Here are the top 45 tourist attractions to see in Shimla:

1. Mall Road, Shimla

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Shopping in Shimla revolves around the heart of the town- The Mall Road. One can shop for local handicrafts, shawls, woolens, exquisite jewelry etc. here.

2. Kalka Shimla Toy Train

3.6 / 5

3 kms
from city center
2 out of 45
places to visit in Shimla

An enjoyable train ride through much of Kalka and Shimla and a little of what the British left behind, this is a must try experience, while here. This route is one of the most picturesque train routes in the world and it passes through more than a hundred tunnels It is a narrow gauge train route and it connects Kalka to Shimla.

3. The Ridge

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This is the most popular point in Shimla. Located on the Mall road, at the heart of Shimla, this is a much loved and enjoyed stretch here, where visitors come and soak themselves in the views of surrounding areas.

4. Kufri

Must visit 3.6 / 5

9 kms
from city center
4 out of 45
places to visit in Shimla

While in Shimla, visit its colder, higher and less crowded cousin, Kufri just 13 km away from the main town. The views and sceneries here only get better, and the landscapes more flattering, a bit untouched with the tourist rush.

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5. Chail

Must visit 3.6 / 5

15 kms
from city center
5 out of 45
places to visit in Shimla

This small village in Himachali is situated at a height of 2250 m above sea level and is known as a hiker's paradise. Surrounded by lush greenery and mesmerizing views from such a great height, Chail is bound to give a tourist a memorable travelling experience to a tourist.

6. Shimla Christ Church

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Located at the Mall Road itself, this church is the second oldest church in North India. The interiors and the neo-gothic architecture are very beautiful and appealing making this church one of the most important attractions in Shimla.

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7. Ice Skating in Shimla

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Ice Skating is a famous sport in the beautiful city of Shimla. The Shimla Ice Skating Rink is well-known because it is a naturally formed rink and is also the largest and the only naturally formed arena found in South Asia. Ice skating is thus a favourite sport for one and all here, especially during winters.

8. Jakhu Temple

3.6 / 5

1 kms
from city center
8 out of 45
places to visit in Shimla

This temple has the world's largest Hanuman statue, which is visible from most parts of Shimla. Visit the temple, to view this statue upright and strain your neck a bit admiring its magnificence.

9. Green Valley

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5 kms
from city center
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places to visit in Shimla

The Green valley is approximately five minutes from a bus stand on the way to Kufri a beautiful mountain range. The valley is gods gift to the beautiful city of shimla. The greenary and beauty of the place is mesmerising and makes you forget you everything else.

10. Mashobra

3.3 / 5

6 kms
from city center
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places to visit in Shimla

This is a small and relatively less explored town, at a distance of mere 10 km from main Shimla. Tourists come here to relax and unwind in the lap of nature where the richness in flora and fauna is in abundance.

11. Tattapani

3.3 / 5

22 kms
from city center
11 out of 45
places to visit in Shimla

Literally meaning hot water in Hindi, Tattapani is a small village located 51km away from Shimla. This place is famous for hot water springs and the famous Shiva caves.

12. Naldehra

3.8 / 5

9 kms
from city center
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places to visit in Shimla

Naldehra is located around 22 km from Shimla and is famous for the Naldehra Golf Club. Situated at an altitude of 2200 m, this is a 18 hole golf course and is among one of the best golf courses in India.

13. Himachal State Museum

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2 kms
from city center
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places to visit in Shimla

The Himachal State Museum is located on the Mall Road and has unique collectibles like ancient coins, paintings and other handicraft items, the aesthetics of which are influenced by the Pahari form of art.

14. Skiing in Kufri

Must visit 4.3 / 5

9 kms
from city center
14 out of 45
places to visit in Shimla

Kufri tends to be a hub of much activity and enjoyment in winters. Skiing is a popular sport here and the town also hosts a winter sports festival in February. A number of setups here provide both training and facilities for skiing.

15. Wake & Bake

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places to visit in Shimla

Cafe Wake & Bake is another one of the famous cafes in the tinsel town. With world class coffee, pancakes and bacon, the cafe attracts tourists in large numbers. Boasting of surreal picturesque views outside the window and artsy ones indoors, having a delicious breakfast here is one of the best things to do in Shimla.

16. Cafe Simla Times

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Famous for its mouth watering wood fired pizzas, gourmet burgers, world cuisine meal platters, sumptuous shakes and fuzzy cocktails, this quaint cafe in Shimla is one of the best place to go to for meal or a snack or just to hang out in picture perfect ambiance and cozy setting. Boasting of wonderful art and decor, the cafe also offers surreal panoramic vistas outside the windows.

17. Cafe Hide Out

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Cafe Hide Out is one other wonderful cafes in Shimla popular for its delicious snacks and even better coffee. Situated on the first floor near The Mall, the place is run by two brothers and offer finger licking food. In addition to that, the food is priced at fairly cheap rates and is a must stop cafe when in Shimla.

18. Theog

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17 kms
from city center
18 out of 45
places to visit in Shimla

A quiet escape, one of the less crowded attractions of the state, Theog in Himachal Pradesh, warmly wrapped in the arms of the mighty Himalayas, has everything a popular hill station can give you minus the tourist rush.

19. Annandale

2 kms
from city center
19 out of 45
places to visit in Shimla

Annadale is a famous attraction in Shimla having a splendid Golf Course, a Playground, a Cactus Museum and an Indian Army Museum. All these aspects make Annadale a beautiful attraction for holidaying and rejuvenation purposes.

20. Indian Institute of Advanced Studies

3.7 / 5

3 kms
from city center
20 out of 45
places to visit in Shimla

The Indian Institute of Advanced Studies located on the Observatory Hill is a majestic structure made with Victorian-style architecture. It has now been converted into an educational institution which offer post-doctoral courses.

21. Scandal Point

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The Scandal Point is located on the Mall Road. It owes its interesting name to the fact that the King of Patiala abducted the daughter of the Viceroy, because he fell in love with her, from this very place.

22. Himalayan Bird Park

3.3 / 5

2 kms
from city center
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places to visit in Shimla

Walk through this park, to browse through a modest, yet colorful and vibrant collection of the Himachal state bird, the Monal Pheasant.

23. Lakkar Bazar

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Shopping in Shimla revolves around the heart of the town- The Mall Road. One can shop for local handicrafts, shawls, woolens, exquisite jewelry etc. here.

24. Shimla Reserve Forest Sanctuary

3.3 / 5

7 kms
from city center
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places to visit in Shimla

Popularly for its rare variety of flora and fauna, this wildlife Sanctuary is a must-visit for all wildlife enthusiast. Animals such as jackals, barking deer, monkeys and leopards are commonly sighted here.

25. Gurudwara Sahib

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This Gurudwara was constructed in the year 1907, at Padhawa hills. It is a small construction but the exquisite details in the interiors of the structure make it a must-visit for devotees and tourists alike.

26. Fagu

12 kms
from city center
26 out of 45
places to visit in Shimla

Situated at an elevation of 2500 meters, Fagu is a serene snow clad hamlet. Nestling in the majestic Himalayan Range in the state of Himachal Pradesh, Fagu is perfect place to get away from the hustle bustle of the city. This place looks magical as it is always enveloped in snow and fog. The clouds are so close to the surface that at times it feels as if you are walking on clouds.

27. Bantony Castle

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The Bantony estate is a heritage site built during the British era and is located on Bantony Hill in Shimla. The estate consists of the Bantony Castle and the Bantony Cottage. The estate now comes under the Heritage Zone of Shimla and is included in the Shimla Heritage walk for tourists.

28. Horse Riding in Shimla

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Horse riding is a popular and much loved activity in both Shimla and Kufri. In Shimla, Horse Riding Options are generally available at the Ridge.

29. Wild Flower Hall Hotel

3.3 / 5

7 kms
from city center
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Originally built as a residence of Lord Kitchener of Khartoum, this building is said to have been a favorite retreat of Lord Ripon. However, the building got burnt in 1993 and a new Wildflower building was built as a hotel there by joint venture between HP government and Oberoi group of Hotels.

30. Tara Devi Temple

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6 kms
from city center
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places to visit in Shimla

Dedicated to the Goddess of stars, the Tara Devi temple, is located on a mountain peak, with air of spirituality about it. There are a number of legends and tales to the origins of the temple, making it a simple yet subtly fascinating experience.

31. Retreat Building

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7 kms
from city center
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places to visit in Shimla

Located in Chharabara, just 10 km from Shimla, this is the official retreat residence for the President of India. It was built in 1850 and was part of the Viceroy of India property. The architectural pattern and the natural beauty of the place have made The Retreat a tourist attraction in Shimla.

32. Chadwick Falls

4 kms
from city center
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places to visit in Shimla

Chadwick Falls is located in the Glen Forests not too far from the bustling city area. Frequently visited by picnickers, this stream of water trickles from a height of about 100 metres. It is not a massive waterfall but is admired for the tranquillity and the hypnotic vibe it creates amidst the dense forest region.

33. Kali Bari Temple

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from city center
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places to visit in Shimla

Kalibari Temple is an ancient place of worship dedicated to Goddess Kali. It was built in 1845 and is considered of immense religious importance for the devotees. The shrine houses a captivating idol of Goddess Kali beautifully adorned with jewellery and colourful flowers.

34. Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex

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Built in the Victorian or Gothic style of architecture over a century ago, this heritage monument is of immense historical and cultural significance in India. The complex had a theatre, several galleries, offices, bar, ballroom etc.

35. Shimla Heritage Walk

3 kms
from city center
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places to visit in Shimla

Heritage walk is a guided tour of the Heritage Zone located in Shimla. The heritage walk begins at one end of the city and participants walk to every heritage monument in Shimla. One can choose to hire a guide to get more information and hear exciting stories from the British era.

36. Gorton Castle

1 kms
from city center
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places to visit in Shimla

Gorton Castle is a heritage monument which is over a century old and was built during the Colonial era. Today, the castle is used as the office of the Accountant General of Himachal Pradesh. It is a perfect illustration of the rich history and heritage of India during the colonial era.

37. Bharara Fair

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Bharara Fair is held every year in the Village of Bharara held in the honour of Lord Koteshwar, locally known as Devta and is open for people belonging to all caste and creeds. It is an event where everyone comes together to celebrate and seek blessings from the Lord.

38. Rothney Castle

1 kms
from city center
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places to visit in Shimla

Rothney Castle is a heritage monument located on Jakhoo Hill on a steep slope amidst lush green natural vegetation. The site is a treat to the explorer due to its historical significance and the natural beauty of the location.

39. Bhoj Fair

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Bhoj Fair is celebrated in the Gumman Village in Shimla. It is a three-day event celebrated in the honour of Lord Banshur/ Lord Bansor, Lord Parshuram and Lord Kilbaru. Held in November every year, it is dedicated primarily to the commanding deity or the Kul Devta, Devta Bansor.

40. Chanshal Pass

78 kms
from city center
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places to visit in Shimla

Also known by the name of Chanshal Valley, the Chanshal Pass is a refreshingly beautiful destination located in Himachal Pradesh, precisely 160 kilometres in distance from Shimla. Whether you work a tiring desk job or simply want to get away from the pollution and chaos of a metropolitan city, this gorgeous mountain valley is the perfect spot for your weekend getaway.

41. Lavi Fair

5 kms
from city center
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places to visit in Shimla

Lavi Fair is a unique event held in Rampur Bushahr which is a municipal council in the district of Shimla. It is celebrated every year from 11th to 14th of November and is attended by small and large-scale merchants and businessmen, but is majorly organised to encourage business amongst the locals and the shepherds.

42. Kharapathar

43 kms
from city center
42 out of 45
places to visit in Shimla

When it comes down to rugged mountainous views, free spirited nature and an overall enchanting and wild trip, the Himalayan village of Khara Pathar takes the cake. The small village may not seem often be chosen in favour of its famous neighbour, Shimla and due to the extremely off track road that leads to Khara Pathar, but the places charm is never dims. Khara Pathar is located at a height of 8770 feet above sea level, making it the highest point on the Shimla route. The staggering height of the village makes the view here a thing of the legends, especially at night when all the scattered houses on the hill are lit up like tiny specks. The cloud piercing height also gives rise to clear cloudless nights which give individuals an absolutely stunning view of the millions of stars, which is a sight as rare as a shooting star in big cities or towns.

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