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Best and Unique Places to Stay in Shimla

Nestled in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh is a hill station that has long held a beloved spot in the hearts of tourists. There are some of the best places to stay in Shimla. Shimla was first discovered by British officials looking to escape the horrible heat of the Indian plains, and to date it remains a glorious vacation destination.

 

Its location is a large part of its charm since it is enjoyable all around the year. If you visit Shimla in summer, it will greet you with cool winds and a spring-like ambience, while with the coming of the winters, Shimla turns into a fairytale land of ice and snow. There are many wonderful activities to enjoy around Shimla. Enjoying the peace and serenity of the mountains as you sip hot tea and much into a warm plateful of pakodas is a joy in itself, while the charms of Mall Road cannot be explored enough.

 

Shimla’s Mall Road has existed from time immemorial, and offers so much in terms of shopping and scenery. The height at which it is situated allows you to experience a panoramic landscape full of green mountains, while the many shops and restaurants make shopping an adventure. The Lakkad Market (wood market) is a must-visit on Mall Road since a variety of beautiful wooden items are to be had there at minimal rates.

 

Shimla is also rich in architectural beauty. The colonial structures that are scattered around the mountain town are a source of reverential wonder. There are old cathedrals and town halls to admire as well as ancient temples to explore. Nature reigns serenely all around the mountains of Shimla, and offers many pleasant sights for beauty loving eyes. Walking up to the Chadwick Falls or gazing at the romantic views from Summer Hill are wonderful activities to enjoy; while the untamed beauty of the Himalayan Nature Park or Dharanghati Sanctuary allows you to surround yourselves in nature’s own wilderness therapy.

 

Adventure sports enthusiasts also find a lot to enjoy when in Shimla for the district is full of thrilling activities like river rafting, ice skating, skiing, fishing, hiking, and trekking. Narkanda and Naldhera have amazing hiking trails and gold grounds.
It is easily accessible year-round as trains and buses regularly ply up and down from major cities. Chugging up to the hill station in the Toy Train is a fantastic way to start your vacation, whilst don’t forget that staying in the woods is perhaps the most unique place to stay in Shimla.

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    Luxury Camping at Shoghi, Shimla
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    About the Activity:Experience and enjoy the magic and mystique of the Himalayas in Shimla.The Camp in Shimla- a slice of heaven on earth has innumerable activities to relish your mind, body and soul from monotony of the routine life. To boast your enthusiasm, you can choose from a lot of adventure sports and have fun with your family and friends. The serenity and beauty of the environs, accessibility, perennial water and all-season operations of the camp make it a dream destination. Appreciate the beauty of this place as it is surrounded by forests of Oaks, Rodendrons and Cedar.It is a perfect place for youngsters and stressed out corporate people looking for quality vacation.The itinerary is up to the discretion of the customer as the activities conducted depends on the type of group available.Packages Jungle Inn Stay and Jungle Den will not have an attached bathroom while Valley Comfort Stay and  Mountain Luxury Stay do have attached bathroom.

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    Camping at Snow Trail, Chail, Shimla
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    About the Activity:The moment you feel escaping the tedious life amidst the concrete walls of the city, or the four walls of a corporate office, you must take a break and flee to the Snow Trail, Chail, Shimla. This region, within its magical beauty and appeal, will help you relax and rejuvenate.Camping has always been one of the best ways to witness, adore and enjoy the beauty of the nature. Make Snow Trail, Chail, Shimla your next experience not only allows you to breathe free, but also entices you to open your mind!Indulge in the charm of Snow Trails Camp, Chail the conveniences of a modern facilities and the warmth of a family run property. Enjoy year round activities to have thrilling experiences with your friends. The Snow Trails Camp, Chail, Shimla is a choice for an unforgettable vacation with unlimited fun and excitement.

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    Camping at Mashobra in Shimla
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    About the Activity: Enjoy a memorable weekend as you embark on a camping experience at Mashobra near Shimla which is surrounded by stunning and beautiful hills.You can enjoy trekking at the nearby hills and explore activities such rock climbing, rappelling, ladder bridge, Bridge, Double Rope Bridge, Tarzan swings and many more.The night ends with a cheerful campfire and a stay under the stars.The next day after a nature walk, you can check out of the camp and enjoy a day in Shimla.

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    About the Activity: An adventure filled weekend tour with camping, trek and paragliding in Bir valley awaits you and your friends and family. Bir is surrounded by tea gardens and an amphitheatre of low hills and is an ideal landing ground for para-gliders. Bir has Buddhist monasteries that are worth visiting and there are fine Tibetan handicrafts which are also produced here. Billing, up in the hills is 14 km from Bir with an area of 200 kms for high altitude and cross country flying and is one of the best aero sports sites in the country.Arrive in Bir and the trek will start from Bir to Billing for about 7 kms for 3-4 hours. You can also arrive to the camp place by car which covers a distance of 14 kms. Have a relaxing lunch in Billing and after lunch, trek to Gunda for about 3-4 hours back to camp. The next day, after breakfast take off from Billing and landing in Bir and you can enjoy a little sightseeing around Bir. 

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    Shimla
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    About the Activity:Camp Chrysalid Junga, Shimla is an idyllic spot where you would love to spend a holiday with family or friends.  This is a perfect weekend getaway round the year destination, surrounded by a forest of pine and oak trees. Enjoy the pleasant days and cool nights in summer and relish lush greenery in monsoon as far as your eyes can see. You can’t resist yourself from appreciating tranquility and overlooking the gorges formed by river Ashwini. The scenic beauty at Camp Chrysalid make your stay memorable. One can enjoy adventure activities for entertainment and rejuvenation. The camp assures all basic amenities, comfort, cleanliness, hygiene, delicious homelike food and courteous services.If you are looking for a fun company offsite or a professional conference, outdoor learning programs with some team building activities, Camp Chrysalid is the right place.

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    About the Activity:Mashobra Greens is a perfect place to unwind and enjoy the sublime weather. You would find yourself solitude in the woods with fragrance in the air filled by the Cedar trees. This place is a superb setting amongst the wooded hills, offering panoramic views of the Himalayan snow peaks. For the much needed peace, away from the hustle and rush of the city, these camps provide almost everything to its patrons. Located in the midst of Pine Forest, cottages are spacious, neat and tidy.  Discover thrilling experiences at Mashobra Greens; from rappelling to rafting on River Sutlej. You have perfect spots for rock climbing, rope course activities and star gazing. Come here and cherish this place for a lifetime.

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    Shogi
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    About the Activity:If you are planning for some team outing, this tour is the perfect fit for you.Start this exciting trip after reaching the tour locality and get started for the day.Make your bonds stronger with your team with some team building activities and fun games.Indulge in activities like valley crossing, tyre walk, commando net, burma bridge, zip lining etc.Feel the thrill as you try some rock climbing and rappelling through the rocks.This team outing will definitely help you in working together as a team and finding solution to problem together.Enjoy trekking through the serene nature along with your team.Dance to the beat of the music with your DJ along with a barbecue.Make your evening special with a bonfire and a light music.End this fun filled tour with lots of memories.Price mentioned is for minimum 20 people

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    Shimla
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    About the Activity:Rejuvenate yourself in this enthralling  stay at Koti resort Shimla. The stunning Koti Resort is located on the pinnacle of a cliff, crowned at a soaring height of around 6,600ft, the resort provides you with some of the best sceneries.Delight in the stunning hill-station glory of Shimla with friends and family. Unravel the hidden trails and panoramic views while trekking through nearby hills. For adventure junkies, Himachal Pradesh has always been a blissful land- enthrall in a mountain biking ride with your gang in this amazing stay at Koti resort Shimla.You can also indulge in river-rafting to quench your adventure thirst. Test your patience while fishing in this nature’s abode. You can also engross in a golfing session while in this picturesque land. Glee in this amazing stay at Koti resort Shimla

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    Shimla
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    About the Activity:Embark in this exciting adventure team outing at Eco Lodge in Shimla  and get a chance to experience the thrill and fun like never before.Start this exciting tour in New Delhi and reach the tour location - Himalayan Eco Lodge. Indulge in some fun filled activities like Jumaring, Commando Net,Zip-line and Valley Walking.Enjoy some exciting team building activities with your team.Feel the thrill while going out on a village tour after a mouth watering buffet lunch.Make your evening special with some music and DJ along with a rain danceDelight in your evening tea and then indulge in some team building activities.Make your evening special with a bonfire and some light music.End this exciting tour with lots of memories.

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    Shimla
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    About the Activity:Shoghi, a small suburb near Shimla has all the required components that makes it a perfect getaway destination. Delight in this hill-top wrapped in the stunning enclosure of Oak and Pine thickets.Enthrall in a pleasant stay at Aamod resort Shoghi, an ecotourism resort nested in this picturesque place near Shimla. Rivet in the lush-greenery and cool climate of the region that helps you in shedding off all your city life. Indulge in some amazing adventure activities that will make your stay here all the more memorable. Participate in array of activities available in this lovely abode that will not only rejuvenate your body but will also refresh your mind and soul.Trek in the nearby hill ranges with other group members and unravel the rich beauty of this stunning land. Engross yourself in some amazing sessions of Burma Bridge and Rope Bridge Walk, watch your step as you balance yourself on the rope. Apart from these activities you can also participate in some real adventure such as rappelling through the surrounding cliffs.Delight in this pleasant stay at Aamod resort Shoghi, Himachal Pradesh.This is a 2 day 1 night activity.

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    Shimla
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    About the Activity:Tattapani is stunning place, well acclaimed for its hot springs. While in this magical land enjoy the beauty of various ponds that further add to the glory of this beautiful place.Apart from the picturesque landscapes there is one more remarkable feature about this place that makes it worth visiting – hot spring fishing in Tattapani. This tiny land near Shimla has several spots for both Trout and Mahseer fishing. Trout fish holds the reputation of best sport fish in the world and cascading streams of Himachal Pradesh are known as a a natural habitat for both brown and rainbow trout’s.Indulge in a de-stressing hot spring bath while relaxing in this nature’s abode. You can also enjoy the picturesque mountain locks while boating through the clear-water streams of the region. Trek through the nearby hills and enjoy the panoramic views of the lofty mountains and cascading streams making its way down into the towns. Adventure seekers can easily satiate their thirst for adventure by participating in active sessions of rafting. Hang out with your buddies and let go all your office worries with this enthralling activity of hot spring fishing in Tattapani, Shimla.

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    Chail
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    About the Activity:If you are planning for an outing after a long tiring week along with your team, this tour is the perfect fit for you.Start this exciting tour in Delhi and reach the tour locality in Chail which is famous for its amazing features.Make your bonds stronger with your team mates while indulging in activities like rock climbing and valley crossing.Enjoy trekking through the amazing landscapes of Chail and cycle through the small trails of the forest witnessing the vast greenery.Delight in some delicious meal while enjoying your stay in the cottages and the Swiss tents.Make your evening specials with a bonfire and a light music near your campsite.End this exciting tour with lots of memories.Price mentioned is for minimum 20 people

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    Shimla
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    About the Activity:Embark on this exciting 2 days 1 nights outing with your team at a camp in ShimlaStart this exciting trip after reaching the tour locality and get started for the day.Make your bonds stronger with your team with some team building activities and fun games.Indulge in activities like Burma bridge, Flying fox, Zipline, Mowgli walk and Beam balancing etc.Feel the thrill as you try some Commando crawling, Trench crawling, Baden powell and Monkey bridge.Spot variety of rare birds like Common Coots, Green Pigeons, Koklass Pheasant while bird watching in the forest.Enjoy trekking through the serene nature along with your team.Also have fun playing some indoor games like cards, chess and carom.Dance to the beats played by the DJ and enjoy a fabulous barbecue.Make your evening special with a bonfire and a light music.End this fun filled tour with lots of memories.Price mentioned is for minimum 20 people

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    Shimla
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    About the Activity:Embark in this exciting outing along with your team and feel the fun and thrill while enjoying in ShimlaStart your tour after you reaching the tour locality from Delhi.Get a warm welcome with some drinks on your arrival.Enjoy your stay at the Little Heart Resort in the most fascinating Swiss tents while making your nights interesting with bonfire and soft music.Indulge in some of the exciting activities like Valley crossing, Rock Climbing and Rappelling.Feel the thrill as you try some other activities like Parallel Rope and Burma Bridge.Make your bonds stronger with your teammates as you play some team building games.Trek through the beautiful valleys while enjoying the sights of the waterfalls.Play some other games like rugby,volleyball badminton and other indoor games like ludo, chess and carom.Delight in a delicious barbecue meal while enjoying your stay.Move and shake with the DJ and enjoy a few of your favorite drinks in the evening.End this exciting tour with lots of memories.Price mentioned is for minimum 20 people

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    Chail
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    About the Activity:If you are planning for some adventurous outing with your team, this tour is the perfect fit for you.Start this exciting tour in Delhi and reach the tour locality Chail which is famous for its amazing surroundings.Make your bonds stronger with your team while indulging in some exciting activities like rock climbing and rappelling down the a mountain.Trek through the amazing view of the landscapes and witness the diversified flora and fauna while nature walk in the jungle.Feel the adrenaline rush as you try some activities like Tarzan swing and Artificial wall climbing.Delight in some of the delicious buffet meals while enjoying your stay in comfortable Swiss tents.Make your evening special with a bonfire and a light music.End this exciting tour with lots of memories.Price mentioned is for minimum 20 people

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Attractions

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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.
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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

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Shimla

Why to visit in winters – The capital city of Himachal Pradesh is not only the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh in winters, but this is also a hill station that is rich in its colonial history

What to do – What can be more tempting than to shop in the heart of town at Shimla, soak this winter into the surrounding area of Shimla at Ridge, or take a joyful train ride through Kalka and Shimla

What to see – Jakhoo temple has to be in the itinerary, appealing Christ church is worth seeing, get flattered by seeing the Kufri sceneries or see the tourists ski in the snow covered Kufri Mountains

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Pindari Glacier Trek

The Pindari Glacier trek is a relatively easy trekking trail. The Pindari glacier is situated between the Nanda Kot and Nanda Devi peaks and is a major destination for tourists and high altitude trekking in India. The pristine white glacier measures 3.2 km in length and 1.5 km in width and has gigantic mountains in its background.

The Pindari glacier trek is a must-do activity for all those who wish to experience nature very closely without compromising on peace and tranquility. The journey to the Pindari glacier begins at Nainital and goes on to Lahorekhet. Usually, night camps are set up and the evening is spent in these camps. On your way to the Pindari glacier, you will also come across Dhakuri, which is a place of great scenic splendour.

On moving ahead from Dhakuri, you come to the Khati village, which is the largest village in the region. Situated on the banks of the River Pinder, the village serves as a perfect spot for a night halt. From Khati you will need to trek another 11 kms to reach Dwali. Dwali has beautiful surroundings to offer and you can relish the beauty of the place as you trek on ahead to Phurkia, situated about 6 kms away.

Pindari glacier is situated at a distance of about 17 kms from Dwali. The vista opens into a beautiful view as you reach the Pindari glacier. Your efforts are paid off with the panoramic view of the surroundings that the Pindari Glacier offers you.

Best Season: March - October
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Max. Elevation: 3627 m
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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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Gauri Shankar Temple

It is an 800 year old temple dedicated to Lord Shiva of the Hindu religion. The Gauri Shankar temple is built in a Shikhara style architecture which makes it quite popular among the various tourists that visit the place.

Location: The temple is located in the Naggar Castle road where you will also find other major attractions of the city. It can be easily reached through a small trek through the famous Naggar Castle.

Highlights: It is quite popular for all those who have religious beliefs and are Nirvana seekers. The architecture is something many people love about the temple.

Best time to visit: The temple is open from 5 in the morning to 12 in the noon and then it opens again at 4 in the evening till 9 in the night. So you can visit the temple on the given timings.

Price: There is no entry fee for getting into the temple.

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