a comfortable pair of shoes. And if you are taking one of the more
rugged paths, then something with a good grip at the ankles is
On the nature hikes do not leave the trail or
spur, unless you are very sure of where you are going - distances
and directions can be deceptive. The Shimla hills do not have
poisonous snakes except the banded krait and these are rarely, if
ever, encountered. It is also suggested that for these trails, the
services of a guide be engaged.
A crowd of porters may
besiege you at the bus and taxi stand. If you don't need their
services, keep an answer ready to ward them off. They also work as
agents for hotels, so check out the place for you.
climb from the Mall to where most of the hotels are located can be
very strenuous, so accepting the services of a porter can be a good
idea -- but keep track of them as they walk very
Carry light woolens for the summer and heavy woolens
Avoid green salads, uncooked food, and unhygienic
water to save you from Traveler’s Diarrhea which is a common
Carry sunscreen with minimum SPF 20 to escape
Travelers from yellow fever areas are required to
have an inoculation certificate. Prior inoculation for poliomyelitis
Cases of mugging, theft and worse aren’t
completely unheard of but by and large serious crimes against
travelers are few and far between.
If you lose your passport,
lodge a First Information Report (FIR) at the local police station
and contact your embassy.