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1. Ridge

Ridge
Must visit 4.4 /5

0 km
from city center
1 out of 63
places to visit in Shimla

The Ridge is the most photographed wide-open street that runs from east to west on the side of the Mall Road and connects it to the famous Scandal Point on the west end. The road is lined with cafes, bars, boutiques, and shops selling some exclusive artefacts with the spectacular view of the snow-capped mountain ranges.

2. Jakhu Temple

Jakhu Temple
Must visit 4.7 /5

1 km
from city center
2 out of 63
places to visit in Shimla

Set amidst the lush green background of the Shivalik hill ranges, the highest point in Shimla, the Jakhu Temple is an ancient site dedicated to the Hindu god - Hanuman. Jakhu Temple has the world's largest Hanuman statue, which is visible from most parts of Shimla.

3. Shopping at Mall Road

Shopping at Mall Road
Must visit 4.9 /5

0 km
from city center
3 out of 63
places to visit in Shimla

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. Known as one of the busiest and commercial areas of Shimla, this stretch is a mini-world in itself lined up with a bunch of restaurants, clubs, banks, post offices and so on.

4. Green Valley

Green Valley
4.8 /5

5 km
from city center
4 out of 63
places to visit in Shimla

The Green Valley is a beautiful and breathtaking mountain range that falls on the way to Kufri from Shimla. It is not uncommon to sight some Yaks wandering and grazing around in the valley. The place is undeveloped for tourism, nevertheless, it continues to be a crowd puller and capture the attention of tourists with its dense deodar and pine trees that line the majestic hills. Best Time to Visit: July to October and from February to April.

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5. Kufri

Kufri
Must visit 3.6 /5

9 km
from city center
5 out of 63
places to visit in Shimla

Popular for its snow-laden peaks, skiing and Zoo, Kufri is a quaint little destination nestled 20km away from Shimla. Mahasu Peak and Fagu Valley are the main attractions in Kufri but are accessible via pony ride. On your visit to Kufri, don't forget to enjoy Go karting on one of the highest Go-karting tracks in the world. 

Snowfall experience: November to March

6. Christ Church

Christ Church
Must visit 4.6 /5

0 km
from city center
6 out of 63
places to visit in Shimla

Known as the second oldest church in North India, the Christ Church is inspired by the neo-gothic style of architecture and is complete with a front porch, church bells and five stained glass windows that represent different virtues of Christianity. The church has appeared in several Bollywood movies such as 3 idiots, Black etc, making it one of the most popular attractions in Shimla.

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7. Viceregal Lodge

Viceregal Lodge
3.1 /5

1 km
from city center
7 out of 63
places to visit in Shimla

Built in 1888, the Viceregal Lodge in Shimla is a six story building constructed in Scottish Baronial style once served as the residence of Lord Dufferin, the British Viceroy of India. Today, this lodge houses several articles and pictures of the British empire and is popularly known as the Rashtrapati Niwas.

8. Himalayan Bird Park

Himalayan Bird Park
3.3 /5

2 km
from city center
8 out of 63
places to visit in Shimla

A little aviary, Himalayan Bird Park in Shimla is home to rare and exotic birdlife. Located at the heart of the city, it is home to the colorful and vibrant Monal Pheasant which is Himachal's former state bird. A must-visit for nature lovers and bird watchers, the Himalayan Bird Park is best visited in Summers.

9. Tara Devi Temple

Tara Devi Temple
3.3 /5

6 km
from city center
9 out of 63
places to visit in Shimla

As old as 250 years, the Tara Devi Temple lies on the top of Tara parvat. Built in the 18th century, the temple is devoted to Tibetan Buddhists Goddess Tara. She is believed to be one of the nine sisters of Goddess Durga. There's a special pooja conducted on the Ashtami during Sharad Navratri which is a must-see sight.

10. Kalibari Temple

Kalibari Temple

1 km
from city center
10 out of 63
places to visit in Shimla

Built in 1845, the Kalibari Temple is an ancient place of worship dedicated to Goddess Kali. The shrine houses a captivating idol of Goddess Kali beautifully adorned with jewellery and colourful flowers. Closely located to the Shimla City Mall, it is frequented by devotees in a large number. The evening of Navaratri is the best time to visit the temple as you'll be able to witness the aarti, and the chanting of the holy verses.

11. Chadwick Falls

Chadwick Falls

4 km
from city center
11 out of 63
places to visit in Shimla

Plummeting down 100 metres, amidst the dense Glen Forest, the Chadwick Falls is an adventurous experience in Shimla. Frequented by picnickers, this waterfall is located 7 km away from the city. The best to visit Chadwick falls is during monsoons from June to September. 

12. Johnnie's Wax Museum

Johnnie's Wax Museum

0 km
from city center
12 out of 63
places to visit in Shimla

Known to be the first wax museum in Himachal Pradesh, the Johnnie’s Wax Museum  is located at the Willow Banks estate in Shimla. With more than 15 life-size wax statues, the museum boasts Hollywood and Bollywood personalities, historical and political figures, and sports players like Mahatma Gandhi, Johnny Depp, Paul Walker, Daniel Craig, Harry Potter, and more. 

13. Himachal State Museum

Himachal State Museum
3.3 /5

2 km
from city center
13 out of 63
places to visit in Shimla

The Himachal State Museum is adorned with unique collectibles like ancient coins, paintings and other handicraft items, the aesthetics of which are influenced by the Pahari form of art. Located on the Shimla Mall Road, one of the major highlights is the library housing around 10,000 books, magazines and journals. 

14. Toy Train to Kalka

Toy Train to Kalka
Must visit 3.6 /5

3 km
from city center
14 out of 63
places to visit in Shimla

The Kalka Shimla Toy Train is an enjoyable train ride connecting both the cities and made it to the UNESCO world heritage list as one of the most picturesque train routes in the world. It passes through more than a hundred tunnels and takes individuals on a ride amongst vast green hills and deodar and pine forests.

15. Annadale

Annadale

2 km
from city center
15 out of 63
places to visit in Shimla

Annandale is a mesmerising location that draws tourists who'd love some recreational activities. With a splendid golf course, cactus museum, indian army museum, this attraction is also a popular picnic spot. Today, the ground is mostly used as a helipad and for events organized by the Indian Army. However, people still come here to try a hand at golf, polo and cricket. 

16. Kiala Forest

Kiala Forest

10 km
from city center
16 out of 63
places to visit in Shimla

Situated in the the Kotkhai valley on the outskirts of Shimla, Kiala Forest is dense with a  diverse flora and fauna, including several indigenous animals. The lush green grass, tall pine, and deodar trees creates the perfect ambience for leopard spotting. The rich wildlife and beautiful views makes it an excellent place for nature photography too. There are hiking and trekking trails with restroom facilities within the forest area. 

17. Scandal point

Scandal point
3.3 /5

0 km
from city center
17 out of 63
places to visit in Shimla

The Scandal Point, as the name suggests, is one of the most talked about attractions in Shimla. Located on the Mall Road, this point is a mountain lover's haven because it enjoys a picturesque and unobstructed view of gigantic mountains covered in a blanket of dense fir and spruce. Don't forget to hop on for a horse ride, enjoy some hot maggi and play some arcade games when you visit.

18. Summer Hills

Summer Hills

4 km
from city center
18 out of 63
places to visit in Shimla

Located at an altitude of 2,123 m, Summer Hill is a suburb of Shimla. It is known for its panoramic views, activities like horse riding, and trekking, especially during the winter months. It's closely located to the other famous attractions in Shimla like the Viceregal Lodge, the Railway station, Annandale Army Heritage Museum, Kali Bari Temple, and Gaiety Theatre. Not too far from the Hill is The Ridge, where tourists can eat and shop.

19. Chail

Chail
Must visit 3.6 /5

15 km
from city center
19 out of 63
places to visit in Shimla

Chail is a quaint little village located 4.4 km away from Shimla. Situated at an altitude of 2,250m above sea level, Chail is known for the world's highest cricket ground, heritage hotel and Chail Palace. It is surrounded by pine and deodar trees and bound to give you a memorable travelling experience. Not to mention, it is a hiker's paradise. 

20. Institute of Advanced Studies

Institute of Advanced Studies
Must visit 3.7 /5

3 km
from city center
20 out of 63
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. Narkanda

Narkanda

21 out of 63
places to visit in Shimla

Surrounded by forests and woodlands, Narkanda is a quaint little town in Shimla district which is popular for skiing in winters. Situated at a height of 9000 feet, this town attracts tourists for its ethereal natural beauty and its beautiful apple orchards. Surrounded by tropical forests and majestic hills, this is one place that tourists to Himachal Pradesh should not miss.

22. Naldehra

Naldehra
3.8 /5

9 km
from city center
22 out of 63
places to visit in Shimla

Naldehra is a small enchanting hill station in Himachal Pradesh, located just around 22 km from Shimla. It is perfect for tourists looking for natural scenic beauty and an offbeat location. Naldehra is famous for its greenery, golf course and plain view of the mountains filled with pine, cedar and deodar trees.

23. Cafe Simla Times

Cafe Simla Times

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from city center
23 out of 63
places to visit in Shimla

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.

24. Rothney Castle

Rothney Castle

1 km
from city center
24 out of 63
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.

25. Theog

Theog
3.5 /5

17 km
from city center
25 out of 63
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.

26. Shimla Reserve Forest Sanctuary

Shimla Reserve Forest Sanctuary
3.3 /5

7 km
from city center
26 out of 63
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.

27. Tattapani

Tattapani
3.3 /5

22 km
from city center
27 out of 63
places to visit in Shimla

Tattapani is a small village located 51km away from Shimla. Literally translating to hot water in Hindi, Tattapani known of its hot water spring that is believed to have curative properties for health ailments like stress, joint pain, fatigue and other skin diseases. Situated on the banks of river Sutlej, it is famous for rafting and other adventurous sports like Zorbing, Skiing, Paragliding, Trekking and Camping. 
 

28. Skiing in Kufri

Skiing in Kufri
Must visit 4.3 /5

9 km
from city center
28 out of 63
places to visit in Shimla

Located 16 km away from Shimla, Kufri is famous for its ski slopes and snow clad mountain views. Known for its ski runs Kufri attracts some of the largest numbers of travellers from far and wide who comes to visit Shimla. From the first snowfall of the year to the time the snow melts it is flocked by hundreds of skiers. Skiing is Kufri's primary allure.

Best time to roll into the snow: Mid- December to early February.

29. Lakkar Bazar

Lakkar Bazar
3.3 /5

0 km
from city center
29 out of 63
places to visit in Shimla

Located on the tiny road adjoining The Ridge in Shimla, Lakkar Bazaar is one of the popular street shopping places famous for the wooden decorative paraphernalia. There are also small shops lined along the market selling woollens, Pashmina shawls and handicrafts, with the Kullu shawls being the prime attraction.

30. Jakhoo Ropeway

Jakhoo Ropeway

30 out of 63
places to visit in Shimla

The Jakhoo ropeway is one of the four major ropeway attractions in the state, with the other being - Solang Nala at Rohtang, Naina Devi in Bilaspur and Timber Trial in Solan. The vintage British-era architecture coupled with the scenic views of the Himalayan landscape is thoroughly enjoyed by the ropeway cable car from the bottom of the hill to the top. Each ropeway cabin can carry six people and is one of the safest ropeways in all of India. 

31. Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex

Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex

0 km
from city center
31 out of 63
places to visit in Shimla

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.

32. Gorton Castle

Gorton Castle

1 km
from city center
32 out of 63
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.

33. Bantony Castle

Bantony Castle

0 km
from city center
33 out of 63
places to visit in Shimla

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.

34. Gurudwara Sahib

Gurudwara Sahib
3.3 /5

0 km
from city center
34 out of 63
places to visit in Shimla

Constructed in the year 1907, the Gurudwara Sahib at Padhawa hills is a small gurudwara known for the exquisite details in the interiors of the structure. It is a must-visit for devotees and tourists alike.

35. Pabbar Valley

Pabbar Valley

35 out of 63
places to visit in Shimla

Pabbar Valley is a quaint little region of Himachal located 80km away from Shimla. One of the popular attactions here is the Pabbar River that cuts through the Chanshal Mountain Range, apple orchards, majestic mountains, lush green meadows, dense oak & deodar forests. The valley terrain with dense lush slopes of the mountains provide for exciting trails and is a trekkers paradise.

36. Horse Riding

Horse Riding
3.3 /5

0 km
from city center
36 out of 63
places to visit in Shimla

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.

37. Kasauli

Kasauli

37 out of 63
places to visit in Shimla

Located on the way from Chandigarh to Shimla, Kasauli is a hilly cantonment town which makes for an ideal peaceful holiday location, especially for a weekend getaway. Nestled amidst beautiful woody forests of pines (Chir Pine), herbs (Milk Thistle) and cedar trees, Kasauli owes its mystical and serene ambience to the lavish Victorian buildings built by the Britishers who resided here years back.

38. Naggar Castle

Naggar Castle
3.4 /5

112 km
from city center
38 out of 63
places to visit in Shimla

The Castle in Naggar is a medieval mansion of wood and stone that overlooks the beautiful valley of Kullu. Built-in 1460 A.D, the castle is a unique blend of the Western and Himalayan style of architecture. This property of Raja Sidh Singh was converted into a heritage hotel by the government in 1978. 

39. Solan

Solan

39 out of 63
places to visit in Shimla

Solan is a more low-key hill station ideal for travellers looking just some time away from city rush. A beautiful city in Himachal Pradesh, Solan has ancient temples and monasteries that attract hundreds of tourists and devotees every year.

40. Mashobra

Mashobra
3.3 /5

6 km
from city center
40 out of 63
places to visit in Shimla

Mashobra is a small and relatively less explored town, at a distance of mere 10 km from Shimla. Tucked away at a height of about 7700 feet makes it a perfect alternative for people who are looking for a peaceful little hill-station. With just about enough resorts and enchanting natural bounty, come to Mashobra if you have a for a lazy weekend outing or a week long vacation.

41. Fagu

Fagu

12 km
from city center
41 out of 63
places to visit in Shimla

Situated at an elevation of 2500 meters, Fagu is a serene snow-clad hamlet, located around 45 minutes drive from Shimla. It is known for its apple plantations, sowing fields and the snow-covered Himalayas in the backdrop. Since it is secluded, Fagu is a honeymooner's heaven. It also popular amongst trekkers and naturalists.

42. Shoghi

Shoghi

42 out of 63
places to visit in Shimla

While Shimla is being flooded by tourists every year, a serene, calm and epitome of beauty lies near it, waiting to be discovered. Shoghi, a small hill station just 13 Kms. from Shimla is abundant in natural scenic beauty and a large variety of flora and fauna.

43. Ice Skating

Ice Skating

0 km
from city center
43 out of 63
places to visit in Shimla

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 found in the town and is also the largest and the only naturally formed rink found in South Asia. It draws not just the locals but tourists from across the globe. The experience of indulging in a sport at the foothills of the Himalayas is a breathtaking one.

44. Wake & Bake

Wake & Bake

44 out of 63
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.

45. Cafe Hide Out

Cafe Hide Out

0 km
from city center
45 out of 63
places to visit in Shimla

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.

46. Wild Flower Hall Hotel

Wild Flower Hall Hotel
3.3 /5

7 km
from city center
46 out of 63
places to visit in Shimla

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.

47. Retreat Building

Retreat Building
3.3 /5

7 km
from city center
47 out of 63
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.

48. Heritage Walk

Heritage Walk

3 km
from city center
48 out of 63
places to visit in Shimla

Heritage walk is a guided tour of the Heritage Zone located in Shimla. These walks require exploring the heritage zone on foot to get a glimpse into the rich history of the ancient British town. One can choose to hire a guide to get more information and hear exciting stories from the British era. Almost all of the historical monuments in the city are well preserved, and tourists from all over the world visit the city to take a heritage walk. Besides the several other things to do in Shimla, this definitely tops the charts.

49. Bharara Fair

Bharara Fair

0 km
from city center
49 out of 63
places to visit in Shimla

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.

50. Bhoj Fair

Bhoj Fair

0 km
from city center
50 out of 63
places to visit in Shimla

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.

51. Chanshal Pass

Chanshal Pass

78 km
from city center
51 out of 63
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.

52. Lavi Fair

Lavi Fair

5 km
from city center
52 out of 63
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.

FAQs on Shimla

What are the top restaurants in Shimla?

The best places to eat in Shimla are Cafe Sol, Cecil Restaurant, Ashiana & Goofa, Wake & Bake Cafe, Indian Coffee House, Cafe Simla Times. You can see all the places to eat in Shimla here

What are the top sightseeing places in Shimla?

The top sightseeing places in Shimla are The Ridge, Kufri, Chail, Kalka Shimla Toy Train, Tattapani, Mall Road, Shimla.

What are the top activities in Shimla?

The top activities in Shimla are Stay in Urban Getaway in Shimla, Forest Camping in Shimla's Junga, Camping in Shimla with Trekking, Cottage Stay in The Woods Of Shimla, Camping at Mashobra in Shimla, Offbeat Camping Experience in Shimla.

What are the top hotels in Shimla?

There are 482 Hotels in Shimla which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Shimla are Chapslee Hotel, Karam Vidhata Resorts, Hill-View 2BHK in Mashobra-Naldera, Premium Home Studio in Bharari, Hotel Kaithli Hills Shimla, Elegant 2BHK House in Bharari. You can see all the hotels in Shimla here

How can I commute within Shimla?

Local bus service is easily available within Shimla from 7 AM to 9 PM. Buses mainly run on the Ring Road. There is a special bus reserved only for women. Himachal Pradesh Tourism also runs special buses for local sightseeing that cover only the tourist attractions.

Private taxis are easily available and economically viable. Local sightseeing charges vary from 800 INR to 1500 INR per day. Auto rickshaws are not very popular in Himachal Pradesh.

To travel to places like Mall, Ridge, Kali Bari, one has to walk to reach there are they are no vehicles zone. But you can avail the facility of elevator run by HP Tourism which links the lowest point of Shimla- Cart Road to the highest point - the Mall.

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Can you suggest an itinerary for Shimla?

Day 1- Reach Shimla by noon and unwind a little in the hotel room. Head out to Mall Road by walking to enjoy the crisp air in the evening. Soak in the aura of the place and dine at local restaurants on the Mall Road.
Day 2- You should consider visiting the Jaakhu temple, without which your trip to Shimla is not justified. If it's the winters, you could take a cab for half an hour to Kufri and enjoy the snow there with your loved ones. A perfect activity for the whole day. Or you could visit the Viceregal Lodge and lose yourself in the way the British indulged. Call it a day at the Church on the Ridge.
Day 3- Wake up early, take a hike to the nearest hilltop and watch the sunrise. Walk into any bakery at the Mall Road for a continental breakfast; the British way. Head on for some local shopping at the Mall Road and the Lakkar Bazaar (also visit the Chota Bazaar for cheap overcoats, jackets, and blazers), to get little trinkets and curios. Head to the hotel by evening and call it a day, early.

How much does a package cost for Shimla?

The packages for Shimla start at INR 7000 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here
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