In a 3 day holiday, you will have lots of things to do around Shimla ! Almost a day is easily spent in roaming the city itself – refer our earlier blog for details on top 14 must do’s in the city of Shimla. You should also set aside at least one day to drive around Shimla and visit some of the most beautiful locales in Himachal!

Here are our top 8 picks of things to do around Shimla:

  1. Glen and Chadwick Falls

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After all the roaming about the town, there should be a place where you can sit and relax. Located about 7 km away from Shimla near Summer Hill, Chadwick Falls is a popular tourist attraction. Perched above 1550 m from sea level, this waterfall is surrounded with forests and mist-covered hills. The trek to the waterfall itself is extremely peaceful & enthralling.

Located 4 km away from Shimla, near Chadwick Falls, The Glen is a popular picnic spot. It is a natural ravine that has steep sides and streaming water at certain spots. This narrow valley between verdant hills is an ideal place of interest for adventure seekers and nature lovers. Hiking across the valley and passing through conspicuous area covered with pine and deodar is simply an unmatchable experience.

If hiking and going for a picnic is on your mind – a trip to chadwick falls should be a must on your things to do around shimla list!

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  1. Chail

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This small village in Himachali is situated at a height of 2250 m above sea level and is known as a hiker’s paradise. Surrounded by lush greenery and mesmerizing views from such a great height, Chail is bound to give a tourist a memorable travelling experience to a tourist. This place is famous for having the world’s highest cricket and polo grounds. Once the summer capital of the Patiala Kings, the palace has now been converted into a hotel and a tourist destination.

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  1. Naldehra

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The scenic Naldehra Golf Course, which bears resemblance to the Scottish links courses, is located about 22 km from Shimla. Measuring 4285 yards, this Par 68 course boasts of 18 holes, 16 greens and 18 tees. Established in the early 1900s, under the supervision of the former viceroy of India, Lord Curzon, this golf course initially had 9 holes, and is known to be one of the oldest in India.

Perched 2,200 m above sea level, Naldehra is one of the country’s most challenging golf courses. It covers a long sloping glade and is surrounded by countless Deodar trees from all sides. Bewitched by the boundless beauty of the golf club, Lord Curzon named his third daughter as Alexandra Naldehra.

A high altitude Golf course near shimla, you will need membership for entry. But you can roam surroundings of Golf course. you can ride by pony or go up by walk or try a hand at learning golf or eat at the café here, which promises a brilliant view. This tops the list of things to do around Shimla if a picnic in lush green surroundings is on your mind as there are many nice picnic spots around!

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  1. Mashobra

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This is a small and relatively less explored town, at a distance of mere 10 km from main Shimla. Tourists come here to relax and unwind in the lap of nature where the richness in flora and fauna is in abundance. This lush green place has a myriad variety of wild animals and is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. Wildflower Hall is a prominent site. Originally built as a residence of Lord Kitchener of Khartoum, this building is said to have been a favorite retreat of Lord Ripon. However, the building got burnt in 1993 and a new Wildflower building was built as a hotel there by joint venture between HP government and Oberoi group of Hotels.

If luxury is what you prefer, do visit the Wildflower Hall for a meal on this sight seeing day and be sure to tick off one of the most prominent places in the ‘things to do around Shimla’ list!

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  1. Kufri

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Somewhere around 16kms from Shimla is Kufri which has this innate thrilling setting, nestled 8000 ft above sea level. Apart from its scenic landscape and views the place is known for offering yak ride. Since, yaks are rare in India; this can be a whole new experience and infact a benchmark for trying something different on a family vacation. As the altitude increases towards Kufri, the views and sceneries here only get better, and the landscapes more flattering, a bit untouched with the tourist rush. There is also a zoo here – a must visit for kids. The zoo is famous for having rare species of Antelopes, Felines, Bears and birds including Himalayan Monal, which is the state bird of Himachal Pradesh. Kufri tends to be a hub of much activity and enjoyment in winters. Skiing is a popular sport here and the town also hosts a winter sports festival in February.

With kids in tow, you shouldn’t miss Kufri and especially so in winters. Snow and yak riding is great fun for them – which makes a visit to Kufri one of the most popular ‘things to do around Shimla’.

Movie Trivia!

The famous Yahoo! Song from Junglee – a blockbuster film of 1961 has been shot here. The classic song featured superstars Shammi Kapoor and Saira Banu.

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  1. Trekking at Shailley Peak

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Located 23 km away from Naldehra near Mahakali Lake, the Shaily Peak is one of the most beautiful attractions in Shimla. Its 8 km steep course from Khatnol (the base) to the peak attracts countless adventure seekers every year. Dense forests and rocky trails adorn this peak.

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  1. Rafting at Tattapani

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Literally meaning hot water in Hindi, Tattapani is a small village located 51km away from Shimla. This place is famous for hot water springs and the famous Shiva caves. Located 50 km from Shimla, Tattapani is simply a heaven for adventure lovers. Nestled on the banks of Satluj, the region is popular for its natural hot water springs, lush green valleys, and one of the finest rafting experiences that attract thousands of tourist every year. A perfect weekend getaway, Tattapani will surely rejuvenate your soul.

If adventure is what you are seeking, a trip to Tattapani should be on your list of ‘things to do around Shimla’.

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  1. Experience a magical ‘toy train’ ride in the hills

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The toy train coos through tunnels and amidst the mountains giving the feel of one of those journeys from fairy tale. Experience an enchanting journey by boarding the UNESCO recognised Kalka Shimla Railway! Connecting the history-rich town of Kalka with India’s finest hill station- Shimla, this route measuring 96km length, offers some of the most breathtaking sights of the country. As the train chugs along the route on a 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow gauge track, stunning locales encompassed by towering forested mountains arrest the attention of passengers. It passes through 20 stations, 102 tunnels and 864 bridges, and between every two stations, two tunnels and two bridges, there is boundless natural beauty to behold! Right from start to end, this train journey visually delights every passenger on board. The old railway line along the mountains paints a tranquil picture of the place. Watch the other end of the train from your window as the toy-train moves like a snake on the curved tracks. And boy you are lucky if it starts to drizzle! Dharampur, Solan, Kandaghat, Taradevi, Barog, Salogra and Totu (Jutogh) are some of the beautiful destinations that you get to see through the glass panels of the coaches, during the journey.

If you have time at hand and especially during monsoons, pick a toy train over a car journey through the hills. You will not regret it. A trip on the toy train is one of the top ‘things to do around Shimla’.

Movie Trivia:

The Kalka Shimla Railway line is featured in many Bollywood movies. A scene from the 2007 blockbuster- Jab We Met, which starred Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor, has been shot here. In the scene, Aditya (Shahid Kapoor) and Geet (Kareena Kapoor) run to board a train on the Kalka-Shimla route after abandoning a car.

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Tip: You can easily book a cab to travel to all these places over a single day or leisurely over 2 days. If you are staying at Hotel Willow Banks, you can ask the travel desk to book the same for you. For details, visit


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