Dream, discover and explore in the soulful city that harmonize peace and serenity together. A land of global aura, mystic mountains, calm pathways, long tree shadowed walks, surreal views and enchanting vibes, Shimla is calling you this summer. No matter how cliché the town is for some travelers, many still loves to come and spend time here at a nature’s blissful paradise with architecture so admiring and solid. Shimla is amongst places where you delve into the nature remains in its true essence by spreading its sheer sophistication, unexplored by the passing time.
Nestled in the laps of the great Himalayas and a home of parent mountain ranges of Himalyas, Shimla rests proudly at an altitude of 2202 meters. If you don’t witness a new sunset every day, it isn’t Shimla you are visiting. The colorful sunsets and blissful sunrises, Shimla is blessed with every possible beauty of the world. Britishers left Shimla with some great colonial impressions by building some great imperial buildings like town hall, Indian Institute of Advanced House, Governer House, etc. This attracts thousands of foreign as well as Indian tourists every year. However, the ever increasing population has made the city crowded but places around Shimla are still not spoilt and calls for huge tourist crowd. Travelers love to explore the interiors of Shimla and around to get the first hand experience of a place so raw and authentic.
The city got the name from the Hindu Goddess named Shyamala Devi, an incarnation of Goddess Kali. No one goes untouched and unfelt from Shimla. Bestowing an array of mountain ranges, architectural reminiscent, malls & markets, cultural spots and entertainment hubs, Shimla has a lot to offer for people from all walks of life.
Location: Jakhu Hill, Shimla, India
Jakhu Hill is the highest peak in Shimla at an altitude of 8000 feet. The peak gets maximum snow in winters and is famous for its Hanuman temple where 108 feet tall statue of Hanuman stands tall and is visible from the entire Shimla.
Things to do at Jakhu Temple: Visting The Place
Location: Tara Devi, Shimla, India
At a distance of 20 kms from Shimla, Tara Devi is an ancient temple located top of the tara devi peak dedicated to Goddess Durga. The temple is highly revered by locals and visit there to seek blessings of the godess.
Things to do at Tara Devi Temple: Visting The Place
Location: The Mall, Shimla, India
Situated at the famous Ridge ground of Shimla, St.Mary’s Church is a famous tourist attraction. The church is beautiful and makes up for a perfect backdrop when visited in monsoons.
Things to do at St. Mary's Church: Visting The Place
Location: Sankat Mochan, Shimla, India
Sankat Mochan is a beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman. The temple is situated amidst coniferous trees covering all around it. The temple is spread in a large area.
Things to do at Sankat Mochan: Visting The Place
Location: The Mall, Shimla, India
The famous Ridge ground is a large ground at the second highest peak of Shimla just below the Jakhu Hills. The ground can accommodate thousands of people at once and offers some extremely enchanting views of the Himalayas.
Things to do at The Ridge: Visting The Place
Location: Summer Hill, Shimla, India
If you love to visit an attractive picnic spot then you must visit the Glen – a charming scenic spot surrounded by deodar and pine forests along with Chadwick falls.
Things to do at The Glen: Visting The Place, Sightseeing
Location: Annadale, Shimla, India
Developed as the sporting spot for cricket and polo in imperial days, Annadale ground now serves as a Helipad of Army. The ground is huge and spread across 25 bighas and is covered with deodar and oak trees making it a picturesque scene for all tourists and locals.
Things to do at Annadale Ground: Visting The Place
Location: Ghora Chowki, Shimla, India
If you are an avid bird watcher, visit Himalayan Bird Park where you can spot various species. Himalyan Bird Park is situated in Ghora Chowki near Indian Institute of Advanced studies.
Things to do at Himalayan Bird Park: Visting The Place
Location: The Mall, Shimla, India
The main attraction at the Mall Road Shimla, Gaiety is a Heritage building recently repaired by the local government for encouraging cultural activities that takes place here. If you visit during summers, you might be lucky enough to witness performances of renowned artists here in the theatre. Gaiety complex designed by Henry Irwin during imperial days is an example of architectural marvel.
Things to do at Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex: Visting The Place
Location: Mashobra, Shimla, India
A famous tourist spot around Shimla , Mashobra is situated an an altitude of 2149 meters. It is a beautiful place covered in thick forests of deodar, pine and oak trees. Mashobra is famous for its tempting apple orchards.
Things to do at Mashobra: Visting The Place
Location: Kufri, Shimla, India
If you came to Shimla for snow, you need to visit Kufri. Kufri receives maximum snowfall around Shimla as it is located at a massive altitude of 250 meters. Kufri offers a lot of sporting activites like skiing, horse riding, snow scooter ride etc. Besides, there are a lot of fun activities for kids and family.
Things to do at Kufri: Visting The Place, Trekking, Skiing, Horse-Riding, Valley Crossing
Location: Naldehra, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Naldehra is a tiny hamlet tucked 22km, an hour's drive from the hustle and bustle of Shimla. It is perched among beautiful landscape at 2044 meters above sea level. The perfectly clear blue skies, lofty mountains and the dense forest cover lure you to this place.
The biggest catch of this place is the 18 hole golf course that is studded by an absolutely lush green cover. The gold course is legacy of British time and the place was brought to limelight by Lord Curzon. It was he who ideated to level an entire hilltop to make it perfect for golf course. The fee to get access to the golf course is nominal ranging between between Rs 250 to Rs 500.
Things to do at Naldehra: Visting The Place
Shimla has the most pleasant weather in India. Where India being a tropical country has really hot summers, weather in Shimla remains extremely pleasant not exceeding 28 degrees. Maximum temperature ever noted was 30 degrees. However winters are extremely chilly and temperature may fall sub zero degrees.
Well, for Shimla, any time you choose would be best. However, the summer months between April and June are the best time to visit. Months during October and December and also best to visit Shimla if you want to witness some snowfall.
The beautiful city of Shimla is well-connected by all means with New Delhi, prominent places in UP, Punjab and Haryana by road, rail and air.
The best way to reach Shimla is through its heritage railway track in a toy train from Kalka that offers some spellbinding views on the way.
Shimla-Kalks highway is well connected road to all major cities of India particularly Delhi and Chandigarh. You can catch a bus or taxi from wherever suitable for you and can reach reach Shimla comfortably.
The nearest Airport is Jubbar Hatti Airport that has frequent flights to New Delhi. You can catch flight from Delhi and land in Shimla comfortably. There on you can hop on a taxi to arrive to the main town of Shimla covering a distance of around 20 km.
There is a lot to explore!
Shimla - Manali - Rohtang Pass - Dharamshala - Dalhousie - Khajjiar - Amritsar
Narkanda - Sarahan - Sangla - Chitkul - Kalpa - Tabo - Kaza - Chandertal Lake - Manali