Shimla: Fenced by Snowy peaks, green pastures

Shimla: Fenced by Snowy peaks, green pastures
Written by Banani Chakraborty

Shimla is Fenced by Snowy Himalayan peaks and green pastures. Enjoy a heritage walk through labyrinthine bazaars and Victorian-era architecture. It is the capital as well as the largest city of Himachal Pradesh, India. It was once the summer capital of British India. Even, it was previously the capital of Punjab. Apart from tourist attractions, it is the principal Centre of education, culture, and commerce of the state. Simla has to offer a lot for nature lovers, adventurists, photographers, honeymooners as well as family members. Due to its natural glory, it will easily come among the top ten hill stations in India. Tourists all over the globe turn here in number in every season. Most importantly, Simla along with Manali is among the top 5 places in India to enjoy snowfall. Moreover, you can take part in several snow adventure activities.

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Shimla: Fenced by Snowy peaks, green pastures:

In the first place, you need to show your gratitude to nature.

If you want to visit any place, then you need a goal list of those places that you want to tour. If Shimla is on your goal list, then it is ok. Otherwise, add it to your list of goals. Before, tour, you need to set your goals. After goal setting, you require ticket booking, hotel booking, etc.

[At first, we require some attitudes which ultimately decide our success.

Why you will visit Shimla?

shimla sunset

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Being the queen of the hill stations it is a very popular tourist destination not only in India but also around the globe. Lacks of people all over the world come here every year to enjoy the scenic magnificence of the hills along with mystical woods.

You can enjoy yourself here with your family. Otherwise, you may come with your love and relations. Even it is a paradise to the honeymooners. The city has to offer a lot for all.

It is also heaven to the adventurists as well as the photographers.

Added to this, you can enthrall in the snow in winter

What is the height of Shimla in feet?

It is situated at a height of 2276 meters (7467 feet).

Due to its steep terrain, Shimla hosts MTB Himalaya, the biggest mountain bike racing in South Asia.

What are the distance from the following places from Shimla and the time required to reach there?

Name of the place Distance in km The time required (hour, minute)
Manali 246 7, 18
Dalhousie 338 9, 51
Chandigarh 113 03, 17
Delhi 343 07, 09
Allahabad 1090 18, 48
Kolkata 1880 35, 00
Mumbai 1750 31, 00
Nainital 529 12, 29
Amritsar 298 06, 52
Dharamshala 236 06, 32
Chennai 2557 44
Bengaluru 2525 43
Visakhapatnam 2145 41
Lucknow 902 14, 21
Varanasi 1168 20, 43
Jaipur 615 11, 18
Ahmedabad 1282 21, 46
Jawalamukhi 182 05, 06
Mussoorie 257 07, 03

What is the month’s temperature of Shimla?

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Average high 0C (0F) 10.9
























Average low 0C (0F) 2.8
























This is tentative. The actual temperature may vary a little bit. This list will provide an idea for woollen garments.

What are the seasonal conditions of Shimla?

Season Months Temperature Conditions

0C (0F)

March-April 21.0 (69.8) to 8.0 (46.4)


Generally, the sky remains clear. There may be occasional clouds and rain along with thunderstorm.

Best time to visit.


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May-June 28.0 (82.0) to 15.0 (59.0)


The same as above. Only air might become smoky because of a forest fire.

Best time to visit.


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July-September 22.6 (72.8) to

14.2 (57.6)


Generally, overcast conditions. Frequent torrential to medium rains. Sometimes thunderstorms. Cool and humid conditions. Chances of the landslide.

0C (0F)

October-November 20.4 (68.6) to 8.0 (46.4)


Usually, skies remain clear throughout the day. Evenings are chilly.

Best time to visit.


0C (0F)

December-February  10.0 (50.0) to -4(24.8)


Generally, dull and foggy weather. Frequent snowfall. Therefore, predominantly cold. Occasional roadblock due to snowfall.


The weather is generally pleasant for most of the time of the year. But it is predominantly cold in winter seasons. The city experiences a good amount of rain also.

Which is the Best time to visit Shimla?

The summer and autumn seasons are the best to visit this place. You may plan either from March to June or from October to November. These two times are the best time.

However, several tourists gather here to experience the delight of snow.


shimla snowfall

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Generally, some places in this region experience snowfall every year between December to February. You may find snow in some places even in March.

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How many days do you need to visit Shimla?

At first, this region offers numerous attractions. There are so many places in and around the city and so many activities to do. If you decide to see all these attractions, then it is needless. Read the following attractions and then make a plan of your own.

Generally, tourists stay here for two to three days. I will suggest spending at least three full days here. Furthermore, enjoy the joyous ride on the Shimla-Kalka rail.

Places of tourist’s attractions in Shimla:

The city has numerous attractions for its tourists.

Below are some of the places to visit:

Shimla places to visit:

1. Mall Road:

mall road Shimla

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Famous for: History, shopping, photography, cuisine, tourist spots.

Open: All days.

The time required: 2-3 hours, depends on tourists.

Visit: Kali Bari Temple, Gaiety theatre, town hall, and Scandal Point.

Located in the heart of this city, just below the Ridge. It is another best place to pass time while in this city. You will find a myriad of shops, banks, post offices, tourist offices, clubs along with restaurants and cafes with their delicious delicacies. You will find books, jewelry, exclusive handicrafts, exquisite wooden works, woolen clothes.

Tourists places in Shimla near Mall Road:

Read the following carefully. It will be clear.

The Mall houses some top most attractions like Kali Bari Temple, Gaiety theatre, town hall and Scandal Point, etc.

You must relish the charm as well as its unique beauty. You can stroll easily here because generally cars are not allowed here.

[Also read Mall Road in Nainital].

2.Kali Bari Temple:

Open: 6.00 am to 7.00 pm daily.

Since its inception in 1845, this Kali Bari Temple is famous for spirituality, religion, architecture, scenic beauty. It is amongst the top places in this summer retreat to stay at night.

Town Hall is an architectural marvel.

[Also read Kaikhali, part of Sundarban, Ideal weekend gateway].

3.Gaiety Theatre:

Open: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm (Monday to Friday).

Entry fee: INR 10 for Indians. INR 25 for foreigners.

It is a century-old beautiful heritage theatre with imposing Victorian-style architecture. Although the original building is partly demolished, still the remaining part is a grand visual treat. Now, there is an amphitheater, an exhibition hall, an art gallery, and a multipurpose hall.

4.Town Hall:

It is another notable building of this city. This half-timbered old town hall was built in 1910.

5.Scandal Point:

Scandal Point joins the Mall Road to the Ridge on the west end of this city. Here you will find a statue of the famous freedom fighter Lala Lajpat Rai and the General Post Office of Shimla.

6.Lakkar Bazar:

Open: 9.00 am to 7.00 pm.

The time required: 1-2 hours.

It is one of the biggest street shopping destinations in India famous for wooden decorative items and toys, roller skating hall, Meena bazaar, souvenirs, walking sticks, woolen garments, etc.

Also see Betink’s Castle, Railway board building, and Imperial Bank.

7.The Ridge:

Famous for: Nature, photography, shopping.

Open: all days from 8 am to 6 pm.

Entry fee: Nil.

The time required: 2-3 hours.

Visit Christ Church, Tudor Library, Lakkar Bazar.

It is one of the best places to enjoy. Besides, it is a wide-open street beside the mall road. It is mainly a shopping hub.

You will find numerous shops, boutiques cafes, restaurants and bars. You will get exclusive local artefacts. Moreover, you can see the spectacular beauty of the snow-clad seven majestic hills from here.  Added to this is the lush green pine, oak, rhododendron, pine, etc. in the surroundings.

It is a perfect place for photography. It connects Mall Road to the famous wooden crafts market Lakkar Bazar in the east and Scandal Point on the west as it runs on the side of Mall Road from east to west. Moreover, different fairs, as well as government functions, are held here. The five-day summer festival either in April or in May is an eye delight with folk dances, Himachali film festival, flower shows, ice skating festival, and food festival.

It is a vehicle-free zone.

[Also read, M.G. Marg in Gangtok].

8.Christ Church:

Christ church shimla

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Famous for: Religion, history architecture, photography.

Open: All days from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm.

Entry fee: Nil.

The time required: About 30 minutes.

This is the second oldest church in Northern India and situated on the Ridge. The Neo-Gothic style of this church is an architectural splendor. The brass plaques colored window glasses are also striking. stained glass windows inside represent hope, faith, humanity, patience, charity, and fortitude.

9.Ice Skating Rink:

It also holds a natural ice skating rink in the Lakkar Bazar area. In fact, it is the largest in South Asia. It charges INR 200 per person/ per hour. It delivers an awesome thrilling experience. Apart from this, ice hockey organized by Shimla Ice Hockey Club and the annual carnival by Ice Skating Club is also a crowd puller.

Enjoy strolling the Mall Road and the Ridge and see all the above attractions.

10.Gorton Castle:

Famous for: Architecture, photography.

Open: From 9.00 am to 5 pm.

The time required: 30 minutes.

Entry fee: Nil.

It is about ½ km away from Kali bari temple towards the state museum. It is another classic example of gothic style architecture along with Rajasthani Jallis.

May also visit St. Michael’s Cathedral Catholic Church, Bantony Castle, Kaila forest, Kamana Devi temple, Rani Jhansi park.

11.Hawa Ghar, Shimla:

Open: 9 am to 6 pm.

Entry fee: INR 10 for adults and INR 5 for children.

It is another fascinating place near the Ridge. If you have time, then you can visit it.

12.Jakhoo Hills, Shimla:

Famous for: Religion, tranquillity, nature, photography.

Time: 6.00 am to 11.00 am and 4.00 pm to 8.00 pm, all days.

Entry fee: Nil.

The time required:1-2 hours.

Only 2 km away from the city, it is nestled at a height of 8000 ft. It is the highest peak in the city. At the top of the hill is a popular temple of a Hindu deity, Lord Hanuman. At an elevation of 8500 feet (2591 meters), the 108 feet (33 meters) tall statue of Lord Hanuman is amongst the highest altitude masterpieces in the world. It is seen from almost everywhere in the city.  It not only offers a mystical vibe but also offers a picturesque landscape amidst a blanket of alpine woods. From here, you can see the snow-covered Shivalik range.

From here, you can enjoy sunrise and sunset.

13.Jakhu Ropeway:

This is the first ropeway in Shimla which connects the Jakhu temple and the ridge ground. This 8 km ride will take 5 minutes. You will experience jaw-dropping scenic vistas from here.

The ropeway ride time is 9.30 am to 6.00 pm (until sunset).

The ticket cost is INR 200 for children between 3-12 years and INR 250 for adults.

14.Rothney Castle, Shimla:

Only 700 meters from Jakhoo hills, this architectural marvel was the house of famous political reformer and ornithologist Allen Octavian Hume. It is another major tourist attraction for its astonishing backdrops and lush green landscape.

[Also know the splendor of Nababi architecture in Murshidabad].

15.Johnnie’s wax museum, Shimla:

Open: 10.00 am to 10.00 pm. Daily.

Entry fee: INR 250 per person, children below 5 years free.

If time permits, then you can visit it. It is also popular as the Madame Tussauds Museum. You will find wax statues with various known personalities as well as some fictional characters.

16.Sankat Mochan Temple, Shimla:

Open: 6.30 am to 8.00 pm in Summer and 7.00 am to 6.30 pm in winter.

Situated 7.3 km from the town, it is a highly regarded temple after Jakhu temple.

17.Kamana Devi Temple, Shimla:

Famous for: Religious, nature, photography.

Open 24 hours.

It is another highly prestigious religious place on Prospect hill. The main deity is Kamana Devi, an incarnation of Goddess Kali. The surrounding green meadows dotted with several water bodies and amazing valleys offer picturesque vistas.

This Prospect hill is a wonderful place near the city.

It is 4.5 km away and it takes 13 minutes.

18.Shimla State Museum:

Famous for: Nature, adventure, photography.

Open: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm (Monday closed).

Entry fee:

For Indians: INR 20 + INR 50 for photography.

For foreigners: INR 100 + INR 100 for photography.

The time required: 1-2 hours.

Situated at the top of Mount Pleasant, it is the center for preserving the cultural heritage of the golden past. The colonial-type building along with amazing lawns are eye captivating. You will find stunning collections of rich art, archaeology, and cultural anthropology. Further, it houses classic collections of paintings, dolls, weapons, armors, coins, sculptures, handicrafts, etc.

You can enroute visit Mall road. If you walk through Kali Bari Road and Mall Road from Shimla, it is only 2.3 km away and requires 32 minutes’ walk only. Scandal Point is 3 km away from here.

19.Himalayan bird park:

Open: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm

Entry Fee: INR 10 per person.

The time required: 1 hour.

It is only 2.8 km from the city and will take 9 minutes to reach there. It falls between the state museum and the vice-regal lodge. Moreover, it is only 400 meters away from the State Museum. You will find some general as well as several exotic and rare species of birds along with plants and trees in this no-frills aviary.

[Also read unique places to visit].

20.Indian Institute of Advanced Study or Rashtrapati Niwas or Vice Regal Lodge:

Famous for: History, architecture, nature, photography, science.

Entry Fee: INR 20 for Indians.

INR 50 for foreigners.

INR 20 more for Garden Visit.

Open: 9.30 am to 4.50 pm. (Monday closed).

The time required: Around 1 hour.

It is only 3.4 km from the city and needs 10 minutes to reach. Besides, it is only 1 km away from Shimla State Museum and takes 4 minutes to reach.

Situated on Observatory Hill, this Victorian-style architecture is a majestic structure. It served as the summer residence of the Indian Viceroy. It is a history as well as architectural buffs with this Mock-Tudor mansion along with an impeccably maintained garden. British Government used it for major political meetings.

Now it is an educational center. Post-doctoral courses are studied here.

From the top of the Observatory Lodge, you can view the fascinating sights of the surrounding scenery. It is the second-highest point of this city.

Explore Summer hill and visit Manorville Mansion from here.

21.Summer Hill:

Famous for: Nature, history, architecture, photography.

Open all day.

It is 5.6 km away from the city and it takes only 18 minutes. Moreover, it is only 3.3 km away from the Viceregal Lodge and requires only 10 minutes. This quaint hamlet is just at the outskirts of the city. This is also popular as potters’ Hill because the potters made clay pots here. Perched at a height of 1283 meters, it offers scintillating beauty of the valley along with surrounding greenery. It is also a part of the cluster of seven hills.

See the Chadwick falls, Indian Institute of Advances studies.

[Also read fortifying Ghatshila].

22.Chadwick Falls:

This waterfall is falling from a height of 86 meters and cascading down a huge gorge. Snuggled within the glen forest of deodar and pine it is enticing particularly in the monsoon months while the water level increases.

[May read Pelling for falls, nature, Kanchenjunga and trekking, photography].


Famous for: Golf course, nature, adventure, photography:

Entry fee: Nil.

Open: Army Museum 10.00 am to 2.00 pm and 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm (Monday close).

The time required: 1-2 hours.

It is 3.6 km from the city and takes only 16 minutes to reach. It is another good place to visit here. Although the British played cricket and polo and horse race in this flat terrain, now it is a golf course. It may also be used as a helipad.

You can hike either to the Glen or Annadale peak.

You can also visit nearby gardens, cactus museum, and army museum.

24.Tara Devi Temple:

From the city, it is 18.8 km and takes around 39 minutes. Situated atop Tara Parbat this religious shrine is almost 250 years old. The presiding deity is Goddess Tara, one of the nine sisters of ‘Maa Durga’. If you can arrange a time, they can visit this temple.


Sankat Mochan:

25.Water Catchment wildlife sanctuary:

Famous for: Wildlife, nature, photography

Open: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.

Entry fee: Nil.

The time required: 1-2 hours.

It is only 7 km away from the city and takes 20 minutes to reach. From here Mashroba is 4.2 km and will take 9 minutes. Due to the intriguing diversity of flora and fauna, this 1000 acres’ sanctuary is a worth visit. You can see various snakes along with pythons. Moreover, you can expect to spot blue magpies, ghorals, foxes, house sparrows, etc.

26.Shimla reserve forest sanctuary:

Famous for: wild lives, adventure, nature, photography.

Open: 9.00 am to 6.00 pm.

Entry fee: INR 25 per person, Students with I-cards INR 10, INR 150 per vehicle, INR 100 for two-wheelers, INR 50 for steel camera.

It is 14.3 km away from the city and it needs 41 minutes to reach. This is another oft-visited place in Shimla. The diversity of flora and fauna is amazing. Generally, tourists spot monkeys, leopards, barking deer, bears, jackals, etc. It offers wonderful views of the grand Himalayan snow-clad peaks such as Bandar Poonch, Chota Shali, Rakta Dhar, Deo Tibba, and even the Pir Panjal ranges.


Famous for: Nature, adventure sport, photography.

Open All days, all the time.

The time required: Half or full-day depends upon tourist’s activities.

It is another sought-after tourist destination on the way to Kufri just 7.2 km before Kufri. This hamlet is only 10.4 km from the city and takes 28 minutes to reach. The enchanting beauty is due to the cool ambience abundant greenery and serenity. It is home to misty hills. Besides, a sparkling stream gushing down the verdant valley full of towering oak, pine, and cedar.

It is also heaven to the adventurists with paragliding, hiking, rappelling, quad biking, and skiing.

In winter with a glistering blanket of snow, it attracts snow lovers along with the adventurists.

[Also read Kolakham and Rishop].


kufri shimla

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Famous for: Nature, adventure sport, photography.

Open All days, all the time.

The time required: Half or full-day depends upon tourist’s activities.

It is 14.4 km away from this city and takes 42 minutes to reach there. It is an oft-visited place here. This scenic hamlet is heaven to the honeymooners. Situated at a height of 2510 meters (8600 feet), it is a paradise to nature lovers as well as adventurists.

Due to regular snowfall, it is the top attraction of Shimla in the winter season. Furthermore, it is well-known as India’s winter sports capital.

Places to visit in Kufri:

For this read the following.

29.The Mahasu Peak in Kufri. (The topmost Peak)

You can reach there only by horse/mule. It charges INR 650 per person. On a clear day, breathtakingly beautiful Badrinath, as well as Kedarnath ranges, are visible from here. It is quite safe. There is a muddy road that you can hike. But the horses traversing making it almost impossible. From there, you can see the abundance of vistas of snow-clad splendid Himalayan peaks fenced by lush greenery. Moreover, there is a Nag Temple.

30.Kufri Fun World:

Nestled at a height of 2800 meters, with snowy Himalayan peaks in the background, it is one of the high altitude amusement parks in the world. You will find here the world’s highest go-kart track.

During the winter season, tourists can enjoy adventurous skiing along with the thrilling beauty of snow all over. The skiing charge is INR 300 per person/per hour.

31.Horse ride in Kufri:

Horse ride in kufri

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Time: 9.00 am to 6.00 pm.

Cost: INR 400 to 500 per half an hour.

The time required: Depends on spots and tourists.

While in Shimla, you will get several chances for a horse ride.

It is another adventurous activity while visiting Kufri. They carry tourists to the zoo through an enthralling apple orchard or thick woods of Hassan Valley. Even, they take tourists to the viewpoint wherefrom they view the stunning magnificence of Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar ranges.

32.Himalayan National Park, Kufri:

Famous for: Nature, trekking, picnic, photography.

Open: 9.00 am to 6.30 pm (Tuesday close).

Entry fee: INR 20.

Famous for its biodiversity, it is a nature-lovers paradise.

33.Hip Hip Hurry Amusement Park, Kufri:

Open: 8.30 am to 7.30 pm

Cost: INR 100 per person, INR 350 per person including ride, INR 160 per person including Go Carting.

This unique amusement park offers various amusement activities like rowing and valley crossing, rock climbing, Burma bridge, bumping boats, flying fox, commando net, etc.

Added to this, in winter indulge in a boat on the snow-laden terrain and ice skating. Also, enjoy the telescoping views.

34.Green Valley, Shimla:

Green valley is another popular attraction near Kufri for its scenic ambiance. Surrounded by lush green hills, this natural dale area also earned fame as a Bollywood shooting spot. This area oozes with abundant splendid natural magnificence. The stunning beauty of Lush green carpets comprising of pine and deodar all around will simply spellbind you. Added to this, there are the mighty, snowy Himalayan peaks at the backdrop. You can discover nature in all its grandeur.

It is also a paradise for honeymooners. You can take fresh air and easily enhance your law of attraction power in the tranquillity of this heaven.


Famous for: Nature, adventure, photography.

Nestled at a height of 8250 feet (2514 meters), this tiny hamlet is the summer retreat of the President of India as well as the summer residence of the Governor of Punjab. It is around 18.2 km from this city on the way to Mashobra and Kufri. The tranquil village is covered by evergreen pine forest. Moreover, the mighty Pir Panjal Range, Deo Tibba, Chota Sahil and Sahil, Bandar Poonch, Rakt Dhar, and Badrinath peaks are visible from here.

Furthermore, it is part of the catchment area for the Yamuna and the Satluj rivers. Besides, it is rich in flora and fauna as it is a part of the Shimla Reserve Forest sanctuary.

[Also read Sandakphu and Phalut].

36.Fagu, Shimla:

Perched at an elevation of 2500 meters, this land of mist and fog is around 20 km from this city and only 5.6 km from Kufri. Majestic Himalayan range, snow-laded peaks, breezy atmosphere, myriad flora, and fauna make this place alluring.

37.Chail, Shimla:

Famous for: Photography, nature, cricket, history.

It is 45.3 km from Shimla and it will take about 1 hour and 50 minutes to reach there.

It is a tiny hamlet outside the city hustle and bustle and famous for its serenity and panoramic vistas. The world’s highest cricket ground is here. You can see the verdant meadows covered by dense deodar and pine along with the stunning mountain glory. All these add to the charm of Chail.

Places to visit in Chail:

  • Kali Ka Tibba.
  • Sidh Baba ka Mandir.
  • Gurudwara Sahib.
  • Cricket ground.
  • Palace hotel.
  • Sadhupul Lake.
  • Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Himalayan natural park.
[Also read Chaukori].

38.Tattapani, Shimla:


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Famous for: Nature, adventure, photography.

Open: &.00am to 6.30 pm.

Cost: River rafting starts from INR 1500 per head.

It is 50.1 km from Shimla and it takes 1 hour and 50 minutes to reach there. From Naldehra, it is 26.8 km and needs 50 minutes to reach. It is another fascinating as well as a must-visit tourist destination in this region. Stunning Sutlej makes this terrain more charming.

Places to visit in Tattapani:

  • Himalayan caves.
  • River rafting.
  • Rock climbing.
  • Hot water springs.
  • Quaint temples.
  • Hiking and camping.
  • Adventure park.

39.Naldehra and Shaily Peak, Shimla:

Famous for: Nature, photography, adventure.

Open all days’ sunrise to sunset.

The time required: 1-2 hours.

At first, it is another must-visit place. Perched 2044 meters above sea level, this picturesque hill station is famous for its irresistible, rich natural bounty. It is only 23 km away from the city and it takes 57 minutes. The snow-capped Himalayan mountains are the prime attractions along with deodar forest and stunning greenery.

Places to visit in Naldehra:

  • Enjoy pony/horse ride. INR 100-200 per person
    Naldehra golf course

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  • Visit the 9 holes Naldehra Golf Course.
  • Explore the nearby forests.
  • Trek through the hills to Shaily Peak through dense woods and breath-taking landscapes.

40.Solan, Shimla:

Famous for: Nature, photography, religion.

Things to do:

Enjoy the magnificent scenery and the wonderful nature. It is popular as the ‘mushroom capital of India’ as well as ‘city of red gold’ (for tomato cultivation). It is 45.6 km away from the city and it takes 1 hour and 31 minutes.

Visit Kasauli, Shoolini Mata Temple, Dolanji Bon Monastery, Jatola Shiv Temple 300-year-old fort.

41.Kasauli, Shimla:

Kasauli, Shimla

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Famous for: Nature, photography, history, culture.

It is 71.8 km from this city and it requires 2 hours and 19 minutes to reach there. Moreover, it is 25.1 km from Solan. It takes 53 minutes to reach Kasauli from Solan. This exquisite, scenic ambiance is home to pine and cedar trees, splendid orchards as well as colonial houses, and the well-known Christ Church.

Tourists may visit monkey point, sunset point, Baptist Church, Timber Trail, etc.

42.Arki Fort, Shimla:

Famous for: History, architecture, painting, photography.

It is 39 km from this city and it takes 1 hour and 21 minutes to reach there. This fort was built in 1660. The architecture is the amalgamation of both the Mughals and the Rajputs. Kangra paintings adorn the fort. These paintings are around 200 years old. Still, it retains its glory.

Also visit Durga Devi temple, Lutru Mahadev Temple, and Shakhni Mahadev Temple nearby.

Moreover, you can visit Arki fort, Kuthar fort, and Subathu.

[Also read about Ooty]

43.Narkanda, Shimla:

It is 60.5 km away from this city and will require 2 hours and 9 minutes. Perched at a height of 8100 feet, it is another upcoming tourist attraction near Shimla. If you directly go to Kinnaur from this city, then Narkanda will come on the way.

Activities, what to do in Narkanda:

  • Explore mesmeric Hatu peak, 12000 feet, the highest peak in Shimla district.
  • Hatu Mata Temple.
  • Jau-Baug.
  • Skiing
  • Tanni Jubbar Lake.
  • Visit apple orchards (Stokes Farm).
  • Hacheri, Mahamaya Temple.
[Also read Sillery Gaon].


It is another must-visit place in this region.

Shimla to Mandi via Narkanda is 229 km and it will take 7 hours 52 minutes. Stay one night in this beautiful land.

Next morning, visit awe-inspiring Parashar Lake 50.5 km away and it will take about 2 hours. From there go to Manali, 120 km and around 4 hours.

Places to visit in Mandi:

  • At first, Parashar Lake: A serene, picturesque lake.
  • Secondly, Rewalsar Lake: Tranquil, religious, scenic.
  • Thirdly, Sundar Nagar: A tranquil Gateway.
  • Next, Bhutnath Shiva temple.
  • Moreover, Ekadash Rudra Mandir.
  • Further, Bhimakali temple: Architectural magnificence.
  • Besides, Triloknath temple: Spectacular idols.
  • Furthermore, Shikhari Devi Temple.
  • Added to this is Barot Valley.
  • Another place is Kamakhya Devi Temple.
  • Apart from this, is the Pandoh dam.

45.Pabbar Valley:

Pabbar valley shimla

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Another fascinating region is Pabbar Valley. It is magnificent for the meandering streams, verdant hills, lush green forest, pretty apple, etc. Due to its natural ambiance, it is coming up as an offbeat destination.

Shiladesh is 156 km away from Shimla and it will take 5 hours and 40 minutes. Via Theog, Kharapahar, Rohru.

The route goes through

  • Shimla to Fagu: 18.2 km, around 45 minutes.
  • Fagu to Theog: 9.9 km, 18 minutes.
  • Theog to Kharapathar: 47 km, 1 hour, and 21 minutes.
  • Kharapathar to Pabbar valley: 33.5 km, 45 minutes.
  • Pabbar Valley to Rohru: 1.5 km, 6 minutes.
  • Rohru to Shiladesh: 45.6 km, 2 hours, and 13 minutes.
  • Shiladesh to Rampur Bushahr: 122 km, 5 hours, and 6 minutes.
  • Rampur Bushahr to Sarahan: 34.4 km, 1 hour, and 08 minutes.
  • Rampur Bushahr to Manali: 198 km, 6 hours, and 10 minutes.

Both the tourists and the nature lovers prefer to stay at least 2-3 days in Kharapathar, Rohru, and Shiladesh in the alluring Pabbar Valley.

If you do not visit these places, then you will miss a lot. Therefore, add this lascivious destination to your tour list.

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46.The Kalka-Shimla railway:

Kalka shimla railway

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The Kalka-Shimla railway line started in 1903 is famous as the “British Jewel of the Orient”. It is the glory of an engineering feat. This narrow-gauge railway is only 2 ft 6 in (762mm). It traverses 96.60 km (60.02 mi) from Kalka to this beautiful city, a mostly mountainous route.

Tourists will mostly enjoy dramatic as well as awesome views of the hills along with the surrounding meadows, verdant greenery of deodar, and pine forests and villages.

The tourists will come across 20 picturesque stations along with a 3% slope (1:33 gradient). The starting station Kalka is at a height of 656 meters (2152 ft). And the end station Shimla is at an elevation of 2075 meters (6808 ft). Therefore, the height difference is 1419 meters (4656 ft).

Moreover, there are 103 tunnels of which 1143.61 m Bagot tunnel, just before Barog station is the longest. Further, there are 969 bridges of which the longest is 60 ft (18.29m). Furthermore, among 912 curves the radius of curvature of the sharpest one is 38m (123ft).

Since 2008, it is under the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

How to reach:

You can easily reach this city from anywhere in India either by air or by train. Moreover, you can come by bus or private car. This city is very well connected by air, or by train or by road with all over India.

By Air:

Shimla airport is at Jubbarhatti, 20.1 km and 42 minutes. Regular flights connect it with Delhi Airport. The nearest major airport is Chandigarh Airport, 124 km and 3 hours 34 minutes.

Chandigarh airport to Kalka railway station is 39.3 km and it takes 45 minutes.

By Rail:

The nearest railway station is Kalka. It is connected with all major cities and towns in India. You may also come to Delhi. From there you will get several trains for Kalka.

From Kalka enjoy the Kalka-Shimla railway journey. It is a very absorbing journey. Do not miss it.

 What are trains from Kalka Railway Junction to Shimla?

Shivalik Deluxe Express: It has 10 coaches with chair cars and meals.

Rail Motor: It is a first-class railbus. It has a glass roof and a front view.

Kalka Shimla Express: It has first and second class along with unreserved seating.

Moreover, there is a Kalka Shimla passenger train.

Shivalik Queen: It is a luxury fleet with ten-carriage. The accommodation capacity of each carriage is eight. Besides, there are wall-to-wall carpets, large windows, and two toilets.

Himalayan Queen: It connects Kalka with Kalka Shatabdi Express to Delhi.

By Car:

This city is very nicely connected with all the major cities and towns nearby. Therefore, you can easily come by car from anywhere in India.

At first, you will hire a car from Chandigarh airport or Shimla airport, if you are coming by air. If you are coming by train, then book a car from Shimla railway station. Cars will charge roughly Rs. 2500 to Rs. 4000, daily, according to size and class.

The rates are tentative and differ according to season. Sometimes bargain gives a favorable result. Cars will make your journey much enjoyable.

Although, Himachal state transport buses provide good service, still book a car. Otherwise, you have to wait for local cars. They are not always available. Added to this, is the midway dropping problem. Moreover, you may not get direct cars always. Additionally, you have to carry enough cash for that. Although economical, it is time-consuming. It will exhaust your energy. As a result, it will lower your enjoyment level.

How to reach Shimla to Manali?

Generally, tourists visit Manali after visiting this city. Usually, they prefer the following routes

  • At first, they go via Mandi, seeing various places here.
  • Secondly, they go visiting Pabbar Valley. They stay here for two to three nights, at least.
  • Thirdly, from this city, they visit Kinnar, Lahul, and Spiti. The tour ends at Manali.

Although direct bus service is available, yet it will be preferable to go by car.

How to reach Delhi to Shimla?

You can go by air or train or bus or car. Choice and plan are yours.

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Some Tips:

Below are some tips that may help you while traveling.

  • First, try to drink purified bottled water.
  • Secondly, carry enough woolen clothes according to your journey time and places.
  • Thirdly, in the case of regular medications, you must carry the necessary medicines and take them regularly. Moreover, carry some anticipated medicines that may require at any time. For example, medicines for headaches, fever, vomit, etc.
  • Always carry voters card or aadhar card of all family members along with a few Xerox copies. Because you may require them at hotels. Even on the train or at the airport, you may require them.
  • Next, you will keep sufficient cash. Cash withdrawal from ATMs is not always available. Payment apps may help you at various points.
  • Try to book hotels and cars in advance to minimize cash transactions.
  • You can easily rely on local tourism for any type of assistant either online or offline. However, you will get offices of the tourisms in all the metropolitan cities along with their branches with other cities and towns.
  • Know all the rules of Shimla for car parking, smoking, spitting, throwing away the reminders, etc., and strictly follow them. Otherwise, you will have to face legal hazards and penalties.
  • Finally, you need to be careful about your sleep. Any disturbance may create a problem for enjoyment the next day.[Therefore, learn my following topics regarding sleep. They will help you not only during the tour but also throughout your life.
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Where to stay at Shimla?

There are a lot of hotels and lodges and homestays of various ranges.

Shimla hotels:

Oyo Hotels in Shimla:

  • 60837 The Hanu Shimla
  • 1706 Hotel The Alpine Heritage
  • 43476 Vatika Resort
  • 12815 HS Ram Bazar
  • 3360 Hotel Ganga
  • 11095 Hotel Sai Stay Inn
  • 3361 Hotel Kapital
  • 37261 Shirdi Sai Residency
  • 24660 Mahasu Villa
  • 22750 Shorya Regency
  • 72166 Malook Hotel
  • 26251 The Roam Way
  • 37898 Tara Aanchal Huts
  • 16801 Paradise Regency Saver
  • 29032 Manoram View
  • 22330 Apple Avenue Camps

Cheap hotels in Shimla below 1000:

  • Hotel Paradise Regency
  • Hotel Kalra Regency
  • Treebo Trend Varuna
  • Hotel City Inn
  • Shorya Regency
  • Geeta Homestay
  • Ridge View by Infinity Group
  • Tanwar BnB
  • Vivek Palace
  • Swastik Hotel
  • Shyar Residency
  • Hotel Himalayan Valley
  • Sip n Drive

Luxury hotels in Shimla:

  • Hotel Windsor Shimla
  • Hotel Silverine
  • Jannat Valley View Bnb
  • Woodville Palace Hotel
  • Hotel Himland East
  • Hotel Willow Banks
  • Honeymoon Inn
  • LivingStone Dyerton Homes
  • Hotel Marina
  • The Silicon Inn
  • Divine View Cottage
  • Solo Home
  • Hotel Inderprasth
  • Hotel Avalanche
  • Eutopia Farms
  • Red Wood Camps
  • Hill View Regency
  • Kufri Heights
  • Hassan Valley Retreat

Homestay in Shimla:

  • City view Shimla Homestay
  • Shiv Homestay
  • HariNiwas Homestay
  • Atul Guest House
  • Singh’s Homestay
  • Sharma HomeStay
  • Holidayin Homestay
  • Raikot Resort
  • Dolphin cottages Shimla
  • Prabhat Kunj Home Stay

Hotels in Shimla near bus stand:

  • Hotel PrashantHotel Willow Banks
  • Honeymoon Inn
  • Hotel Himland East
  • Hotel Prestige
  • New Cosmos
  • Hotel Sangeet
  • Hotel Rajat Regency
  • Marina Shimla First Designer Boutique Hotel
  • Hotel Crystal Palace
  • Hotel Combermere

Hotels in Shimla Mall Road:

  • Simla View
  • Hotel Mayur
  • Hotel Sansar
  • Summit Le Royal Hotel
  • Hotel Hilltop
  • Honeymoon Inn
  • Hotel Willow Banks
  • Woodville Palace Hotel
  • Hotel Doegar
  • Hotel Dalziel
  • Clifton House
  • Hotel Gulmarg
  • Hotel Amber

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Which is better, Shimla or Manali?

It is very hard to say. Both Shimla and Manali possess their unique beauties. I will say, at first you visit both of them.

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What is the road condition from Shimla to Manali?

All the roads are very well maintained in Himachal Pradesh. Therefore, you may always expect excellent road conditions while traveling from this city to Manali.

What are the best places to visit in Shimla for a honeymoon?

Mall road, Chail, Chadwick falls, Kufri, Naldehra

I think the above information will help you a great deal.

Seeing the mesmeric Himalayan beauty, you will forget your stress. Any type of tour always helps us as a means of stress management technique.

If you tour anywhere with your love and relationship, then it will help to fortify the relationship. Moreover, a tour with children is a part of the parent’s role in child development.

The ambience along with sublime landscape in the verdant greenery will feel your mind as well as your soul with ample happiness.

Finally, it will improve your self-esteem in your family for choosing such a wonderful dreamland, Shimla.

However, we all want more and more success in life.

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