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13 Places To Visit In Shimla


The alluring greenery during the summers and the thick sheet of snow over the mountains during winters, this is what makes Shimla, one the most visited tourist destinations in India. One can still sense the charm of colonial-era in Shimla. The old building, the baroque furniture, and even the iron lamp posts will remind you of the British era. Surrounded by lush hills with snowy peaks, this capital of Himachal Pradesh exhibits nature's many glories.

Moreover, it is one of the most opted weekend getaways for Delhiites. And why not? One can easily drive up to this hill station in about eight hours. But that hasn't stopped travellers from other parts of the country to visit this destination. It doesn't matter how many times you have been to this place, Shimla never ceases to charm you in a different way each time you are there.

We thought it would be a wise idea to draw your attention towards a few places in and around Shimla, that are really beautiful. Have a look!

1. The Mall Road

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The Mall, like most hill stations in North India, is the main shopping centre of Shimla. Being one of the main attractions of Shimla, Mall Road is the one stretch, that has numerous restaurants, banks, clubs, play stations, shopping centres and much more. Thanks to cars not being allowed in the main town, strolling through the place is easy. This place has a lot of shops which sell local handicrafts, shawls, woollens, exquisite jewellery etc. It also has very interesting cafes and restaurants which serve delicious local food.

2. Indian Institute of Advanced Studies

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Viceregal Lodge, once a summer abode for Viceroy of India has now become the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies. Situated 3 km from Shimla's Mall Road, you can actually take a guided tour of this colonial building, and unravel the architecture, details about the furniture and history. This place will definitely take you back to the Indian modern history.

3. Jakhoo Hills

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2 km from Shimla, at a height of 8000 ft, Jakhu Hill is the highest peak of the town and offers a beautiful view of the snow-covered Himalayas and green valley of the whole of Shimla city. At the top of the Hill, is an old Hanuman temple, which is also the home of countless playful monkeys waiting to be fed by the visitors. Many pilgrims come to visit the historic 108 feet tall Hanuman statue at the Jakhoo temple.

4. The Scandal Point, Ridge

13 Places To Visit In Shimla-4 One of the heritage sites, Scandal Point is where most of the selfies and photographs are taken. This flat spacious platform is one of the most popular places to visit in Shimla. It is a bliss for all the mountain lovers with the mesmerizing views of the valley and the snow-capped mountains surrounding Shimla in winters. The place offers picturesque sunsets and sunrises.

5. Chadwick Falls

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Chadwick Falls is situated at about 7 km, from Shimla. Surrounded by dense forest, lush deodar and pine tree, the view can enthral the nature lovers as it falls from a height of 67 meters. It is the source of water in the forest area in Shimla. The water flows with amazing speed and you will love the sight of the waterfalls. With nature at its best, the serene atmosphere elevates your mind to a higher plane. The water is cool and refreshing. The breeze soothes your soul and the tranquillity invites you to feel oneness with nature. Nature lovers would love the path that leads to Chadwick Falls, as there is lush greenery all around.

Chadwick Falls is finest seen just after the monsoon. September would be the best time to visit this place.

6. Summer Hills

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Situated at a distance of 5 km from the ridge is the lovely township of Summer Hill at a height of 6,500 ft on the Shimla-Kalka railway line. It is known to be the place where Mahatma Gandhi lived during his visit to Shimla. It is one of the hills that makes Shimla the summer capital of India and it is sure to leave you overwhelmed by its natural beauty.

7. Christ Church

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Situated on the ridge is Christ Church, which is the second oldest church in North India. Beautiful and majestic neo-gothic architecture and interiors are adorned with the stained glass windows which represent faith, hope, charity, fortitude, patience and humility.

8. Tara Devi Temple

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Tara Devi Temple is situated on the outskirts of Shimla at a distance of 11 kilometres from Shimla bus stand. Tara Devi is a temple dedicated to the goddess of stars. The temple is set at the top of the hill in Shimla with lush green environs giving it a peaceful as well as tranquil atmosphere.

9. Annandale

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Developed as the playground of Shimla, Annandale is 4 km from the ridge at a height of 6,117 ft. During the colonial era, this place was famous for adventure activities including racing, now the race course is converted into a mini golf course. It is a favorite spot for cricket matches, picnics and the princely game of polo.

10. Kufri

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Kufri, popularly known as the winter sports capital is a famous skiing. The town also hosts a winter sports festival in February. A number of setups here provide both training and facilities for skiing. The view and scenarios are amazingly beautiful and untouched, however, Kufri too is becoming increasingly popular with the visitors, especially due to the zoological park. If you ever get bored with Shimla, you can head to this beautiful getaway from the Queen of Hills and make the best travel moments you have been craving for!

11. Himachal State Museum

Famously called Shimla State Museum, Himachal State Museum is perched above the Chaura Maidan at Shimla. It is located in a colonial building, called Inverarm. You have to hike about 1500m to reach this colonial mansion housing the museum. But don't you worry, the rich collection exhibited here definitely will make it worth the effort. Himachal State Museum enriches a collection of anthropological items, early 19th century Pahari miniature paintings and numismatic finds on display. All of these serve as pieces of evidence of the glorious cultural heritage and historical past of Himachal Pradesh.

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12. Kali Bari Temple

One of the most prominent places for worship in Shimla, Kali Bari Temple it was built way back in 1845. This holy shrine is dedicated to Goddess Shyamala, a fearless incarnation of Goddess Kali. The original temple of Goddess Shyamala is said to have existed in the vicinity of Rotheny Castle on Jakhoo Hill and was then shifted to its present location; quite a few years ago. Tourists travelling to Kali Bari Temple prefers to do so in the months falling between June to October. This shrine is thronged by devotees during months of Dusshehra (October) and Navratri (April and September). These months boast of a pleasant climate and are ideal for visitors.

13. Himalayan Bird Park

Situated at a height of around 2213meters, Himalayan Bird Park is full of natural vegetation cover, which consists of different rare species of trees. From Himalayan Monal to Peafowls, Pheasants to peacock, this park has many species of birds too. The summers are the best time to visit the park as the temperatures never goes above 25 degree Celsius. During winters, it is bone chilling cold and the place fully gets covered with snow. ,
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