Shimla FAQs

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Area geography

Shimla is located on the Middle-Western range of the Himalayas, spread across seven hills. The Dhauladar and the Pir Panjal ranges bisect the hill station.

Drinking laws

25 is the minimum age for consumption of alcohol in Shimla.

Tipping

10-15% of the billing amount is acceptable for tipping. However, it is not necessary if you are already paying service tax.

Safety

Shimla has a low crime rate and therefore considered relatively safe. However, petty crimes like pickpocketing or bag snatching are common. It’s advisable to always be cautious of your surroundings and avoid visiting isolated areas.

General information

Languages spoken

Himachali and Hindi

Time zones

IST (UTC+5.5 hours)

Major religions

Hinduism, Islam, Christianity

Domestic international calling codes

0177

Electricity standards

230 V, 2 pin/3 pin round plug sockets are generally installed in all hotels. So, carry adapters as per your requirement.

Common greetings

Hello: Namaste

Good Morning: Namaste

Good Evening: Namaste

Goodbye: Namaste

Thank you: Dhanyavaad/ Shukriya

Sorry: Maaf kijiye

Do you speak English? Kya aap angrezi bolte hain?

I do not understand: Mujhe samajh nahi aaya

No: Nahi

Yes: Haan

I don’t know: Mujhe nahi pata

How are you? Aap kaise hain?

What is your name? Aapka naam kya hai?

My name is: Mera naam hai…

Where is the washroom? Shauchalaya kahan hai?

Is this vegetarian? (point to a dish in a menu card): Kya yeh shakahari hai?

Where is this? (point to a monument, amenity on a paper/map): Ye kahan pe hai?

How much does this cost? Yeh kitne ka hai?

Too expensive! Bahut mehenga hai!

A little cheaper: Thora sasta kariye

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Emergency numbers

Police Control Room: 2657430 Ambulance: 2804648/102 Blood Bank (DDU): 2658940 Hospital - IGMC (Snowdon): 2654092 Taxi Stand: 2623456