Mountains covered with white snow, rich greenery and beautiful lakes in Shimla welcome you to experience their eternal beauty. Shimla is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh and one of the best holiday destination in India. Not only national, but international tourist also favors this cool place to spend their vacation at. Its excellent ambiance tempts you to visit this place again and again.
If you go back into the history, the Britishers, because of its cool weather, had made Shimla their summer capital. The influence of British presence is prominently visible through the elegantly designed buildings and structures. The best part of Shimla is that you can visit it anytime throughout the year.
Here are some places to visit in Shimla, which finds a place in any traveler’s itinerary.
The Ridge of Shimla
The Ridge of Shimla is situated at the center of the Shimla city. You can have a spectacular view of the mountain peaks of the land. The ridge is a spacious open area extended from east to west of the mall road. It is one of the popular tourist’s destinations, which offers you a splendid view of the snow clad mountains and allows you to experience the nature to its best. Shopaholic can spend their entire day at the Ridge of Shimla.
Along with the fun and photography, the Ridge of Shimla is also famous for organizing several government functions and exhibitions. Many other festivities and celebrations are also held at this place. The summer festival is one of the famous festivals held at this place.
Highlights: The Ridge of Shimla is considered as the hub of all the several cultural activities of Shimla. Some of the places to visit in Shimla such as the Jakhoo hill, Scandal Point, Lakkar Bazaar, Mall Road, etc are in close vicinity to the Ridge.
Chail is a wonderful and eccentric hill station in Himachal Pradesh. It offers a panoramic view of the neighboring countryside and has a pleasant weather throughout the year. Chail is the perfect venue for mountain escape and ideal for those who are looking forward to spending their vacation on a cool hill station.
Calm environment and the cool weather attracts many nature lovers and the peace seekers to pay their visit to this place, which is isolated from the hustle and bustle of city life. Chail is one of the best places to visit in Shimla during your next vacation.
Highlights: At Chail, you can also pay your visit to the highest cricket ground in the world or dine at Lake Restaurant.
Christ Church is a perfect example of the neo-gothic architecture and considered among the list of top 10 places to visit in Shimla. The church was build in the year 1857. It took 3 years to complete this architectural marvel. The church consists of stained glass windows, frescos, and the clock tower.
Highlights: Christ church depicts ancient British art. Those who want to taste the religious Christianity during the British era can visit this place on their trip to Shimla. The Church beautifully portrays faith, hope, humanity, patience, fortitude, and charity to make people aware of the rich Christian culture.
Viceregal Lodge is also popularly known as the Rashtrapati Niwas. It is located at the Observatory Hills of Shimla and was the residence of the British Viceroy of India during the British era. Ancient articles and photographs are portrayed in the Viceregal Lodge taking you back to the Brish rule in India.
Viceregal Lodge is another architectural marvel on the land of Shimla. It is considered one of the most beautiful and the historically significant building in Shimla. Viceregal Lodge is one of best places to visit in Shimla.
Highlights: Viceregal Lodge has a reference from the era between independence to the mid-1960s when the logo was used by the Indian Presidents as their summer retreat.
Kali Bari Temple
Kali Bari Temple is one of the must visit place when you are in Shimla. Dedicated to the Goddess Kali, who is also known as Shyamala, this temple was built in the year 1854, at the Jakhu Hill. Temple is positioned in between the lush green forests of Shimla and offers a beautiful view of the Himalayas. This is one of the travelers love to explore this stunning hilltop.
Highlights: Inside the temple, Goddess Kali, a wooden image, in the form of Shyamala is worshipped. At the beginning the Bengali devotees had placed the original altar.T his temple is considered as an exceptionally religious place of India.
Mall Road Shimla
The mall road is one of the popular tourist destinations in Shimla. There are many shops, hotels, restaurants, bars, and other offices on the Mall road, where people walk up and down to enjoy the scenic views of nature while sipping their favorite coffee. From Mall road, you can have a perfect view of the Himalayan range and do some shopping. You can always have a leisure walk on the busy lanes of mall road with your family or friends.
Highlights: The mall road is the primary tourist destination for many travelers. This place is perfect for the shopaholic as there are many shops on the Mall road Shimla. Prices of the items are a bit on a higher range, but a person with a good bargaining skill might return with the additional bag. Along with the branded items, there are many shops offering handicraft products of Himachal Pradesh like pottery items, wooden products, jewelry, locally designed woolen clothes, etc.
A trip to Shimla is incomplete without a walk in the lanes of Lakkar Bazaar.
Lakkar Bazaar is the oldest flea market located near the Ridge in Shimla. It is known for the wooden toys, walking sticks, Regal building, Roller skating hall, pashmina shawls, woolens and handicrafts, and Kullu shawls. You can also enjoy some Indian street food like Aloo Tikki and Chole Bhature.
Highlights: Lakkar Bazaar is a famous market near the Ridge in Shimla which caters to the need of everyone.
Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex
Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex is a popular tourist spot on the Mall road in Shimla. The complex is an idle example of the Gothic Victorian style architecture, which was designed by renowned architect Henry Irwin. It is one of the oldest cultural complexes in the state of Himachal Pradesh.
Built in the year 1887, the complex was a five-story building having a theater, ballroom, armory, theater, police office, bar, and galleries. The building was declared structurally unsafe after nearly two years from its establishment. So, it was partly demolished, keeping Gaiety theatre untouched.
Highlights: The most popular attraction in the complex is the Victorian theatre, Art gallery, and City Museum.
Indian Institute of Advanced Study
Indian Institute of Advanced Study is located on the Observatory hill in Shimla and is a center for higher education. The building of the institute is more than 100 years old and was built as a home for the Viceroy of India of that time. This place is the ideal place for the photo-enthusiasts. This historical edifice, surrounded by a beautiful garden, provides ideal settings for photography.
Highlights: Indian Institute of Advanced Study houses photographs of moments of interaction between Indian leaders and Britishers. You can enjoy the guided tour in the complex and witness some historical events like Shimla conference etc in the form of photographs and stories.
Scandal Point is one of the famous tourist attraction and located in between The Mall Road and The Ridge. This is the point where The Mall Road ends and The Ridge begins. As it lies between the two famous tourist spots, its difficult to overlook this place.
Highlights: The name of the place has an interesting love story associated with it involving the Maharaja of Patiala, Bhupinder Singh and the then viceroy’s daughter.
Naldehra is a picturesque and quiet town in Himachal Pradesh. This small town is famous for its 9 hole Golf course. This is the best place for those who want to try their hands on such a skillful sport. If you are not interested in playing, then you can have around and experience the scenic beauty of nature.
Highlights: One can reach at Naldehra either by hiring a pony or by walking.
Horse Riding in Shimla
Horse Riding in Shimla is a popular and loved activity to do when you are visiting Shimla. If you are interested in having a Horse ride, then it is available at the Kufri or at The Ridge, from where you are taken to the Kufri Zoo through fascinating Apple Orchard, dense forest of Hassan valley, Mahasu Peak etc.
Highlights: To experience the best of Kufri and visit all the places, horses tend to be the only means to reach.