Some days ago, I just got a chance for a Road Trip to Shimla. I had to attend an office seminar in Kasumpti, Shimla. The main question was how to reach Shimla because we were a group of 4 office colleagues and Taxi from Delhi to Shimla is bit costlier than a personal car. So we decided to travel Delhi to Shimla by Road. We left Delhi early in the morning at 06.00 hours and reach Shimla at about 05.00 in the evening.
Delhi to Shimla Distance is only 370 km and it takes only 7 – 8 hours but the reason we took 11 hours is because of our breaks taken for photography and food & drinks. Trip of Delhi to Shimla by Car is awesome and once you cross Delhi bypass, you are free to fly.
Roads are pretty good as entire trip is on National Highway 1 and 22. Moreover there are no red light signals from Delhi bypass till Zirakpur crossing. But do remember that speed limit on highways are 90 km only. Also Punjab Police is very strict about seat belt. So, once you leave Haryana and enter Punjab, don’t forget to buckle up your seat belts. Otherwise you’ll end up getting a fine of Rs 1000 or a bribe of 500 Rs as in the case with us.
Anyways our first stoppage was at Murthal, Sonepat for cold drinks. As we lefty early morning, we didn’t have something to drink. Murthal is a small village on Sonepat highway, just 40 km from Delhi Bypass and is famous for its road side dhabas (food joints). Then comes Panipat city. Panipat is famous for Handloom Textiles and bed sheets. Now a new tolled flyover has been made here and you can cross the whole Panipat city within 20 min over the flyover. Also here comes your first toll booth. There are total of 4 tolls on this stretch. First at Panipat for Rs 25, than at Karnal for Rs 90, at Zirakpur for Rs 29 and finally a Himachal Pradesh barrier for Rs 30 when you enter Himachal. If you have hired a Taxi from Delhi to Shimla, these toll charges would be nearly tripled.
Our next stoppage was at Karnal for breakfast. It has a famous food joint namely “Zhilmil”. They served veg Indian and chines dishes and food quality and service is excellent. Nearly all the restaurants on Delhi Shimla stretch is of 24 hours. After Karnal you have to pass by Kurukshetra and Ambala. At Ambala you can get good non veg food at the restaurants at highway itself. After Ambala you reach Zirakpur. From here if you take on flyover it’ll lead you to Chandigarh and we have to take a side road and then a right turn to Shimla. Chandigarh to Shimla distance is 117 km and 4 to 5 hour of journey. On right turn at Zirakpur to Shimla comes the first red light after leaving Delhi. This road will straight take you to Shimla via Kalka, Parwanoo, Dharampur, Barog, Solan, Kandaghat, Shoghi and Taradevi. Kalka to Shimla distance is 90 km.
Hilly stretch began from Kalka itself. You will get charmed by this Kalka Shimla stretch. Road is again pretty good but single lane only. There are many places in between to take photographs. Dharampur is famous for some food joints and Solan has a Beer distillery. This is the best reason to travel Delhi to Shimla by Car because you can stop wherever you want and so you’ll never miss a chance to watch nature this close. You’ll get to see many train tunnels in between the road. Birds’ chirping, pine forests, Deodar tress will make your trip memorable. You’ll never get this fresh air in your big cities.
Delhi to Shimla by Road is a trip full of energy and enthusiasm. Shimla is a most romantic place I have ever visited. Although it is a bit crowded city but if you can walk on your legs, than you’ll find it as a paradise on Earth. You can have a romantic walk with your partner in the lap of nature. Enjoy Skiing in Kufri or trekking in Jungle, drive a snow scooter and many more if you are an adventurous person. You can do shopping at The Mall Road, horse riding at Ridge, watch plays in Gaiety Theatre or do nothing and enjoy the nature at its best. Believe me go Delhi to Shimla by Car and you’ll thank me later for your Trip to Shimla.
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