Ridge and Mall, IIAS, WHMR,Kufri, Prospect Hill, Jakhoo Temple, Annadale, Chail Palace, Craignano, Chadwick falls are most visited Tourist places in Shimla.
The mere mention of the word instantly brings about feelings of peace and serenity. A visit to this beautiful city is a refreshing change away from the erratic city life and being in the lap of nature. While most of India is finding it hard to even breathe in the polluted air, Shimla is quite literally a breath of fresh, clean air. Aptly called the “Queen of Hill Stations”, Shimla is a favourite haunt among tourists from all over India as well as the world, having a wide range of attractions and must visit places.
So before we reveal the best tourist places to visit in Shimla, here are a few things that are good to know before planning a holiday in Shimla.
Best time to visit Shimla
One of the best things about Shimla that attracts families, backpackers and honeymooners alike, is that it can be visited at any time of the year.
Summer (March to July)– It has pleasant breezy sunshine in the summers, with the average temperature of 15 degrees Celsius. Some would say this is the perfect weather for a holiday and a majority of the tourists visit Shimla during this time to escape the 40 degree heat of the plains.
Monsoon (July to September)-The monsoons are generally not the best time to visit due to road conditions, but it is during this time that you will find the clouds floating around the hills creating a mesmerising atmosphere.
Winter (September to March)– During the winters the temperatures can drop below zero, but the novelty of a snowfall fight is worth the chills for many. So each season in Shimla can show you a side of Shimla you may have not seen before.
How to reach Shimla
By Air– The nearest Airport is at Jubbarhatti, 20 KMS from the city centre. A shorter runway only permits small and mid-sized planes to land and take off from here.
By Rail– A short distance from the Main Bus stand is the Shimla Railway station. The Kalka-Shimla narrow gauge rail is a World Heritage Site and ride on the Toy Train is a favourite way among many travellers to reach Shimla.
By Road– Approximately 120 KMS from Chandigarh and 350 KMS from New Delhi, Shimla can be reached by travelling in HRTC buses (state run) or private buses. You can also book a private taxi if you prefer.
Now that we have gone over the essentials, let’s take a look at the following places:
Tourist places in Shimla you love to visit with your family and friends
- The Ridge and Mall Road
The Travel hub of Shimla city has something rarely found in Indian cities- A wide traffic free main street for calm and leisurely walk. Strolling through The Mall Road among upscale showrooms and cozy little cafe is a unique shopping experience. If you take the road on the left from The Scandal Point, you get to see another facet of the Ridge with the historic Christ Church and Gaiety Theatre standing proof of the rich Colonial legacy of Shimla. A short walk towards one end of the ridge takes you to the ancient Kali bari temple, which is believed to be almost 200 years old.
- Indian Institute of Advanced Studies
Commonly referred to as Advanced Studies among locals and also known as Rashtrapati Nivas or Viceregal Lodge, this place is a masterpiece of British Mock-Tudor architectural style. Surrounded by well-maintained lawns and gardens, you can get a guided tour of the premises which feels like a walk through the history of India. The impressive architectural beauty and historical significance of the place makes it a must visit site while you are in Shimla.
- Kalka Shimla World Heritage Mountain Railway
Some people consider this to be the best way to travel to and from Shimla. A toy train chugging along slowly on narrow gauge gives you ample time to enjoy the enchanting journey and views from the train. Passing through more than 100 tunnels, 700 bends and 800 bridges the construction of this railway track more than 100 years ago is a marvel in itself. It was granted World Heritage Mountain Railway Status by UNESCO in 2008 and is definitely something you should see for yourself when you visit Shimla.
A short trek from the Christ Church on the ridge, Jakhoo Temple is a popular tourist attraction in Shimla. The highest peak within Shimla at 8000 feet, the beauty of this place is accentuated by a 108 feet tall Hanuman Statue at the peak. Watch out for monkeys on your way up as they can get quite frisky. A climb (or drive) to the Jakhoo temple offers great views of the hills that enclose Shimla from all sides.
- Prospect Hill
Located just 4 Km away from the city centre, Prospect hill is one of the seven hills of Shimla and is a great place for a picnic and a short trek. On the peak of this hill is the Kamna Devi Temple and if you are here during evening time, you can see the extraordinary sight of sunset and moonrise at the same time.
- Chadwick falls
This rain fed cascade waterfall is a located about 7 km from Shimla near Summer Hill. Considered sacred, this waterfall is close to many shrines and the short trek through dense deodar forest is a trip to remember. A visit around sunset is recommended because the scenic environs of Chadwick falls are perfect for photography.
- Annadale Ground and Helipad
One of the most underrated places just 3 km from The Ridge, Annadale was developed as the playground of the city. It now houses a golf course, an army heritage museum and a helipad. Located in the beautiful Valley of Kaithu, Annadale feels like an unexpected break from the steep terrain all around it as you descend into the valley. It is maintained immaculately by the army and is highly recommended for a short trip away from the hustle bustle of the city.
- Kufri and Green Valley
Kufri is another most visited tourist place in Shimla. Kufri is a located at an altitude of 2630 m above sea level and it offers the first views of the higher mountain ranges that are not visible from Shimla town. Frequented by avid photographers to capture the majestic snow covered ranges in the distance, kufri also gives you an opportunity to ride a Yak. Enroute is Green Valley, a natural dale covered in dense forests of pine and deodar which is a popular halt among tourists. Don’t forget to carry your camera!
- Chail Palace
Around 40 km from Shimla is the former summer retreat of the Maharaja of Patiala. The palace is now open to tourists for a nominal fee. Situated at a height of 2250 m, It boasts of having the highest cricket ground in the world. The grand architecture of the palace is impressive, giving you a glimpse of the royal life of the Maharaja during British Raj. At night one can see the twinkling city lights below and far into the distance.
Often unheard of by many people, Craignano is a picturesque place just 15 km from Shimla. This hidden destination was originally the summer resort of the Italian countess of Craignano. The wooden villa is surrounded by gardens of hyacinths and daffodils which makes it an ideal spot for picnics. A short drive from Craignano takes you to Naldehra Golf Course, a beautiful place where you can enjoy horse rides and swing at the golf club.
Nestled in the Himalayan foothills of northern India, Shimla is a welcome respite from the sweltering heat of the Indian subcontinent. A place with magic in the air and warmth in the heart of people, Shimla is a slice of heaven on earth full of amazing places to see. Of course, the places mentioned above are only a small part of what makes Shimla the topmost Hill station in India, there is so much more to see. So if you’re planning to visit Shimla you can also contact with us. We provide excellent value for your money.