One of the most popular tourist destinations in India, Shimla is often called the Queen of Himalayas and is the capital of Himachal Pradesh. This scenic town provides ample opportunities to indulge in the adventure pursuits or enjoy the picturesque surroundings.
Shimla is covered with forests of pine, rhododendron, and oak. The rugged mountainous terrain, snowfall, tranquil and picturesque setting make Shimla an ideal destination for camping.
Some of the camping sites in and around Shimla are:
Its located 16 km east of Rohru, and one pitch a camp here to explore places of interests in and around Rohru. There is a rest house at Sandasu. Located around 11km north of Hatkoti, Rohru is the subdivisional headquarters of Shimla. It located on the bank of River Pabbar. There is a temple of Shikru Devi here, and a fair is held annually.
Chirgaon and Larot:
Chirgaon is located 15 km from Rohru, while Larot is located around 25 km east of Rohru. Both these are ideal destination for camping. Larot is also base of Chanshal Pass (4220 m) that takes you to Dodra Kwar. There is no rest house in Chirgaon or Larot, so you need to carry your own camping equipment. There is dilapidated small hut at Lorot.
Located at a height of 5700 feet, this camping destination is located amidst snow clad mountains. Sholgi is bounded by forests of pine, oak, and rhododendron, and is located nearly 16 km from Shimla. Its a perfect destination for camping.
This is a serene hill-station nestled in the upper Satluj River Valley and bounded by forested hills. You can go for a walk in the tranquil surroundings. Sarahan is also the getaway to Kinnaur Valley and you can also trek to some of the interior villages of Shimla district. Near the helipad here, there are good camping sites.
Shimla is located at an altitude of 2,130 m in the north-west Himalayas.
How to Reach:
A well-maintained network of roads connects Shimla to all major cities in India. Access to Shimla by road is made possible by National Highway 22 that links Shimla with Chandigarh.
Other Attractions in the Vicinity:
Tara Devi Temple:
This temple is a major attraction of Shimla, and must visit for the followers of Hindu religion. It occupies a great importance for pilgrims. It is located atop a hill facing Shimla and its bounded by dense thick forest of oak and rhododendron. It offers panoramic views of Shimla. Also, you can pitch your picnicking camp here.
An ideal destination for picnic, Glenn is around 4 km from Shimla. You can walk through thick woods to reach here. The picturesque and tranquil Glenn is situated at an elevation of 1,830 m.
The Shimla Summer Hill is situated at an elevation of around 1283 meter above the sea level. Its located in midst of green hilly trees like the pine and deodar, and is known for its tranquility and natures bounty. Summer Hill also offers splendid vista o the snow clad mountain terrains. You can amble here to invigorate yourself, and to get away from the cacophony of city life. Summr Hill is on the way on the way of Shimla to Kalka, and nearly 5 km from the Ridge of Shimla.
Best Time to Visit:
June to November
Things to carry:
Binoculars and camera
Water, juices, snacks
A good compass
An extra pair of clothes