The promised land, “Shimla” is illustrious not only in the country but in the whole world for its inordinate tourism. Shimla is the only place where you can find all of these things. This prepossessing city, situated in Himachal Pradesh, attracts people from all over the country and abroad under the name “Queen of Hill Stations”. There are also snowy mountains here, so there is also beautiful greenery.
Shimla is a wonderfully popular tourist destination for a summer vacation in India. Shimla is a paradise for adventure seekers who wish to indulge in activities like angling, adventure sports, river rafting, trout trekking, rock climbing, and for those looking for a quiet holiday with friends and family, camping and Shimla tourist places like Kufri are situated at a distance of 19 km from Shimla. In the winter, one can enjoy winter sports such as skiing and ice skating. Jakhu Hill is situated at a distance of 2 kms from Shimla.
This is the highest point in Shimla, which is built at an elevation of 8,000 above sea level. This is the main attraction of Shimla. For lovers of nature, this is no less than a paradise. Here is the Jakhu temple, where there is a huge 108 feet-high statue of Hanuman Ji. Summer Hills, Ridge, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla State Museum, Annandale, Naldehra, and Shelly Peak, Chadwick Falls, Chail, Daranghati Sanctuary, Christ Church, Tara Devi Temple, and Mall Road.
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Top Places to visit in Shimla
The Ridge – located in the center of Shimla, is a large and open road located along the Mall Road. The Ridge is a place where you will get to see a lot. Here you will find spectacular views of the snow-capped mountain ranges, shops selling specialty artefacts.
Kufri – It is situated at a distance of 17 km from Shimla Hills station, there is such a place which attracts tourists coming here. Located at an altitude of 2510 metres and at the foothills of the Himalayas, this hill station is very much liked by nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts.
Jakhoo Hill – It is located just 2 km from Shimla, is the highest peak of this entire hill station, which gives a wonderful view of the city and the snow-capped Himalaya Mountains. The 8000 feet high Jakhoo Hill is a famous tourist attraction of Shimla Hills Station, which is a popular place for nature lovers as well as pilgrims
Naldehra – It is located at an altitude of 2044 meters above sea level, Naldehra is a very beautiful hill station near Shimla. Lord Curzon had established a golf course here. The dense deodar trees and the magnificent greenery here make the atmosphere of this place very attractive. This is a great place to see the snow-capped Himalaya Mountains.
Christ Church – It is situated on The Ridge, this church was constructed in the year 1857, whose architectural marvel took almost 3 years to complete. Glass windows, clock tower and frescos are some of the attractions in Christ Church, along with this church also has India’s largest pipe organ which you must have seen in many Bollywood like 3 Idiots.
Shimla State Museum – This museum was built to preserve the cultural richness and to record the past. The colonial style building located in this city gives you an in-depth look at the glorious past of this city. The Shimla State Museum houses a collection of sculptures, paintings, handicrafts and coins.
Daranghati Sanctuary – It is located at a distance of 150 km from Shimla, the Dara Ghati Sanctuary which is spread over 167.40 km is one of the most important attractions for the people visiting Shimla.
Mall Road – It is a place in Shimla that is full of shops, cafes, restaurants, book shops and many tourist attractions. If you come to visit Mall Road, then you will be surprised to see everything here. Mall Road is located in the heart of Shimla and houses many restaurants, clubs, banks, shops, post offices and tourist offices. You can also see the natural beauty of Shimla from this road.
What is the ideal time to visit in Shimla?
Although Shimla can be visited at any time of the year, every season has its own fun here. It is more pleasant in the summer. There is severe heat in different parts of the country, so this is the best place for a holiday. A snowfall can be enjoyed here amidst the harsh winter cold. In the rain, this hill station covers a sheet of greenery.
Adventure Activities to do in Shimla
If you are coming here in the summer season, then you can do activities like trekking, paragliding, and mountain biking here. Although this hill station is less known for exciting activities, you can choose this option for a little adventure.
How to Reach Shimla?
By Air : Shimla or Jubbarhatti Airport is about 23 kms from Shimla which is the nearest airport to it. There are several regular flights to Jubbarhatti from Chandigarh and Delhi. After reaching this airport, you can easily get a taxi to go to Shimla.
By Train : Shimla has a small railway station which is just 1 kilometer away from the city center and is connected to Kalka by a short gauge rail track. Shimla’s famous toy train runs between Kalka and Shimla, it takes approximately 7 hours for this train to cover a distance of 96 kms.
By Road : Shimla is well connected by road to cities like Chandigarh at a distance of 117 kms, Manali 260 kms and Delhi 343 kms. Apart from Himachal Road Transport Corporation, many private buses, taxi also ply from major cities of North India.
After reaching Delhi airport or railway station/ bus stand, we will meet you and transfer you to Shimla (343 km) by road. Check in at your Shimla hotel and walk around Mall Road and Lakkar Bazar in the evening. Dinner and an overnight stay at the hotel.
In the morning, after breakfast, proceed for a full day of local sightseeing of Jakhoo Hills, Green Valley, White Flower Hall, Kufri, Indira Tourist Park, and Mini Zoo in Shimla. Evenings are free to visit Mall Road for shopping. Overnight stay and dinner at the hotel.
Start your day with the delicious breakfast, and the gear up a full day trip and visit Kufri then visit Jakoo Peak where you can witness a fascinating views of the Shivalik. Return to the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay in Shimla after exploring Kufri.
After Himachli breakfast, proceed for Naldehra which is known for its 9-hole golf links that are oldest of its kind in India. Also, this place is bollywood’s favourite shooting spot. Return to the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay after exploring the beautiful location.
This is the day to say good bye to this beautiful place which gives you loads of memories for your onward journey.