Places To Visit In Shimla
Here are the top 45 tourist attractions to see in Shimla:
1 The Ridge
Located in the heart of the ‘British Summer Capital’ – Shimla, The Ridge is a wide-open street located on the side of Shimla Mall Road. The Ridge has everything, from shops selling some exclusive artefacts to the spectacular view of the snow-capped mountain ranges set against an orangish hued sky.
It is famous for a lot of things, but best known for shopping. This place is a delight for all kinds of tourists, and the old British establishments beckon visitors from all over to this centre of the beautiful hill station.
The Ridge is the most recognised face of Shimla. It is often the most photographed part of the hill station covered with pine, firs, Himalayan Oak and Rhododendron trees.
The Ridge is not just a market place but also the social hub of the city. This wide-open space is thronged by locals and nature enthusiasts as well as travellers bored with sightseeing. The road is lined with cafes, bars, boutiques, shops and restaurants attracting the huge crowd that visit the famous Mall Road.
It runs from east to west on the side of Mall Road and connects it to the famous Scandal Point on the west end. On the east end, it is connected to the Lakkar Bazaar, which is the most famous wooden crafts market in Shimla. Shimla’s rich past is evident from the Gothic buildings standing in this part of the town.
While in Shimla, visit its colder, higher and less crowded cousin, Kufri just 13 km away from the main town. The views and sceneries here only get better, and the landscapes more flattering, a bit untouched with the tourist rush.
However, Kufri to is becoming increasingly popular with the visitors, especially due to the zoo here. One must visit Kufri’s zoological park which is famous for having rare species of Antelopes, Felines, Bears and birds including Himalayan Monal, which is the state bird of Himachal Pradesh.
Mashru Peak is the highest point here and one can reach by trekking up to that point. Otherwise, Kufri itself is very cold and is used as a ski ground during winters. There are accommodation options also available here. Wildflower Hall is also located nearby.
3 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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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.
5 Tara Devi Temple
Kali Bari Temple is a very popular tourist attraction that is situated at a strategically planned location. Built in the year 1845, the temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali who is also known as Shyamala. From the Goddess Shyamala, the capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla gets its name.
Suggested length of visit: Around 1 to 2 hours.
Timing: 7 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.
Location: The temple is located at the Kali Bari Road, Shimla.
Cost: Entry to the temple is free.
Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 5 KM