Firstly, let me introduce you to the founder of LocalGuy,  Mr. Anuj Sharma. Localguy is the first recognized Start-up of Himachal Pradesh and it was lunched in November 2018 by Honourable Chief Minister Shri Jairam Thakur ji, in presence of Honourable Minister of Industries Shri Vikram Thakur ji and Honourable Minister of Education Shri Suresh Bharadwaj ji.

 

 

LocalGuy is a web based Software as a Service portal that enables local people of Himachal to become local hosts and offer activities directly to travelers.

•It’s aims to cater unorganized sector and enable micro – entrepreneurs in cities to connect directly with travelers and give travelers a chance to access the unexplored local experiences in a city/village which would be invisible on other tourism agency portal.
•It helps travelers discover local experiences in cities they travel and book them on the go.
•Local experts to host experience based activities on the portal with their profile attached and enables travelers to book the experiences according to duration , cost and interest.
•It aims to empower Local micro – entrepreneurs with micro – finance credit facilities depending upon their needs and profile.
•It is impacting the people throughout Himachal Pradesh and from past one month more than 200 people who have registered themselves as a local hosts on our portal.
•Localguy is a website where it helps the travelers to know about each and every places and also experiences outdoor activities.
So it becomes interesting when experiences is unique. And therr is  online booking available on the portal. So that you can connect with the host directly.

 

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

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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Plant a tree in Shimla | Leave Trees not Trash behind

Take this activity and we'll take you to the nearest green zone where you can plant a a sapling, which
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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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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;
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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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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.

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.

With the onset of winters, there is no end to best things to do in Shimla or activities organized by locals in Shimla. Once you are here, Shimla treats you with Mall road and branching out paved paths filled with British Architectural marvels, Local food joints endorsing Himachali cuisine, local Shimla mountaineers ready to take you to adventure camps and riversides and certified Guides to explain you what makes this town so happening!! We have compiled a list of local experiences for you.

 

Best Things to do in Shimla Activities organized by Locals in Shimla

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Barbecue, BnB and Eco Friendly Stay at The Press House

The Press House Bnb is an escapade of transforming recycled wood into something ecstatic. The Press House Bnb completely built
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Survival Night Weekend Wilderness Fun

LocalGuy: Pranav Rawat Speaks English, Hindi   An avid mountaineer and an apple farmer. My recent endeavor was India’s epic frozen waterfall
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The Heritage Miles Walk Shimla

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Christ Church, Ridge / Vice Regal Lodge, Boileauganj DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 20 minutes before the schedule.

Ride a Royal Enfield on Hills in Shimla with Himalayan riders

LocalGuy: Ishan gupta Speaks English, Hindi Himalayas offer a great opportunity of Riding on and off road on top pf a
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Traditional Himachali Food spread Dham

Here in the Himachali Rasoi we are primarily offering a traditional festive spread called a Dham. Dham is served on
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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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