THINGS TO DO IN SHIMLA
Shimla is situated at a height of 2202 metres above sea level. It is an exquisitely beautiful hill station and is strategically located close to the capital of Delhi (around 360 kilometres and takes around 8 hours by road to reach comfortably). There are lot of options to choose from in Shimla. Indoor and outdoor activities present a thrilling, exciting vacation option in Shimla. There is something to choose from for all age groups. Shimla almost has something for every kind of tourists and travellers.
Christ Church, The Ridge, Glenn, Jakhu Temple, Woodville Palace, The Mall Road, and Tara Devi Temple fall under local sightseeing apart from the gorgeous sunsets and sunrises from all vantage points. Moreover, local destinations such as Auli, Kufri, Chail, Mashobra, etc. are tremendously popular tourist destinations.
2) Hiking or Trekking
Shimla offers excellent options for day hiking and trekking. Some of the very popular hiking, trekking or nature walk route are as follows:
- Scandal Point to the Former Vice regal Lodge or the present Indian Institute of Advanced Studies is an exhilarating walk as you feel the breath of fresh air against your face and smell the rich mountain smell of verdant greenery.
- Walk through the whole length of the Mall Road and hike towards the Kalibari Temple.
- The Glen and Annandale Walks offers lush views of serene mountains and valleys with some gently ascending and descending mountain slopes.
- Jakhoo Temple walk leading to the Hanuman Temple on the Jhakoo Hill is a pleasant and peaceful walk.
- A short walk through Shimla’s Lower Bazaar can be full of life and cacophony. You will get to experience the tourist spirit and the local marketeers, basic haggling and lot of colourful items exhibited for selling.
- The hiking trail from Boileauganj to the temple of Kamna Devi presents a pretty forest area and the view from the Kamna Devi Temple sight commands a picturesque top view of the town of Shimla sprawling and sleepy.
- Another popular hiking trail is from Scandal Point to Chadwick Falls and back through the famous Summer Hill in addition to a glimpse of Potters’ Hill.
3) River Rafting
River rafting in the Tattapani starting from Chabba area along the River Sutlej is a famous route. It is not possible to raft during monsoons and in winters.
Shogi, Snow Trails, Mashobra Greens, Camps Jungle Livinn, Hail Himalayas, Park Woods, Jupiter Camps, Red Wood Camps and Wanderers Camps are some of the most popular camping sights of Shimla region. Along with attractions such as Bonfire and Barbeque, the camps also offer adventure activities such as Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Valley Crossing, Paragliding, Motor Boating, Trekking, Forest Trail and Nature Walks, Volleyball, Rugby, Flying Fix, Burma Bridge, Valley Crossing, Treasure Hunt and Badminton.
Bir Billing, Barot, Shivpuri and Bilaspur are some of the best Paragliding destinations in and around Shimla.
6) Skiing and Ice skating
Kufri is often compared to the Switzerland of the West and offers a multitude of adventure activities. The winter months from November to February when the land receives its moderate quota of snowfall Kufri is at its best. The snow-clad Himalayan Mountain slopes and valleys make way for some outstanding skiing and ice-skating options. A lovely 19 km drive from the heart of Shimla brings you on this frozen land with snow and tranquillity. The stunning views are an eye candy.
Naldehra, situated 23 kilometres from Shimla has one of the oldest golf courses in India conceptualized during the British rule of Viceroy Lord Curzon. This nine-hole golf course presents a challenging sport.
8) Toy Train Ride
The Toy Train ride is a unique way to get to Shimla. The train leaves from Kalka and go through enchantingly picturesque landscapes across valleys and glens through forests and hills, tunnels and cross bridges to take you to this wonderland full of happiness and mirth. A narrow gauge train and phantasmal legacy left by the British from the pre-independence era that cuts through 100 tunnels is must-try never-forgettable experience.
Shimla is a happening place for shopping handicrafts, woollens, jewellery, shawls, scarfs, mufflers, and a lot more. The flashy shops glittering with local merchandise along with the famous Lakkar Bazaar selling wooden articles is an all-time favourite among tourists.
All the seasons will have something unique to offer you in Shimla and Shimla will not leave a single tourist or traveller disappointed.