15 Unexplored Places near Shimla For Your 2024 Trip!
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Offbeat Places near Shimla

Naldehra, Cheog, Theog, Koti, Kotkhai, Narkanda, Kotgarh, Matiana, Fagu, Kiarighat, Shoja, Karsog, Sirmaur, Sarahan, Tirthan Valley, and many more.

Known to be the “Queen of Hill Stations”, there are a number of
unexplored places in Shimla which are hidden away in the unadulterated nature. Be it the panoramic views of the hills and snow-capped mountains of Cheog or the traditions of Kotkhai, there are a number of hidden gems where one can spend some quaint time away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. Known to be the most sought after hill station, Shimla has been catering millions of tourists since ages.

Home to mesmerizing valleys and steep slopes leading to picturesque views, these hidden places of Shimla come in mind when one thinks of snow, peace, food, and serenity. Whether you want to spend a romantic vacation with your loved one, or even if you are in the mood for some real adventure, these places are sure to rejuvenate your body and mind completely. Places like Kotgarh and Theog offer some of the best backdrops, thus never cease to amaze the tourists with their endearing beauty and find their names in the list of offbeat places near Shimla.

Here is a list of unexplored places near Shimla:

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It is a hill resort located just a one hour drive away from Shimla, and is quite exquisite in appearance. Being away from human interference and chaos, Naldehra is among the most recommended places to visit near Shimla. Naldehra was discovered by Lord Curzon who was awestruck by the beauty of this place.

The major attraction that Naldehra owes its fame to is an 18-hole high altitude golf course located here. If you are planning a vacation with your family or your partner, Naldehra is worth staying a couple of days at.

Distance from Shimla Bus Stand (ISBT):
25 km

How to reach: You can reach Chail from Shimla by cab or private vehicle.

Places to see/things to do: Golf Course, Mahunag Temple, Nature Walk, Horse Riding.

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Koti-Kanasar is a picturesque location marked ideal for a picnic or a honeymoon. It is surrounded by a dense green forest-the green meadows allure tourists and make it perfect for an excursion.A little town Koti Kanasar is also situated here with few houses.Kanasar is known for maintaining very old Deodar trees, exceptionally well. Asia’s biggest Deodar tree with a circumference of 6.35 meters is present in its woodland.

Popular for trekking, treks to Buder Gupha takes 2 hours and Deoban takes 3 hours from Kanasar 
About 3 km away from Kansar is a Forest Rest House, placed creatively on a slope, this gives segregated coloured hallmark of the terrains.

Location: Kanasar range.

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

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

Location: 62 km from Shimla City

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

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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 and it is one of the best Shimla tourist places to visit.

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

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A small hill station in Himachal Pradesh you may not have heard of before, Kiarighat is a perfect recipe for a peaceful weekend escape. Whether you are travelling with family or friends, this place will give you the much-needed break from fast-paced city life and will let you relax in its soothing realm. 

If you are visiting Shimla, you should definitely visit Kiarighat and breathe in the untainted air in its forests teeming with oak, pine, and deodar trees.

Distance from Shimla Bus Stand (ISBT):
28 km

How to reach: You can reach Kiarighat from Shimla by Toy Train, bus, cab or private vehicle.

Places to see/things to do: Paragliding, Sightseeing, Kali Bari Temple
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A perfect place to visit during a vacation with family, Shoja is one of the offbeat destinations in Himachal Pradesh, away from the hustle and bustle of tourists. This tiny hamlet is located close to Jalori Pass, and is quite popular among backpackers and trekkers. 

Besides, there are some exquisitely beautiful locations nearby which are perfect for the purpose of photography and soothing nature walk, making Shoja one of the most rewarding places to visit near Shimla.

Distance from Shimla Bus Stand (ISBT): 90 km

How to reach: You can reach Chail from Shimla by cab or private vehicle.

Places to see/things to do: Chehni Kothi, Tirthan Valley, Gushaini, Waterfall Point.

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Dive right into the magical realm of Himalayan greens by visiting Karsog on your next vacation. It is a small town in Himachal Pradesh, ideal for a relaxing holiday with family. If you are travelling with family, you can find some excellent resorts here. 

Opting for a homestay is also a great way to get familiar with the culture of the region. Karsog is also famous for its apple orchards, so make sure to bring back home some fine quality apples from here.

Distance from Shimla Bus Stand (ISBT):
108 km

How to reach: You can reach Karsog from Shimla by cab or private vehicle.

Places to see/things to do: Orchards, Kamaksha Devi Temple, Nature Walk.
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Brimming with several villages, where one can take a deep look in the lifestyle of rural areas. Apart from this, the simplicity and originality of this untamed district will draw your attention. If you are seeking for peaceful time to rediscover yourself, then this is a perfect destination for you.  

Things to do: 
Visit the various spiritual sites like gurudwara, monasteries temples and explore the beauty of Renuka lake.

How to reach: 
You can reach out to Sirmaur by hiring a taxi or you can take a train to Nahan and then take a local bus.

Distance from Shimla: 
It is located at a distance of almost 152 km from the heart of Shimla

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Located at an altitude of 2,313 m this hill station is known as the “Gateway to Kinnaur”. Holding the relics from history, it possesses the Bhimkali temple where the placidity is interwoven in the aura of the region.

Rimmed with Sutlej river, where one can experience an ultimate freshness in the air.

Things to do: 
Housing several pilgrimage sites, where one can visit the Bhimkali temple, Shrai Koti temple, and several others,  

How to reach: 
One easily access the hillock by hiring a private taxi as there are no direct buses or trains.

Distance from Shimla:  
It is located at a distance of almost 163 km from the heart of Shimla

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Tirthan Valley

A little piece of heaven for travellers, Tirthan valley is one of the most scenic places to visit near Shimla. The valley is named after the river Tirthan which flows across the valley, adding a charm to its overall aura. 

Since there are some popular trekking trails in the region, this place also enjoys fame among trekkers, and is excellent for camping. This place is far from commercialized so it makes for a perfect destination for the lovers of offbeat.

Distance from Shimla Bus Stand (ISBT): 178 km

How to reach: You can travel till Kullu by bus and hire a private cab to reach Tirthan Valley from there.

Places to see/things to do: Tirthan River, Selosar Lake, Photography, Trekking, Camping, Fishing.

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Cheog is a small town located near Shimla. It can be accessed with the help of a hired taxi or state transport services via Shimla. The place is famous for its picturesque view of the hills and mountains—an offbeat place near Shimla; which is a definite visit for all the tourists.

Town is accessible and closely connected via road, rail or air. Kufri, Chail, Naldehra and Mashobra are some of the nearby places to visit near Cheong. It is recommended by the locals that the best time to visit is during the autumn season or the early spring season. Cheog comes under the Tehsil Theog under the district of Shimla. It lies 2086 metres above sea level.

Location- 49 mins drive from Shimla City via
Dhalli Bypass, Himachal Pradesh, 171209.

Best Time To Visit- From March To June, when the weather is quite pleasant, and one can enjoy outdoor activities.

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This heavenly place is a small town, amidst the abode of nature. Town lies at the height of 2310 metres above the sea level, and the mountains are clearly visible during clear weather. It is definitely amongst one of the most unexplored places near Shimla, and is perfect if you are looking to get away from the noise of the city life.

The best known time to visit Theog is during the early winters between October and November. The temperature then remains pretty moderate during the day but gives chills at nights. Until February, the entire Town is covered in snow. In order to have a silent vacation in this Town, you are recommended to visit during the summers.

Location- 27.9 kms from Shimla City, Himachal Pradesh, 171209.

Best Time To Visit- From October to November, which when the temperature is at 25 degrees.

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The word ‘Kotkhai’ is derived from both Urdu and Hindi language where the term ‘Kot’ means King’s Palace and ‘Khai’ refers to depth. It eventually refers to the King’s Palace situated in depth. The Nagar Panchayat is known as the largest producer of apples in Shimla. The Town is also known for its traditional fairs, customs and values.

It lies at the height of 1881 metres above sea level. Some of the famous places to visit when in Kotkhai include Kiala Forest, Garawog, Kotkhai Palace and the HPCA Stadium Gumma. 
The region has been hosting its traditional sport of bow and arrows since the establishment, known to the locals as ‘Thotha’. The best time to visit this unexplored place near Shimla is during the months July to September.

Location- 57.2 kms from Shimla City via Rohru Road, Himachal Pradesh, 171202.

Best Time To Visit- From April to June, which is the summer season when the temperature is moderate.

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The small Town of Kotgarh is where the cultivation of apples begins in Shimla. The place is situated at a distance of about 82kms away from Shimla and is a land for the photographers. The Town gives the glorious and smoothening view of the Sutlej river. This place was given importance after the cultivation of apples by an American missionary, Satyanand Stokes.

Though the place is accessible throughout the year, it is recommended to visit Kotgarh during the summer season. The place is very well known for apple wine, Pahari cuisine and small treks around the hills. 
Visiting during the summers keeps on open for adventurous activities such as paragliding, camping, trekking and rafting.

Location- 75.1 kms from Shimla City via NH5, Himachal Pradesh, 172030.

Best Time To Visit- From March  to June, which is the temperature ranges from 15 degrees to 30 degrees.

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Matiana is a beautiful and simple hamlet in Himachal Pradesh. If you are looking for some peace and tranquil times in the mountains then Matiana is one of the best offbeat hill stations around Delhi. It is a great place to enjoy some relaxed conversations around a flaring bonfire and some spicy Maggi.

Best time to visit Matiana: 
The best time to visit Matiana is between September to April. The weather is very pleasant during this time to indulge in various activities.

Things to do in Matiana:

-Enjoy a bonfire with friends and family.
-Get fresh apples from the orchards.
-Indulge in horseback riding.
-Enjoy a picnic by a stream or a grassy meadow.
-Practice some nature photography.
-Go trekking or village hopping.

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People Also Ask About Shimla

  1. What are the best places to visit in Shimla?

    The must-visit places of Shimla include:

    1. Green Valley- Known to be famous as a shooting spot for different Bollywood movies. It is surrounded on all sides by hills and is situated near Kufri in Shimla. You can visit anytime between 6 AM-6 PM.

    2. Chail- This hill station is about a distance of 63kms from Shimla. Another exotic creation of the Almighty, this hill station expands over Pandewa, Rajgarh and the Sadh Tiba hillocks. This beautiful Town was brought into notice in the year 1893.

    3. Himalayan Bird Park- A favourable place to visit during the vacation. You can see some of the most beautiful creations of God as this park is home to various rare and exotic bird species.
  2. What are the best camping sites in Shimla?

    Some of the most visit camping sites around Shimla are:

    1. Camping at Shoghi- This camping site is within the spiritual land of the temples, Shoghi. The campers are allowed to check-in during noon. The site organises various activities for its guests between 10 AM-6 PM.

    2. Snow Trails Camp- This camping site is situated on the Kufri-Chail road. It organises activities like Rock Climbing, Flying Fox, Hike and Trek, and other team-building events.

    3. Camps Jungle Livinn- Among the offbeat places near Shimla, the camp is situated at about 42kms from the Shimla Railway station which provides facilities like dining room, swiss tents, 24 hours hot and cold water.
  3. How can I reach Fagu from Shimla?

    The nearest railway station to Fagu is the Shimla railway station at a distance of 18kms. On reaching Shimla, one can travel through a hired taxi or the state transport bus services to reach Fagu.
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