Snowy Paradise: Top 5 Places To Visit In Shimla

From its colonial-era architecture to its panoramic views of the snow-capped mountains, Shimla offers a tapestry of experiences for every kind of traveller
Shimla Toy Train
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Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh, is a charming hill town nestled in the shadow of the towering Himalayas. Famous for its breathtaking scenery, colonial architecture, and pleasant weather, Shimla draws travellers from all over the world looking for a getaway from the bustle of city life. Join us as we explore the most captivating destinations in Shimla, which offer the ideal blend of entertainment, adventure, nature, and history.

Summer Hill

Summer Hill
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Perched at an elevation of 2,123 meters above sea level, Summer Hill stands as a picturesque suburb of Shimla, cradled among the city's magnificent seven hills. Renowned for offering breathtaking panoramic views of the undulating hills and verdant valleys that sparkle, especially under the winter sun, Summer Hill is a haven for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike.

It presents an idyllic setting for horseback riding and trekking, inviting visitors to explore its natural beauty up close. Summer Hill is a popular destination because of its proximity to well-known sites such as the Viceregal Lodge, the Railway station, the Annandale Army Heritage Museum, the Kali Bari Temple, and the Gaiety Theatre. 

Not far from this tranquil hill, The Ridge offers tourists a vibrant space to indulge in local cuisine and shopping. Here, one can savour the flavours of Shimla, find unique souvenirs, and enjoy the lively atmosphere that defines the heart of the city.

The Ridge

The Ridge
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At the epicentre of Shimla's vibrant tourist scene lies the Ridge, a splendid avenue that pulses with energy. This bustling esplanade serves to seamlessly connect the bustling Mall Road with the well-known Scandal Point, stretching majestically from east to west. It is here, amidst the echoes of British colonial legacy, that visitors find several opportunities for shopping and gastronomic delights. 

Lined with bars, restaurants, cafes, and stores the Ridge is the social centre of the region. The Ridge is one of the most photographed in the entire city because of its breathtaking natural beauty and the Gothic structures that accentuate its grandeur.

Jakhoo Hill & Temple

Entrance to Jakhoo Hill Temple
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Situated amidst the whispering pine forests and perched at an impressive altitude of 8000 feet, Jakhoo Hill stands as Shimla's highest point, offering breathtaking views. This hill is home to the Hanuman Temple, which houses one of the most majestic depictions of Lord Hanuman – a towering statue that rises to 108 feet. According to legend, Lord Hanuman rested at this very spot on his way to retrieve Sanjeevani Booti for Lakshman's survival. 

The journey to Jakhoo Hill is an adventure in itself. With motor vehicles unable to navigate the path to the summit, visitors are invited on a captivating short trek through dense deodar forests, an experience that delights the senses and rejuvenates the spirit. The temple attracts the interest of both pilgrims and nature enthusiasts because of the variety this site offers. 



Located 17 kilometres from Shimla, it is often referred to as India's winter sports centre. Some might not know that Kufri was originally a part of the Kingdom of Nepal before becoming a part of India. You may schedule a day trip from Shimla to Kufri in the summer to take in the uninterrupted panoramic vistas that truly capture the awe-inspiring grandeur of the Himalayan mountain ranges. 

Winter transforms Kufri into a wonderland of snow and ice, inviting adventurers to immerse themselves in the exhilarating world of skiing and ice skating. The crisp air and the pristine blanket of snow create the perfect setting for these thrilling activities. For those fortunate enough, a visit during this magical season might also include the enchanting experience of witnessing snowfall, a moment when time seems to stand still, and the beauty of the winter landscape envelops everything.

Christ Church

Christ Church
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Christ Church, Shimla, a well-known landmark in the city, is the second oldest church in North India, only preceded by St. John's Church in Meerut. Renowned for its stunning architecture, this magnificent edifice is a splendid showcase of neo-Gothic design. Established in 1857 and perched gracefully on the Ridge, Christ Church is a silent testament to the colonial era, its grandeur visible from afar and inviting onlookers into a world of historical elegance. 

This massive structure, an enduring reminder of the colonial overlords, is visible afar. With its majestic towers,  brass church bell, and stained glass windows, each element of Christ Church contributes to an image of unparalleled beauty, making it not just a place of worship but a landmark of an architectural marvel in Shimla. Its striking towers, brass church bell, and stained glass windows offer an image of unrivalled beauty. 

Getting there

The nearest major airport and railhead from Shimla are located at a distance of 113 kilometres and 96 kilometres, respectively. Assuming you’re travelling from New Delhi, the most convenient way to reach would be via bus, which takes around 10 hours and 20 minutes to cover a distance of 350 kilometres. 

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