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11 Stunning Places To Visit In Shimla

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In this post, we are going to tell you about the best places to visit in Shimla. Shimla is a treasure, housing everything for what a tourist craves for. It is a favorite hill station for almost every Indian. It is among the best honeymoon destinations in India. High altitude hills with snow-covered on its top, magnificent view of the scenery around, pure weather shows the charming view of nature. The adventure of Shimla is like a trip2divine ( an adventure of heaven).

Shimla – An Adventure of Heaven

Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh India. The town is created at an altitude of 2200 meters. The attraction of this place can be understood by the fact that Britishers made it their summer capital in 1864. The beautiful colonial architecture, pedestrian-friendly Mall Road, and beautiful churches add charm to the beauty of this place. The temperature here rarely crosses 25 degrees Celsius during summers. Shimla is blessed with mountains valleys, natural springs, and crystal clear water rivers. Because of all these Shimla has become a one-stop destination for all types of tourists. The adventure to explore the best places to visit in Shimla would give you different satisfaction than other tourist destinations.

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Best time to visit Shimla

Although Shimla is such a destination that can be visited throughout the year.

But most of the tourists flock here during summer seasons to beat the heat of nearby plain areas. The major preferred time for Shimla is from March to June. During this time the weather is quite pleasant and perfect for doing outdoor activities like paragliding, trekking, picnic, camping, etc.

Also November to February is suitable for Snow lovers. Although, the activities open to you throughout the year based on when you visit. So, you need to plan accordingly.

Read also: Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh

 Let us talk about major tourist places to visit in Shimla

1. Mall Road

mall road is one of the most visited places to visit in shimla

Mall Road is one of the most famous places to visit in Shimla. It is one of the busiest and most commercial areas in Shimla to date. This road is lined up with a number of restaurants, clubs, banks, shops, post offices, and tourist offices. Not even a single person can resist himself from strolling this picturesque road housing many contemporary structures.

People love to walk through this road which makes it bustling always. Visitors spend some leisure time by shopping and snacking here. One can also find here a variety of handicrafts, clothes, and woolen also. The atmosphere of this place is suitable for family, friends as well as couples too. It is especially liked by the couples as the natural beauty and breeze here make it lover’s paradise. 

Visiting hours: The best time to visit Mall road is 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM, otherwise it’s open 24/7.

 2. The Ridge

christ church is the best tourist places to visit in shimla

The Ridge is one of the most popular tourist places to visit in Shimla. It is situated in the center of the city. It is a large open space in the heart of Mall Road. Mountain ranges in the background look like heaven appear on the ground. The Christ Church here is the center of attraction. It is also Shimla’s most popular landmark.

The stained glass windows of the church represent faith, hope, charity, and humanity. During summer, this place is crowded with horse activists, ice cream vendors, cozy benches, and photographers. Here you can go shopping, try unique dishes at various restaurants, visit Tudor Library and many more. 

 Visiting hours: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

 Entry fee: No entry charges 

3. Chadwick Falls

Chadwick Falls is a popular tourist attraction at a distance of 7 km from Shimla. This waterfall is easily approachable as vehicles can get close to the entry of waterfall. From there the 10-meter walk is required to get there.

The chilly and refreshing water of the falls is a melt of Himalayan snow. The site of this waterfall is a treat to the Eyes. It is surrounded by thick green Woods. This makes the fall More exotic and ravishing. The waterfall is recommended to visit in monsoon season as it does not carry much water in the summer season.

Visiting hours: 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Entry fee: No entry charges

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 4. Kufri

kufri is also places to visit in shimla

Kufri is a quiet little Hill station located 16 kilometers from Shimla. Kufri is derived from the word kufr which means lake in the local language. It is a starting point for many treks to Fagu, Shimla, Manali, and Rewalsar.

Kufri along with Shimla and Chail form the famous Golden Triangle of Himachal Pradesh. This place offers adventure activities from skiing to trekking. Skiing is a popular activity in Kufri during winters. Bungee jumping base is another highlight to visit this place. Amusement parks here allows plenty of rides full of fun.

 Visiting hours: 24 hours

 Entry fee: No entry charges( excluding activities)

5. Jakhroo Hill

jakhoo temple is the best places to visit in shimla

Jakhroo Hill is the highest point of Shimla at a distance of 7 km Shimla Railway Station. Jakhroo Temple is one of the best places to visit in Shimla which is dedicated to Lord Hanuman.

According to mythological belief Lord Hanuman rest at the top of this hill while he was flying to the Sanjeevani Hills. The temple is colorfully painted with images of Hanuman on the outer walls of the temple. Inside the temple there is a 108 feet tall statue of Lord Hanuman.

To escape from the hustle-bustle of Mall Road, this place is a favorite for tourists wanting peace. Just be aware of the monkeys as they try to rob tourists of food and shiny objects. For that it is advised to rent sticks along with yourself. The hill has numerous pine trees that provide cooling shade to the visitors. 

Visiting hours: 6:00 AM to 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

 Entry fee: No entry charges

6. Green valley

green valley is the places to visit in shimla

Green Valley is a beautiful mountain range that falls on the way to Kufri from Shimla. It is at a distance of 8km from Shimla Railway Station. It is surrounded by unexplored hills, deodar trees, and pine forests. Whether one is a solo traveler, honeymooner, with family or with friends, Green Valley has something for each and every one.

It is heaven for photographers and the best tourist places in Shimla. Some rare wild animals such as yaks and deer can be seen here. We suggest you buy a pair of binoculars to spot wild animals from a distance. One should also carry woolen as the weather turns cold in the evening. 

Visiting hours: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Entry fee: no entry charges

7. Summer Hill

summer hill is the best places to visit in shimla

Summer Hill is one of seven hills that make up Shimla. It is also popular by the name Potter’s Hill. This hill is situated at a distance of 5km from the Ridge. It falls on the Kalka-Shimla railway line. This place is fully covered with snow in winter and seems extremely pleasant in Summer.

One can experience breathtaking sights from the top of this hill. The spectacular views of valleys and greenery are satisfying for which every nature lover craves for. It is most suitable for couples and honeymooners. 

Visiting hours: 24 hours

Entry fee: no entry charges

8. Kamna Devi Temple

kamna devi temple in shimla

Kamna Devi temple is 6 kilometers away from Shimla. This temple is surrounded by breathtaking mountains among green forest and picturesque values. The temple is dedicated to the Goddess Kali -a form of Goddess Durga.

It is believed that Goddess Kali fulfills the desires of her devotees who travel Up To The Hills to visit this Temple. It is a complete package for nature lovers and adventure seekers for a memorable experience.

Visiting hours: 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Entry fee: No entry charges

9. Tara Devi Temple

tara devi temple in shimla

Tara Devi temple is 15 kilometers away from Shimla. It is situated at the top of Tara Parvat(mountain). This 250 years old temple is dedicated to Maa Bhagwati Tara Devi- a form of Goddess Durga.

The Idol of the Goddess is made of Ashtadhatu (a combination of eight elements). The beautiful architecture of the temple attracts visitors at the very first glance. The crowd of tourists here is due to a clean and fresh environment that helps them to relax from worries of life.

Visiting hours: 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Entry fee: No entry charges

10. Annadale

annadale is also the best places to visit in shimla

Annadale is a popular picnic spot located 3 kilometers from Shimla and one of the best places to visit in Shimla. It has been developed as a playground in the city. Here one can see mesmerizing vistas, Golf clubs, and Indian museums. The playground here used for the parade, Army activities sports, and festivals such as Dussehra. It is the main attraction for cricket and Polo lovers also. One should not miss exploring the mesmerizing natural landscape of Annadale. The route to Annadale is also a rejuvenating experience for all visitors.

Visiting hour: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Entry fee: No entry charges

11. Kalka-Shimla Railway

kalka shimla railway

Kalka-Shimla railway route is listed among the heritage railways in the world by UNESCO. It is a narrow-gauge railway line that connects Shimla with Kalka(town of Haryana). The toy train ride offers panoramic views of Shivalik Hills along with Himalayan mountain ranges.

It is a journey of 96 km which takes 5 to 7 hours. There are five such trains in a total of which Shivalik Deluxe Express is the most premium one. It stops through many famous tourist places like Solan and Summer Hill. A number of tunnels, bridges, and scenery give an unforgettable experience.

Also while crossing some of the most serene waterfalls and exotic valleys, it gives the perfect combination of fun and excitement. It is recommended to book tickets in advance. 

Visiting hours: first train starts at 3:30 AM(from Kalka) 

Last train starts at 12:30 PM(from Kalka) 

Entry fee: ticket charges vary per train. You can check it on IRCTC website. 

Things to carry

  • If you wish to go higher then keep Sunscreen with you.
  • Keep body lotion or moisturizer with yourself as the temperature is quite low there due to snow hills. It will keep your body soft.
  • You should prefer cotton clothing for the summer season.
  • Light jackets would work when the evening gets cooler in the evening.
  • Keep your mobile’s electronic charger (power bank) with yourself.
  • Carry your umbrella when you are here during Monsoon season.
  • Prefer walking shoes or sport shoes instead of formal ones.

How to reach

By Air

Jubarhati Airport is nearest to the town at a distance of 23 km. There are regular flights from Delhi and Chandigarh to Jubarhati. From the airport, taxis can be hired to reach Shimla. 

By Train

Kalka Railway Station is the nearest broad gauge railway station at a distance of 89 km from Shimla. Chandigarh is also just 113 km away from Shimla. Both these railway stations are well connected with buses and cabs. Shimla has its own railway station but only narrow gauge trains from Kalka arrive here. It is a very beautiful journey with a lot of tunnels and scenery. 

By Road

If you are looking for how to go to Shimla in the budget, the Shimla trip by bus is the right choice. Shimla is well connected with cities like Chandigarh(113 km), Kullu(235 km), Manali(280 km), Delhi(370 km) and Ambala(154 km). Regular buses and cabs are easily available from here to provide a comfortable journey. 

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Frequently asked questions

Q1. What are the different things to do in Shimla? 

Ans. One can take a leisure walk on the Mall Road along with shopping and eating at various restaurants. Also, trekking, camping, skiing, golf, polo, the insight of wildlife, and toy train ride from Kalka to Shimla can be enjoyed. 

Q2. What is the best time to visit Shimla? 

Ans. Shimla can be visited throughout the year but March to June is considered the best time to visit Shimla. This is because during summer most tourists flock to this place to beat the heat of plain areas. 

Q3. What are the famous local food of Shimla? 

Ans. Shimla has a unique list of street food. This list contains Madra, Dham, Sidu, Thukpa, Babra, Chha Gosht, and Chicken Anardana. Foodies also can have South-Indian here. 

Q4. When does Shimla receive snowfall? 

Ans. Mid-December to January is most probably the time of snowfall in Shimla. Visitors spectate the beauty of the town which is blanketed by thick layers of snow. 

Q5. What are the best places to visit in Shimla?

Ans. Mall Road, Kufri, The ridge, Happy Valley, Kamna Devi temple, Jalkhoo temple, Tara Devi Temple, Annadale, Summer hills, Chadwick falls are some best places to visit in Shimla.

We hope that we succeed to take you for trip2divine ( an adventure of heaven). We cannot express the real beauty of Shimla in words. The best experience can only felt by visiting it. But we tried a lot to give you ideas about those serene places and the best places to visit in Shimla. So guys do comment and share to support us. We promise to provide this type of information in the future.

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