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  • Places to visit in Shimla: The Ridge of Shimla, Kufri, Green Valley, Jakhoo Hill, Chail, Kiala Forest, Mall Road, Shimla State Museum, Christ Church, Kali Bari Temple and many more amazing attractions.

    The land of snow-clad mountains, old-world architecture, and endless tourist spots and activities, Shimla is one of the most popular tourist places in India. Due to its strategic location in the beautiful landscapes of Himachal Pradesh, it often makes for a great weekend getaway for the residents of North India.

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    With the abundance of tourist places in Shimla for exploration, you will be surprised by the many wonders that the hill station offers, including but not limited to the Ridge, the Viceregal House, the State Museum, as well as many neighboring attractions such as Kufri, Solan, and Kasauli.

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    If you are looking for a romantic and peaceful weekend in the lap of nature, or you wish to indulge into something more adventurous such as skiing or trekking, this quintessential hill station has it all. With architecture that dates back to the British era and the majestic peaks that are simply breathtaking, these tourist places in Shimla offer the most ideal way to spend your holiday in.


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

  • 01The Ridge of Shimla

    The Ridge of Shimla

    The epicentre of all tourist activities in Shimla, the Ridge is one among the top tourist places in Shimla. Easily connected to all other important spots in Shimla such as the Mall Road, the Scandal Point, and the Lakkar Bazaar, the Ridge also serves as the location for the highly significant Summer Festival held every year in April or May. 

    Among the many interesting spots along the Ridge, Christ Church is the most popular. The neo-gothic style place of worship is the second oldest of its kind in northern India and has been in existence since 1857. 
    Boasting several architectural wonders, lush greenery, and a picturesque landscape, the Ridge is also the perfect place for shopping, dining, and nightlife.

    Suggested length of visit:
    2 to 3 hours

    Timing:
    8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, All days of the week

    Location:
    The Ridge is one of the most famous places in Shimla and is located in the centre of the hill station, right by the Mall Road.

    Cost:
    Entry free

    Distance from Shimla bus stand:
    2.1 kilometres

    Also Check Out: Best Shimla Tour Packages for an Amazing Vacation

  • 02Kufri

    Kufri
    Image Credit : blogspot.com
    Kufri is known for its tranquil surroundings, breathtaking views as well as distinct stunning locales, it is known as one of the best places to visit in Shimla. Kufri is popular as the Switzerland of the East.

    The beauty of the Kufri hill will definitely entice all. It is ideal for adventure activities in Shimla which includes skiing and hiking that definitely must be tried at least once when you visit Kufri. 
    Snow-clad hills of Kufri make it the hotspot for trying your hand at skiing.

    Suggested length of visit:
     All-day

    Timing:
     all days of the week.

    Location:
     Kufri is located about 19 kilometres from Shimla and can be reached easily from Shimla. 

    Cost:
     Free of cost.

    Distance from Shimla bus stand:
     Around 19 KM.

    Suggested Read: 15 Amazing Places to Visit Near Shimla

  • 03Green Valley

    Green Valley
    Green Valley is truly one of the most famous Shimla tourist places and photography points in Shimla. Seen as the popular shooting spot in different Bollywood movies, the Green Valley brings forth endless beauty. Noted for its elite beauty, Green Valley has been mentioned in a number of articles and travel books.

    S
    uggested length of visit: An hour is enough.

    Timing:
     6 AM to 6 PM

    Location:
     Located near Kufri at Shimla, the Green Valley is surrounded by the verdant hills.

    Cost:
     Free of cost.

    Distance from Shimla bus stand:
     Around 8 KM.

    Also Read: 10 Best Places for Camping in Shimla
  • 04Jakhoo Hill

    The highest point in Shimla, Jakhoo Hill is regarded as one of the most famous tourist places in Shimla. Covered with beautiful alpine trees, the hill’s most popular spots are the Jakhoo Temple and the recently established Hanuman statues. Jakhoo Hill is a good spot for a peaceful break from the bustling touristy environment of Shimla’s downtown.

    Follow the 2.5-kilometre footpath to reach the summit of the peak but be aware of the monkeys as they can be menacing sometimes. Once at the summit, enjoy the cool weather and cherish the awe-inspiring views of the Shivalik mountain range.

    Suggested length of visit: 2-3 hours

    Timing: 6:0M Am to 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, All the days of the week

    Location: Jaku, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh - 171001

    Cost: Entry Free

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: 3.4 kilometres

    Must Read: Beautiful Hill Stations near Shimla

  • 05Chail

    Chail

    Chail is the ultimate place for setting up summer camps in a snow-clad town. It is a small hill slope in Shimla that was built solely for the purpose of helping people escape from summer heats. And eventually, the place turned out to be one of the best places to visit in Shimla. 

    In fact, it’s a resort that offers people exposure to the spectacular deodar forests scattered all around the hilly slope. While deodar is the common tree found in this region, you can also find pine and fir forests complementing the majestic beauty of forests in the hilly region.

    Suggested length of visit:
     A day.

    Timing:
     All day.

    Location: 
    Chail has located 45 KM away from Shimla, at the foothills of Himalayan ranges.

    Cost:
     Free of cost

    Distance from Shimla bus stand:
     Around 45 KM.

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  • 06Enjoy a panoramic view from Kiala forest

    The perfect destination for nature lovers, wildlife enthusiasts and adventure sports lovers, Kiala Forest gives you dense vegetation and varied wildlife. Enjoy a panoramic view of the city or capture unforgettable moments in the wilderness, you will never be disappointed.

    The best way to explore this reserve forest is on foot so if you have luggage with you, feel free to use the locker facility available. A little away from the main city, this is the perfect getaway from the busy crowds, right into nature’s lap. You are advised to carry snacks and water.

    Location:
    Kotkhai, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh - 171202.

    Highlights: The forest is quite deep and you can also spot leopards and other wild animals while exploring the forest. 

    Cost:
    No entry fee.

    Also Read: 20 Best Resorts to stay in Shimla 

  • 07Himalayan Bird Park

    A no-frills aviary tucked away in the lap of Shimla, Himalayan Bird Park is a great spot to visit during your vacation in Shimla. Noted among one of the most loved tourist places in Shimla, especially for nature lovers, the Bird Park is home to many rare and exotic bird species, including but not limited to peacocks, pheasants, and the Himalayan Monal.

    Situated opposite the Viceregal Lodge, another spot on the most visited
    Shimla Tourist spots, Himalayan Bird Park is also famous for its exquisite collection of rare plants and trees. 

    Suggested length of visit: 1 hour

    Timing: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    Location: Chaura Maidan, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India

    Cost: INR 10 per person

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: 2.3 kilometres

  • 08Christ Church

    Christ Church

    Christ Church is one of the popular attractions among tourists and is considered in the top ten lists of places to visit in Shimla. The Christ Church is an excellent architectural monument built in the British era so that the then followers of Christianity could serve almighty Jesus. 

    This monument is perfect for the people who want to get a taste of religious Christianity from the colonial time. The church was built in such a way that it would portray faith, hope, humanity, patience, fortitude, and charity to make people aware of the rich Christian culture. Located amidst majestic locations and spectacular landscapes, this place is worth giving a try.

    Suggested length of visit:
     An hour is enough.

    Timing:
     8 AM to 6 PM

    Location: 
    Hotel Ridge View, Ridge To US Club, Lakkar Bazar, Shimla

    Cost:
     Free of cost.

    Distance from Shimla bus stand:
     Around 6 KM.

    Honeymoon Special: Best Shimla Honeymoon Packages

  • 09Viceregal Lodge

    Viceregal Lodge
    Image Credit : Tom-Flickr

    Easily the most historically substantial structure in Shimla, Viceregal Lodge was once the summer residence of the Indian Viceroy who governed India from 1888 to 1946. Easily the most important in the list of places to visit in Shimla, the Mock-Tudor state mansion, encased by impeccably maintained gardens, is a haven for history and architecture buffs.

    Having been transformed into an advanced university complex, the entry to the Lodge is limited to a few staterooms as a part of a tour of this magnificent building. Sitting atop the Observatory Hill, Viceregal Lodge offers unblemished views of the surrounding landscape.

    Also known as the Rashtrapati Niwas (the President’s residence), Viceregal Lodge enjoys its position at the second highest point in Shimla, first being Jakhoo Hill.

    Suggested length of visit: 1-2 hours

    Timing: 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM, All days except Monday

    Location: Observatory Hills, Boileauganj, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India

    Cost: INR 20

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: 2.9 kilometres

  • 10Take a Historical Walk in Kuthar Fort

    Kuthar Fort is placed in the undying serenity of the Himalayas and is one of the best places to visit in Shimla to get into history.

    The fort spans an area of about 52.8 square kilometres and is located in the middle of the exotic background, pools as well as the beautiful gardens.


    Location:
     Kuthar Fort is located at a small distance from both Arki and Subathu.

    Highlights: Stretched in the large area of the region, there are a number of fresh-water springs flowing through here. It is surrounded by different picturesque locations such as the Gurkha Fort from Subathu, Kunihar, and Kasauli hill station.

    Cost:
     INR 5 per person for Children
               INR 10 per person for Adults
               INR 100 per person for Foreigners

    Suggested Read: Homestays in Shimla for a Pleasant Stay

  • 11Annandale

    Annandale
    Image Credit : Rohit Chhiber-Flickr
    Annandale is a flat terrain in Shimla that has been developed as the playground of the city. The ground is used to play cricket. Several other sports like Golf and Polo are also played here. Picnics too are organized here. Also, you can enjoy many adventurous and fun things to do in Shimla here.

    The ground here is famous since British rule. Britishers used to play sports like racing, cricket, and polo here. Entertainment activities too were organized during these times.

    Suggested length of visit:
     Around 1 to 2 hours.

    Timing:
     10 AM to 5 PM on all days of the week except Monday. Monday closed.

    Location:
     Near Ridge Shimla

    Cost:
     Free of cost.

    Distance from Shimla bus stand:
     Around 3 KM

  • 12Johnnie’s Wax Museum

    Popularly known as Himachal Pradesh’s first wax museum, Johnnie’s Wax Museum ranks highly in the list of Shimla Tourist Places. A great hit among children and family vacationers, the wax museum houses wax replicas of many notable movie stars and important personalities of India and the rest of the world.

    Some of the most likeable wax replicas at the museum include Mahatma Gandhi, Steve Jobs, Harry Potter, James Bond, and Tony Stark. To make your visit to the museum truly memorable, Johnnie’s Wax Museum lets you get a wax replica of your hand. 

    Suggested length of visit: 1 to 2 hours

    Timing: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM, All the days of the week

    Location: Near willow Bank, Mall Road, The Mall, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India

    Cost: INR 250 per person, children below 5 enter free

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: 1.8 kilometres

    Also Read: Best Trekking Trails in Shimla

  • 13Summer Hill

    One of the seven hills in the city, Summer Hill is considered one of the most picturesque tourist places in Shimla. Located 2100 feet above sea level, the spot is visited by travelers wanting to escape the heat and chaos of their daily city lives. Surrounded by a dense forest blessed with varied flora and fauna, Summer Hill is the perfect holiday spot for nature lovers.

    5 kilometres from the prominent Shimla Ridge, the hills provide for amazing trekking and walking opportunities. To make the most of your time here, stay at one of the many cozy guest houses overlooking the gorgeous landscapes. 

    Suggested length of visit: 1 to 2 days

    Timing: All day

    Location: Situated on the Kalka-Shimla railway line, it can be easily reached by the railways and is a part of suburbs of Shimla

    Cost: No Entry Fee

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: 5.1 kilometres

  • 14Experience the Ride on Toy Train

    With gorgeous views of pine-covered hills, this five-hour train ride should be on your things to do in Shimla list. A 96 kilometres run, this journey will take you through 20 stations, 103 tunnels, 800 bridges and about 900 breath-taking curves.

    The distance between Barog and Shimla is the most amazing part of this journey when the train slows down due to a steep climb, giving you the opportunity to witness some mesmerising scenes. Advance booking is recommended.

    Location:
    Kalka-Shimla-Kalka.

    Highlights: Barog Station which has the longest tunnel.

    Cost:
     INR 65 to INR 500.

    Suggested Read: Thrilling Paragliding Adventures in Shimla

  • 15Chadwick Waterfall

    One of the most striking Shimla Tourist Places, Chadwick Waterfall is tucked away in an undisturbed corner of Glen Forests. Though the height of the falls is only 100 meters, but the trek through the lush forests surrounding the area makes up for what it lacks in terms of grandeur.

    To see the waterfalls at its fullest, it is best to visit here in monsoons. But, either way, the looming pine trees, the fragrance of wild, exotic flowers, and the breezy climate is a certain way to uplift your senses and rejuvenate yourselves. 

    Suggested length of visit: 1 to 2 hours

    Timing: All-day

    Location: New Summer Hill, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh - 171005

    Cost: No Entry Fee

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: 4.9 kilometres

    Must Read: Best Time and Season to Visit Shimla

  • 16Shaily Peak

    Blessed with magical weather and lush green surroundings, Shaily Peak is highly popular among travellers who are looking for places to visit in Shimla known for peace and serenity. Getting to Shaily Peak requires a hike through Naldehra hills, but the view from the top makes it worth every bit of effort.

    As challenging as it may be, the trek to Shaily Peak takes you through dense forests and stunning landscapes. For something different yet equally interesting, you can take a pony ride to the peak or choose to rent a motorbike for a motorbike trek. 

    Suggested length of visit: Half a day

    Timing: Sunrise to Sunset

    Location: Near Mahakali 

    Cost: Entry Free, INR 100-200 for pony rides

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: 22.8 kilometres

  • 17Shimla State Museum

    Shimla State Museum
    Image Credit : Abhishek Kumar-Flickr

    Situated at a distance of 2.5 kilometres from Scandal Point, Shimla State Museum is a must-visit among Shimla Tourist Places. Dating back to the colonial times, the museum was once the private residence of Lord William Beresford.

    At the moment, Shimla State Museum boasts of a vast collection of ancient sculptures, photographs, artworks, and coins collected from all the country. The museum library houses over 10,000 books, magazines, and journals that represent the historical importance and cultural diversity of Shimla as well as the rest of India. Among the many collections in the museum, one can find dedicated displays on sculptures, jewellery, history, as well as textiles and many more.

    Suggested length of visit: 2 hours

    Timing: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, All days except Monday

    Location: Chaura Maidan Rd, Chaura Maidan, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171004, India

    Cost: INR 10 for Indians, INR 50 for foreigners

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: 1.9 kilometres

  • 18Kali Bari Temple

    Image Credit : Singh, Devendra-Flickr
    Kali Bari Temple is a very popular tourist attraction that is situated at a strategically planned location. Built in the year 1845, the temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali who is also known as Shyamala. From the Goddess Shyamala, the capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla gets its name.

    Suggested length of visit:
     Around 1 to 2 hours.

    Timing:
     7 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.

    Location:
    The temple is located at the Kali Bari Road, Shimla.

    Cost:
     Entry to the temple is free.

    Distance from Shimla bus stand:
     Around 5 KM
  • 19Manjathal Sanctuary

    Image Credit : Jonybraker-Flickr
    Manjathal Sanctuary is famous for its rich wildlife as well as the vivid flora. Rich biodiversity of the Manjathal Sanctuary is a paradise for all the wildlife enthusiasts. In order to preserve the natural beauty of the place, there are no resorts or hotels constructed here in this region. It is an exciting place for kids since they can enjoy camping here.

    Suggested length of visit:
     Around 1 to 2 hours.

    Timing:
     9 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.

    Location:
     Shimla-Bilaspur Highway at Solan district (Shimla).

    Cost:
     Free of cost.

    Distance from Shimla bus stand:
     Around 76 KM
  • 20Water Catchment Wildlife Sanctuary

    The only reserved sanctuary in the town, Shimla Water Catchment Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most blissful tourist places in Shimla, especially for nature lovers as well as photographers. Located on the eastern exit of the Hindustan Tibet Road, the sanctuary is spread across 1,000 acres of lush greenery and an intriguing variety of flora and fauna.

    Expect to spot foxes, Ghorals, house sparrows, blue Magpies, as well as pythons and other species of snakes during your walk through the Shimla Water Catchment Wildlife Sanctuary. You could either choose to explore the sanctuary on foot or hire a bicycle at the entrance. For an exclusive experience, stay inside the Forest rest house within the sanctuary.

    Suggested length of visit: 1 to 2 hours

    Timing: 10: 00 AM to 4:00 PM

    Location: NH 22 Charabra Mashobra, Himachal Pradesh 171012, India

    Cost: No Entry Fee

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: 8.7 kilometres

  • 21Mall Road

    Mall roads in the hill stations are generally a stretch of any road bordered with a number of small stalls, shops, and branded showrooms. Mall road in Shimla is one of the vibrant lanes for enjoying a range of shopping options, eateries, food stalls, cafes and bank ATMs and money exchange portals to meet certain necessities.

    Suggested length of visit:
     An hour is enough.

    Timing:
     All day.

    Location:
     Located at a distance of 6 KM from Shimla bus stand.

    Entry fee:
     Free of cost.

    Distance from Shimla bus stand:
     Around 6 KM.
  • 22Tara Devi Temple

    It is one of the renowned and religious places to visit in Shimla. It is situated around 20 minutes drive from Shimla on the Kalka-Shimla highway. Perched atop a hilltop near Shimla, this temple is dedicated to Goddess Tara and highly revered by people who come to visit Shimla and the local dwellers.

    Suggested length of visit: Around 1 to 2 hours.

    Timing: 7 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.

    Location: NH.22, Kachi Ghati, Bagh, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171001

    Cost: Free of cost.

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 17 KM

  • 23Naggar Castle

    The view from the castle’s balcony is a sight to behold. Naggar is situated by the bank of river Beas and the castle is situated at a height from where you can witness uninterrupted views of the lush green valley and the mountains.

    Suggested length of visit: Around 2 to 3 hours.

    Timing: 7 AM to 10:30 PM on all days of the week.

    Location: Naggar, Manali, Manali Tehsil, India

    Cost: INR 15 per person.

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: 230 KM

  • 24Lakkar Bazaar

    This is a very famous name and an old flea marketplace that is situated near the Ridge in Shimla. It is famous for wooden toys, walking sticks, Regal building, Roller skating hall, Indian snacks like Aloo Tikki and Chole Bhature, Meena Bazaar etc. It is one of the famous markets of Shimla and caters to the needs of everyone.

    Suggested length of visit: Around 1 to 2 hours.

    Timing: 9 AM to 7 PM on all days of the week.

    Location: Lakkar Bazaar Road, Shimla 171001, India

    Cost: Free of entry cost.

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 2.5 KM

  • 25Gurudwara Sahib

    This gurdwara dates back to the year 1907 and is situated at Padhawa hills. This is one of the highly visited Shimla tourists places, the interiors and the details are very finely carved on the outer as well as the inner walls of the Gurdwara and the devotees who come to visit this place have very strong faith in the spiritual power that the place emits.

    Suggested length of visit: 30 minutes to an hour.

    Timing: 4:30 AM to 9:30 PM on all days of the week.

    Location: Court Road, Paonta Sahib, Himachal Pradesh 173025, India

    Cost: Free of cost.

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 177 KM.

  • 26Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex

    This huge complex is a popular monument which is situated in the middle of the busy lanes of the Mall road. The architecture of the complex is a Victorian Gothic style like the many other neo-Gothic buildings in Shimla. The theatre is designed by Sir Henry Irwin and is one of the oldest complexes in the state.

    Suggested length of visit: 2 hours.

    Timing: 9 AM to 5 PM.

    Location: The Mall, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, 171001, India

    Cost: INR 10 for Indians; INR 25 for foreign nationals.

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: 1.5 KM.

  • 27Gorton Castle

    Gorton castle was established in the year 1904 and it adds to the charm of the ‘Summer capital of India.’ This is another gothic styled architectural marvel designed by the renowned architect of that era Sir Swinton Jacob.

    The interesting part of the design is the “Rajasthani Jallis” carved on the balconies of the castle. It is a three storey testament housing 125 rooms of different sizes.

    Suggested length of visit: Around 45 minutes.

    Timing: 9 AM to 5 PM on all days of the week.

    Location: Mall Rd, Nabha, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171003

    Cost: Free of entry charge.

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 1.1 KM

  • 28Sankat Mochan Temple

    Sankat Mochan Temple in Shimla is the second most famous religious place after Jakhu temple. This temple is situated around 8 KM from Shimla and was established in the year 1950. 

    The temple is dedicated to Lord Rama, Lord Shiva, and Hanuman and is one of the places to visit in Shimla for nirvana seekers.

    Suggested length of visit: An hour and a half.

    Timing: 6:30 to 8 PM in summers and 7 AM to 6:30 PM in winters.

    Entry fee: free of cost.

    Location: Bagh, Taradevi, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, 171010, India

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: 8 KM

  • 29Bantony Castle

    This heritage site is located on the Bantony hill and is included as part of the Shimla heritage walk for tourists. The estate comprises of Bantony Castle and Bantony cottage. It is surrounded by sprawling lawns and is entirely constructed out of woods. 

    The location of Bantony estate is one of the best parts of the heritage walk. The government has recently purchased this property from the owners to revamp it.

    Suggested length of visit: Less than an hour.

    Timing: 24 hours

    Location: Kali Bari Rd, The Mall, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171001

    Cost: No entry fee.

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 800 meters.

  • 30Himalayan Nature Park

    Most of the Himalayan Park sections are declared as sanctuaries, national parks and reserves for the rich flora and fauna which dwell here. The park is truly a retreat for nature-lovers and many activities like trekking, picnic, day hikes etc can be carried out in the forests. 

    It is located at Kufri and has an undisturbed biodiversity. You can find orchids, primula, balsam, deodar, oaks etc and animals like Musk deer, barking deer, Sambar deer, Hangal Goral etc.

    Suggested length of visit: half a day or an entire day.

    Timing: 9 AM to 6:30 PM on all days of the week except Tuesday.

    Location: Kandaghat-Chail-Kufri Road, Kufri, Himachal Pradesh 171012

    Cost: INR 20

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 17 KM.

  • 31St. Michael's Cathedral Catholic Church

    This church dates back to the Victorian era around the year 1886. The interiors display the fine touch of French-gothic style and can accommodate around 400 worshipers in the main hall. 

    It is an important landmark and one of the significant places to visit in Shimla if you are keen on seeing the marvels of Neo-Gothic architecture.

    Suggested length of visit: An hour.

    Timing: Daily mass 6:45 AM, Friday mass 6 PM and Sunday mass 10:30 AM

    Location: Heritage Building, Ram Bazar, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171003

    Cost: entry is free of cost.

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 500 meters.

  • 32Army Heritage Museum

    This heritage museum is a part of Annandale and is located near the Ridge. Your Shimla trip is incomplete without spending a picnic around this spot. It displays a range of collectibles which are mostly associated with the Indian Army.

    You will find life histories of great Indian warriors, old weapons, and ammunition, all kept and preserved well cases.

    Suggested length of visit:
    An hour.

    Timing:
    10 AM to 2 PM and 3 PM to 5 PM on all days of the week.

    Location:
    Annandale Rd, Annandale, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, 171003, India

    Cost:
    Free of cost.

    Distance from Shimla bus stand:
    Around 3 KM.
  • 33Indian Institute of Advanced Study

    It houses photographs of moments of interaction between Indian leaders and Britishers. It once was the summer home to the Viceroy of India at that time. Take a guided tour of the galleries of Indian Institute of Advanced Study and come across historical events like Shimla conference etc in the form of photographs and stories.

    Suggested length of visit:
    1 hour.

    Timing:
    9 AM to 5:30 PM on all days of the week except Monday.

    Location:
    Rashtrapati Nivas, Chaura Maidan, Near Birds Zoo, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171005

    Cost:
    INR 20 for the garden visit, INR 40 per Indian and INR 85 per person (foreign national)

    Distance from Shimla bus stand:
    Around 3 KM.
  • 34Kiala Forest

    This forest has a calling for all the adventure junkies and sports enthusiasts. With rich wildlife and panoramic vistas around, Kiala forest is one of the offbeat places to visit in Shimla for encountering the wilderness of Himalayan jungles. 

    Kiala forest is a segment of  Kotkhai valley in Himachal Pradesh.

    Suggested length of visit: 2 hours.

    Timing: 24 hours

    Location: Kotkhai, 171202, Himachal Pradesh, Shimla, India

    Cost: entry is free of cost.

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 2 KM.

  • 35Kamna Devi Temple

    Kaman Devi Temple is a very prestigious temple which is situated on the Prospect hill and can be accessed from Boileauganj on Shimla-Bilaspur road. The temple is around 6 KM from Shimla and is surrounded by picturesque meadows and valleys. 

    The temple is dedicated to Kamna Devi which is believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Kali.

    Suggested length of visit: 1 hour.

    Timing: 24 hours.

    Location: Prospect Hill, Boileauganj, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171005

    Cost: free of cost.

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 5 KM.

  • 36Rani Jhansi Park

    Rani Jhansi Park is famous as the Ladies park and can be easily accessed from the mall road.  The park is suitable for day picnics, serves best as children playing ground. It has a huge statue of Rani Lakshmi Bai on her horse with her sword in the middle of the park. 

    The historical events related to Rani Lakshmi Bai is carved on granite that lays beside the statue.

    Suggested length of visit: An hour

    Timing: 24 hours.

    LocationMall Rd, Lakkar Bazar, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171001

    Cost: No entry cost.

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: Less than a Kilometer.

  • 37Narkanda

    Narkanda is a hilly town which is situated 60 KM along the highway running from Shimla to Kinnaur. It is nestled at an elevation of 8100 ft. The winding road leading to Narkanda from Shimla take around 2 hours to reach the destination. 

    The entire town can be witnessed from a small hill station named Fagu en route. Narkanda serves as a stopover for people traveling to the Spiti valley.

    Suggested length of visit: A day or two.

    Timing: 24 hours.

    Location: Narkanda, Himachal Pradesh, India

    Cost: Depends on your mode of transport.

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 62 Km.

  • 38Baba Bhalku Railway Museum

    This museum is your best deal to gain knowledge on the reasons of construction of rail line in Shimla. There are several displays of machines and engines. Things like umbrellas, coats, and caps are exhibited in the museum which belongs to the time when the rail line was constructed and these were left in the waiting room. 

    You will come across many interesting stories related to this construction which was life-changing for the people of Shimla and around.

    Suggested length of visit: An hour is enough.

    Timing: 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM on all days of the week except Monday.

    Location: Old Bus Stand, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171001, India

    Cost: Free of cost.

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 47 KM.

  • 39Scandal Point

    It is a major attraction on the westernmost tip of Shimla which falls between the mall road and the ridge at Shimla.  It lies right in the centre of the two busiest spots of Shimla and is difficult to overlook.

    The place has a very interesting love story associated with its name involving the Maharaja of Patiala, Bhupinder Singh the then viceroy’s daughter.

    Suggested length of visit:
    2 hours.

    Timing:
    6 AM to 8 PM on all days of the week.

    Location:
    Mall Road, Near Railway Building, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, 171001, India

    Cost:
    No entry fee.

    Distance from Shimla bus stand:
    Around 2 KM.
  • 40Shimla Reserve Forest Sanctuary

    This reserve is around 11 KM from Shimla and is a hotspot for the nature lover. Tourists commonly spot barking deer, jackals, monkeys, bear, and leopards etc. You can find the best views of Himalayan peaks like Chota Shali, Deo Tibba, Bandar Poonch, Rakta Dhar and even the Pir Panjal ranges of Jammu and Kashmir from this forest reserve. 

    It is an amazing place for photographers as well.

    Suggested length of visit:
    around 4 to 5 hours.

    Timing: 9 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.

    Location: NH 22, Chharabra, Mashobra, Himachal Pradesh 171012

    Cost: 25 per person, INR 10 for students with I-cards. INR 150 per Vehicle Charge, INR 100 for two-wheelers, INR 50 for Still Camera

    Distance from Shimla bus stand:  15 Kms.

  • 41Skiing in Kufri

    Shimla is a winter sports capital of India and a skier’s paradise. The snow-laden mountain slopes in Shimla are the perfect destination for people who love skiing. There are various skiing stretches in Shimla which is blanketed in white snow and Kufri is one of them. 

    Shimla is flocked with a tourist who enjoys winter sports for having the best slopes to roll down.

    Suggested length of visit:
    2 to 3 hours.

    Timing: 9 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.

    Location: Shimla, India

    Cost: Starts at INR 300 onwards.

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: Skiing is best done in Kufri and the ski ground is located around 13 KM from Shimla Bus stand.

  • 42Tattapani

    Tattapani is situated around 60 KM from Shimla and is one of the famous Shimla tourist places. Tattapani brims with options for a traveler like quaint temples, Himalayan caves, hot water springs, stunning trekking trails, suitable terrain and rivers to carry out activities like river rafting and rock climbing etc. 

    The place is blessed with the presence of Sutlej River which adds a different charm to the entire valley.

    Suggested length of visit: 2 to 3 hours.

    Timing: 7 AM to 6:30 PM on all days of the week.

    Location: Tattapani | Karsog, Mandi, 175009, India

    Cost: river rafting starts from INR 1500 per head.

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 51 KM.

  • 43Pabbar Valley

    Pabbar valley is a little ahead of Shimla and can be accessed from Theog. The beauty of the valley lies in its meandering streams, lush green hills, and the pretty apple orchard belt. It has numerous trekking trails, some of which are unexplored and some of which are being taken up by many trekking companies. 

    The famous temple of Hatkoti is situated in this valley which attracts hordes of pilgrims during festivals.

    Suggested length of visit:
    Half a day.

    Timing: 6 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.

    Location: National Highway 22 By-Pass | Shimla District, Rohru 171207,

    Cost: No entry cost.

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 3.2 KM.

  • 44Naldehra

    This small scenic town in Himachal Pradesh is known for its 9 hole Golf course. If you feel like splurging on such skillful sport then Naldehra is the places for you. Tourist also explores the famous points of this quaint town on a pony or by walking. 

    The town is small and boasts of many verdant expanses of hills and vegetation.

    Suggested length of visit: 2 hours minimum.

    Timing: 8 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.

    Location: Post Office, Durgapur, Naldehra, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, 171007, India

    Cost: No entry fee but playing starts from INR 1000 per person.

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 25 Kms.

  • 45Horse Riding in Shimla

    Horse riding in Shimla is available at the ridge or in Kufri where you are taken to the Kufri Zoo, through mesmerizing Apple Orchard, dense forest of Hassan valley, Mahasu Peak etc. 

    You are taken to points from where you get an uninterrupted view of the Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar ranges.

    Suggested length of visit: Depends on your itinerary and choice of hours.

    Timing: 9 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.

    Location for horse riding: Shimla and Kufri.

    Cost: Around 400 to 500 per half an hour.

    Points covered: Apple orchard in Shimla, Kufri zoo, Kufri snow point etc.  

  • 46Jakhu Ropeway

    The ropeway covers a distance of 8 KM from the ridge that comes along the way to Jakhu Temple and reaches the temple in around 5 minutes. The introduction of ropeway in Shimla has made traveling easy for the once trying to climb to be at the prestigious Jakhu temple. 

    You get to ride the ropeway at 8054 feet above sea level which bestows some jaw-dropping views of the valley. The ropeway cabins are imported from Switzerland and it is the best way to traverse through some of the popular Shimla tourist places like Jakhu valley and Jakhu temple.

    Suggested length of visit:
    Around 1 to 2 hours.

    Timing: 9:30 AM to 7 PM on all days of the week.

    Location: Jakhu, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171001, India

    Cost: INR 250 for adults and INR 200 for children.

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 7 Kms.

  • 47Rothney Castle

    Rothney castle was the house of A.O. Hume, who was a political reformer and a very knowledgeable ornithologist. This architectural marvel is situated on the Jakhu hills and is very near to the Jakhu temple in Shimla.

    The house boasts of extraordinary sceneries and green landscapes and is one of the major Shimla tourist places.

    Suggested length of visit:
    at least around 2 hours.

    Timing:
    24 hours.

    Location:
    Sheeshe Wali Kothi, Jakhoo Rd, Lakkar Bazar, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171001, India

    Cost: 
    Entry is free.

    Distance from Shimla bus stand:
    Around 8.5 Kms.
  • 48Prospect Hill

    Prospect hill is dotted with green meadows, numerous water bodies, and stretches of lush green panoramic valley. Prospect Hill is one of the religious places to visit in Shimla as it holds a very strong significant among the tourists who believe in Goddess Kamna Devi. 

    The hill is shrouded with many stories of the Goddess and there is an ancient temple situated on the hills which are dedicated to Goddess Kamna Devi. If you are seeking a green escape, Prospect hill awaits your visit.

    Suggested length of visit: An hour and a half.

    Timing: 24 hours.

    Location: Kamna Prospect Hill, Kamna Devi Temple Road, Chakkar, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171005, India

    Cost: No entry cost.

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 4 KM.

  • 49Hawa Ghar

    Hawa Ghar is one of the very interesting places to visit in Shimla as it serves as an open balcony to fascinating vistas of Shimla. It is located at the ridge in Lakkar Bazaar which has quite a height and that enables some breathtaking views of the valley to the tourists. 

    It is fondly called as the “Mall view balcony,” and is a hub for many activities in winters when the entire town is covered in snow.

    Suggested length of visit: An hour.

    Timing: 9 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week

    Location: Kufri Chail Road, Near Himalayan Nature Park, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, 171012, India

    Cost: INR 10 per adult and INR 5 per child.

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 6.5 Kms.

  • 50Hip Hip Hurray Amusement Park

    This unique amusement park is located in Kufri at an elevation of 8500 feet above sea level. It offers a range of activities like Burma Bridge, Flying Fox, Rock climbing, Commando Net, Bumping boats, Rowing and Valley crossing etc. 

    You can also indulge in ice skating, and boat on the snow-laden terrain in winters. If you get hungry by doing all this then there are multi-cuisine restaurants and coffee shop along with some local shops selling Himachali handloom work. 

    The best part of this amusement park is the telescope which enables incredible views of the valley. It is one of the must-go places to visit in Shimla without any doubt.

    Suggested length of visit: at least 3 hours.

    Timing: 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM on all days of the week.

    Location: 1 KM ahead of Kufri Bazar, Towards Fagu, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171001, India

    Cost: INR 100 per person, INR 350 per person including rides,  and 160 per person including Go Karting.

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: around 10 Kms.

  • 51Kasauli

    Kasauli is one of those picturesque places to visit in Shimla that offer an exclusive experience by themselves. Home to stunning colonial houses, splendid orchards, and the eminent Christ Church, the hill town is covered with pine and cedar trees.  Walking around the landscape of Kasauli, you are highly likely to come across several exotic and endangered species of fauna.

    Some of the must-visit places within Kasauli include but aren’t limited to Baptist Church, Monkey Point, Timber Trail, and Sunset Point at lover’s lane.

    Suggested length of visit: 2 days

    Timing: All day, every day

    Location: 71.1 kilometres from Shimla in the district of Solan

    Cost: No Entry Fee

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: 71.1 kilometres


  • 52Solan

    Popularly known as the ‘mushroom capital of India’, Solan lies on the lower parts of the Himalayas and is a low-key destination, mostly suitable for travellers who wish to steer clear of the hustle and bustle of city life. During your visit to Solan, you will get a chance to explore several ancient temples and monasteries which are visited by several hundred worshipers from all around the country.

    Its massive contribution to the production of tomatoes has also yielded the town the title of the ‘city of red gold’. While here, do not miss the chance to pay a visit to the 300-year-old fort and the Shoolini Mata Temple and Jatola Shiv Temple.

    Suggested length of visit: 1 to 2 days

    Timing: All day, every day

    Location: Himachal Pradesh, India

    Cost: No Entry Fee

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: 44.8 kilometres

  • 53Mashobra

    One of the smaller towns located within Shimla, Mashobra is a must-visit among the many tourist places in Shimla. Dominated by misty hills, towering trees of pine, cedar, and oak, and a glistening stream gushing down the valleys, the place is pure bliss for weekend travellers as well as nature lovers. 

    One of the most
    offbeat places to visit in Shimla, Mashobra is a haven for adventure lovers for it offers plenty of adventure activities to be enjoyed. Some of the activities that you can enjoy during your time here include trekking, quad biking, paragliding, rappelling, and skiing.

    Suggested length of visit: 1 day

    Timing: All day

    Location: Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India

    Cost: No Entry Fee

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: 12.1 kilometres

  • 54Fagu

    Located 2,500 meters above the sea level, Fagu is blessed with snow-clad peaks, breezy atmosphere, and the majestic Himalayan range. Almost always encompassed by mist and fog, Fagu is as magical as it is romantic. Being so close to the clouds, it gives you a feeling that you are literally walking on the clouds when you are exploring the stunning peaks of Fagu.

    Home to a myriad of flora and fauna, Fagu boasts of many pine and cedar trees and beautiful apple orchards.

    Suggested length of visit:1 day

    Timing: Anytime, any day

    Location: Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India

    Cost: No Entry Fee

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: 19.9 kilometres

  • 55Shoghi

    A small town in the suburbs of Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, Shoghi is a perfect place for overnight camping. There are several hotels and resorts offering camping facilities around the area, however, you can choose to enjoy camping at the Shoghi camp.  Shoghi is also one of those tourist places in Shimla which is blessed with lush greenery and an amazing climate. 

    Suggested length of visit: 1 to 2 days

    Timing: Anytime

    Location: Shoghi is a small town in Himachal Pradesh which is located 14.1 kilometres from Shimla.

    Cost: No Entry Fee

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: 14.1 kilometres

Sightseeing in Shimla

Adventure in Shimla

Attractions in Shimla

Trekking in Shimla

Day outs in Shimla

Nature and wildlife in Shimla

Attractions

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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.

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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
Get a Quote for Roopkund The mystery lake 

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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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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.
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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.
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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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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
Book Now Padum to Darcha Trek Tour

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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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Arjun Gufa

Although this place is meant for all those who hold deep religious beliefs, most of the people visit the place just because they admire beautiful architecture.

Location: The cave is located at approximately 5 km from the town of Manali. The place it is situated is Naggar and has most of the tourist attractions in close proximity. You will also find the Kunt Bhaya lake and the temple at just 2 km from here.

Highlights: You will love to see the beautiful sight of the snow capped mountains from the place. This site was built during the famous era of Mahabharata. The natural beauty of the cave is very exhilarating and the ambience makes you feel really good.

Best time to visit: It is best to visit the place early in the morning as it gets dark quite soon. You might also consider wearing woolen clothes to the place because it can sometimes get too cold.
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Tsug la Khang (Dalai Lama's Temple)

Popular for being the sanctuary of The Dalai Lama, the Tsug la Khang is the core essence of Mcleodganj. It comprises the Namgyal Monastery and also several shrine rooms in its compound. There are statues of Buddha, Chenrezig and Guru Rinpoche in these shrines.

 If you are an art lover then you should surely go there and admire this splendid art work. The Dalai Lama’s dwelling and administrative offices are adjoining to the monastery. Ling Khor, is a meditation trail close to Tsug La Khang, you will come across small shrines, stupas and also a gigantic chorten while treading this route. Visiting Tsug la Khang is one of the most important things to do in Mcleodganj.  

Timings- Open from 6 AM to 7 PM

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Snow Trails Camp

Shimla is an ideal destination, a destination for family as well as for friends, It has number of thrilling things to do and If you are going for camping in Shimla at that point Snow Trails Camp is something that everybody must check once. Campground is arranged at an elevation of 2250 mtrs. above ocean level on Kufri-Chail Road. This is a veritable heaven enriched with incredible common excellence encompassed by elevated snow topped tops and thick backwoods of deodar and oaks.

We have corroded yet agreeable convenience with twin slept with swiss tents, cabins connected with toilets with legitimate running hot and frosty water with a sit out varandah. Investigate the everlasting characteristic magnificence and entrancing society of Himalayas with Snow Trails Eco camps at koti, Neen. You can select Shimla camping packages for Snow Trails Camp from their website. 

Amenities:
 Accommodation, All meals during the stay, Bonfire with light music.

Activities:
Hiking and Trekking, Rock Climbing, Flying Fox, Obstacle Course, Team Building Games, Burma Bridge.

Price:
Rs 2500 to 4000

Approx distance from Shimla:
48.1 KM

Also check: Places that shouldn't be missed to visit in Shimla !
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The Ridge of Shimla

The Ridge of Shimla is known for organizing several government functions and fairs. It is the key venue for all the major events as well as celebrations that take place here in Shimla. Summer Festival that is the most famous festival is held here at the Ridge.

Location: The Ridge of Shimla is an extremely famous tourist attraction that is set in the heart of Shimla. It is situated along the Mall Road that is the famous shopping center of Shimla.

Highlights: The Ridge of Shimla is the hub of all the cultural activities of Shimla. Some of the prominent place of Shimla such as the Lakkar Bazaar, Mall, Scandal Point, Jakhoo hill, etc is in close proximity to the Ridge.

Best time: Open all round the year but since the Summer Festival is held during the months of April or May, one can plan a visit during these months.
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Tara Devi Temple

Tara Devi Temple located in Shimla is definitely one of the most popular tourist attractions here. Origin of the temple can be traced way back to some 250 years. Even today, the temple stands in complete splendor at the top of the hill. It is believed that the Goddess Tara was brought here all the way from the West Bengal.

Location: It is situated at a distance of about 11 kms from Shimla and can be visited while travelling on the Kalka - Shimla National Highway. The temple is set at the top of the hill in Shimla with lush green environs surrounding it giving the restaurant a very peaceful as well as tranquil atmosphere.

Highlights: Visit the temple to browse through the breath taking views of the countryside. If you enjoy the Himalayas and the clean and fresh air, this is definitely your ideal vacation option.

Price: Entry is free.
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Camp Little Heart Resort

Shimla is a dwelling place for excitement,  Camp little Heart Resort, is an isolated and hidden Wild side nature camp for camping in Shimla. The charming sound of the blowing icy air echoes in the valley and outdoors around such an astonishing characteristic surroundings is a lifetime involvement in itself. As the range has Bhalawag wilderness, Shimla on both sides, a great assortment of uncommon himalayan winged creatures can be seen.

Nighttimes at campground are sentimental, thrilling and energizing. The starlit sky, outline of the mountains, blowing sound of the air and gleaming of bon-flame, this is an extraordinary approach to investigate the outside as it is comprised of some outstanding things to do in Shimla !

Amenities:
 Stay in tents with proper bedding, Neat and hygienic indian/western, Toilets with flush and running water, Buffet meals in a large dining area.

Activities:
Bonfire and Barbeque, Rock climbing, Rappelling, Valley crossing, etc.Trek to the Waterfall/Forest walk, Volleyball, Rugby, Badminton, etc.

Price:
Rs 3000 to 4000

Approx distance from Shimla:
40.7 KM

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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
Special Offers on Pindari Glacier Tour

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  • Q. What are the best things to do in Shimla with discount upto 30%?
  • Q. Which are the famous hill stations near Shimla within 300 km?

    Find the popular hill stations near Shimla that will keep you hooked all through your holiday, as near as 72 km from Shimla.

    1. Manali - 248 km from Shimla
    2. Dharamshala - 237 km from Shimla
    3. Chail - 45 km from Shimla
    4. Kasauli - 72 km from Shimla
    5. Mcleodganj - 242 km from Shimla

  • Q. Which are the best places to visit near Shimla within 200 km?

    The majestic snow-clad mountains, rich greenery and the beautiful lakes in Shimla greet you to enjoy their timeless beauty, check the list of all the beautiful places near Shimla:

    1.
    Auli - 168 km from Shimla 
    2. Chail - 45 km from Shimla
    3. Kufri - 15 km from Shimla  
    4. Solan - 46 km from Shimla
    5. Kasauli - 72 km from Shimla
    6. Tirthan Valley - 169 km from Shimla

  • Q. How can I spend 3 days in Shimla?

    Shimla is often considered to be the most popular hill stations in North India. If you have decided to spend three days strolling on the Mall Road, well, it’s a good idea, but not a great one! You can effortlessly cover all the outstanding tourist spots of this mesmerizing Himachali town. Check into a hotel (not on the Mall Road, preferably) and get ready to explore the city.

    You can visit nearby places, such as Iconic Town Hall, Oberoi Clarks Hotel, and The Mall. By the time it’s evening, you can have dinner in a restaurant at the Mall Road. The next day, set out to explore Summer Hills, Chadwick Waterfall, Jhakoo Temple, and other famous spots in Shimla. For the third day, cover Kufri, Lakka Bazar, and other close places. You can also drive to Naldehra, a quaint hamlet nestled amid lush green hills. Return by evening, have a lavish dinner at a restaurant and leave for home, the next morning.

    Also Check Out: 3 Days 2 Nights Sightseeing Tour In Shimla

  • Q. Which is the best time to visit Shimla?

    One can visit Shimla at any time of the year. However, it is advisable to avoid the monsoon season, that is, from July to September, because of the possible landslides and floods. Summer is a pleasant time to visit Shimla. It usually lasts from March to June.

    The ‘Queen of Hills’ is a sight to behold during winters, when it snows heavily and everything looks pristine. The snow season begins around December and lasts till February. October and November are also quite cold but it is highly unlikely to witness snowfall during this time.

    Also Read: Best Time and Season to Visit Shimla

  • Q. How many days are enough for a Shimla trip?

    At the very least, you need four days to visit Shimla. Start from the Mall Road and cover places such as Summer Hills, Kufri, Chail, even Manali, for a day or two. In case, you want to cover the Rohtang Pass, extend your stay for seven days. You will not regret it!

  • Q. How many days we can spend in Shimla?

    If you want to soak in the vibes of Shimla leisurely, then spend a week there. For the first 2-3 days, try to cover the whole of Shimla, following which, you can drive to Kullu, Manali, even Rohtang Pass, Naggar, and Solang Valley. Feeling lucky? Head over to Spiti Valley as well, but that would require at least one more week from you.

  • Q. How can I reach Shimla?

    Shimla is well-connected with the road, rail, and air.

    By Air – The closest Airport to Shimla is Jubbarhatti, which is located at 23 km from the main city. Chandigarh is the next airport close to Shimla, and it is very well connected with all the major Indian cities. You can take a flight from any airport in the country to Chandigarh Airport, and then head over to Shimla.

    By Rail – There is a toy train that chugs from Delhi to Kalka via world heritage narrow gauge railways. The journey will fill your heart and soul with serenity. The views all through the journey will be breathtaking! It halts at Kalka from where you can book a cab to the city.

    By Road – One can travel to Shimla via road as well. The roads are well-maintained and connected with the major cities of India. From Delhi, the distance is 350 km, and people often drive to Shimla from there.

  • Q. Is Shimla worth visiting?

    There are countless reasons to visit Shimla. It is known as the ‘Queen of Hills’ for good reasons. The popularity of this beautiful hill station is such that even a 7-year-old child of North India knows about the snowfall in Shimla.

    The city is wonderful in so many ways that it is almost impossible to squeeze them all in here. Panoramic views, beautiful weather, incredible winter season (don’t forget the snowfall), feel-good ambience, heartwarming summers, breathtaking rains, wonderful attractions to explore — the list is inexhaustible!

  • Q. Which month does it snow in Shimla?

    Winter starts somewhere around mid-November in Shimla. One can start expecting snowfall around the beginning of December. The snow is expected to fall until mid-February

  • Q. Which airport is near to Shimla?

    The nearest airport to Shimla is Jubbarhatti. It is located at about 23 km from the main city. Chandigarh and Delhi are the other two airports closest to Shimla.

  • Q. Does Shimla have an airport?

    Shimla does have an airport. However, it is located at 23 km from the city. It is known as Jubbarhatti. It is owned and managed by the Airport Authority of India.

  • Q. What should I wear in Shimla?

    Shimla witnesses all the seasons of the year, so, your clothes depend on the time during which you are visiting Shimla. For summers, you can wear casual clothes like a summer dress, jeans, tops, and jumpsuits for women and t-shirts, shirts, jeans, shorts, etc for men. However, evenings of Shimla are quite chilling even in summer, so remember to keep a shawl or woollen sweaters for you.

    The same is the case during the rainy season. It is warm during the day but if it rains, the weather fluctuates. From November to February, there is snowfall and the winter season of Shimla is teeth clattering cold. So, it’s mandatory to carry woollen clothes, such as jackets, sweaters, shawls, shoes, socks, etc with you.