10 Best Places to Visit in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

10 Best Places to Visit in Shimla – The gust of cool and fresh air coming from the hills full of beautiful green trees and plants, the view of the blue sky that captivates the mind and the morning sun emerging from the mountains to meet the eyes. The solace that will refresh you from within and calm your mind – Welcome to Shimla!!!

10 Best Places to Visit in Shimla
The Ridge – रिज| 10 Best Places to Visit in Shimla

Shimla, the Summer Capital of India during the British period, even today attracts people not only from India but also from abroad with its natural beauty.

Shimla, which is surrounded by mountains from far and wide, is called the Queen of Hills. Shimla has become a favorite holiday hot spot of Delhi/NCR as well as other states.

List of 10 Best Places to Visit in Shimla

In this blog we have listed Top 10 Places to Visit in Shimla where you can spend 2 to 3 days enjoying the amazing views of nature.

  1. Jakhoo Temple,
  2. Mall Road,
  3. The Ridge,
  4. Lakkar Bazaar,
  5. Kufri,
  6. Annadale,
  7. Tara Devi Temple,
  8. Mashobra,
  9. Summer Hill,
  10. Indian Institute of Advance Study

Before going to these places, be sure to know about some important things written below.

1. Jakhoo Temple​

10 Best Places to Visit in Shimla
Jakhoo Temple – जाखू मंदिर | Top 10 Places to Visit in Shimla

Jakhoo Mandir, dedicated to Lord Hanuman, is built atop Jakhoo Hill, one of the seven hills on which Shimla stands today. The main attraction of Jakhoo temple is the 108 feet high statue of Lord Hanuman ji which is surrounded by dense forest trees. The idol of Lord Hanuman can be seen from every corner in Shimla.

It is believed that this was the same place where Lord Hanuman rested for a while to get the Sanjeevani herb for the survival of Lord Lakshman.

The temple can be reached by road and there is also a ropeway to the temple, which runs from one end of the ridge to the top of the hill. In which the ticket for commuting is Rs 500 for adults and Rs 400 for children.

Please note – Be careful of the monkeys playing and jumping on the trees here, do not feed them or give them any signals as they may start pouncing.

2. Mall Road​

10 Best Places to Visit in Shimla
Mall Road – मॉल रोड | 10 Best Places to Visit in Shimla

Mall Road is the lifeline of all trade and market activities in Shimla. Here are the most popular Eateries in the city. The main market of Shimla, where you can enjoy shopping and eating. Also, small roadside cafes are perfect places to sit and relax with a cup of coffee.

There are many places to visit in Mall Road like Scandal Point, Johnny’s Wax Museum, Gaiety Theater Complex and Kalibari Temple.

3. The Ridge

10 Best Places to Visit in Shimla
The Ridge – रिज | Top 10 Places to Visit in Shimla

The Ridge, a large open space in the center of the city, is home to one of the oldest libraries in the country and a grand neo-Gothic style Christ Church. It runs from east to west along the Mall Road, and has a lot of things to do for tourists. It includes panoramic view of the city from both sides of the road, photographers to click you in traditional Himachali dress, small ice cream stalls and much more where your time will be spent very happily and intensely. (10 Best Places to Visit in Shimla)

The Ridge has been a part of the shooting of many Bollywood films, the most famous of which is – 3 Idiots.

4. Lakkar Bazaar

10 Best Places to Visit in Shimla
Lakkar Bazaar – लक्कर बाज़ार | 10 Best Places to Visit in Shimla

While roaming through the Ridge, you can go to the famous Lakkar Bazaar of Shimla, where you will get to see many types of items made from wooden items. You can also call this market the pride of Shimla. Here you can buy decoration items for your home and gifts etc. for your family members or the couple for each other.

There are some very old and famous shops of ‘Chole and Kulcha’ where you will always find crowded but you will enjoy eating there a lot.

You can easily visit Jakhoo Temple, Mall Road, Ridge and Lakkar Bazaar in one day. The center of everything is the ridge, on one side of which is Mall Road and on the other side is Lakkar Bazaar, which you can roam around by walking from one side to the other. At one end, there is a path leading to the Jakhoo Temple which leads to the top of the mountain where the temple is situated. (10 Best Places to Visit in Shimla)

5. Kufri

10 Best Places to Visit in Shimla
Kufri – कुफरी | Top 10 Places to Visit in Shimla

Kufri is a hill station located at a distance of about 15 km from Shimla city center. Regular snowfall in this hill town during winter has earned it its title as the ‘Winter Sports Capital of India‘. Various winter sports like skiing and ice skating make Kufri one of the must-see places to visit in Shimla.

Adventure lovers get complete peace and thrill in this beautiful hill town filled with beautiful snow-clad hills, dense pine forests and green meadows. Tourists visit this hill town to indulge in the age-old activities of skiing and ice skating for an adrenaline rush.

6. Annadale

10 Best Places to Visit in Shimla
Annadale – अनाडेल | 10 Best Places to Visit in Shimla

Annadale, surrounded by tree-filled hills, is one of the best places to visit in Shimla. With its beautiful views and greenery, this popular tourist attraction is an ideal destination for your summer vacation.

During the British Raj, Annadale was the center of various adventure sports like Polo, Cricket and Racing. However, now it is a safe place for all the Golfers as the Race Course has been converted into a Mini Golf Course which is also used as a Helipad.

Situated at a distance of 4 km from the Ridge, this flat terrain enjoys a beautiful view amidst beautiful grasslands and lush green forests. Don’t miss the Army Heritage Museum, Annadale during your visit to this wonderful tourist destination. (10 Best Places to Visit in Shimla)

7. Tara Devi Temple

10 Best Places to Visit in Shimla
Tara Devi Temple – तारा देवी मंदिर | 10 Best Places to Visit in Shimla

Situated atop a hill called Tara Parvat with a serene landscape of high peaks, dense oak forest and clear sky, the magnificent Tara Devi Temple is one of the main tourist attractions.

About Tara Devi Temple, it is believed that it is about 250 years old and the wooden idol of Mata Ji in it was brought from West Bengal. Tara Devi Mata is a goddess of Tibetan Buddhists and one of the nine incarnations of Goddess Durga.

Tara Devi Temple attracts the attention of not only the devotees but also the admirers of architecture. Located in a serene and serene environment of Shimla, the temple exudes a peaceful atmosphere that connects the devotees with their soul. (10 Best Places to Visit in Shimla)

8. Mashobra

10 Best Places to Visit in Shimla
Mashobra – मशोबरा | 10 Best Places to Visit in Shimla

Mashobra – The place known as ‘Quiet Shimla‘ is home to adventure activities like paragliding, trekking, biking. Bird lovers, keep your cameras ready as the melodious sounds of birds chirping/chirping in one of the largest watersheds in Asia will delight your mind. The conifers here are home to some of the most beautiful species like the Himalayan eagle, pheasant, chakor etc.

To see the magnificent plantation here, visit the various Apple orchards of Mashobra.

Please note – It is very important to take prior permission from the forest officer to visit the forest here. (10 Best Places to Visit in Shimla)

9. Summer Hill​

Summer Hill, a suburb of Shimla located at a distance of 5 km from the capital city, is known for its scenic beauty of lush greenery. This is one of the best places to visit in Shimla. The hills covered with dense deodar forest along with the color changing sky offer a picturesque view.

In the past, Summer Hill was the place where potters collected clay to make pottery, hence, it is also known as Potter’s Hill. Summerhill Hill is part of the seven hills that form the hill town of Shimla, which guarantees the majestic beauty of nature to fill your heart with contentment and happiness. (10 Best Places to Visit in Shimla)

10. Indian Institute of Advance Study

10 Best Places to Visit in Shimla
Indian Institute of Advance Study | 10 Best Places to Visit in Shimla

A prominent marker of India’s colonial history, the ‘Indian Institute of Advance Study‘ was originally built as the residence of Lord Dufferin, the then Viceroy of India. When the rest of Shimla did not know about electricity – at that time, it was the lodge known as the Vice regal Lodge that had an electricity connection.

After independence, it served as the summer retreat for the President of the country and came to be known as the ‘Rashtrapati Niwas‘. In 1965, Dr. Radhakrishnan founded the Indian Institute of Advanced Study for the advancement of arts and humanities in India.

This iconic building is also where the decision to create Pakistan and East Pakistan out of India was taken. The rich historical background and classic English architecture make the institute a popular tourist attraction in Shimla. (10 Best Places to Visit in Shimla)

Best Time to Visit Shimla

You can visit Shimla with your family or with your boyfriend/girlfriend in any month of the year.

  • Snow falls here in the months of December, January and February, so at this time you can enjoy playing with snow.
  • In the rest of March, April, May, June the weather remains very pleasant here,
  • But there is rainy season in the months of July, August and mid-September, so please do not plan to visit the hilly areas during the rainy season because stories of cloud bursts and landslides become common during these days.
  • Then you can plan to visit here again in the months of October and November.

How to Reach Shimla?​

You can reach Shimla by road, rail and air.

  • By Road: You can take a direct bus to Shimla from Delhi NCR or Chandigarh. Both Volvo and ordinary buses run to Shimla. The rest of the road is also very well maintained, so you will not feel tired at all after reaching Shimla. You can also come here by your own car, you should have experience of driving in hilly areas. If you are coming in your own car for the first time, you may face some dilemma.
  • By Train: You can reach Kalka by train from Delhi NCR or Chandigarh. Then you can come to Shimla by Kalka – Shimla Toy Train running from here. This will be your most fun journey, because on the way to Shimla from Kalka – Shimla Toy Train, you will get to see such sights which you would have never imagined in your dreams.
  • By Air: Nearest international airport to Shimla is at Chandigarh at a distance of 120 kilometers and domestic Airport at Jubbarhatti is at a distance of only 16 kilometers. You can come from Chandigarh by bus, train or train.

FAQ for Top 10 Places to Visit in Shimla

1. How to reach Shimla?

Shimla can be reached by road, train or air. The nearest airport is Jubbarhatti Airport.

2. What is the best time to visit Shimla?

The best time to visit Shimla is during the summer months (March to June), when the weather is pleasant.

3. Why is Shimla famous?

Shimla is famous for its colonial architecture, natural beauty and as a popular hill station.

4. How to reach Shimla from Delhi?

दिल्ली से शिमला तक की यात्रा बस, ट्रेन या कार से की जा सकती है। कालका से टॉय ट्रेन एक सुंदर विकल्प है।

5. When should one go to visit Shimla?

The ideal time to visit Shimla is during the summer and early winter months.

6. What is worth seeing in Shimla?

Shimla offers attractions like Mall Road, Jakhu Temple and The Ridge for tourists to visit.

7. Which one is better Manali or Shimla?

The choice between Manali and Shimla depends on personal preferences; Both have a unique attraction.

8. In which month does snowfall occur in Shimla?

Snowfall in Shimla usually occurs from December to February.

9. Why is Shimla called the queen of hills?

Shimla is called the “Queen of Hills” because of its picturesque hilly views and natural beauty.

10. Can we go to Shimla by train?

Yes, you can reach Shimla by train. The Kalka-Shimla toy train is a beautiful and popular option.

11. What to buy in Shimla?

In Shimla, you can buy local handicrafts, woolen clothes and traditional Himachali souvenirs.

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