Blessed with snow-capped mountains and flourishing pine and oak forests, Shimla is a quaint hill station in Himachal Pradesh. It is perched at an elevation of 2,276 m above sea level. Once the summer capital of British India, the hill station still upholds its old-world charm, credit to the stunning colonial architecture. The weather is pleasant throughout the year, making Shimla one of the most preferred destinations among tourists.

Shimla Summer Festival is among the most awaited festivals in the state. It is celebrated every year in the summer months as a tribute to the gods for an abundant harvest. This vibrant festival also marks the beginning of the summer season in Shimla.

About Shimla Summer Festival

The festival was started in 1960 to boost tourism in Shimla. It became a huge success and now, thousands of tourists from all around the world flock to the hill station to witness this charming festival.

The festival is celebrated on a grand scale and features lively festivities and mesmerizing musical shows by prominent artists from different parts of the country. In the past, many known personalities and artists such as Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar, Mohammed Rafi and Asha Bhosle, among others, have performed at the festival. Over the past few years, many budding artists and singers have performed at the festival too.

The beautiful Flower Show at the Shimla Summer Festival is a must-see event for all the nature lovers out there. The blossoming flowers contribute to the glamour of the town and make for a unique and alluring experience!

Things to do in Shimla Summer Festival 2022

This year, the summer festival is going to begin on 1st June. The event witnesses several fun and engaging activities that guests can attend and participate in.

Flower Show

One of the main attractions of the summer festival, the captivating flower show bathes the hill station in an aura of breathtaking colours. The sweet fragrance of the blooming flowers adds to the overall appeal of the show. You can also find several stalls selling a wide variety of fresh flowers at the festival.


Live Music Performances

The summer festival hosts some of the most vivacious live performances, from local artists to renowned Indian and international performers. Against the beautiful backdrop of the mighty Himalayas, the live performances make for a heartfelt experience!

Sports Tournaments

The festival gives a lot of importance to sports and witnesses a wide range of tournaments and competitions. The sports tournament starts with a fun-marathon which signifies the beginning of the summer festival. Ice skating is one of the most popular sports at the festival and people from all over the country travel to Shimla to take part in these tournaments!

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Food Festival

The culinary festival is a must-visit event for all the foodies out there. With a wide variety of delicious dishes from different cuisines and refreshing drinks, the food festival draws thousands of locals and tourists alike. A visit to the food festival is one of the best things to do in the Shimla Summer Festival.

Dance Performances

Be it in the form of dance or cinema, art is one of the main attractions of the festival. A combination of different types of folk and contemporary dances are performed at the festival, winning the hearts of the audience.


Shimla Summer Festival offers a charming experience and is a must-visit event for every tourist. If you are planning to attend the Shimla Summer Festival 2022, then book your stay at one of the best hotels in town - Larisa Hotel, Shimla. Featuring beautiful rooms overlooking the magnificent hills, delectable dining outlets and premium facilities, we aim at making your stay in Shimla a pleasant one!



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