Capital and largest city of India’s Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is a major hill station in Shimla is also the most popular one in the country. Tourists from all around the world flock Shimla in its peak season starting from October to February to enjoy the snowfall and all kinds of snow sports. Even if you don’t visit Shimla in its peak season, it has a lot to offer in the other seasons as well.
Moreover, there are some incredible attractions and great things to do in Shimla which will leave you awestruck. Hence, before planning your trip, go through this exhaustive list of things to do in Shimla.
Visit this splendid church called Christ Church and get stumped by its beauty. Visit various temples like Kali Bari Temple, Tara Devi Temple and get soaked in divinity.Visit Prospect Hill to get a spectacular panoramic view of Shimla. Other major attractions also include Jakhoo Temple, Summer Hill, Himachal State Museum, Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex, Rashtrapati Niwas and Shimla Heritage Museum.
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What to Do in and around Shimla
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Boileauganj, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171005
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
This stupendous structure ringed by pine woods standing tall on the observatory hill at the western end of Shimla ridge was built in the 19th century as the residence of Viceroy Lord Dufferin.
Now known as the Rashtrapati Niwas or the President’s residence, it has a brilliant style of construction with a typical British flavour to it. A grand fireplace faces the main entrance. Verandas and terraces surround the entire building at different levels which allures tourists and make the lodge totally immaculate. This magnificent building was also featured as Rani Mukerji’s college in the National Award winning movie Black in 2005.
This splendid church is located just near the Ridge in Shimla and can be reached very easily from anywhere. The Christ Church & St. Michael's Cathedral is a famous landmark of Shimla and is flocked by many devout followers from all over India. It is considered to be the second oldest church in North India. The construction of this church took around 11 long years and we know why!
The church looks absolutely magical during night when lights placed at strategic corners illuminate this beautiful church. The church glows with all its beauty and grandeur and is an amazing sight to look at. Beautifully painted stained glass form the windows of this magnificent church are worth observing.
It is a grand sight to look at and is definitely worth the visit if you are traveling to Shimla. Right next to the Church is a library that was built in the year 1910 by James Ransome. It is designed in the typical Elizabethan style and consists of a great collection of books and ancient scriptures.
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The Mall, Shimla-171001, Himachal Pradesh
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
Located in the heart of Shimla, on the Mall Road, Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex is a significant tourist hot spot. Opened on the 30th of May in 1887, this historic cultural centre was designed by Henry Irwin. The building's exquisite Gothic style of architecture is a true manifestation of Victorian artistry.
Initially, it was a five-story building with a Theatre, Ballroom, Armory, Police Office, Bar and Galleries. After nearly two decades from its date of establishment, it was found that the building was structurally unsafe. It was partially demolished, but the Gaiety Theatre remained untouched.
The most popular attraction in this complex is the Victorian Theatre where legends like Rudyard Kipling, Prithvi Raj Kapoor, Baten Powel, K. L. Sehgal and others have performed. More than a century-old symbol of art and culture – the Gaiety is primarily known for its social club.
With an array of venues, including Exhibition Hall, Art Gallery, Multi-purpose hall, Amphitheatre and an old theatre hall, is the hub of performing arts in the state. The complex witnesses a huge influx of visitors year-round due to its cultural prominence.
Located on the Tarav Parvat in Shimla, the temple is dedicated to the Goddess Maa Tara Devi who is believed to look after the city of Shimla with her protective Gaze.
Dating back to 250 years, the Idol is said to be brought all the way from the eastern state of Bengal, and is made of 8 different metals, making it even more auspicious. The road to the temple is picturesque in itself and the tranquility of the sight uphill is not to be missed.
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Kali Bari, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171003
06:00 am - 07:00 pm
The famous Kali Bari Temple of Shimla is a popular tourist attraction and is situated at a very strategic location. The temple was built in the year 1845 and is dedicated to the Goddess Kali who is also known as Shyamala. It is from the name of the Goddess Shyamala that Shimla derives its name.
The Kali Bari temple of Simla is a very well known religious place of India and people who come to Shimla never miss out on visiting this temple. The Kali Bari temple was primarily located in Jakhu hill. The British brought it to its new site.
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Near Doordarshan Kendra, Chaura Maidan, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171004
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
This museum thrives to collect and preserve ancient artistic, historical, archaeological and ethnological human works so that the future generation may have access to the cultural treasure that it has inherited from the past. The institution has played a significant role in collecting and preserving the scattered cultural heritage which otherwise was endangered and becoming extinct.
Housed in an old Victorian mansion, the museum is a socio-cultural centre of Shimla and displays art and collectives of varied range.
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Jakhoo Rd, The Mall, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171009
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
Glance and marvel at the collection of photos and pictures that belong to the British Raj Era in Shimla at this museum. The Shimla heritage museum is housed in a 120 year old heritage building itself, formerly known as the US Club.
The museum flaunts a set of over 50 rare pictures displaying the Viceregal Lodge, Rippon Hospital, Post Office, Town Hall, Gaiety Theatre, Combermere Bridge, Vidhan Sabha, Gorton Castle, Railway Board, Central Telegraph Office, the ARTRAC Complex and Barnes Court of Shimla.
This is definitely Shimla’s one of the best heritage attraction.
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Summer Hill, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171005
Also known as Potter’s Hill, Summer hill is the former place of residence of the Great leader Mahatma Gandhi. It is a small town in itself and attracts tourists with its deep deodar forests that proudly nestle the residences of many other prominent Indians.
This is an ideal picnic spot or a day-out. It is a delight to the photographers. Some people deliberately choose this place for their stay in Shimla owing to its picturesque surroundings and heavenly sights.
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NH 22 Charabra Mashobra, Himachal Pradesh 171012
08:00 am - 06:00 pm
Erstwhile the property of the famous Rana of Koti, the Shimla Water Catchment Sanctuary is today the source of water supply in all of Shimla. It is one of the most secluded areas in Shimla spreading over amplitude of 10.25 sq. km. The plantations in the area include of coniferous forests that house White Oak, Deodar trees, Vascular Herbs, Chill Pine and Blue Pine in huge amount.
Moreover with the highest density of the Koklas peasants in the state, the place has gained wide popularity lately.
Watch out for the variety of fauna including Leopard, Rhesus Macaque, Barking Deer, Pine Martin, Musk Deer, Himalayan Yellow Throated Porcupine, Goral, Indian Sambar, Kashmir flying Squirrel and common Langur. The place offers bewildering range and is must visit for nature lovers.
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Ridge, The Mall, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171001
Located in the heart of Shimla is the famous tourist attraction known as The Ridge. The Ridge is the hub of all cultural activities of Shimla. It is situated along the Mall Road, which is the famous shopping center of Shimla. Most major places of Shimla like Lakkar Bazaar, Mall, Scandal Point, Jakhoo hill, etc. are connected through the Ridge. The main water supply of Shimla comes from the huge water reservoir that is located in the Ridge.
The Ridge is famous for the various government functions and fairs that are held here.
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Museum Road, Near Advanced University, Chaura Maidan, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171004
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
Sight the rarest of the avian species in the picturesque environs of Shimla at the Himalayan Bird Park. Located at a height of 2213 meters, the park includes some of the most exotic birds that you have ever seen.
It is an extremely popular tourist spot in Shimla that attracts bird watchers from far and wide, year in and year out. It is not just bird lovers, but anyone who visits this park will me enchanted by the beauty of these birds that can be rarely spotted anywhere else.
Some of the exotic birds that you can spot here including Pheasants, Peafowl, Himalayan Monal (which is also the Himalayan State bird) and many more. The park is located 4.5 km of the famous Scandal point of Shimla and is at an easy walking distance. The ideal time to visit the park is during the summers, as during winters the place is filled with snow and most of the migratory birds fly to the warmer places.
Standing on the Prospect Hill of Shimla, one can have a spectacular view of the entire region. You will feel as if you are away from this world into a world that is so beautiful and so very rare with its basket of stupendous beauty. The scenic beauty of the place in the midst of green veiled mountains and watching passing clouds from the hill top is really something that will keep you mum.
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Jakhu, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171001
05:00 am - 09:00 pm
This ancient temple in Shimla is dedicated to the Lord Hanuman or the Monkey God and has a special mention in the Indian epic Ramayana. It stands with the great poise at Shimla’s highest point offering panoramic view of the entire city. The astounding mountain ranges and the hills leave you astonished by the natural beauty.
The temple has been exhaustively renovated and this vantage point is being connected by a ropeway. At the top of the hill in the temple complex at 108 feet, a tall idol of the Lord Hanuman is a big attraction for the tourists.
Indian Institute of Advanced Study, popularly known as IIAS is one of the premier institutes in India that graduates many talented people for India. Located on the picturesque location of Observatory hill, this institute produces quality education for the young generation of India. This institute was established in 1964 and was inaugurated by Dr. S. Radhakrishnan who was the former President of India. The building in which this institute is housed, is a historical structure of much value. It was originally built for the purpose of being home to Lord Duffein, who acted as the Viceroy of India during the years 1884 and 1888. After that, certain significant historic decisions such as the Shimla Conference of 1945 and the Separation of Pakistan and East Pakistan in 1947 were taken here. Its historicity can be ascertained from the fact that the building is made up of grey stone and exotic Burmese teak which render it a British charm. Many scenes of the Bollywood movie Black have been shot in this institute.
Shimla is a historic city whose history is reflected even in its playgrounds. Located near the Ridge area, Annandale is a historic playground where people come to watch or play cricket or the princely game of polo. This playground was named by Captain Charles Pratt Kennedy as Annadale after the woman named Anna with whom he had a deep bonding during his growing years but people eventually started calling it as Annandale. During the British regime, this playground acted as the base for many activities that included both entertainment as well as amusement. It also served as home to the annual event of polo tournament which was eventually shifted to Kolkata. Today, it hosts many parades, sports events as well the Dussehra festival along with being one of the heliports in Shimla