Shimla is known “Queen Of Hills”, Shimla offers you some fantastic places that will give you beautiful memories. The town is surrounded by lush green forest, snow-capped mountains. Shimla is a great place to spend your Holidays. Here are Top 15 best places to visit in Shimla.
1- Summer Hill
Summer Hill is the best place to visit in Shimla, surrounded by the lush green forest the place is a photography heaven. Summer hill located 2100 feet above sea level. Summer hill is just 5km away from Shimla. The Summer hill is also known as Potters’ hill, because of summer hill is famous for its potters also.
Summer hill offers you a beautiful and breathtaking view of Shimla and snow covered mountains. The weather here is very pleasant in summer and, in Winters the Hill is fully covered with snow. You can do trekking around the forest and can enjoy the beauty of Nature. You can also do horse riding here.
You can do shopping from near market and test some delicious food from some the best restaurants near the Summer Hill.
Restaurant –Hotel Barog Heights, Wake & Bake, CaféCafé Simla Times, Swad Food Point.
This place is a Heaven for nature and photography lovers, you will totally fell in Love with this place.
Located 3 km from Ridge, Annandale is a popular tourist destination in Shimla. Annandale is also known as The Playground Of City. Annandale is a very quiet place and surrounded by lush green deodar trees, oak trees. Annandale also hosts some army parades, sports events, Dashehra Festival celebration.
You can also go to the Army Museum where you can get information about the great India army. This place is also used as a Heliport for Indian Army.
You can visit this place for enjoying a picnic, photography, race and polo matches. There is a cafe in Annandale where you can get food also. You can see the beautiful view of the Shimla From highest peak in Annandale.
- Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
3- Chadwick Waterfall
Chadwick Waterfall is 5 km away from Shimla, it’s a beautiful tourist attraction. The Chadwick Waterfall is surrounded by a very beautiful evergreen deodar and pine tree forest.The water of Chadwick Waterfall is cool and crystal clear.
This waterfall is also known as ‘Chidku jhad’. Chidku means in the local language is a bird. The people here believe that this waterfall is so high that it only bird can reach there, because of that it is also known as Chidaku.
Another local story is that here a long time ago a god had imprisoned a monster behind this rock, the people believe that the water of the waterfall has fallen down from the mouth of the same monster.
best time to visit the waterfall is in the morning and make sure you visit the waterfall in the group. This place looks stunning in monsoon.
This place provides you a breathtaking view of nature around it. Chadwick Falls is a favorite place of tourists in Shimla.
4- Himalayan Bird Park
Himalayan Bird Park is heaven for bird watchers. You can see some amazing and rare species of birds flying around the park. The park is located 2000 mt above sea level and it is just 3km away from Shimla, The park also known as Himalayan Aviary.
The atmosphere around the park so tranquil and the park fill with evergreen plants and trees. The main attraction here is the beautiful Himalayan Molans, you can see peafowl, pheasants, peacocks and many more birds here also.
In winters, the park is cored with snow. You can take some stunning pictures of birds flying around the park and can feel relax in the lap of nature.
- Visiting Season- The Park opened for visitors in 1st March to 30th September during summers.
Timing – 10 AM to 5 PM
- Entry Fee
INR 10 For India Per Person
INR 10 For Foreigners Per Person
INR 5 For Kids / Students 5 To 8 Year age groupCamera Fee- 15
Video Camera- 50
5- Tara Devi Temple
The Tara Devi temple is a very famous temple in Shimla its 11 km away from Shimla bus stand. The temple is surrounded by oak forest and lush green meadows. You can see the majestic view of the snow-capped Himalayan peak. The temple is located in Tara Parvat, It believed this temple was built 250 years ago.
For devotees, every Sunday and Tuesday a Bhandara organized here where people will serve you food and prasad. Thes Bhandara is organized by those devotees whose wish is fulfilled.
It believed that about century ago, the idol of the temple was brought from Bengal by the king of Sen Dynasty. The temple is a must visit place in Shimla, a visit to this temple will give you mental peace and you can enjoy the breathtaking view around the temple also.
6- Johnnie’s Wax Museum
Johnnie’s Wax Museum is the newest tourist attraction in Shimla which opened in 2016. Currently, this Museum currently features 16 wax statues of famous personality around the world including personality from Bollywood, Hollywood, Politicians, and sportsmen.
These wax statues are made in London. You can see statues of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Barrack Obama, Justin Bieber, James Bond, Johnny Depp, Robert Downey Jr, Harry Potter, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Steve Jobs, Michael Jackson, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Honey Singh and Lionel Messi.
They will some statues in future. This Wax Museum is a new and interesting place to visit in Shimla.
- Timing- 10:00 Am to 10:00 pm
Entry Fee- INR 250 Per Person
Entry is free for the children s below 5 Year.
7- Christ Church
The Christ Church in Shimla is the oldest church in north India, it was built in 1857 and it builds in neo-Gothic style. There are five windows in the church which is the symbol of Faith, Charity, Fortitude, Patience, Hope and Humility.
This also appeared in some Bollywood movies like 3 Ideos and Black. If you are looking for peace then you must visit this church. The best time to visit this church is in mourning or during the prayer time.
- Visiting Time- 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
8- The Toy Train
Enjoy the beautiful ride in Toy Train, this ride will give the stunning views evergreen pine forest. The Toy train is also a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Toy Train will take you Kalka to Shimla in 5 to 6 hours. The route of Shimla to Kalka is 93km which include 103 tunnels.
The Toy Train will be going through places like Dharampur, Barog, Solan, Kandaghat, Snummres Hill. Rail Motor, Shimla Express, Himalayan Queen and Shimla Kalka passenger, Shivalik Deluxe these five trains that will take you to a beautiful ride from Shimla to Kalka.
The toy train is the best way to explore the beauty of Shimla.
9- Scandal Point
Did when was the first Love Scandal happen in India? It believes that the first love scandal of India happened in Shimla. Scandal point is famous place in Shimla among tourist and local peoples, from Scandal point you can see the majestic view of Himalayan valleys this place is so romantic too.
It believes that Bhupinder Singh, the Maharaja of Patiala was fell in love with the daughter of English viceroy. From this place, he had kidnapped Viceroy’s daughter. From then on, this place is very famous as Saddle Point.
You can see the statue of freedom fighter “Lala Lajpat Rai” here. you can also try some food in restaurants near the scandal point. Sunset and sunrise is the most beautiful thing to see from here. This place is just amazing where you can spend your time in the romantic atmosphere.
10- Mall Road
If you’re a shopaholic then Mall road in the only name in the list of “Places To Visit In Shimla”. Mall road is also known as the heart of Shimla. You can see the majestic view of Himalaya From the mall road. Apart from emergency vehicles, other automobiles are not allowed to enter in Mall road.
You can do shopping here from so many showrooms and shops, you can buy some beautiful handicrafts, jewelry, pottery items and woolen clothes designed by local peoples.
You can try some delicious food cafes located on Mall road, Indian Coffee House, Cafe Sol, Wake and Bake, Honey Hut, Café Coffee Day, Cafe Under Tree these are some of the best cafes in Mall road where you can eat some delicious food.
Scandal Point, Kali Bari Temple, Town Hall, Gaiety Theatre these are some of the places that you can visit in near Mall road.
- Visiting Time- 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Know as ‘Quieter Shimla’, Mashobra is a beautiful holiday paradise in Shimla located 12 km from the town. This place is covered with snow-capped mountains and beautiful forest. Mashobrais is the only place in this list of “places to visit in Shimla” that offers you great Adventure experience.
You can do camping, biking, rock climbing and rappelling, river rafting and skiing, in Mashobra. Paragliding is best thing do in Mashobra valley and you can enjoy trekking in Shali Tibba and Fagu.
The Reserve Forest Sanctuary is placed for birds watcher and photography lovers. You can see birds like The Himalayan eagle, partridges, pheasants. you can also see animals like baboons, monkeys, jackals, Kakkar (Muntjac) in Reserve Forest Sanctuary. The Reserve Forest Sanctuary is surrounded by evergreen oak, pine trees, and Indus River.
Tabliss Restaurant and Pine Paradise restaurant, The Cavalry Bar in Wildflower Hall, These are some of the best restaurants in Mashobra. Mashobra is a great place for weekend getaway.
12- Chail Hill Station
Chail Hill Station is one of the best places to visit in Shimla, Chail is 55 km away from Shimla. Kufri is 31 km away from Chail. Chail is surrounded by the deodar and pine tree forest. Chail has the quiet atmosphere and its offered awesome view of the snow-capped Himalayan peak.
This Hill station was founded by Bhupinder Singh, Maharaja of Patiala in 1891. Chai is also part of the Golden Triangle of Himachal Pradesh along with Shimla and Kufri.
Chail has the highest cricket and polo ground in the World. Palace Hotel, Chail wildlife sanctuary, School Play Ground, Sadhupul Lake, Kali Temple, Siddh Baba Ka Mandir, Gurudwara Sahib these are the best places to visit in Chail.
In Chail wildlife sanctuary You can see animals like Indian Muntjac, Wild Boar, Leopard, Sambhar, Garal, Red Jungle Fowl, Kakkar etc.You can do hiking, horse riding, and fishing in Chail.
Chail is free from the crowd, you can enjoy your time in peace here with the beauty of Nature.
13- Kufri Hill Station
Located 16 km from Shimla, Kufri Hill Station is a paradise for trekkers and Nature lovers. Kufri offers you the stunning views of the beautiful Himalayan valley.
Kufri was discovered by British in 1819 before that Kufri was part of the Kingdome of Nepal. You can visit some beautiful palaces in Kufri, places like Mahasu Peak, Indira Tourist Park, Kufri Fun World, The Himalayan National Park. Kufri also has the Potato research center.
You can enjoy Horseriding in Mahasu Peak. For wildlife lovers, Himalayan National Park is the best place to visit in Kufri where you can see 180 species of birds and animals. There is also Winter sports festival organize in every year in February in Kufri.
This hill station is a heaven for any tourist who wants to spend some time in peace and wants some Adventure in life.
14- Indian Institute of Advanced Studies
Indian Institute of Advanced Studies is a famous place in Shimla. This building is now famous for beautiful Architecture.
The building was designed by Henry Irwin and its designed in Indo-Gothic style. In fact, this building was made as the house of Lord Dufferin, Viceroy of India. There have been many historical decisions taken here, like Shimla conference in 1945
You can see a beautiful drawing room and dining hall inside the building. There is a beautiful lawn too in the building, Photography is not allowed here but you can take a museum photo from the ticket counter.
You can know the history of British India here.
15- Jakhoo hill
Situated 2500 mt above sea level Jakhoo hill is the highest peak in Shimla. Jakhoo hill is a paradise of nature loves, The hill is covered with evergreen Alpine trees.
You can do trekking here this place is best for photography in Shimla. You can see the breathtaking view of snow-capped Himalayan from here.
There is the ancient temple of Lord Hanuman in the top of the Hill. It is believed that this temple is from the time of Ramayana.
It is believed that during the battle of Ramayana when Lord Laxman fell unconscious, Lord Hanuman went out in search of Sanjeevani booti. At the time of searching for Sanjivani booti, Lord Hanuman landed on Jakhu Mounted at so high speed that he became a huge icon of his feet. Then later Lord Hanuman’s temple was built on top of the same sign.
There is also a 33-meter tall statue of Lord Hanuman, which looks very beautiful in the middle of the pine trees from Shimla.There is also a lucky bell in the temple, it is believed that if you ring the bell then your luck is very good for the next 3 days. The temple is home to a lot of monkeys also. sunrise and sunset look so beautiful from Jakhoo Hills. this place is perfect for trekking, nature and photography lovers.
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