During my visits to Shimla, one thing that I’ve always missed is the easy happy culture of small cafes that one enjoys in Manali, Chandigarh or even in Delhi. Though everyone goes to Shimla for its amazing climate, clean air and open skies, during stroll on the Mall Road, or walks around the city, only options you’re left with is Fine Dining, road side dhabas or old restaurants.

I recently came across a Cafe quietly sitting in the middle Bazaar down the stairs which are famous for Chhole Bhatoore, run by a young couple passionate about food and music. Cafe EBR is a new addition to the town and pretty much answers the question. When I visited this place for the first time, I actually had this thought that Cafe Culture in Shimla is giving itself a second Chance!

 

EBR Cafe

 

This new delight cafe is a small venture of a young couple out of Shimla, Shiven and his wife Vipasha. Shiven is a cheerful guy, a musician and finance industry expert before he started out with the cafe and Vipasha is a locally known professional dietician. The menu is healthy and planned by her keeping in view the health aspects of the food and offers a separate health menu to the health conscious!

The EBR Cafe offers Mexican and Italian food with a few experiments on Indian Street food. They also have Super fulfilling wraps and Salad Bowls. Do not forget to ask for Malaai Momos if you are serious about yummy experiments. If you want to feel extra special they even offer Detox Shots to get your  metabolism on track. Rs. 500 for two feeds you well.

Other Well known Cafes in the town have paved the way for new entrants by setting the tone. Wake n Bake, a cafe located on the Mall Road stands out to serve you Italian food.

Then there is Cafe Under Tree with its unique concept of interiors and and amazing location at the top of Shimla, nestled in the middle of deodar trees behind the famous Jakhoo temple, you’ll not find new anything in terms of food, but its a fantastic place to chill with your dear ones.

Cafe Shimla Times is one place that won’t let you miss the glitz of the Cafes in big cities. They offer you a variety of food and Bottled Beer.

If you’ve been an old timer to Shimla, you must be missing the Park Cafe that once served as the centre of youngster’s retreat in the town but closed at the moment. Apart from these places, Shimla as a town didn’t have anything to boast about any place as a Cafe that you could enter carefree and enjoy.

 

Cafe under Tree

Cafe culture seems to take a grip in the once colonial town of Shimla with youngsters showing their interest in culinary arts.

 

To experience the town of Shimla from an insider’s view and get along the local way of living, check out these experiences.

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Health Food Tour in Local Cafe

Health Food Tour in Local Cafe run by a Local Professional Dietician in Shimla. Chat with the Local expert while
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Healthy Italian Food Experience and Chat with Pro Dietician

Health Food Tour in Local Cafe run by a Local Professional Dietician in Shimla. Chat with the Local expert while
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Romantic Date at Café Under Tree (Highest Café in Shimla)

Special Romantic Date at Café  Under Tree (Highest Café  in Shimla). A fairy tale treatment to the couple to never forget
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Rent a Mountain Bike in Shimla

Rent a mountain bike in Shimla and explore the trails and valley roads around the town. Feel the freedom and
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There are numerous interesting avenues in Himachal when its comes to experiencing the local culture and enjoying the scapes of nature. Walk and Monastery visit in Dharamshala with Jubin Mehta is one packed experience where the well known writer/ journalist Jubin takes you on a walk to visit local villages and a monastery in Dharamshala.

 

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Exploratory Village walk with a local writer

We'll walk from Gyuto Karma Monastery (Sidhbari, 9km downhill from Dharamshala town to village Banordu from there along fields and
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Jubin Mehta

Jubin is an old timer at YourStory. Deeply entrenched in the Indian startup ecosystem, he is currently focused on building ‘Slow Tech’ for YourStory. He operates from the mountains of Himachal Pradesh where he plays with technology, farming and eco-construction.

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Jubin moved to mountains leaving the noise of cities behind and chose Dharamshala as his place of choice. He is learning local ways of living, farming and running a print publication named “Sadho”. An engineer from NIT Surat, he explores new startups in India across domains. His interest in sustainable living has taken him to Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh.

Its time to join him on this interesting experience of Walk and Monastery visit in Dharamshala.

 

Shimla Summer Festival

Shimla Summer Festival is an extravaganza organised by the state administration every year in the month of June at the historic Ridge ground. Though making an exception this year due to water crisis in June, Shimla summer festival has been rebranded as Shimla Fest and is being organised in the month of September.

Shimla Fest 2018

Shimla Fest 2018 begins on 20th September 2018, inaugurated by the governor Acharya Devvrat at around 4:30 PM and will continue upto around 10:00 PM in the night.

The conclusion of the Shimla Festival will be observed on 23rd September 2018 with Chief Minister Jairam Thakur’s presence.

Enthusiastic school children will be participating and presenting cultural and musical performances. Musical Performances by local celebrity singers and a star night are the main attractions of this festival.

Mohit Chauhan to Perform at Shimla Fest 2018

It is being announced in the media channels that star performer Mohit Chauhan , who hails from the state of Himachal Pradesh itself would be performing this year at the summer festival Shimla fest. Locals as well as tourists are excited about it and flocking to the hill station to attend the event.

Mohit Chauhan will be performing on 23rd of September 2018 as a closing mega act.

 

LocalGuy is offering cool micro tours in Shimla while you enjoy your vacation

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Phone Call Tour Guide in Shimla

Phone Call Support Local Tour Guide in Shimla is an easy and cost effective way to simplify the travel experience.
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Tour of Sacred Gurudwara in Shimla

Tour the 4 must visit Gurudwaras in Shimla, and meet the local community. Offer prayers and experience the richness of
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Healthy Italian Food Experience and Chat with Pro Dietician

Health Food Tour in Local Cafe run by a Local Professional Dietician in Shimla. Chat with the Local expert while
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Eco-Camp Setting Experience in Jakhu Hills

One of the pleasant outdoor experience in Shimla is a gentle walk around Jakhu Hill and a small camp setup

As the trend of local experience while traveling has caught a great momentum amongst travellers, it’s always important to get information and help from informed locals or certified local guides in a place. Though, most of us rely upon modern tech and apps to get by, we often do not get detailed information on these apps when its about off-beat locations, new unexplored experiences and theme based travel.

What about my Privacy?

In such a case, an informed local person or a certified tourist guide is the safest and best way to go ahead! But What about your privacy? Taking a stranger along is not what everyone is comfortable with. Plus, when you are on a romantic get away with your partner, it gets awkward most of the times when maintaining the distance with the guides becomes difficult.

What about my Budget?

OK, I do not have a privacy issue with my guide on my travel but I do not have enough budget to hire a guide for all day long. Though, LocalGuy offers micro tours of a few hours, solving this issue, but even then, sometimes, people do not want to hire anyone personally and cut the cost.

 

The simplest answer is to keep reading more and more information, which might take you days, and weeks to plan a journey. On the other hand, booking an on call support local guide from LocalGuy is cost effective, easy to manage and the best solution with plethora of local knowhow to the guides on the call.

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  • Make the payment online to the on-call support local guide 
  • Call the guide back every time you hit a road block and ask as many questions you want to about the place and possibilities of what all you could do.

 

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Phone Call Tour Guide in Himachal

Phone Call Support Local Tour Guide in Himachal  is an easy and cost effective way to simplify the travel experience.
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Shimla is a well known hill station known for the Snowy Winters, British Architecture and lush green hills in the surroundings. With a lot of things to do in Shimla, mostly the local aspect of the British era town gets shadowed under the magnificence of the old architecture and cool climate.

Apart from having a close connection to local community, the local food, local clothing, people and cultural aspects get mostly ignored. To take you to this hidden land, we’re going to talk about 10 Local Things to do in Shimla.

 

5 Local Things to do in Shimla

Connect with Local People

Connect with local people, considered one of the most helpful and easy to get along with community in India, people of Shimla are supportive, will help you around and tell you how life gets along in Shimla. Share your story with them and hear local tales from the local people of Shimla.

Eat Local Food in Shimla

Being a hilly region, the way of life is completely different here. So is the food. Himachali food is known for its richness in flavour and protein along with carrying an old traditional touch. Better Served as a meal called “Himachali Dham”.

Visit Local markets, places around Shimla

Mostly people visiting Shimla are well acquainted with The Mall Road and The Ridge Ground, most of the local places and markets around get ignored and travellers do not get the real essence of the place.  Three local markets and places around Shimla worth visiting are Sanjauli, Nav Bahar and Hussan Valley.

Local Walks on traffic restricted roads in Shimla

If you’ve heard people complaining about traffic on the roads to Shimla or the local roads in Shimla, you must get on local walks to avoid the traffic. Shimla is internally very well connected and with the help of a local host, an outsider can enjoy beautiful sunsets, sunrises and different colors across the town at different time of the day. Walk on less crowded scenic roads inside Shimla, traffic is restricted on these reads.

Eat Momos in street food shops around Mall Road

If you’re in Shimla, you just cant miss the Momos and the love for the Chinese delicacy the locals have. Don’t feel shy to ask locals where to find the best ones, you may start with Krishna Bakers on the Mall for simple yummy momos and The EBR Cafe in the Middle Bazaar for a more youthful version of Malaai Momos.

 

Though, the list can go on and on, its better to find a local host and explore the untouched aspects about Shimla. Find all the experiences hosted by locals and experience places like locals.

 

Experiences offered by Local Hosts in Shimla

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Healthy Italian Food Experience and Chat with Pro Dietician

Health Food Tour in Local Cafe run by a Local Professional Dietician in Shimla. Chat with the Local expert while
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Early Bird!

Eco-Camp Setting Experience in Jakhu Hills

One of the pleasant outdoor experience in Shimla is a gentle walk around Jakhu Hill and a small camp setup
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Rent a Mountain Bike in Shimla

Rent a mountain bike in Shimla and explore the trails and valley roads around the town. Feel the freedom and
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Mountain Biking in Country Side around Shimla

Splashing through waterfalls, streams and rivers enjoy an outdoor lunch by a riverside and drive back with wonderful Himalayan memories.
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Warm Welcome Ceremony on Arrival in Shimla

A Warm Welcome Ceremony on Arrival in Shimla is all about a pre-organised small ceremony specially designed to make you feel
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Himachal Pradesh is a peaceful and quiet state with very friendly local residents. People are welcoming and seldom create any trouble to the tourists. You should be mindful about the following things when you come to Himachal Pradesh:

  1. Avoid indulging with commission agents and explore the local attractions in the state.
  2. Be kind to local community, connect with as many locals as possible and ask them for recommendations about local experiences in Himachal.
  3. Find reviews of local businesses on internet before making bookings.
  4. Use information provided by Tourism Information Centres setup by Tourism Department.
  5. Find Local Experiences rather than touristy destinations and experiences.
  6. Keep enough cash handy because you will not find al lot of local businesses accepting digital payments.
  7. Try to visit Himachal during fruit crop seasons mostly ranging from April to October other than the snowy winters.

For more information check out local experiences hosted by locals on the LocalGuy | Local Experiences by Local Hosts

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Cycling Through Mashobra and Rafting in Chabba

Shimla with its network of natural trails is a cyclist’s delight. Cycling through forests and small villages and quaint hamlets;
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Bike and Hike Adventure Bashleo Pass, Jalori Pass, Tirthan Valley

Cradled within a yet untouched forest heartland, the Jalori Pass offers Nature’s breathing life– bountiful flora and fauna amidst the
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Kasol, Tosh & Kheerganga with Local People

Breathing, Eating and Walking on the Nature's lap. Mesmerizing Kasol, Tosh and Kheerganga Trekking and camping is one way to leave
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Mountain Biking in Country Side around Shimla

Splashing through waterfalls, streams and rivers enjoy an outdoor lunch by a riverside and drive back with wonderful Himalayan memories.
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4 Days Bike & Hike Himalayan Countryside around Shimla

Complete Experience of Cycling, hiking, food and Stay for 2 in the lap of Himalayas. Pack your bag and come,
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Shimla Snow Skiing and Hill Forest Road Drive

Limited Seasonal opportunity to enjoy in snow! A hot bowl of Maggi is set to warm you up and gets
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Apple Season is around the corner and the state of Himachal Pradesh is going to produce 3-4 Crore boxes of Apple alone this year according to trends from past years. Apple harvesting is an amazing time of the year when orchard owners go to every corner of their land to harvest the crop. Its green all around, cozy weather with mild showers sometimes and Apple all around.

The feeling of plucking a fresh fruit from the tree and biting it is just amazing! Gushing juice from the fresh fruit in your mouth gives you a refreshing taste as well as boosts your immunity.

 

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Apple Plucking in Himalayan Orchards

Apple Plucking in Himalayan Orchards. I'll take you on an amazing experience of plucking fruits, in this case, Apples in
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So, why not go and join the local hosts from these orchards in the foot hills of Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh and get the feel for yourself!! The season lasts for 3 months, July to Sept. in lower hills around Thanadhar, Narkanda and Kullu and Sept. to Nov. in upper hills of Kinnaur.

LocalGuy makes it easy for anyone to connect with local hosts and experience the place like a local with insider’s insights and information. Local hosts prepare local meal for the guests along with the walk in the orchards and the whole experience.

Renting a mountain bike that actually solves the purpose is a tough task to complete when you’re away from home traveling so hill station. Renting Mountain bike in Shimla which is in good quality and maintained by an expert is not just difficult but sometimes disappointing. Locals in Shimla have a high inclination towards mountain biking but very few service providers rent out for money and even they don’t keep many ready.

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To end this scarcity,  we’ve rather thought of creating a whole experience around mountain biking for leisure and availability. You can book a slot with a local experts who is well versed with local terrain, trails and brings a bike for you along with him. A LocalGuy is the best source of information about how locals explore the places around them and share with you the real story of the place.

Here are some local Trails offered by local experts in Shimla. Starting from a single day of biking around Shimla to complete biking, Eating Lodging Experiences of 4 Days.

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Rent a Mountain Bike in Spiti

Rent a mountain bike in Shimla and explore the trails and valley roads around the town. Feel the freedom and
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Cycling Through Mashobra and Rafting in Chabba

Shimla with its network of natural trails is a cyclist’s delight. Cycling through forests and small villages and quaint hamlets;
per booking
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Bike and Hike Adventure Bashleo Pass, Jalori Pass, Tirthan Valley

Cradled within a yet untouched forest heartland, the Jalori Pass offers Nature’s breathing life– bountiful flora and fauna amidst the
per booking
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Rent a Mountain Bike in Shimla

Rent a mountain bike in Shimla and explore the trails and valley roads around the town. Feel the freedom and
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Early morning drive from Shimla to Charabara. We begin the Hike around Shimla From Charabara, take a plunge down and a climb back through the picturesque Mashobra valley which is mirrored by the tall Shali Peak (3200m). The route holds thick woods where practically every tree of the region grows – Himalayan Cedar (the almost legendary ‘Deodar’), Spruce, Oak, Rhododendron, Horse-Chestnut, Birch and Pine. Depending on the time of year, a variety of wildflowers grace the hillsides – the rhododendrons flower a dark red in spring, summer has banks of roses, daises and buttercups, the monsoons speckle the luxuriant grass with lilies-of-the-valley and peonies. Through the year, flitting butterflies stab quick flashes of color. The trail crosses picture-perfect hamlets where the word ‘time’ seems to mean only the seasons and the passing years – and where life has followed a steady pace for centuries. Trace fast flowing streams, cross a ‘sacred grove’ whose majestic trees have stood undisturbed for centuries, watch village craftsmen at work, listen to legends that seem as old as the hills – and in a single day, take a lifetime’s memory of some of the marvels that the lower Himalayas hold.
There are two start-options – one can walk down from Charabara to Mashobra Bazaar (30 to 40 minutes) or drive down to the Bazaar (20 minutes) and then start the hike.
Through woods of Himalayan Cedar and Spruce, the path to Seepur takes a steady dip down the valley. Past fields and orchards and wood and slate houses one arrives at the glade of Seepur – which the vicerene Lady Lytton called a “tea-cup shaped valley” and was popular for midnight picnics in the days of the Raj. Several slim streams fed by fresh-water springs nurture the soft grass of Seepur. The glade is held sacred to the local deity, Seep who ‘visits’ the spot at select times of year. Shaded by colossal Cedars, a delightful little temple built in the local style with stone and wood, rests on an edge. Smaller shrines merging with the woods are also there. This is the site of an annual fair held over the second weekend of April – and is a time for local matchmaking.
From Seepur the decline eases out to the tiny village of Shali, which holds a dozen charmingly rustic structures – and is probably named in honour of the facing peak. Here, the hike-path that snakes along the hill holds a bifurcation, and along a mild incline the route takes a right. This also marks the end of the descent. The view on the facing hill has terraced fields and age-old villages. Along the narrow path, the only sounds one is likely to hear are of one’s own breathing and the crunch of boots over scattered cones. The silence only punctuated by the song of a Himalayan Thrush or Barbet.
After Shali comes the home of the deity Seep at Deothi. Local legend has it that the deity was brought with the erstwhile rulers of the Koti state – in whose former territories the hike lies – when they migrated here from Kutlehar, which lies north-west. The temple was first established in the village of Nehra. This tract was then ruled by mavis, local strongmen who wished to share in the worship of Seep. When this was refused, the mavis started desecrating the temple. ‘Speaking’ through his worshippers, Seep declared that he wanted to move from Nehra and a day would come when a long line of ants would march through the village and where they finally circled a mound, was where he wished to reside. The ants came and circled a mound in what is now the village of Deothi – and where Seep was ceremoniously installed. The identity of this local deity has steadily been merged with that of Lord Shiva, the destroyer in the Hindu trinity. Styled as a tall gabled mushroom and belonging to an architectural genre unique to this part of the world, Seep’s temple rests at the edge of a small spur and is surrounded by other structures that ‘belong’ to him – a storehouse, a pavilion and a room for folk musicians.
Cameo appearances of pomegranate trees and tumbling streams that come close to becoming waterfalls, fresh water springs embellished with utilitarian stonework and a little bridge mark the passage to Mulkoti. Walls of shale and quartzite, now reduced to rubble, hold the remains of the little fort of the Raja of Koti where, centuries ago, the Koti rulers first established themselves.

We at LocalGuy strive to get the best experiences for travelers and connect them with Local people. Meet the man who built a House with NO new wood and put in place a magnificent piece of beauty and luxury. Meet our LocalGuy Bunkim Chadha, Who gets his inspirations from nature.

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Bunkim, a foodie at heart with a knack for cooking, shares about himself, ” I am photography enthusiast who enjoys mounting biking and practice permaculture. Professionally, I am a social entrepreneur and have been associated in the development sector for the last 8 years. Prior to taking up the homestay project, I worked for a youth-led NGO, Swechha as the Business head of their fair trade arm. I continue to volunteer for various NGOs and WWF community activities in and around Shimla.”bunkim_profile

The Press House Bnb is an escapade of transforming recycled wood into something ecstatic. The Press House Bnb completely built with love, thought and upcycled wood. Experience of staying here with us takes you away from the noise of the city and you find yourself facing one of the highest mountain ranges of Himachal, Conserved forest area of Kufri Catchmnt and open skies.

On the deck, at The Press House Bnb you get Barbecue experience under the sky with open horizon. Feeling the cool breeze on top of warmth from the Barbecue and taste of grilled meat/ chicken/ Paneer.

Studio apartment which boasts of furniture completely made up of upcycled wood and eco friendly material deigned beautifully offer comfy beds for 4 or more. Kitchen is well equipped and pets are welcomed too!

Take a look at the Press house Bnb pictures and details and select your winter holiday destination!

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Tourism Business in Himachal Pradesh largely depends upon Local people, running small and medium enterprises and freelancers who make most of the transactions in cash. Life was running smoothly until our PM announced a currency ban on the 500 and 100 denominations. With the winter tourism season gaining pace in Shimla, the small service providers, like Horse riding guys, freelance local guides, small home-stay owners, adventure and other experience curators landed in a mess with tourists handing them the banned currency notes.

How Tourism Businesses in Himachal are using technology during Currency Ban

Among all of this turmoil, long queues outside ATMs and rush in Banks, local guys are joining portals like Paytm to accept money and Localguy.in to list their business and get instant bookings from tourists and travelers. Startups like Localguy.in are building market places where any local service provider can list their activity or experience based service with their authenticated profile and get instant bookings.

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The service is so simple to use that anyone can list their activity with their photograph and profile and get bookings front he travelers.  Activities such as sight-seeing, horse-riding, guided walks, curated lunch/dinner experiences, special occasion celebrations, adventure activities and many more.

Only condition being that the local person has to submit valid ID and details of their activity using a simple form on the portal itself.

The recent move by the government is being considered a game changer in local commerce and is leading to a big leap towards digitization on local grounds.