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10 Best Places to Visit in Shimla in India

Updated on June 29, 2015

The Mall and the Ridge Road in Shimla

As in most hill stations in India, the Mall in Shimla is the main street and shopping centre. It has restaurants, banks, clubs, tourist information centers, and post offices. The offices of the Municipal Corporation, the fire service, and police department are on the Mall Road.

Tourists love to stroll along the Mall, see the shops, and meet and talk to their friends. The Gaiety Theatre, a replica of an old British theatre, is the center of cultural activities. The Himachal Emporium offers handicraft products of Himachal Pradesh, like pottery, jewellery, and woolens.

The Ridge Road is a large open space at the heart of Shimla running east to west alongside the Mall Road. The Ridge Road joins the Mall road at "Scandal Point" on the west side. On the east side of the Ridge Road is the Lakkar Bazar, a market where you can get all types of wooden craft items and materials.

Jakhoo Hill

Statue at Jakhoo Temple
Statue at Jakhoo Temple | Source

Jakhoo Hill is about 2 kilometers from Shimla, at an altitude of about 2455 m above sea level. Jakhoo, the highest peak in the area, offers a magnificent view of Shimla. The an ancient Lord Hanuman temple at the top of Jakhoo hill can be easily reached from Ridge Road near Church by walking for about an hour. The way to the temple goes through dense forests of deodar trees, but the climb is very tiring if one is not used to it. You can hire a pony or a taxi instead to go to the Hanuman temple.

You will see many monkeys in the area, but they will not give you any trouble. They just accept fruit and other food from pilgrims.

Shimla State Museum

Shimla State Museum
Shimla State Museum | Source

The State Museum, which opened in 1974, contains sculptures, paintings, and exhibits about the art, archaeology and cultural anthropology of the Himachal Region and other states of India. The museum has about 9000 objects in the collection. Galleries include:

  • Indian archeology
  • Himachal archaeology
  • Prehistoric objects
  • Wood carvings
  • Monuments
  • Photographs
  • Bronzes
  • Arms Gallery
  • Gandhi Gallery
  • Philatelic
  • Anthropological
  • Pahari miniature paintings
  • Rajasthan paintings
  • Contemporary art and wall paintings

The museum is open from 10 AM to 1:30 PM and from 2 to 5 pm. Closed Mondays, second Saturday of every month, and gazetted holidays.

Summer Hill

Summer Hill is labout 5 kilometers from Shimla, at an altitude of about 1983 meters above sea level. Summer Hill is a beautiful township and suburb on the Shimla-Kalka Railway line. The Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, visited Shimla and lived in these quiet surroundings at the elegant Georgian House of Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur.

The temperature during winter is very cold; people stay inside. At other times the place is pleasant, particularly during summer, although even then you might need woolen clothes and accessories at night.

Christ Church

Christ Church at Shimla
Christ Church at Shimla | Source

Christ Church is a majestic-looking church located on the Ridge, and is said to be the second oldest church in the whole of North India.

Inside the church are stained glass windows representing Faith, Hope, Charity, Fortitude, Patience, and Humility. It's worth spending some time here.

Annandale

Annandale is a plateau that has been developed as the playground of Shimla. Annandale is located at about 2-4 kilometers away from the Ridge. At the altitude of about 1864 meters, it is a favourite spot for cricket, picnics, golf and polo. From this high point you can get the best views of the city and its surroundings.

Tara Devi Temple

Tara Devi
Tara Devi | Source

Tara Devi Temple is located on the top of a hill about 11 kilometers from Shimla and can be seen while travelling on the Kalka-Shimla National Highway. You can see the backdrop of the lofty Himalayas when you visit. The clean and fresh air works wonders on you, helping you to relax and forget the day-to-day worries in life.

The temple is 250 years old. It is said and believed that the Goddess Tara Devi came all the way from West Bengal to Himachal Pradesh. Kings from the Sen dynasty built the temple on this spot according to the wishes of their family deity. The picturesque temple and the views of its surroundings are breathtaking and captivating.

Daranghati Sanctuary

Himalayan goral
Himalayan goral | Source

Daranghati Sanctuary is about 150 kilometers from Shimla, near Rampur Bushahr, in the higher-elevation area of the district of Shimla. This area was the hunting ground of the Rampur Bushahr royal family and was designated as a sanctuary in 1962. Daranghati has undisturbed forest with wildlife including tragopan, monal, Koklas and Khalij pheasants, musk deer, ghoral and thar. This is an ideal place for trek lovers. There is a network of bridle paths and inspection paths in the sanctuary, and the visitors can get assistance from the forest personnel posted at Dofda and Sarahan.

The Sanctuary has cool summers and severe winters. There is heavy precipitation in the monsoon months of July to September and frequent snowfall from January to March.

The nearest airport is at Jubbarhatti, about 23 kilometers from Shimla and about 150 kilometers from Rampur. A narrow-gauge train moves slowly through the mountains and valleys, showing you beautiful landscapes from Shimla to Kalka.

Wildflower Hall

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Wildflower Hall is a beautiful historic building which was the residence of Lord Kitchener and a masterpiece of British colonial heritage. The whole building was renovated and refurbished and made into a magnificent, architecturally striking five-star resort, run by the Oberoi Group. The resort spreads over 22 acres among virgin cedar and pine forest at about 2500 meters above sea level.

Chadwick Falls

Chadwick Falls is located at about 7 kilometers from Shimla, just beyond the Summerhill. The waterfalls cascade down into a deep gorge, from a height of 67 meters. Chadwick Falls is best seen just after the monsoon; September would be the best time. The monsoon increases the amount and speed of the waterfall's flow. The water of the fall is really cold, and as it spatters down from such a height it looks like crystals falling.

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      Tarun Bajaj 4 years ago from Panipat - India

      Chadwick Falls are seasonal i think???

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      kashmir-ladakh 3 years ago from usa

      very beautiful description of Shimla it still remains famous hill stations in northern India.

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      Latha Jayaprakash 3 years ago from Chennai

      The waterfalls are at best during the monsoons but it will be there even otherwise.

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      Avinesh Prahladi 3 years ago from Chandigarh

      I have personally visited Shimla and I must say that it is indeed a great place. It is a beautiful place, full of serenity, to spend your holidays. It's a must visit. Thanks for the hub.

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      Latha Jayaprakash 3 years ago from Chennai

      Thanks AvinashP for your comments.

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      prajwal pokharel 3 years ago from kathmandu

      oooooo i so missed the chance to visit Shimla ..... i have visited jammu and kashmir, agra ... when i was in india .... Shimla is definitely in my wish list... if i visit india again i will make sure of it...

      Great article Elijaype ... thanks

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      Matt Jordan 3 years ago from Gulf Coast

      Very nice. This is well written. I wonder if having someone here help you with punctuation and very minor adjustments to your phrases would be helpful. I'm not the man for the job as I tend to over punctuate. The article IS a good one.

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      Ashish 3 years ago

      Shimla is the beauty of Himachal

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      Vijay Meena 3 years ago from Jaipur

      Beautiful place India. paradise in world that new couple

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      Mr Lukter Boje 3 years ago

      Shimla is one of the top most tourist place of India ..

      There are so many tourist attraction located ...

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      ajay patidar 3 years ago

      A lovely place of india i proud for shimla in india

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      bethperry 2 years ago from Tennesee

      What lovely photos and tempting descriptions! I have always wanted to visit India; this Hub makes me all the more eager. And I never realized until now how lovely Wild Flower Hall is. Thanks for posting!

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      georgescifo 2 years ago from India

      great collection. I have heard that the Chadwick Waterfalls is really amazing and worth watching.

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      manu gupta 2 years ago

      i m coming...............

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      chandni singh 2 years ago

      shimla is a wonderful place

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      Deepak 2 years ago

      Chail very pleasant place and cool

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      navneet 2 years ago

      Must visit place

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      Reet passi 2 years ago

      i m coming shimla

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      sapna bansal 2 years ago

      I always want to see shimla.....when I go in shimla with my family. ..I can't express this beauty......its beauty is awesome. ..........dear friends. ...I request you that please go in shimla and to see its beauty and enjoy them

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      hafsa 2 years ago

      Its very beautiful hill station

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      hafsa 2 years ago

      When I go shimla with my hubby, sis and brother in law I really enjoy my visit and I m shocking to see the shimla and nal dehra and mall road its very beautiful ......

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      shammi garg 2 years ago

      Its amazing place

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      Ruchika kalra 2 years ago

      really its beauty of himachal

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      vikas malik 2 years ago

      I m coming shimla

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      Ravindra Prasad 2 years ago

      Hi!!!

      Really great information about Shimla. I would like to visit in coming October 2014. Can any one tel me the cheapest and best hotel in Shimla.

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      R mirza 2 years ago

      very good place in india

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      munishmehra 2 years ago

      I.m coming simla

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      Naz 2 years ago

      I m coming

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      vikas Jain...delhi 2 years ago

      Shimla is very beautiful place its queen of hill at this time I m in shimla with my friends .here we r enjoying .thanks.

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      kaleem khan 2 years ago

      I m cming

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      surbhi shukla 2 years ago

      Yippe very very awesome place. The real beaty of india is exist here only.

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      ravi 2 years ago

      Is it very costly to visit shimla.

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      Ahdilarum 2 years ago

      I have visited Jakob temple, but as explained by the author, the monkeys will be there but it will create lot of nuisance to the visitors. People should visit the temple with stick in their hand. Shopkeepers are providing for Rs. 20 to protect themselves. Good place to visit.

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      Priyanka Majumder 2 years ago

      I love shimla.....

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      Aakash Singh 2 years ago

      Tomorrow im going to Simla

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      riya 2 years ago

      summer hill is splendid

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      rina 2 years ago

      I m gng to shimla today Iv tell u my experia CE after s. Days

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      lalit makwana 2 years ago

      Me or mera pura ghar shimla ghumne jayenge

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      chena bhatia 2 years ago

      I really love shimla

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      chena bhatia 2 years ago

      I missed shimla

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      shyamal 2 years ago

      i m Coming after 5 month

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      m6hd shamshad ali 2 years ago

      Shimla aap ko jana ho to sardi mai jana ilike shimla

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      TaranpreetK 2 years ago

      I m coming shimla

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      Ravi archna 2 years ago

      Nice place

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      Nijamudeen 2 years ago

      Support shimla hu hu hu hu haaaaaa

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      ashu 24 months ago

      Very nice place in shemla

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      shadab khan 23 months ago

      I am coming shimla after marriege

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      Sanju sharms 22 months ago

      Shimla is the beauty of himachal

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      carhireindelhi 20 months ago

      Shimla is also known as queen of hills, really nice place to visit in India.

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      shyam 20 months ago

      i m coming simla... i miss u simla...

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