If you are planning to have a CHILL PILL trip to SHIMLA, then you must know some famous and amazing places in SHIMLA. The beauty of SHIMLA attracts every visitor once in a life to come here and enjoy. The majestic snow-capped mountains, widely spread greenery, beautifully flowing lakes attract you like a magnet. Queen of Hill Stations is itself a wonderful gift presented to us by nature. SHIMLA is a famous destination spot for honeymoon couples.
Since the British Era, its gradient flows like water. Snow-covered mountains, the endearing beauty of the city makes it The Most Visited Hill Stations In India. If you are coming here for adventure and fun, you must have a good knowledge of the Most Famous Places To Visit In SHIMLA.
Kufri is in Shimla district in Himachal Pradesh which is a state to have many tourists who visit the state for relaxing and enjoying the cool weather. Kufri is nearest to Shimla and due to this proximity, it is the most sought destination for couples. Kufri, it is at 2720m altitude and due to its high altitude makes it a place having snow-topped mountains through the winters. It is just 20km approx. to Shimla on the NH-22, so if you are in Shimla then you should come here to see the panoramic views of the Himalayan range, highly altitude mountains. These views just make you go Aww…During winter a meandering path through the potato plantations turns into a popular ski track. Here you can visit the Kufri Fun campus, it is an amusement park to enjoy the whole day. This park is equipped with various pools, rides, and the world’s highest go-kart track. Chini Bungalow is also famous here for its statues and architecture. Himalayan National Park is a good choice for adventure. This National Park is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and has nearly 30 species of animals and 151 species of birds.
You can visit here in the summer months i.e. from April to July. The winter months experience extremely cold weather and snowfalls.
You can take your kids to a day out at Adventure Resort. Its ticket price is 570 rs. Adventure trekking available here at 3000rs. per person.
Hotels and Resorts available here :
Kufri Holiday Resort, Karam Vidhata Resort, Woodways Resort.
2. THE RIDGE
The Ridge of Shimla is the epicenter of all tourist activities. It is easily connected to all the main places of Shimla such as the Mall Road, the Lakkar Bazaar, the Scandal Point. Since 1857, the Neo-gothic style place of worship is the second oldest of its kind. Christ Church is the most popular spot of Shimla. You can enjoy it here for 2 to 3 hours between 8:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. It is located in the centre of the Hill Station of Shimla nearby Mall Road. It is 2.2 km away from Shimla. Its entry fee is free of cost. The Ridge Of Shimla is always covered with snow. The most famous Summer Festival is held here.
It is a town village tourist place in Shimla and a quiet hill station. It is famous for the world’s highest cricket ground and the Heritage Hotel, Chail Palace, in deodar and pine trees. In history, it was once the summer capital of Patiala Kings. If you come here for a visit, then you must visit Chail Wildlife Sanctuary. You must go to Sidh Baba Ka Mandir, Stoned Kumbh Shiv Temple if you want peace and harmony. If you are a cricket lover you must visit the world’s highest cricket ground built by Maharaja Bhupender Singh. The jams and jellies from fresh fruits of the area are very tasty and hand made shoes, rugs, and carpets are the main attraction points. You can stay here for 2 hrs and enjoy the cool and fresh air coming from the mountain tops. It is approx. 15 km away from Shimla. You can book a taxi at 200rs as the fare or you can take a bus ride.
*Horse Riding is also available here. Horse Riding to highlands would be great fun.
Tattapani is also a famous tourist spot in Mandi district Himachal Pradesh near to Shimla. It is a beautiful destination spot for couples. It is 60km. away from Shimla. It is situated on the banks of the river ‘Sutlej’. It is famous for its Hot Sulphur Spring and it is believed to have curative properties and health benefits such as joint pain, fatigue, reduces fat and skin diseases. There is a story told by the locals of visiting lord Shiva at some spots called Shiva’s Cave. Visitors who want to do adventure sports can go for white water rafting on Sutlej River, one of the longest rivers of India. One can enjoy Mountain Biking or Cycling and Trekking is also the option here to do fun. Bikes and Cycles are available at 100rs and 60 rs per 15min.
5. THE KALKA SHIMLA TOY TRAIN
The Kalka Shimla Toy Train is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It connects the Indian plains to the ‘Queen of Hills’, SHIMLA. It was built in 1903 and is a great example of engineering. It covers 102 Tunnels, 864 bridges, and 919 stunning curves. Once in a life, you should sit and wonder about this amazing toy train. The whole journey takes Five and Half Hours. Picture perfect hill stations, wonderful waterfalls, vide valleys are all breath-taking. It is also called ‘The British Jewel Of The Orient’ It is the main iconic symbol of SHIMLA that is cherished by all people. It has an elevation of 2076 meters in the lap of Himalayas. It has 18 stations to stop. The highlight of the journey is Barog Station because it has the longest tunnel on the route stretching to 1143metres.
Names of the trains on the route:
> Rail Motor Car
> Shivalik Delux Express
> Himalayan Queen
You can book a ticket for the Toy train from the Kalka station or the IRCTC website. It costs differently according to the stations.
6. ICE SKATING IN SHIMLA
If you are fond of adventures and exciting sports, then you should visit in SHIMLA, the beautiful queen of Hill Stations. Ice Skating in SHIMLA is the most amazing and adventurous sport among Trekking, Horse-riding, etc. It is famous and well known due to its naturally formed Rink. Tourists come here from all over the world. The Ice Skating Rink Of SHIMLA has been used for sports and different activities since 1925. The experience you get here at the foothills of marvelous mountains is just be unforgetable one. All countries skaters come here to show off their skills.
The charges for Ice Skating starts from 100rs. per person to 500rs. Shoes for Ice Skating are also available for rent at low cost. You can stay here for 4 to 5 hrs and enjoy with your kids.
Time of opening: 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
7. SHIMLA CHRIST CHURCH
Shimla Christ Church is also a very famous and peaceful place to have a visit in the hot summer.It is designed in Neo-Gothic architecture style. It is the second oldest church in whole northern India after St John’s Church in Meerut. Its building is of yellow colour and it literally glows when it is lighted up in night just like a magnificent castle. Stained glass windows are highlight of the church.The Pipe Organ of the church is the biggest in the Indian subcontinent and it was erected in 1900 approx. The Church is also used as a set for the bollywood movies like 3 Idiots, etc.
8. JAKHO HILL
Jakho Hill another famous and exciting spot to visit in SHIMLA. It is the highest peak in SHIMLA covered with tall and beautiful Alpine Trees. It is a good place for cool wind and peace.It is 2.5km from the Ridge of SHIMLA and at a height of 2455m. There is a famous story related to this place. In Ramayana, Hanuman Ji rested here while searching for Sanjivni Booti. So, to worship the holy place, a temple was made called ‘JAKHO TEMPLE’. You can take a horse ride or a taxi ride to the temple. Ropeway ride is also available. You will feel blessed here and it is idol place to shoot photos but beware of the monkeys on the way to temple. Crisp cold air, seemingly touching skies, pine tress gives an awesome feeling.
9. HIMACHAL STATE MUSEUM
In SHIMLA, you must go to Himachal State Museum for a lightening experience of the state. Many ancient coins, handicrafts, paintings, and sculptures are collected from all over the state and country. If you are an art or history lover, then you must come here once in a life. This museum has a special Doll gallery which has many grooms and bride dolls. It has stoned images related to 8th century. Many traditional garments can be seen in the Victorian mansion i.e. the Himachal State Museum.