Shimla is an undoubted beauty of India. With its regal old colonial charm, the massiveness of Himalayan ranges and the snow-covered routes, the beauty of the yesteryear's summer capital of India is unmatched. But, there are times when you cannot enjoy this place in tranquility due to its increasing popularity among the Indian tourists. For such times, the pro tip is that you make your way to the outskirts of Shimla city to enjoy the same scenic beauty only with a less touristic crowd. Here are few places near Shimla that can't be miss!
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Distance from Shimla: 45 km
Once the capital of the Maharaja of Patiala, Chail still retains much of its regal charm. Away from the hustle bustle of modern times, you can go for a calming walk in the woods, taking in the beautiful view of the hillside all the way. For those who want to challenge themselves, there are a plethora of hiking trails in and around Chail, so much so, that it has been dubbed the moniker of “Hiker’s Paradise”. Chail has a variety of fauna - ranging from leopards and boars to monkeys and crested porcupines - which you can appreciate in the Chail Wildlife Sanctuary. It is also home to the world’s highest cricket ground, located at an altitude of 2,444m.
Distance from Shimla: 13 km
The town of Mashobra, connected to Shimla by the Hindustan-Tibet road, is entrenched in rich history. It houses one of the only two Presidential retreats of the country, called the Rastrapati Nivas or simply “The Retreat”. Another offbeat location you can visit near Mashobra is Craignano, which once used to be the summer residence of an Italian countess. If walking through the town to take in the sights seems too mainstream, you can always do it the unconventional way – rent a bicycle and pedal through the stunning hillside.
Distance from Shimla: 25 km
Kufri is an action packed destination, offering horse rides, yak rides, adventure sports like rappelling and climbing, trekking and hiking among many more. One of the highest points of Kufri is the Mahasu peak, which offers a breathtaking view of the Badrinath and Kedarnath mountain ranges. The salubrious mountain air in the Himalayan Nature Park located in Kufri and the view of the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas will prove to be a peaceful refuge from city life.
Distance from Shimla: 51km
Situated on the quiet banks of the Satluj river, Tattapani is the epitome of scenic beauty. The exquisite landscape, the unspoiled air and the clear water flowing through the lush green hillside is truly a sight to behold. It may seem like a haven for just nature lovers, but it also has a lot to offer to the adrenaline junkie in the form of the exhilarating experience of river rafting. And after a long day of trekking and adventure sports, you can even take a relaxing bath in the hot water ponds, which are said to have healing properties.
Distance from Shimla: 63km
If you love to ski, then Narkanda is the place for you. The Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation even provides a seven-day training to those interested in the sport. The enthralling experience of skiing is in sharp contrast to but just as exciting as another calming activity you can participate in while in Narkanda – walking through the Stokes farm, which is full of cherry laden trees and apple orchards brimming with ripe, juicy apples.Read about the list of activities to do in Shimla.