10 Best Adventure Sports in Shimla - 2020 (With 3175 Reviews)
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Last Updated: 29 Oct 2020
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Entry is open from all domestic destinations in India.

  • Face masks are compulsory when going out in public
  • COVID-19 test is not required on entry to the state, however, thermal screening shall be done for all passengers entering the state.
  • Containment zones to remain in lockdown till 31st of August 2020.
  • No night curfews are active in Shimla
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  • Social distancing to be followed mandatorily when out in public.
  • 14 days of Institutional Quarantine is mandatory for travellers arriving from any Red Zone districts outside Himachal Pradesh
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Inter-state entry of private and government buses in restricted in the state, however, intra-state bus services are functioning in the city from 7 a.m to 7 p.m. with 60% passenger capacity.

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Tourism units are safely open and allowed by the Government and follow proper COVID safety measurements. Therefore, tourists will have to follow the guidelines while visiting any place. Travellers are advised to practice good personal hygiene to ensure their safety.     

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Adventure Activities in Shimla

Trekking, Ice Skating, Skiing, Paragliding, Mountain Biking, Heli-Skiing, River Rafting, Skiing, Camping, Rock Climbing, and Golfing.

Take a
one day trip to Shimla over a weekend and let yourself relish this bewitching hill-station. Over this one day trip you can explore the best of attractions including temples and churches to satiate your spiritual experience, museums and monuments to take a plunge into the city's history and the hills and waterfalls to soak in the boastful natural beauty.

Additionally, on this one day trip in Shimla, you can also enjoy many fun filled activities like trekking at Summer Hill, camping in Junga and cycling at Water Catchment Wildlife Sanctuary, while also engaging with the diverse flora and fauna at all these places. Besides this, if you have kids and want them to have a memorable trip then you can also plan to spend your day at any of the amusement parks that Shimla has to offer. Therefore, check out our list to find out more about these and many other places in Shimla.

Here is the list of some of the best adventure sports in Shimla:

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Shimla is spread over a vast area in different mountain ranges of Himalayas; owing to that, some amazing treks can be done here. The best part of trekking in Shimla is that the options range from easy strolls into the woods too long, exhilarating treks and it is one of the best adventures in Shimla.

To have an easy, relaxing trek that takes you through the lush green forest, a trek to the very famous Jakhoo Temple is an excellent option, which is also the highest point in Shimla. Or, you can take easy yet exciting treks to Chadwick Falls or Kamna Devi Temple while breathing in the refreshing air in the pure surroundings of Shimla.

Shimla also boasts of some thrill-packed treks. Some of the best among those are Snow Line Trek to Chail, Shali Tibba Trek and Shoghi Trek. One gem of a trek that you can take from Shimla is Banjar Valley Trek. One must take these treks on their trip to Shimla to explore the real scenic beauty of Shimla, and to know why it is deservingly the capital city of Himachal.

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River Rafting

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River Rafting
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For the adventure seekers, you can never miss out this exciting and best adventure sports in Shimla. River rafting is one of the favourite thing to do in Shimla. The Sutlej River which runs at a high pace makes the sport more thrilling.

Feel the thrill as you try this extreme sports. One of the famous river rafting paths is at a distance of 12 km and start from Chamba and end at Tatthapani amidst the water of the river Sutlej. Raft through the aggressive River for around two hours and feel the adrenaline rush as you conquer the waves.

How can reach: Shimla is well connected with the metropolitan cities. It will be a 3 hours’ drive from Chandigarh. If you are travelling by train then you can catch a train from New Delhi and get down at Kalka.

Best season: The best season to visit this place is during the month of September to June.

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Ice Skating

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Ice Skating

Next time while you are in Shimla don’t forget to try ice skating which is considered as one of the favourite and best adventure sports in Shimla and Shimla adventure is incomplete without this.

This place is already a hit among the people because of its cool weather. Now with these adventure activities in Shimla, this place is crowded with people every year. Ice skating in Shimla has already become popular among the people within a short period of time.

The best thing about this place is that they have naturally frozen ice which is very convenient for ice skating. Enjoy the cool breeze as you glide through the ice under the clear blue sky.

How to reach: If you are travelling by car it will take around 1 hour to travel from Kalka to Shimla. You can also take a bus from Chandigarh which will be a 3 hours ride.

Best season: The best season to visit this place is during the month of December to February.

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Heli Skiing

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Heli Skiing

Its winter time and winter beckon us for some adventure sports and when it is for Shimla adventure than nothing can beat this. Head out for this as this is one of the best adventure sports in Shimla and glide through the snow as you manoeuvre the twists and turns while Heli-Skiing. 

The best thing about this sport is that you will be dropped by a helicopter in the mountaintop and you ski all the way down in the mountain. The mountain slopes are just fashioned by nature for the ski lovers.

Narkanda and Kufri are two of the best places in Shimla where you can indulge in this exciting activity. It is the double treat for the ski lovers where they can enjoy the natural beauty while slipping through the snow.

How to reach: The easiest route to Shimla is from Chandigarh which is a 3 hours’ drive by car. You can also take a train from Kalka to Shimla which will take around 4 hours 40 minutes.

Best season: The best season to visit this place is during the month of April to August, December to January.

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If you are looking for some golfing and a vacation, then you should definitely visit Shimla. Pack your bags and be off to Shimla for this intriguing adventure sport and get a chance to try your hand in golf.

This sport is very famous in the Naldehra town where you can find the oldest golf course. Shimla was once called the summer capital of the British and this land is blessed with vast land which is perfect for golf.

 The most interesting thing about this place is the calm and serene atmosphere which offers an outstanding picturesque of the region. Golf is one of the best adventure sports in Shimla which is loved by all. Naldehra is one of the best and the oldest golf course which is considered as the most challenging one. You can also try Annadale golf course which is favourite among the people.

How to reach: If you are driving to Shimla from Chandigarh it will be a 3 hours’ drive. You can also take a train from Kalka to Shimla which will take around 4 hours 40 minutes.

Best season: The best time to visit this place is during the month of May to December.

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When it comes to indulging in some camping activity then Shimla is the best place for you. Enjoy the fun of camping in Shimla the lap of nature’s vast wilderness with the mountains and streams and it is one of the famous adventure in Shimla.

Camping is one of the best adventure sports activity in Shimla. This is the perfect spot where you can camp under the stars and marvel at the sight of the enchanting surroundings.

Camping here will have a transcendental effect and is sure to delight you. Get a chance to explore the fascinating beauty of the region while camping under the clear sky.

How to reach: The easiest route to Shimla is from Chandigarh which is a 3 hours’ drive by car. You can also take a train from Kalka to Shimla which will take around 4 hours 40 minutes.

Best season: The best season to visit this place is during the month of April to August, December to January




What could be more adrenaline pumping activity then gliding through the air, take the most of Shimla adventure by experiencing it. This adventurous activity is catching up as one of the best adventure activities in Shimla There is no doubt in that the beauty of Shimla is incomparable to any other hill station and there are many things to do in the city. The undulating hills and the surrounding is an ideal place for this sport. This exciting activity is a combine activity of parachute and hand gliding.

 It is launched on a lighter wind and also need a less space to land. Kangra valley in Shimla is the hub of all the gliding activities. For the best treat head out to Bir and Billing in the Kangra valley which will give you the best experience of life. Soar up high in the sky and fly like a bird while enjoying the views.

How to reach: The easiest route to Shimla is from Chandigarh which is a 3 hours’ drive by car.If you are taking a train from New Delhi it will be an 8 hours ride by train.

Best season: The best season to try this activity is during the month of March to May and October to November.


Mountain Biking

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Mountain Biking

Experience the thrill of Shimla adventure by choosing from the list of this exciting and best adventure sports in Shimla and try mountain biking in the steep hills of the Himalayas and face the challenge. Get a chance to ride through the amazing hills and valleys and enjoy the cool mountain breeze. 

Feel the adrenaline rush as you ride through the snow and the peaceful surroundings of nature. Marvel at the sight of the oak trees and the snow-capped mountain on this exciting mountain biking activity and witness the amazing sightseeing.

In just a few days this activity is becoming a hit among the people. This mountain bike is designed to combat the rough terrains so that you feel comfortable while you ride.

How to reach: The easiest route to Shimla is from Chandigarh which is a 3 hours’ drive by car. You can also take a train from Kalka to Shimla which will take around 4 hours 40 minutes.

Best season: The best time for this activity is during the month of June to September.

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Nothing could be better than skiing in the Shimla amidst the snow-capped mountains and the smooth slopes. This is one of best adventure sports in Shimla. The place is the perfect place for the ones who love the snow. 

Winters are the best time to visit Shimla when the whole place is filled with snow. Kufri in Shimla is a paradise for the skiers. This place is about 13km away from Shimla at an altitude of 2622 metres.

There are also few others places like Mashobra and Narkanda at a height of 1800 metres which will be filled with hundreds of people for this exciting winter adventure sport.

How to reach: If you take a train from Kalka to Shimla it will take around 4 hours 40 minutes. By bus, it will take around 3 hours to reach Shimla from Chandigarh.

Best season: The best season to visit this place is during the month of December to February.

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Rock Climbing

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Rock Climbing

Shimla offers a wide array of adventure sports options for those who want to indulge in some offbeat fun. For those seeking the thrill of rock-climbing along with some other exhilarating adventure options, Shimla is a great choice.

Rock-climbing is among the most thrilling adventure sports in Shimla. Here, you get a chance to put the adventurer inside you to test by trying the demanding sport of climbing up and down natural rock formations.

Different levels of the sport are available, so you can make a choice as per the thrill quotient your soul and body is willing to experience. When in Shimla, don’t forget to climb a rock because it is worth it.

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30 November 2016
Beauty can't be described in words but pictures do very well.
03 January 2020
Place is good. If you are expecting a break from city life. It was organized very well. The food has options and games are interesting. Perfect place to be in nature.
16 January 2020
I visited last week with my family. the stay was very comfortable, the food provided was delicious. Staff was also very helping. We enjoyed hike to Pabbar River and guided pine forest walk. The room was very clean. We enjoyed the view from our room.
17 December 2019
Scenic beauty with all the modern amenities that makes it a perfect weekend getaway. Me and my friends loved our trip to Shimla and the stay at this resort. We booked the property through Thrillophilia due to their best prices as it was our first time we were bit afraid yet received the instant confirmation and everything was the best provided.
17 February 2020
I didn’t know about this resort but a friend of mine has suggested this resort and suggested to book from Thrillophilia and I am very grateful as they have the best price online. I have loved their Valley view rooms and spa. Overall amazing experience.
15 December 2019
Had the best day there with my family. We enjoyed every moment of our stay, especially the hiking. The food provided was delicious with quite a variety. All thanks to the Thrillophilia for providing such a user friendly online booking platform with discounted deals..
13 February 2020
It is a village style resort between the lush green apple orchards. Experiencing Khaddu lifestyle was totally a different and new thing for us. Thanks to Thrillophilia for combining stays with such amazing inclusive activities at the best online deals.
15 November 2019
It was a gift from my side to my parents for their 25th wedding anniversary. On special request, the staff has arranged a cake and had also arranged a small decoration room to celebrate the evening for my parents. They were very friendly and I loved their hospitality. Thank you Thrillophilia for providing instant booking confirmation.
19 February 2020
The location is perfect for nature lovers. We enjoyed the view from our hotel rooms. The breakfast buffet was delicious. It is indeed a well-maintained property.
07 November 2019
Thanks to Thrillophilia fro arranging this awesome trip package with stays and complimentary activities. I loved and enjoyed the sightseeing tour to Kufri with this comfortable stay package.

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  1. What are the best camping places in Shimla?

    These camping places in and around Shimla are some of the best to visit during your holiday.

    1. Mashobra: Mashobra is a favored camping spot and a quaint hamlet within Shimla district. The place offers exceptional views of the mountains, lush valleys and an opportunity to set camp or be a part of a campsite with all amenities, at the foothills of mountains and natural topography. You can also go for hikes and nature-walks here.

    2. Narkanda: Narkanda is a township within Shimla district and about 70 km from the main city. The place has expansive landscapes, untouched surroundings and scenic outdoors that make for a great campsite. Moreover, many campsites are available here that offer several services as well as the best of nature.

    3. Shoghi: Shoghi is another hamlet within Shimla district which is situated a few kilometers from the city center. The place is known for its vast landscapes, picturesque surroundings and numerous campsites that offer the best facilities and natural topography for a comfortable yet authentic experience.

    4. Junga: This is a secluded village around 10 km from the main Shimla city. People can plan a camping trip here to get away from the noise and chaos of the city, to spend time surrounded by nature. The place has many beautiful and vast grasslands and terrains that act as a backdrop for several campsites.

    5. Kufri: This village is situated 16 km from Shimla city and falls under the Shimla district. Winter camping here is a favored activity as the entire place gets covered in pristine snow. Popular as a ski resort town, you shouldn't miss out on a camping trip in Kufri. There are many campsites here that offer amazing facilities and services.
  2. What are the best treks in Shimla?

    These are the top treks in and near Shimla that one must try during their vacation.

    1. Hatu Peak Trek: The trek to the Hatu Peak and Hatu Mata temple begins from Narkanda near Shimla. This trek is around 7 km with a trail covered with pine, oak and deodar trees as well as splendid views of the Himalayas. Moreover, the Hatu Peak is perched at a height of 3400 meters, making it the highest in Shimla district.

    2. Karol Tibba Trek: The Karol Tibba trek takes you at an elevation of 2240 meters where the Karol Tibba temple is situated amid the Shivalik Himalayan range. The entire trek is of easy to moderate difficulty with a trail taking you through thick forests and mesmerizing scenery. Also, the trek is 5-6 kilometers which can be completed in a day.

    3. Shali Tibba Trek: The Shali Tibba is located near Mashobra Bridge and stands at a height of 240 meters, making it the easiest trek in Shimla. The trail is engulfed with lush pine and oak trees and at the top of the summit is a temple that you can visit. Moreover, from the crest of the peak you can enjoy panoramic views of Kufri, Chail and Mashobra.

    4. Churdhar Trek: One of the less explored terrains in Shimla, the Churdhar peak is among the highest mountains of the Shivalik Himalayan range. Perched at a height of 3647 meters, the trek to the top takes 2 days to complete, starting in Solan. Moreover, the trail is covered with oak and pine forests, meadows and the views of the mighty Himalayas throughout.

    5. Shimla Jalori Pass Trek: This trek commences in Narkanda of Shimla district and takes you all the way to the Banjar Valley through the Jalori Pass. This is one of the more difficult and long treks with a trail marked as moderate to difficult, it takes 4-5 days to finish the journey. Also, the trudge offers virginal views of the mountains, streams, meadows and forests.
  3. What is the best month to go to for adventure in Shimla?

    The best time to plan a trip to Shimla would be from March till June which is when the weather is idyllic for touring, sightseeing as well as indulging in adventure activities.
    Moreover, the winter months from November till February are also great, if you want to witness snowfall and enjoy activities like skiing, snowboarding etc.

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