The capital of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is a beautiful and mesmerising holiday spot. The city was established during the British rule as their summer capital. Today Shimla is visited by thousands of people during both summer and winter months to enjoy the pleasing weather and sightseeing. The city is set amidst hills covered with pine trees and colonial buildings giving tourists a peek into the history of the area.

A walk on the Mall Road is one of the most cherished memories for travellers visiting Shimla. The Mall is the centre for all activity and is always bustling. The State Museum gives a detail about the culture of the entire region. The Ridge located in the heart of the city is a huge open space giving stunning views of the lush vegetation hosts several festivals around the year.

The Jakhoo Hills, Chadwick Falls and the Dorje Drag Monastery are just a few other attractions that in Shimla. There are also numerous adventure sports that can be enjoyed in and around the city.

Attraction for Tourists

Temples


Jakhu Temple (Shimla)

This temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and is located 8048 feet above sea level. The temple is the highest point in Shimla and offers amazing views of the surrounding peaks and the valley. The temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman.

Tara Devi Temple

This temple is located on the Shimla Kalka road. The temple can be accessed by bus, taxi, car or rail. From the station road a 5Km walk through the forest leads to the temple. Visitors can also opt to take a taxi that travels 20Km to reach the temple.

Sankat Mochan Temple

Located on the Shimla-Kalka road, the temple is about 5Km from the city. It is built at an altitude of 1975m and offers amazing views of the entire area.

Church


Christ Church

It is one of the oldest churches in northern India built in the mid-19th century. The church stands overlooking the Ridge and is one of the important landmarks of the city.

Adventures Options


Trekking & Leisure Walking

There are quite a number of exciting trekking options available in and around Shimla. Some of these treks include the Prospect Hill, the trek up to the Kamna Devi Temple and a climb up to the Shimla Museum. There are also other treks such as the trek up the Jakhoo Hill Towers, trek to Sanjauli and the Tutikandi trek. Long treks from Shimla include the trek to Kullu via the Jalori Pass and the trek to Sangla via Bashleo Pass and Sarahan, trek to Chail, trek to Hatupeak, trek to Junga, etc.

The Mall Road is best known for taking leisure walks. There is also a reserve forest, The Glen which is good for walking and picnics.

Skiing

About 16Km from Shimla is the ski resort town of Kufri. Tpurists can enjoy panoramic views of the Himalayas and also enjoy skiing in the area during the autumn and winter months. Fagu is also a location close to Shimla and is popular among skiers.

Best Tips

The must try delicacies in Shimla are Baadi or Ghaunda, and Bada or Poldu.

Shimla Shopping

A holiday in Shimla would be incomplete without some shopping. Walking down the main streets of the city, visitors can spot colourful woollens, handicrafts, pottery and paintings. At the end of Mall Road is the Lakkar Bazaar, which is famous for wood carved goods such as toys, dolls, wall hangings, etc.

The Cottage Industries Emporium is the best place to shop to Shimla. They offer hand woven items such as carpets, shawls, blankets etc. Some of the must buy items include the Kullu and Kinnauri shawls, Pashmina shawls and Tibetan carpets. Close to the Ridge there are small Tibetan shops that sell Tibetan jewellery and knick-knacks.

Tourist's Travel Route to Shimla

Shimla can easily be reached by air, rail and road. Shimla has an airport, the Jubbarhatti airport about 22Km away from the city centre. Flights connecting Delhi are available from the airport. Shimla also has a railway station with a narrow gauge line connecting it to Kalka. Regular rail service is available till Kalka from where visitors can take trains to Shimla.

There are also good roadways that connect Shimla to Delhi, Kalka and other major places in Himachal Pradesh and surrounding states. There is also a daily bus service from Delhi to Shimla operated by Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation. Taxis and car rentals can also be availed to reach Shimla by road.

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