The capital of the state of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla, is one of the most popular hill stations among tourists. Situated at the height of 2200m, Shimla still retains its old-world charm with beautiful colonial architecture, pedestrian-friendly Mall Road, and the ridge lined up with multiple shops, cafes, and restaurants.
The railway station connects Shimla with the plains and it is famous for the Kalka-Shimla train route which is in UNESCO’s World Heritage sites.
Here is our recommendation place where you can engage in sightseeing.
Places to Visit While in Shimla
The Mall Road
The Mall Road in Shimla is the main street that is full of restaurants, clubs, banks, and shops. Mall road is one of the busiest and most commercial areas of this city. The charm and beauty of Mall Road can be entertain by groups of friends, and families. The stores here are widely popular for their handcrafted art, woolens, etc. Wooden furniture shops are popular here,
So do keep in mind visiting Lakkar Bazaar. The numerous leisure activities at Mall Road ensure that you do not get bored.
Lakkar Bazaar is one of the popular street shopping places famous for wooden decorative objects. The bazaar was originated from the group of Sikh carpenters from Hoshiarpur. The Lakkar bazaar also acts as the starting point of the hike to the Jakhoo peak. This place is best to get souvenirs while you are in Shimla.
The Ridge is a wide-open street located on the side of Shimla Mall Road. It has shops selling some exclusive artifacts and the spectacular view of the snow-capped mountain ranges. This place is a delight for all kinds of tourists. This wide-open space is cover up with the locals as well as travelers.
Shimla Christ Church
The Christ Church in Shimla is a key tourist attraction and is the second oldest church in North India. At night, the church literally glows when it is light up. While in winters, it acquires the look of a magnificent castle. The Shimla Christ Church is inspire by the neo-gothic style of architecture and is complete with a front porch. Church bells, and five stained glass windows that represent different virtues of Christianity. Even with the crowd outside at the Ridge, the Christ Church is peaceful. This place has featured in many movies and attracts lots of tourists throughout the year.
Kalka Shimla Toy Train
One of the best train routes you can ever experience is the Kalka-Shimla train route. This historic toy train is on UNESCO’s World Heritage sites. Getting the stunning views of the mountains and valleys, moving through pine woods, and crossing many tunnels, thus rout of this toy train is indeed beautiful and breathtaking. You must enjoy this 5-hour train journey at least once if you decide to visit Shimla.
Kufri is a hill station present about 15 km from Shimla and is quite a retreat if you’re in Shimla and snow is something which excites you. Due to the higher altitude of Kufri, it experiences snowfall throughout the winters. While there’s not much to see in Kufri as such, but the panoramic views and temples after a bit of trekking are worth the time. Mashru Peak is the highest point here and one can reach by trekking up to that point. One must visit Kufri’s zoological park which is famous for having rare species of Antelopes, Felines, Bears, and birds including the Himalayan Monal, which is the state bird of Himachal Pradesh.
Kufri is a stop and enjoy spot for visitors of Shimla. As it takes less time to explore Kufri’s visit to this place can be clubbed with other visitable places like Chail and Narkanda. Kufri is a relatively crowded and popular attraction as almost everyone visiting Shimla comes here.
Chail is a small village in Himachal Pradesh and is present at a height of 2250m above sea level. Chail is also known as hiker’s paradise. Surround by lush greenery and mesmerizing views from such a great height. It is bound to give a tourist a memorable traveling experience to a tourist.
This place is famous for having the world’s highest cricket and polo grounds. Chail was also once the summer capital of Kings of Patiala. The old Palace of Maharaja Patiala is now converted into a hotel. This destination is best for the tourists looking for a calm and relaxed vacation away from the more bustling and crowded tourist destinations in this state.
Tattapani is a village present on the banks of river Sutlej located 60km from Shimla. It is famous for its hot sulphur spring that have curing properties for health ailments like stress, joint pain, fatigue, and other skin diseases. The famous Shiva caves are located 3.5 km from this village. You can also enjoy the adventurous sports of White River rafting, Zorbing, Skiing, Paragliding, Trekking, and Camping in Tattapani.
Chadwick Falls is located in the Glen Forests of the beautiful city of Shimla. This stream of water trickles from a height of about 100 meters. Locals call this waterfall ‘Chidku Jhaar’. It was named so because the locals thought only sparrows could reach the top of the waterfall and not humans.
This beautiful location is minutes away from the main city of Shimla and is a must-visit for anyone exploring Shimla.
The best time to visit-Although the weather is cool here throughout the year, months like April-June will be suitable. If you want to enjoy snowfall then consider visiting this place in January-February.
Ideal stay- 2 days.