Shimla

Once the summer capital of Colonial India, the city of Shimla is presently the capital of Himachal Pradesh. This beautiful hill station is easily accessible via air, road and rail; but perhaps the most enthralling way to reach here is by the narrow gauge toy train from Kalka. Both summers and winters are equally ideal for a visit since each season comes with its own unique activities. A host of various things to do here make it a favourite tourist spot.

Tall pine trees peeking through the morning mist is truly a beautiful sight which one can witness while hiking through Glen forests, Kotkhai Valley and Summer Hills. Nature lovers should definitely watch the early morning rays mingling with the sparkle of Chadwick waterfall. Camping and cottage stays in the mountains provides the ideal escapade from citylife.The highest point in Shimla is Jakhua Hill which also has a Hanuman temple. Colonial architecture can be admired by a visit to the ruins of Rothney Castle and the verandas of the Gorton mansion. Spend an evening exploring the Jhonnie’s Wax Museum and Military Museum.

Tattapani, situated a few kilometers away is well known for its hot water springs and river rafting. Ice skating at Asia’s only natural open air ice skating rink is a popular winter sport. Kangra valley is the perfect place for paragliding and to see the scenic snow covered landscape. Interact with locals at Shimla Ridge and the Lakkar Bazaar. Capture a piece of Shimla by taking home quality woolens, wooden handicrafts and fruit preserves.

  • Monuments:

The Ridge: The Ridge of Shimla is the hub of all cultural activities in Shimla. It is especially famous for the summer festival held in April-May every year. It also houses numerous important government buildings and small tourist spots.

Christ Church: It is located near Ridge and is one the most important tourist locations in Shimla.

Gorton Caste: This beautiful castle reflects the Bristish style of architecture. It was built by Sir Winston Jacob who was regarded as one of the best architects of the time. 

Jakhoo Temple: Dedicated to Hanuman, this beautiful temple is highly popular among the Hindu tourists. 

Indian Institute of Advanced Studies: Located on the Observatory Hills of Shimla. It was originally built as the home of the Viceroy of India from 1884-1888 and was called the Viceregal Lodge. 

Monuments in Chail: Sidhbaba Ka Mandir, Gurudwara Sahib, Kali Ka Tibba and Palace Hotel are some of the most visited sites in Chail. One must also visit The Chail Cricket Ground as it is the highest Cricket Stadium in the world.

  • Natural Places:

Shimla is a popular hill station and is full of natural beauty. Every point has something beautiful to offer. One must visit Kufri, to experience the tranquility, the zoo situated here is home to rare birds and antelopes. Chail is another beautiful place to visit. Chail Wildlife Sanctuary is a must visit for wildlife enthusiasts. Sadhupul Lake in Chail is a sight to behold. Those yearning to visit Switzerland must visit Kufri as it is termed as the Switzerland of India. It is a hub for the adventure sports. One can go on a walk to summer hills and enjoy the scenic beauty around. Chadwick falls is another beautiful location to visit. Monsoon is the best time to visit it. Annandale is a beautiful picnic spot, where tourists love to play Cricket and Polo. It provides a panoramic view of the city. Green Valley is one of the most popular tourist locations and photography points in Shimla. The Scandal Point, Ridge is a complete treat to mountain lovers. Naldehra And Shaily Peak is an ideal place for photography enthusiasts.

  • Activities:

Kufri is blessed with picturesque and thrilling ski slopes. One should visit it in winter to take full advantage of the snow clad mountains to enjoy winter sports in Shimla as well as in nearby towns. Sky Jumper Trampoline Park is a must visit for those looking for some adventure. There is a gaming zone for the family to enjoy. Ride in the Kalka-Shimla railway line is another adventure activity. Kufri Fun World is an amusement park that will enthrall the tourists. At Kufri one should also enjoy the Yak ride. History buffs must visit Shimla State Museum to enhance their knowledge of the beautiful Himalayas. Rafting at Tattapani is another adventure activity one should look forward to. Ice Skating at Lakkar bazaar is also popular among tourists. At Jhaku Temple one can also enjoy ropeway.

  • Food:

The Mall Road in shimla is a hub for the restaurants and cute cafes. One can enjoy the famous Siddu or street momos on the streets of the Mall, sandwich at shere Punjab, Chinese Food at Mehek and Aunty’s middle bazaar, Sita Ram’s Chole Bhature at Lakkad Market is also very popular.

  • Shopping:

Mall Road is the most important shopping place in Shimla. Here one can enjoy the scenic beauty while buying handicraft items, shawls, wooden good, traditional Himachali hats, and dresses etc. Book lovers can spend some time in the beautiful bookshops here. Lakkar bazaar is another famous market. It is an ideal shopping destination for people who enjoy colourful street shopping. Tibetan Market selling tibetan artefacts and handicrafts is also quite popular.