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26 Best Places to visit in Shimla 2024, ✔ List of Tourist places

Budget Hotels > Travel Blog > Destinations > Shimla > 26 Best Places to visit in Shimla 2024, ✔ List of Tourist places

Evergreen forests, rolling valleys, breathtaking lakes and the pleasant Shimla weather are only a few reasons that lend this hill station a unique charm. No doubt, the best places to visit in Shimla will leave you with memories of a lifetime. With a varied range of attractions – natural splendors as well as man-made wonders – Shimla truly lives up to its reputation.

In this blog, we give you a rundown of the best Shimla tourist places that will never fail to entice you, whether you are a family holidaymaker, a honeymooner or a solo traveler.  So, on your mark and get set, because it’s time to pack your bags and gear up for an exciting trip to Shimla, one of the most visited hill stations near Delhi. Check here the list of best places to visit in Shimla in 2024 with location, images, entry fee & timing.

Best Places to Visit in Shimla in 2024

1. the ridge, shimla.

The Ridge, Shimla

The Ridge | #1 of 23 Places to Visit in Shimla

The Ridge may well be defined as the heart of Shimla in terms of location and tourist attractions. This Shimla tourist spot is actually a wide-open street that runs along the Mall Road from east to west and connects it to the famous Scandal Point. What makes it such a popular destination is that it offers gorgeous views of the snow-capped mountain ranges that rise against the blue sky to border this paradise of a destination. The place is dotted with long-standing British establishments that beckon visitors to indulge in feel-good shopping and binge-eating. Lined with boutiques, bars, restaurants, cafes, and shops, the Ridge serves as the social hub in the region. Remember, this place is among the most photographed parts of the city, thanks to its rich natural beauty and the Gothic structures that define its exquisiteness.

  • Best Places to visit: Christ Church, Mall Road, Scandal Point, Gaiety Theatre, Kali Bari Temple
  • Top Things to do: Enjoy a leisurely stroll along The Ridge, Explore the shops, cafes, and restaurants, Witness a cultural performance or play at Gaiety Theatre
  • Nearest Airport: Shimla Airport (22 km)
  • Nearest Train Station: Shimla Railway Station (2 km)
  • Nearest Bus Stand: Shimla ISBT (2 km)
  • Timings : 8:00 am to 6:00 pm; every day

2. Jakhoo Hill and Temple, Shimla

Jakhoo Hill and Temple,Shimla

Jakhoo Hill and Temple | #2 of 23 Places to Visit in Shimla

Covered in a blanket of alpine trees, Jakhoo Hill is the highest point of Shimla and offers scenic views of the snow-covered Shivalik Ranges as well as the sister town of Sanjauli. Situated at a height of 8000 ft. above the sea level, Jakhoo Hill is the location of an ancient Hanuman temple that boasts of having the world’s tallest statue (108 ft.) of this Hindu deity. Shrouded in legends and mysteries, it attracts devotees and the tourists alike. If the local legends are to be believed, the temple stands at the very spot where Lord Hanuman had rested for a while during his journey to bring the Sanjeevani Booti for Lakshman’s revival during the war of Lanka.   

  • Best Places to visit: Jakhoo Temple, Rashtrapati Nilayam (The Retreat), Scandal Point, Ridge, Christ Church  
  • Top Things to do: Trekking, Visit the Jakhoo Temple, Sightseeing, Photography, Explore the local markets, Enjoy the scenic views
  • Nearest Train Station: Shimla Railway Station (4 km)
  • Nearest Bus Stand: Shimla ISBT (4 km)
  • Timings : 7:00 am to 8:00 pm; every day

3. Mall Road, Shimla

Mall Road, Shimla

Mall Road | #3 of 23 Places to Visit in Shimla

When it comes to Shimla places to visit for couples, you can’t give a miss to the Mall Road. Otherwise, also, the place is a hip and happening location in this hill station and attracts visitors of all ages. With a plethora of cafes, restaurants, showrooms, departmental stores, and shops selling trinkets and exclusive handicraft works, this is one place where you can soak in the spirit of Shimla in all its touristy delights. From jewelry and books to intricately crafted wooden articles, you can shop for a variety of items here. At the same time, you can explore a number of other attractions in the vicinity, like the Kali Bari Temple, Town Hall, Gaiety Theatre, and Scandal Point. What’s more, since the road is closed to vehicles, taking a stroll here during the evening hours while overlooking the scenic beauty of the hills is a pleasure in itself. The best hotels in Shimla are located around Mall Road.

  • Best Places to visit: Scandal Point, Ridge, Lakkar Bazaar
  • Top Things to do: Shopping, Dining, Scenic Walks, Horse Riding
  • Timings : 9:00 am to 9:00 pm; every day

4. Kalka-Shimla Railway, Shimla

Kalka-Shimla Railway, Shimla

Kalka-Shimla Railway | #4 of 23 Places to Visit in Shimla

The Kalka to Shimla toy train ride is a high point of Shimla tourism and for a good reason. Built in 1898, this narrow-gauge railway has recently been added to the mountain railways of India’s World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Winding through the extremely scenic and mountainous route from the Shivalik Range foothills at Kalka to Shimla train ride offers spectacular views of the surrounding hills and villages. On the way, it stops at a number of tourist destinations, like Solan, Dharampur, Summer Hill, Salogra, Taradevi, and Barog, among others. The ride will take you through no less than 864 bridges, 919 curves, and 102 tunnels. The toy train Shimla ride in itself may not count as a ‘place’ to visit in the region, but missing the ride means missing out on some of the splendid sights that Shimla has to offer.

If you belong to Haryana, you can also plan a trip to some of the other enticing hill stations near Chandigarh .

  • Timings and charges : Check the official website for train timings and fare

Suggested Read: Best Places to visit in April in India

5. kufri, shimla.

 Kufri, Shimla

Kufri | #5 of 23 Places to Visit in Shimla

A ride of about 40 minutes from the city center will bring you to Kufri, another must-visit place in the region. Located at an elevation of 8607 ft., this small hill station promises you panoramic views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains. But Kufri is not just about Shimla sightseeing. It is also an adventure hub that offers training and facilities for exciting winter sports like ice skating and skiing. That is why it is also known as the winter sports capital of India. Since Kufri experiences regular snowfall in winter, it ranks top among the Shimla visiting places in December.

  • Best Places to visit: Himalayan Nature Park, Kufri Fun World, Mahasu Peak, Indira Tourist Park, Fagu Valley, Green Valley
  • Top Things to do: Skiing,  Scenic Walks, Horse Riding, Hiking
  • Nearest Airport: Shimla Airport (24 km)
  • Nearest Train Station: Shimla Railway Station (18 km)
  • Nearest Bus Stand: Shimla ISBT (16 km)

6. Christ Church, Shimla

 Christ Church, Shimla

Christ Church | #6 of 23 Places to Visit in Shimla

One of the prominent landmarks in Shimla, Christ Church, Shimla, is the second oldest church in North India, after St John’s Church in Meerut. It boasts of exceptional architectural beauty. It is a remarkable example of the neo-Gothic style of architecture. The historic church is located on the Ridge and traces its origin back to 1857. An enduring legacy of the colonial rulers, the silhouette of this imposing edifice is visible from far away. With stained glass windows, brass church bell, and arresting towers, it presents a picture of matchless beauty. While the church looks majestic during the day, it turns into an enchanting sight when illuminated at night. Moreover, it houses the largest pipe-organ in India. Even if you are planning a quick itinerary of the Shimla sightseeing places in 2 days, do not miss out on this splendid attraction.

7. Green Valley, Shimla

shimla tourist area

Green Vally | #7 of 23 Places to Visit in Shimla

A breath-taking natural dale near Shimla and Kufri, Green Valley stands true to its name. Set against the backdrop of snow-covered mountains and lush green forests of pine and deodar, the valley is carpeted in greenery. Away from the touristy crowd, the serene Green Valley is where you can witness nature in all its grandeur, which makes it one of the best places to visit in Shimla for honeymoon. Given its pristine beauty, the place also counts among the favorite Bollywood locations in India and has been featured in a number of Hindi movies. Although you can visit Green Valley all year through, the best time to visit it is during the summer months.

  • Nearest Airport: Shimla Airport (30 km)
  • Nearest Train Station: Shimla Railway Station (10 km)
  • Nearest Bus Stand: Shimla ISBT (11 km)

8. Rashtrapati Niwas or Viceregal Lodge by Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla

Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla

Indian Institute of Advanced Study | #8 of 23 Places to Visit in Shimla

Do you fancy visiting the historic location where the decision to create Pakistan and East Pakistan out of India was taken? Then you must trace your path to the Indian Institute of Advanced Study in Shimla. One of the iconic places to visit in Shimla and Manali, the building was initially built as a residence for Lord Dufferin, who served as the Viceroy of India from 1884 to 1888. At that time, it was known as the Viceregal Lodge and the impressive edifice had electricity connection in as early as 1888, which was way before the rest of Shimla came to use electric power in any form. After India gained independence, the place served as the summer retreat of the country’s president and was known as Rashtrapati Niwas before being turned into a center for advanced study and research. The structure draws attention due to its majestic Victorian style of architecture and grandeur

  • Top Things to do: Guided Tours,  Enjoy the Serene Environment, Attend Lectures and Seminars
  • Nearest Airport: Shimla Airport (28 km)
  • Nearest Train Station: Shimla Railway Station (12 km)
  • Tuesday to Sunday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (1 st July to 30 th April)
  • Tuesday to Sunday: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm (1 st May to 30 th June)
  • Closed on Mondays
  • ₹ 40 per person for Indians
  • ₹ 85 per person for foreigners
  •  ₹ 20 per person for Garden Visit
  • Free entry for government school students in groups with their teachers

9. Kali Bari Temple, Shimla

shimla tourist area

Kali Bari Temple | #9 of 23 Places to Visit in Shimla

Some temples are known for their religious or historic significance while others draw in visitors due to their architectural beauty. But there are some temples that score high on both counts. The Kali Bari Temple in Shimla is one such place!  Believed to have been built in 1845, the temple boasts of architectural beauty as well as religious significance in equal measures. As the name indicates, the temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali and houses a captivating idol of the deity. Located very close to the Mall Road, it is an ideal spot to spend some serene moments connecting with your inner self. An interesting thing to note is that Goddess Kali is known here as Goddess Shyamala and it said that Shimla derived its name from Goddess Shyamala.

  • Nearest Airport: Shimla Airport (20 km)
  • Timings : 6:00 am to 7:00 pm; every day

10. Himachal State Museum, Shimla

Himachal State Museum, Shimla

Himachal State Museum | #10 of 23 Places to Visit in Shimla

Located on the Mall Road, the Himachal State Museum (also known as Shimla State Museum) is housed in a colonial mansion. It has a rich collection of miniature paintings, stone sculptures, coins, weapons, armors, dolls, jewelry, handicrafts, and numismatic articles discovered in the valley. All of the articles preserved here serve as remnants of the grand cultural heritage of the state. An assortment of bronze idols collected from various temples spread across the Himalayas is of particular attraction at this place. If you are a history buff, you will find the place a treasure trove of heritage and information.

  • Best Places to visit: Ancient Art Gallery, Philatelic Museum, Pahari Miniature Paintings Gallery, Himachal Archaeology, Ethnology, and Cultural History Gallery
  • Nearest Bus Stand: Shimla ISBT (1 km)
  • Timings : 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; closed on Mondays
  • ₹ 10 per person for Indians
  • ₹ 50 per person for foreigners

11. Tara Devi Temple, Shimla

 Tara Devi Temple, Shimla

Tara Devi Temple | #11 of 23 Places to Visit in Shimla

You may or may not be a religious soul, but while in Shimla, you must not miss out on visiting the Tara Devi Temple. Located atop the hill called Tara Parvat, this shrine is believed to be about 250 years old. Goddess Tara, a goddess of the Tibetan Buddhists and one of Goddess Durga’s nine sisters, is the presiding deity here. According to the local belief, the wooden idol installed in the temple was brought from West Bengal. While the temple exudes a serene vibe, what draws tourists to this destination is its fine architecture.

  • Nearest Bus Stand: Shimla ISBT (14 km)
  • Timings : 7:00 am to 6:30 pm; every day

12. Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex, Shimla

 Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex

Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex | #12 of 23 Places to Visit in Shimla

If you are staying near Mall Road Shimla , the Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex is likely to attract your attention when you step out of your hotel. A century-old building, the cultural complex is an imposing structure built in the Victorian style of architecture and was once the most preferred venue for various social meets in Shimla. Though a portion of the original building has been demolished, even today the structure is a grand visual treat. At one point in time, the building had played host to notable performances by personalities like Prithviraj Kapoor, K.L. Sehgal, Rudyard Kipling, etc. Today, the complex comprises an exhibition hall, an art gallery, a multipurpose hall, and an amphitheater. A renowned center of performing arts, it is visited by artists and art enthusiasts from across the world.  

  • Best Places to visit: Gaiety Theatre, Town Hall, Victorian-style Ballroom, Shimla Heritage Museum
  • Nearest Airport: Shimla Airport (23 km)
  • Nearest Train Station: Shimla Railway Station (6 km)
  • Nearest Bus Stand: Shimla ISBT (5 km)
  • Timings : 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; Monday to Friday
  • ₹ 25 per person for foreigners

13. Mashobra

 Mashobra, Shimla

Mashobra | #13 of 23 Places to Visit in Shimla

If you are a thrill seeker looking for places to visit in Shimla during December, make sure to include this destination in your itinerary. During the winter season, Mashobra, a small town in Shimla, turns into a paradise for winter game enthusiasts. The lush green expanse is covered with a glistening blanket of snow that becomes an excellent base for skiing. Among less crowded places to visit near Shimla, Mashobra enchants visitors with a cool ambiance and lots of fun activities, minus the mob. Whether you want to zoom down the slopes on your ski or engage in snow fights with your beloved or build a snowman with your kids, you can have all the fun at this place.

  • Best Places to visit: Reserve Forest Sanctuary, Craignano Nature Park, Mahasu Peak, Wildflower Hall, Tattapani Hot Springs
  • Nearest Bus Stand: Shimla ISBT (10 km)

Read also – Places to Visit in January

14. Chadwick Falls, Shimla

shimla tourist area

Nestled within the Glen Forests, Chadwick Waterfall is one of the most delightful sights that nature has bestowed upon Shimla. The waterfall makes a dive from a height of 86 meters and cascades down a huge gorge. Surrounded by a blanket of greenery formed by the deodar and pine trees, it presents an enticing sight. The best time to visit it is during monsoons (from June to September) when the water level increases and Chadwick seems to take on a life of its own. If you are not daunted by the idea of taking a dip in the cold waters, you can go ahead and splash around.   

  • Nearest Train Station: Shimla Railway Station (3 km)
  • Timings : 6:00 am to 6:00 pm

15. Annandale, Shimla

shimla tourist area

Annandale| #15 of 23 Places to Visit in Shimla

Are you up for a round of polo or a game of cricket in a scenic spot? Then you will love exploring Annandale. A flat terrain in the hilly base of Shimla, Annandale has been serving as a playground since the time of the British rulers. Today, the destination is popular for a number of sports, including polo, cricket, and racing.  Surrounded by oak and deodar trees, Annandale stands within a deep valley in the western part of Shimla. The place is also known for its splendid beauty and is one of the best places to visit in Shimla in November. While you are here, do not forget to check out the Annandale Army Heritage Museum, which counts among the main attractions of this location.

  • Best Places to visit: Annandale Army Heritage Museum, Annandale Golf Club, Annandale Ropeway, Annandale Helipad
  • Nearest Bus Stand: Shimla ISBT (3 km)
  • Timings : 24×7; every day
  • Army Museum Timings :  10:00 am to 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm; closed on Mondays
  • Entry fee : No entry free

16. Himalayan Bird Park 

shimla tourist area

Himalayan Bird Park | #16 of 23 Places to Visit in Shimla

The Himalayan Bird Park is right opposite the Viceregal Lodge and has a small collection of exotic birds you will love. You can spot the Monal pheasant, peafowls, and peacocks in their full glory here. The place is lush green and great to relax in too.

  • Timings: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, every day

17. Viceregal Lodge

shimla tourist area

Viceregal Lodge | #17 of 23 Places to Visit in Shimla

Viceroys who governed the country between 1888 and 1946 have all stayed here in the lodge during the hot Indian summers. This iconic structure is among the must-visit places to visit in Shimla and is a majestic structure surrounded by well-manicured gardens. This is located at the second-highest point in the city.

  • Nearest Train Station: Shimla Railway Station (5 km)
  • Timings: 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM, Tuesdays to Sundays

18. Summer Hill

shimla tourist area

Summer Hill | #18 of 23 Places to Visit in Shimla

Summer Hill is a suburb of Shimla and is about 5 km away from the Shimla Ridge. This picturesque terrain houses the Himachal Pradesh University and has a lot of cosy eateries and guest houses. The summer hill is a perfect spot if you want to stay away from the regular crowd.

  • Timings: All through the day

19. Shaily Peak

shimla tourist area

Shaily Peak | #19 of 23 Places to Visit in Shimla

Shaily Peak is one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in Shimla. You will have to trek your way through the Naldehra Hills to reach the peak. The view makes it worth your effort though. Don’t forget to visit the temple dedicated to Sage Manu here. This is the only temple in the world built for this Sage.

  • Things to Do: Trekking, Nature walks, Photography, Enjoying panoramic views, Visiting the temple, Taking a dip in the hot springs
  • Nearest Airport: Shimla Airport (34 km)
  • Nearest Train Station: Shimla Railway Station (29 km)
  • Nearest Bus Stand: Shimla ISBT (27 km)
  • Timings: All day until sunset

20. Lakka Bazaar

Lakka Bazaar

Lakka Bazaar | #20 of 23 Places to Visit in Shimla

The Lakka Bazaar is the place to go if you want to experience shopping from quaint stores and meet the amiable locals. The bazaar is located on the foothills of the Jakhoo Peak and is an interesting place to spend a couple of hours in.

  • Timings: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM, all days of the week

21. Manjathal Sanctuary

shimla tourist area

Manjathal Sanctuary | #21 of 23 Places to Visit in Shimla

Located on the Shimla-Bilaspur Highway, Manjathal Sanctuary is a moderately-sized wildlife sanctuary you should definitely visit. This natural reserve is on the list of famous places in Shimla as it houses rare and exotic species of animals, including the endangered Goral.

  • Best Places to Visit: Manjathal Waterfall, Majestic Himalayan Peaks, Dense Forests and Nature Trails
  • Nearest Airport: Shimla Airport (38 km)
  • Nearest Train Station: Shimla Railway Station (20 km)
  • Nearest Bus Stand: Shimla ISBT (22 km)
  • Timings: All through the day (the best time to spot animals is between 6:00 AM and 5:00 PM)

22. Gorton Castle

shimla tourist area

Gorton Castle | #22 of 23 Places to Visit in Shimla

Located on the Mall Road, this neo-gothic style castle is a very interesting place to check out in Shimla. Built in the 19 th century, the castle is made of grey stone walls and is surrounded by sprawling grounds.

  • Nearest Airport: Shimla Airport (21 km)
  • Nearest Train Station: Shimla Railway Station (1.5 km)
  • Timings: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, all days of the week

23. Scandal Point

Scandal Point

Scandal Point | #23 of 23 Places to Visit in Shimla

In the list of visiting places in Shimla, one must not forget Scandal Point. Located between Mall Road and the Ridge, this place is always busy. It is said that this is the location from where the Maharaja of Patiala, Bhupinder Singh and the daughter of a British Viceroy had eloped together. There are many hotels in Shimla around Scandal Point.

  • Timings: 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM, all days of the week

This is just a handpicked list and Shimla, of course, has many more wonders in store for you.  This place witnesses a steady stream of visitors all year round, so book a room in one of the best hotels in Shimla well in advance. Those planning a trip to Shimla as well as Manali can also opt for hotels in Manali.  You can also drive or take a cab as the Manali to Shimla distance time is just 6 hours by road. So, start planning your trip and surrender to the call of the hills!

Frequently Asked Questions About Shimla.

Q. When is the best time to visit Shimla?

A. Weather in Shimla is pleasant during the summer season, lasting from March to June, which makes it the best season to visit Shimla. However, if you wish to witness snowfall, you should plan a trip to Shimla during winter, i.e. between November and February.

Q. How to reach Shimla?

A. The best way to reach Shimla is to travel to Chandigarh by flight or train and from thereon, continue the 4-hour-long journey to Shimla by road. You can also reach Shimla via Kalka Railway Station on a toy train. Chandigarh to Shimla distance is approx 113 km, so there are multiple cab options as well for traveling.

Q. What are the different things to do in Shimla?

A. Take a leisurely walk along the Ridge, shop at Lakkar Bazaar, explore the shops and eateries along the Mall Road, go for trekking, camp under the stars, enjoy a session of ice skating or golf, watch the sunset at Scandal Point, gain an insight into the Himalayan wildlife and soak in the mesmerising views during the Kalka-Shimla toy train ride.

Q. Are there any good places to visit near Shimla?

A. If you have time, don’t forget to cover Kufri on your trip to Shimla. This small hill station promises the most beautiful views of snow-capped mountains and a chance to indulge in exciting winter sports like ice skating and skiing. If you’re visiting Kufri during winter, there’s a high possibility that you’ll get to experience snowfall.

Q. How to reach Shimla from Delhi?

A. Delhi to Shimla distance is approximately 350 kilometers. You can board a Delhi to Shimla bus from the Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT) in Delhi. The nearest railway station to Shimla is Kalka, which is well-connected to Delhi. The Kalka to Shimla distance is 96 km approximately, there is no direct Delhi to Shimla train. The nearest airport to Shimla is the Shimla Airport (also known as Jubbarhatti Airport). There are many direct Delhi to Shimla flights.

Q. In which state is Shimla located?

A. Shimla is located in the state of Himachal Pradesh at the elevation of 2276 m above sea level. It is well connected with all the major cities as Shimla to Delhi distance is 350 km which can be covered by bus, train, or flight.

Q. In which month does snowfall in Shimla?

A. October to February is a popular season for Shimla snowfall. The Shimla temperature in December remains around an average of 4°C, making it the best time to visit Shimla for snowfall.

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Shimla: A saga of nature and its beauty!

Built over seven hills of the mighty Himalayas sits the magnificent hill town of Shimla. Picture yourself waking up among the crisp air of the Himalayas with sun soothing your skin and asking you to meet at the small creek across the dense forgotten woods of pine and cedar. The town teleports you to an era of timeless beauty filled with white cascading waterfalls, small glistening creeks, majestic peaks and mystic hidden forests. Waking up in this bliss of a town is so therapeutic that you are forced to erase all the remorseful memories of the city and become one with the mountains. Soaking in all the blessings of nature makes it difficult to depart as this is the charm of Shimla where it attaches you to every element of its being.

Shimla is also the capital city of Himachal Pradesh, naturally making it one of the most visited tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh. Due to its pleasant weather and endless natural beauty, Shimla was declared as the summer capital of the British Raj. There are heavy chances to the fact that Britishers were homesick and tried to recreate an English village in this town whose evidence can be traced by the colonial-era houses and churches. Since then, tourists have always flocked in large numbers to Shimla to spend their summer & winter holidays and enjoy Shimla at its peak beauty when it is covered with a thick sheet of snow in winters.

Here we bring you a journey full of beautiful sunsets, assurance of the mighty mountains and sound of the river gushing by.

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The Ridge Shimla

The Ridge is a scenic pedestrian promenade located in the center of Shimla. Situated along the Mall Road, this tourist attraction is the best hangout place in Shimla. With restaurants, trendy cafes and bars lining the Ridge, it serves as a social hub for travelers.

It connects all the major tourist attractions of the town such as Mall Road, Jakhoo Temple, Kali Bari Temple and Annadale among a few others. The Ridge also connects the Mall Road with the Scandal Point.

According to rumors, the Maharaja of Patiala had eloped with the daughter of the British Viceroy from this very point. Thus, giving it the name of Scandal Point.

The Ridge offers magnificent views of snow-clad mountains that feel like emerging from the sky. Without any doubts, the Ridge is one of the most important tourist attractions in Shimla.

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Kufri Shimla

Located at a distance of around 15 km from the city centre is the hill station of Kufri . It has earned its title as the ‘Winter sports capital of India’ because of the regular snowfall experienced in this hill town during winters. Various winter sports such as skiing and ice skating make Kufri one of the must-visit places in Shimla.

The adventure junkies find peace and thrill altogether in this mystical hill town filled with scenic snow-capped hills, dense cedar woods and green meadows. Tourists visit this hill town to indulge in the centuries-old activities of skiing and ice skating for adrenaline rush.

This resort hill town once belonged to the Kingdom of Nepal and has an ancient history attached to it. The locals narrate local folklores of the lives and struggles of people in the past.

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Jakhoo Temple

Shimla Jakhoo Temple

Nestled among the pine forests, located at a height of 8000 ft. above sea level is the highest peak of Shimla, Jakhoo Hill. Jakhoo Hill houses the ancient Hanuman temple with the tallest statue of Lord Hanuman (108 ft.).

It is believed that it was this very spot where Lord Hanuman rested for a while on his way to get Sanjeevani Booti for Lakshman’s survival. The hill offers majestic views of the Himalayas in its full glory making it one of the tourist attractions in Shimla.

One cannot drive all the way upto the hill so a short trek also excites the tourists as it takes them amidst the dense deodar forests. The temple enjoys attention from both nature lovers and pilgrims because of the diversity this attraction offers. Do not forget to visit the serene Jakhoo Temple on your vacation to Shimla.

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Christ Church

Christ Church Shimla

Located on the Ridge, Christ Church is the second oldest church in North India. The building boasts of neo-Gothic architecture that proves its connection with the colonial era. Visiting the Christ Church is one of the top things to do in Shimla.

This marvel of architecture is known for its stained-glass windows, fascinating frescos and the clock tower. If you’re looking for a peaceful place to connect with yourself, Christ Church is what you are seeking.

The big yellow building shines bright in the morning spreading hope and positivity and its silhouette in the night offers assurance and calmness from the insecurities of life. The ideal time to visit this church is either in the morning or during the church prayer.

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Chadwick Falls

Chadwick Falls Shimla

White cascading beauty nestled among the dense woods of pine and deodar are the Chadwick Falls. This particular attraction is a treat for the eyes as it falls beautifully down the gorge. The falls take a dive from a height of 86 metres creating a real painting out of nature.

Chadwick Falls is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh inviting all the nature enthusiasts to this state of mountains, meadows, waterfalls and streams.

The best time to visit the Chadwick Falls is during the monsoon season between the months of July and September when the falls are in its full glory with the increase in water level.

One can relax and take a dip in the cool waters of the falls to rejuvenate and drift away any fatigue.

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Summer Hill

Summer Hill Shimla

A suburb of Shimla located at a distance of 5 km from the capital city is the Summer Hill . Known for its exquisite natural beauty of lush greenery, it is one of the best places to visit in Shimla. The viewpoints of this attraction offer uninterrupted panoramic views of hills surrounded by dense pine and deodar forests with color-changing sky in the backdrop.

Summer Hill was where potters used to gather clay to make pots and thus, is also known as the Potter’s Hill. The hill is part of the seven hills that form the hill town of Shimla guaranteeing the majestic beauty of nature in its full bloom to fill your heart with contentment and happiness.

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Annandale Shimla

Care for a cricket match surrounded by hills and trees? Annandale is one of the best places to visit in Shimla. With its scenic view and lush greenery, this popular tourist attraction is a perfect getaway for your summer vacations.

During British Raj, Annandale was a hub for various adventure sports such as polo, cricket and racing. However, now it is SafePlace for all golfers as the race course has been converted to a mini golf-course which is also used as a helipad.

Located at a distance of 4 km from the Ridge, this flat terrain enjoys scenic view among beautiful meadows and lush-green forests. Do not forget to visit the Annandale Army Heritage Museum on your excursion to this magnificent tourist spot.

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Indian Institute of Advanced Studies

Indian Institute of Advanced Studies Shimla

A major trace of colonial history of India, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies was originally built as a residence for the then Viceroy of India, Lord Dufferin. At that time, it was known as the Viceregal Lodge that had electricity connection even before the rest of Shimla knew what electricity was.

After the independence, it served as the summer retreat for the country’s President and came to be known as the Rashtrapati Niwas. In 1965, Dr. Radhakrishnan established the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies for the advancement of art and humanities in India.

It is also the iconic building where the decision to create Pakistan and East Pakistan out of India was taken. Rich historical background and classic English architecture make the institute a popular tourist attraction in Shimla.

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Tara Devi Temple

Tara Devi Temple Shimla

Located atop a hill called Tara Parvat is the splendid Tara Devi Temple . With a serene landscape of lofty peaks, dense oak woods and clear skies, the temple is one of the must-visit tourist attractions.

The temple is believed to be 250 years old with the wooden idol brought all the way from West Bengal. The presiding deity of the temple is Goddess Tara, a goddess of the Tibetan Buddhists and one of Goddess Durga’s nine incarnations.

With quite a few temples in Shimla, Tara Devi seeks attention not only from the diligent devotees but also from admirers of fine architecture. Nestled in a serene atmosphere, the temple exudes peaceful vibes that let the devotees connect to their souls and find solace in their mere existence. The temple surely cannot be missed on your trip to Shimla!

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Shimla State Museum

Shimla State Museum

Located on Mount Pleasant among the splendid manicured lawns is the Shimla State Museum also known as the Himachal State Museum. Built as a colonial mansion, the museum protects the rich cultural heritage of the state.

The Shimla State Museum displays a rich collection of handicrafts, coins, miniature paintings, weapons and coins among others discovered in the hill town. The most unique collection is of the metal idols from various temples spread across the Himalayas. History enthusiasts find themselves lost in a paradise among the walls that store the treasures of a time long lost. Various scriptures in the museum tell ancient stories of the life around the villages amidst the Himalayas. Do not miss out on this marvelous storehouse of history on your visit to Shimla.

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Kali Bari Temple

Kali Bari Temple Shimla

Kali Bari Temple is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Shimla, the capital city of Himachal Pradesh in India on the Bantony Hill. Located on the Kali Bari Road, near the famous Mall Road, the temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali, who is known as Shyamala, one of the most revered Hindu deities. The temple is believed to be over 150 years old and is visited by thousands of devotees and tourists every year.

The city, ‘Shimla’ is named after the God, who was believed to have existed near the Jakhoo Temple. It was originally built on the Jakhoo Hill, by a Bengali Brahmin, Ram Charan Brahmachari in the year 1845. The temple that’s why resembles the unique architecture of the Dakshineswar Kali Temple of West Bengal. However, the temple was later shifted to Bantony Hill (its present location) by the Britishers.

Apart from its religious significance, Kali Bari Temple is also a popular tourist destination because of its picturesque location. The temple offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains, and visitors can enjoy a peaceful and serene atmosphere.

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Green Valley

Green Valley Shimla

Green Valley is a picturesque spot located on the outskirts of Shimla, a popular hill station in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is a beautiful valley that is surrounded by lush greenery and snow-capped mountains. This place is considered to be one of the most scenic places in Shimla, and it attracts a large number of tourists from all over the world.

The valley is located at a distance of around 7 kilometres from Shimla, and it can be reached by road. The drive to Green Valley is itself an enjoyable experience as the road passes through thick forests and offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

As one approaches the valley, the beauty of the place becomes more and more apparent. The valley is surrounded by dense deodar trees, and the verdant landscape is dotted with colourful wildflowers and shrubs.

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Craignano Nature Park Mashobra

Mashobra is a beautiful town located in the Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh, India. It is situated at an altitude of 2,146 metres above sea level and is known for its scenic beauty and lush green landscapes. It is famous for being home to one of the two presidential retreats in India where the President of India conducts his or her office at least once a year. The building which houses the retreat was built in 1850 and completely made of wood.

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Mashobra is the Craignano Nature Park, which is a beautiful park located amidst the dense forests of Mashobra. The park is spread over an area of 600 acres and is home to a variety of flora and fauna. The park also has a beautiful walking trail that offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

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Kiala Forest

Kiala Forest Shimla

Kiala Forest, located in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, is a picturesque natural destination that offers visitors a chance to experience the beauty of nature in all its glory. This serene forest is spread over an area of 160 hectares and is home to a variety of flora and fauna.

The Kiala Forest is known for its dense canopy of oak, pine, and deodar trees, which create a natural habitat for a variety of birds and animals. Visitors to the forest can spot a range of wildlife, including barking deer, monkeys, and wild boar. The forest is also home to several bird species, including the Himalayan griffon, Himalayan bulbul, and yellow-billed blue magpie.

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Himalayan Bird Park

Himalayan Bird Park Shimla

Himalayan Bird Park is a popular tourist attraction located in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. Spread over an area of four hectares, this bird park is home to a variety of bird species from the Himalayan region, including the colourful Himalayan monal, koklass pheasant, and kaleej pheasant.

The park is a paradise for bird enthusiasts, offering visitors a chance to observe these beautiful creatures up close. The park is well-maintained, with natural habitats created for each bird species. There is also a small museum in the park that provides information about the various bird species found in the region. The park also offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains, making it an ideal destination for nature lovers.

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Coming to the end of the journey, we cannot deny the fact that Shimla is one of the most visited hill stations in India. With numerous tourist attractions, spectacular natural beauty, simple lifestyle of the town and the welcoming hearts of the locals, Shimla undoubtedly is an escape to a complete world filled with beauty, peace and pure bliss. Having earned a place in history as the summer capital of British Raj, the hill town is just like an English village set amid the serene landscape offered by the mighty Himalayas. The boundless beauty of the resort hill town echoes in a traveler’s heart and calls him to visit and explore its lanes and forgotten woods.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. what is the best way to reach shimla from delhi.

The best way to reach Shimla from Delhi is by road. Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation provides efficient bus services to and from Shimla.

Q. How to reach Manali from Delhi?

The best way to reach Manali from Delhi is by road. The distance between the two cities is 533.2 km. Various luxury and state buses operate from Delhi to provide easy accessibility to the travelers.

Q. What is the distance between Shimla and Delhi?

The distance between Shimla and Delhi is an around 342 km.

Q. How many minimum days are required to explore the best of Shimla?

Minimum 3-4 days are required to explore the best of Shimla

Q. What are the best holiday packages offered by Tour My India for Shimla?

The best tour packages for Shimla Himachal Pradesh offered by TMI are:

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Q. What is the best time to plan vacation in Shimla?

The best time to visit Shimla is the summer season, lasting from March to June due to its pleasant weather and lush greenery. But if you wish to see the snow, visit it in the winters between the month of November and February.

Q. Can we see snow during summers in Shimla?

No, there is no snow during summers in Shimla.

Published: 21 Mar, 2023

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Strung out along a ridge with steep forested hillsides falling away in all directions, the Himachal capital is one of India's most popular hill resorts, buzzing with a happy flow of heat-escaping Indian vacationers. Traffic is banned from the central part of town, so walking is pleasant – even when huffing and puffing uphill. The long, winding main street, The Mall, runs east and west just below the spine of the hill. South of it, the maze-like alleys and stairways of the bustling bazaar cascade steeply down to Cart Rd.

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Viceregal Lodge is the official residence of a Viceroy, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India . (Photo by: IndiaPictures/UIG via Getty Images)

Viceregal Lodge

A cross between Harry Potter's Hogwarts and a Scottish baronial castle, this 1888 pile was the official summer residence of the British viceroys until…

The Ridge

Along the central ridgetop, this broad pedestrian esplanade diverges from The Mall at Scandal Point, guarded by a fancifully hatted policeman. Thronged…

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Jakhu Hanuman Statue

A 108ft (33m) vermillion-pink statue of monkey-god Hanuman pokes his head above the treetops on Shimla’s highest hilltop. Appropriately, hundreds of…

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Gaiety Theatre

Lovingly restored between 2004 and 2009 and hoping for Unesco status, this remarkable 320-seater theatre opened in 1877, originally as part of a bigger…

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Whimsical and photogenically dilapidated, this 1880 red-brick mansion looks like a place for a Scooby Doo adventure. There's a wobbly central spire-turret…

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Himachal State Museum

On a hilltop some 2.5km west of Scandal Point, the state museum sits right at the base of the prominent TV Tower. Rich if somewhat static displays include…

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At a distance of 2.5 km from Shimla Railway Station, Johnnie's Wax Museum is a new museum located near Willow Banks in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the interesting places to visit in Shimla as part of the Shimla Tour Packages. Inspired by London's Madame Tussauds museum, the Johnnie's Wax Museum was opened in the year 2016 a Gurgaon based company 'BM Brothers' at the historic Willow Bank Estate in Shimla. It is the first wax museum in Himachal Pradesh. Johnnie's Wax Museum boasts on life-size statues of famous personalities in the world and offers equally fascinating and captivating traits like the Madame Tussauds museum in London. The unique feature of Johnnie's wax museum is that statues of the museum are made by the artists who designed the London wax statue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Featuring around 16 wax statues of widely recognized people from different backgrounds, the museum displays the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the entrance. Also, one can see .....

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At a distance of 2 km from Shimla Railway Station and 3 km from Shimla Old Bus Stand, Annandale is a historical playground located at an altitude of 6,117 feet in Shimla. It is one of the prime Shimla tourist places . Annandale is located in a deep wide valley in the suburban village of Kaithu, Shimla west. This playground rests on a small patch of table-land about three-quarters of a mile in circumference. This place was named by Captain Charles Pratt Kennedy, one of the first incomers to the place. Annandale is a favorite spot for playing cricket and polo. It is quite a scenic spot as it gives a picturesque view of Shimla city and its surroundings are occupied by deodar trees, oak trees, etc. Since the 1830s, Annandale has been an important center of Anglo-Indian playful activities, amusement, and entertainment. The round playground, at present hosts army exercise, parades, sports, and Dussehra celebrations. .....

Dorje Drak Monastery / TDAC Nyingmapa Monastery

Dorje Drak Monastery / TDAC Nyingmapa Monastery

#3 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 8 km from Shimla Railway Station, 7 km from Shimla Old Bus Stand, Dorje Drak Monastery, also known as TDAC Nyingmapa Monastery is located at Kasumpti, Shimla . Dorje Drak Monastery in Shimla is a famous tourist place in the city. It is a beautiful Buddhist monastery that displays the prevalence of Tibetan culture in the state. The monks meditating in the monastery is quite a sight to watch. The calm ambience of this place is a delight for people seeking moments of repose. Dorje Drak monastery is run by the Tibetan exiles. The Monastery is one of the biggest monasteries of the Nyingmapa School. His Highness Kyabje Taklung Tsetrual Rinpoche who is the head of Dorje Drak monasteries in India decided to set up this temple at Shimla after he migrated from Tibet in 1959. The Solid Square and rectangular structure of the monastery is a perfect example of Buddhist architecture in the Himalayan Region. After the destruction .....

Vice Regal Lodge

Vice Regal Lodge

#4 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 2 km from Shimla Railway Station and 3 km from Shimla Old Bus Stand, Vice Regal Lodge also known as Rashtrapati Niwas is located on the Observatory Hills of Shimla , Himachal Pradesh, India. The lodge is one the best places to visit in Shimla city. It was formerly the residence of the British Viceroy of India Lord Dufferin. The Vice Regal Lodge was designed by British architect Henry Irwin and built in the Jacobethan style during the regime of Lord Dufferin. Its construction was started in 1880 and completed in 1888. Only the local woods like pine and cedar were used to construct this marvel. Vice Regal Lodge is the only building of Shimla that occupies an entire hill by itself. The building now serves as the center for the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS). The entrance opening to South leads one to the reception hall which stands adorned by a splendid fireplace and a grand spiraling staircase. The building .....

Jakhu Temple / Jakhu Hill

Jakhu Temple / Jakhu Hill

#5 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 7 km from Shimla Railway Station, Jakhu Temple is an ancient Hindu temple situated on Jakhu Hill in Shimla. It is one of the famous religious Shimla places to visit . Jakhu Temple is dedicated to the Hindu deity Hanuman, and is located at an altitude of 2455m on Jakhu Hill, the highest point in Shimla. According to mythology, a deadly arrow injured Lord Rama's brother Lakshmana when he was fighting the battle with the demon king Ravana. To save his life, Lord Hanuman came to the Himalayas to get the Sanjeevani herb. Upon reaching the Himalayas, Hanuman couldn't make out as to which herb was the Sanjeevani. So he dug up the entire mountain and flew back to where Lakshmana was lying injured. After Lakshmana was cured, Hanuman went back to place the mountain in its original site. He rested on top of the Jakhu hill for some time. It is said that the top of the hill got flattened due to Hanuman's .....

Kali Bari Temple

Kali Bari Temple

#6 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 1.5 km from Shimla Railway Station and 1 km from Shimla Old Bus Stand, Kali Bari Temple is one of the popular pilgrimage places to visit in Shimla . The temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali who is locally known as 'Shyamala'. The name Shimla is said to have originated from the name 'Shyamala'. The original temple belonged to goddess Shyamla-which was converted into Kali Bari by some Bengali devotees. The temple of Kali Bari was constructed in 1845 by Ram Charan Bhramachari, a Bengali Brahmin on Jakhu Hill. This is one of the oldest temples in Shimla and is held in high veneration by the town's Hindu community. Later the British rulers relocated the temple to the present site. A blue wooden idol of Goddess Shyamala at an original altar was installed by some Bengali devotees. Along with the rituals the Kali Bari provides accommodation to its tourists who visit the shrine. One can see the .....

The Mall

#7 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 2 km from Shimla Railway Station and 2 km from Shimla Old Bus Stand, Mall Road is the main street and the busiest commercial areas of Shimla. The Mall extends from Barnes court on the eastern side to Vice Regal Lodge on the western side. Shopping in Mall Road is one of the top things to do in Shimla . Built by the British during the colonial rule in India, the Mall Road was constructed keeping in mind the traffic on this route. Entry of vehicles was banned though cycle rickshaws were allowed. It has been built in a very strategic and planned way. The Mall Road has located a level below the ridge. The offices of the Municipal Corporation, fire service, and police headquarters are located here. The Mall Road also has all major hotels, restaurants, and recreation centers of Shimla. The Mall Road is full of shops that sell woolen clothes, branded clothes, handicraft items, pottery items, .....

Tara Devi Temple

Tara Devi Temple

#8 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 17 km from Shimla Railway Station, Tara Devi Temple is situated near Shogi village on Shimla - Kalka National Highway. Known for its breathtaking location and beautiful valleys around the hill, the temple is one of the top pilgrimage sites in Shimla. The Temple is dedicated to Goddess Tara (goddess of stars) and stands on Tara Devi hilltop lies at an altitude of 1851 m above sea level between Shimla and Shoghi. The lush green environs surrounding it give the temple a very peaceful and tranquil atmosphere. It is one of the famous places for sightseeing in Shimla . According to the legend, Goddess Tara Devi's idol was brought to Himachal Pradesh from West Bengal. The history of this temple dates back to about 250 years when this temple was built here. Hundreds of years ago a king from the Sen Dynasty visited this area. He was in the habit of carrying his family idol around the upper torso .....

Christ Church

Christ Church

#9 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 2 km from Shimla Railway Station and 1.3 km from Shimla Old Bus Stand, Christ Church Shimla is the second oldest church in North India. The majestic appearance of the church and its stunning location makes it one of the top places to visit in Shimla . The church was designed in neo-gothic style in 1844 by J.T. Boileau but it was consecrated after 1857. The Christ Church is situated on The Ridge where is stands out as one of the prominent landmarks of Shimla. Colonel Dumbleton in 1860 donated the giant round clock that adorns the front facial of the church. The porch was added to the structure in 1873. It started as a shrine to serve the Anglican British community in Shimla and hence is considered as one of the most visited places of worship in the country's most celebrated hill town. It is governed under the diocese of Amritsar belonging to the Churches of North India. The interior .....

The Ridge

#10 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 2 km from Shimla Railway Station and 1.2 km from Shimla Old Bus Stand, The Ridge is a large open space located in the heart of Shimla. It is among the most visited Shimla tourist places and among the prime place to visit on a Shimla tour . The Ridge is situated along the Mall Road which is the famous shopping center of Shimla. Several major places of Shimla like Lakkar Bazaar, Mall, Scandal Point, Jakhu Hill, etc. are connected through the Ridge. The movement of vehicles is strictly prohibited here. The Ridge in Shimla always remains crowded with hundreds of people. Tourists from all over the country visit this awesome place for the view of the sunset. The Ridge at Shimla also provides the tourists a view of the age old Christ Church built in the Neo-Gothic style of architecture as well as the new Tudor library. The statue of YS Parmar .....

Kalka - Shimla Railway

Kalka - Shimla Railway

#11 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 84 km from Shimla, Kalka is a town located in Haryana State. Kalka Railway Station is the northern terminus of the Delhi -Kalka line and the starting point of the legendary Kalka-Shimla Railway. This railway was added to the UNESCO world heritage list in July, 2008. A ride in the toy train is one of the top things to do in Shimla and it is extensively used in promotion of Himachal tourism . The Kalka-Shimla Railway was built by the British in 1903 to provide access to their summer capital of Shimla. The distance of 96 km between Shimla and Kalka passes through 102 tunnels, 864 bridges and an incredible 900 curves. There are more than 20 stations in this route. It connects Kalka at an altitude of 656 m to Shimla at 2076 m. The five hour journey is one of the best train journeys operated by Indian Railway. .....

Kufri Ski Resort

Kufri Ski Resort

#12 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 16 km from Shimla Railway Station, Kufri is a small hill station in the Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh. Positioned at an elevation of 2,510 m on the National Highway 22, it is one of the best places for skiing in India, and among the must-include places in Shimla tour packages . Kufri is quite famous as a ski resort. Kufri derives its name from 'Kufr' which means lake. It is especially popular among trekkers and it is a popular place for adventure sports in Himachal Pradesh. The British discovered it in 1819. As Shimla gained importance, Kufri also began to be recognized as an important place to visit near Shimla as part of honeymoon tour packages . Kufri is known for its pleasant climate and picturesque beauty. It is popular for its trekking and hiking trails. Kufri is also renowned for other adventurous activities such as skiing, tobogganing (sliding .....

Hatu Peak, Near Narkanda

Hatu Peak, Near Narkanda

#13 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 7 km from Narkanda Bus Station, Hatu Peak is a mountain peak located in Narkanda. It is one of the highest peaks in Himachal Pradesh and among the significant Narkanda places to visit for skiing lovers and trekking enthusiasts. Located at an elevation of 3400 m above sea level, the Hatu Peak is the highest peak in the Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh. The peak is a paradise on earth as it is surrounded by the snowcapped Himalayas and dense forest. The forest is a mixed one, comprising a varied population of deodar, fir, spruce, cedar, and blue pine. For the rulers of the erstwhile hill states, Hatu Peak was of great strategic importance because of its commanding position and was accepted as a boundary between the states. The Gorkhas captured it early in the 19th century and established a fort at the top of Hatu Peak. Later, the British dismissed them from the Hatu heights. The ..... Distance (From Shimla): 67 Kms Trip Duration (From Shimla - Including Travel): 4-6 Hours .....

Shaily Peak

Shaily Peak

#14 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 30 km from Naldehra and 44 km from Shimla, the Shaily Peak or Shali Tibba is a mountain peak situated near Khatnol in Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the popular places to visit near Shimla, and among the best places for trekking in Himachal . Perched at an altitude of 9,423 feet, the Shaily Peak is one of the most beautiful trekking destinations near Shimla. The peak provides a 360-degree magnificent view of Shimla, Mashobra, Kufri, Fagu, and Narkanda. It looks exceptionally stunning during the sunrise and the sunset. There is a temple at the top dedicated to Bhima Kali, a goddess, who is highly revered by locals. Devotees flock to the top regularly, especially during Navratri. The temple has been constructed with wood and stones, typical of rural Himalayan architecture. A trail to the temple was constructed in 1936 by the Raja of Faridkot. The same trail exists today and is in a good shape. Surrounded .....

Shimla Water Catchment Wildlife Sanctuary

Shimla Water Catchment Wildlife Sanctuary

#15 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 9 km from Shimla Railway Station, Shimla Water Catchment Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary situated on the eastern exit of the Hindustan Tibet Road in Shimla. Also known as Reserve Forest Sanctuary, it is one of the best Shimla tourist places , especially for wildlife buffs and nature lovers. The erstwhile property of the famous Rana of Koti, the Water Catchment Sanctuary is an important wildlife sanctuary having a great conservation value. The area of the Water Catchment Sanctuary was declared as a protected forest in 1952 and became a wildlife sanctuary in the year 1990. The altitude of the sanctuary varies from 1900 to 2600 m. Till 2006, the sanctuary was taken care of by the Shimla Municipal Corporation but in 2009, Shimla Wildlife Division got charge of the place. Covers over an area of approximately 10.25 sq. km, the catchment area is rich in biodiversity, home to an intriguing .....

Himalayan Nature Park / Kufri Zoo

Himalayan Nature Park / Kufri Zoo

#16 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 17 km from Shimla, Himalayan Nature Park is a zoological park situated in the outskirts of Kufri near Shimla. Popular known as 'Kufri Zoo', it is one of the best places to visit in Shimla. Nestled amidst verdant Himalayan Landscape, the Himalayan Nature Park was established in the year 1992. Since 1965, the area used to be a Musk Deer Farm managed with the objectives to breed musk dear in captivity, to study its behavior, and to conduct research on methods to extract musk without causing injury to the animal. The altitude of the park varies from 2,350 m to 2,730 m. The site renowned for its ski slopes is a natural habitat of rich flora and fauna with about 140 species. Spread over an area of 90 hectares, the Zoo has been divided into two sections for the better management of the animals. Section I comprises of Musk deer, Barking deer, Himalayan Tahr, Goral, and Sambar while Section II comprises of Black Bear, Brown Bear, Leopard, Leopard cat, Himalayan griffon, .....

St Michaels Cathedral

St Michaels Cathedral

#17 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 1 km from Shimla Railway Station, St. Michael's Cathedral is a catholic church situated near Shimla Bus Stand. It is one of the popular churches in Shimla and among the popular Shimla Tourist Places. Opened for the public in 1886, St. Michael's Cathedral is the first Roman Catholic church in Shimla. It comes under the diocese of Shimla-Chandigarh. The church is famous for its architecture splendor showcasing French-Gothic Style designed by Henry Irwin, a famous architect who was the then Superintendent Engineer and Architect of PWD in Shimla. The place of worship was often referred to as the 'Ripon Place' as this site for building the cathedral was selected by Lord Ripon, the then Viceroy of India. This majestic church incorporates a nave, a vestry, a confessional room, a baptistery room, and two aisles. Greystones have been used to build the outer part of this cathedral while the interiors have fine mirror work that attracts devotees and tourists alike from .....

Army Heritage Museum

Army Heritage Museum

#18 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 3 km from Shimla Railway Station, Army Heritage Museum is a museum located in the Annandale area of Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the popular museums in Shimla and among the best tourist places in Shimla. Set up in 2006 by the Army Training Command of Shimla, the Army Heritage Museum is one of the astonishing museums of its kind in India. It is dedicated to the Indian Army and has all the collectibles that take you back to 2500 BC. The motto and culture of the Indian Army are very well represented through the various items organized in various sections of this museum. Right from the ancient day Indian Army to the technologically developed Indian Army, visitors will get to know about all. Positioned at an altitude of 6,117 feet, the museum is divide into various sections that holds a vast collection of modern and traditional weapons, uniforms, flags, armoury, the relation between army and the nation, information about UN peacekeeping forces, the numerous .....

Rothney Castle

Rothney Castle

#19 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 3 km from Shimla Railway Station, Rothney Castle is a heritage monument located on Jakhu Hill in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. Also known as Sheeshe Wali Kothi, it has an immense historical and architectural significance in India and also one of the beautiful places to visit in Shimla. Rothney Castle was once the abode of a British officer A.O. Hume, who is also known as the Father of Ornithology and the founder of the Indian National Congress. Hume shifted from Etawah, Uttar Pradesh to Shimla during the Revolt of 1857. He spent many thousand pounds and employed a European gardener to convert the house into a beautiful castle. The castle is surrounded by lush greenery that resembles an overgrown or a rarely maintained garden. Hume assembled the world's largest collection of stuffed Asiatic birds here before donating it to the British Museum. Although in ruins at present, this property appears like a beautiful garden with many blooming flowers and birds. Comes .....

Hawa Ghar

#20 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 2 km from Shimla Railway Station, Hawa Ghar is a vantage point located in Lakkar Bazar, Shimla. It is one of the wonderful places to visit in Shimla. Situated at an elevated point at the Ridge, Hawa Ghar is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Shimla and is a hub for many activities in winters. Fondly called as the 'Mall View Balcony', this beautiful place offers some splendid views of the snow-capped mountains of the Himalayas, the lush greenery, the several heritage buildings, and temples in Shimla. Timings: 9 AM - 5 PM Entry: Free

Luturu Mahadev Temple

Luturu Mahadev Temple

#21 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 38 km from Shimla Railway Station, Luturu Mahadev Temple is a religious shrine located at Arki in Solan district of Himachal Pradesh. Situated near Arki Fort, it is one of the popular places of pilgrimage in Himachal and among the top places to visit near Shimla. Perched atop a lofty mountain, the temple was dedicated to Lord Shiva and was constructed in the year 1621 by the king of the princely state of Baghal. According to legend, Lord Shiva appeared in the king's dream and asked him to construct a temple on top of the hill. This temple is built in a huge cave, which is about 61 feet in length and 31 feet in width. Swayambhu Shivling is built inside this cave. There are licks of Shiva on the Shiva Linga. A circular hole of about 5 meters is made just above the cave on the right from where the rays of the sun come from the Shivling also. The 16th CE temple is one of the most revered religious sites in Solan. The specialty of the temple is that the devotees .....

Arki Fort And Palace

Arki Fort And Palace

#22 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 38 km from Shimla, Arki is a small town situated at 4100 ft above sea level in the Solan district of Himachal. Arki Fort is one of the famous places to visit near Shimla , and among the best places of heritage in Himachal . Arki was the former capital of the ancient hill-state of Baghal, which was founded by Raja Ajai Dev, a Panwar Rajput during 1660-65 AD. The state of Baghal was founded around 1643 and Arki was declared as capital by Rana Sabha Chand in 1650. The Arki Fort was built between 1800 and 1805 by Rana Prithvi Singh, a descendent of Sabha Chand. The fort was captured by the Gurkhas in 1806. Rana Jagat Singh, the ruler of Baghal had to take refuge in Nalagarh. The Gurkha General Amar Singh Thapa made use of Arki to further the advances in Himachal Pradesh, from 1806 to 1815. Rana Jagat Singh got back the control of Arki afterward. The .....

Baba Bhalku Rail Museum

shimla tourist area

#23 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 1 km from Shimla Railway Station and 190 m from Shimla Old Bus Stand, Baba Bhalku Railway Museum was inaugurated on 7th July, 2011 as a tribute to the man who guided the construction of the rail line with his super natural powers. Bhalku worked as a labourer on the rail line and when there were problems in getting the right alignment of the track, he just guided the engineers and marched ahead of them. In fact, H.S. Harington, the agent of the Railways highly appreciated the supernatural powers of the man and the rail line took exactly the path shown by Bhalku, which made the project possible. The museum has some very interesting parts from the pages of history in the form of a 1930 lost property register. The register has details of the lost properties like bags, umbrellas, caps and coats left in the waiting rooms of the station or the train. The museum also has on display several items and parts used in the trains dating back to early 20th century. An interesting .....

Bhimakali Temple - Sarahan

Bhimakali Temple - Sarahan

#24 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 165 km from Shimla, Bhimakali Temple is a Hindu temple located at Sarahan in Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the popular places of pilgrimage in Himachal Pradesh , and among the must-include places in Shimla Trip . Bhimakali Temple in Sarahan is 800 years old and it is regarded as one of the 51 sacred Shakti peethas. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga known locally as Bhimakali. This is one of the popular pilgrimage sites near Chandigarh . The present Bhimakali Temple is a new one, built-in 1927. The old temple nearby has a fascinating story to it. It got tilted slightly in the 1905 earthquake and then miraculously straightened back with a subsequent tremor. It is said that the foundations of this temple are very deep and that there is a disused tunnel that connects this to the village of Ranwin, .....

Chadwick Falls

Chadwick Falls

#25 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 5 km from Shimla Railway Station, Chadwick Falls is one of the best waterfalls in Shimla region and also one of the top tourist places to visit in Shimla . This is one of the top attractions you must include in Shimla packages . The Chadwick Falls is located at an altitude of 1586 m above sea level and the water cascades down a deep gorge at a height of 86 m. This fall can be approached through Summer Hill. Approach road is available and vehicles can get close to the entry point of waterfall from where about 10 minutes walk through thick vegitation will lead to the waterfalls.Trekking to the falls from Summer Hill is also an exciting experience. The water in Chadwick falls is very cold, chilly and refreshing as it flows down with forceful rapidness from the Himalayas. The best time to visit the Chadwick Falls is after monsoons during .....

Chail

#26 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 43 km from Shimla, Chail is a Hill Station located at an altitude of 2250 m above sea level in Solan district of Himachal Pradesh. This is one of the popular places to visit in Shimla and also one of the top Himachal places to visit . According to the History, Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala incurred the wrath of the Commander in Chief Lord Kitchener, who banned his entry into the British summer Capital of Shimla in 1891. This incensed the Maharaja and he vowed to build a new summer retreat for himself. So he rebuilt the place Chail as per his requirements. The picturesque hill station located amidst scented forests of pine and gigantic deodars. Chail is built on three hills, the palace is on Rajgarh Hill, the Residency Snow View once occupied by British resident is on Pandhewa Hill and on .....

Carigneno / Craignano - Mashobra

Carigneno / Craignano - Mashobra

#27 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 13.5 km from Shimla and 1.5 km from Mashobra Bus Stand, Carigneno is situated at an altitude of 7700 ft (2149 m) above the sea level. This beautiful place is well known for its beautiful Italian Villa which was built by Chevalier Peliti. He named this site after the Craignano Town in Italy. The villa is situated on a huge hillock and is surrounded by many small streams. The villa is built of wood and is surrounded by a dense forest of oak and pine trees. It has spacious lawns, night lamps and stone benches that represent the architectural style of the colonial period. From the lawns one can see the beautiful valley below and the mountains beyond. Carigneno is a lovely picnic place surrounding with many type of flowers, the fruit research station is also nearby has apple orchids and many types of beautiful flowers. The site is also known for the world's highest water lift situated at a height of around 7657 ft. The water lift was constructed by the .....

Chapslee Palace

Chapslee Palace

#28 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 3 km from Shimla Railway Station, 3 km from Shimla Old Bus Stand, Chapslee Palace is situated at an altitude of 7100 ft above sea level, between Lakkar Bazaar and Longwood next to Auckland School, Elysium Hill, Shimla. Chapslee, formerly the summer residence of the late Honorable Raja Charanjit Singh of Kapurthala, is now a heritage Hotel. Chapslee Palace in Shimla was originally built in 1835 and acquired by Lord Auckland then Governor General of the East India Company. Raja Charanjit Singh of Kapurthala purchased the estate after the demise of Sir Arthur Ker. He converted it to his summer residence and refurnished the interiors. Raja Charanjit Singh died in 1970. Kanwar Ratanjit Singh, the grandson of the Late Raja Charanjit Singh of Kapurthala is the present owner. He started a school known as Chapslee School on the premises in 1973 and converted the estate to a hotel in 1976. Chapslee was one of the first heritage hotels in India. The hotel was opened .....

Durga Temple - Arki

Durga Temple - Arki

#29 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 38 km from Shimla, Durga Mata Mandir is located at Arki. The temple of Durga is located on the main market of Arki and is dedicated to Goddess Durga. This Durga Temple is one of the highly revered sites in Shimla. The temple is situated parallel to the Lutru Mahadev Temple between Batal Ghati and Arki on the Kunihar-Solan Road. This Temple is flocked by thousands of Hindu devotees all through the year. The blessings and happiness you will receive after paying homage to Goddess Durga. Nature enthusiasts will surely fall in love with the location of this shrine, surrounded by lofty mountains and awe-inspiring landscapes. The temple was constructed in Shikhara Style of architecture, the interior and exterior both represent the greatness of the shrine. It is believed that by visiting this temple once, the goddess will eliminate all your sufferings and release you from all kinds of fear, filling your life with happiness and prosperity. Navaratri .....

Fagu Ski Resort

Fagu Ski Resort

#30 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 6 km from Kufri, and 20 km from Shimla, Fagu is the ski resort situated in Himachal state. It is one of the secluded snowy retreats in Himachal state. It is one of the best ski resorts in India, and among the prime place to visit on a Shimla trip . Fagu is a famous site for adventure sports in Himachal state. It is situated on the Hindustan Tibet Road at a height of about 2500 m above sea level. It is well known for its swaying green fields with the snow-covered Himalayas at its backdrop. Fagu surprises vacationers with its splendor, charm, and serenity. It is one of the top places to visit near Delhi for skiing lovers. The town is surrounded by greenery and is rich in flora and fauna. Fagu is a perfect place for nature lovers and a must-visit place for those fond of scenic beauty. The place serves as a good base camp for trekkers and naturalists. .....

Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex

Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex

#31 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 1.5 km from Shimla Railway Station and 1 km from Shimla Old Bus Stand, Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex is situated on Mall road, Shimla. The Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex is a heritage building and was a centre for all the theatrical, cultural and literary events of the British. The complex is a Government building currently and renovated recently to conserve the building and protect its beauty. Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex is a significant tourist hot spot opened on 30th of May in 1887. The Complex is a Gothic Victorian style theatre designed by renowned architect Henry Irwin which also happens to be the oldest cultural complexes in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Initially, it was a five-story building with a theatre, ballroom, armoury, police office, bar and galleries. After nearly two decades from its date of establishment, it was found that the building was structurally unsafe. It was partially demolished but the Gaiety theatre remained untouched. The .....

Gorton Castle

Gorton Castle

#32 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 1 km from Shimla Railway Station and 1.5 km from Shimla Old Bus Stand, Gorton Castle is one of the most striking buildings of the British Empire in Shimla. Gorton Castle is a three storey Heritage Building in Shimla built in 1904. This was designed and constructed in a Gothic style; the foundation of the building was laid by Sir Swinton Jacob, a renowned British architect. Sir Swinton Jacob was working as a consulting engineer in Jaipur. He earned fame for his masterpiece architectures and also produced some fine work ''in the Indo-Sarcanic style, which combined Hindu, Muslim and Western traditions'', including the Lalghar Palace in Bikaner and the Albert Hall in Jaipur. He was also responsible for the original red sandstone buildings of St Stephen's College at Kashmir Gate in Delhi. Gorton Castle is positioned on the hilltop, spread across an area of 400 ft x 100 ft. The three storey building comprises 125 small and big rooms. Gorton Castle is encircled by .....

Grave Of Barog

Grave Of Barog

#33 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 51 km from Shimla, Grave of Barog is located in Barog Village of Solan District, Himachal Pradesh. Dating back to 20th century, the foundation of narrow gauge Kalka-Shimla Railway was laid by Colonel Barog as per the orders of government. He commenced digging the tunnel from both sides of the mountain, which is quite common as it speeds up construction. While constructing the tunnel, some errors in the calculation occurred, due to which two ends of tunnel did not meet. As a punishment, he was fined by the British Government. He was feeling so disgraced by the entire incident that he committed suicide. His body was buried at a place close to the incomplete tunnel and thus this area was named after him. It is believed that according to the design laid out by Barog, this tunnel would have been the world's longest of its kind, if successfully constructed. People from places near and far come here to witness the grave and its scenic surroundings. The Grave of .....

Green Valley

Green Valley

#34 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 8 km from Shimla Railway Station, 8 km from Shimla Old Bus Stand and 7.5 km from Kufri, Green Valley lies on National Highway 22, on the way to Kufri from Shimla. It is surrounded by verdant hills that are covered with dense forests of pine and deodar. Enjoy a breath-taking view here as you look around at a huge expanse of green forests. You will also find some local shacks and markets here. Sometimes rare animals like Yaks can be seen wandering and grazing here. It is a popular point where people come to witness and enjoy the picturesque lush green environs. Green Valley is one of the most beautiful places in Shimla. It is noted for its elite beauty. The place is ideal for photographing as it offers some of the most mesmerizing sights that nature has to offer. Verdant hills with lush green forests and the backdrop of distant snow-capped Himalayas demand a snapshot.

Gurkha Gate

Gurkha Gate

#35 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 1.5 km from Shimla Railway Station and 2.5 km from Shimla Old Bus Stand, The Gurkha Gate is one of the oldest Gateways of Shimla. It is the main gateway to the historical Vice Regal Lodge. The Lodge has a historic significance. It served as the residence to the Viceroy of India during the British rule and now houses the Indian Institute of Advanced Study. The Gurkha Gate is situated on Chaura Maidan Road in Shimla. The gate was built as a tribute to the Gurkhas in honour of their bravery and loyalty to the British Empire. Lady Curzon, the then Vicereine was so impressed by their heroism that she admired the sacrifice of the Gurkha soldiers as a contribution to the country. It was she who conceived the idea of building a gate in their name and got it implemented. The building of the stone structure offers an interesting view to the visitors. The gateway building had timber-framed Dhajji houses that were built for soldiers. The carvings on this imposing gate .....

Habban Valley

Habban Valley

#36 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 83 kms from Shimla and 51 kms from Solan, Habban Valley is situated at an altitude of 6770 ft above sea level. The Habban Valley is surrounded by forests of deodar and is located in the hills of Sirmaur; a lush green village besides one can also find huge orchards of apples and peaches surrounding the valley. The wildlife consists of peacocks, deer, tiger, kastura and ghol. Though the climate is friendly and pleasant all round the year, it occasionally snows in Habban Valley. There are also various trails within Habban Valley which include a 7 km trek to Banalidhar or take a longer trek (15 km) to Churdhar. Walking in the dense deodar forest of Habban is thrilling and rejuvenates mind and body. The silence that prevails around is just perfect to enjoy the beauty of the valley. There is also one temple of the most revered Shrigul Devta. It is located at Shiya village around 10 km from Habban. The temple has an interesting traditional structure built mainly of .....

Hatkoti Temples

Hatkoti Temples

#37 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 97 km from Shimla & 84 km from Kufri, Hatkoti Temples are located in Hatkoti village of Jubbal. The Hatkoti temples are a group of temples located on the scenic banks of River Jabbar. Hatkoti is one of the popular pilgrimage places in Himachal Pradesh. The Hatkoti Temple is an abode of goddess Mahishasurmardini, an incarnation of Goddess Durga. The statue of the goddess is 1.2 m in height and made of eight precious metals. The idol depicts the goddess with ten arms, riding a lion, carrying weapons and slaying the demon Mahishasura. There is an inscription on both sides of the idol that no one has been able to decode so far. The complex also has a separate temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temples also boast of five idols, which ideally represent the five Pandava brothers of the Mahabharata period. These idols are arranged in accordance to their size with the first one being the largest. According to the .....

Mandi

#38 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 23 km from Sundar Nagar, 24 km from Rewalsar, 70 km from Kullu, 107 km from Manali, 126 km from Dharamshala, 138 km from Shimla, 156 km from Bilaspur, 186 km from Chandigarh, 207 km from Pathankot, 235 km from Dalhousie, and 431 km from New Delhi, Mandi (formerly known as Mandav Nagar), also known as Sahor, is a major town and district headquarters of Mandi district in Himachal Pradesh. Lying on the banks of River Beas, it is one of the best offbeat tourist places to in Himachal , and among the prominent places to visit near Chandigarh . Situated at the junction of Kullu and Dharamshala, the town of Mandi is a gorgeous mountainous region filled with surreal landscapes and innumerable ancient shrines. It is often referred to as 'Varanasi of Hills', or 'Choti Kashi', or 'Kashi of Himachal' as the town has as many as 81 temples spread across its area. Offering ..... Distance (From Shimla): 138 Kms Trip Duration (From Shimla - Including Travel): Full Day .....

Himachal State Museum

Himachal State Museum

#39 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 1 km from Shimla Railway Station and 2 km from Shimla Old Bus Stand, Shimla State Museum is situated at the top of Mount Pleasant. Also known as Himachal State Museum and Library, it was built in the year 1974. The Himachal State Museum is a colonial building that was built with the aim of preserving the state's rich cultural and archaeological artifacts. The colonial style building amidst marvelous lawns in itself is an inspiring sight. It is one of popular Shimla tourist places. It gives you an in depth view of the city's glorious past. Himachal State Museum has a rich display of the cultural, artistic and archaeological heritage of Himachal Pradesh. The various galleries in the museum are Pre-Historic Gallery, Wood-Carving Gallery Archaeology Gallery, Wall Painting Gallery, Coin Gallery, Pahari Painting Gallery, etc. The lifestyle and culture of the people of the Himalayas are reflected in the paintings. Rajasthani and Mughal paintings are awe-inspiring. .....

Himalayan Aviary / Himalayan Bird Park

Himalayan Aviary / Himalayan Bird Park

#40 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 1.5 km from Shimla Railway Station and 2.5 km from Shimla Old Bus Stand, Himalayan Bird Park is also known as Himalayan Aviary is situated at an altitude of 2210 m above sea level, near Vice Regal Lodge, Shimla. It is a famous among Shimla places to visit, especially for bird lovers. The park is a wonderful place for bird watchers and nature lovers. The park is blessed with natural beauty and different types of plants and trees. The Himalayan Bird Park boasts of an impressive variety of birds from the Himalayan region such as the Himalayan Monal, peafowls, pheasants and peacocks. The large collection of birds including rare species attracts many nature and bird lovers. It is a wonderful place contains wide variety of birds which are exclusive in this region and that one would not find them anywhere else. The summers are the ideal time to visit the park as the temperatures here never exceed above 25�C. Winters are cold and the place fully gets covered with .....

Image Art Gallery

Image Art Gallery

#41 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 4 km from Shimla Railway Station and 5 km from Shimla Old Bus Stand, Image Art Gallery or Photo Art Gallery is located in the scenic location of Potter's Hill, Shimla. The gallery is located near the summer hill in a beautiful preserved jungle. It is a popular tourist attraction of Shimla. The gallery is a famous place where the beauty, culture, flora and fauna of Himachal Pradesh can be explored. The gallery exhibits 20,000 photographs of the state taken by the famed photographer Inder Pal. The gallery also includes amazing photos of the heritage and historical buildings of the state. The theme of the photographs on display varies from nature to wildlife and travel to fine art. Some of the highlighting works are Bhimakali Temple Shimla, Christ Church, Vice Regal Lodge and Chandratal Lake Shimla. Tourists can take photographs inside the gallery but use of flash is strictly prohibited. Timings: 9 am - 5 pm on Weekdays and 9 am - 6:30 pm on .....

Jubbal

#42 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 90 km from Shimla & 76 km from Kufri, Jubbal is a hill town located on the banks of the River Pabbar in Himachal Pradesh at an altitude of 1901 m above sea level. It is famous for apple orchards and the Jubbal Palace. Jubbal is one of the wellknown Places to visit in Himachal . The princely state of Jubbal was founded in 1800. The place offers a panoramic view of the natural landscape. It was occupied by Nepal from 1803 to 1815 and by the British from 1832 to 1840. The rulers who belonged to the Rathore clan took the title of Rana. The last ruler Rana Baghat Chandra took the title of Raja in 1918. Jubbal was founded by King Karam Chand and was merged with the Indian Territory on the 15th of April, 1948 during the reign of King Digvijay Singh. Jubbal State had an area of 288 square miles and was famous for its dense forests of 'deodar' trees. The hill station has managed to keep alive its princely elegance through .....

Jubbal Palace

Jubbal Palace

#43 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 90 kms from Shimla & 76 km from Kufri, Jubbal Palace is among the most prominent places to see in Jubbal. The Palace situated at an altitude of 7000 ft above sea level is one of the popular heritage sites in Himachal state. Designed by a French architect in 1930, the Palace architecture is a blend of Chinese, Indian and European styles. The Jubbal Palace is colored in cream hue and is admired with sloping roofs and red chimneys. The lower portion of the Palace known as Rana's abode consists of sandstone and is noteworthy for the vast stacks of deodar timber used in its structure. The modern wing of the Palace has an Indo-European design and feel with convoluted wooden ceilings and the works. The deodar wood from the surrounding forest was used for the construction of the Palace structures. Another beautiful aspect is the stunning display of the collection of ancient guns used by the royal families of Jubbal. In the interiors, visitors will find intricately carved .....

Scandal Point

Scandal Point

#44 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 2 km from Shimla Railway Station and 1 km from Shimla Old Bus Stand, Scandal Point is located to the western edge of Shimla where The Ridge and Mall Road converge. The spot is considered to be the highest point of the Mall area. According to the history Bhupinder Singh, the Maharaja of Patiala fell in love with the daughter of the viceroy. It is believed that the king and viceroy's daughter eloped from this point way back in 1892. Therefore, he was banned from entering Shimla. Later on, he founded the new summer capital of Chail for himself. The intersection between the Mall and the Ridge from where they eloped was named Scandal Point. The most observable feature of this place is a statue of Indian freedom fighter Lal Lajpat Rai. Scotland Church is also one of the attractions of this place. The famous Alfa restaurant having some mouthwatering Indian food as well as western food, the picturesque view of the valley and the surrounding milky White Mountain peaks .....

Shoolini Temple - Solan

Shoolini Temple - Solan

#45 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 43 km from Shimla and 1.5 km from Solan Railway Station, Shoolini Devi Temple is one of the famous temples located in Solan. The Shoolini temple is dedicated to Goddess Shoolini Mata an incarnation of Goddess Durga. The town of Solan was named after the Shoolini Devi. Shoolini Mata Temple is one of the prime attractions of Solan. The temple is said to be built on the remains of an older temple believed to precede the town of Solan. The shrine is surrounded by wide views of beautiful landscapes thus creating a magical environment for devotees. The temple looks beautiful in the night when it is completely illuminated and is crowded on holidays and festivals. Shoolini Devi Temple is famous for the annual Shoolini Utsav celebrated on the last week of June every year. The festival and fair which lasts for 3 days attracts thousands of tourists and devotees from the state. Also known as Solan Fair, the highlight of Shoolini Devi Utsav at Solan are dancing, singing .....

Summer Hill

Summer Hill

#46 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 4 km from Shimla Railway Station, 4.5 km from Shimla Old Bus Stand and 1 km from Summer Hill Railway Station, Summer Hill is a small town on the outskirts of Shimla. It is a well know sightseeing place in Shimla. The Summer Hill is an extremely beautiful tourist spot situated at an altitude of 1283 m above sea level. It is located on the way of Shimla to Kalka and is part of the seven-hill cluster. The famous Georgian Mansion of Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur is located here. Once, Mahatma Gandhi during his visit to Himachal Pradesh University stayed at this Georgian House which stands adorned with its remarkable architecture. The Summer Hill is a perfect place for taking a leisurely walk amidst the tranquility of Mother Nature. The Summer Hill is situated in between groups of green hilly trees like the pine and deodar. The splendid view of the snow covered mountain terrains is simply unforgettable. The Summer Hill of Shimla is also known as the Potter's Hill as .....

Kuthar Fort

Kuthar Fort

#47 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 52 km from Shimla and 33.5 km from Solan, Kuthar Fort is located in Solan district of Himachal Pradesh. Kuthar Fort is about 800 years old and it is one of the main places to visit near Solan. Kuthar Fort was originally built by the Gurkha Kings 800 years ago when they ruled over this part of the land. Some portions of the fort are 80 years old. Sprawling over an expanse of 52.8 sq km, this fort features beautiful gardens, fresh-water springs and ancient temples within the complex. Fresh water springs flowing within the fort are a rare sight that every visitor admires. You can also visit several scenic attractions like Kunihar, the Gurkha fort of Subathu and the hill station of Kasauli. Situated at an altitude of about 1300 m, the Kuthar fort is set at the hilltop of the Kuthar Mountains and commands a magnificent view of the snow-capped peaks of Shimla, Subathu fort and a wide range of Himalayas. The fort exhibits impressive Rajasthani architecture and is .....

Lakkar Bazaar

Lakkar Bazaar

#48 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 2 km from Shimla Railway Station and 1.6 km from Shimla Old Bus Stand, Lakkar Bazaar is a shopping place famous for its wooden handicrafts in Shimla. Lakkar Bazaar is also known as the wood bazaar is the marketplace and one of the special attractions in Shimla. Lakkar Bazaar is known for wooden toys made by a small group of Sikh carpenters who settled there a century ago from Hoshiarpur. This is the best place for the people who want to buy wooden goods at a cheaper price than in other cities. Wooden walking sticks are quite famous here. The Bazaar is also popular for its Kullu Shawls and dry fruits. Lakkar Bazaar has all the great buys that a tourist is looking for. The shops in Lakkar Bazaar also sell handmade shoes, woolen caps and dolls which are unique in its kind. The Lakkar Bazaar is the base from where the trek starts to the Jakhu peak. The market area also has an ice skating rink which is one of the special attractions in Lakkar Bazaar.

Kamna Devi Temple

Kamna Devi Temple

#49 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 3 km from Shimla Railway Station and 4.2 km from Shimla Old Bus Stand, Kamna Devi Temple also known as Creeda Devi Temple is situated on Prospect Hill lies at an altitude of 2200 m. The Kamna Devi temple takes about a 10 minutes walk from Boileauganj located on the Shimla-Bilaspur national highway. The presiding deity of Kamna Devi temple is Goddess Kali, an incarnation of Goddess Durga and was built by Rana of Junga. It is believed that Goddess Kali fulfills the desires of all her devotees who travel up the hill and offer prayers in the temple. This temple is visited by countless devotees every year. The temple was surrounded by tall deodar and pine trees. The temple offers glorious view of the surrounding hills. It is also an ideal base for trekkers, nature lovers and bird watchers. The picturesque view of Tara Devi and southern Shimla from here is mesmerizing. People can also indulge in adventurous activities like trekking and rock-climbing at the .....

Sankat Mochan Temple

Sankat Mochan Temple

#50 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 5.5 km from Shimla Railway Station and 6.4 km from Shimla Old Bus Stand, Shri Sankat Mochan temple is situated at Taradevi on the Kalka- Shimla National Highway 22. It is situated at an altitude of 975 m. Sankat Mochan Temple is mainly dedicated to Lord Hanuman. The temple is located in a picturesque site and is visited by a large number of devotees throughout the year. This is a perfect place for meditation as it offers a calm and peaceful atmosphere to the devotees visiting this temple. The background of the temple consists of the imposing and lofty Himalayan ranges. Baba Neeb Karori Ji Maharaj came to this beautiful place in 1950 and discovered the perfect spot for meditation. After staying here for 10 days, he desired that a temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman should be built here. Baba's faithful devotees included the governor of Himachal Pradesh, who along with Bhagvan Sahai took up the task of building the temple and fulfilling their Guru's wish.The temple .....

Sidh Baba Ka Mandir

Sidh Baba Ka Mandir

#51 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 47 km from Shimla and 2 km from Chail, Sidh Baba Ka Mandir is a temple dedicated to the Hindu saint named Sidh Baba. This is a revered religious site in Chail. This shrine is located atop a hill between Rajgarh and Pandhawa. According to the History, Sidh Baba ka Mandir was built in the year 1891 by Maharaja of Patiala Bhupinder Singh in Chail where he was about to build his Palace as his summer residence when he was exiled from Shimla by Lord Kitchener. One day, Sidh Baba came in Maharaja's dream and asked him to stop the construction of the Palace. Sidh Baba informed that he used to perform meditation on that hill and was cremated there. The saint also said that the hill is pious and not suitable for residential purposes. Subsequently, the king stopped the construction of his Palace and ordered to start the construction of temple in the honor of the saint. Timings: 7 am to 6 pm.

Kharapathar

Kharapathar

#52 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 77 km from Shimla, 62 km from Kufri and 14 km from Jubbal, Kharapathar is a small village situated at an altitude of 8,770 ft. This place is known for its scenic beauty and several trekking trails. Kharapathar derived its name from a huge egg shaped rock. Kharapathar is a perfect leisure destination. It is surrounded by apple orchards and lush green forest. Kharapathar is a hotspot for tourists because of its natural beauty and picturesque landscape in Shimla district. Kharapathar's lush green slopes together with apple orchards, wide views, excellent walk and hike trails make this a perfect leisure. Visitors can also enjoy delicious food, including local dishes at the food stalls. The source of River Giri Ganga is just 7 km away from here. The trekking trail to Giri Ganga is an enjoyable one through thick deodar forest.

Gurkha Fort - Subathu

Gurkha Fort - Subathu

#53 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 46 km from Shimla and 12 km from Kuthar, Gurkha Fort is located on a small hillock with an altitude of 4500 in Subathu, near Kasauli in Solan district of Himachal Pradesh. The Gurkha Fort is bounded by a dense forest and is connected to Parwanoo by National Highway 22. The Parwanoo town serves as a regimental centre for the Gurkha Rifles and has several buildings reminiscent of the British Era. The Subathu Gurkha Fort is now under the Indian Army's 14 Gurkha training centre. The fort still houses some cannons that are believed to be 181 years old. These cannons because of their historic value are the center of attraction for the visitors. According to the history, the fort was built in the beginning of 1900 AD by the Gurkha Army Chief Amar Singh Thapa to fight against the British Army. There are various tales linked with this fort like one story states that the Gurkhas captured this fort while it was in the custody of Patiala King. Subathu is considered .....

Naldehra

#54 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 25 km from Shimla and 13 km from Mashobra, Naldehra is a picturesque hill station situated at an altitude of 2044 m above sea level. This is one of the top Tourist places in Himachal . Naldehra is famous for its beautiful natural surroundings including lush green valleys and magnificent mountain peaks and fresh water springs. Naldehra derives its name from Nag and dehra meaning the abode of the King of Snakes. The Mahunag temple dedicated to the Serpent Lord is one of the most well known religious shrines of the region. The most famous attraction of Naldehra hill station is the 18 holes golf course that is considered to be the most challenging golf course. The golf course was built under the supervision of Lord Curzon, the then Viceroy of India in the early 1900s. Initially a 9 Hole Course, it was expanded to 18 holes. Maintained and run by Himachal Tourism, it is well groomed golf course and perhaps one of the finest .....

Narkanda

#55 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla

At a distance of 47 km from Kufri, 60 km from Shimla, 132 km from Kasauli, 163 km from Kullu, 167 km from Chandigarh, 171 km from Mandi, 201 km from Manali, 285 km from Dehradun, 341 km from Rishikesh, and 414 km from New Delhi, Narkanda is a quaint little hill town in Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh. Situated on the India - Tibet Road, it is one of the offbeat hill stations in Himachal Pradesh , and among the must-visit tourist places near Chandigarh . Situated at an altitude of 8600 ft, Narkanda is surrounded by tropical forests and the mighty Shivalik Range. This opulent town is known for its exquisite natural beauty with scenic views of snow-clad mountains, and dense forests. The area around Narkanda is also called the orchard region of Himachal, where cherry, apple, etc. are grown abundantly. Narkanda is popularly known as the 'Getaway to Apple Country' ..... Distance (From Shimla): 60 Kms Trip Duration (From Shimla - Including Travel): Full Day .....

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Shimla usually requires around 3 days to visit the most important attractions. There are several wonderful destintions around Shimla like Manali, Dalihousie, Kasauli which can be visited by adding few additional days to the trip.

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15 places to visit in Shimla – Queen of Hill Stations

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The majestic snow-capped mountains, the incredibly rich vegetation and the magnificent lakes of the village of Shimla welcome you to enjoy its eternal beauty. We have listed these 15 places to visit in Shimla is the main attractions, which necessarily find a place on any tourist’s itinerary.

Shimla has magic in the air and is also the most visited tourist spot in Himachal Pradesh. No wonder Shimla is called Queen of Hill stations. Shimla was the Summer Capital for the Britishers who were fascinated by the land when they ruled India. The influence of the British presence is notoriously evident in its buildings. One of the best features of Shimla is that you can visit it at any time of the year.

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1. The crest

In the center of the city lies Shimla Ridge, which offers spectacular views of the earth’s mountain peaks.  The ridge is a large open space that extends from east to west along the shopping center, which is another popular tourist destination.  It connects to the scandal point to the west.  If you love the mountain view, this is the destination of your dreams.  The magnificent view of the snow-capped mountain ranges will fascinate you.

2. Jakhoo Hill

Located 2 km from Shimla, Jakhoo Hill is the highest peak in the entire mountain resort and offers panoramic views of the city and the snow-capped mountains of the Himalayas. Visited by nature lovers and pilgrims, the 8000 foot Jakhoo Hill is a popular tourist attraction.  It was said to be home of Jakhoo and has a large statue of Hanuman – his main deity.

3. Mall Road

Located under The Ridge, Mall Road offers an overview of Shimla at a glance.  It has numerous shops, cafes, restaurants, bookstores, and many tourist attractions. Take a walk along Mall Road and be amazed at every step by the things this place has to offer. The scenic beauty of Shimla can also be seen here making it one of the must-visit places.

4. Kalka-Shimla railway

The Kalka- Shimla Railway is a UNESCO World Heritage Site together with the Indian Mountain Railways which was built in 1898 to connect Shimla to other railway lines in India by the British.  The railway line extends from Kalka (a city of Haryana) to Shimla. It stops at many tourist places such as Summer Hill, Solan, and many others.  A train journey through this line will offer the visitors breathtaking views and the journey through many tunnels and bridges would make up for an unforgettable experience.

5. Church of Christ

An exquisite example of neo-Gothic architecture, Christ Church has been an irreplaceable part of Shimla’s landscape.  Located on the Ridge, it was built in 1857 and it took almost 3 years to complete this architectural wonder.  The stained-glass windows, the clock tower, and the frescoes are some of the attractions of this church.  It also houses the largest pipe organ in India and has been part of many Bollywood films such as Black and 3 Idiots.

6. Indian Institute for Advanced Studies

The Indian Institute of Advanced Studies or Rashtrapati Niwas, located in the famous viceregal lodge located on top of the Observatory hill is one of the places in Shimla one should visit. The building was built between 1880 and 1888 during the British kingdom.  The year 1965 the Indian institute for advanced studies here was inaugurated by Dr.  Radhakrishnan.

7. Summer Hill

A picturesque town on the outskirts of Shimla, Summer Hill is also called Potter’s Hill.  In the past, this was the place where potters collected clay to make pots.  At a height of 1,283 meters above sea level, Summer Hill offers spectacular views of the valley and surrounding vegetation.  It is located 5 km from the famous ridge, frequented by numerous tourists.  The hill is part of a group of seven hills, which form Shimla and therefore you will surely have a breathtaking view from above.

Kufri is located 17 kilometers from Shimla.  At 2,510 meters above sea level and the foot of the Himalayas, the mountain resort delights nature lovers and adventurers.  Kufri and some places around Shimla belonged to the kingdom of Nepal. This is one of the must-visit places for anyone visiting Shimla because of the impressive views it offers and also because of its status as an adventure center.

9. Annandale

Annandale, also known as Annadale, is one of Shimla’s top attractions.  It is about 4 km from the ridge.  This flat field was once the playground of the British, who played cricket and polo here. A popular sport also practiced here was Running. Today, the track turns into a small golf course, which is also used as a helipad.

10. The Shimla State Museum

Built-in 1974, the Shimla State Museum is located on top of Mount Pleasant and is also known as Himachal State Library and Museum, It was built to preserve the state’s cultural wealth and record its rich past.  The colonial-style building amidst beautiful gardens is an inspiring sight.  It gives you an in-depth look at the city’s glorious past.  It has an impressive collection of various objects related to art, cultural anthropology and archeology. Some of the classic collections found here are Sculptures, paintings, crafts, and coins.

Maharaja Bhupinder Singh from Patiala founded Chail – a picturesque hill station.  According to the story, Bhupinder Singh fled with the viceroy of India’s daughter at that time, from a place now known as Scandal Point.  This sparked the wrath of Lord Kitchener, who then banished Shimla’s partner.  This place has the highest cricket ground in the world and is perfect for anyone looking for a relaxing holiday.

Popularly known as “The Mushroom City of India” and “City of Red Gold” for its production of mushrooms and tomatoes. Solan is a city that will never cease to amaze you. Its history goes back to the Pandavas who lived here during their exile. The British can be credited with its initial economic development as they are responsible for Solan’s evolution.  The temperature here remains good all year round, the panoramic views here will continually surprise you and the kitchens here will satisfy gourmets.

13. Daranghati Shrine

Located 150 km from Shimla, the Daranghati Shrine, which covers 167.40 km, is one of the most important tourist attractions.  It is in the upper region of ​​Shimla.  In the past, it was a game reserve for the royal family of Rampur Bushahr. This wooded area was declared a sanctuary in 1962 for being rich in fauna.

14. Naldehra and Shaily Peak

Naldehra is a picturesque mountain resort at 2044 m above sea level and an irresistible natural wealth has led Lord Curzon to establish a golf course.  Dense cedars and impressive vegetation create magic in the atmosphere.  The snow-capped mountains of the Himalayas are a pleasure to see from here.  It is so peaceful and calm that you would hear the sounds of the winds.  You can go horseback riding to cover the forest area.  One of the advantages of horseback riding is that you can go a little further in the woods.  You would like to see the sunrise and sunset from Naldehra.  In summary, it is a perfect destination to relax.

15. Fort Arki

Built with a fusion of Rajput and Mughal architecture, Arki Fort is a must for all history buffs.  It was built in 1660 AD. and was passed through numerous rulers.  This fort is perhaps best known for the Kangra paintings that adorn it, which are supposedly around 200 years old but still retains their beauty.

When you find a land of infinite natural beauty, it is as difficult to write about its main attractions as to cover the whole place in one go.  Shimla is a place that needs a lot of visits before one can claim to have seen Shimla. 

You may also like to read about the Experience in the Mystical and Magical Manali here. 

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Shimla – A Complete Travel Guide & Itinerary

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If one was to prepare a list of the favorite and most visited tourist destinations of our country, Shimla will definitely be at the top of that list. This small hill town has enjoyed the status of being the favored one for almost 2 centuries now. British arrived here in the early 1800s and liked the place so much that they declared it as their summer capital in 1864. They even took all the hassle of building a railroad to Shimla.

The British left a long time ago but Shimla still continues to enjoy the same status. The beauty of this place is no less than it was a century ago, and still attracts thousands of tourists each year from all parts of the country.

If you too were thinking of visiting Shimla in the near future, then in this article I will provide some quick tips on how to plan a trip to Shimla. Your final travel plan will of course depend on several factors like how you are traveling; how many days you have in hand; the time of your trip but I will add a few things in this article which will remain the same irrespective of all these.

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Shimla, also known as Simla, is the capital and the largest city of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It gets its name from Shyamala Mata, an incarnation of the goddess Kali. A temple, dedicated to the goddess and named Kali Bari temple, is situated near the Ridge.

The town is located at 2,276 meters (7,467 ft) and is fondly called the ‘queen of the hills’. Before independence, it served as the summer capital of British India. After independence, it became the capital of Punjab and then finally the capital of Himachal Pradesh after the state came into existence.

Reasons to visit Shimla

What makes Shimla a desired destination for thousands of people however is because it is perfect for all kinds of vacations. From honeymooners to adventure seekers to families, the city serves as a charming retreat to a large number of people. The enchanting beauty of this hill station has attracted countless filmmakers and cinematographers. This erstwhile summer capital of the British, still retains its colonial-era charm through its spectacular historical churches and institutes, like Christ Church, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, and many more.

It is very well connected by road so getting here is not a problem. You never really go too remote and the famous market of Shimla is perfect for an evening of shopping around. Every modern-day facility is available here including good hospitals in case a medical emergency came up. All cell phone networks work in Shimla so you remain connected with your family and friends all the time.

Also read: Ghosts of Shimla and their Haunting Stories

Another great reason is the vast choice of accommodation choices available. No matter what your budget is, you will easily find a place to stay in Shimla. While the overall altitude of the city is enough to make it snow here, you never really climb up to a level where it becomes uncomfortable; or where you run a risk of suffering from acute mountain sickness. In short, it is a perfect destination to go to with family and also for a quick weekend getaway with friends.

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How to Reach Shimla

Reaching Shimla will really be the easiest part of your vacation here. The city is very well connected and you can reach either by road, air or train, depending on your own preference.

How to reach Shimla by Road

Let us first take a look at how you can reach Shimla if you were traveling by your own car or motorcycle. For the sake of explaining the route, I will assume that you were starting from Delhi. Even if you were coming from a different city though, only the journey till Chandigarh may change. The rest of the details will still apply.

Starting from Delhi, the route of the journey will be as mentioned below.

Delhi  – Panipat – Karnal – Ambala – Zirakpur – Panchkula – Kalka – Kandaghat – Shoghi – Shimla

The total travel time will be about 7-8 hours, depending on your speed and breaks. From Delhi, you will follow NH1 until Chandigarh. Do not enter the city though. Just before Chandigarh, turn right towards Kalka on Himalayan Expressway and follow the uphill road to Shimla.

This entire road remains in good condition all year. There is some road widening work happening between Kalka and Shimla due to which you may encounter some slow traffic. Once this work is completed, the entire road to Shimla will be a 4 lane highway, can you believe it?

How to reach Shimla by Bus

Shimla is very well connected by a regular bus service. There are daily buses available from almost all major cities in North India and finding one will be really easy. HRTC and HPTDC operate daily buses from Shimla to places like Delhi, Chandigarh, Jaipur, etc, and vice versa. Other state transport agencies as well as private travel companies also provide regular buses. Just do a Google search and you will get plenty of options.

If you were coming from Delhi, you can board an overnight air-conditioned luxury bus from ISBT Kashmiri Gate, or may even catch a daytime bus.

Also Read: Shimla Bus Stand Time Table

How to reach Shimla by Train

An even fun and better way however will be to get here by Train. Yes, I am referring to the famous toy. You can reach Kalka by either a train from Delhi or Chandigarh and then board the Toy Train. The entire journey is on a narrow-gauge rail track, covering a distance of 96 kilometers in about 7 hours. For more details, please take a look at How to Plan a trip by Shimla Kalka Train .

If you do not want to travel by this train, you can reach Chandigarh instead. From there, either board a Bus or hire a private taxi.

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How to reach Shimla by Flight

Jubarhati, which is about 23 kilometers from the town, is the nearest airport to Shimla. There are regular flights going from Jubarhatti to Chandigarh and Delhi.

Other than Jubarhatti, Chandigarh is the next nearest airport.

Best way to reach Shimla

The best way to reach Shimla would be to travel by your own vehicle; either by a motorcycle or Car. The condition of the road, as I mentioned, is very good and it takes you through some really stunning landscape. You can take as many breaks as you want, travel at your own pace and enjoy the scenery.

Also read: Easy Winter Treks in Uttarakhand

What to See in Shimla

Shimla has a long list of tourist attractions. You can spend days here and still not be done with it all. Some places are right in the town whereas some others are at a little distance, like Kufri. If you drove a little further, you can even visit places like Narkanda and Thanedar , that are equally beautiful and even quieter than the main town.

I have covered the topic of sightseeing in a different article, Complete List of Tourist Attractions in Shimla and its Vicinity , that I will urge you to read. Adding all of these details here on this one page would have just rendered this article endless.

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Places to visit in Shimla

But for a brief summary, below are some of the best places you can visit during your trip.

  • Mall Road: Main shopping street is known as “The Mall” or “Mall Road”. It is more or less the center of all activity here and runs as the town’s lifeline. Cafes, restaurants, and social hangouts on Mall Road are especially popular with locals and tourists alike.
  • Christ Church: It is the second oldest church in Northern India, dating back to 1857. Situated on The Ridge, it is one of the prominent landmarks of Shimla and a fine display of neo-Gothic architecture.
  • Scandal Point: It is known so because this is where the Maharaja of Patiala had eloped with the daughter of the British Viceroy. Back then, it was the scandal of the highest order.
  • Jakhu Hill: The highest peak around Shimla, at a height of 8,000 ft, offering a magnificent view of the valley around.
  • Shimla State Museum: Full of several ancient artifacts displaying the cultural wealth of Himachal Pradesh
  • Statue of Lord Hanuman at Jakhu Hill: This 108 feet tall statue stands at a height of 8,500 ft above sea level.
  • Viceregal Lodge: Dating back to 1888, this lodge was built by British architect Henry Irwin and served as the residence of the British Viceroy of India
  • Rothney Castle: Rothney Castle was the home of Allan Octavian Hume, the British civil servant who founded the Congress in 1885

Also read: Charleville Mansion Of Shimla – A Century of Being Haunted

Things to do in Shimla

Other than visiting all of the places mentioned above, here is a list of some other activities that you may indulge yourself in while visiting Shimla. I am not including things like hiring a cab and drive an hour to visit a nearby place, but things that you can do while staying in the town itself.

Take a Walk on The Ridge:  The ridge is an area near Jhaku Hill and the Observatory. This is the place where Shimla’s fairs, festivals, and functions are held. Tourists come here to see several colonial-style buildings, a church, a library, and a statue of Mahatma Gandhi.

Trek to Jhaku Hill:  At a height of 2,455 meters, the top of Jhaku hill offers a mesmerizing view of Shimla and the entire Shivalik range around. It is a fun trek of about 30 minutes to the top through lush forest terrain.

Shop at Mall Road:  While you are in Shimla, do not forget to do some shopping at the famous Mall road and buy yourself some souvenirs.

Ride the Toy Train: Take a ride in the famous Toy train of Shimla. It is a journey of 96 kilometers that will take you over 864 bridges and 102 tunnels, including the longest one at Barog. Scenic vistas will accompany you throughout the journey and you will have a hard time to stop clicking your camera.

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Weather of Shimla

The weather in Shimla is mostly cool throughout the year. The summers can be moderately warm but winters will be extremely cold. During the summer, the temperature will fluctuate between 10°C to 28°C. The average temperature during winter is 10°C to 0°C, but the record low temperature is −12°C.

Between late December to early February, Shimla receives plenty of snow each year and turns into a winter wonderland. Sometimes even the roads from Shimla to Mashobra or Narkanda can get blocked due to all the snow on the road. The night temperature in these months will drop close to 0°C.

The snow is mostly all gone by March, except for at the top of the distant peaks. April marks the beginning of the spring season and until the end of summer in June, Shimla receives the majority of tourists each year. People reach here to escape the scorching heat of the plains. But at this time, even Shimla can feel pretty hot and you may need to switch on the AC in your hotel room. The day temperature can go even beyond 30°C.

The months of July and August are of monsoon. Even though the scenic beauty at this time is at its best, it is not a safe time to visit anywhere in the hills. Shimla receives a lot of rain each year. Sometimes it can rain non-stop for days, causing landslides and making a trip very risky.

Also read: Top 10 Less Visited Places of Himachal

Monsoon departs in the month of September but leaves behind plenty of greenery. Autumn arrives in October and all that was green in September now turns Orange. November is mostly a dry month when the winter settles in once again and the average temperature drops close to 10°C.

Best time to Visit Shimla

Answer to this question will depend on whether you are planning a winter trip or in the months of summer; and what exactly do you seek. On an overall basis, the months from March to June are considered the best time to visit Shimla. This is the time when the weather is neither too cold nor hot. The temperature will range between 10°C to 28°C and both days and nights will be pleasant.

If you were however planning a winter trip and wanted to see plenty of snow, then the months of January and February will be the best time to visit here. The temperature however at this time can dip as low as −4 °C. So you must carry plenty of woolens, jackets and warm clothes. Chances of snowfall are more in January than February.

If you, however, would like to witness the lush green valleys, the months of July, August and September would be the best time. This is the time when the monsoon is either in the valley or has just passed and breathes in life to the fauna and flora of the region.

Please be advised that the rainy season also brings in the risk of incessant rains and landslides as a result. You may even get restricted to your hotel room completely if it rained non-stop.

When to go to Shimla

Below is a breakdown of the best time to go to Shimla for different kinds of trips.

  • Best time to visit Shimla for Apples: The apple harvesting season begins in mid-July and ends in August.
  • Best time to visit Shimla by Toy Train: The toy train remains functional for all 12 months so it is only a question of when is it convenient for you. Please take a look at How to Plan a Trip in Shimla Kalka Toy train for more details.
  • Best time to visit Shimla for Snow: A trip in January or February will be best if you want to see snow.
  • Best time to visit Shimla for Honeymoon: If you were planning your honeymoon, January to March will be the best time. September and October will be the next best months.
  • Best time to visit Shimla for Snowfall: Your chances of catching a snowfall are best between late December to early February. It can snow in late February or early  March as well but chances are less.
  • Best time to visit Shimla with Family: The months from March to June are best for a family trip.
  • Best Month to visit Shimla: September, in my opinion, is the best month to visit Shimla. For a winter trip, January will be the best.
  • Best season to visit Shimla India: Spring and post-monsoon are the best seasons to visit Shimla.

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Where to Stay in Shimla

Shimla is one of the most visited hill stations in our country which means that no matter which month you arrive here in, finding a place to stay will not be a problem at all. Hotels here are available in every range, from luxury 5-star resorts to budgeted guest houses. You can easily find a room here for as low as Rs. 700 per night. As a matter of fact, the moment you enter Shimla, you will have agents chasing you for a good hotel deal.

Whether or not to book in advance depends upon your discretion but is not required. If you have already decided on a hotel and know where you want to stay, you may book. If you are on a budget or not sure of the hotel, then best would be to reach Shimla, find a hotel per your liking and negotiate an on the spot deal.

Also read: Offbeat Tourist Places in Himachal

Things to Pack for Shimla Trip

Below is a list of items that you should be packing for your trip.

If visiting in summer, pack light cotton clothes for the day as the sun is quite strong. The temperature in the evening however may drop a bit so pack a light jacket as well.

If visiting Shimla in the winter, carry woolens, thermals, and a heavy jacket. To keep warm when it snows, boots, gloves, a cap, and muffler are essential.

If visiting during the monsoon season or in September, you should pack clothes that can dry faster, like polyester. If it was not inconvenient, you should also pack an umbrella or a poncho.

Other Items

Some other things to carry will include the following.

  • Government-issued valid identity card
  • Warm Caps (Winter)
  • Pair of Waterproof Warm Gloves (Winter)
  • Sunblock lotion with highest SPF that you can find (if visiting in Summer)
  • Prescribed medicines if you are on medication
  • Head Phones/Earphones
  • Chargers for your electronic items
  • Umbrella or a Rain Poncho (if visiting during monsoon)
  • Snow Boots if visiting in Winter
  • Boots with a good grip if you are planning to go on a trek
  • Comfortable Lower if planning to go on the trek as jeans are not advisable for this purpose

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Itinerary for Shimla

How your trip finally plans out will completely depend on how you were traveling and the number of days in hand. But I will suggest a few different plans that you can follow, covering Shimla and its nearby areas.

I will suggest the itinerary assuming that you were starting from Delhi. Even if you were coming from a different city though, only the part about traveling to and from Delhi will change. The rest of the details will still apply.

3 Days Itinerary Shimla Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1 – Delhi to Shimla
  • Day 2 – Spend the day sightseeing in Shimla. Visit Jakhu Temple, Christ Church, The Ridge, and Mall Road. Take a drive towards Kufri
  • Day 3 – Return to Delhi

4 Days Itinerary

  • Day 2 – Spend the day sightseeing in Shimla. Visit Jakhu Temple, Christ Church, The Ridge, and Mall Road.
  • Day 3 – Take a drive towards Narkanda. On the way, visit places like Mashobra and Kufri. See Hatu Temple in Narkanda.
  • Day 4 – Return to Delhi

5 Days Plan

  • Day 2 – Take a walk on the Ride road. Later, visit Jakhu Temple and Christ Church. Spend the evening at Mall Road.
  • Day 4 – This day can be planned in 3 ways. Either you can spend it in Shimla just relaxing and enjoying the views. Or you can take a drive to the nearby Chail which is another great tourist attraction. The third way is to enjoy a ride in the Toy Train.
  • Day 5 – Return to Delhi

By Public Transport

The above plans were for someone traveling by their own vehicle. If you were coming by a Bus, below is how you can plan your journey.

  • Day 0 – Board an overnight bus for Shimla. In Delhi, you can get it from ISBT Kashmere Gate.
  • Day 2 & 3 – Spend the next 2 days in the town itself. Visit all of the local attractions in Shimla, eat out, and do some shopping.
  • Day 4 – Board the toy train and reach Kalka. From Kalka, reach Chandigarh Bus stand and find a Bus for your hometown. If you have no interest in the toy train, then find a Bus for back to your hometown from Shimla itself.

Another way you can plan this journey is by doing it the other way around.

  • Day 0 – Board a Bus late in the evening that can drop you at either Shimla or Kalka by the morning the next day.
  • Day 1 – Board the morning toy train for Shimla from Kalka. Reach Shimla and check into a hotel.
  • Day 2 & 3 – Spend the next 2 days sightseeing in Shimla.
  • Day 4 – Return to Delhi by Bus.

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Mobile Network in Shimla and Data Connectivity

BSNL has the widest network coverage in Himachal but in Shimla, every cellphone will work fine. Irrespective of which network you were on, you will get reception and 4G data.

If I was to name one, I will say that Airtel and Jio are best mobile network in Shimla on an overall basis.  BSNL has a good network everywhere but data connectivity can be a little poor at times.

Hospital / Medical Assistance

Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh and as such, it has good and large hospitals, capable of handling all kinds of medical emergencies. If you need medical assistance, finding it in Shimla will not be difficult at all.

But with that being said, I will strongly recommend carrying a few basic medicines like for flu, upset stomach, fever, body ache, and pain relief spray.

Petrol Pump / Mechanics

There are petrol pumps and mechanics available in Shimla. In fact, car and motorcycle companies have authorized service stations here so it will not be a problem at all.

Banks / ATMs

All major banks have their branches and ATMs in Shimla. I have been in Shimla on numerous occasions and have never had any trouble getting cash at any of the ATMs.

What & Where to Eat

Being a popular tourist destination, Shimla has an endless list of restaurants serving all kinds of dishes. Out here, you can try local Himachali food, North & South Indian, Chinese, Italian, and pretty much everything.

Where you eat will surely depend on where you were. Your breakfast will be at your hotel and lunch at a restaurant depending on your sightseeing plan. But for dinner, I will suggest that you go to Mall Road and try any of the restaurants there per your liking.

Shopping in Shimla

There are four places where you can try shopping. The first one is the Mall road, the heart of all the action and activity. The second and cheaper option is the Tibetan Market where you can negotiate for good deals on clothes.

An even cheaper place is the Lower Bazaar but is more for buying day to day commodities rather than shopping.

If you want to buy some decorative items, you should try Lakkar Bazaar.

Other than these 4 places, the Himachal Emporium is also a good place to buy some local handicraft items.

My favorite of all these is the Lakkar Bazaar. It is a great place to pick up some souvenirs for the trip. You can try Mall road as well but I found it better for eating than shopping.

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Shimla Road Condition

The entire stretch between Delhi to Shimla is a smooth run. Both NH1 between Delhi and Chandigarh and then NH22 between Chandigarh and Shimla remain in excellent condition throughout the year. The only problem on this stretch earlier was the narrow roads and traffic of Kala but with Himalayan Expressway being now operational, the complete journey has turned into bliss.

At the time of writing this article, there is road widening work ongoing between Kalka and Shimla so expect some slow traffic at places. But upon completing, this entire road will turn into a 4 lane highway.

The roads from Shimla to other places like Kufri, Fagu and Narkanda are also very smooth.

Best Vehicle

There is really no best vehicle as such. You will find the locals here driving around Maruti hatchbacks and even scooters. The only thing needed is that your vehicle is well maintained and capable of handling the ups and downs of the mountain roads. In fact, you will find most of the taxi drivers using a Maruti Alto for showing the tourists around.

Below are some most commonly asked questions about Shimla.

When will Shimla Open?

Shimla remains open for tourism throughout the year and flaunts different colors in every season. While the months of June till September will present you with lush green and well-blossomed valleys; January and February will cover Shimla under a thick sheet of white.

Is Shimla Worth Visiting?

Yes, Shimla is definitely worth visiting and there is plenty to see here. It is not only nature lovers but also people with an interest in history and architecture that will be pleased after a trip to this historic hill town.

When does it Snow in Shimla?

It snows in Shimla between late December to early February.

I hope the information above on planning a trip to Shimla was of help. If you have any further questions; please feel free to ask in the comments section below, or at our Community Forum ; and I will be glad to answer.

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Very good place for anytime.

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Every bit of information is very important.. Nice keep up your good work

Thank you !!!!

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Hello. In view of covid 19 pendamic how safe it is to visit Shimla. Regards.

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Very well explained & experienced shared

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very nice and interesting….. well written…. keep it up….

Thank you Shameem

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Awesome and detailed content. Good work

Thank you for taking the time to drop a note

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Is Shimla worth while for an European (=non-British family) to visit the first days of August 2020?

Yes it is but be prepared for the monsoon

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I am 25 yrs old student from SouthAfrica. and i would like to visit Shimla this January i need your help

What do you wanna know?

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Hi Buddy, Is it possible to connect Shimla-Candratal-Rohtang-Manali in a single journey? Is it possible to travel from chandrataal to Rohtang then Manali

It depends on how many days you have in hand but yes, you can do it.

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I am new in India and want To spend Holidays in Shimla. Please provide me average budget for 5 days and place to visit in shimla or nearby places.

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Even my trip to Shimla was amazing. Watch the video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04lbt9Zb9gI

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sir your guide was helpful, please suggest whether its better to go directly to shimla from delhi by car, of go to Kalka by car and then forward journey in narrow guage train , please suggest

Go by the Toy Train only if you want to enjoy the ride and have patience to sit in the slow moving train for long hours. Otherwise, it would be better to go by car. Scenery will remain the same either way.

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i am going to simla in july end. I am booked by train to simla by rail reaching at noon. From there I want to go to mashobra. Could you suggest how to go there and where to stay. should i go to mashobra right away. have only two days leaving on third morning

Read this please

https://vargiskhan.com/log/mashobra-a-complete-travel-guide-itinerary/

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when i was in shimla i liked to visit jakhu temple, ridge and army musuem

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An Amazing Shimla Travel Guide & Shimla Itinerary

An Amazing Shimla Travel Guide & Shimla Itinerary

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This article is a Shimla travel guide that also contains a Shimla itinerary for one day.

Shimla is a picturesque and popular hill station located in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India.  Since it's located in close proximity to major cities in Himachal, Punjab, Haryana and Delhi, a lot of people come here to take a break from the city life. Even though a majority of people visit Shimla in the Summer season to cool off in the queen of hill stations, Shimla is a wonderful place to visit in any season.

You'll find quite a few things to do in Shimla like local Shimla sightseeing, shopping at Mall Road and eating at nice cafes with unbelievable views. However, the major joy lies in sitting back and enjoying the views of the mountains. With this in mind, this post is a Shimla travel guide that contains all the major information you need for planning a trip to Shimla and figuring out the things to do in Shimla city. Additionally, it also contains a Shimla itinerary for one day.

Table of Contents

Shimla Travel Guide & Itinerary

Because Shimla is one of the most popular hill stations in India, it's always filled with tourists and locals who want to cool off and witness the magic of the mountains. If you too are planning a visit to Shimla then you'll find this Shimla travel guide extremely helpful. I've also included a Shimla itinerary for one day inside this guide.

Shimla Weather and Best Time to Visit Shimla

People prefer to visit Shimla during the Summer season in May-June, to get a relief from the scorching heat but Shimla is also a popular tourist destination in the other seasons as well.

If you want to experience snow and to see the slow life in Shimla, sip hot chai inside a cafe while overlooking mountains laden with snow from a window then you should visit Shimla in the peak winter months of December and January.

Additionally, September, October, March and April are the shoulder months when there aren't too many tourists and the weather is pleasant. For me, personally, this is the best time to visit Shimla.

How to Reach Shimla

Shimla, being a popular sightseeing destination can be reached in numerous ways from nearby cities nad towns. Shimla is connected to all major nearby cities by road, train and flight. Take a look at the various ways of reaching Shimla.

How to Reach Shimla by Bus

Travelling to Shimla by bus is a popular option that most people tend to choose. There are frequent buses to Shimla from all major cities within and outside of Himachal. From Delhi, you'll find a range of buses such as ordinary, semi-sleeper, Volvo etc based on your level of comfort. Similarly, there are regular buses from Chandigarh, Manali etc to Shimla.

How to Reach Shimla by Train

One of the best, most pleasing ways to reach Shimla would be to take the toy train from Kalpa to Shimla. The scenic journey will take you through rolling hills, tunnels and stunning landscapes. If I could change one thing about my Shimla trip, I would've travelled by train instead of the bus.

How to Reach Shimla by Flight

The nearest airport to Shimla is at Jubbarhatti, located 22 km away from Shimla city. You'll find inexpensive direct flights from Delhi to Shimla quite easily.

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Delhi to Shimla by Car

One of the best options to reach Shimla is to go from Delhi to Shimla by car. The drive is not too long. In fact, the distance of 342 km from Delhi to Shimla can be covered within 7 hours. This route is extremely scenic and it will be a great road trip to take with either family or with friends.

Where to Stay in Shimla

If you're looking for a short stay in Shimla to travel further towards Kinnaur and Spiti, it's best to find a hotel near the ISBT Tutikandi bus stand. I stayed at Star A-One Homestay which was located right at the bus stand.

However, if you're travelling to Shimla for more than just a day for sightseeing in Shimla then find a hotel near Mall Road, which will be the central location for visiting all the Shimla attractions. You can very easily find hotels starting from the INR 500 rupee range.

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Places to Visit in Shimla in One Day - A Shimla Itinerary

Shimla is one of the most popular hill stations in India. Its close proximity to Delhi makes it a favorable summer destination for city dwellers. There aren't a whole lot of things to do in Shimla. Since it has a lot of natural beauty, Shimla is a place to relax, unwind and disconnect from the city life. There are just a handful of Shimla sightseeing places. Take a look at them and the various other things to do in Shimla in this Shimla itinerary for one day.

1. City Point

Town hall in Shimla itinerary for one day and Shimla travel guide

City point is exactly what it sounds like - a point in the city. I had presumed it might be called so because it would be a point where you get a view of the city. But it turns out it's a location from where one end of the mall road stretch begins. You can start your Shimla itinerary tour from here.

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2. Town Hall

Town hall in Shimla itinerary for one day and Shimla travel guide

If you're an architecture buff like me, you'll fall in love with the Town Hall in Shimla. This beautiful building has been constructed in the Tudor style of architecture which originated in the 1500's under King Henry VIII in England. One could spend hours admiring the make of this building. Luckily for me, I found a cafe with windows overlooking the Town Hall. But more on that later.

3. The Ridge

The ridge in Shimla itinerary for one day and Shimla travel guide

The Ridge is the upper section of the mall road from where you get to see incredible views of the Shimla city, Christ Church and the city square area. The mall road opens up to a wide area where you'll find lots of people walking around, college kids hanging out, parents buying treats for their kids from the street vendors and lots of activity. This area looks particularly delightful on a snowy or a rainy day.

4. Christ Church

Christ church in Shimla itinerary for one day and Shimla travel guide

The Christ Church in Shimla is located right next to the ridge. This church is the backdrop of the open square area. You'll identify this church in many Bollywood movies that are shot in Shimla. One of the more popular ones being 3 Idiots movie where two scenes were filmed in front of Christ church as well as at the ridge.

Where to Eat - The Best Cafes in Shimla

Cafe wake and bake in Shimla itinerary for one day and Shimla travel guide

As I had mentioned earlier, I came across a cafe that was situated directly across the Town Hall. It was a charming little place with large windows to enjoy the outside view. The name of this place is Wake and Bake cafe . When I visited the cafe, there were two guys there practising their music on the guitar. With a little drizzle outside and the melodious music next to me, I can say it felt like I was sitting in the best cafe in Shimla. What a beautiful afternoon that was! Other than Wake and Bake, Cafe Shimla Times is a popular cafe, especially famous for its view of Shimla city.

Unmissable Things to do in Shimla: Shopping at Mall Road

Shopping at Mall Road - One of the most popular things to do in Shimla in this Shimla itinerary and travel guide

You can't leave Shimla without doing a little (or lots of) shopping at Mall Road. This stretch of road is lined with the latest stores as well as small locally owned businesses. Moreover, you'll find lots of cafes and eating joints as well so you never go hungry! The area near Town Hall has branded stores whereas the stretch near City Point has local stores. Shopping at Mall Road is one of the unmissable things to do in Shimla that can't be excluded from any Shimla travel guide or Shimla itinerary.

What to Wear in Shimla

No matter when you visit Shimla, always be prepared for a little cold. I did my Shimla sightseeing in the month of September when there were still light drizzles and it got especially cold in the mornings and evenings. If you're visiting Shimla in the rainy months, carry a raincoat or umbrella. Whereas if you're taking a trip to Shimla in the winter months from November to March, carry sweaters and expect snow in the peak winter months. Carry thermals accordingly. In the summer, you'll need a light shrug for the evenings but the afternoons will be pleasant.

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  • 53 Best Places To Visit In Shimla

23 Mar 2023

Snow covered mountains, breathtaking lakes, pleasant climate, and alluring greenery, Shimlaoffers everything one can ask for. Popularly known as the queen of hill stations, the city and the places nearby never cease to amaze with their endearing beauty. There is this magic in Shimla’s air that makes everyone fall in love with it. With such a wide range of attractions and famous places, Shimla is definitely one of the most visited tourist destinations in India. So, before we enrich you with the places to visit in Shimla —and a few around Shimla, here are a few essentials.

53 Best Tourist Places To Visit In Shimla

Shimla is a beautiful hill station that offers a multitude of activities to its tourists. Find out the best places to visit in Shimla in the list below. Keep scrolling down and read along to know more about them!

1. Summer Hills

Summer hill is an amazing place to visit in Shimla in July

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One of the best places to visit in Shimla is the Summer hill – a picturesque town is located 5 km from the famous ridge of Shimla. This hill is carpeted with rich greenery that offers breathtaking views from the top. Summer hill is also a part of the 7 hills that make this escape one of the best visiting places in Shimla and its beauty is sure to leave you overwhelmed.

Places To Stay:  Shimla Nature Ville, Royal Home Stay, Hotel Blossom Shimla Things To Do:  Hiking, Camping, Sightseeing Best Time To Visit:  March to October Type Of Place: Hilly Visiting Time: Sunrise to Sunset, sunrise is beautiful during summers Best For: Trekking and nature walks Suggested Time Duration: 1 to 2 days

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2. Indian Institute Of Advanced Studies

The architecture of Indian Institute of Advanced Studies will leave you in awe

Built by the British, IIAS is primarily the summer retreat of the Indian President. It was passed on to the nation by the then president – Dr. Radhakrishnan as an institute to promote advanced studies in humanities and arts in India. The building is a classical architectural design with a proficient fireproofing system. A visit to the institute is actually a walk through modern Indian history, which is why it is among the best places to visit in Shimla .

Places To Stay:  Hotel Peterhoff, The Oberoi Cecil, Spars Lodge Things To Do:  Cultural tour, Sightseeing Best Time To Visit:  All-year destination Type Of Place: Historic, meadow, Educational, and Inspirational Visiting Hours: 8:00 am to 06:00 pm Best For: Ancient architecture and historical facts about British rule Suggested Time Duration: 1 hour 

3. Annandale

Annandale was a favorite amongst Britishers

Annandale has to be on the list of places to visit in Shimla in November . This place was home to a number of adventure sports during the British rule including racing. However, now, this place is just perfect for all the golf lovers out there as the racecourse has been converted to a mini-golf course, which also serves as a helipad and offers incredibly beautiful sceneries of its meadows. This place surely tops the list of places to visit in Shimla in 2 days!

Places To Stay:  Annadale View, Shimla British Resort, Royal Retreat – Luxury Stay in Shimla Things To Do:  Racing, Golfing, Sightseeing Best Time To Visit:  April to October Type Of Place: Historical Visiting Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Best For: Golf Suggested Time Duration: 1 to 2 hours

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4. Jakhoo Hill

Jakhoo hills is one of the best places to visit in Shimla

Believed to be the highest peak in Shimla, this hill is 8000 feet high and is a major tourist attraction in Shimla . This temple is a heaven for all the nature lovers and pilgrims who come to visit the historic 108 feet tall Hanuman statue at the Jakhu temple . It is almost a short trek for adventure seekers which makes it one of the best places to visit in Shimla in February.

Places To Stay:  The Legacy Shimla, Hotel Marina, Hotel Combermere, Jakhoo Hill B and B Things To Do:  Trekking, Religious tour, Photography Best Time To Visit:  All-year destination Type Of Place: Hilly, religious, trek Visiting Time: 7:00 am to 8:00 pm, the climb is safer during day time as the trek gets darker by evening. Best For: Trekking Suggested Time Duration: 2 to 3 hours

5. The Scandal Point, Ridge

The Shimla Ridge is amongst the many popular tourist attractions in Shimla

Popularly known as the Scandal Point, this flat spacious platform is one of the most popular places to visit in Shimla. It is a complete treat for all-mountain lovers with all the mesmerizing views of the valley and the snow-capped mountains surrounding Shimla. The place also hosts the Shimla Summer Festival held annually. Apart from the breathtaking view, this place is also home to the famous Tudor library. The platform offers a marvelous specter of sunset and sunrise and provides one of the most endearing places to visit in Shimla in one day.

Places To Stay:  Hotel Crystel Palace, Hotel Willow Banks, Summit Le Royal Hotel Things To Do:  Attend the Summer Festival, Nature walk, Sightseeing Best Time To Visit:  All-year destination Type Of Place: Viewing Point, valley viewing, ideal for photographers Visiting Time: Sunrise to sunset Best For: Great views and Tudor Library Suggested Time Duration: 2 hours

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6. The Shimla State Museum

The Shimla state museum is one of the many places to visit in Shimla in May

The Shimla state museum also known as the Himachal state museum and library is located on Mount Pleasant and is one of the most charming Shimla points of interest. The sprawling lawns and the brilliant British architecture makes this place totally worthwhile. The museum amazingly displays the glorious past of the state with its rich culture and heritage. They have an incredible collection of different artifacts, paintings, sculptures, handicrafts, and a lot more which they have been preserving for ages. It is truly one of the best sightseeing places in Shimla.

Places To Stay:  The Cedar Grand Hotel and Spa, Spars Lodge Things To Do:  Souvenir hunting, Sightseeing Best Time To Visit:  March to September Type Of Place: Educational, inspirational, historic Visiting Time: 7:00 am to 8:00 pm Best For: Historical artifacts from Colonial rule Suggested Time Duration: 2 hours

7. Naldehra And Shaily Peak

Witness the gorgeous sunrise and sunset views from Naldehra and Shaily Peak

Naldehra is one of the best hill stations near Shimla as it offers the most picturesque sunrise and sunset views. With dense deodar trees and naturally rich flora and fauna, this place has amazing forest cover to be enjoyed on a horse ride. The stunning view, calmness, and fresh air are sure to leave anyone spellbound.

Places To Stay:  Hotel Silverine, Springfields Shimla, Hotel Blossom Things To Do:  Horse riding, Trekking, Camping, Picnic Best Time To Visit:  All-year destination Type Of Place: Viewing Point, valley viewing, ideal for photographers, adventure Visiting Time: Sunrise to sunset Best For: Sunrise and Sunset views Suggested Time Duration: 2 to 3 hours

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8. Chadwick Falls

Chadwick falls are amongst the must visit tourist attractions in Shimla

One of the major tourist attractions of Shimla, Chadwick falls , falls from an altitude of 1586 meters. With dense forest, lush deodar and pine tree surrounding it, the view is totally enthralling. The monsoons lead to an increase in the water level of the falls making the place even more beautiful with its sparkling water. Chadwick falls is surely a treat to one’s eyes with its captivating beauty and ambiance. This is definitely one of the most famous places in Shimla.

Places To Stay:  Shimla Nature Ville, Hotel Chadwick View, Hotel Blossom Shimla Things To Do:  Trekking, Photography Best Time To Visit:  March to June Type Of Place: Waterfall, viewing point, ideal for photographers and peace seekers Visiting Time: Sunrise to sunset, do not go while it’s dark Best For: Trekking and hiking Suggested Time Duration: 1 to 2 hours

9. Mall Road

Mall Road

Of all the Shimla tourist places, Mall Road is one place, which you ought to visit during your holiday. This famous street is a haven for Shopaholics and everyone alike. From warm woolens to beautiful handicrafts, one can find anything here at reasonable prices, which is why it is one of the best places to visit in Shimla in February.

Places To Stay: Woodville Palace Hotel Shimla, Hotel Windsor Shimla, Hotel Surya Things To Do:  Shopping, Street-food tasting, Sightseeing Best Time To Visit:  All-year destination Type Of Place: Shopping Street Visiting Time: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm Best For: Handicrafts, hand woven woolens, food items of Himachal Suggested Time Duration: 1 to 2 hours

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10. Johnnie’s Wax Museum

johnnie's wax museum

This museum is amongst the top places to see in Shimla as it is Himachal’s own Madame Tussauds. Displaying life-sized wax figures of Indian and international icons, this place is an interesting spot to visit with family and even friends.

Places To Stay:  Hotel Willow Banks, Hotel Holiday Home Things To Do:  Tour the museum Best Time To Visit:  All-year destination Type Of Place: Sightseeing Visiting Time: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm Best For: Wax figurines of famous characters like Harry Potter and Iron Man Suggested Time Duration: 1 to 2 hours

11. Christ Church

christ church

This is the second oldest church in North India, and also one of the most famous attractions in the town of Shimla. For those who are in pursuit of peace, this church is a paradise and a perfect place to spend some time alone. The best time to visit here is early in the morning or during the church prayer. This is undoubtedly one of the top places to visit in Shimla !

Places To Stay:  Hotel Holiday Home, Summit Le Royal Hotel, Hotel Diplomat Shimla Things To Do:  Participate in the morning prayer at the church Best Time To Visit:  All-year destination Type Of Place: Religious and historical Visiting Time: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm Best For: Architecture and history Suggested Time Duration: 1 to 2 hours

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12. Himalayan Bird Park

Himalayan Bird Park

This place is ideal for Shimla sightseeing . There is no doubt that in Shimla, places to visit are endless. While the town has something for every type of traveler, its Himalayan Bird Park is an ideal attraction for nature and bird lovers. Open only during the summers, one can spot a variety of exotic and native birds here. It makes up for one of the greatest places to visit in Shimla in one day. This is one of those Shimla tourist places that you’ll never forget.

Places To Stay:  Hotel Hot Spring, The Cedar Grand Hotel and Spa Things To Do:  Birdwatching, Nature Walk Best Time To Visit:  March to September Type Of Place: Wildlife, ideal for photographers and nature admirers Visiting Time: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (closed every Monday) Best For: Birdwatching and photography Suggested Time Duration: 1 hour

13. Tara Devi Temple

tara devi temple

While Shimla has quite a few famous temples, the Tara Devi Temple is a place one must-visit places in Shimla . Located atop a hill, the temple can be reached via the Kalka-Shimla Highway, and makes for a great spot for rejuvenating one’s mind, body, and soul.

Places To Stay:  Jade Vine Resort, Woodsmoke Resort and Spa, Best Nest Things To Do:  Religious prayers, Historical tour Best Time To Visit:  All-year destination Type Of Place: Religious Visiting Time: 7:00 am to 6:30 pm Best For: Sweeping views of the town of Shimla from the hilltop Suggested Time Duration: 1 to 2 hours

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Kufri is a one of the many popular places to visit in Shimla in July

Kufri, popularly known as the winter sports capital, is located 2622 meters above sea level. At the foothills of the mighty Himalayas, this hill station once belonged to the kingdom of Nepal. It offers some exciting winter sports skiing and ice skating. This place with its picturesque location is sure on the list of many travelers. Shimla to Kufri’s distance is around 15 kilometers and it takes almost 40 minutes to cover it.

Places To Stay:  Royal Tulip Luxury Hotel, Galley Hill Resort, Treebo Trend Snow View Hotel Things To Do:  Skiing, Ice-Skating, Trekking Best Time To Visit:  All-year destination Type Of Place: Adventure, must-visit for photographers Visiting Hours: Sunrise to sunset Best For: skiing and ice skating Suggested Time Duration: 1 to 2 days (Depends on your itinerary)

Chail Palace is one of the best places to visit in Shimla in May

Chail has got the highest cricket pitch in the world and is outlined by mighty deodar and pine trees offering a serene and calm atmosphere. This place is also the home of the famous Chail Palace known for its architectural brilliance. Since it is at a higher altitude than Shimla, one can enjoy the view of twinkling city lights below while get star struck by the beautifully lit night sky.

Places To Stay:  Chail Palace, Village Live In Resort, Ekant Retreat Resort Things To Do:  Cricket Ground tour, Trekking, Sightseeing Best Time To Visit:  June to September Type Of Place: Highly recommended for peace seekers, photographers Visiting Hours: All through the day Best For: Sparkling views of the city at night Suggested Time Duration: 1 to 2 days

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16. Lakkar Bazaar

lakkar bazaar

This is a very famous market place in Shimla. The market as the name suggests is famous for its wooden objects. It is located near the Ridge area in Shimla. It is also one of the best tourist places to visit in Shimla. One can buy souvenirs here or beautiful wooden toys. The market also has some local eating stalls where one can enjoy snacks before or after shopping! Do take a stroll here.

Places To Stay:  Summit Le Royal Hotel, Hotel White, The Legacy Shimla Things To Do:  Souvenir Hunt, Shopping Best Time To Visit:  All-year destination Type Of Place: Shopping Street Visiting Time: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm Best For: Shopping wood crafts Suggested Time Duration: 1 to 2 hours

17. Green Valley

famous valley in Shimla

One of the most charming view points in Shimla is considered to be Green Valley and why should it be not? Featured in a few bollywood films, this valley has gained much popularity in recent years and is one of the most serene places to visit in Shimla for couples ! Have you got your bags packed yet to soak in the absolute blissful scenery around this nature paradise? This is what you should expect from the Green Valley view.

Places To Stay:  Woodays Resort, Madhusudhan Homestay Things To Do:  Hiking, Trekking, Camping, Photography Best Time To Visit:  March to July Type Of Place: Sightseeing Visiting Time: 6 AM to 6:30 PM every day Best For: Photography Suggested Time Duration: 1 hour

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18. Viceregal Lodge

ancient architectural building in Shimla

Famed to be one of the most beautiful building in Shimla and an important part of our history, this glorious work of architecture requires a half day tour of the place if you wish to see all the corners properly. The Viceregal lodge was the summer residence of the Viceroy of India who was the leader of the British Raj during the period of 1888 until 1946.

Places To Stay:  Torrentium Lodge, Sanobar Hotel, The Zion Hotel Shimla Things To Do:  Historic tour Best Time To Visit:  All-year-round destination Type Of Place: Historical Visiting Time: 10:30 AM to 5 PM Best For: Architecture and history Suggested Time Duration: 1 to 2 hours

19. Kiala Forest

Kiala Forest

Kiala Forest is located in Kothai region of Shimla. This lush green and densely forested area is a must-visit for adventure junkies and nature lovers. Enjoy some time in the wilderness along with breathtaking views of the city from the top. There are locker facilities available here, so that you can keep your luggage safely and explore the place on foot. There are also some resorts located here for those who wish to stay a little longer. For nature lovers, this is one of the most promising Shimla tourist places.

Places To Stay:  Hotel Hot Spring, Hotel Willow Banks, Clarkes Hotel Things To Do:  Trekking, Sightseeing Best Time To Visit:  April to September Type Of Place: green and hilly Visiting Time: Anytime during March to October Best For: Nature walks Suggested Time Duration: 2 hours

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20. Kuthar Fort

Kuthar Fort

Located in the foothills of Himalayas, amidst the wonderful beauty of nature, Kuthar Fort is another attraction that completes your Shimla sightseeing. The fort covers an area of 52.8 sq km, surrounded by pine trees, and mountains. It features gorgeous pools and gardens. Come here to take a walk through history and nature.

Places To Stay:  Hotel Avas, The Legend, Misty Meadows Resort Things To Do:  Historical tour Best Time To Visit:  April to September Type Of Place: Historical Visiting Time: 8 am to 6 pm Best For: Fort exploration Suggested Time Duration: 1 to 2 hours

21. Hawa Ghar

clock tower with mountains in the backdrop

Still looking for the most popular tourist places in Shimla ? Hawa Ghar is considered to be quite an interesting spot in the town of Shimla from where you can enjoy some of the best views of this hill station. The place is a part of the Lakkar Bazaar and is located at a good height, providing the onlookers with a breathtaking view. Hawa Ghar is also popular by the name ‘Mall View Balcony’.

Places To Stay:  The Legacy Shimla, Summit Le Royal Hotel, Hotel Greenland Things To Do:  Sightseeing Best Time To Visit:  All-year destination Type Of Place: Viewing point Visiting Hours: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Best For: valley viewing, photograph Suggested Time Duration: 1 hour

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22. Prospect Hill

snowfall

This hill is one of the best Shimla tourist places one must consider visiting when exploring the different places and attractions in the hilly town. Apart from being one of the most beautiful spots in the town, Prospect Hill is known for the magnificent temple that has been established to pay respects to the Goddess Kamna Devi.

Places To Stay:  The Sharma Ashiyana, Hotel Blossom Shimla, Hotel Apple Rose Things To Do:  Trekking, Sightseeing, Religious tour Best Time To Visit:  April to September Type Of Place: religious Visiting Hours: 24 hours Best For: leisure walk Suggested Time Duration: 1 to 2 hours

23. Jakhu Ropeway

yellow cable car

The ropeway connects the Ridge and Jakhu Temple (8 kilometers). It will take you to the temple in about 5 minutes, keeping you from all the hassles and making you undergo a fun as well as adventurous experience. During the ride, you’ll witness some of the most astonishing views around and will make you want to come back.

Places To Stay:  Hotel Holiday Home, The Legacy Shimla, Hotel Combermere Things To Do:  Ropeway, Photography, Sightseeing Best Time To Visit:  March to September Type Of Place: adventurous, religious Visiting Hours: 9:30 am to 7:00 pm Best For: Cable car ride Suggested Time Duration: 1 to 2 hours

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24. Pabbar Valley

sheep grazing on a grassland

This valley is located at a close distance to Shimla and one can reach this place from the town of Theog. The valley is famous because of the lush greenery, apple orchards, and perennial streams. You can also visit this place for an adventurous as well as memorable trekking experience. There are various trails that can be found here and some of these trails haven’t been explored yet. This is indeed one of the most alluring places to visit in shimla in 2 days.

Places To Stay:  Everysunny Homestay, The Legacy Shimla, Tirthan Valley Stay Things To Do:  Trekking, Sightseeing Best Time To Visit:  April to November Type Of Place: religious Visiting Hours: 24 hours Best For: leisure walk Suggested Time Duration: Half a day

25. Tattapani

river and mountains

This holiday destination is located at a distance of 60 kilometers from the hill station and known to be one of the best tourist places around Shimla. There are various spots in this town that will make for a memorable travel experience. There are various magnificent temples and you can also indulge yourself in a number of adventurous activities like rock climbing, trekking, river rafting, etc. If you are looking for places to visit in Shimla in June, Tattapani is one that you must add to your itinerary. 

Places To Stay:  Koti Resorts, Club Mahindra Resort, Woodstock Resort Things To Do:  Rock Climbing, River Rafting Best Time To Visit:  All-year destination Type Of Place: adventurous, religious Visiting Hours: 7 AM to 6:30 PM Best For: trekking, river rafting, rock climbing Suggested Time Duration: 2 to 3 hours

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26. Shimla Reserve Forest Sanctuary

entrance to wildlife sanctuary

This is an ideal place for all those who want to witness the beautiful greenery of Shimla and experience an adrenaline rush by encountering a number of animals that harmoniously coexist here. If you are a nature lover, then this place is a must visit. You’ll also get to witness a variety of animals like bears, leopards, jackals, deers, and more. Shimla Reserve Forest Sanctuary is considered to be one of the most popular tourist places in Shimla.

Places To Stay:  Mahasu House, Wildflower House, Woodays Resort Things To Do:  Wild safari, Birdwatching Best Time To Visit:  March to September Type Of Place: adventurous, nature Visiting Hours: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Best For: leisure walk, photography, animal watching Suggested Time Duration: 4 to 5 hours

27. Baba Bhalku Railway Museum

train engine

If you want to undergo an enlightening experience in Shimla, then you must visit this railway museum. It is one of the most popular tourist places in Shimla. This is where you’ll get to learn about the different aspects involved behind the construction of the railway in the town of Shimla. There are various things on display here, including various types of engines as well as machines. 

Places To Stay:  Hotel Holiday Home, The Cedar Grand Hotel and Spa, Hotel Retreat Things To Do:  Museum tour Best Time To Visit:  April to September Type Of Place: historic, educational Visiting Hours: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm Best For: learning historical facts about railways in Shimla Suggested Time Duration: 1 hour

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28. Narkanda

people skiing

This town is also located at a distance of 60 kilometers from the beautiful town of Shimla. Narkanda is established at an altitude of 8100 feet and one can get a view of this town from Fagu, a small hill station that comes in the way between Shimla and Narkanda. This place is ideally visited by those who are heading towards Spiti Valley and acts as a stopover. Narkanda is hands down, one of the best places to see in Shimla .

Places To Stay:  The Himalaya Inn and Restaurant, Echor, Hotel Snowflake Things To Do:  Hiking, Trekking, Sightseeing Best Time To Visit:  March to September Type Of Place: Hilly

Visiting Hours: NA Best For: stopping over when going to Spiti Valley, sightseeing, skiing Suggested Time Duration: 1 day

29. Rani Jhansi Park

statue of Rani of Jhansi

This is one of the most popular places in Shimla and can be reached easily via the mall road. This park is ideal as a picnic spot and children usually love coming to this place to have a fun experience amidst greenery. The highlight of this place is a majestic statue of Rani of Jhansi riding a horse.

Places To Stay:  The Legacy Shimla, Summit Le Royal Hotel Things To Do:  Picnic, Sightseeing Best Time To Visit:  May to September Type Of Place: recreational Visiting Hours: 24 hours Best For: picnic, playing Suggested Time Duration: 1 hour

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30. Army Heritage Museum

a cottage amidst greenery

When looking for Shimla attractions , do consider coming to this place. This is one of the most popular museums and has been established as a part of the historically rich, Annadale. The museum features various souvenirs that belong to the Indian Army. Visit this museum to learn about the awe-inspiring stories of the warriors of India and give yourself a chance to be amazed by the old weapons and other paraphernalia that are kept on display.

Places To Stay:  Mahaveer B&B, Shimla British Resort, Royale Retreat Things To Do:  Historical tour Best Time To Visit:  All-year destination Type Of Place: historical, educational Visiting Hours: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm Best For: children’s day out Suggested Time Duration: 1 hour

31. Kali Bari Temple Shimla

kali bari shimla

When looking for the best places to visit in Shimla , The Kali Bari Temple is a must pick. It is dedicated to Goddess Kali, who is also known by the name Shyamala. The temple was built in the year 1845 and Shimla derives its name from the name of the Goddess Shyamala. This temple is located in Jakhu Hill and is very famous in Shimla.

Places To Stay:  Hotel Baljees Regency, The Thistle Lodge, The Cedar Grand Hotel and Spa Things To Do:  Religious tour, Sightseeing Best Time To Visit:  All-year destination Type Of Place: religious Visiting Time: 6 AM to 7 PM Best For: praying Suggested Time Duration: 1 to 2 hours

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32. Water Catchment Wildlife Sanctuary

Shimla Water Catchment Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the best tourist places in Shimla for nature lovers and photographers. The sanctuary is spread across 1,000 acres of lush greenery and has quite a variety of flora and fauna. One can spot foxes, blue Magpies and species of snakes here.

Places To Stay:  Radisson Jass Shimla, The Oberoi Cecil Things To Do:  Nature hike, Photography Best Time To Visit:  March to September Type Of Place: nature, sightseeing Visiting Time: 10am–4pm Best For: strolls amidst nature Suggested Time Duration: 2 to 3 hours

33. Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex

gaiety theatre

Located at Mall Road, Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex is a tourist hot spot. This historic cultural center was designed by Henry Irwin. The architecture of this building is Gothic style and a representation of Victorian artistry. Once a five story building, it was later demolished partially as it was structurally unsafe. The Gaiety theater exists till date.

Places To Stay:  Hotel Holiday Home, The Legacy Shimla, Tirthan Valley Stay Things To Do:  Cultural tour, Sightseeing Best Time To Visit:  March to September Type Of Place: recreational Visiting Time: 24 hours Best For: sightseeing Suggested Time Duration: 2 to 3 hours

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34. Gorton Castle

gorton castle

One of the top tourist places in Shimla is the Gorton Castle. It is a heritage monument which was constructed during the Colonial era. Over a century old, it is a great place to visit in Shimla. The monument boats of a Neo-Gothic architecture and its location adds to the beauty of this place.

Places To Stay:  Hotel Landmark, Woodville Palace Hotel Things To Do:  Cultural tour, Sightseeing Best Time To Visit:  March to September Type Of Place: recreational Visiting Time: 9 AM to 5 PM Best For: sightseeing Suggested Time Duration: 1 hour

35. Bantony Castle

shimla tourist area

Bantony Castle is a heritage site and a part of Shimla heritage walk. The estate covered in this walk comprises both the castle and the cottage. The property is completely made of wood and has beautiful lush lawns around it.

Places To Stay:  Hotel Surya, Royal Retreat Hotel Things To Do:  Heritage tour, Sightseeing Best Time To Visit:  All-year destination Type Of Place: recreational Visiting Time: 24 hours Best For: sightseeing Suggested Time Duration: 1 hour

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36. Mashobra

Mashobra

To experience a quieter side of Shimla, Mashobra is an ideal place to visit in Himachal Pradesh. Resting at a height of 7700 feet, the commercialization hasn’t touched this place yet. Amidst nature’s finest beauty, this place offers a liberating feeling away from the hustle-bustle. Mashobra is one of the famous places in Shimla for the people who want to experience the beauty of nature and enjoy an escape away from the chaos.

Places To Stay:  Club Mahindra Mashobra, Hotel West End Home Stay, Ridge View Things To Do:  Trekking, Sightseeing Best Time To Visit:  April to September Type Of Place: Recreational Visiting Time: Anytime of the year Best For: Nature walks, relaxation Suggested Time Duration: 1 day

Theog

Another quiet escape from the hill station is Theog which is one of the best places in Shimla . Surrounded by the beautiful peaks of the Himalayas, this hill station place to get that lost peace. Located approximately 32 km away from the main town, this is considered to be one of the ideal weekend getaways. Not just the nature’s finest views, but the place is also famous for offering a camping experience.

Places To Stay:  Taj Theog Resort, Hotel Landmark, Woodville Palace Things To Do:  Trekking, Sightseeing, Photography Best Time To Visit:  March to September Type Of Place: Recreational Visiting Time: Anytime of the year Best For: Nature walks, relaxation Suggested Time Duration: 1 day

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Fagu

Resting at a height of 2500 meters, this beautiful hamlet is one of the peaceful places to visit in Shimla. Surrounded by the Himalayan ranges, this tiny place is blessed with lush-greenery and beautiful views to enjoy. And not just this, but people can also touch the clouds which move close to the surface. The place is also enclosed by the flora and fauna which adds all the beauty to this place and gives a reason to visit. It is indeed one of the best places to visit in Shimla in October.

Places To Stay:  Snow King Retreat, Treebo Trend Snow View Hotel, The Apple Blossom Hotel Things To Do:  Trekking, Sightseeing Best Time To Visit:  April to October Type Of Place: Recreational Visiting Time: Anytime of the year Best For: Nature walks, relaxation Suggested Time Duration: 1 day

39. Majathal Sanctuary

Majathal Sanctuary

A great natural reserve and ranking in the top tourist places in Shimla is what the Majathal Sanctuary qualifies for. Housing some rare and endangered species, like goral and cheer pheasant, you can also capture the awesome wildlife in your camera. Nature photography is a huge activity at the sanctuary. Needless to say, wildlife enthusiasts, nature lovers and adventurists would love this place.

Places To Stay:  Kasauli Exotica, Hotel Hot Spring, Turquoise Resort  Things To Do:  Wildlife tour, Birdwatching, Camping Best Time To Visit:  April to September Type Of Place : Nature Visiting Hours: NA Best For : Wildlife photography and nature walks Suggested Time Duration: 2 to 3 hours

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40. Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple

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The Hanuman temple is one of the most popular tourist places to visit in Shimla. It is located within the lush green forests of Shimla. If you think Jakhu temple is the most popular, you are right but it’s not everything. The Hanuman temple has gained a preferred tourist spot for many during recent years. Considering the fact that it was built in 1950, Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple seems like it’s the oldest temple in Shimla. You will find the deities of Lord Rama, Shiva, and Hanuman.

Places To Stay:  Hotel Snow Lotus, Cross Winds West, Snow Valley Resorts Things To Do:  Religious tour Best Time To Visit:  April to September Type Of Place : Religious Visiting Time : 7:00 am to 6:30 pm Best For : Praying, lush green view of the valley Suggested Time Duration: 2 to 3 hours

41. Vaishno Devi Temple

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No, it’s not Katra in Jammu, but the Vaishno Devi Temple located in Shimla, one of the other religious places to visit in Shimla. Located on the banks of Beas river, the temple is surrounded by lush hills. The temple has three levels and all three consist of Goddesses Saraswathi, Lakshmi and Kali, separately. It additionally has idols of Lord Shani where devotees can put oil lamps during the Saturdays. With 101 steps to climb, you will see the whole city from the top of the temple.

Places To Stay:  The Sharma Ashiyana, Silicon Inn Shimla, Cross Winds West Things To Do:  Religious tour Best Time To Visit:  April to September Type Of Place : Religious Visiting Time : Open 24 hour Best For : Praying, admiring temple architecture, and bird’s-eye view of Shimla Suggested Time Duration: 2 hours

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Have you heard of the Barog Tunnel 33, one of the most haunted places in Shimla ? Fret not, Barog is not a haunted place, it is in fact one of the most scenic places in Shimla. In fact, the Barog station lies on UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Kalka-Shimla Railway. A quiet town with pine trees and ancient pilgrimage sites, Barog is one of the top Shimla tourist places.

Places To Stay:  Hotel Barog Heights, The Pinewood Barog Things To Do:  Historical tour, Sightseeing  Best Time To Visit:  April to September Type Of Place: Hill station Visiting Hours: NA Best For : Sightseeing, nature walks, adventure Suggested Time Duration: Half a day

43. Kamna Devi Temple

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The Kamna Devi temple sits on top of Prospect Hill and showcases the view of the entire city from top. Perhaps, it is one of the Shimla tourist places not frequented by tourists yet the panoramic views will impress you. The majestic temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali. The temple surroundings are cool meadows and hills, making it a great spot for picnic.

Places To Stay:  Snow Valley Resorts, Hotel Apple Rose, Hotel Blossom Shimla  Things To Do:  Religious tour  Best Time To Visit:  All-year destination Type Of Place : Religious Visiting Time : 7:30 am to 6 pm Best For : Scenic views of mountains Suggested Time Duration: 2 hours

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44. Rothney Castle

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It is one of the many tourist places in Shimla which was founded by a British civil servant. With the help of a gardener, he converted the place into what is depicted as the place it is today. The castle and its greenery has attracted birds and so much so that the castle was later constructed into a bird museum with over 80,000 species. So, bird lovers, this place is for you. And let’s not forget about the beautiful garden with green expanse of grass.

Places To Stay:  The Legacy Shimla, Hotel Combermere, Clarkes Hotel Things To Do:  Architectural tour, Sightseeing Best Time To Visit:  April to September Type Of Place : Recreational Visiting Time : Always open Best For : Sightseeing, bird-watching Suggested Time Duration: 2 to 3 hours

45. Hip Hip Hurray Amusement Park

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Shimla is a great destination full of fun and vibrant places. It does not matter if you visit Shimla in winter , summer or monsoons, the place is always full of wonders. And one such wonder is the Hip Hip Hurray Amusement Park. Leisure seekers can now try multiple activities, rides and recreational games that will keep the joy levels high. Some games that you can expect include Net Climbing, Burma bridge, Zip Lining, Valley Crossing and Gyroscope.

Places To Stay:  Woodays Resort, Royal Tulip Luxury Hotel, Mahasu House Things To Do: Zip-lining, Trekking, Adventure rides Best Time To Visit:  April to September Type Of Place : Adventure Visiting Time : 10:30 am to 6:00 pm Best For : Adventure rides, a fun experience Suggested Time Duration: 2 to 3 hours

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A suburban town and one of the best hill stations in Himachal , Shoghi is known for its natural beauty. Being one of the best tourist places in Shimla, Shoghi is a town full of oak trees, fruit orchards and rhododendron greens, Shoghi is popular as a famous producer of fruit products like jellies, juices, pickles and syrups. Chail Sanctuary is one of the top tourist attractions in Shoghi.

Places To Stay:  Resort Eutopia, Park Woods Shogi, TAG Resorts Things To Do:  Fruit-picking, Sightseeing, Picnic Best Time To Visit:  April to September Type Of Place : Hill station Visiting Hours: NA Best For : Sightseeing, nature walks Suggested Time Duration: 1 to 2 days

47. Jonang Monastery

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Located in a hilltop, the monastery is a Buddhist learning centre with the resident lamas holding prayers and rituals on a daily basis. You have to climb a few stairs to reach the monastery but the view from the top is worth it. Attain some nirvana and you will have a peaceful time in Shimla. For an ultimate soul detoxification, it is the best tourist place in Shimla.

Places To Stay:  The Legacy Shimla, Meena Bagh Shimla, Kotgarh House Homestay Things To Do:  Trekking, Sightseeing Best Time To Visit:  April to September Type Of Place : Religious Visiting Hours: NA Best For : Meditation, attaining peace Suggested Time Duration: 2 to 3 hours

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48. Shimla Heritage Museum

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The Shimla Heritage Museum is one of the most amusing tourist places in Shimla with a small and one-room gallery display. You will witness some history of the old Shimla with particular explanations. The museum is built within the faded former United Services Club building. You can also spot the many stunning paintings of Shimla during the 18th century left by the Britishers. Some of them include Central Hotel, Oakover, Nabha Estate, Barnes Court and Gaiety Theatre.

Places To Stay:  Clarkes Hotel, Hotel Willow Banks, The Legacy Shimla Things To Do:  Heritage tour, Sightseeing Best Time To Visit:  April to September Type Of Place : Sightseeing Visiting Time : 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Best For : Learning about the history of Shimla Suggested Time Duration: 2 to 3 hours

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Solan is one of the most popular hill stations in Himachal Pradesh that attracts a large number of tourists and devotees all year round. It is ideal for travelers seeking for peace and some time away from the hustle and bustle of city life. During your visit to this gorgeous hill town which is also referred to as the Mushroom Capital of India, you can pay visit to several temples and monasteries.

Places To Stay:  Hotel Paragon Palace, Himani Resorts Things To Do:  Trekking, Sightseeing, Photography Best Time To Visit:  April to September Type Of Place: Sightseeing, ideal for peace seekers Visiting Time: Open all day Best For: Praying and enjoying lush greenery Suggested Time Duration: 1 to 2 days

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50. St. Michael’s Cathedral

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An important landmark of Shimla, St. Michael’s Cathedral is one of the best places to visit in Shimla . Built by the Catholic community, the church is famous for its beautiful interiors. It is decorated in French-Gothic style architecture that surely makes it worth a visit on your trip to Shimla.

Places To Stay:  Hotel Asia the Dawn, Hotel Corporate Inn, Radisson Hotel Shimla Things To Do:  Historic tour, Sightseeing Best Time To Visit:  April to September Type Of Place: Religious and historical Visiting Time: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm Best For: Architecture and history Suggested Time Duration: 1 to 2 hours

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The Koti village is a locality in the Mashobra tehsil nearby Shimla which is popular for being a cultural tourism destination in Himachal Pradesh. The Koti resort is an infamous 3-star stay that offers you a comfortable view of the area away from the bustle and a chance to explore the village, hike around and spend some downtime or a staycation perhaps to enjoy a peaceful vacation. 

Places To Stay:  Hotel Himalayan Escape, The Koti Village Resort Things To Do:  Trekking, Sightseeing Best Time To Visit:  April to September Type Of Place: Cultural Visiting Time: N/A  Best For: Sightseeing, Hiking Suggested Time Duration: 1 to 2 hours, or 3-day stay at the resort

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52. Giri Ganga

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This hidden gem is located around Kharapathar in Shimla district. The trail starts about 1 kilometer west from the state highway passing by Rohru, a great stopover destination if you can afford to make a detour. The Giri Ganga temple and Kuppar Bugyal are the two popular attractions located in the area but if you want to take a more adventurous route, try asking the locals about the long trekking path that connects this location to Shimla. 

Places To Stay:  Zostel Homes, Echor, Dwarika Residency Things To Do:  Trekking, Sightseeing Best Time To Visit:  April to September Type Of Place: Nature, Adventure  Visiting Time: N/A  Best For: Sightseeing, Trekking, Camping  Suggested Time Duration: 3 to 4 hours

53. Nawar Valley

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Situated at an altitude of 2400 meters, the Nawar Valley is one of the most picturesque landscapes in the Shimla region. This place is perfect for a detour where you can enjoy some impromptu hiking, apple farm tours, and a taste of local Himachali cuisines in the nearby village of Tikkar. 

Places To Stay:  Snow Valley Resorts, Hotel Valley View, Green Valley Home Stay Things To Do:  Hiking, Apple Farm Tours Best Time To Visit:  February to August Type Of Place: Sightseeing and adventure  Visiting Time: N/A  Best For: Trekking and apple picking  Suggested Time Duration: 1 to 2 hours

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Best Time To Visit Shimla

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Shimla can be visited all through the year. Starting from April, Shimla in May and onwards offers perfect environs to explore the outdoors. However, winters cherish visit worthy snowfalls, and monsoons bring out the lush misty character of the green hills.

  • October – March : Average temperature lies between -2 to 8 degrees Celsius. Heavy snowfall in December and January, ideal for honeymooners; skiing take off in Kufri.
  • April – June : The summer months with an average temperature of 15 degrees Celsius attract families and honeymooners alike. The weather stays ideal for adventure sports like paragliding, trekking, and camping. This can be considered to be the best time to visit Shimla.
  • July – September : The monsoon is not really a good time to visit Shimla as the city experiences o ccasional avalanches and landslides. However, green meadows become nothing but the most attractive aspect of the city with clouds floating everywhere.

How To Reach Shimla

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Be it any of the tourist places in Shimla , one can reach this heavenly destination via the following modes of transport.

  • By air: The city is properly connected to all the major cities around. Shimla Airport, in Jubbarhatti, is in the city itself. The other nearby airports are Chandigarh and New Delhi.
  • By Train: The world heritage narrow gauge railways connect Shimla to Kalka. This toy train route is quite popular with kids. Kalka is abundantly connected to all the major cities of India.
  • By road: Shimla is approximately 350 km from New Delhi, and 118 km from Chandigarh. Regular buses, both private and state-run, ply from Delhi en-route Chandigarh.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Places to Visit in Shimla

How far is Kufri from Shimla?

Kufri is located at a distance of 15 kilometers from Shimla and is well-connected by road. You can take a bus, cab, or taxi from Shimla to reach Kufri.

How much will it cost for a trip to Shimla?

The cost of your Shimla trip depends upon the duration of your vacation, number of places you are visiting, and the property you choose to stay. An ideal pocket-friendly Shimla trip for 2 days starts from INR 12,000 onwards which includes meals and transfers.

What are the travel guidelines to visit Shimla during Covid times?

The following are the guidelines to visit Shimla during Covid times: 1. Get yourself tested at least 72 hours before your journey and carry your negative RT PCR report 2. Self quarantine in case of symptoms during the journey 3. Wear proper masks and maintain social distancing 4. Keep sanitizing your hands after touching surfaces 5. Avoid crowded places and public gatherings 6. Ensure a hygienic environment

What can I do in 2 days in Shimla?

Shimla is one of the best hill stations in North India. It is a great destination to visit on a honeymoon or with family. There are a lot of places to visit and Things To Do In Shimla which one can enjoy on a 2-day long weekend here. Some of the things to do here are: 1. Enjoy a toy train ride 2. Shop at Lakkar Bazar 3. Try open-air ice skating (December to March) 4. Visit the Chadwick Waterfall 5. Seek blessings at Jakhu Temple

What is Shimla famous for?

Shimla is famous for being a great tourist destination and a weekend getaway in North India from cities like Chandigarh and New Delhi. The place is home to the spell-binding beauty of nature and hosts numerous adventurous activities. The place is ideal for those looking for a refreshing escape amid mountains.

Is 2 days enough for Shimla?

To explore Shimla properly, you must plan a vacation of at least 3 to 4 days. There are a lot of attractions and must-dos that you can add to your list. However, if you are visiting for 2 days then make sure that you capture the best experiences of this pristine capital city of Himachal Pradesh.

Where should I go after Shimla?

Some of the best places to visit near Shimla are: 1. Kufri – 9 km from city center 2. Naldehra – 9 km from city center 3. Chail – 15 km from city center 4. Theog – 17 km from city center 5. Tattapani – 22 km from city center

Is Shimla good to visit with family?

Yes, Shimla is one of the top family destinations to visit in North India. There are great family hotels here and a lot of activities to enjoy with one’s family like taking a stroll at Mall Road, shopping for souvenirs at Lakkar Bazaar and taking a trip to Chail.

What are the best places to visit in Shimla for a honeymoon?

Chail, Kufri, Mall Road, Chadwick Falls, and Naldehra and Shaily Peak are some of the best places to visit in Shimla for a honeymoon.

What is the best time to visit Shimla for a honeymoon?

October to March is the best time to visit Shimla for couples and honeymooners. The average temperature during this time lies between -2 to 8 degrees Celsius and one can enjoy snowfall in December and January. Honeymooners can also go skiing in Kufri along with basking in the glorious white views of Shimla.

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Mesmerizing Places to Visit in Shimla on your Next Vacation

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  • February 1, 2019 in City Tours , Shimla , Travel Tips
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Shimla, the beautiful capital of Himachal Pradesh is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the country. Especially during the summer months, this marvellous location stays jam-packed with visitors. There are a number of tourist places in Shimla that can be visited on a vacation. It is quite a popular destination for its Victorian architecture, which can be witnessed in a certain section of the Ridge and the Mall. Shimla is also known as one of the ideal places of interest for the honeymooners. The cool and pleasant climate of Shimla makes it a renowned summer retreat. It is nestled at an elevation of around twenty-two hundred meters above sea level. The region of Shimla is a beautiful hilly terrain covered with lush greenery all around. Although this place is mostly visited during the summers there are also a number of vacationers who prefer visiting Shimla in the autumn months owing to the less amount of crowd and the mesmerizing views.

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Top 25 Places To Visit In Shimla

  • The Ridge of Shimla
  • Green Valley
  • Jakhoo Hill
  • Kiala Forest
  • Himalayan Bird Park
  • Christ Church
  • Viceregal Lodge
  • Summer Hills
  • Indian Institute of Advanced Studies
  • The Shimla State Museum
  • Naldehra Peak
  • Kali Bari Temple
  • Chadwick Falls
  • The Scandal Point, Ridge
  • Shaily Peak
  • Johnnie’s Wax Museum
  • Jubbal Palace
  • Rothney Castle
  • Shimla Reserve Forest Sanctuary

1. The Ridge of Shimla

The Ridge of Shimla is renowned for arranging various governmental fairs and functions. For all the various festivals and celebrations the Ridge of Shimla is a major location. One of the major festivals held here is the colourful Summer Festival.  

Location – The Ridge of Shimla is situated in Shimla’s heart. It is located along the popular Mall Road which is the main shopping centre in Shimla. Therefore you would not require to invest much time to reach the destination.  

Highlights – The Ridge is the main hub of all the various festivals and cultural activities of Shimla. Some of the major Shimla sightseeing places including the Lakkar Bazaar, Jakhoo hill, Scandal Point etc. are situated in the close vicinity of the Ridge of Shimla.  

Best time to Visit The Ridge of Shimla – Although the Ridge of Shimla is open all throughout the year, it is mainly visited by most of the tourists during the summer months. Therefore, you can plan your trip to Shimla during the month of April or May in case you wish to witness the amazing Summer Festival.  

Kufri

Kufri is a well-known destination for its amazing surroundings and mesmerizing views. Kufri is also popular by the name of the Switzerland of the East amongst the travel enthusiasts. The beautiful Kufri Hill is for sure to bring a smile on your face. Kufri features a number of adventure things to do in Shimla including hiking and skiing. You would enjoy these activities to the core while in Shimla. The major attraction of Kufri is the snow-laden hills where the skiing activity is carried out by the enthusiasts.  

Location – Kufri is situated at a distance of nineteen kilometres from the centre of Shimla and one can easily reach it. The best way to reach Kufri is by taking the road to Kufri as it is situated quite close to the National Highway twenty-two.  

Best Time to Visit Kufri – The best time to explore Kufri is during the winter months. The winter months ranges from November to February. During these months you can easily enjoy skiing. Additionally, for the ones who are not interested in adventure sports like skiing then you can plan your trip during the months ranging from April to June.  

3. Green Valley

The Green Valley is another famous attraction of Shimla that is also a renowned photography point. Green Valley also brings forward endless beauty of Mother Nature. It has been beautifully described in various tourism books and articles.  

Location – It is situated close to Kufri and is conveniently surrounded by the verdant hills.  

Highlights – A highlight of Green Valley is that one can spot various animal species like yaks wandering and grazing in the spot. Plus, the exceptionally picturesque surroundings of the place is worth your praise.  

Best Time to Visit Green Valley – This place is open all around the year and you can visit it whenever you desire. But the ideal most time to explore Green Valley is after the months of the monsoons or in the summer months. These are the times when the place features lush greenery. Therefore, the ideal time to visit Green Valley is from February to April and from July to October.  

4. Hike to Jakhoo Hill

Hike to Jakhoo Hill

The highest point of Shimla is Jakhoo Hill. It is packed with brilliant looking Alpine trees. The hilltop is flat, the top of which features the recently built Hanuman statue as well as the coloured Jakhoo Temple. It is said to be one of the calmest escapes that Shimla owns. The visitors must be beware of the monkeys of the location as they tend to skilfully rob things and food from the various travellers.  

Location – To reach the topmost spot of the hill one requires to take a long walk of around thirty minutes after which there is another pleasant way leading to the Jakhoo Hill.  

Highlights – Jakhoo Hill’s summit is about two thousand four hundred and fifty-five meters high. It is also two hundred meters higher than Shimla’s central ridge. The temple nestled on the hilltop is dedicated to the Hindu monkey god called Lord Hanumana. Therefore, undoubtedly playful monkeys rule the Jakhoo Hills. Hiking is one of the major highlights of the Jakhoo Hill. Many hiking enthusiasts can be spotted here all round the year.  

Best Time to visit Jakhoo Hills – One can visit the Jakhoo Hills every day in a week. But the ideal most time to pay a visit during the winter months ranging from November to March.  

Have you ever wondered how exciting would it be to set up camps in a town that is laden with snow? If you desire to experience the same then Chail must be your place to be. It is a hilly slope in Shimla that was developed to help people escape the scorching summer heat. And with time it has turned out to one of the most popular tourist destinations in Shimla. In fact, the place is a resort offering its guests a convenient exposure to the beautiful deodar forests that stay scattered all around the hilly region. Along with the deodar, the place also boasts fir and pine forests for the tourists to explore and adore.  

Location – It is situated at a distance of forty-five kilometres from Shimla at the hills lying at the foot of the Himalayan ranges.  

Highlights – This place is an ideal spot for people who seek calm environments for a vacation that keeps them away from the hustle and bustle of the metropolitan. Besides being immensely close to Mother Nature one can also dine at the renowned Lake Restaurant or take a stroll at the world’s highest cricket ground.  

Best Time to visit Chail – The ideal most time to pay a visit is from March to June. Additionally, in case you desire to witness snowfall then make sure to explore Chail in the months ranging from December to March.  

6. Kiala Forest

One of the perfect tourism locations in Shimla is the Kiala Forest. It is nestled in the Kotkhaai Valley and is beautified with rich green vegetation along with an ample number of indigenous animal species. It is considered as an ideal spot for all the nature loving travellers and wildlife enthusiasts. The forest welcomes a number of travellers each year from near to distant places.  

Highlights – Kiala Forest features rich vegetation and wildlife. This is also an ideal place for photographers as they can capture both wildlife in their natural home and nature itself. The place also features restroom facilities. There are also locker and storage facilities available for anyone who wishes to use the same.  

Best Time to visit Kiala Forest – Kiala Forest is open to visit all around the year. But the ideal most time for the same ranges from the month of March to the month of October.  

7. Himalayan Bird Park

Himalayan Bird Park is quite a famous tourist destination amongst photographers and bird admirers. While Shimla is quite popular for its beautiful scenic surroundings, its beauty is further enhanced by the wide range of wildlife that thrives in the forests and hilly slopes. The Himalayan Bird Park is a spot that features a wide range of captivating birds that you might haven’t spotted ever before.

The park also features variously endangered and exclusive birds species. Additionally, in order to give them home like feel the park also features calm and soothing trees, fauna, and flora. You can spot various beautiful and colourful birds including the Himalayan monals, pheasants, peacocks and so much more.  

Location – The Himalayan Bird Park is situated in the close vicinity of Shimla’s Vice-Regal Lodge.  

Highlights – The Himalayan Bird Park of Shimla is one of the rare locations that would impart serenity to its guests. It would play a major role in escaping reality and feeling calmness to the core.  

8. Christ Church

The very renowned Christ Church is one of the top ten visiting places of Shimla. It is quite a popular destinations amongst the travelers and the locals. It is an outstanding monument that was developed back in the era of the British. It is an excellent architectural monument and people pay a visit in order to serve the almighty or even otherwise just to adore its beauty. In case you wish to get a taste of the Christian religion from the colonial times then this is your place to be. It was crafted in such an elegant manner that it portrays hope, faith, patience, charity, patience, as well as humanity such that people get aware of the classy and rich Christian culture. Additionally, the surroundings of the Christ Church are also quite pleasing.  

Location – Christ Church conveniently occupies a spot on the Ridge Road which is one of the busiest roads of Shimla.  

Highlights – The Christ Church boasts the excellent art of the British times which makes it unique in itself. The church has also been inspired by the Neo-Gothic style, a glimpse of which can be captured while exploring the place.  

9. Viceregal Lodge

The most captivating building of Shimla is the Viceregal Lodge. It also holds great historical significance. It boasts outstanding architecture of the ancient times and one might take up to half a day to explore the entire setup in depth. Back in time, from the year 1888 to the year 1946, this beautiful setup was the residing place of the Indian Viceroy during the summer months. The Viceroy is responsible for quite a lot of significant developments in the Lodge.  

Location – The Viceregal Lodge is at around a distance of two kilometers from Shimla. Situated in the west, on the Observatory Hill summit this Lodge look mesmerizing amidst the breath-taking surroundings. In order to reach the Lodge, one needs to take the Chaura Maidan Road from Shimla and travel for up to a distance of five hundred meters along the road.  

Highlights – Other popular names for the Viceregal Lodge include the President’s House or the Rashtrapati Nilayam. The reference is to the era ranging between 1947 to the middle of the year 1960. This was the time when the Indian Presidents used the logo as their summer retreats.  

Entry Fee – The Viceregal Lodge charges an entry fee of 20 INR.

10. Summer Hills

Summer Hills is a beautiful township and suburb, just 5 kilometres from the famous Ridge of Shimla. Part of the seven-hill cluster, it is one of the best tourist places to visit in Shimla, owing to its breathtaking natural views amidst profuse greenery of Pine, Oak and Deodar trees, and offers a splendid view of the magical sunrise or sunset. It is an ideal spot for trekking, paragliding, nature walks and other adventure sports. The spot is a photography haven for anyone looking to capture the hues of colours of natural grandeur. The serene district is situated at an altitude of about 2,123 meters above sea level and is ideal for those who wish to take a leisurely walk amidst the tranquility of Mother Nature. During the yester years, when Mahatma Gandhi used to visit Shimla, he stayed in these calm surroundings at the elegant Monorville Mansion, belonging to erstwhile freedom fighter, Rajkumari Amrit Kaur.

Location: 5 kilometres from Shimla, on the way from Shimla to Kalka

Best time to visit: October to February (for snowfall) and March to June

11. Indian Institute of Advanced Studies

If you have an interest in history, art, and education, then the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies has to be on your list of famous places to visit in Shimla. Built in the British era, the institute primarily served as the summer retreat of Indian viceroy and was passed on to the nation by the then president, Dr. Radhakrishnan as an institute to promote advanced studies in humanities and arts in India. The building has a classical architectural design and features photographs and stories of moments of key historical events between Indian leaders and Britishers, and takes you on a journey through the modern Indian history.

Location: Rashtrapati Nivas, Chaura Maidan, next to Birds Zoo, Shimla

Timings: Daily except Mondays, 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Entry fees: 40 INR for Indians and 85 INR for foreign nationals

12. Annadale

This historical masterpiece was a favourite amongst Britishers, who used to enjoy several thrilling entertainment sports like racing, golfing and horse riding during their rule. Annandale is a flat terrain that has now been developed as a playground of Shimla for hosting various sports like Golf, cricket and Polo, and is located at just about 3.5 kilometres from the popular Ridge. At the altitude of about 1,864 meters, the area falls under the authority of the Indian Army. It is covered with beautiful deodar and Oak trees, and offers one of the best views of the city and its surroundings.

Timings: 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM

Best time to visit: November to February

13. Jakhoo Hill

Believed to be the highest peak in Shimla, Jakhoo Hills is one of the best places to visit in Shimla and a hamlet for all nature lovers and pilgrims who come to take blessings from the holy God Hanuman, standing tall at an altitude of 108-feet at the Jakhoo Temple. The hill is 8,000-feet high and is a major tourist attraction in Shimla. Located at just about 2 kilometres from Shimla, the statue offers a magnificent view of the scenic vistas of surrounding lofty mountains of the Shivalik ranges and the nearby town of Sanjauli.

It is believed that during the battle of Ramayana, Lord Hanuman stopped at this spot to take some rest before resuming his search for the much acclaimed Sanjeevani Booti, to revive Lakshman, who was seriously injured by Indrajit’s (Ravana’s son) arrow. To reach the temple, you have to trek through the dense Deodar and Alpine forests, or you can hire a pony or a taxi instead to reach there. Large number of monkeys can be found roaming around the temple complex, and you can feed them and enjoy their company.

Timings: Daily, 07:00 AM to 08:00 PM

Best time to visit: November to March

14. Shimla State Museum

Located on Mount Pleasant, the Shimla state museum is one of the many charming places to visit in Shimla round the year. The sprawling lawns and the magnificent British architecture makes a visit to this place totally worthwhile. The museum was opened for public in 1974 and houses historical artefacts, paintings, sculptures, and handicrafts from the Colonial rule showcasing the glorious past of the state with its rich culture and heritage. The building also serves as a residence of Indian government officials.

Timings: All days, except Mondays, 10:00 AM to 01:30 PM and 02:00 PM to 05:00 PM

Entry fees: 20 INR for Indians and 100 INR for foreigners

15. Naldehra Peak

Witness the gorgeous sunrise and sunset views from the small scenic Himachal town of Naldehra. The place is widely known for its nine-hole Golf course and is one of the famous places to visit near Shimla, offering the most picturesque sunrise and sunset views. With verdant expanses of hills, dense Deodar and Pine trees and naturally rich flora and fauna, the quaint town has amazing forest cover to be enjoyed on a pony ride. The stunning view, serene ambience and fresh air are sure to leave you gasping for more.

Location: Post Office, Durgapur, Naldehra, Shimla

Timings: Sunrise to sunset

16. Kali Bari Temple

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Constructed in the year 1845, this temple has been one of the favourite locations of the tourists who visit the place to admire its sheer beauty along with its culturally rich architecture. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali who is also popularly known as Shyamala, and hence the name Shimla. When in Shimla, make it a point to visit the place for witnessing a blissful journey. The place also draws attention from tourists for the beauty of nature that can be witnessed very closely from here. For those who are in pursuit of peace, this temple is a paradise and a perfect place to spend some time alone. To make the most of your holiday, visit the place in the morning or during the evening prayers.

Location: Kali Bari Road, Shimla

Timings: 07:00 AM to 06:30 PM

17. Chadwick Falls

Chadwick Falls are amongst the must visit tourist attractions in Shimla for those seeking to escape the daily humdrum of city life. The fall scales from a height 90 meters, and is surely a sight to behold! Its base is surrounded by small streams merging into a deep gorge, and a lush green valley surrounding it which gives the place its scenic beauty and makes it just picture perfect. This peaceful waterfall is one of the must places to visit near Shimla. The fall is majestic soon after the rainy season when the cascading water feels magical! Rainy season is also a good time to visit the place as it will be completely green and appealing. Food and water are easily available from small shops located in the village, that also serve piping hot chai, Maggi, samosas or other quick snacks.

Location: 5.4 kilometres from Shimla

Best time to visit: July to October

18. Mall Road

Of all the Shimla tourist places, Mall Road is one place, which you can’t go wrong with. It is not only an attraction for the tourists and visitors but is also one of the most favourite shopping places of the locals. From warm woollens and traditional footwear to beautiful handicrafts, jewellery and show pieces, this famous shopping street is a haven for shopaholics and one of the famous places to visit in Shimla. It also features several restaurants, banks, cafes, clubs, tourist information centres, and post offices. Tourists love to stroll along the Mall, explore the many shops or watch a movie at the Gaiety Theatre, a replica of an old British theatre.

Timings: 10:00 AM to 09:00 PM

The amazing town of Shimla is a haven for you to marvel at the untouched natural beauty and buzzing market places. The hill station continues to enthral its visitors with open hands round the year. Make sure to explore all the beauties of the location while on your trip to explore Shimla. The place being a hotspot amongst tourists from all across the country stays jam-packed during most of the months of the year. Hence, a pre-planned trip with all the bookings done in advance would be no less than a cherry on the cake.

19. The Scandal Point, Ridge

The Scandal Point is the intersection between the Mall Road and the Ridge marked by the statue of Indian freedom fighter Lala Lajpat Rai. The exact reason why it was named so remains a mystery, usually associated with romantic folklore.

Perfectly poised against the stunning mountains, its strategic location forms an ideal base from where you can make visits to nearby tourist attractions. Dotted with numerous shops and cafes, this is an excellent place for enjoying horse-riding or just relaxing on the benches.

Go for: Horse-riding and views.

20. Shaily Peak

A two-hour drive from Shimla to Khatnol followed by a five-kilometre steep trek leads one to the Shaily Peak. The steep trail crosses dense forests and perpendicular trails covered in foot-deep snow.

Stranded on an isolated rock-face amidst green deodars and pure-white snow, this point attracts countless adventure seekers every year for its splendid views of the expansive landscape. Those not good at steep treks can ride on ponies available at the base.

Do carry charged batteries to capture the breathtaking views in your camera.

Go for: Views and photography.

21. Johnnie’s Wax Museum

A must-visit place in Shimla, this museum is located within the historic Willow Banks estate on the Mall Road. It has 16 life-size wax figures of icons from Bollywood, Hollywood and politics standing side by side, all imported from London.

Mahatma Gandhi’s idol is installed right at the entrance with statues of Johnny Depp, James Bond, Robert Downey Jr, Harry Potter, Michael Jackson, Steve Jobs, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan and others completing the display at the museum.

This spot provides for a somewhat unusual experience for visitors who come to this hill station expecting the regular sightseeing routine.

Go for: A museum tour.

22. Jubbal Palace

At a distance of 5.8 kilometres from the heart of the city, this mansion is inarguably the grandest structure present in Shimla. Coloured in a cream hue with sloping roofs and red chimneys, it stands tall between the dense forests of pine and cedar, along with terraced gardens and Virginia vines adding to the finesse of the building.

History has it that Raja Rana Sir Bhagat Chandra demolished the original Victorian structure in 1938 to build this summer palace in its place. A unique blend of Indian and Chinese architectural styles was used to put it together. The exteriors are all about elaborate citadels and artistically designed walls, while intricate carvings, suspended attics, signed photographs and paintings of eminent people fill its interiors.

A massive wooden door covered with copper and studded with coins marks the entry to the palace. Old furniture and other artefacts from the time of the Kings are still well retained along with a rich library.

Go for: A heritage tour.

23. Rothney Castle

On the road that goes up to the Jakhu Temple near Lakkar Bazar, you can peep through the gates of this 19th-century mansion to lay your eyes on its intricate glass and wooden work.

This house was built for colonial reformer and naturalist Allan Octavian Hume who spent most of his time here working for political reforms and documenting birds of the Indian subcontinent. After more than a hundred years, the house is now in shambles with moss growing on its walls, looking more or less like a garden.

Entry inside the property is restricted, but it is still worth a visit for those who love history.

Go for: The architecture and history.

Theog is a reserved little place sitting snugly in the arms of the lofty Himalayas. Here you will find nothing but a mix of wooden and concrete houses, with apple trees hugging their walls. There isn’t much chatter and movement and that is precisely its charm.

The village forces you to slow down, and to shift your attention to the little details around you, like the way sunlight falls on the leaves of the trees across the window of your room. But you can work up an appetite for local delicacies like sidu (steamed bread stuffed with seeds), and saag, and interact with the locals about the joys of simple living.

32 kilometres away from Shimla, Theog is blissfully far from its madding crowds.

Go for: A peaceful break.

25. Shimla Reserve Forest Sanctuary

This reserve is home to the usual suspects like leopards, deer and jackals. Go for surreal views of Deo Tibba, Bandar Poonch, Pir Panjal and other peaks. Monkeys and langurs occupy the canopies of trees like deodar, pine and oak. The abundance of weeping willows and maple provide ample cover to stalking animals. During monsoons, wild strawberries grow to add colour to the forest.

Apart from its aesthetic appeal, it is an important corridor that connects Shimla Reserve with the Chail Sanctuary in the south. Home to a variety of birds, species like the Himalayan eagle, chikor, partridge and pheasant can be seen flitting about the low canopy.

Perfect for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers, the Forest Sanctuary is spread over an area of 951 hectares at a distance of 11 km from Shimla.

Go for: Wildlife and photography.

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The major attraction in Chail is Chail Palace, which was built by the Maharaja of Patiala in 1891 to serve as a summer retreat. Besides, Chail is also famous for housing the world’s highest cricket ground at an elevation of 2250 metres.

Distance from Shimla Bus Stand (ISBT): 52 km

How to reach: You can reach Chail from Shimla by bus, cab or private vehicle.

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Distance from Shimla Bus Stand (ISBT): 15.6 km

How to reach: You can reach Mashobra from Shimla by cab or private vehicle via historic Hindustan-Tibet Road.

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As Kufri is located at a higher elevation than Shimla, the chances of catching a snowfall here are higher. There are some excellent resorts here where you can find accommodation and feel the essence of hills.

Distance from Shimla Bus Stand (ISBT): 19 km

How to reach: You can reach Kufri from Shimla by bus, cab or private vehicle.

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Located at an elevation of 9060 feet, Narkanda is a beautiful town in Himachal Pradesh. The lush green forests on the hills of Narkanda and its cherry and apple orchards make it an excellent option for those looking for a peaceful holiday destination in Himachal Pradesh. 

Narkanda offers mesmerizing views of some prominent Himalayan peaks, however, for the best vistas, you are recommended to go 2000 feet above to Hatu Peak. Narkanda, owing to its altitude, receives fairly good snowfall during winters, so you can enjoy skiing here.

Distance from Shimla Bus Stand (ISBT): 62 km

How to reach: You can reach Narkanda from Shimla by bus, cab or private vehicle.

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Another hill station in Himachal Pradesh that is popular for its proximity to both Shimla and Chandigarh. The small hill town still has some remarkable buildings from the British India era that serve as prominent tourist attractions here. 

Boasting an elevation of 5900 feet, Kasauli is surrounded by scenic foothills of Himalayas which appear magical during twilight hours. Kasauli also features a rich variety of flora and avifauna. Distance from Shimla Bus Stand (ISBT): 71 km

How to reach: You can reach Chail from Shimla by cab or private vehicle.

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Apart from lush green vegetation that shrouds its hills, the town also houses some revered Hindu temples. The temple of Shoolini Devi, after whom the town is named, is among the major attractions here. Distance from Shimla Bus Stand (ISBT): 45 km

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Besides, there are some exquisitely beautiful locations nearby which are perfect for the purpose of photography and soothing nature walk, making Shoja one of the most rewarding places to visit near Shimla.

Distance from Shimla Bus Stand (ISBT): 90 km

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When you are here, you can take idle strolls into the woods or visit Hindu temples here to bask in the air of divinity.

Location: Shimla District, Himachal Pradesh

Distance from Shimla Bus Stand (ISBT): 14 km

How to reach: Hiring a private cab is the most preferred way to reach Shoghi from Shimla.

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A small town located in Himachal Pradesh, Nahan once served as the capital of the princely state of Sirmaur. Featuring a relaxing atmosphere appropriate for mountain vacation, Nahan is one of the offbeat places to visit near Shimla. 

Excellent places like Renuka Sanctuary and Suketi Fossil Park in Nahan are a delight for wildlife lovers. And if your soul craves adventure, Churdhar Trek is a must try experience while you are here.

Distance from Shimla Bus Stand (ISBT): 132 km

How to reach: You can reach Nahan from Shimla by bus, cab or private vehicle.

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Since there are some popular trekking trails in the region, this place also enjoys fame among trekkers, and is excellent for camping. This place is far from commercialized so it makes for a perfect destination for the lovers of offbeat.

Distance from Shimla Bus Stand (ISBT): 178 km

How to reach: You can travel till Kullu by bus and hire a private cab to reach Tirthan Valley from there.

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It is a hill resort located just a one hour drive away from Shimla, and is quite exquisite in appearance. Being away from human interference and chaos, Naldehra is among the most recommended places to visit near Shimla. Naldehra was discovered by Lord Curzon who was awestruck by the beauty of this place. The major attraction that Naldehra owes its fame to is an 18-hole high altitude golf course located here. If you are planning a vacation with your family or your partner, Naldehra is worth staying a couple of days at. Distance from Shimla Bus Stand (ISBT): 25 km

Places to see/things to do: Golf Course, Mahunag Temple, Nature Walk, Horse Riding.

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If you prefer to take the road less travelled, Fagu might be the place you are looking for in Himachal Pradesh. It is a tiny Himalayan hamlet tucked away at an elevation of 8300 feet with beautiful scenery all around. 

Since it is a small, not-so-commercialized village, you cannot expect man-made tourist spots here, but it is an ideal place if you want to enjoy the company of nature. If you are a snow-lover, visit Fagu during winter season for an unforgettable experience.

How to reach: You can reach fagu from Shimla by bus, cab or private vehicle.

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A small hill station in Himachal Pradesh you may not have heard of before, Kiarighat is a perfect recipe for a peaceful weekend escape. Whether you are travelling with family or friends, this place will give you the much-needed break from fast-paced city life and will let you relax in its soothing realm. 

If you are visiting Shimla, you should definitely visit Kiarighat and breathe in the untainted air in its forests teeming with oak, pine, and deodar trees. Distance from Shimla Bus Stand (ISBT): 28 km

How to reach: You can reach Kiarighat from Shimla by Toy Train, bus, cab or private vehicle.

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Dive right into the magical realm of Himalayan greens by visiting Karsog on your next vacation. It is a small town in Himachal Pradesh, ideal for a relaxing holiday with family. If you are travelling with family, you can find some excellent resorts here. 

Opting for a homestay is also a great way to get familiar with the culture of the region. Karsog is also famous for its apple orchards, so make sure to bring back home some fine quality apples from here. Distance from Shimla Bus Stand (ISBT): 108 km

How to reach: You can reach Karsog from Shimla by cab or private vehicle.

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The Town Hall's design reflects a harmonious fusion of Gothic and Tudor architectural styles, showcasing intricately detailed facades, elegant arches, and ornate moldings. The building has not only served as a central gathering point for social and cultural events but has also witnessed numerous historical milestones that have shaped the region's identity.Visitors to the Town Hall are greeted with an enchanting blend of heritage and modernity. The building houses a treasure trove of historical artifacts, memorabilia, and artwork that offer insights into Shimla's evolution over the years. Its well-maintained interiors resonate with echoes of the past, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the stories of Shimla's colonial past and its transformation into a bustling hill station.As a cultural hub, the Town Hall often hosts exhibitions, seminars, and cultural events that celebrate the local arts, crafts, and traditions. The backdrop of the majestic Himalayan landscape, coupled with the Town Hall's historical significance, creates an unforgettable experience for both tourists and locals alike. In essence, the Town Hall in Shimla stands not only as an architectural marvel but also as a living testament to the town's enduring charm and captivating history.

Himachal State Museum

From ancient sculptures and traditional costumes to intricate woodcarvings and historical documents, the exhibits vividly portray the state's evolution over the centuries. The museum serves as a repository of knowledge, preserving and celebrating the traditions, customs, and lifestyles of the local communities. Visitors are treated to a captivating journey through the past, gaining a deeper appreciation for the heritage that has shaped the identity of Himachal Pradesh. The Himachal State Museum stands as a testament to the region's cultural vibrancy and serves as an educational and inspirational resource for both residents and tourists.

Mall Road, Shimla

Lined with shops selling handicrafts, clothing, and local souvenirs, Mall Road provides an excellent opportunity for visitors to indulge in shopping while soaking in the breathtaking mountain views. The iconic Gaiety Theatre, a cultural landmark, is also situated along this road and often hosts various performances and events.Mall Road isn't just a shopping destination; it's also a culinary adventure waiting to be explored. Restaurants and eateries along the road serve an array of delectable local and international cuisines, making it a food lover's paradise.The road comes alive in the evening as locals and tourists alike take leisurely strolls, enjoying the cool mountain air and picturesque surroundings. The Ridge, a spacious open area on Mall Road, serves as a central gathering point for various festivals and events, adding to the road's festive atmosphere.

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Kufri, Himachal Pradesh

Known For : Skiing in Kufri Horse Ride to the Mahasu Peak Mahasu Peak

Kufri is a quaint little hill town 20km away from Shimla ,Himachal Pradesh. Earlier known to be the summer retreat for the British in 1819, Kufri still harbors its past through the colonial buildings and architecture around. With its pleasant summer weather and winter snowfall, Kufri is flocked by tourists almost at all times. However, snowfall is at its peak from November to March, which is also the best time to visit Kufri.

Distance from Shimla: 14 km

Best Time: November to March

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2. Chail, Himachal Pradesh

Chail, Himachal Pradesh

Known For : Chail Palace Hotel Chail Cricket Ground Chail wildlife sanctuary

Chail is a quiet hill station close (44km) to Shimla, known for the world's highest cricket ground and a heritage hotel, Chail Palace. Surrounded by pine and deodar trees, Chail is located at an altitude of 2,250m above sea level. Tourists typically cover Shimla, Kufri and Chail in the same trip and many Shimla packages also offer the same. Chail is great for a day trip from Shimla as it takes just about 2 hours to reach here from the Mall road.

Distance from Shimla: 41 km

Best Time: Throughout the year

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3. Mashobra, Himachal Pradesh - The Quiter Shimla

Mashobra, Himachal Pradesh - The Quiter Shimla

Known For : Reserve Forest Sanctuary Craignano WildFlower Hall Hotel

Mashobra is a lush green expanse in Himachal Pradesh, tucked away at a height of about 7700 feet, ensuring minimal human obstruction in the course of nature to provide you with the most pure and liberating experience of your lifetime. Mashobra's proximity to Shimla makes it a perfect alternative for people who are looking for a peaceful little hill-station. 

Distance from Shimla: 10 km

Best Time: April to June

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4. Narkanda, Himachal Pradesh

Narkanda, Himachal Pradesh

Known For : Skiing in Narkanda Hatu Peak Hatu Mata Temple

Surrounded by tropical forests, majestic hills and woodlands, Narkanda is a quaint little town 63 kms away from Shimla district which is popular for skiing in winters. This hill station connects Shimla to the valleys of Kinnaur and Spiti and receives snowfall in abundance during winters. Situated at a height of 9000 feet, this town attracts tourists for its ethereal natural beauty and its beautiful apple orchards.

Distance from Shimla: 60 km

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Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh - Cozy little hill-station

Known For : Monkey Point Toy Train Ride Timber Trail

Located on the road from Chandigarh to Shimla in the Solan district, Kasauli is a hilly cantonment town that makes for an ideal peaceful holiday location, especially for a weekend getaway. Kasauli is a cantonment town dotted with lavish Victorian buildings built by the Britishers who resided here years back. The quaint village has nature trails and beautiful viewpoints.

Distance from Shimla: 72 km

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6. Solan, Himachal Pradesh - Mushroom Capital of India

Solan, Himachal Pradesh - Mushroom Capital of India

Known For : Kasauli Nalagarh Fort Kuthar Fort

Located on the Punjab-Himachal Border, Solan is an industrial town that lies on the lower ranges of the Himalayas. Solan is a more low-key hill station ideal for travellers looking just some time away from the city rush. The town has ancient temples and monasteries that attract hundreds of tourists and devotees every year. Solan also has one of the oldest breweries in the country and is popularly known as the mushroom capital of the country, owing to the amount of mushrooms produced every year.

Distance from Shimla: 46 km

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7. Barog, Solan

Barog, Solan

An ideal tourist destination in Himachal Pradesh is a combination of not just the scenic beauty of the Himalayas that you’d expect from this gorgeous state but also a place that is steeped in pre-colonial history and ancient myth. This would be a place rather like Shimla -- but without the capital city’s hustle and mainstream crowdedness during the vacation season.  Distance from Shimla : 52 km

Distance from Shimla: 52 km

8. Jibhi, Tirthan-valley

Jibhi, Tirthan-valley

An offbeat place in Himachal Pradesh, Jibhi is untouched by industrialization and surrounded by nature. The dense pine forests, tranquil freshwater lakes and pristine temples make this place worth visiting. The cosy Victorian-style cottages in which you can stay are an added bonus that makes you feel as if you are living in the Victorian Period. Distance from Shimla : 155.5 km Best Time: March to May

9. Sirmour, Solan

Sirmour, Solan

Sirmour is a calm and tranquil district where still more than 90% of people live in villages. The locals are very close to nature and hence this place is untouched by industrialisation. Sirmour includes towns of Nahan, Paonta Sahib and Suketi and offers travellers picturesque landscapes, rocky hills to trek, serene lakes for boating and beautifully built temples.  Distance from Shimla: 150.7 km Best Time: April to November.

Distance from Shimla: 152 km

10. Naldehra

Naldehra

Naldehra is small yet mesmerising hill station and one of the top tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh. It is a perfect heaven for tourists looking for natural scenic beauty and want to get away from the hectic city life. The tourist destination is famous for its greenery, Golf Course and plain view of the mountains filled with thousands of pine trees. Distance from Shimla:  22.8 km

Distance from Shimla: 22 km

Theog

A quiet escape and one of the less crowded attractions of the state, Theog in Himachal Pradesh, warmly wrapped in the arms of the mighty Himalayas, has everything a popular hill station can give you minus the tourist rush. 32 km away from the main town of Shimla, Theog makes up for a beautiful weekend getaway in the hills, comfortably located in the lap of nature.  Distance from Shimla: 27.4 km

Distance from Shimla: 26 km

12. Tattapani, Himachal Pradesh

Tattapani, Himachal Pradesh

Known For : Hot Water Spring River Rafting in Tattapani Shiva cave

A popular tourist destination in Himachal Pradesh, Tattapani is a quaint area nothing short of a wonderland. Almost 60 kms away from Shimla, it treasures several attractions lying amid nature in its best form. Situated on the banks of river Sutlej, it is famous for rafting and its Hot sulphur spring is believed to have curative properties

Distance from Shimla: 55 km

Best Time: October to June

9 Tattapani Attractions

13. Chindi, Karsog Valley

Chindi, Karsog Valley

Chindi is a small village that sits quietly in the lap of nature at 1850 mts in Himachal Pradesh. Packed with apple orchards and enormous pine and deodar forests, one can also find several small temples near the village. Located in the Karsog Valley, around 87 km from Shimla and 107 km from Mandi, Chindi is known primarily for different temples. Distance from Shimla: 92.2 km

Distance from Shimla: 92 km

14. Shojha, Himachal Pradesh

Shojha, Himachal Pradesh

Known For : Waterfall Point Jalori Pass Serolsar Lake

Shojha is a small village sitting quietly in the middle of wilderness and panorama. Its untouched beauty might be just the thing that you need to relax and unwind. Located amid the Banjar Valley, the village is dotted with several temples made of wood. At a mere distance of 5 Kms from Jalori pass, Shojha has pleasant weather throughout the year. 

Distance from Shimla: 57 km

5 Shojha Attractions

15. Shoghi, Himachal Pradesh

Shoghi, Himachal Pradesh

Known For : Kandaghat Trekking and Hiking Tara Devi Temple

While Shimla is being flooded by tourists every year, a serene, calm and epitome of beauty lies near it, waiting to be discovered. Shoghi, a small hill station just 13 Kms. from Shimla is abundant in natural scenic beauty and a large variety of flora and fauna. This small town offers from attractive old temples to adrenaline-teasing activities and its famous fruit made products. 

Distance from Shimla: 9 km

12 Shoghi Attractions

16. Nahan, Himachal Pradesh

Nahan, Himachal Pradesh

Known For : Renuka Lake Suketi Fossil Park Trekking in Nahan

Away from the buzzing crowd of the city, Nahan is a perfect romantic getaway. Lying among the lofty Shivalik range overlooking lush green fields, dirt free roads and clean streets, this small hill station serves as an ideal holiday destination. The quaint town today, is dotted with gardens, temples and a manmade lake. Visit Nahan, a cantonment town of Himachal for an unforgettable experience.

Distance from Shimla: 133 km

Best Time: April to September

21 Nahan Attractions

Fagu

Situated at an elevation of 2500 meters, Fagu is a serene snow clad hamlet. Nestling in the majestic Himalayan Range in the state of Himachal Pradesh, Fagu is a perfect place to get away from the hustle bustle of the city. This place looks magical as it is always enveloped in snow and fog.  Distance from Shimla: 17.6 km

Distance from Shimla: 17 km

18. Manali, Himachal Pradesh - Lover's Paradise - India's Honeymoon capital

Manali, Himachal Pradesh - Lover's Paradise - India's Honeymoon capital

Known For : Hidimba Temple Solang Valley Manu Temple

Nestled in between the snow-capped slopes of the Pir Panjal and the Dhauladhar ranges, Manali is one of the most popular hill stations in the country. With jaw-dropping views, lush green forests, sprawling meadows carpeted with flowers, gushing blue streams, a perpetual fairy-tale like mist lingering in the air, and a persistent fragrance of pines and freshness -  Manali has been blessed with extraordinary scenic beauty.

Distance from Shimla: 244 km

51 Manali Attractions

19. Parwanoo, Himachal Pradesh

Parwanoo, Himachal Pradesh

Known For : Timber Trail Cable car Ride Fruit orchards

Parwanoo is where one can enjoy the captivating ambience of a hill station and hustle-bustle of a city. Situated on the border of Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, this small town offers beautiful apple orchards and delicious fruit products. An ideal getaway for outdoor activities such as trekking and hiking, it is also a destination for nature lovers. 

Distance from Shimla: 84 km

Best Time: March to May, October to November

11 Parwanoo Attractions

20. Tirthan Valley, Himachal Pradesh

Tirthan Valley, Himachal Pradesh

Known For : River Crossing Serlosar Lake Jalori Pass

Tirthan Valley in Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh is perched at an altitude of 1600 metres above sea level. Deriving its name from Tirthan River flowing through it, Tirthan Valley lies around 3 km from the entrance of Great Himalayan National Park. This place is abundant in adventurous activities and a paradise for nature lovers.

Best Time: Mar to June, October to November

7 Tirthan Valley Attractions

21. Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh - Land of His Holiness the Dalai Lama - Little Lhasa

Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh - Land of His Holiness the Dalai Lama - Little Lhasa

Known For : Triund Bhagsu Falls Bhagsunag Temple

Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh is one of the most popular tourist destinations for it's tibetan culture, nature treks, greenery, ancient temples & monasteries, and british influence. Located in the Kangra district, it's on the outskirts of Dharamshala. Famous for being home to the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, Mcleod Ganj is culturally blessed by a prominent Tibetan influence.

42 Mcleodganj Attractions

22. Chandigarh, Punjab - India's first planned city

Chandigarh, Punjab - India's first planned city

Known For : Sukhna Lake Rock Garden Elante Mall

Chandigarh, a union territory that is the capital of both Punjab as well as Haryana is a subtle and ideal definition of the word 'city'. In a culture that includes instances of both traditional Punjab as well as modernity, Chandigarh is a pretty town resembling a morning dream which is sure to flatter you with its innocence and pleasantness.

Distance from Shimla: 113 km

Best Time: August to March

51 Chandigarh Attractions

A lot of tourists first visit Shimla and then combine top places near Shimla for a perfect short trip. It offers its travellers a mix of tourist attractions ranging from Hill Stations to Lakes to Wildlife sanctuary. Some of them can even try the various picnic spots near Shimla which are rife with people every other weekend. Also get a taste of the local cuisines and festivals while visiting the best tourist places near Shimla. These places take 1-2 day(s) and make for a perfect weekend getaway from Shimla. Escape to these places around Shimla and explore them if you haven't.

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The hills of Shimla pack in rare natural majesty, thanks to the towering hills that remain covered with dense forests of oak, deodar, and pine which are home to a wide variety of exotic flora and fauna. The typical Shimla weather conditions, which usually remain cool and pleasant for most of the time, just add more to the beauty and charm of Shimla tourism. But if you want to make the best out of your trip then you should know about the best time to visit Shimla. And although Shimla is a year-round destination, there still are seasons when the town is either full of tourists or bears a deserted look. Let’s delve into the details.

Peak season 1:  

During summers, which extend from early May to mid-July, daytime Shimla temperatures hover between 22 - 27 °C. This means that the weather remains pleasant for outdoor activities during the day. And that’s why this period is considered as the best season to visit Shimla. With the most number of tourists arriving during summer months, it is considered as the peak season for tourists in Shimla. However, the nights are moderately cooler and it is recommended that  the tourists visiting Shimla during this time of the year pack light woollens.

Off season:

Being a hill station, Shimla receives huge amount of rainfall during monsoons, which start mid-July and extend till late September. Incessant rainfall leads to frequent landslides and that’s why most tourists do not travel to Shimla during this season. No surprise that this is a lean period for Shimla tourism. However, this can be a great time to witness the beauty of Shimla during Monsoon at  pocket-friendly budget rates as some of the best hotels in Shimla are available at very low prices. 

Shoulder season:  

After the Monsoon is over, Shimla tourism is welcomed by the spectacular shades of autumn that adorn this already beautiful hill town in Himachal. This is the time when it’s neither too crowded nor absolutely deserted. Many tourists prefer to take advantage of this short shoulder season to explore Shimla tourist places which starts by around last week of September and lasts till the end of November. Many restaurants and budget hotels in Shimla offer lucrative deals during this season which can be very inviting for budget travellers wanting to experience Shimla tourism.

Peak season 2:

Not just during the summer, the demand for Shimla tourism shoots up  even during the winter. And why not? After all, that’s the time when one can best experience snowfall in Shimla! Everything is draped in the white of snow and it makes for the perfect place to be for the people who love snowfall. Honeymooners and families flock in large numbers to experience Shimla tourism during winter, despite the harsh cold. For adventurers, resort towns like Kufri and Narkanda are some of the best tourist places near Shimla in winters, for they offer skiing, skating, and other winter sports.

How To Reach Shimla

As it happens, Shimla tourism is one of the most sought after holidaying experiences for tourists in India. Quite necessarily, the hill station is very well connected to nearby towns and cities by all modes of transport – air, rail, and road. So, getting  to this hill station that you have to worry the least about.

If you wish to travel by air, the domestic airport located in Jubbarhatti is the nearest airport to Shimla at approximately 20 km. Frequent flights to Shimla are available from the airports in the nearby cities of Chandigarh and Delhi.

Even though Shimla is located at an altitude of around 2,200 metres, there is a railway station right in the heart of this hill town. Located at 2,075 metres, Shimla railway station is  part of the 96km-long UNESCO World Heritage Kalka-Shimla rail line. It serves the purpose well for those who prefer to travel by train. Also, the toy train between Kalka and Shimla is a great way of beginning your Shimla tour. One can reach Kalka Junction, which is the nearest broad gauge railway station connected to multiple major cities of India via rail, and then board the Kalka-Shimla toy train from there. 

Even if you have never experienced Shimla tourism  before, you might have a fair idea of its popularity by now. In order to ensure better connectivity, the hill station is well connected by roads to almost all nearby cities and towns. Shimla is around 260 km from Delhi and 110 km from Chandigarh. State-run and private buses of all classes are easily available from Chandigarh, Delhi, Ambala, Amritsar, and various other cities. One can also avail the  more luxurious option of travelling to Shimla by taxis, many of which are available online as well.

Top Places To See In Shimla

Located in the heart of Shimla, one level below Shimla Ridge, the Mall Road is one of the popular attractions of Shimla tourism. It is as much a popular hangout site for tourists as it is for the locals. Being the main street of the capital city of Himachal Pradesh,  Mall Road brims with number of cafes, restaurants, boutiques, and other famous historical structures that add to the charm of Shimla tourism. If you are in Shimla and planning to take a leisurely walk down the Mall Road, make sure you visit Kali Bari Temple, Town Hall,  Gaiety Theatre, and Scandal Point as they make for some of the best of Shimla tourist places. During winters, the Mall Road is thronged  by honeymooners and families who love to witness the beauty of this site when covered in snow. No Shimla  travel guide is complete without the inclusion of Mall Road.

Shimla Ridge

Sitting one level above the Mall Road, Shimla Ridge is a large open area surrounded by picture-perfect views of the hill station. It is arguably one of the top tourist attractions of Shimla tourism. This is where most of the cultural activities and celebrations take place in Shimla. Usually misty in summers and draped in snow during winters, the ridge is also home to the iconic Christ Church which is more than 150 years old. Adorned by neon lights of cafes, restaurants, and international stores, Shimla Ridge is definitely a must visit for every tourist who wishes to get the best out of their Shimla tour.

Jakhu Temple

Situated at a distance of around 5 km from the Mall Road in Shimla, Jakhu Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman and is another major attraction of Shimla tourism. It is home to the 108-feet-tall statue of Lord Hanuman built atop the highest peak of Shimla at 2,455 metres. Apart from being a major religious attraction of Shimla tourism, Jakhu Temple is also known to offer sweeping views of Shimla and is quite popular amongst nature lovers and peace seekers. Interestingly, the temple is also home to thousands of monkeys that climb down from the surrounding pine and deodar trees. You can either trek uphill or take a taxi to visit this temple.

Viceregal Lodge:

Located in the observatory hills of Shimla, Viceregal Lodge, also known as Rashtrapati Niwas, is a historic building and one of the best places to visit in Shimla. It was built in 1888 by an architect of British origin named Henry Irwin and was later used as the residence of the British Viceroy of India. It is one of many  iconic buildings that Shimla tourism is known for. The lush green lawns and its green houses are now being used by Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla.

Rothney Castle :

Rothney Castle is another colonial-era building that sits quite peacefully on a rather precarious slope of Jakhu Hill in Shimla. Once the home to Alllan Octavian Hume, the British-era civil servant and the founder of the Congress, Rothney Castle is now a heritage monument and a major attraction for people taking a Shimla tour. The castle is surrounded with natural vegetation offering stunning views of the hills and so is also a popular site amongst photography enthusiasts and nature lovers.

Chadwick Falls

If you are the one who is ready to go beyond the popular attractions of Shimla, Chadwick Falls in Glen Forest, around seven kilometres from Summer Hill Chowk, Shimla is one of the most beautiful and lesser known attractions that Shimla tourism has to offer. While the waterfall itself may not be as big as many others in Himachal, the trail that leads up to it is a rare example of serene and intact natural beauty of Shimla tourism. It is best viewed during monsoons when the flow is strongest. Once you reach here, just sit back on the benches and take in the gifts of nature.

Just around 20 km from Shimla, Kufri is yet another resort destination of Shimla tourism that allows travelers to spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It only takes about 40 minutes to reach Kufri and the drive is absolutely stunning. You can take a day excursion to Kufri and visit its famous attractions which include Himalayan Nature Park, Indira Tourist Park, Kufri Zoo, and more. In winters, Kufri witnesses heavy snowfall, making it the best place for winter sport lovers.

Made famous by its lush green golf course and race course, Annandale is another British-era wonder under Shimla tourism that now serves as a major tourist attraction for tourists. . Located about four kilometres from Shimla, Annandale sits cosy in the valley of Kaithu village. With towering peaks overlooking the small hamlet, Annandale resembles a village straight out of paradise. If you wish to get some offbeat experience from Shimla tourism, Annandale is a must visit

Summer Hill

Do you love the idea of taking a walk along the naturally adorned trails of Shimla? If yes, then Summer Hill is one of the best places to visit in Shimla for you. This is a small hill that  offers unparalleled views of the bewitching natural beauty that Shimla tourism is blessed with. Only if you spend a few hours there doing nothing would you experience a sense of belonging towards Mother Nature. 

Approximately 15 km from Shimla, Shogi is a quaint hamlet that is known for its incredible serenity, peaceful environs, and picturesque natural beauty. If you love camping in the hills and enjoy gazing at the stars, Shogi is the best Shimla tourism can offer. 

Are you a honeymooner who thinks Shimla is going to be a bit too crowded for your post-wedding holiday? Well, Shimla tourism has Mashobra,a resort town situated around 12 km from the main city, for a romantic holiday that promises to offer you all the privacy and peace you need.. No wonder it is regarded as an idyllic place to enjoy a romantic holiday while exploring the best of Shimla tourism. Apart from the couples, Mashobra is also visited by families to explore its famous attractions including the Mahasu Devta Temple, the official retreat residence of the President of India, and Tattapani hot springs.

Lakkar Bazaar:

Quite close to the famous Indira Gandhi Medical College, Lakkar Bazaar is a popular market in Shimla and one of the major highlights of Shimla tourism. The iconic local market is home to a number of shops selling wooden handicrafts. You can also enjoy roller skating in Lakkar Bazaar.

About 65 km from Shimla, Narkanda is a small and peaceful town nestled in a fir forest at an elevation of around 2,700 metres above sea level. It is one of the most beautiful places near Shimla. Come  winters and Narkanda turns into a popular destination for ski lovers. Even if you are visiting during summers, the natural beauty and cosy accommodations promise an equally exhilarating staycation.

Activities And Things To Do In Shimla

Shopping at the Ridge

Lined with a number of shops selling traditional handicrafts, Shimla Ridge is a popular shopping site. Few places in Shimla tourism offer better shopping experience than Shimla Ridge. Towards the east of the ridge lies the famous Lakkar Bazaar where you can go shopping for wooden handicrafts and other items of home decor.

Leisure stroll at Mall Road

Mall Road is one place under Shimla tourism that no one likes to miss. And why would anyone miss taking a walk down the Mall Road, for the street is lined with several streetside stalls and shops that offer a wide range of culinary and shopping experiences. Whether you are a fan of local food, continental cuisines, junk jewellery, or funky readymade apparels, a walk down the Mall Road is one of the best things to do in Shimla. Besides, it also offers you stunning views of the entire valley, especially the sunset from a vantage point there. If you are a photography enthusiast, you can get some great shots, all thanks to Shimla tourism.

Jakhu Ropeway Shimla

Enjoy the Jakhu ropeway that takes you from a building on Shimla Ridge to Jakhu Hill across the deep valley and take in the wondrous natural beauty of Shimla that you won’t be able to witness otherwise. We can’t think of a better seat in the city to enjoy scenic views of Shimla tourism. Can you?

Hiking and Trekking

Are you an adventurer who loves hiking and trekking whenever you go out holidaying? Well, don’t be surprised if we tell you that Shimla tourism has enough such activities on offer. So whether it’s a fun trek to Jakhu Hill, Kamna Devi temple atop Prospect Hill, the Chadwick Falls, or the slightly asking trail of Tara Devi Temple complex, Shimla tourism will definitely satiate the adventurer in you.

Kalka-Shimla toy train

Nothing can beat the experience of taking a Kalka - Shimla toy train ride, especially in winter, when everything is covered in snow. The journey of 96 km takes you across more than 800 bridges and through 102 tunnels, offering mesmerising views outside the window. This journey itself is like holidaying while travelling; something you can expect only from Shimla tourism. Another thing that shutterbugs wouldn’t want to miss.

Skiing in Narkanda

Apart from the variety of wildlife and natural beauty in Narkanda, it is also famous as a popular ski resort. So if you choose to experience Shimla tourism in winter, don’t miss out on skiing in one of India’s oldest skiing destinations.

Ice skating in Kufri

Not many places near Shimla offer experiences as adventurous and exciting as the ones offered by Kufri. Apart from hiking and horse riding, the beautiful town of Kufri offers awesome ice skating and heli skiing experience during winter.

Cuisine & Best Places to Eat In Shimla

Picturesque views, the chill in the air, and piping-hot, flavorful food just makes for a great holiday experience, doesn't it? And that’s exactly what Shimla tourism has on offer for all the visitors. Known majorly for the awe-inspiring scenic beauty, Shimla is equally good at sweeping you off your feet with its toothsome local food and beverages. From decades-old roadside food stalls to modern multi-cuisine restaurants, Shimla tourism has everything for all kinds of travellers who have a special love for food. Though the list of delicious local foods in Shimla is too long, here we are with some of the must-try local dishes as per the Shimla travel guide :

If you ask us to name the one thing that everyone in Himachal would love to have, it would be dhaam. It’s a proper meal, usually served during local functions, comprising various types of curries, vegetables, and white rice. All the dishes are cooked in huge utensils made of brass, locally known as charoti and served on leaf plates called pattlu . No matter how hungry you are, one course of dhaam is enough to satiate your hunger pangs. And guess what, the aftertaste is even better!

This Tibetan dish is quite famous in Shimla and other parts of Himachal. Thukpa is mainly thick soup mixed with chunks of meat, some noodles, various kinds of vegetables and spices. It’s a must have, especially if you are experiencing Shimla tourism during the winter months, for it is known to provide the much-needed heat during cold.

Do you know what kachoris taste like? Well, babru is a Himachali version of kachori . Babru is prepared by stuffing black gram paste within kneaded dough patties, which are rolled and then deep fried before being served hot with chutney .

Well, how can we not have mention dim sums (aka momos) when it comes to best foods in Shimla. This tourist-friendly hill station has an ample number of eateries, big and small, that offer some of the most sumptuous dim sums you can have in Himachal. Dim sums are  thoroughly steamed stuffings of vegetables or meat wrapped in dough covering, served hot with mayonnaise and other kinds of sauces.

Chana Madra

Chana madra is yet another popular dish of Shimla tourism which is served at almost all cultural festivals and major occasions. It's white or black chickpeas mixed with slightly viscous yoghurt based gravy, served with white rice or white bread. If you are someone who prefers staying at homestays over hotels, chana madra is one thing you request your host for.

Best Places to Eat in Shimla:

Krishna Bakers, Mall Road

Indian, Tibetan, Chinese

₹200-500 for two

Indian Coffee House, Mall Road

Indian, Beverages

₹500-700 for two

Honey Hut Cafe, Mall Road

Honey products

₹200 for two

Goofa Ashiana

Indian, Chinese Continental

₹400-600 for two

Cafe Sol, Mall Road

Continental, Indian

₹800-1,000 for two

Auntie’s Kitchen, Middle Bazaar

Tibetan, Indian, Chinese

Typical Costs in Shimla

For Budget Travellers: ₹500 - 800

  • Food in local cafes and street eateries: ₹150
  • Public Transport in buses and auto rickshaws: ₹15 - 80
  • Sightseeing: ₹10 - 50.

For Mid-range Travellers : ₹1,200 - 3,000 a day

  • Accommodation in mid-range hotels and resorts: ₹800 - 1,000
  • Food in mid-range cafes and restaurants: ₹250 - 500
  • Local transport in local taxis or car rentals: ₹200 - 400
  • Treks and Hiking packages: ₹1,000 and upwards.

For Luxury Travellers : ₹4,000 and upwards

  • Accommodation in 4 or 5star hotels: ₹3,500 and upwards
  • Food in upscale restaurants and bars: ₹700 and upwards
  • Local transport in private taxis: ₹2,000 and upwards
  • Guided tours: ₹1,500 and upwards.

Frequently Asked Questions

The best way to reach Shimla is by road, even though Shimla tourism has an airport around 19 km. The nearest railway station to Shimla is 4 km from ISBT Shimla. The reason is the views that are on offer once you hit the road leading to Shimla.

Snowfall in Shimla usually starts in December and lasts till the month of February.

Ideally, you need 3-4 days to get the best experience of Shimla tourism.

Shimla tours can be best enjoyed during summer with family and kids as the weather remains pleasant and great for outdoor activities.

Shimla tourism boasts of great public transport. The town is well connected by road, rail, and air with most nearby cities of India. Intra-city transport is also great with easy availability of buses and cabs. However, you shouldn’t rely on public transport at night and rather hire a taxi if need be.

The most important thing about the climate of Shimla is that winters are very cold. During winters, Shimla temperature can drop down to approximately -5 °C.

There is no direct train from Delhi to Shimla. However, you may board an express train from Delhi to Kalka and then board another train to travel from Kalka to Shimla.

There are ample homestay options offered by Shimla tourism at very affordable prices. If you are a luxury traveller, you can easily get accommodation in  top hotels in Shimla.

Snow Valley resorts, The Oberoi Cecil, Silicon Inn, Honeymoon Inn, and Shimla Havens Resort are some of the best hotels and resorts in Shimla that offer great hospitality and stay.

Though it completely depends upon what kind of traveller you are and what you wish to experience, but here are a few important items that can help you avoid any hassles during your Shimla tour:

  • Light woollens
  • Umbrella/raincoat
  • Basic first aid
  • Adequate cash

Also, it’s advisable that you only drink packaged drinking water, especially while having meals at local food stalls in Shimla.

Shimla tourism has quite a few ATMs spread across the city and you don’t need to  carry much cash. Also, it completely depends upon the kind of experience you want to have in Shimla. However, here’s the tentative estimate for 4-night 5-day Shimla tour : 

  • If you’re a budget traveller, carry around ₹4,000 - 5,000 in cash
  • If you’re a mid-range traveller, carry around ₹6,000 - 7,000 in cash
  • If you’re a luxury traveller, carry around ₹9,000 - 12,000 in cash

Yes, most restaurants and shops accept debit/credit cards and other modes of cashless transactions in Shimla as long as you’re not in areas where internet service is not available.

When it comes to shopping, Shimla tourism promises best experiences to visitors. In Lakkar Bazaar, you can go shopping for a diverse range of artefacts including pashmina shawls, traditional woollens,  Himachali topis , wooden handicrafts, Chinese shoes, mats and more.

Mobile connectivity is Shimla is just as fine as in any other city, except for a few areas that are either higher up the hills, or surrounded by dense forests.

The trail to Jakhu Temple, Chadwick Falls, and Tara Devi Temple are some of the easiest treks on offer for families travelling to Shimla.

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