Winter season, which lasts from October to February, is also considered the best time to visit Shimla. Snowfall occurs around January, and the entire city is blanketed with pearly-white snow, enhancing the beauty of Shimla. Currently, Shimla Airport is not operational. Hence, you need to take a bus or taxi from Chandigarh International Airport or Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, to reach Shimla. Chandigarh International Airport has domestic flights to and from across various cities in India, such as Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Srinagar, Chennai. Hindi is the most widely-spoken language in the city. A sizeable population also speaks English. Ethnic Pahari people speak the local language of Pahari. Due to the presence of many Punjabi immigrants, Punjabi is also spoken and understood by many. At Shimla, you’ll be snowbound in the winter season, and the place becomes quite breezy. For this, a windcheater is one of the things to carry for Shimla trip without fail. Some buildings and monument (Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla;) may require special permissions for photography or filming. District Administration & Tourism office will help you with the same. Always keep the emergency contacts of the place you are visiting and your family members handy Police: 100, Ambulance: 102, District Control Room: 1077, Tourist Information Office (Shimla) : 0177-2658302, 0177-2652561 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. The steep 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 swiftly. It is advisable not to visit Shimla during monsoons as the place has a history of having landslides now and then. The roads can get very slippery, and it is not a good idea to roam around at this time. Buses are also available from nearby cities to Shimla. Delhi offers deluxe and non-deluxe bus services to the place. Besides, tourists can also go to Shimla from Delhi by AC taxis. Regular trains are available from major cities of the country to the Kalka Railway Station. Tourists can avail taxis from the station to Shimla.