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Key Monastery

While Himachal Pradesh is home to a dozen different monasteries, this spectacular place is not just the biggest, but also the oldest one around. A must visit tourist place in Spiti Valleythe Key Gompa is encircled by picturesque mountains and soothing valleys.

A wonderful example of monastic architecture and decorated with beautiful paintings, murals, manuscripts, and wind instruments – the Kye attracts history and cultural buffs round the year. If you are seeking spiritual enlightenment, the monastery is home to a large number of nuns, monks, and lamas who receive their religious education here.

If you plan to visit during June-July, you’ll also get to witness the beautiful festival involving Chaam dancers, lamas and a devil made out of butter!

Location: Spiti Valley, Lahul.

Best time to visit: May to October.


Roopkund Lake Trek

The Roopkund Lake is situated high up in the Garhwal Mountains in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. This lake is of much historical and religious importance. It was also called the Mystery or Skeletal Lake after a large number of human skeletons were found in it in 1942 by a Forest Officer.

Following this discovery, a number of scientists visited the lake to find out the reason for the skeletons being there and it was eventually concluded that the skeletons belonged to some pilgrims who were caught unawares in a flash hailstorm.

Due to the huge chunks of ice that came with the hailstorm, the pilgrims died due to injuries to their skulls. This story was aired in national and international media and since them the Roopkund Lake has become a popular tourist destination.

The trek to Roopkund Lake showcases the best of Himalayan beauty. The trek begins at Lohajung, which is situated at an elevation of 3200 metres and goes on for five days till you reach the lake, which is at an altitude of 5000 metres. The first couple of days will take you through beautiful villages, forests, rivers and Bugyals.

The air will get thinner and thinner as you ascend and gain altitude. So it is very important that you are in the best of health and fitness when you set out for this trek. Higher energy levels will allow you to adjust better with the changing environment and enjoy the views offered by the region. Your team leader will also offer you tips on how to cope with the changing levels of the atmosphere.

The trekking trail followed during the Roopkund trek coincides with that of the Raj Jay Yatra pilgrimage route. This is conducted during a festival dedicated to goddess Nanda Devi and the residents of nearby village participate in this festival dressed in their traditional attire.

Best Season: August - October
Difficulty Level: Difficult
Max. Elevation: 5020 m
More Details: Guide to Roopkund Trek
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Kalka–Shimla Railway

The 2 feet 6 inches narrow gauge that takes the trains through the mountainous stations from Kalka to Shimla has a lot of admirers all over India. Thus Kalka- Shimla Railway secures its place intact among travelers of Himachal Pradesh. The relishing views of the hills and valleys of Himachal Pradesh seem to be more charming while you make a journey in one of the trains along this railway track. It was built in 1898 to connect Shimla with other parts and it is recorded that during the construction of this system, there were 107 tunnels and 864 bridges through the course of the track as well. Though the system is years old, it emerges out to surprise the visitors of Himachal still.

Scandal Point

At the convergence of two famous roads, the Ridge and the Mall Road in Shimla is the famous Scandal Point, to the western edge of the convergent point. There are multitudes of stories existing related to the birth of this Scandal Point, dating back to the British regime. One story says that the Maharaja of Patiala, Bhupinder Singh eloped with the daughter of the British Viceroy after meeting at the Scandal Point and thus it got this intriguing name and another set of tales shows that the Maharaja kidnapped young women from Scandal Point. Regardless the umpteen number of stories, this square overlooking the paradisiacal location has ample features to be on the top of the best sightseeing places in Himachal Pradesh’s list.

Beas Kund

For people who love to trek, Beas Kund is one of the most amazing places for it. If you are planning for trekking in Manali, add this place to your list, it will surely bring you close to nature. If you always wanted to enjoy the Himalayan trek, this is the shortest and ideal trek.

Location: It is quite close to some of the most popular locales of Manali. Solang Valley is at a distance of 14 km from the place which will take you around 8-9 hours to reach there.

Highlights: Beas Kund is located at a spectacular place and it gives a great view of the Pir Panjal ranges. After a while of climbing on to the place, you reach to the origin of Beas lake which truly feels magical because it is a glacial lake with melting snow.

Best time to visit: Avoiding the rainy season, you can visit the place anytime of the year you desire.

Tibetan Museum

Being a combination of the conventional and contemporary Tibetan architecture, the Tibetan Museum in Mcleodganj is very unique. Located inside the Tsuglagkhang complex, the museum walls have a gentle yellow and white colour scheme that adds on to its quaint beauty. 

It is a platform where one can observe and be in awe of the Tibetan historical documents, manuscripts, Thangka images, pottery and other handicraft items. Besides that there are also photographs, interviews and video records that explain and file the Chinese intervention in Tibet and the consequent migration of Tibetans. If you are admirers of art and are also fascinated by history then you could purchase paintings, artefacts and handicrafts from the Museum shops as souvenirs.

Timings: - Open from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Milam Glacier Trek of the Kumaon

The Milam Glacier is one of the major glaciers in the Kumaon region. It is situated in Munsiyari of Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. The elevation of the glacier ranges from 5500 metres to 3870 metres and is located at a distance of 15 km from Nanda Devi. The glacier was closed for trekking in 1962, but was reopened in 1994.

The best time to visit the Milam glacier is before the monsoons i.e. from mid-March to May. The monsoons set in June, which triggers landslides and roadblocks, making the area dangerous for any expedition.

The trekking trail to the Milam glacier starts at Munsiyari. You can enjoy breathtaking views of the Kumaon region and pass through places such as Nanda Devi East Base, Gauri Ganga Lilam, Martoli, Railkot, etc. on your way to the glacier. The glacier originates from the eastern slope of Trishuli and the southern slope of Kohli. The village of Milam is situated near the snout of the glacier. The trek to the Milam glacier is one of the best trails for trekking in India.

The Milam glacier has an altitude of 4268 metres and is surrounded by 52 peaks. The Milam glacier serves as an axial point for high altitude treks in India. The entire distance is covered by walking along the banks of the River Gori Ganga. You will pass through dense forests with blooming rhododendrons, chestnut trees, lush green conifers etc.

The trekking trail takes you past the Nanda Devi and Hardeol peaks. You will also come across the Ragash Kund, a shepherd shelter and a pond. The trek is a slightly difficult and will test your physical fitness and strength as you gain altitude. The best part of the journey is that you get to view the best of Himalayan beauty amidst majestic mountains and gurgling waters.

Best Season: May - September
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Max. Elevation: 4268 m
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Padum-Darchha Trek

The Padam Darchcha Valley trek is an exhilarating experience. The trek involves a long trek from Darcha which is situated in the beautiful state of Himachal Pradesh to Padam, located in the mystical land of Zansak. Besides the thrill and excitement of trekking in the snowy slopes of the Himalayas, the trekking trail allows you to enjoy the beauty of the initial trail from Manali to Leh.

You can visit interesting Hindu temples in Manali which speak volumes about the history, culture and traditions of the region. This trek is a beautiful combination of adventure and sight-seeing and hence can be called one of the most exciting experiences of trekking in India.

The trek begins at Chalang Tokpa, from where you will move on to Ramjak and Chumikanakpo. The trek from Ramjak to Chumikanakpo will give you a fabulous trekking experience by testing your strength and skills. From here you will move on to Lakong and pass through Kurgiak and Purne before reaching Padam, Leh. The most interesting change that you will notice on reaching the destination is the transformation of the landscape.

Best Season: June - September
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Max. Elevation: 5080 m
More Details: Guide to Padum Darcha Trek
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How to Reach

  • By road: For those of you who are planning to travel Shimla from Delhi by road the total distance you will cover will be 342.8 km. According to your convenience, you can take the Outer Ring Road towards GT Karnal Road. If you plan to travel by bus you can take an overnight air-conditioned luxury bus from ISBT Kashmiri Gate. Buses go in the morning or later at night but timings can vary from season to season.
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  • By Air: For those of you who are planning to travel by flight then Jubarhati, which is about 23 is the nearest airport. There are regular flights going from Jubbarhatti to Chandigarh and Delhi. You can easily get a taxi from the airport to get to Shimla.
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  • By Train: For those of you who are planning to travel by train then Kalka is the nearest railhead which is connected to Chandigarh and Delhi by regular trains. You can take the Kalka Shatabdi, which goes from New Delhi Railway Station to Kalka Railway Station via Chandigarh.

Best Time To Visit

  • Shimla is one of the most beautiful destinations which is definitely on your bucket list. If you are planning to visit this destination this time then the best time to visit this destination is during the month of March to June. This is the time that the snow has melted and the weather is enjoyable for those who have been trying to escape the harsh summers of the plains.
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  • The temperature during this time usually varies between 15°C and 30°C. The weather remains quite pleasant at this time and one can also indulge in a lot of outdoor sports like paragliding, trekking, camping, and rafting.

Traveller Tales from Shimla


Rahul Singh

30 November 2016

Beauty can't be described in words but pictures do very well.

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Ashok Iyer

18 December 2018

The idea of staying in a large dense forest was super exciting for us, and we went as a group of 10 school mates for a kind of reunion. The set up was lovely and the forest was damn beautiful too. We w...

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Rajinder Bandopadhyay

18 December 2018

This stay was set up in an unexplored part of Shimla, so it felt quite special to stay here as it is away from all the other commercial city spots. The rooms were damn comfortable and there were no pro...


Deepesh Chaturvedi

18 December 2018

My idea of celebrating the new year is always in the mountains, only now I have started taking packages from Thrillophilia for the quality it maintains in every tour. I celebrated the onset of this yea


Niranjan Pothuvaal

18 December 2018

Amazing experience in Shimla with Thrillophilia. Well organised and very cost-effective. The services were amazing, and food was delicious. We also did some rafting and trekking along beautiful mountai


Dinesh Mukhopadhyay

18 December 2018

We did the amazing trek of Naldehra in the morning with scenic beauty all around and reached the campsite.. the night was all about bonfire, food drinks and music... amazing affordable package by Thril


Adhrit Mahajan

18 December 2018

Since I'm not really into clubbing, I found this way of celebration the most appropriate option for me to celebrate the arrival of the new year. Moreover, Shimla is absolutely pretty during this time o


Amritambu Kocchar

16 December 2018

A must go place in Shimla. It is really amazing. Camping was incredible. What I fell in love with was the mountains in the surroundings. Also, the greenery made me so happy and content. There was a dif...

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Bhadra Kaniyar

16 December 2018

This trip with Thrillophilia was one memorable experience for us. The resort was situated a little away from the city. We reached there and were welcomed warmly by the staff. They were really nice peop...

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What You Should Know More About Shimla

  • Q. Travel Advice

    • If you are fond of shopping, you will definitely find really fancy woollen items in Shimla markets but don’t forget to bargain hard.

    • Do not carry precious jewelleries and gadgets while you are on your tour.

    • Though the crime rate in Shimla is low, pickpocketing is common. Take care of your purse.

    • Keep your necessary medicines with you. Prepare a first aid box and carry wherever you go as Shimla is a small town and you might not get the desired medications.

    • Do not take banned things which can get you into trouble.

    • Keep away from overfriendly strangers. They might not be what they pretend to be.

    • Never eat cut fruits beside the roads. They can make you fall sick.

    • Carry your own water bottle with you and if required, buy sealed water bottles only.

    • Please visit the nearest doctor in case of health emergencies.

    • Respect the local traditions and culture as Shimla, being a small town, is pretty conservative.

    • Carry your identity proofs wherever you travel. You may require them at any point of time.

  • Q. Drinking Laws

    The minimum age for the consumption of alcohol in Shimla is 25 years. Below that, drinking is illegal. You can get a lot of choices in alcohol in Shimla.

  • Q. What will you like there?

    Weather: This cool and chilled place is definitely going to change your summer holidays. You need heavy woollen clothes to escape the cold here. And if you are planning to visit Shimla during the winters, you might witness snowfall.

    People: The locals of Himachal are really simple and friendly. They love their tourists as tourism is a major source of income of this place.

    Food: You can enjoy the local Himachali cuisine or can dig into pizza, pasta, lasagne, baked goodies, momo, and what not. You get everything in Shimla.

    Mountains: You are definitely going fall in love with the snow -capped mountains all around you. The queen of hills will attract you again and again.

    Flowers: If you love gardening and flowers, you must visit Shimla to see the beautiful varieties of flowers here and there. So much colourful, so much lively, they will surely boost up your mood.

    Markets: As mentioned earlier, you will get the best woollen clothes in Shimla directly from Tibet. Cushioned jackets, woollen scarves, Tibetan jewellery, fancy footwear, you get everything in Shimla markets.

    Architecture: Shimla holds a prime position in the history of British Raj. The buildings constructed by the British are spectacular and will surely amaze you.

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  • Q. Which are some famous treks in and around Shimla?

    Some of the famous treks in and around Shimla are:

    Indrahar Pass Trek:This trek offers you a chance to have a close view of beautiful Dhauladhar and PirPanjal mountain ranges. The best time to do this trek is in the month between mid May to June and September to mid October. The difficulty level varies from moderate to difficult.


    McleodGanj:One of the shortest trekking trails in Himachal Pradesh is McLeodganj to Triund Trek. The best time to take this trek is during the month of May to October and the difficulty level is moderate.


    Triund: Triund is a small hill in the Kangra district in the state of Himachal Pradesh which is known for its amazing beauty and surroundings. The best time to do this trek is during the months of May-June & September-October and it is a moderate trek.


    Trek to Jakhoo Temple:Jakhoo is the most astounding hill in Shimla and also the original temple. This temple has the world's largest Hanuman statue, which is visible from most parts of Shimla. You can take this trek at any time of the year. It is an easy trek.


    Bhrigu Lake trek:Trek to the stunning and panoramic Bhrigu Lake and get an excellent opportunity for amazing photographs. The best time to do this trek is during mid May to October and it is a moderate level trek.

  • Q. What are the best places to visit in Shimla for couples?

    Some of the best places for couples in Shimla are:

    • Naldehra Peak
    • Kufri
    • Chail
    • Jakhoo Hills
    • The Scandal Point, Ridge
    • Summer Hill

  • Q. Which are the best places to visit in Shimla?

    For those of you who are looking for some Off beat places to visit in Shimla, then check out these amazing places. Some of them are:


    Green Valley: Green Valley is one of the most famous tourist destinations and photography points in Shimla. One can spot some rare animals such as yaks that are seen grazing and wandering here. The best time to visit this place is during the month of July to October and from February to April.


    Jakhoo Hill: Covered with alpine trees this is the highest point of the city.The summit of Jakhoo Hill Shimla is some 2,455m and there is one temple which is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. It holds the world largest statue of Hanuman.


    Kali Bari Temple:Built in the year 1845, the temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali and is another most visited attraction in Shimla. The temple is located at the Kali Bari Road, Shimla. You can visit this temple at any time of the year.


    Viceregal Lodge: Another attraction in Shimla which is a must visit for you is the Viveregal Lodge.It is the most beautiful and the historically significant building of Shimla and architecturally rich.  The entry price to this lodge is Rs 20.


    Kuthar Fort: This fort covers an area of about 52.8 square kilometers and is located in the middle of the exotic background with pools as well as the beautiful gardens.It is surrounded by picturesque locations like the famousGurkha Fort from Subathu, Kunihar, and Kasauli hill station. You can visit this fort at any time of the year.

  • Q. What all things can be done in Shimla?

    When you are vacationing in the most beautiful destination in the world you would definitely want to know what all things could be done. For those of you who are looking for some here are some of the things to do in Shimla.


    Toy Train Ride: The toy train ride from Kalka – Shimla is something which you should not miss here. The old railway line along the mountains paints a tranquil picture of the place. The best part comes when you get to see the toy-train moves like a snake on the curved tracks right from your window.


    Ice skating: This is another thing which you should do while in Shimla. Head out for an ice skating in the open air ice skating rink in Shimla. The ice on the rink is formed by a special technique that the British taught the Garhwali highlanders. The best time to visit this rink is between 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM and 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM and the cost will be around Rs 100- Rs 200.


    Rafting: For those of you who are looking for some adventure with fun they can head out for a rafting experience in Tattapani. This place is located 50 km from Shimla and is popular for its natural hot water springs, lush green valleys. You will have the best of times here. The approximate cost for rafting is Rs 1500 per person.


    Visit the Chadwick Waterfall:Chadwick Waterfall cascade deep down a gorge at a height of approximately 86 m. Enclosed by thick green trees of Pine and Deodar this waterfall is known for offering some great picturesque views. Spend some time exploring the beauty of the region and relax for sometime here.


    Visit the famous Kuthar Fort: While in Shimal don’t miss your chance to visit the famous Kuthar Fort. With an exotic background with pools and beautiful garden this fort attracts a lot of tourist. The fort spans over an area of about 52.8 square kilometers

  • Q. What all adventure sports can be done in Shimla?

    Some of the best adventure sports to do in Shimla are:

    Paragliding: Paragliding is one of the most favored adventure sports in Shimla. The undulating hills and the surrounding is an ideal place for this sport. Some of the places in Shimla where you can head out for this activity are Bir and Billing, Shivapuri, Bilaspuri, Barot etc. The best season to try this activity is during the month of March to May and October to November.


    Rafting: Another adventure sport in Shimla that you must try is rafting. The Sutlej River which runs at a high pace makes the sport more thrilling. This activity is something which you would not want to miss here.Tatthapani is one of the famous place where you can head out for this sport. The best season to visit this place is during the month of September to June.


    Mountain Biking: This is another adventure activity famous in Shimla. Biking through the steep rocks and facing the challenging roads is something which you would not want to miss. The best route for biking in Shimla is the Leh to Manali route. For the ones who are looking for some easy spots then you can go for Narkanda and Kasauli.


    Trekking: Another adventure sport in Shimla which you should indulge in is Trekking.  There are a lot of treks which you can go for while in Shimla. Some of them are Chharabra (2,953m), Naldehra (2,044m), Narkanda (2,700m) and Tara Devi temple


    Camping: Enjoy camping in Shimla in the lap of nature’s vast wilderness with the mountains and streams. Spend your night counting the billion stars and marvel at the sight of the enchanting surroundings. The best season to visit this place is during the month of April to August, December to January

  • Q. Which markets are famous for Shopping in Shimla?

    For those of you who are looking for some amazing shopping experience then this places are a must visit for you. Some of them are:

    • Lakkar Bazaar
    • Dockers San Francisco
    • Lower Bazaar
    • Himachal Emporium
    • Minchy's
    • Mall Raod
    • Tibetan Market

  • Q. Which are some best restaurants in Shimla?

    Some of the best restaurants in Shimla are:

    • Baljee’s& Fascination
    • The Devicos
    • Qilaa
    • Seventh Heaven
    • Cecil Restaurant
    • Wake & Bake
    • Indian Coffee House
    • Ashiana&Goofa

  • Q. What are the best resorts to stay in Shimla?

    Some of the best resorts in Shimla where you can enjoy a comfortable stay are:

    • Snow Valley Resort
    • Zurich Resort
    • Barowalia Resorts
    • AgyaatVaas
    • The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla
    • Sukhsagar Regency
    • Willow Banks Mall
    • Royal Shimla
    • Hotel East Bourne
    • Woodsmoke Resort and Spa

  • Q. What all things I should carry for Shimla trip?

    Sightseeing in Shimla is one of the beautiful experiences in the world. While you are travelling to this destination there are few things that you need with you during your trip to Shimla. Some of them are:

    At least two Copies of PhotoIDs for all members

    • Mobile
    • Mobile Charger
    • Woolen clothes
    • Trekking Shoes
    • Travel Map
    • Torch
    • Thermos
    • Comfortable Footwear
    • Mosquito Repellent
    • Camera
    • First Aid Kit

  • Q. Is smoking and drinking legal in Shimla?

    Smoking and drinking is not allowed in public areas. You can go to a pub where you can enjoy a drink and smoke. Also you should be 21 years old.

  • Q. What are some other must visit destinations around Shimla?

    Those of you who are looking for some other amazing places to visit in Shimla you will definitely love these places. Some of them are:

    • Himachal State Museum
    • Mall Road
    • Chadwick Falls
    • Annadale
    • The Ridge
    • Naldehra Golf course
    • Wild Flower Hall
    • Naldehra
    • Tattapani
    • Narkanda

  • Q. How far is Chail from Shimla? What all places are must visit in Chail?

    Chail is located at a distance of 55.2 km from Shimla. Some of the most visit place in Chail are:

    • Palace Hotel
    • Chail Wildlife Sanctuary
    • Sadhupul Lake
    • Gurudwara Sahib
    • Himalayan Nature Park
    • Kufri

  • Q. How far is Mashobra from Shimla? What all places and things are must visit and do in Mashobra?

    Mashobra is located at a distance of 12.7 km from Shimla. Some of the best place to visit here are:

    • Craignano
    • Reserve Forest Sanctuary
    • Mahasu Peak
    • Wild Flower Hall
    • Kufri

    Some of the things to do in Mashobra

    • Camping
    • Biking
    • Trekking
    • Paragliding
    • Rappelling
    • Birdwatching
    • Rafting
    • Quad Biking
    • Skiing etc.

  • Q. How far is Kufri from Shimla? What all things can be done in Kufri?

    Kufri is located at a distance of 16.8 km from Shimla. The easiest way to reach Kufri from Shimla is to take a taxi. There are also private AC and Non-AC buses. Some of the things to do in Kufr are:

    Horse Ride to the Mahasu Peak: Make your adventure a little bit more interesting while you head out for a horse ride to the highest peak in Kufri. The muddy road is best traversed on horseback makes it an interesting experience.


    Kufri Fun World: Head out for that fun filled adventure at the highest amusement parks in the world. This is a beautiful park situated at amidst the mountains.


    The Himalayan National Park: Get in touch with the wildlife of Shimla while you visit this amazing Himalayan National Park in Shimla. The Park has about 180 species of birds and variety of mammals.


    Skiing: Head out for some exciting skiing while you visit Kufri. This is another thing that attracts a lot of tourist around the world.

  • Q. Why Jakhoo Hill is famous? Is it worth visiting?

    Jakhoo Hill is believed to be the highest peak in Shimla and stands at a height of 8000 feet. This temple is a heaven for all the nature lovers and pilgrims. One can also see the 108 feet tall Hanuman statue at the Jakhoo temple. Yes, this place is worth visiting. You can visit this hill from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM.