Top 12 Places to Visit in Shimla

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We give you a list of places to visit in Shimla in the area that will never fail to appeal to you, whether you are a family vacationer, honeymooner or solo traveler. So, get more ready on your way as it is time to pack your bags and get ready for an exciting trip to Shimla, one of the most visited hill stations near Delhi.

Shimla Ridge

The ridge can be well defined as the heart of Shimla in terms of location and tourist attractions. This tourist spot is actually a wide open road that runs along the Mall Road from east to west and connects it to the famous Scandal Point.

What makes it such a popular destination is that it offers magnificent views of snow-capped mountain ranges rising against blue skies to the extent of this paradise of a destination.

The place is filled with long-standing British establishments that entice visitors to indulge in good shopping and binge eating.

Equipped with shops, bars, restaurants, cafes and shops, The Ridge serves as the social center in the area. Don’t forget that this place is one of the most photographed parts of the city, thanks to its rich natural beauty and the structures that define its uniqueness.

Jakhoo Hill Shimla

Covered in a blanket of trees, Jakhu Hill is the highest point in Shimla and offers beautiful views of the snow-capped Shivalik Ranges as well as the sister town of Sanjauli.

Located at an elevation of 8,000 feet above sea level, Jakhu Hill is the site of an ancient Hanuman temple which claims to be the world’s tallest statue (108 feet) of this Hindu deity.

Shrouded in legends and mysteries, it attracts worshipers and tourists. If local legends are to be believed, the temple stands in the same spot where Lord Hanuman rested for a while on his journey to fetch the Sanjeevani Booti for Lakshmana’s revival during the Battle of Lanka.

Shimla Mall Street

When it comes to popular places to visit in Shimla for couples, you cannot miss Mall Road. Otherwise, the place is a trendy and lively place in this hill station and attracts visitors of all ages.

With cafes, restaurants, showrooms, department stores and shops selling trinkets and specialist crafts, from jewelery and books to wooden wares, you can shop a wide variety of items here .

Also, you can visit many other nearby attractions such as Kali Bari Temple, City Hall, Gaiety Theater and Scandal Point.

Moreover, as the road is closed to vehicles, it is a pleasure to contemplate the beauty of the hills while walking here in the evening.

Kalka-Shimla toy train

Train rides are a highlight of sightseeing in Shimla and for good reason. Built in 1898, this narrow gauge railway was recently added to the Indian Mountain Railways World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Traveling a very beautiful mountainous road from the foothills of the Shivalik range in Kalka (Haryana) to Shimla, the train ride offers spectacular views of the surrounding hills and villages.

Along the way, it stops at several tourist places like Solan, Dharampur, Summer Hill, Salogra, Taradevi and Barog. The journey will take you through at least 864 bridges, 919 bends and 102 tunnels.

The train ride itself may not count as a “place” to visit in the area, but missing the ride means missing out on some of Shimla’s splendid spots.

Kufri

Kufri, a 40-minute drive from the city center, will take you to another must-visit travel spot in the region.

Perched at an altitude of 8607 feet, this small mountain station promises you a panoramic view of the surrounding snow-capped mountains.

But Kufri is not the only place to visit in Shimla. It is also an adventure center that offers training and facilities for exciting winter sports such as ice skating and skiing.

This is why it is also known as the winter sports capital of India. As Kufri receives regular snowfall in winter, it is one of the best places to visit in Shimla.

Christ Church in Shimla

Christ Church is a very popular place in Shimla. Located on The Ridge, this church was built in 1857 which took almost 3 years to complete the architectural marvel.

Glass windows, clock tower and frescoes are some of the attractions of Christ Church. This church also has the biggest pipe organ in India which you must have seen in many Bollywood movies like 3 Idiots.

Chail Hill Station

Chail is a beautiful hill station located 44 km from Shimla and 45 km from Solan, which was established by Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala.

Let us tell you that this place also has the highest cricket ground in the world. Chail is known for its scenic beauty and pristine forests.

Arki Shimla Fort

Arki Fort was built in 1660 AD and is a fusion of Rajput and Mughal architecture. If you are a history lover, this place may turn out to be very special for you. The fort is known for the Kangra paintings that adorn the fort.

The paintings made in this fort should be around 200 years old, but even today they are just as beautiful. If you came to visit Shimla and you are a history lover, definitely include this fort in your list.

Naldehra Shimla

Located at 2044 meters above sea level, Naldehra is a very beautiful hill station near Shimla. Lord Curzon had established a golf course there.

The dense deodar trees and the beautiful greenery here make the atmosphere of this place very attractive. This is the best place to see the snow capped Himalayan Mountains.

The atmosphere of this place is so calm that you will hear the sound of the winds blowing here. If you want to cover this area, you can ride a horse. If you go to Naldehra, you will find it very attractive to watch the sunrise and sunset here.

Indian institute of advanced studies

The building was originally constructed as the residence of Lord Dufferin, who served as Viceroy of India from 1884 to 1888. Back then it was known as Viceregal Lodge.

The building had a power connection as early as 1888, before any form of electricity was used in the rest of Shimla.

After Indian independence, the place served as the summer residence of the country’s president and was known as Rashtrapati Niwas before becoming a center for advanced study and research. The structure attracts attention due to its majestic Victorian style of architecture and grandeur.

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