COVID-19 : SHIMLA is in Orange Zone
Last Updated: 20 Oct 2020
Latest Information on Travelling to SHIMLA?

Entry is open from all domestic destinations in India.

  • Face masks are compulsory when going out in public
  • COVID-19 test is not required on entry to the state, however, thermal screening shall be done for all passengers entering the state.
  • Containment zones to remain in lockdown till 31st of August 2020.
  • No night curfews are active in Shimla
  • All supermarkets, parks, malls and attractions are open with strict COVID-19 prevention norms in place.
  • Social distancing to be followed mandatorily when out in public.
  • 14 days of Institutional Quarantine is mandatory for travellers arriving from any Red Zone districts outside Himachal Pradesh
  • Passengers having ILI (Influenza Like Illness) symptoms are also to be quarantined in a government facility for 14 days. 
  • For passengers arriving from red zone districts outside of Himachal Pradesh, carrying a COVID-19 negative test report from ICMR authorized lab, not older than 48 hours from the date of departure,14 days of Home Quarantine is allowed.
  • All passengers must download Aarogya Setu App.
Flights

Flights to Shimla Airport are available from Delhi

Trains

No train service available

Buses

Inter-state entry of private and government buses in restricted in the state, however, intra-state bus services are functioning in the city from 7 a.m to 7 p.m. with 60% passenger capacity.

Local Transport
  • HRTC and private buses to operate with a maximum of 60% capacity
  • Public transport to be operated from 7 AM to 7 PM

Tourism units are safely open and allowed by the Government and follow proper COVID safety measurements. Therefore, tourists will have to follow the guidelines while visiting any place. Travellers are advised to practice good personal hygiene to ensure their safety.     

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Places to Visit in Shimla for Couples

Naldhera Peak, Kufri, Chail, Scandal Point, Jakhoo Hills, Mall Road, Summer Hills, Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex, The Ridge, Tara Devi Temple, Himalayan Nature Park, Tattapani, Chadwick Falls, Christ Church, and Mashobra.

Rekindle your romance by planning an intimate getaway to the hills and exploring the places to visit in Shimla for couples. Among the most beautiful places in India, Shimla has been a hub for couples retreat and honeymoons for ages now. And you can also get to experience the splendor of this town by visiting places like Summer Hill - where you can go for nature walks and treks with your partner, the Shimla Ridge - to attend all major events, Narkanda - for skiing in the winters and camping during the summers among many other places.

Moreover, all the places in Shimla present the best of natural vistas, spectacular architecture, the rich history and heritage of the town along with an amorous vibe that will leave you with memories of a lifetime. To get a complete and cherishing experience, you can go shopping at the many famous markets, spend time in cozy cottages, tour the museums and historical monuments and even get some blessings at the temples and shrines. Besides, make sure to have a loving date-night at the restaurants like Qilla or bars like the Lobby Lounge before ending the ardent trip.

Here is the list of best places to visit in Shimla for couples:

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Naldehra

Naldehra

This small scenic town in Himachal Pradesh is known for its 9 hole Golf course. If you feel like splurging on such skillful sport then Naldehra is the places for you. Tourist also explores the famous points of this quaint town on a pony or by walking and it is one of the best places to go in Shimla.

The town is small and boasts of many verdant expanses of hills and vegetation.

Suggested length of visit: 2 hours minimum.

Timing: 8 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.

Location: Post Office, Durgapur, Naldehra, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, 171007, India

Cost: No entry fee but playing starts from INR 1000 per person.

Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 25 Kms.

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Kufri

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Located a short distance away from Shimla, this scenic town is extremely popular among honeymooners travelling to Himachal Pradesh. Surrounded by a ring of the Himalayan ranges, Kufri is one of the most sought-after holiday destinations in Himachal Pradesh.

Nestled in the bosom  of the Himalayas, Kufri is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Himachal. The lofty valleys of the small town remain refreshingly green during warmer months, and turn ethereally white during winters, offering some of the most beautiful sights. The valley also boasts a variety of local flora and fauna, such as thick forests of pines and deodars, that elevate the beauty of the place.

Unlike most towns in higher mountains, Kufri is fairly developed, and offers a number of sports and adventure  opportunities for travelers. Boasting of a considerable rich endemic wildlife, the Himalayan National Park in Kufri is a delight to wildlife enthusiasts as well as trekking lovers.

Surrounded on all three sides by the stunning snow-capped mountains, this National Park houses nearly 31 species of animals and over 150 species of birds. The nature lover can further satiate his tastes by paying a visit to the Green Valley or the town of Fagu in Kufri, which boasts of stunning forests and a great population of birds.

While in Kufri, do not hesitate to pay a visit to Kufri Fun World, which is one of the highest amusement parks anywhere in the world. The park hosts a Go-Kart track, allowing visitors to Kart against the backdrop of the majestic Himalayas.

Kufri is also a popular destination for skiing enthusiasts, housing some of the most attractive ski-runs in Himachal. One of the most popular activities in Kufri is the donkey or mule ride to the Mahasu peak, which is the tallest peak here. The unique adventure opportunities in Kufri, not to be found in any other city of the Himachal, makes it one of the most popular places to visit in Himachal.

Summer months in Kufri, lasting between April to June, experiences cool and pleasant climate, with moderate temperature and short spells of rain. The winter months, between October to March, experiences extremely cold weather.

The temperature falls to subzero levels, covering the valley with snow and frost. The monsoon months last between July to September. During this time, the temperature falls to a fairly low level, although rainfall is scanty.

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Chail

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Erstwhile summer capital of the princely state of Patiala, Chail is an alluring hill station that lies about 63 km from Shimla. Nestled in the Himachal Pradesh’s Shivalik region, Chail basically is spread across the three hillocks - Sadh Tiba, Pandewa and Rajgarh. It is spread over an area covering 72 acres of land and overlooks the canyon of River Satluj. Chail enjoys a pleasant weather all round the year and is thus visited not just by the tourists but also the locals. Further, it also brings forth scenic and elegant views of the enclosing country side. Overlooking both Shimla and Kasauli, Chail used to be a sleepy little mountain village that underwent a transformation in the year 1893.    

Chail along with Shimla and Kufri, is also known as the Golden Triangle of Himachal Pradesh. It is a beautiful hill station that is free from the massive crowds that throng Shimla and consequently allows the travelers to relish the charm and the beauty of the place in its relative peace.

The lush green outfields, dense cover of deodar and pine trees and the stunning views of the mountains along with the breathtaking natural beauty, makes Chile one of the most significant tourist attraction of Himachal Pradesh.


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Scandal Point

Scandal Point
It is a major attraction on the westernmost tip of Shimla which falls between the mall road and the ridge at Shimla.  It lies right in the centre of the two busiest spots of Shimla and is difficult to overlook and it is one of the famous places to go in Shimla.

The place has a very interesting love story associated with its name involving the Maharaja of Patiala, Bhupinder Singh the then viceroy’s daughter.

Suggested length of visit:
2 hours.

Timing:
6 AM to 8 PM on all days of the week.

Location:
Mall Road, Near Railway Building, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, 171001, India

Cost:
No entry fee.

Distance from Shimla bus stand:
Around 2 KM.
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Jakhoo Hill

Jakhoo Hill

The highest point in Shimla, Jakhoo Hill is regarded as one of the most famous tourist places in Shimla. Covered with beautiful alpine trees, the hill’s most popular spots are the Jakhoo Temple and the recently established Hanuman statues. Jakhoo Hill is a good spot for a peaceful break from the bustling touristy environment of Shimla’s downtown.

Follow the 2.5-kilometre footpath to reach the summit of the peak but be aware of the monkeys as they can be menacing sometimes. Once at the summit, enjoy the cool weather and cherish the awe-inspiring views of the Shivalik mountain range.

Suggested length of visit: 2-3 hours

Timing: 6:0M Am to 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, All the days of the week

Location: Jaku, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh - 171001

Cost: Entry Free

Distance from Shimla bus stand: 3.4 kilometres

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Shop till you drop at Mall Road

Shop till you drop at Mall Road

Get a glimpse of the local life by visiting Mall Road, a bustling street in the centre of Shimla. It is a perfect area for a thorough shopping spree with numerous shops for woollen clothes, local handicraft items, rugs, pottery items, jewellery, and many more that will fascinate you and it is one of the Shimla famous things.

The best time to come and get the feel of it is during the evening when several tourists as well as locals come out on the road to the shop and explore around. 

If you are not a crowd person but still want to experience the humdrum of the area, you have a variety of quaint little cafe to sit in with a hot cuppa and see the evening go by.

Now you know why coming here is one of the most favourite tourist
activities to do in Shimla. 

Location: Mall road, Shimla center, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.

Highlights: Bustling market with different shops and cafes.

Cost: It depends on the shop.

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Summer Hill

Summer Hill

One of the seven hills in the city, Summer Hill is considered one of the most picturesque tourist places in Shimla. Located 2100 feet above sea level, the spot is visited by travelers wanting to escape the heat and chaos of their daily city lives. Surrounded by a dense forest blessed with varied flora and fauna, Summer Hill is the perfect holiday spot for nature lovers.

5 kilometres from the prominent Shimla Ridge, the hills provide for amazing trekking and walking opportunities. To make the most of your time here, stay at one of the many cozy guest houses overlooking the gorgeous landscapes. 

Suggested length of visit: 1 to 2 days

Timing: All day

Location: Situated on the Kalka-Shimla railway line, it can be easily reached by the railways and is a part of suburbs of Shimla

Cost: No Entry Fee

Distance from Shimla bus stand: 5.1 kilometres

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Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex

Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex

This huge complex is a popular monument which is situated in the middle of the busy lanes of the Mall road. The architecture of the complex is a Victorian Gothic style like the many other neo-Gothic buildings in Shimla. The theatre is designed by Sir Henry Irwin and is one of the oldest complexes in the state.

Suggested length of visit: 2 hours.

Timing: 9 AM to 5 PM.

Location: The Mall, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, 171001, India

Cost: INR 10 for Indians; INR 25 for foreign nationals.

Distance from Shimla bus stand: 1.5 KM.

Chadwick Waterfall
The clear waters of the Chadwick Waterfall cascade deep down a gorge at a height of approximately 86 m. What amplifies the beauty of the place is the surrounding hills as well as the thick green trees of Pine and Deodar. After you have had a hectic travel schedule exploring the entire Shimla, you can come back here and unwind. This place will give you ample ‘me’ time.
  
Location: Chadwick Waterfall is situated within the dense and the very beautiful Glen Forest. This waterfall lies at a distance of about 7 km from Shimla and about 4 km from Summer Hill.

Highlights: The place was originally famous as the ‘Chidku Jhaar’ where Jhaar stands for waterfall and in the local dialet ‘Chidku’ means the bird. It is so called because the waterfall is at such a height that only a bird can reach to the top. Britishers gave it the name ‘Chadwick Falls’.

Best Time: Can be visited anytime of the year but it is advised to go there in a group.
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The Ridge of Shimla

The Ridge of Shimla

The epicentre of all tourist activities in Shimla, the Ridge is one among the top tourist places in Shimla. Easily connected to all other important spots in Shimla such as the Mall Road, the Scandal Point, and the Lakkar Bazaar, the Ridge also serves as the location for the highly significant Summer Festival held every year in April or May. 

Among the many interesting spots along the Ridge, Christ Church is the most popular. The neo-gothic style place of worship is the second oldest of its kind in northern India and has been in existence since 1857. 
Boasting several architectural wonders, lush greenery, and a picturesque landscape, the Ridge is also the perfect place for shopping, dining, and nightlife.

Suggested length of visit:
2 to 3 hours

Timing:
8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, All days of the week

Location:
The Ridge is one of the most famous places in Shimla and is located in the centre of the hill station, right by the Mall Road.

Cost:
Entry free

Distance from Shimla bus stand:
2.1 kilometres

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Himalayan Nature Park

Himalayan Nature Park

Most of the Himalayan Park sections are declared as sanctuaries, national parks and reserves for the rich flora and fauna which dwell here. The park is truly a retreat for nature-lovers and many activities like trekking, picnic, day hikes etc can be carried out in the forests. 

It is located at Kufri and has an undisturbed biodiversity. You can find orchids, primula, balsam, deodar, oaks etc and animals like Musk deer, barking deer, Sambar deer, Hangal Goral etc.

Suggested length of visit: half a day or an entire day.

Timing: 9 AM to 6:30 PM on all days of the week except Tuesday.

Location: Kandaghat-Chail-Kufri Road, Kufri, Himachal Pradesh 171012

Cost: INR 20

Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 17 KM.

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Tara Devi Temple

Tara Devi Temple

It is one of the renowned and religious places to visit in Shimla. It is situated around 20 minutes drive from Shimla on the Kalka-Shimla highway. Perched atop a hilltop near Shimla, this temple is dedicated to Goddess Tara and highly revered by people who come to visit Shimla and the local dwellers.

Suggested length of visit: Around 1 to 2 hours.

Timing: 7 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.

Location: NH.22, Kachi Ghati, Bagh, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171001

Cost: Free of cost.

Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 17 KM

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Tattapani

Tattapani

Tattapani is situated around 60 KM from Shimla and is one of the famous Shimla tourist places. Tattapani brims with options for a traveler like quaint temples, Himalayan caves, hot water springs, stunning trekking trails, suitable terrain and rivers to carry out activities like river rafting and rock climbing etc. 

The place is blessed with the presence of Sutlej River which adds a different charm to the entire valley.

Suggested length of visit: 2 to 3 hours.

Timing: 7 AM to 6:30 PM on all days of the week.

Location: Tattapani | Karsog, Mandi, 175009, India

Cost: river rafting starts from INR 1500 per head.

Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 51 KM.

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Mashobra

Mashobra

One of the smaller towns located within Shimla, Mashobra is a must-visit among the many tourist places in Shimla. Dominated by misty hills, towering trees of pine, cedar, and oak, and a glistening stream gushing down the valleys, the place is pure bliss for weekend travellers as well as nature lovers. 

One of the most
offbeat places to visit in Shimla, Mashobra is a haven for adventure lovers for it offers plenty of adventure activities to be enjoyed. Some of the activities that you can enjoy during your time here include trekking, quad biking, paragliding, rappelling, and skiing.

Suggested length of visit: 1 day

Timing: All day

Location: Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India

Cost: No Entry Fee

Distance from Shimla bus stand: 12.1 kilometres

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Christ Church

Christ Church

Christ Church is one of the popular attractions among tourists and is considered in the top ten lists of places to visit in Shimla. The Christ Church is an excellent architectural monument built in the British era so that the then followers of Christianity could serve almighty Jesus. 

This monument is perfect for the people who want to get a taste of religious Christianity from the colonial time. The church was built in such a way that it would portray faith, hope, humanity, patience, fortitude, and charity to make people aware of the rich Christian culture. Located amidst majestic locations and spectacular landscapes, this place is worth giving a try.

Suggested length of visit:
 An hour is enough.

Timing:
 8 AM to 6 PM

Location: 
Hotel Ridge View, Ridge To US Club, Lakkar Bazar, Shimla

Cost:
 Free of cost.

Distance from Shimla bus stand:
 Around 6 KM.

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30 November 2016
Excellent
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03 January 2020
Excellent
Place is good. If you are expecting a break from city life. It was organized very well. The food has options and games are interesting. Perfect place to be in nature.
16 January 2020
Excellent
I visited last week with my family. the stay was very comfortable, the food provided was delicious. Staff was also very helping. We enjoyed hike to Pabbar River and guided pine forest walk. The room was very clean. We enjoyed the view from our room.
17 December 2019
Excellent
Scenic beauty with all the modern amenities that makes it a perfect weekend getaway. Me and my friends loved our trip to Shimla and the stay at this resort. We booked the property through Thrillophilia due to their best prices as it was our first time we were bit afraid yet received the instant confirmation and everything was the best provided.
17 February 2020
Excellent
I didn’t know about this resort but a friend of mine has suggested this resort and suggested to book from Thrillophilia and I am very grateful as they have the best price online. I have loved their Valley view rooms and spa. Overall amazing experience.
15 December 2019
Excellent
Had the best day there with my family. We enjoyed every moment of our stay, especially the hiking. The food provided was delicious with quite a variety. All thanks to the Thrillophilia for providing such a user friendly online booking platform with discounted deals..
13 February 2020
Excellent
It is a village style resort between the lush green apple orchards. Experiencing Khaddu lifestyle was totally a different and new thing for us. Thanks to Thrillophilia for combining stays with such amazing inclusive activities at the best online deals.
15 November 2019
Excellent
It was a gift from my side to my parents for their 25th wedding anniversary. On special request, the staff has arranged a cake and had also arranged a small decoration room to celebrate the evening for my parents. They were very friendly and I loved their hospitality. Thank you Thrillophilia for providing instant booking confirmation.
19 February 2020
Excellent
The location is perfect for nature lovers. We enjoyed the view from our hotel rooms. The breakfast buffet was delicious. It is indeed a well-maintained property.
07 November 2019
Excellent
Thanks to Thrillophilia fro arranging this awesome trip package with stays and complimentary activities. I loved and enjoyed the sightseeing tour to Kufri with this comfortable stay package.

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  1. What are the best resorts in Shimla for couples?

    Here are the top picks for the best resorts in Shimla for couples.

    1. Wildflower Resort: This luxury resort is situated on top of a hill and offers alluring views of the valley. Among the best places to visit in Shimla for couples, the services like the spa, in-house restaurant, the suites all promise a relaxing and intimate stay experience.

    2. Woodsmoke Resort and Spa: This resort is situated at a height of 6200 feet amidst thick forests which are perfect for strolls and intimate time. Moreover, the place has rooms with the best views of Shimla along with great services and features like a spa, fine-dining restaurant, and a health club.

    3. Woodville Palace: This historic Palace turned into a luxury hotel, it is located within the city. The rooms, the architecture, and the renowned Hollywood 30's bar are some of the best features of this place.

    4. The Oberoi Cecil: This imperial accommodation in Shimla is one of the best. A 130-year-old property was made into this luxury hotel and it still exudes the old-school charm and elegance. Also, the amenities, service, and features like spa, wellness center, the classy rooms, and the restaurant are perfect for a romantic vacation. 

    5. Radisson Shimla: This 5-star property has great service to its name. Along with that are the spacious rooms, the facilities including a spa as well as their in-house restaurant. The place also has lush gardens as well as some of the best views of the town on offer. 
  2. What are the best places to visit in Shimla at night for couples?

    These are some places where you can spend time with your partner and experience the best of Shimla nightlife.

    1. The Ridge: This place within the city center is the hub for all significant events and celebrations taking place in the city. Therefore, if you are in Shimla during the festivities, do visit the Ridge to enjoy performances. Apart from that, you can also come here for a late-night walk or stroll.

    2. Himani Bar and Restaurant: This place is the perfect way to end your day at Mall Road. Spend your evening at this bar with lip-smacking food and drinks. Also, the ambiance and the music here set the perfect mood for a date-night.

    3. Lobby Lounge: Come here to have a gala time with your partner. Eat, drink, and dance till you drop. The lounge is a part of the Oberoi group which promises prompt service. Also, the interiors and ambiance of the place are spectacular. 

    4. Devicos Bar: This is one of Shimla's oldest eateries that has remnants from the bygone times in its European style decor and exteriors. Moreover, the place at night becomes a hot-spot for crowds. They have great food and drinks menu that you will surely enjoy. 

    5. Qilla: An Arab themed restaurant, you can expect beautiful interiors, great multicultural food, and a warm ambiance. This is also one of the best places to visit in Shimla for couples wanting an intimate dinner date. 
  3. What are the best camping places in Shimla for couples?

    These are all the best camping places to visit in Shimla for couples. 

    1. Mashobra: Mashobra offers an exciting opportunity to camp amid rich and untamed nature. Moreover, the campsites here offer some of the best views of the mountains and scenic landscapes along with a comfortable camping experience.

    2. Kufri: This place is at a distance of 16 km from Shimla and is mainly known as a ski-resort. However, camping in Kufri presents spectacular views of the valley and the mountains. Moreover, there are campsites here that provide a fun camping experience in a modern style. 

    3. Narkanda: Narkanda is a haven for adventure-loving people all year long. In winters the place offers activities like skiing and in summers you can explore the expansive outdoors by going on a camping trip. There are several campsites here that you can choose from and have a relaxing experience.

    4. Jubbal: This is a small town situated in the Shimla district. Surrounded by natural scenery and exquisite sights, Jubbal offers an amusing camping experience. Also, the place has many attractions worth visiting while on an adventure trip. 

    5. Chail: Chail is a hamlet which is 43 km from Shimla. The place has vast landscapes of greens, hills and valleys that make for a great backdrop for many campsites here that you can stay at. They offer amazing services along with activities. Also, there are attractions in Chail that you visit. 
  4. Is Shimla Safe for couples?

    Yes. Shimla is a favored honeymoon and romantic vacation destination that is frequented by couples all year long. The resorts and places in Shimla are welcoming to couples and even the locals are quite helpful. Moreover, the city takes the safety of the visitors and the locals very seriously.
  5. How many days are enough in Shimla ?

    It is best to plan a 3 days trip to Shimla for you to be able to easily visit all the top attractions and also enjoy the beauty of the hill-station. Besides that, if you want to have a more relaxed vacation and have time to spare, then consider extending the trip to 5 days.

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