. You can make use of the commercial parking lots to park your car. Here is the list of parking lots available in Shimla-

Sl NoLocationContact PersonCapacityDistance From
Tuti Kandi Bye
1Tuti Kandi Bye PassSh Suresh Sharma
Sh BL Khachi
7000 Km
2Railway ParkingSh Gagan
1203 Km
3LiftShimla Tolls Pvt Ltd
5904 km
4MC Parking Near
Sh Devender
Sh Prem Singh
Sh Besaria
1904 Km
5HPDTC Parking Near HHHSh Vikram
Sh Pradeep
1204 Km
6Chotta ShimlaChotta Shimla Project Pvt Ltd
2507 Km
7SanjauliSh ID Sharma
2507 Km Via LakkarBazaar
10 Km viaChotta Shimla
8Snow View ParkingSh Pawan
434 Km
9New ISBT ParkingSh Ashok
1002.5 Km

9. Which river flows in Shimla?

The river Sutlej flows near Shimla and is one of the major rivers. One can enjoy water activities like rafting, and boating at Tattapani, about 40km from Shimla. Tattapani is also a place for hot water springs and water sports.

Suggested Read: Hotel Hot Springs & Heath Care At Nature’s Jacuzzi , Tattappani

10. What are the outdoor activities in Shimla?

The following outdoor activities are available at the following places in and around Shimla-

  • Annandale Ground
  • Green Valley
  • Jakhoo Hill
  • Adventure Parks in Kufri
  • Reserve Forest Sanctuary

11. What are the top attractions to visit in Shimla?

  • Jakhoo Temple
  • The Mall Road
  • Indian Institute Of Advanced Studies
  • Kufri Hills

12. Where is Hotel Taj in Shimla?

Taj Resort & Spa is a five-star property situated in the village Theog, away from Shimla on Shimla-Narkanda Road. Theog is about 30km (59min) from Shimla city center. On the way, you will pass through Kufri and Fagu which are famous destinations for enjoying the snow.

13. How to reach Mall Road when HPTDC Lift is closed?

There are specific timings for the operation of the HPTDC lift that takes you to Mall Road from Cart Road. Another way to reach Mall Road is to follow the path via Bombay Bites Restaurant, Metropol (Vidhyak Sadan), and RBL Bank.

Also, read FAQ No 2.

14. Is KFC available in Shimla?

Surprisingly, the most sought-after tourist destination, Shimla does not have KFC now. KFC opened for some time near the HPTDC Lift, but later got closed.

15. Is Zomato available in Shimla?

Yes, Zomato has commenced operations in Shimla. However, the delivery hours are not that long and you are advised to order your food well in time.


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