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About Shimla

Shimla was once a summer retreat for the British rulers and has become one of the most visited tourist destinations of India. It is also the capital city of the Himachal Pradesh located in the north part of India. Shimla has Kinnaur in its east, Kullu and Mandi in its north and Solan and Sirmaur on its south and the state of Uttarakhand in its south-east direction. Shimla has improved a lot in terms of education and economy. Many renowned educational institutes are here and many notable persons from India as well as outside have been educated here. Shimal houses many vintage architectural marvels and most of them were built during the British rules. The city has temples, churches and palaces which still bear the rich culture and heritage of our country. About Shimla Shimla is visited by hordes of tourists for its unparallel natural beauty. Known as one of the most popular hill stations of north, Shimal is also popularly called as “Queen of the Hills”. The name “Shimla” has been derived from the name of the Goddess “ Shymala Devi”, that is a form of Goddess Kali. Due to wonderful scenic terrains of Shimla, in the year 2005, MTB Himalaya biking Race has been started in Shimla. It is considered as one of the biggest events of South East Asia. Nestled among the lap of the nature, Shimla has a picture perfect look. The town is nestled among the snow-clad ranges of Himalaya and has many lakes and lush green plantation. The ambience created by this city is not found anywhere else in India. History of Shimla Shimla was discovered by the British Rulers in the early 19th century in 1819 when it was only a small village. Shimla was the part of Kingdom of Nepal. When Lord William Bentinck was the viceroy of India, Shimla was acquired by the Government. The local king was convinced to part with Shimla region in 1830 and then it was made the most attractive summer retreat of the British Era in India. History of Shimla Post Independence, Shimla used to be the capital of Punjab until 1966 and then it became part of Himachal Pradesh and became its capital. Read more on history of Shimla, right here Geography and Climate of Shimla Located in the south west ranges of the Himalays, Shimla is located about 2400 m above the sea level. The entire area of the city is spread over a ridge and seven spurs of the ridge. The entire city has a stretch of 9.2 km ranging from east to west. Jakhoo Hills is the highest peak of Shimla. The three important rivers flowing through Shimla are Giri, Sutlej and Pabbar. The entire forest around Shimla has plantations of oak, pine, deodar trees and rhododendron. Geography of Shimla Shimla enjoys subtropical highland climate. Winters are very cool where temperature ranges from -4-31 degree Celsius and summer temperature ranges from 19-28 degree Celsius. Landslides in the region takes place and become major concern especially after the rains.

Regional Horticultural Research & Training Station,Mashobra

Regional Horticultural Research & Training Station,Mashobra

Regional Horticultural Research Station is the main research station on temperate fruits since its start in 1953 under the department of agriculture and later named as Regional Fruit Research Station in 1958 and is playing an important role in research and transfer of technology on temperate horticulture. This station was inherited from an apple orchard planted by Mr. Alexander Coutts, a tailor to the then Viceroy of India Lord Dufferin who originally planted the orchard known as "Hillock's Head" in the year 1887 where apple, pear, plum and a number of exotic ornamental plants including many varieties of roses were planted. Later on, it was named as 'Coutt's Garden', where some of famous English varieties of apple such as Yellow Newton, King of Pippin and Granny Smith were also introduced. Since December 1, 1985 it is a leading Regional Horticultural Research Station of Dr Y S Parmar University of Horticulture and forestry, Nauni, Solan (HP) and centre of excellence for sustainable apple production. Establishment of field gene bank of temperate fruits is also catering to needs of research, extension education and human resource development for Zone-III of the state. It has played a pivotal role in the horticultural development and bears the responsibility of solving the fundamental and applied problems of temperate fruit industry. It is the largest germplasm centre for apples, pear and cherries in India. At present, about 238 apples, 63 pears, 47 cherry and promising cultivars of hazelnut and walnut are there in the repository. This station has played a pivotal role to bring the name of Himachal as 'Apple state of India'. The fruit growers are relying on the recommendations and other advisory services of this station in their day to day orchard operations. The station is located at a distance of 16 kms from Shimla on Shimla- Tattapani- Mandi road. It is situated at 31.1o N latitude and 77.1o E longitude, North West of Shimla with an elevation of 2286 meters above mean sea level. The soil is clay loam to clay, fairly deep and slightly acidic in nature with a pH of 6.5. Annual rainfall of the area is 135 to 150 cm, most of which is received as monsoon rains during July to September. The highest temperature during the year does not ordinarily exceed 29.4o C in summers and the minimum does not go below - 4o C in winter months. It has an area of 64 acres. There are six disciplines of applied research in Pomology, Plant Nutrition, Floriculture, Plant Pathology, Entomology and Economics. RHRS has been honoured to welcome the visits of three Presidents of India namely; His Excellency Dr Rajendra Prasad, Shri V.V. Giri and Shri R. Venketraman and first Prime Minister of country Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru besides several Governors, Union Ministers, Chief Ministers and Ministers of different states. In addition, foreign dignitaries particularly scientists, professors, eminent persons, farmers of all the states and tourists all over the world visit station to see fruits and flowers every year.

Mahasu Devta Temple

Dedicated to Lord Shiva who is locally known as Mahasu Devta in the rural areas near Mashobra, Mahasu Devta temple is a popular shrine for the locals and a delight for travelers who come here to pay their respects. People derive immense pleasure by immersing in the peaceful aura of this holy sanctum. Another reason why it’s among the most popular places to visit in Mashobra is the two-day Mahasu Jatra festival which is held here on the third Tuesday of May every year to celebrate the shifting of Lord Shiva’s idol in the temple. The festival is marked by folk songs, the tribal dance of Natti, goat sacrifice, archery competition and various other rituals performed and enjoyed here at this time both by locals and travelers. If one wishes to witness the truest version of the Mahasu Jatra festival in India, they can only witness it in Mashobra during these two days when people from nearby villages flock to this town to be part of a traditional form of ‘pooja’ performed during the festival. Attending the festival is an absolute must for those who wish to explore the unexplored traditions, festivals, and religious practices of different communities of India in a vivid cultural mix. Location: Pauria Village, Chopal Post, Shimla Timings: 7 AM to 7 PM Entry fee: None

Mahasu Devta Temple
Rashtrapati Niwas

Rashtrapati Niwas

The Rashtrapati Niwas also known as the Viceregal Lodge is one of the historical monuments in Himachal Pradesh. It not only shows the history of the state but of the entire country. The Rashtrapati NIwas is situated on the Observatory Hills of Shimla and was the home of the Viceroy Of India during the colonial rule. It contains many historic and important artefacts, documents and photographs of the British rule. THis amazing piece of history was designed and made by an British architect named Henry Irwin. Location: Observatory Hill, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India

Naldehra

Naldehra is small yet mesmerizing hill station and one of the top tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh, located just around 22 Km from Shimla, 2004 metre above sea level. It is a perfect heaven for tourists looking for natural scenic beauty and want to get away from the hectic city life. The tourist destination is famous for its greenery, Golf Course and plain view of the mountains filled with thousands of pine trees. Naldehra did not come to notice until the start of the 21st century when Lord Curzon, the British Viceroy of India, discovered the place and was completely mesmerized with its natural beauty. Tourists can enjoy a wonderful afternoon in the lush green Valley with clouds roaming on regular intervals or can take a horse ride to the Golf Course. Naldehra is certainly a must-visit destination for tourists visiting Shimla as it offers both peaceful and adventurous environment which is a memorable experience for the tourists.

Naldehra
Tattapani, Shimla

Tattapani, Shimla

A popular tourist destination in Himachal Pradesh, Tattapani is a quaint village located 60 kms away from Shimla. Situated on the banks of river Sutlej, it treasures several attractions lying amid nature in its best form. It is famous for its Hot sulphur spring that is believed to have curative properties for health ailments like stress, joint pain, fatigue and other skin diseases. On asking the locals, you can always get to hear about the must-visit spots of the destination being - Shiva's Cave. Located 3.5 km from the town centre, Shiva's Caves are famous for its tales of miracles and fulfilment of vows and wishes of its devotees. You can also bask yourself in the adventurous sports of White River rafting, Zorbing, Skiing, Paragliding, Trekking and Camping in Tattapani.

Chail

Chail is a quiet hill station close to Shimla, known for the world's highest cricket ground and the heritage hotel, Chail Palace, in the midst of pine and deodar trees. Surrounded by lush greenery and mesmerizing views from such a great height, known as a hiker's paradise, Chail is bound to give a tourist a memorable travelling experience to a tourist. This place is famous for having the world's highest cricket and polo grounds and has a luxurious resort situated on three hilltops. Once the summer capital of theÊPatialaÊKings, the palace has now been converted into a hotel and a tourist destination. This is the quintessential destination for tourists looking for a calm and relaxed vacation away from the more bustling and crowded tourist destinations in this state. Being the summer capital of the majestic kings of Patiala, the most famous place to visit in Chail is their palace which has now been converted into a heritage hotel. One must also visit the Chail Wildlife Sanctuary and the famous cricket ground.

Chail
 Kufri

Kufri

Kufri in Shimla district, Himachal Pradesh is one of the most sought after holiday destinations, and more so for couples, because of its proximity to Shimla and relatively higher altitude which makes it a place with snow all through the winters. Kufri is just about 10 km from Shimla and is quite a retreat if you're in Shimla and snow is something which excites you. While there's not much to see in Kufri as such, but the panoramic views and temples after a bit of trekking are worth the time. Kufri itself is mostly treated as a spot for the tourists visiting Shimla and it is advisable to club sightseeing in Shimla or nearby areas like Chail, Mashobra, Naldehra or Narkanda as well if you intend to visit Kufri. Also, Kufri is a relatively crowded and popular attraction as almost everyone visiting Shimla comes here.

Himalayan Bird Park

There is no doubt that in Shimla, places to visit are endless. While the town has something for every type of traveler, its Himalayan Bird Park is an ideal attraction for nature and bird lovers. Open only during the summers, one can spot a variety of exotic and native birds here. It makes up for one of the greatest places to visit in Shimla in one day. Visiting Time: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (closed on every Monday) Best For: Birdwatching and photography

Himalayan Bird Park
Christ Church

Christ Church

The Christ Church in Shimla is the second oldest church in entire northern India and is a site of pure devotion as well as architectural beauty. The church, which took 11 long years to complete, stands as a reminder of the British colonisation in India. There is something unique and exciting about the Shimla Christ Church that makes it the favourite destination of people of all age groups. At night, the church literally glows when it is lighted up, while in winters, it dons the look of a magnificent castle. The yellow building and its silhouette is visible from far across in the town of Shimla and is always full of architecture lovers, and devotees. The Shimla Christ Church is inspired by the neo-gothic style of architecture and is complete with a front porch, church bells and five stained glass windows that represent different virtues of Christianity. This is now the only place of religion that the Christians have and is open for service every day. Even with the hullaballoo outside at the Ridge, the Christ Church is peaceful and indeed removed from reality. This and the fact that this majestic church has appeared in a number of famous Bollywood movies, such as Black and 3 Idiots, makes it a popular tourist attraction that people love to visit.

Mall Road

The Mall Road in Shimla, located in the heart of the town, is the main street that is lined up with a myriad of restaurants, clubs, banks, shops, post offices and tourist offices. At the same time, the place boasts of the other exciting attractions that it houses, such as the Scandal Point and Kali Bari Temple. One of the busiest and more commercial areas of Shimla till date, this stretch is a mini-world in itself. The Shimla Mall Road is the one stretch, that truly celebrates the spirit of the hilltown, its tourist rush and valleys and hills covered with houses and hotels. The charm and beauty of the Mall Road can be enjoyed by groups of friends, families and honeymooners alike. The stores that are located on the Mall Road are famous for their woollen clothes and exclusively handcrafted works, apart from the usual books and jewellery. The wooden furniture shops are particularly well-known; so do not forget to buy some exquisite wooden articles, which look like antiques, when you shop from here. Vehicles, except emergency ones, are not allowed on this street, which not only makes the Mall Road in Shimla an ideal place to stroll around in the evenings, without being concerned about the traffic. Other than shopping, Shimla Mall Road is also famous for its variety of cafes and the delicious delicacies that they serve. In fact, people here are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a place to have a meal at. The numerous leisure activities that Mall Road offers ensure that you do not get bored.

 Mall Road
 Chadwick Falls

Chadwick Falls

At a distance of 5 km from Shimla Railway Station, Chadwick Falls is one of the best waterfalls in Shimla region and also one of the top tourist places to visit in Shimla. This is one of the top attractions you must include in Shimla packages. The Chadwick Falls is located at an altitude of 1586 m above sea level and the water cascades down a deep gorge at a height of 86 m. This fall can be approached through Summer Hill. Approach road is available and vehicles can get close to the entry point of waterfall from where about 10 minutes walk through thick vegitation will lead to the waterfalls.Trekking to the falls from Summer Hill is also an exciting experience. The water in Chadwick falls is very cold, chilly and refreshing as it flows down with forceful rapidness from the Himalayas. The best time to visit the Chadwick Falls is after monsoons during the months of July to October, when the water level is increased drastically. This is the time when the Chadwick Falls looks stunning like scattered crystals. The sight of this sparkling waterfall is a treat to the eyes. The fall is encircled with thick green wood and looks enchanting in the midst of steep hills of pine and deodar. This makes the fall more exotic and ravishing. The fall is also a source of water for the foresters and tribes. A walk to Chadwick falls is exciting because of the magnificent view of the snow capped mountains. Chadwick waterfalls are one of highest waterfalls in India that carry the chilled water of Himalayas. The waterfall does not carry much water in summer season and monsoon is the recommended season to visit this place.

Naldehra And Shaily Peak

Located at a distance of 23 km from Naldehra, Shaily Peak is a popular attraction of this place. It is a steep peak, covered with forests and has rocky trails that are used by trekkers to reach the peak. One can also hire ponies to reach the top of the peak. Shaily Peak is situated among the Himalayan hills near Mahakali Lake. For those who are unable to trek, there is a motorable track to reach the peak. From the base of Khatnol, it is an 8 km climb to reach the peak

 Naldehra And Shaily Peak
The Shimla State Museum

The Shimla State Museum

Set on the famous Mall Road of Shimla, State Museum is a colonial building which was built back in 1974. The museum is a major attraction of Shimla and is set at a distance of around 2.5 km from Scandal Point, which is another major attraction of the hill station. The main aim behind setting up the museum was to protect and preserve the cultural wealth of Himachal Pradesh. The museum houses a great collection of coins, photographs, artifacts and other art objects which pertain to archaeology and cultural anthropology of Himachal Pradesh. One can also find a wide collection of damaged sculptures which date back to the 8th century. The museum also has a doll gallery which has a collection of Himachali tribal and bride dolls. Apart from the doll gallery, there are many more galleries in the museum which exhibit different periods and eras. Other attractions of the museum include the collection of Pahari Miniature Paintings, Anthropological Monuments, Bronze artifacts, Rajasthan paintings, Contemporary Art and Wall Paintings.

The Scandal Point, Ridge

Scandal Point is located to the western edge of Shimla where two of the city's most important roads, The Ridge and Mall Road, converge. This pleasant small square which is over looked by the mock-Tudor state post office has the bizarre name of Scandal Point and where there is an intriguing name there must be an equally gripping story, which sadly, can be only loosely based on facts. The tale of the Scandal Point involves the Maharaja of Patiala, Bhupinder Singh who was regarded as a charismatic and charming character and the impressionable daughter of the British Viceroy. The young girl was forced to leave the comforts of England but once at Shimla fell for the charm of the Maharaja. The tale goes that the couple eloped together in 1892 after meeting at Scandal Point. More dramatic reincarnations of the story told by enthusiastic tour guides tell that the young women was kidnapped by the Maharaja from Scandal Point. This either kidnap or elope did not go unnoticed by the British Viceroy (Lord Kitchener) who with his power or influence could have had the Maharaja severely punished. The punishment he choose was only to expel the Maharaja of Patiala from Shimla, where upon the Maharaja constructed his summer capital 50miles away in Chail arts of the tale are true while others sadly are not. Bhupinder Singh became the central character to the tale as he had a justified reputation as a womanizer and extrovert who married many wives. It is also true that the Maharaja did infuriate and even enrage Lord Kitchener who forced him out of the summer capital of Shimla. In an act of defiance the Maharaja relocated his summer capital to the small town of Chail in 1891. There is doubt of Bhupinder Singh's age at the time of the scandal some records indicate that he was only a baby at the time of the kidnap. One interesting side note which is possibly the origins of the story is that Bhupinder Singh's father, Rajindra Singh, had an English wife. The place at Chail also has the inscriptions of RS indicating Rajindra Singh had the building constructed. The truth of the story has been lost over the time so all that remains is more scandal over Scandal Point.

 The Scandal Point, Ridge
 Jakhoo Hill

Jakhoo Hill

The highest point of the city is Jakhoo Hill Shimla that is covered with Alpine trees. At the top of the flat hill is the colourful Jakhoo Temple and the newly constructed Hanuman statue. Jakhoo Hill Shimla is a favourite escape for visitors wanting peace and calm from the city far below. The walk up to the hill takes approximately 30 minutes and follows a pleasant route, just beware of the criminal minded monkeys that are waiting to rob tourist of food and shiny objects! The summit of Jakhoo Hill Shimla is 2,455m and approximately 200m higher than the central ridge of Shimla. The route to the summit follows a 2.5 km footpath with long sections of steps this walk is invigorating in the clean and crisp mountain air of spring and autumn but challenging during the height of summer. The monkeys of Shimla have learnt that tourists are easy pickings for food. Halfway up the path it is possible to rent sticks which are used to threaten the monkeys and prevent robbery. Visitors who do not possess a stick will have their pockets and bags rifled through on the hunt for food. It is very appropriate that Jakhoo Temple is dedicated to Hanuman, the Hindu monkey god, as the monkeys rule Jakhoo hill. The summit of Jakhoo Hill Shimla is flat, wide and cooling from the shade of the numerous tall pine trees that add to the tranquility atmosphere of the location. From the summit there are great views to the north over the Shivalik mountain range of the Himalayan foothills and west over Shimla. In Hindi mythology the flat summit of Jakhoo Hill Shimla was caused by lord Hanuman's sudden arrival while hunting for a special herb to save a Lakshmana priest during the battle of Ramayana. Legend tells that the monkey god flew from the sky from such a height and speed that the top of the mountain was obliterated and only a huge foot print remained. On top of the foot print the Jakhoo temple was constructed and the start of Shimla’s close religious following of Hanuman. The Temple itself is colourfully painted with images of Hanuman adorned to the outer walls of the temple. Inside the temple there is a statue of the monkey god along the religious smell of burning incense. On the outer wall of the temple is a lucky religious bell, if a visitor to the temple rings the bell the ringer will have good luck for the following 3 days. India wouldn't be India without an outlandish or garish monument to detract from the beautiful natural scenery and Jakhoo Hill is no exception. A newly constructed 33 meter statue of Lord Hanuman has been positioned next to the temple. The Hanuman statue has been painted a vivid orange colour and when viewed from Shimla this large statue can be seen towering above the natural greens of the pine tree canopy.

 Reserve Forest Sanctuary

Reserve Forest Sanctuary

Mashobra is often called the birdwatcher’s delight, and for very good reasons! The Reserve Forest Sanctuary in Mashobra houses one of Asia’s largest watersheds which acts as the source of water for Shimla and is among the best places to visit in Mashobra. Apart from being an important contributor to Shimla’s abundant water supply, this watershed contributes to the marshy topography of the sanctuary, which, along with its lush coniferous cover and the year-round pleasant weather, attract a number of birds to this region. Some of the most common bird species one can spot here include Himalayan eagles, pheasants, partridges and chukars. Other than the birds, the park is a delight for trekkers and hikers who come here to camp under the lush covers of cedar, oak, and pine and amid scenic views of the Indus River. In fact, the forest reserve serves as an excellent unspoilt trekking and camping destination in Himachal Location: NH 22, Chharabra Getting there: Follow the NH 22 towards Chharabra till Dhalli Timings: 9 AM to 6 PM Entry fee: INR 700/- per person Please Note: Prior permission from the forest authorities is required to visit this reserved area. Tip: Watch out for the monkeys and take good care of your electrical equipment like camera.

Chadwick Falls

Chadwick Falls is located in the Glen Forests of the beautiful city of Shimla. This stream of water trickles from a height of about 100 metres. Some explorers recall a walk through the forest as an adventurous experience because of the damp and dark environment created by the thick canopying forest. The name Chadwick is derived from 'Chidku Jhaar' where 'Chidku' means sparrow and 'Jhaar' means waterfall in the local language. It was named so because the locals thought only sparrows could reach the top of the waterfall and not humans. The Britishers found it difficult to pronounce this name and hence started calling the waterfall Chadwick. Some say a scientist named Chadwick committed suicide here, and therefore, it is called so. No matter what the origin of the name is, this beautiful location is a stone's throw away from the city and must be visited by everyone exploring Shimla.

Chadwick Falls
Bird watcher’s paradise - Water Catchment Sanctuary of Shimla

Bird watcher’s paradise - Water Catchment Sanctuary of Shimla

Blessed with an abundance of flora and fauna Shimla is a paradise for nature lovers. Touring the Water Catchment Sanctuary is one of the best things to do in Shimla as it has incalculable bounties of wildlife. Here, you can gaze at the sparkling streams which house unique wildlife creatures like the Leopard, Tits, Flycatchers, Thrushes, Barbets, Woodpeckers, Musk Deer and several elegant variants of birds chirping in the pristine silent forest. Location: The address of Water Catchment Sanctuary is, NH 22 Charabra Mashobra, Himachal Pradesh 171012 Timings: The sanctuary is open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on all the days. Cost: The fees is Rs. 100/- per person.

Take a Glance at the Setting sun 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. Timings: One can visit from morning 6:00 am to 8:00 pm in the evening. Cost: There is no fee to visit the Scandal Point.

Take a Glance at the Setting sun at Scandal Point
Experience Golfing like Never before at Naldhera

Experience Golfing like Never before at Naldhera

One of the best things to do in Shimla is golfing at Naldhera, which has the most alluring golf course surrounded by mesmerizing splendors. The heart-stopping atmosphere of the environs adds up to amazing golfing experience. With 18 hole golf course, you can also savor 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. Timings:You can experience golfing from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on all days from April to September and, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm from October to March. Cost: Rs 400/- (Green fee) for Indians and Rs. 570/- (Green fee) for Foreigners

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 Price: No entry fee Timings: Open at all time Best time to visit: March to October Here are some of the best resorts to stay in Shimla and they are perfect to feel the comfort and luxury with the best amenities and panoramic views.

Kiala Forest
Chadwick Waterfall

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 Price: No entry fee Timings: Open at all time Best time to visit: July to October

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. The Himachal Pradesh University is also located here and provides students the ideal location for concentrated studies. Location: 5 km from The Ridge Price: No entry fee Timings: Open at all time Best time to visit: All year round

Summer Hill
Experience the Ride on Toy Train

Experience 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 Price: INR 65 to INR 500 Timings: 5.10 am, 5.30 am, 6 am and 12.10 pm (From Kalka); 10.30 am, 4.25 pm, 5.40 pm and 6.15 pm (From Shimla) Best time to visit: All year round

Visit 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 wood craft) 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 Price: No entry fee Timings: 8 am to 6 pm Best time to visit: April to August and December to Januar

Visit the Shimla Ridge
Enjoy Natural Ice Skating in Shimla

Enjoy Natural Ice Skating in Shimla

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. 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. Best Time: 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. 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. Safety: Equipment like a cap, knee pads and skates are needed for the ice skating.

Hike to Jakhoo Hill

The highest peak in the region, Jakhoo Hill attracts both religious tourists and adventure lovers. Home to the famous Hanuman Temple, Jakhoo Temple, a 45-minute hike is the best way to reach the top. Legend has it that Lord Hanuman rested here during his journey to get the Sanjeevani booti. But even if you don’t believe in legends, this is the ideal spot to get a panoramic view of the city and the surrounding hills. The 108-feet Hanuman statue is a sight to behold. Location: Jaku, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh - 171001 Price: No entry fee Timings: 6 am to 11 am and 4 pm to 8 pm (All seven days) Best time to visit: March to June Planning a trip to Shimla? We have some of the most affordable tour packages to Shimla. Book them before the prices hikes.

Hike to Jakhoo Hill
Cycling in Shimla Water Catchment Wildlife Sanctuary

Cycling in Shimla 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. A 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 Price: INR 200 per vehicle. Cycles can also be hired at the sanctuary for a nominal price Timings: 10 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 4 pm (Tuesday to Sunday). Closed on Mondays Best time to visit: October - November

Indulge in River Rafting

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. Best Time: The summer months are believed to be the most ideal time for paragliding in Shimla. 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.

Indulge in River Rafting
Shopping at Lakkar Bazaar

Shopping at Lakkar Bazaar

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. 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. Best Time: April to August and December to January is the best time to visit this Bazaar. The bazaar stays open from morning till midnight. You can also go for local sightseeing in Shimla near the Bazaars.

Trekking in Shimla

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. Best Time: December to February.

Trekking in Shimla

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