Top 27 Tourist Places To Visit In Shimla In 2019

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Tourist Places To Visit In Shimla
Tourist Places To Visit In Shimla

Located along the foothills of the Himalayas, the city of Shimla is one of the most loved hill stations of India besides being the capital of Himachal Pradesh. Heavily influenced by the colonial era, Shimla is a beautiful rendition of the old world charm and the modern day fast-paced lifestyle. Though it is a very well known tourist destination, there are lots of great places to visit in Shimla.

Shimla is also one of the best honeymoon destinations in India and also an important educational hub of North India.

Top tourist places to visit in Shimla

1. Ridge

Ridge, Shima
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Ridge, Shimla

Famous for the summer festival held in April-May every year, Ridge is the main lifeline of Shimla as it houses the main water reservoirs of the city of Shimla. Famous as the shopping street of Shimla, the ridge is also the home to numerous important government buildings and small tourist spots.

What to see: Located between Scandal Point in the west and mall Road in the East, the Neo-Gothic 200 yrs old church is a beautiful yet underrated must see.  The Library and the 3 status of Mahatma Gandhi, Indira Gandhi and Dr. Y.S Parmar are also nice photoshoot spots.

Timings: 8.00 AM – 6.00 PM

Cost: No entry fee

2. Kufri

Kufri, Shimla
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Kufri, Shimla

Located at a distance of 19 kilometers from Shimla City, Kufri is known for its tranquil surroundings and breathtaking views. The name Kufri is derived from the word kufr meaning “lake” in the local language. The Wildlife Zoo here is the home to numerous rare antelopes and birds like Himalayan Monal.

What to see: The beauty of the Kufri hill will definitely entice all. It is ideal for adventure activities in Shimla which includes skiing and hiking that definitely must be tried at least once when you visit Kufri. Snow-clad hills of Kufri make it the hotspot for trying your hand at skiing.

Timings: 8.00 AM – 6.00 PM

Cost: No entry fee

3. Mall road

Mall Road, Shimla
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Mall Road, Shimla

Mall Road is the main street in Shimla, the capital city of Himachal Pradesh, India. The word “Mall” dates back to the 17th century and stands for a long sheltered ‘walk’ or ‘promenade’. In India, ‘malls’ or ‘Mall Roads’ have been around since the 18th century, associated with the British. In most hill stations and cities, there was a “Mall Road” where all the major government buildings like Post Office, Police Station, etc are located.

What to see: Mall Road is s Lovely walking zone as no vehicles are allowed. Mall Road has a number of showrooms, department stores, shops, restaurants, and cafes. A Himachal emporium that offers handicraft products of Himachal Pradesh like locally designed woolen clothes, branded clothes, pottery items, wooden products, and jewelers is also located here

Timings: 9.00 AM – 9.00 PM

Cost: No entry fee

4. Chail

Chail, Shimla
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Chail, Shimla

Chail was built as a Summer Capital by Maharaja of Patiala Bhupinder Singh when he was exiled from Shimla by British Lord Kitchener. It is located at a height of 2250 meters above the sea-level and located just 45 km away from Shimla. Surrounded by thick deodars and at higher altitudes, Chail is the perfect choice for any tourist to visit.

What to see:

Sidh Baba Ka Mandir, Sadhupul Lake, Chail Wildlife Sanctuary, Gurudwara Sahib, Kali ka Tibba, and Palace Hotel is some of the iconic spots to visit in Chail. The Chail Market is famous for Kinnauri mufflers, Himachali caps, scarves, sweaters, gloves, socks, handmade shoes, and Pashmina shawls. Apart from woolen garments, there are authentic rugs and carpets, ideal for home décor to add that unique touch.

The Chail Cricket ground is the highest Cricket stadium in the world. Visiting it is a great idea.

5. Theog

Theog, Shimla
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Theog, Shimla

Theog is 45 km from Shimla airport and 32 km from Shimla railway station. Wrapped in the arms of the mighty Himalayas, Theog has everything a popular hill station can give you minus the tourist rush. October and November according to many is the best time to visit Theog.

What to see:

Tattapani, Fagu, Hatkoti, Banthia Deva Temple are the four spot one must never miss during their trip to Theog.

6. Scandal point

Scandal Point, Shimla
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Scandal Point, Shimla

Though regarded as one of the most famous tourist spots of Shimla, why the spot has received such a mysterious name is yet not clear. Though there are many rumored plots the reality is yet to be discovered.

Scandal Point is the intersection between The Mall and The Ridge. This is the point where the end of the Mall Road joins the Ridge. It is also famous for the statue of the Indian freedom fighter Lala Lajpat Rai. Right next to the Scandal Point is the fabulous stone colonial structure of the General Post Office.

What to see:

This place provides a picturesque view of the mountains around and the beauty of this place enhances with sunlight falling on it. One can relax here as there are many benches to sit and enjoy the beautiful view of the city.

7. Jakhoo temple

Jakhoo Temple, Shimla
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Jakhoo Temple, Shimla

Located atop Jakhoo Hill, the temple is a sacred place for the Hindu community of India dedicated to the Hindu Monkey God, Hanuman. From the hill, visitors can enjoy wonderful panoramic views of the Shivalik Ranges and the sister town of Sanjauli.

What to see:

The 108 feet tall idol of Lord Hanuman located at the top of the hill is a big attraction for tourists as it is the largest statue of Hanuman and is taller than the Christ de Redeemer statue.

The temple is accessible by foot, horse, or taxi. The private company Jackson International Limited (JIL) started an aerial Ropeway linking the Ridge with the temple. The Ropeway takes 6 mins to reach the temple and is priced at 275 INR per person per ride.

8. Indian Institute of advanced studies

Indian Institute Of Advanced Studies, Shimla
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Indian Institute Of Advanced Studies, Shimla

The building that houses the institute was originally built as a home for Lord Dufferin, Viceroy of India from 1884–1888 and was called the Viceregal Lodge. The Rashtrapati Niwas, also known as Viceregal Lodge, is located on the Observatory Hills of Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India.

What to see:

The Viceregal Lodge was designed by British architect Henry Irwin and built in the Jacobethan style during Lord Dufferin’s tenure as Viceroy. Its construction started in 1880 and was completed in 1888. Lord Dufferin occupied the lodge on 23 July. With over 128 yrs of history, the Indian Institute of Advanced study is open to the tourist from 9.30 AM to 5.00 PM. The Entry fee is priced at 40 INR.

9. Gorton castle

Gorton Castle, Shimla
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Gorton Castle, Shimla

Gorton Castle was built in 1904 and was designed by Sir Winton Jacob who was considered as one of the best British architects during the time. The scenic beauty of the location makes it look incredibly majestic. Many people say that the castle has a magical vibe too with its stone structure and glass windows that take visitors back to the bygone era. Today, the castle is used as the office of the Accountant General of Himachal Pradesh.

Open from 9 AM to 6 PM

10. Himalayan bird park

Himalayan bird park
Himalayan bird park

The Himalayan Aviary or the Himalayan Bird Park is located opposite the Viceregal Lodge, at a height of over 2000 meters. A wonderful place for nature lovers, it comprises of lush green pastures awash with rare plants and trees and a huge collection of bird species like peafowl, pheasants, the Himalayan Monal, peacocks, etc. It is open from 7 AM to 6 PM every day.

11. Lakkar Bazaar

Lakkar Bazaar
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Lakkar Bazaar

Lakkar Bazaar is a marketplace adjoining the Ridge in Shimla, India. Shops offer wooden articles targeted mainly at tourists. There is also a roller skating rink in Lakkar Bazaar. The Bazaar road also leads to the Indira Gandhi Medical College and hospital and DAV school.

What to see:

It is popular for wooden decorative items and souvenirs. The shops here offer almost everything from decorative items to articles used daily in the kitchen. The market came into being after a group of Sikh carpenters came and settled here from Hoshiarpur. They continue to churn out charming wooden products from woods such as deodars and walnut, which are commonly found around Shimla.

12. Wildflower Hall hotel

Polished rooms with British Colonial-inspired decor Wild Flower Hall Hotel is a branch of the Oberoi Exotic Vacation Boutique hotel group. Surrounded by cedar forests within the Shimla Reserve Forest Sanctuary, this stately hotel with Himalaya Mountain views are of the NH5 national highway, and 16 km from the historic Mall Road in Shimla.

Wild flower hall hotel
Wildflower Hall hotel

What to see:

One of the most well-reviewed hotels of Shimla, The Wild Flower Hall Hotel is open to the public for exploring the beautiful architecture and garden complex designed and maintained by the Oberoi group.

13. Shimla reserve forest sanctuary

The 950-hectare area of the forest reserve is home to some of the most incredible flora and fauna of the country. From this sanctuary, you can behold breathtaking views of Deo Tibba, Chota Shali, Bandar Poonch, Rakta Dhar, Badrinath and Pir Panjal – some of the most majestic Himalayan Mountains.

Shimla reserve forest sanctuary
Shimla reserve forest sanctuary

What to see:

The Himalayan deodar, pine, oak, rhododendron, horse chestnut, and maple are the most widely found trees. Exotic plants like weeping willows and silver oak also dot the area. During the monsoon season, cobra plant, wild strawberries, and other berries grow in abundance. The rich wildlife of this sanctuary includes animals like Kakkar (barking deer), jackal, leopard, and birds like Himalayan eagle, Chikor, partridge, and pheasant.

Hours: 8 AM to 5 PM

Phone: 094595 19620

14. Naldehra

Naldehra
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Naldehra

Situated at a distance of 22 Km from Shimla, Naldehra is a beautiful paradise for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Naldehra is famous for world famous Golf Course. Perched on the edge of the Golf Course at Naldehra, Hotel Golf Glade is an ideal retreat from Shimla. There are interesting picnic spots nearby.

What to see:

The Joton Ka Mela and The Sipi Fair are two main festivals of Naldehra that are celebrated with joy. The Sipi Fair is dedicated to Sip Devta and held in the month of May while Joton ka Mela is a bullfighting fair that is conducted every year in the month of October.

15. Bantony castle

Bantony castle
Bantony castle

Bantony Castle is a Colonial-era Maharaja palace with Tudor architecture & expansive grounds, slated to become a museum. It is a heritage site built during the British era and is located on Bantony Hill, hence the name. 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.

16. Chadwick falls

Chadwick falls
Chadwick falls

Chadwick Falls is located in the Glen Forests and is a 45 minutes trek. This stunning waterfall flows from a height of 1586 meters and is encircled by thick green woods and steep hills of pine and deodar from all sides and looks amazing especially during the rain.

What to see:

One of the favorite spots for sightseeing in Shimla, it looks more exotic and ravishing when the water flows speedily through the woods. Monsoon is the best time to visit the fall as the force of water is stronger than any other time.

17. Gurudwara Sahib

Gurudwara Sahib
Gurudwara Sahib

Located in front of the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital, this Gurudwaras is not just a place of worship for the Sikh Community. The peace and serenity within the Gurudwara complex is a great experience. The langar or the free meal everyday afternoon is heavenly and should not be missed.

18. Christ Church

Christ Church
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Christ Church

Christ Church is one of the popular attractions among tourists and is considered in the top ten lists of places to visit in Shimla. Constructed in 1846, this is the second oldest church of North India. It is an excellent architectural monument built in the British era so that the then followers of Christianity could serve almighty Jesus.

What to see:

The church is Open every day, services Su 08:00-11:00. The stain-glass windows, representing a charity, faith, patience, hope, fortitude and humility, and 19th-century organ are particularly impressive. The fresco that surrounds the chapel window was designed by Lockwood Kipling, Rudyard Kipling’s father. Entry free, donations welcome

19. Green Valley

Green valley
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Green Valley

At a distance of 8 km from Shimla Railway Station, 8 km from Shimla Old Bus Stand and 7.5 km from Kufri, Green Valley lies on National Highway 22, on the way to Kufri from Shimla. This spectacular valley is God’s gift to the wonderful and charming city of Shimla and is every tourist’s answered prayer to being able to find a place bereft of pollution, constant traffic jams and incessant noise and din.

What to see:

The greenery and beauty of this place are so mesmerizing that it makes the tourist forget everything else and simply bask in the sheer joy of being in nature’s lap. December to February is the best time to visit the Green Valley.

20. Himachal state museum

The State Museum Shimla is housed in an old Victorian mansion carefully altered to adapt it to the museum. Perched on a lonely hilltop known as ‘Inveram’ the serenity and the quietude of the distant mountains from here is striking. Previously, the building remained a private residence of Lord William Beresford, the Military Secretary to the Viceroy, Lord William Bentinck.

Himachal state museum
Himachal state museum

What to see:

The museum boasts of having a grand collection of ancient historical sculptures, coins, paintings and photographs collected from all over the state and the country. It also houses a library which has around 10,000 books, journals, and magazines. Sculpture gallery has metal, wooden and stone sculptures. In the painting section, Pahari and Rajasthani Miniature Painting, religious paintings, contemporary paintings, and Mughal paintings have been put on display. Other than these rare artifacts, the museum also has a unique collection of Himachali dolls.

Timing: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open all day. (Close on Monday & Public Holidays)

Entrance Fee: For Indians: Rs. 10 Foreign Tourists: Rs. 50

21. Tara Devi temple

The Tara Devi Temple is a holy place, located 11 km away from the Shimla Bus Stand. It is positioned amid a thick forest of oak and rhododendron and offers scenic views of the lofty Himalayas surrounding the town. The temple is dedicated to Hindu deity Goddess Tara Devi. The deity is made of ‘Ashtadhatu’ or eight rare metals. There is a long history behind the creation of the temple that dates back to over 250 yrs old.

Tara Devi temple
Tara Devi temple

What to try:

Special free lunches for all devotees are organized on every Tuesdays and Sundays that are extremely delicious and worth tasting.

22. Retreat building

The Retreat Building is the official Retreat Residence of the President of India at Chharabra, Shimla, in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It is located 13 km away from downtown Shimla and is a thousand feet higher than the Shimla Ridge Top, which is part of the Himalayas. The wooden palatial structure with dajjal wall construction occupies over 10,000 sq feet area.

Retreat building
Retreat building

The outer garden and pavilion are open for public view but the inner building is strictly for the President of the country.

23. Annadale

The flat terrain located in the hilly Shimla has a beautiful golf course, and the Indian Army Museum and a Cactus Museum. Open from 10 AM to 2 pm and again from 3 PM to 5 PM this tranquil spot is a great spot to relax and rewind.

Annadale
Annadale

What to do:

Being one of the most preferred Picnic Spots during Spring and Autumn season, Annadale playground is mostly used for special Army parades and official outings. It is open all year round for the tourists and the locales

24. Kalibari temple

The famous Kalibari Temple of Shimla is a popular tourist destination and is dedicated to Goddess Kali, who is also known as Shyamala. This majestic temple was built in the year 1845 and it is from the name of the Goddess Shyamala that Shimla derives its name.

Located in close vicinity to the Shimla city mall, the temple can be reached by foot.

Kalibari temple
Kalibari temple

What to see:

The shrine houses a captivating idol of Goddess Kali beautifully adorned with jewelry and colorful flowers. One of the popular shrines of the city, the Kali Bari Temple receives a heavy influx of devotees on the auspicious occasion of Navratri and Durga Puja. The best time to visit the temple is early in the morning or in the evening while the auspicious Aarti Puja is going on.

25. Gaiety heritage cultural complex

The Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex is one of the testimonies of the historic British capital of India, designed by Henry Irwin. The 122 years old Cultural Complex is an important center for all the theatrical, cultural and literary events. The Gaiety theatre along with Town Hall, known as Municipal Corporation at present, was planned and constructed together.

Gaiety heritage cultural complex
Gaiety heritage cultural complex

What to see:

Built in the Gothic Victorian style on 30th May 1887, the theatre has been a stage to national as well as international artists over the years. For preserving the heritage and making the complex more attractive, the complex was renovated in recent years without touching the existing structure. It holds footprints of some of the greatest legends namely Rudyard Kipling, Prithviraj Kapoor, Baten Powel, and K.L. Sehgal, among others who have immortalized its physical entity.

Entry Fee: Indians- Rs. 10, Foreigners- Rs.25

Hours: 10 AM to 10 PM

Phone: 0177 265 0173

Website: https://www.gaiety.in/

26. Rothney castle

Rothney castle
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Rothney castle

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. As one climbs up the steep slopes of the Jakhoo Hill, they are bound to be greeted by the enchanting chirping sounds of the birds. The beauty of the ruins increases ten folds by the colorful wildflowers and wild berries growing around.

What to see:

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. As one climbs up the steep slopes of the Jakhoo Hill, they are bound to be greeted by the enchanting chirping sounds of the birds. The beauty of the ruins increases ten folds by the colorful wildflowers and wild berries growing around.

27. Mashobra

Mashobra is a small town that is part of Shimla Water Catchmentanct Wildlife Sanctuary.  Wildflower Hall at Chharabra, now a property of Oberoi Hotels, has been residence to Lord Kitchener as well as Lord Ripon during the British Raj is one of the most famous spots of tourist attraction here.

Mashobra
Mashobra

What to see:

Places to see include Mahasu Devta Temple, Reserve Forest Sanctuary, Craignano, Tattapani River. Widely known for the adventure sports hosted here, tourists can try Rampling, water Rafting, trekking, and many other adventure sports while visiting Mashobra.

Conclusion

So if you are planning your trip to Shimla, now you already know the list of places to visit there. While there are so many mediums to reach Shimla like bus, train or car but we recommend you do not miss the toy train from Kalka to Shimla for a wonderful experience.

While we have tried to explain the popular places you can visit in Shimla on your trip, still, we thought there are so many places to explore there. You can let us know in comments if we have missed any unknown or little known place.

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