Shimla, approx. 370 km away from Delhi, is the capital of Himachal Pradesh located on 2.200 m. The oldest of the „Hillstations“, Shimla rose up1864 to be a summer-residence for the colonial gouvernment. Witnesses of this past make out the charm of this place next to the mountainous landscape. The Mall has always been favourite for a stroll and nowadays you can find busy floating, too. The Christ Church at the end of the Ridge and many other old colonial buildings are worth a visit.
An approx. 2 km walk gets you up to Jakhu-Hill with Hanuman-Tempel. Here you can find lots of monkeys. More walking- and hiking-possibilities you can find in the surroundings of Shimla like Summer Hill, Shali Tibba Temple, Sanjauli cemetary etc. Great Himalayan National Park is the nearest area for more one to several days tours. Kufri, 13 km away, is a popular wintersports place.
Who wants to travel to Spiti can get the permit here.
To Shimla you can get directly from Delhi with the nightbus or from Kalka with the toytrain (there is a connection with Delhi, trains are waiting for each other in case of a delay). A taxi is available, too, for sure. You can continue to Spiti, via Jalori-Pass (exciting road!) to the Great Himalayan National Park or via Mandi to the Kuluvalley.
There are many accommodations – the Heritage Hotels are especially beautiful.