Shimla is one of the most famous tourist destinations in India. Shimla is called the queen of Hill Stations. It is situated at 7,238 ft. above sea level. This is one of the best tourist places for honeymooners, families and adventure seekers. Shimla hill station is famous for its natural beauty, lush greenery, sight-seeing and adventure activities which include skiing, trekking, hiking, golfing, ice skating, paragliding, mountaineering, rafting.
Best time to visit Shimla: • March to June • October to February
Top tourist and attraction places in Shimla
Tattapani is known for its hot water springs coming out by the side of Satluj River. Tattapani is spread over an area of one square kilometer. The water coming from Tattapani has its medical value. People suffering from joint pains, fatigue or any type of skin disease get a relief in Tattapani water. Tattapani is also famous for many adventure activities like rafting, fishing, trekking and camping. Tattapani is located around 51 kms away from Shimla. This place is open for visitors all days of the week from 7:00 AM to 6:30 PM.
Naldehra is a must visit place if you plan a trip to Shimla. It is only 22 km from Shimla. Nature lovers and adventure seekers shall never miss the place. Lush greenery and the whole walk way surrounded by cedars & deodar trees make this place very beautiful. 18 holes golf course is the main attraction of this place. Best time for golfing at Naldehra is from April to October. Mahunag Temple is the famous temple at Naldehra which is located inside the majestic Golf Course. River rafting and trekking are the most adventurous activities of this place.
Jakhoo or Jakhu temple is the religious place of Shimla. Dedicated to God Hanuman, it is also known as Hanuman Temple or Monkey Temple. Every year, a grand Dushera celebration happens here. An interesting fact which is told about this place is, Hanuman rested here for some time which he had gone to search Sanjeevani Booti to save Laxman’s live. The best attraction of this temple is the statue of Hanuman which is situated at the height of over 8,000 feet. This place is also the home of thousands of monkeys. Monkeys can be seen all around the temple.
Mall Road is one of the best shopping places in Shimla. This place offers a lot for tourists to shop like handicraft items, handmade jewellry, woolen clothes, books and more. Wooden furniture shops are the main attraction of this place. This place is also called as Lakkar Bazaar. You can buy all types of wooden handmade items for home decoration and gifting. Many hotels, restaurants, and recreation centers are also located here.
Institute of Advanced Study
Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS) Shimla is India’s well-known research center that offers post-doctoral courses. The building was built during 1884-1888 and was being used to hold important political meetings by the British Government. The main attraction of the institute is the teak-paneled interiors which are extremely unique and beautiful. The building has a decorated reception hall, grand staircase, entrance portico, fireplace and other areas like drawing room, ballroom, and the wood-paneled dining room and an indoor tennis court.
Entry ticket to Institute of Advanced Study – Rs. 40 for Indian Citizens Rs. 85 for Foreigners
Visiting Time: is between 9:30 am to 4:30 pm Visit Duration: one hour Institute of Advanced Study remains closed on every Monday for tourists.
Chail is a very beautiful scenic hill station of Himachal Pradesh. Chail is located 45 km away from Shimla, at a height of 2250 meters above the sea-level. This place was built by Bhupinder Singh, Maharaja of Patiala as a Summer Capital. Covered with beautiful Pine and Deodar forests, Chail is a must visit place for nature lovers and wildlife photographers. This place attracts a lot of visitors every year. Chail Wildlife Sanctuary offers a wide variety of flora and fauna and animals like Himalayan black deer, common langur, sambar, goral, wild boar, among others.
How to Reach Shimla?
If you come from Delhi to Shimla, you can take any mode of transport, Like bus, train or your own car or cab. But if you wish to take the best experience, you should cover your Kalka to Shimla journey through Toy Train. The toy train passes through 103 tunnels and keeps you away from city’s hustle-bustle and you can calmly enjoy the scenic beauty when the train passes by the mountains.