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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.     

COVID certificate not required to travel within Himachal Pradesh Updated: 20 Oct 2020

The tourists who are travelling within the state do not have to produce any kind of COVID negative report while visiting Kullu and Manali. These tourists can visit Manali without hotel booking proof or COVID test report.

Tourist restrictions eased to enter Himachal Pradesh Updated: 20 Oct 2020

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, in a Cabinet meeting, revealed his decision of reducing the tourists’ minimum duration of stay from 5 days to 2 days. Read more.

Hotels in Himachal may reopen after mid-september Updated: 20 Oct 2020

The hotel owners of Himachal Pradesh have decided to only reopen the hotels in the state after mid-september to curb the spread of Coronavirus.Read more.

Himachal Pradesh: Tourists should Adhere to the State Government Guidelines Updated: 05 Sep 2020

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What to do in Shimla

1. Go Trekking in Shimla
2. Camping in Shimla
3. Cottage Stay in The Woods Of Shimla
4. Forest Camping in Shimla's Junga
5. Indulge in River Rafting
6. Paragliding
7. Shopping at Lakkar Bazaar
8. Cycling in Shimla Water Catchment
9. Hike to Jakhoo Hill
10. Enjoy Natural Ice Skating in Shimla

Crowned with the charming colonial buildings, the majestic Himalayan ranges to gawk at, and pristine climate, the Queen of Hills is a perfect summer retreat for you. Shimla is abuzz with a regular flow of heat-escaping tourists of India, all round the year. People come here for an assorted array of things to do.

Adventure activities like trekking, camping, paragliding, and river rafting is one reason, and staying at the cozy cottages, gazing at the unique architecture and museums are some more reasons to fall in love with this place.

There are a plethora of activities to do for every type of traveller. If you like crowds, you can visit the Mall road, a bustling market running below the spine of Shimla. If you want to spend your days here in peace and serenity, you can hike to the densely forested Green valley, away from the teeming centre parts of Shimla. For many devotees, there are Tara Devi Temple and Jakhoo temple. 
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Go Camping in Shimla

Go Camping in Shimla

The true essence of a beautiful hill station can really be experienced in outdoor accommodation in nature. Since Shimla serves as an excellent base for many trekking expeditions, camping is among the popular things to do in Shimla.

Despite being a home to a large population, Shimla still possesses thick vegetation. 
Camping in Shimla is a must-experience activity for every adventure enthusiast or nature lover visiting Shimla.

Location:
There are some perfect campsites in Shimla, offering magnificent views of the green hills around. You can pick a campsite among the major ones like Shoghi, Sarahan, Sandasu, and Chirgaon. 

Highlights:
The hills of Shimla are laden with Pine, Oak and Deodar forests that make the atmosphere soothing and apt for camping.

Cost:
 Variable and depends on the camp.

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Visit the Shimla Ridge

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Popular as the cultural hub of Shimla, The Ridge is a must on your list of things to do in Shimla. Whether looking for a quiet cup of coffee after a long day of sightseeing or old British and Gothic establishments and architecture, The Ridge is your stop.

It also connects to Scandal Point at one end and Lakkar Bazaar (famous for woodcraft) at the other end. The Ridge becomes the hotspot of the city during fests and events, the most popular being the Summer Festival.

Location:
Ridge Road, near Mall Road, Himachal Pradesh - 171001.

Highlights: The Ridge of Shimla is the hub of all the cultural activities of Shimla. Some of the prominent places of Shimla such as the Lakkar Bazaar, Mall, Scandal Point, Jakhoo hill, etc is in close proximity to the Ridge.

Cost:
No entry fee.

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Go Trekking in Shimla

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Trekking is popular in Shimla as the mysterious and the beautiful ranges of Himalayas are just the right sites for you to try your hand at trekking and it is one of the best Shimla things to do.

Location: Trekking can be tried at several undulating terrains as well as hills in Shimla. Some of the popular and common routes for trekking include:

Shimla - Luhri - Ani - Khanag - Jalori Pass - Jibhit - Banjar
Shimla - Narkanda - Hattu Peak - Chaupal - Kedi - Halau - Kandol - Koti - Chakrata
Shimla - Narkanda - Khadrala - Sungri - Devidhar - Rohru - Shimla
Banjar - Bathad - Sarahan - Arsu - Rampur - Shimla

You can check here the list of best treks you can opt-in Shimla.

Highlights: Treks usually vary from each other and one can pick the length of the trek depending on the time and the capability. There are several shelters as well as the rest houses that have been set for the tourists to rest and re-energize.

Cost: Variable and depends on the length of the treks.
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Shop till you drop at Mall Road

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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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Indulge in River Rafting

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River Rafting is one very popular adventure sports in Shimla. The free-flowing rivers of Shimla offer the most ideal conditions for river rafting in the city and it is one of the best Shimla things to do.

Location: The river Sutlej that flows near Shimla offers great options for river rafting. The very popular whitewater rafting place in Shimla is carried out from the Chabba to Tattapani. The length of this stretch is 12 km and takes about 2 hours to challenge the much rapid and aggressive Sutlej river.

Highlights: This adventure sport is usually carried out on an inflatable rubber dinghy.


Cost: Variable and depends on the length of the duration and the track you choose for rafting.

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Experience the Ride on Toy Train

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Experience the Ride on Toy Train

With gorgeous views of pine-covered hills, this five-hour train ride should be on your things to do in Shimla list. A 96 kilometres run, this journey will take you through 20 stations, 103 tunnels, 800 bridges and about 900 breath-taking curves.

The distance between Barog and Shimla is the most amazing part of this journey when the train slows down due to a steep climb, giving you the opportunity to witness some mesmerising scenes. Advance booking is recommended.

Location:
Kalka-Shimla-Kalka.

Highlights: Barog Station which has the longest tunnel.

Cost:
 INR 65 to INR 500.

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About the Aamod at Shoghi

It is an Ecotourism resort set in pristine virgin forest. The recreation cottage offers a variety of indoor activities and board games. Open your cottage window early morning for a majestic view and fresh air, the resort is totally in the proximity of nature. There is also a well stocked library in premises to for a peaceful reading space with your book. 

Aamod at Shoghi offers all basic amenities like wifi, 24 hour help desk, travel desk, doctor on call, room services etc. The retreat has increased the frequency of cleaning public areas (including the lobby, elevators, doorknobs, common washrooms, etc.) and continue to use hospital-grade disinfectants. There are more antibacterial hand sanitizers kept throughout the property. 

The Colonial is the multi-cuisine restaurant and the bar of Aamod that offers Indians and local Himachali delights. There is also a provision of a selection of aperitifs, spirits, and specially crafted cocktails along with a fine selection of Scotch and whiskeys.

There is also a bakery at Aamod which serves freshly baked goodies. For all the outdoor enthusiast there are activities like rock climbing, bonfires, nature trails, trekking, camping, mountain biking, river rafting, and fishing. 

Along with this amazing stay, the package offers you a delicious breakfast with refreshing non alcoholic welcome drinks alongside it there are multiple adventurous rope course activities like flying fox, commando net, burma bridge, tire swing, zip line, rope bridge walk to get some adrenlaine rush and after all that there is refreshing jacuzzi experience for couples.

Highlights of Aamod at Shoghi:

1. Accommodation in Super Deluxe Cottage with delicious Breakfast
2. Welcome Arrival Drinks (Non Alcoholic)
3. Flat 70% off on Adventure Rope Course
4. Open Air Jaccuzi Experience For Couple

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Aamod at Shoghi is a 5-minute drive from Shoghi. To get to Shoghi, guests can drive 33 km from Jubbarhatti Airport in Shimla, or drive 2 hours from Kalka by local and private transport.

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Paragliding

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If you have ever dreamed of flying, Shimla is the place where you can come and make your dream of flying come true. Due to its perfect hills, ideal for paragliding, Shimla serves as an excellent paragliding destination and makes it a mecca of thrill-seekers and it is one of the Shimla famous things.

The vistas of the mighty mountain ranges you can witness during the activity are enough to make it an unforgettable experience. Try this activity in Shimla to shoot up the level of adrenaline running through your blood.

Location:
The best place in Shimla to experience the exhilarating fun of paragliding in Shimla is Kangra Valley. Fly gracefully over the enchanting valley of Kangra and land like a champion on its meadows on your next visit to Shimla

Highlights:
 This adventure sport will make you fall in love with mountain ranges and valleys.

Cost: 
Variable and depends on the length of the duration.

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Skate at natural Ice Skating Rink

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Ice skating is said to be one of the most popular adventures sports in Shimla. It is known that Shimla has one of the largest ice skating rinks in India and it is one of the fun Shimla things to do.

Ice skating in Shimla usually commences in the month of December and goes on till late February. During this time, the skies are clear and the weather is cold thereby ensuring undisturbed sessions of ice skating.

Location: Lakkar Bazar, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171001.

Highlights: To the surprise of many, Shimla is the only ‘natural’ ice skating rink of India. This is the reason why this largest open-air rink, tends to attract both tourists as well as local, alike.

Cost: Cost will depend on the length of the session. Sessions of ice skating take place twice a day i.e. both in the morning as well as in the evening. The rink offers membership in both short-term as well as long-term basis.
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Visit Chadwick Waterfall

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Searching for what to do in Shimla? Then visiting Chadwick falls is one of the famous Shimla things to do. Located in the Glen Forests, Chadwick Waterfall is a popular tourist site in Shimla. Flowing from a height of 1586 meters, the falls are surrounded by pine and deodars and carries the chilled water of the Himalayas. You can trek to the falls from Summer Hill or simply take a vehicle.

Either way, the scenery is unforgettable. It is also a preferred spot for picnics and day camps, and a water spot for the local wildlife. So, unless you wish to meet a leopard, it is advisable to head back before sundown.

Location:
 New Summer Hill, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh - 171005.

Highlights: 
The place was originally famous as the ‘Chidku Jhaar’ where Jhaar stands for waterfall and in the local dialect ‘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’.

Cost:
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Take Blessings at Jakhoo Temple

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Take Blessings at Jakhoo Temple

Jakhoo temple is a famous religious tourist spot and coming here is naturally one of the most popular activities to do in Shimla. It is located in the Jhaku hill, amidst the dense forests of Deodar with the Shivalik ranges in the background and it is one of the famous things to see in Shimla.

To reach here, you have to trek for approx 2 km from the Ridge at the Shimla centre. On the way, you will be meeting numerous mischievous monkeys jumping around probably because this temple is dedicated to the lord of monkeys- Lord Hanuman. 

It is believed that there are footprints of Hanuman when he came here to take sanjeevani booti for Lord Lakshman. 

Location:
Jakhu Temple Park, Jakhu, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.

Highlights: ancient temple, scenic views of Sanjauli and Shivalik hills.

Cost: No entry fees.

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Witness sunset at Scandal Point

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Witness sunset at Scandal Point

Watching the sun exhibiting its crimson hues blended with each other is a treat to the eyes and soul. One visiting Shimla, must not miss out on this electrifying plight as it will rejuvenate you inside-out and it is one of the offbeat things to do in Shimla.

The name of the location adds a tint of mystery to it and, attracts the tourists from all over the map. Serenity and peace are interwoven in the aura of this point and, is just ideal to rediscover oneself.  

Location:
Located just 3 km away from the heart of the town.

Highlights: 
Breathtaking view of hills and the sun. Also, there are many options available for restaurants, eateries and places to shop in this area. 

Cost:
There is no fee to visit the Scandal Point.

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Take a walk in the Pine Forest

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Blessed with lush green and deciduous pine forests, Shimla brings out its magical facet when you go for a walk in one of the pine forests here and it is one of the finest Shimla things to do.

Explore the wilderness and the quietude early in the morning while walking as the warm sun rays filter through the pine leaves touching your cold face. 

Such a magical stroll through these enchanted forests can surely be considered as one of the most soothing things to do in Shimla. 

Location: Various locations.

Highlights: Walk in the forest, Have a picnic, Hike to the forests.

Cost: Free of cost.

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Cycle Tour to Water Catchment Wildlife Sanctuary

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Cycle Tour to Water Catchment Wildlife Sanctuary

Known for its natural beauty and vast landscapes, Shimla Water Catchment Wildlife Sanctuary is a must-visit. If you want to relax in the green surroundings then hiking or cycling through the sanctuary must be on your list of things to do in Shimla.

Prior permission from the Department of Wildlife is required. Once you manage that, get ready to meet foxes, eagles or even leopards.

Location:
 NH 22, Charabra Mashobra, Himachal Pradesh - 171012.

Highlights: Get a cycle and explore the wildlife. You can spot various species of birds and animals including Monkeys, Deers, and if you're lucky you can spot a Leopard too.

Cost:
 INR 200 per vehicle. Cycles can also be hired at the sanctuary for a nominal price.

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Enjoy the view of Shimla from Summer Hill

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Enjoy the view of Shimla from Summer Hill

Part of the seven hills that form Shimla, the view from Summer Hill is one of those that you will never forget. Also known as Potter’s Hill, during winter, the hill is covered in pure white snow, and refreshingly pleasant during summers, making it the perfect escape from bustling city crowds and it is one of the Shimla famous things.

In the past, Summer Hill has hosted Mahatma Gandhi at the Georgian mansion of Rajkumari Amrit Kaur. Today, it is home to the famous painter, Amrita Shergil. Himachal Pradesh University is also located here and provides students with the ideal location for concentrated studies.

Location: 5 km from The Ridge.

Highlights: 
You need to take the toy train to reach Summer Hill which is an amazing experience to have in Shimla. Summer Hill is the greenest neighbourhood of Shimla town away from the city crowds.

Cost:
 No entry fee.

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Take a Historical Walk in Kuthar Fort

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Looking for what to do in Shimla? Then, A walk to Kuthar Fort is one of the best things to do in Shimla. Kuthar Fort is placed in the undying serenity of the Himalayas and is one of the best places to visit in Shimla to get into history. 

The fort spans an area of about 52.8 square kilometers and is located in the middle of the exotic background, pools as well as the beautiful gardens.


Location:
 Kuthar Fort is located at a small distance from both Arki and Subathu.

Highlights: Stretched in the large area of the region, there are a number of fresh-water springs flowing through here. It is surrounded by different picturesque locations such as the Gurkha Fort from Subathu, Kunihar, and Kasauli hill station.

Cost:
 INR 5 per person for Children
           INR 10 per person for Adults
           INR 100 per person for Foreigners

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Have a coffee at Cafe Simla Times

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Sip a hot cuppa while sitting in this warm cosy cafe overlooking the best of Shimla views. It is located within the Willow hotel and provides lip-smacking gourmet cuisines like Italian, Indian, Lebanese, Chinese and Thai along with exquisite drinks and cocktails.

It has snug indoor as well as charming outdoor settings for guests to enjoy their solitude. You can sit under the crisp sunlight during the day and stretch it till the sundowner drinks are served while listening to some live music by the local bands.

It is also a great place for a quick snack after your legs are weary by exploring around Shimla.

Location: Hotel Willow Banks, Mall Rd, Near Tourism lift, Bemloi, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.

Highlights: Rooftop cafe, famous among tourists, great food.

Cost: Approx INR 1500 for 2 people.

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Experience Golfing like Never before at Naldehra

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One of the best things to do in Shimla is golfing at Naldhera, which has the most alluring golf course surrounded by mesmerizing splendours.

The heart-stopping atmosphere of the environs adds up to an amazing golfing experience. With 18 hole golf course, you can also savour delectable delicacies at the property.    

Location: 
The address of Naldhera golf course is, P.O. Durgapur, Naldehra, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171007, around 22 km from the heart of Shimla.

Highlights: 
One of the oldest golf course in India, Naldehra is the 9 hole golf course measuring 4,285 yards. The golf course is open throughout the year.

Cost: Rs 400/- (Green fee) for Indians and Rs. 570/- (Green fee) for Foreigners.

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Ski through the Hillocks of Kufri

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Ski through the Hillocks of Kufri

Looking for what to do in Shimla, then skiing in kufri is one of the best things to do in Shimla. Exemplary hillock located at an altitude of 2622 meters is the winter sports capital of Shimla, with enthralling snow adventures, skiing being one of them. The scenic beauty of Kufri is beyond one’s imagination, covered with snow in all the quarters.

You will just get spellbind as you ski through the snow, at this quaint slice of Himalayas. Moreover, here you can also delve in Heliskiing, which is reached by helicopter instead of a ski lift and, is a little costlier.

Location: Located at a distance 13 kilometres from Shimla, you can enjoy skiing at Kufri’s amusement park.

Highlights: 
You can indulge yourself in various adventurous activities like trekking, camping, tobogganing, etc. Kufri along with Chail and Shimla forms the famous Golden Triangle of Himachal Pradesh.

Cost:
The cost ranges between Rs 300/- to Rs 500/-.

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Visit to Apple Orchards

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Visit to Apple Orchards

One of the most exciting activities to do in Shimla is picking apples in the lovely apple orchards. Shimla is blessed with the perfect weather to grow apples and thus, is filled with numerous orchards that produce and export copious amounts of crispy, crunchy and deliciously sweet apples.

You can even learn a lot about the process of growing different types of apples by interacting with the farmers there.

Location: Various locations in Shimla.

Highlights: Apple picking, photography.

Cost: Depends on different orchards.

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Junga is around 26 km from Shimla and is surrounded by green hills and has a forest cover of deodar, pine, cheel, ban, and other trees. Extraordinary holiday awaits you under starry nights and sunlit mornings at an altitude of 5,200 feet. Experience staying close to the wildlife of the mountains. The site offers amazing views, home-style cooked food, indoor & outdoor games like chess, carom, badminton, and football. A guide will take you around the forest to spot famous animal species like wild boar, goral, sambar, spotted deer, Himalayan black bear, common langur, Indian porcupine, flying squirrel. 

How to reach:
Junga is 26 km from Shimla. The location can be easily reached by public and private transport. 

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Shopping at Lakkar Bazaar

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Any vacation or holiday to Shimla is just incomplete without Shopping at Lakkar Bazaar. Lakkar Bazaar is an ideal shopping destination for people who enjoy colourful street shopping.

Location: Adjoining the Ridge in Shimla.

Highlights:
The Shimla’s Lakkar Bazaar is famous especially for its woollen apparels. In the Bazaar, you can come across a diverse range of artefacts, pashmina shawls, woollens and handicrafts for you to pick from. Dry fruits and the "Kullu Shawls" of the bazaar are also very famous.

A popular eatery here in the Lakkar Bazaar is the Sita Ram. It serves the best sumptuous ‘chole bhature’ to satiate your hunger post shopping. Other things found at the Bazaar include wooden handicrafts, Chinese shoes, Tibetan mats and carpets. Shops also house handmade shoes, woollen caps and dolls.

Cost: No entry fee.

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Visit Rashtrapati Niwas

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Presently known as the Institute of Advanced Studies, Rashtrapati Niwas is a stunning building and visiting here is one of the best things to do in Shimla.

Only some parts of the institute are open for tourists to visit while others are used by the institute. It will take your breath away with its Scottish architecture and the lovely vast lawns around it.

It is located on the western end of Shimla ridge, 3.5 km away from the centre. The institute is open for tourists from 9 am to 4:50 pm and remains closed on Mondays and national holidays.

Location: Rashtrapati Nivas Chaura Maidan Road, Near, Observatory Hill, Boileauganj, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.

Highlights: Scottish architecture, immaculately manicured gardens.

Cost: Entry fees is INR 50 for Indian Nationals and INR 100 for Foreigners.
          Separate fees for senior citizens, children and garden area guided tour at INR 30.

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Enjoy a panoramic view from Kiala forest

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Enjoy a panoramic view from Kiala forest

The perfect destination for nature lovers, wildlife enthusiasts and adventure sports lovers, Kiala Forest gives you dense vegetation and varied wildlife. Enjoy a panoramic view of the city or capture unforgettable moments in the wilderness, you will never be disappointed and it is one of the best Shimla local sightseeing places.

The best way to explore this reserve forest is on foot so if you have luggage with you, feel free to use the locker facility available. A little away from the main city, this is the perfect getaway from the busy crowds, right into nature’s lap. You are advised to carry snacks and water.

Location: Kotkhai, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh - 171202.

Highlights: The forest is quite deep and you can also spot leopards and other wild animals while exploring the forest. 

Cost:
No entry fee.

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Day Outing at Green Valley

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 Day Outing at Green Valley

With a lot of tourists coming here, Green valley or as the locals call it Hassan Valley, is one of the paramount places to visit for a detour from Shimla for a day and it is one of the offbeat things to do in Shimla.

It lies amidst the beautiful mountain ranges and is just 10 Km away from Shimla by car. It is located on the way to Kufri from Shimla, so travellers can stop here on the way and enjoy the panoramic views of the Himalayan ranges.

Roam around, have a picnic or hike in the dense evergreen forest of Deodar here. An ideal place to come to breathe the fresh mountainous air, away from the now touristy Shimla, Green valley is surely a place worth visiting. 

Location:
Kufri, Himachal Pradesh 171012.

Highlights: Breathtaking views of Himalayan Ranges, dense Deodar forests.

Cost: No entry fees.

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Awaken the spirituality at Tara Devi Temple

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Awaken the spirituality at Tara Devi Temple

Visiting Tara Devi Temple is one of the most popular religious activities to do in Shimla. Situated at an altitude of 1851 above sea level and set at an ideal location with quiet forests and valleys at its backdrop, this temple oozes out positive vibes and tranquillity.

As you step into the premises of this temple, you will see that it is a fully wooden building and has been recently renovated just like the old structure of 250 years, probably more.

The idol of Tara Devi inside is built from Ashtadhatu, a unique blend of eight elements. It is pretty easy to come here as it is located 11 km from Shimla.

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

Highlights: Peaceful religious setting.

Cost: No entry fees.

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Learn the Culture at Himachal State Museum

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Learn the Culture at Himachal State Museum

If you are coming to Shimla with your children, Himachal State Museum is a great place to take them. The museum highlights ancient, archaeological, and artistic objects such as antique tools, utensils, coins, and traditional garments.

They are a great source to know the culture and heritage of Shimla and Himachal Pradesh. With the museum also providing with scenic views atop the secluded hill, it would surely be one of the fascinating activities to do in Shimla.

Make sure you come here after checking your calendar as it remains closed on Mondays and other public holidays.

Location: Museum Road, near Doordarshan Kendra, Chaura Maidan, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.

Highlights: Archaeological objects, hilltop views.

Cost: INR 30 for Indian Nationals and INR 100 for Foreign Nationals.

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Light a candle at Christ Church

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Light a candle at Christ Church

Built-in a Neo-Gothic style by the Britishers, Christ Church is a very popular landmark in Shimla. Tourists and architecture lovers usually come here to ogle at the colourful stained glass windows and the Sanctuary Wall Fresco and it is one of the Shimla best things to do.

Some also come here with a religious purpose and even light a candle after praying. The fact that this church is the second oldest church in Northern India makes it more alluring to visit. 

Visiting here in winters is surely one of the best things to do in Shimla, as its beauty doubles up and looks just like a castle surrounded by the thick white snow.

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

Highlights: Neo-Gothic style of architecture.

Cost: No entry fees.

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Hike to Shaily Peak

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Hike to Shaily Peak

One of the prettiest spots in Shimla, Shaily Peak is located about 22 km away from Shimla at Nalhendra hill station and it is one of the Shimla best things to do.

It is a lush green peak with dense forests and rocky trails, to which you can trek for about 8 km, starting from Khatnol. Pack along some food and water for a great picnic after reaching the top.

The ideal time to visit here would be early in the morning when it is still misty and magical. The stunning views of the sunrise and the beautiful sunset from the hilltop are to die for.

A golf course is also present here for you to enjoy playing in the lush green terrains of Shaily. With all these, visiting Shaily peak is surely one of the top things to do in Shimla. 

Location: Nalhendra, Himachal Pradesh.

Highlights: Admire nature, photography, trekking.

Cost: No entry fees.

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Go Johnnie’s Wax Museum

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A recent addition to tourist attractions in Shimla, the museum was inaugurated in 2016. Currently, housing 16 life-size statues of popular personalities from fields on movies, sports and politics, the statues are made at the famous Madame Tussauds in London.

You can also get a wax replica of your hand at an additional nominal cost. Put this on your things to do in Shimla list and get ready to meet Harry Potter, Barack Obama, Tony Stark and Amir Khan amongst others.

Location:
 Near Willow Bank, 2, Mall Road, The Mall, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh - 171001.

Highlights: Statues 
are handmade in London. All the statues look amazingly realistic which makes it a must-visit place in Shimla.

Cost:
 INR 250 per person.

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30 November 2016
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Beauty can't be described in words but pictures do very well.
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 adventurous things to do in Shimla?

    Check out this list of all the top adventure activities that you can do in Shimla during your vacation.

    1. Ice-skating: This is among the best things to do in Shimla during winters. Shimla has a huge open-air skating rink that is located on a hillside. It attracts many seasoned skaters and novice people who enjoy dancing and sliding on a layer of thick ice. The best time to try this is from December till March. 

    2. Paragliding: Take a plunge from a hill and soar into the clear blue skies while admiring the natural beauty of Shimla. Paragliding is one of the best adventurous things to do in Shimla. There are a few nearby places including Kangra village where you can seek this activity.

    3. Trekking: Embark on an adventure and try out the many beautiful trek trails and natural terrains in Shimla. The places here have easy to moderate level trails that can be enjoyed by almost all, be it the amateurs or the seasoned trekkers. The best places to go trekking in Shimla include Jakhu Hill, Chadwick Waterfalls, Shailey Peak and more. 

    4. Camping: A hill-station with affluent natural environs makes for the ideal camping destination. You can ditch your cozy resorts for an overnight camping experience where you can stay amid wilderness and sleep under the starry sky. A lot of campsites in Shimla also offer other activities like trekking which just adds excitement to the whole adventure. 

    5. Water Rafting: Conquer the fast and rippling rapids by maneuvering a raft down a river or water stream. This is one of the most adventurous and popular activities to do in Shimla and you can choose to attempt it at Tattapani, Chabba on the waters from Sutlej River.
  2. What are the best things to do in shimla in December?

    Try these activities and things to do in Shimla in December and have the best time on your holiday.

    1. Shopping: Shimla has many amazing local goods that you must buy before returning home. You can shop at Lakkar Bazaar and Mall Road for handicrafts, woolens, shawls and more at affordable prices.

    2. Toy Train Ride: Board the toy train from Kalka to Shimla and get a glimpse of the tranquil mountains and hilly topography while the train goes through curved tracks.

    3. Visit Shimla Ridge: This is located in the center of the city and is the cultural hub. All important events and festivals are celebrated here. Moreover, you can come here to spend some time relaxing or you can attend an event, if visiting during a celebration. 

    4. Nature-walks: Shimla is a naturally opulent hill-station with large areas of greens and forested lands where you can enjoy nature-walks and strolls, or even a picnic. The best spots are Kiala Forest, Chadwick Waterfalls, the Glen and Summer Hill.

    5. Skiing: When visiting Shimla in winters, make sure to learn skiing. The best places to try the activity is Kufri, Mashobra as they get covered in thick snow and have great ski-slopes.
  3. What are the best offbeat things to do in Shimla?

    Here are some off-beat things worth trying while vacationing in Shimla.

    1. Golfing: The lush greenery in Shimla is not limited to the natural landscapes but also to the well-kept golf courses. In Naldehra you can try your skills and play like a professional at an 18-holes golf course.

    2. Witness the sunset: Visit Scandal Point on the Ridge Road and witness some of the best views of the majestic mountains, the lush Valley and the tangerine sunset. It is the perfect spot for photographers who want to capture Shimla's beauty. 

    3. Stay in a Cottage: Have a truly raw experience by living in one of the many cottages amidst the woods and wilderness. Surrounded by oak and pine trees and the wildlife. The outskirts of Shimla have many cozy cottage accommodations that also have all amenities present.

    4. Cycling: Rent up a bicycle and explore the city and even some of the attractions at your own pace. A more eco-friendly way indeed, you can go cycling around the main city area or amid nature at the Water Catchment sanctuary.

    5. Bird-watching: Boastful of the wildlife, Shimla's Water catchment sanctuary is home to a varied range of birds. Bird-watchers can spend their day spotting Thrushes, Barbet, Flycatchers among many others. 
  4. Which are the famous hill stations near Shimla?

    Check out the list of some Fascinating hill stations near Shimla for a vacation in 2019.

    1. Manali - 248 km from Shimla
    2. Dharamshala - 237 km from Shimla
    3. Chail - 45 km from Shimla
    4. Kasauli - 72 km from Shimla
    5. Mcleodganj - 242 km from Shimla
    6. Solan - 46 km from Shimla
    7. Kufri - 15 km from Shimla
  5. Which are the best places to visit in Shimla?

    Here is the list of best places to visit in Shimla curated with timing, Location & Distance from Shimla bus stand.

    1. Kufri
    2. Chail
    3. Green Valley
    4. Christ Church
    5. Shaily Peak
    6. Mall Road
    7. Gurdwara Sahib
    8. Kiala Forest
    9. Annandale
    10. Johnnie’s Wax Museum
  6. Which are the best resorts in Shimla?

    Looking for a place to stay in Shimla. Click here to find the list of amazing resorts in Shimla

    1. Club Mahindra Mashobra
    2. Zurich Resort
    3. Agyaat Vaas Resort
    4. Woodville Palace
    5. Radisson Shimla
    6. Woodsmoke Resort and Spa
    7. Snow Valley Resort
  7. How can I spend 3 days in Shimla?

    You can spend three days in Shimla by following this general itinerary-

    Day 1- On your first day in Shimla, you can visit these places to start with:
    -Mall Road
    -Mata Hatkoti Temple
    -Lakkar Bazaar
    -Tara Devi Temple
    -The State Emporium
    -Kali Bari Temple

    Day 2 - On your second day in Shimla, start your trip by visiting the cultural and social life centre of Shimla; the Ridge. You can go for adventurous activities like trekking and forest camping as well and spend the rest of your day by visiting places like:
    -Kamna Devi Temple
    -Mangaleshwar Maharaj Temple
    -Annandale
    -Chadwick Falls
    -Kufri
    -Naldehra Park
    -Chail

    Day 3 - The third day in Shimla can be spent by exploring the rest of Shimla and trying out the famous Himachali cuisine. Start your day by having a delightful breakfast and then set out for various adventurous activities like hiking, ice skating, paragliding, or trekking.

    If you still wish to explore more of Shimla, visit these places:
    -The Shimla State Museum
    -The Scandal PointGorton Castle
    -Army Heritage Museum
    -Johnnie’s Wax Museum
    -Himalayan Bird Park
    -Summer Hill
    -Bantony Castle
  8. How many days are sufficient for Shimla?

    Shimla is a small hill station, but home to a number of thrilling tourist places to visit. It will take around two to three days to fully explore the town of Shimla.
  9. What is the famous food of Shimla?

    Famous food of Shimla includes: 

    -Khoru
    -Babroo
    -Pattore
    -Chaa Ghosht
    -Murgh Anardana
    -Dham
    -Meethe Chawal or Red Rice 
    -Khus Sidoos
    -Mathri Choware

  10. How can I reach Shimla?

    The hill station is simply accessible via three modes; railways, airways, and roadways.

    By Air- The nearest airport from Shimla is the Chandigarh airport. Shimla is easily accessible through cabs that take roughly 3-4 hours, and some buses take 7-8 hours to reach Shimla.

    By Road- You can always find a bus going to Shimla from places like Delhi, Jaipur, Haryana, and Punjab. There are taxis and cabs available from Chandigarh and Delhi airport for Shimla. You can also take HRTC buses from anywhere in Himachal Pradesh.

    By Train- The closest railway station from Shimla is located at a distance of 90 km in Kalka. There are local buses or the toy train available from Kalka to reach Shimla. Chandigarh railway station is located at a distance of 113 km from Shimla. The hill station is well connected through buses and cabs from these railway stations.

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  11. What should I wear in Shimla?

    Shimla is a hill station that can get chilly without any warning. So, it would be wise to pack warm woollens for your vacations. There is no special dress code in Shimla.

    But since it’s a hill station, there can be a change in the weather anytime and it can get chilly. Pack only according to the days you are going to spend there.

    Pack woollens like jackets, shawls, cardigans, scarfs, and warmers. Also, carry your sunglasses and sunscreen in a fanny pack always.
  12. Does Shimla have an airport?

    Yes, the airport in Shimla is located in Jubbarhatti which is situated at a distance of 20 km from the central Shimla. It is, however, no more functional due to the discontinuation of the Kingfisher airlines.

    The best way to reach Shimla through airways is to aboard Chandigarh or Delhi airports.
  13. Is Shimla safe to visit?

    Yes, Shimla is a safe hill station to visit. Apart from some common issues like packed roads and power cuts, Shimla is a safe place to visit.

    However, it is recommended to not visit Shimla during the monsoons due to the landslides and slippery roads.
  14. What should I carry for Shimla trip?

    Important things to carry for Shimla Trip:

    -Sunscreen and Sunglasses
    -Moisturizing lotions
    -Woollens, socks, and warmers
    -Good rubber-soled shoes or boots
    -Personal medications
    -Camera with sufficient batteries and memory cards
    -Identity proofs and relevant documents
    -Travel insurance

  15. What is unique in Shimla?

    Shimla is known for its historical edifices and ancient temples. Several temples are worth visiting at least once in a lifetime. The specialist of Shimla lies in its food and local culture.

    Also, there are productive activities that you can do in Shimla with family and friends like trekking, forest camping, shopping, river rafting, snowfall, paragliding, cycling, hiking, ice skating, and more.
  16. How can I plan a trip to Shimla?

    Planning a trip to Shimla is easy and inexpensive. Shimla is the summer capital of India, and the best time to plan a trip to Shimla is from March to June as the weather during the daytime is pleasant and idealistic.

    However, before planning your trip to Shimla, enquire about the weather conditions of the hill station and issues like landslides and road blockage. Also make a note of hotels, restaurants, places to visit, and activities to do.

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