15 Best Places to Visit in Shimla in December - 2020 (Photos)
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COVID-19 : SHIMLA is in Orange Zone
Last Updated: 31 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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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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Shimla Places to Visit in December

The Ridge of Shimla, Mashobra, Kufri, Narkanda, Rohru, Summer Hill, Shaily Peak, Chadwick Waterfall,  Annandale, Majathal Wildlife Sanctuary, Jakhoo Hill, Kiala Forest, Viceregal Lodge and many more.

The Queen of Hills becomes an absolute fairyland in winters and there are many places to visit in Shimla in December that offer you a truly ecstatic experience. The sites in December get covered in the bright white snow making the landscapes entirely different from the fresh greenery during the summers.

With a collection of prominent view-points, shopping areas, adventure sports, and religious sites, all types of travelers can enjoy a happy December here. Destinations like the Ridge, Kufri, and Shaily Peak are best when you want to admire and capture the show-packed views or even enjoy some adventure activities.

You can also enjoy the rugged views and spot some flora, fauna, and rare birds in Majathal Wildlife Sanctuary. Popular among devotees and hikers alike, Jakhoo temple is also a unique and important place of worship located on top of the highest hills in Shimla. Due to this, it also receives the highest snowfall in Shimla.

Here are some of the best places to visit in Shimla in December:

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The Ridge of Shimla

The Ridge of Shimla

One of the most bustling spots in the city, The Ridge is an open space located in the heart of Shimla. Exquisitely charming in its appearance, The Ridge is a popular spot among both locals and tourists. To understand why Shimla is called the Queen of Hills, visit this spot at evening and you will get your answer.

During snowfall, The Ridge is where people come to enjoy playing with snow at. Hence, this is definitely one of the most recommended places to visit in Shimla in December.

Location: Along the Mall Road, Shimla

Things to do: Photography, Horse Riding, Shopping

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Mashobra

Mashobra

A quaint town located in Shimla District of Himachal Pradesh, Mashobra is an excellent choice for those who are willing to share their solitude with pristine nature. The town is tucked away from the usual hustle of Shimla so you can be assured to find peace here and it is one of the best Shimla places to visit in December.

Boasting an elevation of 7,040 feet, Mashobra is a perfect getaway with a number of excellent stay options that will spoil you and your companions with their lavishness and amenities. Winters bring a different charm to this place, making it appear all the more beautiful.

Location: 13 km from Shimla

Things To Do: Trekking, Camping, Paragliding, Skiing.

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Kufri

Kufri

Separated by the state capital, Shimla by just a distance of 20 km, Kufri is a small hill station located at a higher altitude of 8,628 feet. If you are a photography enthusiast looking forward to find some picture-perfect landscapes on your trip, Kufri is easily among the most photogenic places to visit in Shimla in December.

Kufri has various vantage points that allow you to soak in the beauty of majestic Himalayan mountain ranges. Apart from all the scenic beauty, Kufri has an amusement park called Kufri Fun World.

Location: 17 km from Shimla

Things To Do: Trekking, Photography, Wildlife Exploration.

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Narkanda

 Narkanda

An easy weekend getaway from Shimla, Narkanda is a nature lover’s delight with beautiful scenery all around. It is a small town in Himachal Pradesh which also sought by lots of tourists all around the year. However, there is no better time to visit Narkanda than winter season as most days during the season, it stays blanketed under glistening snow.

The major tourist attractions that make Narkanda one of the best places to visit in Shimla in December are Hatu Peak, Hatu Mandir, and Tani Jubbar LakeMoreover, with some good trails amidst thick forests, Narkanda is also a great choice for adventure seekers.

Location: 62 km from Shimla City

Things To Do: Trekking, Sightseeing, Photography, Skiing, Temple Visit.

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Rohru

Rohru

Rohru, a picturesque town in Shimla District, is one of the most treasured gems that are still hidden to most tourists visiting Himachal Pradesh. Located on the banks of Pabbar River, Rohru is dotted with apple orchards. Despite its lower altitude of 5,090 feet, Rohru receives snowfall during peak winter months and it is one of the beautiful  Shimla places to visit in December.

Besides, it is also a great escape for adventure junkies as some exciting trekking trails originate here, the most popular among them being Chandernahan Trek that takes you to some incredibly beautiful landscapes.

Location: 115 km from Shimla City

Things To Do:
Orchard Visit, Temple Visit, Trekking, Camping, Trout Fishing.

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Summer Hill

Summer Hill

Shimla is nestled on seven hills, and Summer Hill is one of the most popular of them owing to its lush green vegetation and mesmerizing views one can witness from here. The reason why it is among the best places to visit in Shimla in December is because during winters, with the plush cover of fresh snow, this part of the city becomes extremely scenic.

This spot is quite popular among tourists coming to Shimla.

Location: 11 km from The Ridge, Shimla

Things To Do: Photography, Sightseeing.

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Shaily Peak

Shaily Peak

If you want to devote your time in hills to admiring the artistry of nature and capturing it on your camera, Shaily Peak in Naldehra is one of the most spectacular places to visit in Shimla in December. To reach this spot, you can either opt for a pony ride or commute via the motorable road.

Otherwise, a steep trail also leads to this place, which is suitable for enthusiastic adventure lovers as hiking there is quite strenuous. However, once you reach Shaily Peak, the grand vistas of the beautiful expanse of green hills and snow-capped mountains make the climb worth all the efforts.

Location: 23 km from Shimla

Things To Do: Photography, Hiking, Picnic.

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Chadwick Waterfall

 Chadwick Waterfall

A waterfall so beautiful that spending some moments here on a cold winter evening will take your breath away. Chadwick Waterfall, due to its unmatched popularity, is frequented by tourists and locals all through the year. The water stream plunges from a height of approximately 100 meters to create this wonderful spectacle and it is one of the famous  Shimla places to visit in December.

The surrounding greens of the forest make the site appear all the more charming. As compared to monsoons, the water streams during winters is naturally weak, but the vibes this place gives are calming, nonetheless.

Location: Glen Forest, 5 km from Shimla

Things To Do: Picnic, Photography, Trekking.

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Annandale

Annandale

If you like open landscapes surrounded with lush green forests, you are going to fall for the scenic beauty of Annandale. It is a flat terrain in Shimla that has been developed as a playground used by locals for sports like cricket, golf, and racing and it is one of the best places to visit in Shimla in December

Since this grassy ground surrounded by thick forest of Deodar, Oak and Pine trees is a sight to behold, it has also emerged as a famous tourist site over the past few years. Annandale also features a café and an army museum. If you visit this place during snowfall, it will become the highlight of your trip.

Location: 3.5 km from Shimla Ridge

Things To Do: Picnic, Photography, Museum Visit, Sports

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Majathal Wildlife Sanctuary

Majathal Wildlife Sanctuary

If you want to explore the unexplored aspect of Shimla, Majathal Wildlife Sanctuary is the place where everything is raw and pure. Established in 1974, the sanctuary covers a total area of 39.4 sq. km, and is a great spot in Shimla for wildlife lovers and it is one of the best  Shimla places to visit in December.

The most exciting way to explore the sanctuary is to trek its steep and rugged terrain to watch and click exotic flora and fauna species that are found here. Apart from some rare bird species, one can also spot Himalayan Bear, Barking Deer and Leopard here.

Location: 76 km from Shimla

Things To Do: Wildlife Photography, Wildlife Exploration, Trekking

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Scandal Point

Scandal Point

The point of the convergence of The Mall Road and The Ridge, Scandal Point is a famous tourist spot in Shimla, located in the heart of the city. This point is of historical importance as an interesting tale is associated with it.

It is said that this is the point from where the then king of Patiala, Bhupinder Singh and Viceroy’s daughter eloped in 1892. Hence, the name Scandal Point in the memory of the romantic scandal. A statue of Indian freedom fighter Lala Lajpat Rai is placed at this point now.

Location: Intersection point of The Mall and The Ridge, Shimla

Things To Do: Sightseeing, Horse Riding, Dining, Shopping

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Jakhoo Hill

Jakhoo Hill

This is one unique place in Shimla that is equally popular among devotees, tourists, and adventure seekers. Jakhoo Hill houses an important Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman where his gigantic statue is erected which is visible from almost all parts of the city.

Though there is a fine road that leads to this place, some people prefer to take a hike amidst dense forests to reach here. Jakhoo Hill is the highest among all the hills that form Shimla, and hence, receives maximum snowfall in the city. So, Jakhoo Hill is one of the best places to visit in Shimla to enjoy snowfall.

Location: 7.4 km from Shimla Ridge

Things To Do: Trekking, Photography, Temple Visit, Picnic.

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Kiala Forest

Kiala Forest

An offbeat tourist place in Shimla, ideal for nature lovers, Kiala Forest will refresh your soul with its rich vegetation and pure air. Kiala Forest is located in the Kotkhai Valley of Shimla, and is synonymous to untamed nature. To enjoy some moments of pure solace and solitude, this lush green area is highly recommended.

If you are willing to indulge in a memorable photography experience without bothering about people looking in your direction, this quiet place is one of your best bets.

Location:
Kotkhai, Shimla

Things To Do:
Picnic, Nature Walk, Photography.

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Viceregal Lodge

Viceregal Lodge
An ultimate treat for the patrons of architecture and history visiting Shimla, Viceregal Lodge is among the most exquisite examples of fine craftsmanship in the city dating back to the era of British India. More popularly known as Rashtrapati Niwas, Viceregal Lodge is located on the Observatory Hill, and once served as the abode of the British Viceroy of India.

You can visit the museum at the lodge where you can learn some interesting details about the days of the British Rule in India through some historical photographs and texts.

Location: Observatory Hill, Shimla

Timing: 10 am to 5 pm

Entry fee: INR 20 per person

Things To Do: Sightseeing, Photography, and Picnic.
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Johnnie’s Wax Museum

Johnnie’s Wax Museum

Get clicked with iconic public figures and flaunt it on your social media! If you are in a mood to try something unconventional in Shimla, a visit to Johnnie’s Wax Museum is all you need. This interesting place gives you a chance to see life-sized wax figures of your favourite national and international celebrities.

From Bollywood star Aamir Khan to our Prime Minister Narendra Modi, you will find them all here.

Location: Willow Bank, The Mall, Shimla

Timing: 10 am to 10 pm

Entry Fee: INR 250 per person

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  1. Which are the best places to visit in Shimla in 2 days ?

    Checkout this list of all the best places to visit in Shimla in 2 days for a memorable holiday.

    1. Majathal wildlife sanctuary: The best place for wildlife and nature enthusiasts. You can explore this sanctuary by trekking through the rugged terrain and spot several alpine animals including leopards and Himalayan bears.

    2. Scandal Point: This place is situated at a crossing between Mall Road and the Ridge within the city centre. The place got its name based on an interesting incident. You can spend your day here by shopping, eating at the stalls and partake activities like horse-riding.

    3. Kiala Forest: The forest is situated in the Kotkhai Valley in Shimla and is opulent with its lush and diverse vegetation. You can come here for a day amid untamed naturalness and solace. The best things to do here are picnicking, going on nature walks and hikes. 

    4. Chadwick Waterfalls: One of the most popular places to visit in Shimla. The falls have a plunge of 100 meters which cascades foamy white water against rocky terrain and green surroundings make the places even more beautiful. You can spend your day here by picnicking, clicking photos, swimming and trekking.

    5. Summer Hill: It is one of the seven hills Shimla is nuzzled between, it is also one of the most popular spots. The lush vegetation, scenic panorama and the attractions here are worth a visit. Moreover, in winters the whole place gets a blanket of fresh snow. People can enjoy sightseeing, nature-walks among other things. 
  2. What are the best resorts to stay in Shimla?

    Book your stay at the top resorts in Shimla for a comfortable and luxurious holiday.

    1. Wildflower Resort: The most luxurious resort, it is perched on a hill-top that offers exceptional views of the mountains and the valley. The place has a range of accommodations including suites. Moreover, the bar, restaurant, the indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a spa and many other facilities promise a relaxing and tranquil vacation. 

    2. Kamna Hill Resort: This resort is settled amidst the hills that offer enchanting views of the surroundings. A cozy and affordable accommodation option, you get all modern and basic amenities. Moreover, the wooden and stone architecture and elegant interiors are charming. 

    3. Marigold Sarovar Portico: This excellent resort in Shimla offers some of the best views of the place. There are 47 spacious rooms with elegant decor to choose from. Moreover, the resort has a spa, 2 in-house restaurants and a range of facilities to cater the guests. 

    4. Club Mahindra Mashobra: This 5-star resort has a rustic charm to it. The place has valley-facing rooms with Colonial-style decor, a spa along with all modern amenities to ensure an enjoyable stay. 

    5. Radisson Shimla: The brand name is a surety for a luxurious experience. The resort offers different rooms and suites with the views of the valley. Moreover, the restaurant and the spa here are top-notch. 
  3. Is it advisable to visit Shimla in December?

    Yes, you can visit Shimla in December as the peaks are cladded with snow and the mild chilling breezes make the atmosphere even more beautiful. The entire quarter is embellished with beautiful views and enveloped with cottony clouds.
  4. Is there snowfall in Shimla in December?

    Well, there is a snowfall in Shimla in the month of December and if you are looking for the snow adventures then you can head to Kufri which is in its proximity.
  5. Which is the best time to visit Shimla?

    The best months to visit Shimla is from March to June and November to February. While in the summer months temperatures are pleasant in winters the valley is all covered with snow.
  6. How many days are sufficient for Shimla?

    Considering the places to visit in Shimla two days are enough to have a complete family trip here. Though, if you are looking for an escape from daily life then you can even extend your stay and visit nearby places like Kufri, Mashobra, Shaily peak, and various others.
  7. What are the best places to visit near Shimla in December?

    These are some alluring places to visit near Shimla in December.

    1. Mashobra: A secluded town in Shimla district, Mashobra boasts of pristine environs and a peaceful atmosphere. Perched at a height of 7040 feet, December in this town brings snowfall and an opportunity for activities like skiing and snowboarding. Beside this, you can also go trekking, camping and paragliding here. 

    2. Kufri: A quaint town near Shimla, Kufri in December is a sight to behold. The entire landscape gets covered in snow which acts as the perfect backdrop for skiing, snowboarding and other winter-sports. Also popular are horse-riding and cable-car rides to get the best views of the place. 

    3. Narkanda: A ski resort town in Shimla district, Narkanda is among the best places to visit near Shimla in December. You can enjoy skiing on the different slopes while getting exquisite views of the snow-covered valley, go horse-riding and visit the Himalayan nature park here.

    4. Rohru: This is a lesser-known place near Shimla that is breathtaking during December as the entire place gets covered in snow. Moreover, this town is also popular for its winter trekking trails, Apple orchards, fishing (trout) and the ancient Shikru Devta temple.

    5. Shailey Peak: This majestic hill is located in Naldehra, offering enthralling views from the crest. During winters the entire surroundings and the peak gets coated in white and soft snow. The best way to get here is by riding a pony or trekking, though the trail is strenuous which can be an adventure for experienced trekkers. 

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