Things to Do in Shimla – Major Attractions & Places to Visit

From Snow capped mountains to the lush green meadows, Shimla has numerous awe-inspiring views to offer along with the many adventurous activities to do. If you are planning to head to Shimla you surely would not want to miss the bests of it.

To make it easy for you, here we put everything in a single frame – The complete guide for Shimla Tour.

From ting to tong and ding to dong, know everything about the queen of hill stations, Shimla, like when to visit, what are the major attractions and tourist places to visit, where to eat and a lot more.

How to Reach Shimla

By Road: Most popular mode of transport, Queen of Hill Station is well connected with Delhi and Chandigarh. You easily get buses and taxis from all north region of India.

By Train: Train is the second best option to visit Shimla, there are no direct trains to Shimla from Delhi, but they have a special service from Delhi. You can reach Kalka from Delhi and then take the toy train to the destination with mesmerizing representation and tunnels. Kalka to Shimla is just 90KMs but it takes around 5Hrs to reach Shimla.

By Flight: You can get a flight to Chandigarh and cover rest 120Kms by Road, there is an airport(Jubbarhatti airport) just 22KMs from the main location but no flights available.

Best Time to Visit Shimla

Shimla things to do how to reach

Shimla is among the ideal places in the country that can be visited throughout the year, indeed every season exhibits different shades of the city.

  • Want to fall in love with the snowfall, visit between November and March, which is also the ideal period for honeymooners.

Shimla in monsoon by Indianable

  • April to June, the absolute time for adventure seekers as the weather stays calm & pleasant.
  • July to September, find yourself somewhere surrounded by the clouds and the natural greeneries.

So, pick the time accordingly and don’t miss any of the followings.

Important Tourist Spots & Attractions in Shimla 

Shimla ridge in Monsoon

#1. Naldehra and Shaily Peak – The ideal place for photographers.  While being there you cannot miss out the most scenic sunrise and sunset viewpoint at Naldehra and Shaily Peak. Surrounded by the dense forest, the place is enriched of flora and fauna.

#2. Summer Hills – At a distance of 5 km from the Ridge of Shimla, Summer Hill is the lovely township which offers an amazing view of surroundings and nearby hills. A view that worth of watching is during the winter when the town is fully covered with snow.

#3. Jakhoo Hill – With the height of 8000 feet, this is said to be the highest peak in near the capital of Himachal Pradesh. Jakhoo hill is the major trekking spot as well as the famous pilgrimage. People come here to visit the giant 108 feet tall Lord Hanuman statue at the Jakhoo temple.

#4. Chadwick Falls – The breathtaking fall from a height of 1,586 meters makes it the must visit place in Shimla. The sparkling water flowing out of the dense forests leaves visitors enthralled.

#5. Kufri – The view of Kufri during the winter is surely a treat to one’s eyes. Located at an elevation of 2,622 meters, this place is the must visit for the photographers as it has many charming locations. One can also enjoy here many winter sports.

#6. Chail – The World’s highest cricket ground is situated in Chail. Surrounded by the deodar and pine trees, this place is popular for its captivating beauty and calm atmosphere.

#7. The Scandal Point – A popular destination to visit in Shimla, the Scandal Point offers a complete mesmerizing view of snow-capped mountains and valley. Also, the sunrise and sunset panorama is worth of catching here.

#8. Annandale – This is the popular place among adventure seekers as it once served as a home for many sports during the British rule. Anyway, now it is the ideal place for golf lovers.

#9. Indian Institute of Advanced Studies – Visiting the IIAS will remind you some important facts of the modern Indian history. This historical place is also the summer retreat of the President of India. The institute’s building is the fine example of classical architecture which was built during the British ruling.

#10. The Shimla State Museum – Popularly termed as Himachal state museum and library, it is another brilliant example of British architect. The museum describes the glorious past of the state along with its culture and heritage.

Things to do in Shimla

kalka shimla railway train

#1. Ice Skating – The place attracts thousands of tourists from the worldwide as it is one of its kind – Asia’s only open-air ice skating rink. To experience this amazing sport, one can visit here between December and March.

Timing – 8 AM to 11 AM & 5 PM to 8 PM

#2. River Rafting – The thrilling experience of rafting can be enjoyed in the Sutlej river in Tattapani, just 50 km away from Shimla.

#3. Trekking to Jakhu Temple – located at an elevation of 2,455 meters, a short trek of 2.5 km can be the most postcard-worthy activity in Shimla trip.

#4. Traveling in Toy Train – A ride on the toy train is one of the most enjoyable things to do in Shimla. It is not the train which makes the journey unforgettable through the journey itself.

#5. Shopping at Lakkar Bazar – Take the memories with you, shop at Lakkar Bazar at a very reasonable price, where you can buy the finest woodcrafts and winter wears.

#6. Nature walk through the Pine Forest – There are many short hikes nearby Shimla that take to the unforgettable nature walk in the Pine forest. Some of which is a walk to the Glen, the Summer Hill, the Prospect Hill, and the Kamna Devi Temple.

Best Places to Eat in Shimla

  • Fruit Chaat at Bihari Lal Sharma Stall since 1948 (Takka Bench)
  • Ice Cream at Embassy Ice Creams (Bemloi)
  • Channa Bhaturas at Sita Ram and Sons (Lakkar Bazar)
  • Tea at Kewal Ka Dhaba (Chaura Maidan)
  • Ashiana Goofa Restaurant (The Ridge)
  • Fascination Restaurant (The Mall)
  • India Coffee House (The Mall)
  • Cafe Shimla Times (The Mall)

Now it’s your turn! If you ever been in Shimla and visited any new place or find-out better food elsewhere which is slipped out from our list, mention right below in the comment box.

Nishant Srivastava

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