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  • Top Things to Do in Shimla

    1. Go Trekking in Shimla
    2. Camping in Shimla
    3. Cottage Stay in The Woods Of Shimla
    4. Forest Camping in Shimla's Junga
    5. Indulge in River Rafting
    6. Paragliding
    7. Shopping at Lakkar Bazaar
    8. Cycling in Shimla Water Catchment
    9. Hike to Jakhoo Hill
    10. Enjoy Natural Ice Skating in Shimla

    Crowned with the charming colonial buildings, the majestic Himalayan ranges to gawk at, and pristine climate, the Queen of Hills is a perfect summer retreat for you. Shimla is abuzz with a regular flow of heat-escaping tourists of India, all round the year. People come here for an assorted array of things to do.

    Unbeatable Offer: Cottage Stay in Woods of Shimla (Flat 28% Off)

    Adventure activities like trekking, camping, paragliding, and river rafting is one reason, and staying at the cozy cottages, gazing at the unique architecture and museums are some more reasons to fall in love with this place.

    Limited Period Offer: 
    Camping At Mashobra In Shimla (Rs 1800 Cashback).

    There are a plethora of activities to do for every type of traveller. If you like crowds, you can visit the Mall road, a bustling market running below the spine of Shimla. If you want to spend your days here in peace and serenity, you can hike to the densely forested Green valley, away from the teeming centre parts of Shimla. For many devotees, there are Tara Devi Temple and Jakhoo temple. 
  • Top Things to Do in Shimla

  • 01Go Camping in Shimla

    Go Camping in Shimla

    The true essence of a beautiful hill station can really be experienced in outdoor accommodation in nature. Since Shimla serves as an excellent base for many trekking expeditions, camping is among the popular things to do in Shimla.

    Despite being a home to a large population, Shimla still possesses thick vegetation. 
    Camping in Shimla is a must-experience activity for every adventure enthusiast or nature lover visiting Shimla.

    Location:
    There are some perfect campsites in Shimla, offering magnificent views of the green hills around. You can pick a campsite among the major ones like Shoghi, Sarahan, Sandasu, and Chirgaon. 

    Highlights:
    The hills of Shimla are laden with Pine, Oak and Deodar forests that make the atmosphere soothing and apt for camping.

    Cost:
     Variable and depends on the camp.

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  • 02Visit the Shimla Ridge

    Popular as the cultural hub of Shimla, The Ridge is a must on your list of things to do in Shimla. Whether looking for a quiet cup of coffee after a long day of sightseeing or old British and Gothic establishments and architecture, The Ridge is your stop.

    It also connects to Scandal Point at one end and Lakkar Bazaar (famous for woodcraft) at the other end. The Ridge becomes the hotspot of the city during fests and events, the most popular being the Summer Festival.

    Location:
    Ridge Road, near Mall Road, Himachal Pradesh - 171001.

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

    Cost:
    No entry fee.

  • 03Go Trekking in Shimla

    Go Trekking in Shimla
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    Trekking is popular in Shimla as the mysterious and the beautiful ranges of Himalayas are just the right sites for you to try your hand at trekking.

    Location: Trekking can be tried at several undulating terrains as well as hills in Shimla. Some of the popular and common routes for trekking include:

    Shimla - Luhri - Ani - Khanag - Jalori Pass - Jibhit - Banjar
    Shimla - Narkanda - Hattu Peak - Chaupal - Kedi - Halau - Kandol - Koti - Chakrata
    Shimla - Narkanda - Khadrala - Sungri - Devidhar - Rohru - Shimla
    Banjar - Bathad - Sarahan - Arsu - Rampur - Shimla

    You can check here the list of best treks you can opt-in Shimla.

    Highlights: Treks usually vary from each other and one can pick the length of the trek depending on the time and the capability. There are several shelters as well as the rest houses that have been set for the tourists to rest and re-energize.

    Cost: Variable and depends on the length of the treks.
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  • 04Shop till you drop at Mall Road

    Get a glimpse of the local life by visiting Mall Road, a bustling street in the centre of Shimla. It is a perfect area for a thorough shopping spree with numerous shops for woollen clothes, local handicraft items, rugs, pottery items, jewellery, and many more that will fascinate you.

    The best time to come and get the feel of it is during the evening when several tourists as well as locals come out on the road to the shop and explore around.

    If you are not a crowd person but still want to experience the humdrum of the area, you have a variety of quaint little cafe to sit in with a hot cuppa and see the evening go by.

    Now you know why coming here is one of the most favourite tourist
    activities to do in Shimla. 

    Location: Mall road, Shimla centre, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.

    Highlights: Bustling market with different shops and cafes.

    Cost: Depends on the shop.

  • 05Indulge in River Rafting

    River Rafting is one very popular adventure sports in Shimla. The free-flowing rivers of Shimla offer the most ideal conditions for river rafting in the city. 

    Location: The river Sutlej that flows near Shimla offers great options for river rafting. The very popular whitewater rafting place in Shimla is carried out from the Chabba to Tattapani. The length of this stretch is 12 km and takes about 2 hours to challenge the much rapid and aggressive Sutlej river.

    Highlights: This adventure sport is usually carried out on an inflatable rubber dinghy.


    Cost: Variable and depends on the length of the duration and the track you choose for rafting.

    Check here: Some of the best packages of River Rafting in Shimla.
  • 06Experience 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

  • 07Cottage Stay in The Woods Of Shimla Flat 28% Off

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    About Shimla:
    Shimla is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh and offers great view, pleasant weather and beautiful bazaar for shopping to its guests. Along with some hot fritters, you can visit church while enjoying valley views around.

    About the Stay:
    Get ready for a beautiful stay in midst of forests which are fabricated with perfect privacy and high-class services. These cottages near Shimla are set in dense forest of oak and pine trees. Interior furnishings exude a warm and jungle ambiance – simple yet stylish and elegant.
    - Not only comfort, cafe is hosted is highly experienced chefs who are brilliant in taste of various palettes and would not let you go away anywhere for your favorite dishes.
    - So, just book your favorite variant, depending upon the group size and people and dive in the jungle with perfect solitude to calm self.
    - The property offers 11 deluxe mud-finished cottage having large singles bed in each, 6 super deluxe pine cottages having private sit-out, 2 family suites with large sit-out and surrounded by trees and 1 deluxe suite having 2 large bedrooms having common living room in between.
    Check-in time: 2 P.M.
    Check-out time: 11 A.M.

    How to reach?
    You have to drive 13 kms ahead of Shimla to reach Shoghi to be at this property. Guests should come in their own vehicles or hired vehicles to the place. Once you book, detail directions guide will be shared to reach the place.
  • 08Paragliding

    If you have ever dreamed of flying, Shimla is the place where you can come and make your dream of flying come true. Due to its perfect hills, ideal for paragliding, Shimla serves as an excellent paragliding destination and makes it a mecca of thrill-seekers.

    The vistas of the mighty mountain ranges you can witness during the activity are enough to make it an unforgettable experience. Try this activity in Shimla to shoot up the level of adrenaline running through your blood.

    Location:
    The best place in Shimla to experience the exhilarating fun of paragliding in Shimla is Kangra Valley. Fly gracefully over the enchanting valley of Kangra and land like a champion on its meadows on your next visit to Shimla

    Highlights:
     This adventure sport will make you fall in love with mountain ranges and valleys.

    Cost: 
    Variable and depends on the length of the duration.

    Go through the list of different
    packages for Paragliding so that you can choose the best one for you.

  • 09Skate at natural Ice Skating Rink

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    Ice skating is said to be one of the most popular adventures sports in Shimla. It is known that Shimla has one of the largest ice skating rinks in India.

    Ice skating in Shimla usually commences in the month of December and goes on till late February. During this time, the skies are clear and the weather is cold thereby ensuring undisturbed sessions of ice skating.

    Location: Lakkar Bazar, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171001.

    Highlights: To the surprise of many, Shimla is the only ‘natural’ ice skating rink of India. This is the reason why this largest open-air rink, tends to attract both tourists as well as local, alike.

    Cost: Cost will depend on the length of the session. Sessions of ice skating take place twice a day i.e. both in the morning as well as in the evening. The rink offers membership in both short-term as well as long-term basis.
  • 10Visit Chadwick Waterfall

    Located in the Glen Forests, Chadwick Waterfall is a popular tourist site in Shimla. Flowing from a height of 1586 meters, the falls are surrounded by pine and deodars and carries the chilled water of the Himalayas. You can trek to the falls from Summer Hill or simply take a vehicle.

    Either way, the scenery is unforgettable. It is also a preferred spot for picnics and day camps, and a water spot for the local wildlife. So, unless you wish to meet a leopard, it is advisable to head back before sundown.

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

    Highlights: 
    The place was originally famous as the ‘Chidku Jhaar’ where Jhaar stands for waterfall and in the local dialect ‘Chidku’ means the bird. It is so-called because the waterfall is at such a height that only a bird can reach to the top. Britishers gave it the name ‘Chadwick Falls’.

    Cost:
     No entry fee.

  • 11Take Blessings at Jakhoo Temple

    Jakhoo temple is a famous religious tourist spot and coming here is naturally one of the most popular activities to do in Shimla. It is located in the Jhaku hill, amidst the dense forests of Deodar with the Shivalik ranges in the background.

    To reach here, you have to trek for approx 2 km from the Ridge at the Shimla centre. On the way, you will be meeting numerous mischievous monkeys jumping around probably because this temple is dedicated to the lord of monkeys- Lord Hanuman.

    It is believed that there are footprints of Hanuman when he came here to take sanjeevani booti for Lord Lakshman. 

    Location:
    Jakhu Temple Park, Jakhu, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.

    Highlights: ancient temple, scenic views of Sanjauli and Shivalik hills.

    Cost: No entry fees.

    Know More: Best Time of the Year to Visit Shimla

  • 12Witness sunset at Scandal Point

    Watching the sun exhibiting its crimson hues blended with each other is a treat to the eyes and soul. One visiting Shimla, must not miss out on this electrifying plight as it will rejuvenate you inside-out.

    The name of the location adds a tint of mystery to it and, attracts the tourists from all over the map. Serenity and peace are interwoven in the aura of this point and, is just ideal to rediscover oneself.  

    Location:
    Located just 3 km away from the heart of the town.

    Highlights: 
    Breathtaking view of hills and the sun. Also, there are many options available for restaurants, eateries and places to shop in this area. 

    Cost:
    There is no fee to visit the Scandal Point.

  • Offbeat Things to Do in Shimla

  • 13Take a walk in the Pine Forest

    Blessed with lush green and deciduous pine forests, Shimla brings out its magical facet when you go for a walk in one of the pine forests here.

    Explore the wilderness and the quietude early in the morning while walking as the warm sun rays filter through the pine leaves touching your cold face.

    Such a magical stroll through these enchanted forests can surely be considered as one of the most soothing things to do in Shimla. 

    Location: Various locations.

    Highlights: Walk in the forest, Have a picnic, Hike to the forests.

    Cost: Free of cost.

    Suggested Read: Gorgeous Hill Stations Near Shimla

  • 14Cycle Tour to Water Catchment Wildlife Sanctuary

    Known for its natural beauty and vast landscapes, Shimla Water Catchment Wildlife Sanctuary is a must-visit. If you want to relax in the green surroundings then hiking or cycling through the sanctuary must be on your list of things to do in Shimla.

    Prior permission from the Department of Wildlife is required. Once you manage that, get ready to meet foxes, eagles or even leopards.

    Location:
     NH 22, Charabra Mashobra, Himachal Pradesh - 171012.

    Highlights: Get a cycle and explore the wildlife. You can spot various species of birds and animals including Monkeys, Deers, and if you're lucky you can spot a Leopard too.

    Cost:
     INR 200 per vehicle. Cycles can also be hired at the sanctuary for a nominal price.

  • 15Enjoy the view of Shimla from Summer Hill

    Part of the seven hills that form Shimla, the view from Summer Hill is one of those that you will never forget. Also known as Potter’s Hill, during winter, the hill is covered in pure white snow, and refreshingly pleasant during summers, making it the perfect escape from bustling city crowds.

    In the past, Summer Hill has hosted Mahatma Gandhi at the Georgian mansion of Rajkumari Amrit Kaur. Today, it is home to the famous painter, Amrita Shergil. Himachal Pradesh University is also located here and provides students with the ideal location for concentrated studies.

    Location:
     5 km from The Ridge.

    Highlights: 
    You need to take the toy train to reach Summer Hill which is an amazing experience to have in Shimla. Summer Hill is the greenest neighbourhood of Shimla town away from the city crowds.

    Cost:
     No entry fee.

  • 16Take 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

  • 17Have a coffee at Cafe Simla Times

    Sip a hot cuppa while sitting in this warm cosy cafe overlooking the best of Shimla views. It is located within the Willow hotel and provides lip-smacking gourmet cuisines like Italian, Indian, Lebanese, Chinese and Thai along with exquisite drinks and cocktails.

    It has snug indoor as well as charming outdoor settings for guests to enjoy their solitude. You can sit under the crisp sunlight during the day and stretch it till the sundowner drinks are served while listening to some live music by the local bands.

    It is also a great place for a quick snack after your legs are weary by exploring around Shimla.

    Location: Hotel Willow Banks, Mall Rd, Near Tourism lift, Bemloi, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.

    Highlights: Rooftop cafe, famous among tourists, great food.

    Cost: Approx INR 1500 for 2 people.

    Popular Read: Top Places to Visit in Shimla

  • 18Experience Golfing like Never before at Naldehra

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    One of the best things to do in Shimla is golfing at Naldhera, which has the most alluring golf course surrounded by mesmerizing splendours.

    The heart-stopping atmosphere of the environs adds up to an amazing golfing experience. With 18 hole golf course, you can also savour delectable delicacies at the property.    

    Location: 
    The address of Naldhera golf course is, P.O. Durgapur, Naldehra, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171007, around 22 km from the heart of Shimla.

    Highlights: 
    One of the oldest golf course in India, Naldehra is the 9 hole golf course measuring 4,285 yards. The golf course is open throughout the year.

    Cost: Rs 400/- (Green fee) for Indians and Rs. 570/- (Green fee) for Foreigners.

  • 19Ski through the Hillocks of Kufri

    Exemplary hillock located at an altitude of 2622 meters is the winter sports capital of Shimla, with enthralling snow adventures, skiing being one of them. The scenic beauty of Kufri is beyond one’s imagination, covered with snow in all the quarters.

    You will just get spellbind as you ski through the snow, at this quaint slice of Himalayas. Moreover, here you can also delve in Heliskiing, which is reached by helicopter instead of a ski lift and, is a little costlier.

    Location: Located at a distance 13 kilometres from Shimla, you can enjoy skiing at Kufri’s amusement park.

    Highlights: 
    You can indulge yourself in various adventurous activities like trekking, camping, tobogganing, etc. Kufri along with Chail and Shimla forms the famous Golden Triangle of Himachal Pradesh.

    Cost:
    The cost ranges between Rs 300/- to Rs 500/-.

  • 20Visit to Apple Orchards

    One of the most exciting activities to do in Shimla is picking apples in the lovely apple orchards. Shimla is blessed with the perfect weather to grow apples and thus, is filled with numerous orchards that produce and export copious amounts of crispy, crunchy and deliciously sweet apples.

    You can even learn a lot about the process of growing different types of apples by interacting with the farmers there.

    Location: Various locations in Shimla.

    Highlights: Apple picking, photography.

    Cost: Depends on different orchards.

  • 21Forest Camping in Shimla's Junga - Flat 15% Off

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    About Junga:
    A local town near Shimla which is situated on an elevation of 5100 feet is called as Junga. It is around 26 km from Shimla and is surrounded by green hills with snow-capped mountains and has a forest cover of kail, deodar, pine, cheel, ban and other trees.

    About the camp:
    The camp is located in the upper reaches at an altitude of 5100ft. Moreover, it is situated amid dense pine forests and is in close proximity to the Shimla, Chail etc. Extraordinary holiday awaits you under starry nights and sunlit mornings at this camp.

    About the Stay:
    The stay encompasses 20 tents which can be accommodated on double sharing basis easily and has en-suite toilets and bathrooms for your comfort. A total of 40 people can stay here at a time.
    Check-In Time: 11:00 AM
    Check-Out Time: 11:00 AM 

    About the activities:
    The activities include indoor games like chess, carom, outdoor games like badminton, football and nature walk around the site. You will also be provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner cooked in home style.

    How to reach?
    The camp is around 35 km from Shimla bus stand and can be reached by cab or taxi. You will be given exact details right after the booking confirmation.

    Minimum number of people required- 2.
  • Other Things to Do In Shimla

  • 22Shopping at Lakkar Bazaar

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    Any vacation or holiday to Shimla is just incomplete without Shopping at Lakkar Bazaar. Lakkar Bazaar is an ideal shopping destination for people who enjoy colourful street shopping.

    Location: Adjoining the Ridge in Shimla.

    Highlights:
    The Shimla’s Lakkar Bazaar is famous especially for its woollen apparels. In the Bazaar, you can come across a diverse range of artefacts, pashmina shawls, woollens and handicrafts for you to pick from. Dry fruits and the "Kullu Shawls" of the bazaar are also very famous.

    A popular eatery here in the Lakkar Bazaar is the Sita Ram. It serves the best sumptuous ‘chole bhature’ to satiate your hunger post shopping. Other things found at the Bazaar include wooden handicrafts, Chinese shoes, Tibetan mats and carpets. Shops also house handmade shoes, woollen caps and dolls.

    Cost: No entry fee.

    You can also go for local sightseeing in Shimla near the Bazaars.
  • 23Visit Rashtrapati Niwas

    Presently known as the Institute of Advanced Studies, Rashtrapati Niwas is a stunning building and visiting here is one of the best things to do in Shimla.

    Only some parts of the institute are open for tourists to visit while others are used by the institute. It will take your breath away with its Scottish architecture and the lovely vast lawns around it.

    It is located on the western end of Shimla ridge, 3.5 km away from the centre. The institute is open for tourists from 9 am to 4:50 pm and remains closed on Mondays and national holidays.

    Location: Rashtrapati Nivas Chaura Maidan Road, Near, Observatory Hill, Boileauganj, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.

    Highlights: Scottish architecture, immaculately manicured gardens.

    Cost: Entry fees is INR 50 for Indian Nationals and INR 100 for Foreigners.
              Separate fees for senior citizens, children and garden area guided tour at INR 30.

  • 24Go Johnnie’s Wax Museum

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    A recent addition to tourist attractions in Shimla, the museum was inaugurated in 2016. Currently, housing 16 life-size statues of popular personalities from fields on movies, sports and politics, the statues are made at the famous Madame Tussauds in London.

    You can also get a wax replica of your hand at an additional nominal cost. Put this on your things to do in Shimla list and get ready to meet Harry Potter, Barack Obama, Tony Stark and Amir Khan amongst others.

    Location:
     Near Willow Bank, 2, Mall Road, The Mall, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh - 171001.

    Highlights: Statues 
    are handmade in London. All the statues look amazingly realistic which makes it a must-visit place in Shimla.

    Cost:
     INR 250 per person.

  • 25Enjoy 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 

  • 26 Day Outing at Green Valley

    With a lot of tourists coming here, Green valley or as the locals call it Hassan Valley, is one of the paramount places to visit for a detour from Shimla for a day.

    It lies amidst the beautiful mountain ranges and is just 10 Km away from Shimla by car. It is located on the way to Kufri from Shimla, so travellers can stop here on the way and enjoy the panoramic views of the Himalayan ranges.

    Roam around, have a picnic or hike in the dense evergreen forest of Deodar here. An ideal place to come to breathe the fresh mountainous air, away from the now touristy Shimla, Green valley is surely a place worth visiting. 

    Location:
    Kufri, Himachal Pradesh 171012.

    Highlights: Breathtaking views of Himalayan Ranges, dense Deodar forests.

    Cost: No entry fees.

    Also Read: Stunning Places to Visit Near Shimla

  • 27Awaken the spirituality at Tara Devi Temple

    Visiting Tara Devi Temple is one of the most popular religious activities to do in Shimla. Situated at an altitude of 1851 above sea level and set at an ideal location with quiet forests and valleys at its backdrop, this temple oozes out positive vibes and tranquillity.

    As you step into the premises of this temple, you will see that it is a fully wooden building and has been recently renovated just like the old structure of 250 years, probably more.

    The idol of Tara Devi inside is built from Ashtadhatu, a unique blend of eight elements. It is pretty easy to come here as it is located 11 km from Shimla.

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

    Highlights: Peaceful religious setting.

    Cost: No entry fees.

  • 28Learn the Culture at Himachal State Museum

    If you are coming to Shimla with your children, Himachal State Museum is a great place to take them. The museum highlights ancient, archaeological, and artistic objects such as antique tools, utensils, coins, and traditional garments.

    They are a great source to know the culture and heritage of Shimla and Himachal Pradesh. With the museum also providing with scenic views atop the secluded hill, it would surely be one of the fascinating activities to do in Shimla.

    Make sure you come here after checking your calendar as it remains closed on Mondays and other public holidays.

    Location: Museum Road, near Doordarshan Kendra, Chaura Maidan, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.

    Highlights: Archaeological objects, hilltop views.

    Cost: INR 30 for Indian Nationals and INR 100 for Foreign Nationals.

  • 29Light a candle at Christ Church

    Built in a Neo-Gothic style by the Britishers, Christ Church is a very popular landmark in Shimla. Tourists and architecture lovers usually come here to ogle at the colourful stained glass windows and the Sanctuary Wall Fresco.

    Some also come here with a religious purpose and even light a candle after praying. The fact that this church is the second oldest church in Northern India makes it more alluring to visit.

    Visiting here in winters is surely one of the best things to do in Shimla, as its beauty doubles up and looks just like a castle surrounded by the thick white snow.

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

    Highlights: Neo-Gothic style of architecture.

    Cost: No entry fees.

  • 30Hike to Shaily Peak

    One of the prettiest spots in Shimla, Shaily Peak is located about 22 km away from Shimla at Nalhendra hill station.

    It is a lush green peak with dense forests and rocky trails, to which you can trek for about 8 km, starting from Khatnol. Pack along some food and water for a great picnic after reaching the top.

    The ideal time to visit here would be early in the morning when it is still misty and magical. The stunning views of the sunrise and the beautiful sunset from the hilltop are to die for.

    A golf course is also present here for you to enjoy playing in the lush green terrains of Shaily. With all these, visiting Shaily peak is surely one of the top things to do in Shimla. 

    Location: Nalhendra, Himachal Pradesh.

    Highlights: Admire nature, photography, trekking.

    Cost: No entry fees.

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

    Here is the list of best places to visit in Shimla curated with timing, Location & Distance from Shimla bus stand.

    1. Kufri
    2. Chail
    3. Green Valley
    4. Christ Church
    5. Shaily Peak
    6. Mall Road
    7. Gurdwara Sahib
    8. Kiala Forest
    9. Annandale
    10. Johnnie’s Wax Museum

  • Q. Which are the best resorts in Shimla?

    Looking for a place to stay in Shimla. Click here to find the list of amazing resorts in Shimla

    1. Club Mahindra Mashobra
    2. Zurich Resort
    3. Agyaat Vaas Resort
    4. Woodville Palace
    5. Radisson Shimla
    6. Woodsmoke Resort and Spa
    7. Snow Valley Resort

  • Q. Which are the famous hill stations near Shimla?

    Check out the list of some Fascinating hill stations near Shimla for a vacation in 2019.

    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
    6. Solan - 46 km from Shimla
    7. Kufri - 15 km from Shimla

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

    You can spend three days in Shimla by following this general itinerary-

    Day 1- On your first day in Shimla, you can visit these places to start with:
    -Mall Road
    -Mata Hatkoti Temple
    -Lakkar Bazaar
    -Tara Devi Temple
    -The State Emporium
    -Kali Bari Temple

    Day 2 - On your second day in Shimla, start your trip by visiting the cultural and social life centre of Shimla; the Ridge. You can go for adventurous activities like trekking and forest camping as well and spend the rest of your day by visiting places like:
    -Kamna Devi Temple
    -Mangaleshwar Maharaj Temple
    -Annandale
    -Chadwick Falls
    -Kufri
    -Naldehra Park
    -Chail

    Day 3 - The third day in Shimla can be spent by exploring the rest of Shimla and trying out the famous Himachali cuisine. Start your day by having a delightful breakfast and then set out for various adventurous activities like hiking, ice skating, paragliding, or trekking.

    If you still wish to explore more of Shimla, visit these places:
    -The Shimla State Museum
    -The Scandal PointGorton Castle
    -Army Heritage Museum
    -Johnnie’s Wax Museum
    -Himalayan Bird Park
    -Summer Hill
    -Bantony Castle

  • Q. How many days are sufficient for Shimla?

    Shimla is a small hill station, but home to a number of thrilling tourist places to visit. It will take around two to three days to fully explore the town of Shimla.

  • Q. What is the famous food of Shimla?

    Famous food of Shimla includes: 

    -Khoru
    -Babroo
    -Pattore
    -Chaa Ghosht
    -Murgh Anardana
    -Dham
    -Meethe Chawal or Red Rice 
    -Khus Sidoos
    -Mathri Choware

  • Q. How can I reach Shimla?

    The hill station is simply accessible via three modes; railways, airways, and roadways.

    By Air- The nearest airport from Shimla is the Chandigarh airport. Shimla is easily accessible through cabs that take roughly 3-4 hours, and some buses take 7-8 hours to reach Shimla.

    By Road- You can always find a bus going to Shimla from places like Delhi, Jaipur, Haryana, and Punjab. There are taxis and cabs available from Chandigarh and Delhi airport for Shimla. You can also take HRTC buses from anywhere in Himachal Pradesh.

    By Train- The closest railway station from Shimla is located at a distance of 90 km in Kalka. There are local buses or the toy train available from Kalka to reach Shimla. Chandigarh railway station is located at a distance of 113 km from Shimla. The hill station is well connected through buses and cabs from these railway stations.

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  • Q. What should I wear in Shimla?

    Shimla is a hill station that can get chilly without any warning. So, it would be wise to pack warm woollens for your vacations. There is no special dress code in Shimla.

    But since it’s a hill station, there can be a change in the weather anytime and it can get chilly. Pack only according to the days you are going to spend there.

    Pack woollens like jackets, shawls, cardigans, scarfs, and warmers. Also, carry your sunglasses and sunscreen in a fanny pack always.

  • Q. Does Shimla have an airport?

    Yes, the airport in Shimla is located in Jubbarhatti which is situated at a distance of 20 km from the central Shimla. It is, however, no more functional due to the discontinuation of the Kingfisher airlines.

    The best way to reach Shimla through airways is to aboard Chandigarh or Delhi airports.

  • Q. Is Shimla safe to visit?

    Yes, Shimla is a safe hill station to visit. Apart from some common issues like packed roads and power cuts, Shimla is a safe place to visit.

    However, it is recommended to not visit Shimla during the monsoons due to the landslides and slippery roads.

  • Q. What should I carry for Shimla trip?

    Important things to carry for Shimla Trip:

    -Sunscreen and Sunglasses
    -Moisturizing lotions
    -Woollens, socks, and warmers
    -Good rubber-soled shoes or boots
    -Personal medications
    -Camera with sufficient batteries and memory cards
    -Identity proofs and relevant documents
    -Travel insurance

  • Q. What is unique in Shimla?

    Shimla is known for its historical edifices and ancient temples. Several temples are worth visiting at least once in a lifetime. The specialist of Shimla lies in its food and local culture.

    Also, there are productive activities that you can do in Shimla with family and friends like trekking, forest camping, shopping, river rafting, snowfall, paragliding, cycling, hiking, ice skating, and more.

  • Q. How can I plan a trip to Shimla?

    Planning a trip to Shimla is easy and inexpensive. Shimla is the summer capital of India, and the best time to plan a trip to Shimla is from March to June as the weather during the daytime is pleasant and idealistic.

    However, before planning your trip to Shimla, enquire about the weather conditions of the hill station and issues like landslides and road blockage. Also make a note of hotels, restaurants, places to visit, and activities to do.