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Timings : Museum: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Closed on Mondays)
Playground: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Golf Course: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Time Required : 1-2 hours

Entry Fee : No entry fee

Annandale, Shimla Overview

Annandale is a famous attraction in Shimla having a splendid golf course, a playground, a cactus museum and an Indian Army museum. The playground is a beautiful attraction for holidaying and rejuvenating. The mesmerising location draws tourists from all over the world especially sports lovers who often spend their time playing cricket, golf or polo.

Annandale is also a famous picnic spot for the locals. It is often visited by tourists during summers as the weather stays cool and pleasant, allowing to explore the regions at leisure and play a sport or two. Today the playground is mostly used for events organised by the Indian Army and as a helipad. 

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Golf: The Annandale Golf Course is a paradise for Golfers. The luxurious and expansive course amidst the beautiful natural landscape is sure to be a memorable experience.

Annandale Playground: The playground is a preferred spot for the Indian Army to conduct their parades and social events. It is also used as a helipad. Cricket, Polo, and Racing events are also arranged here.

Sightseeing: One shouldn't miss exploring the mesmerising natural landscape of Annandale. The route to Annandale itself passes through dense forest and makes exploring this region on the foothills of the Himalayas a tranquil and rejuvenating experience for all tourists.

Indian Army Museum: The Indian Army Museum is where one will come across artefacts and stories of sacrifice and victory of our brave army. The museum has a collection of flags, uniforms, weapons, ammunition and information about all the regiments of the Indian cavalry. This place is bound to generate a sense of patriotism and respect for the warriors of our country.

Cactus Museum: A Cactus Museum is maintained near the Indian Army Museum. It has a variety of cactus brought in from significant cactus growing regions in the world. Some plants have exotic names, and the array is unimaginable. This museum must never be missed while exploring Annadale.

Cafe: There's a cafe that serves a variety of locals snacks that tourists can head to after exploring Annandale. Picnickers often stop here for a bite and proceed with their plan for the day.

Best Time to Visit

Annandale is best explored between October and February which is winter time in Shimla. The weather stays cold throughout the day, and the region also receives snowfall making it a memorable vacation.

Tips

1. The Indian Army maintains the attraction. Therefore, one will find them to be extremely disciplined.
2. Do not enter the restricted areas.
3. Picnickers can carry their picnic baskets along, but they are expected to maintain hygiene and cleanliness.

How To Reach Annandale

Annandale is barely 15 kilometres away from the centre of Shimla. Tourists can choose to hire an auto rickshaw or rent a cab to reach Annandale. Those opting for self-driven vehicles can take the route via Police Line Road or Cart road.

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