Places To Visit in Shimla

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  • Summer Festival

    Summer Festival

    The Summer Festival in Shimla is a huge annual highlight celebrated in the month of June. A week-long festival, this is very popular with tourists as well as locals because this is when you can witness song and dance performances, fashion shows, cookery shows and even baby pageants. ...

  • Kalka Shimla Railway

    Kalka Shimla Railway

    Experience an enchanting journey by boarding the UNESCO recognised Kalka Shimla Railway! Connecting the history-rich town of Kalka with India's finest hill station- Shimla, this route offers some of the most breathtaking sights of the country.

    The route, which measures 96 km in length, was laid by the British ...

    Landmark For Kids Adventure
  • Naldehra Golf Course

    Naldehra Golf Course

    The scenic Naldehra Golf Course, which bears resemblance to the Scottish links courses, is located about 22 km from Shimla. Measuring 4285 yards, this Par 68 course boasts of 18 holes, 16 greens and 18 tees. Established in the early 1900s, under the supervision of the former viceroy of India, ...

    Landmark Nature Relaxation
  • Kamna Devi Temple

    Kamna Devi Temple

    Nestled amidst breathtaking mountainous surroundings atop the Prospect Hill, Kamna Devi Temple is approximately 6 km away from the hill station of Shimla. Perched at an elevation of about 2150 m above sea level, the temple is within walking distance from Boileauganj on Shimla–Bilaspur Road.

    The presiding deity of ...

    Religious Landmark
  • Tara Devi Temple

    Tara Devi Temple

    Located amidst picturesque environs on Shimla-Kalka Highway, Tara Devi Temple is a prominent place of religious importance. Nestled atop the Tara Parvat, this temple is approximately 15 km away from the hill station of Shimla. It is a 250-year-old temple of Maa Bhagwati Tara Devi - a form of Goddess ...

    Religious Landmark
  • Annadale


    Located near the Ridge, in the heart of Shimla, Annadale is a popular picnic spot. During the British rule, this field served as a playground for games like polo, cricket and racing. Currently owned by the Indian Army, this area houses the Army Heritage Museum within the boundaries. There is ...

    Nature Museum
  • Chadwick Falls

    Chadwick Falls

    Located about 7 km away from Shimla near Summer Hill, Chadwick Falls is a popular tourist attraction. Perched above 1550 m from sea level, this waterfall is surrounded with forests and mist-covered hills.

    This rain-fed cascade is visited and re-visited by numerous tourists from the state and beyond throughout ...

    Lake and Waterfall Nature
  • Dhilon Pond

    Dhilon Pond

    Located in the valley of Kotkhai, Dhilon Pond is a popular natural attraction. Nestling amidst picturesque environs of lush green forests, this pond is an ideal place of visit for nature lovers and peace seekers.

    It is believed that this natural water body also has a certain religious significance. ...

    Lake and Waterfall Nature
  • Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex

    Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex

    Located in the heart of Shimla, on 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.

    Monument Cultural
  • Green Valley

    Green Valley

    Oozing boundless beauty, Green Valley is a natural dale near Kufri in Shimla. It is surrounded by verdant hills that are covered with dense forests of pine and deodar. Sometimes rare animals like Yaks can be seen wandering and grazing here. It is a popular point where people come to ...

    Nature Relaxation
  • Indian Institute of Advanced Study

    Indian Institute of Advanced Study

    A residential centre for higher education, the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), is located on Observatory hill – one of the seven hills of Shimla. Formed in 1964, this institute was formally inaugurated by Dr. S. Radhakrishnan – the former President of India on 20th October 1965.

    The ...

    Monument Landmark
  • Jakhu Temple

    Jakhu Temple

    Nestling atop Jhakhu Hill, the Jhakhu Temple is one of Shimla's popular places of religious importance. It is situated 2.5 km away from the ridge, at an elevation of 8000 ft above sea level. Tourists either can walk up to the temple from the ridge or can hire a pony ...

  • Kali Bari Temple

    Kali Bari Temple

    Just one km away from Mall Road- the central hub of Shimla, the ancient Kali Bari Temple is a place worth visiting. Dedicated to Goddess Kali, who is also known as Devi Shyamala, this religious edifice is visited by countless devotees every year.

    It was built in the year ...

  • Kiala Forest

    Kiala Forest

    Kiala Forest, located in the valley of Kotkhai (Shimla) is an interesting place to visit. Graced with lush green vegetation and many indigenous animals, this forest is an ideal destination for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers. Countless visitors from places near and far come to this place to bask in ...

  • Kogi Mata Temple

    Kogi Mata Temple

    Kogi Mata Temple is located in Kogi Village near Naldehra in Shimla. Dedicated to the Hindu Goddess – Kogi Maa, this religious edifice is one of the hill station's prominent places of worship. Hordes of devotees, from places near and far, visit the shrine to offer prayers. The hills covered ...

  • Kotkhai Palace

    Kotkhai Palace

    Located in the valley of Kotkhai, near Shimla, Kotkhai Palace is a popular place of tourist interest. Nestled amidst scenic environs and picturesque landscape, this historical edifice is visited by countless tourists from the state and beyond.

    Built by King Rana Sahab, the palace exhibits an unmatchable splendour that ...

    Places to see around Cultural
  • Kufri


    Kufri, nestling 8000 ft above sea level, is a small hill station in Shimla district. It is located at a distance of 16 km from central Shimla, on NH-22. The scenic environs and snow-capped landscapes attract tourists from all parts of the country and abroad. Nature does its best in ...

    Places to see around For Kids Nature
  • Kuthar Fort

    Kuthar Fort

    Kuthar Fort, which once served as the residence of the royal family of Kuthar, is a major place of interest at present. It is a spectacular heritage site, and a part of which has been converted into a royal resort. The fort, approximately an hour’s drive from Shimla Airport, is ...

    Monument Cultural
  • Laxminarayan Temple

    Laxminarayan Temple

    Built by Raja Sahil Varman in the 10th century, Laxminarayan Temple is located around 80 km away from Shimla in Chamba town. This shrine houses six stone temples dedicated to the Hindu Gods – Shiva and Vishnu.

    Flaunting Shikhara style of architecture, this religious edifice features a Mandapa that ...

  • Mahamaya Temple

    Mahamaya Temple

    Mahamaya Temple is an ancient place of worship, located on the top of a hill in Sundernagar near Shimla. Dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Mahamaya, who is known as the goddess of mothers, this religious edifice is visited by countless devotees every year. Painted in mystic red, this shrine rests ...

    Religious Landmark
  • Manorville Mansion

    Manorville Mansion

    Manorville Mansion is located in vicinity of the picturesque Summer Hill in Shimla. This mansion is a significant historical property as it once served as residence of Rajkumari Amrit Kaur, daughter of Raja Harnam Singh.

    Later this mansion witnessed an important meeting between Lord Wavell and eminent Indian leaders ...

  • Christ Church

    Christ Church

    Christ Church is the second oldest Roman Catholic Shrine in North India and the oldest in Shimla. Col. J. T. Boileau initiated the construction of the shrine in 1844, which was completed in 1846. The cathedral was consecrated on 10th January 1857 by Bishop Wilson of Calcutta.

    Showing off ...

    Religious Landmark
  • Shoolini Temple

    Shoolini Temple

    Natural beauty embraces the ancient Shoolini Temple of Shimla. The presiding deity of this temple is Shoolini Mata – an incarnation of Goddess Durga. The district of Solan gets its name from Shoolini Devi.

    Throughout the year, thousands of tourists and devotees visit this shrine to offer prayers to ...

  • Summer Hill

    Summer Hill

    One of the seven hills of Shimla, the Summer Hill is located at a distance of 5 km from the main city. It lies on Kalka-Shimla Railway line, at an elevation of 2123 m above sea level. The rich foliage of this forest-covered hill attracts a number of tourists every ...

  • Tanni Jubbar Lake

    Tanni Jubbar Lake

    Tanni Jubbar Lake is a small and secluded water body, located near Thanedar in the hill station of Shimla. It is a rain water-fed lake amidst scenic environs of verdant apple orchards and lofty pine trees.

    The unspoilt lake and its calm ambience attract countless peace seekers round-the-year. A ...

    Lake and Waterfall Nature
  • Manjathal Santuary

    Manjathal Santuary

    Nestling in the lap of the Himalayan terrains, the Manjathal Sanctuary is located on Shimla-Bilaspur Highway at Solan district (Shimla). Known for its rich wildlife and vivid flora, this sanctuary attracts thousands of nature lovers from all corners of the country. It serves as home to several endangered animal species. ...

    Park/Garden Nature
  • Prospect Hill

    Prospect Hill

    Prospect Hill, one of the seven hills of Shimla, is located approximately 4 km away from the city. It lies on Kamna Devi Temple Road at an elevation of about 2150 m above sea level. It is graced with lush green forests that feature assorted flora mainly deodar, oats, pines ...

    Nature Adventure
  • Reserve Forest Sanctuary

    Reserve Forest Sanctuary

    Located 11 km away from Shimla, close to NH-22, the Reserve Forest Sanctuary is an ideal destination for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers. Sprawling in an expanse of 951 hectares, this reserve has varying altitudes that range from 1900 m to 2620 m.

    From this sanctuary, you can behold ...

    Places to see around Nature Adventure
  • Shaily Peak

    Shaily Peak

    Located 23 km away from Naldehra near Mahakali Lake, the Shaily Peak is one of the most beautiful attractions in Shimla. Its 8 km steep course from Khatnol (the base) to the peak attracts countless adventure seekers every year. Dense forests and rocky trails adorn this peak. ...

  • The Glen

    The Glen

    Located 4 km away from Shimla, near Chadwick Falls, The Glen is a popular picnic spot. It is a natural ravine that has steep sides and streaming water at certain spots. This narrow valley between verdant hills is an ideal place of interest for adventure seekers and nature lovers. Hiking ...

  • Jubbal Palace

    Jubbal Palace

    Lovers of history and architecture will love to visit the beautiful Jubbal Palace. It nestles approximately 7000 feet above the sea level, amidst rolling hills that are covered with dense forests of pine and cedar.

    Located favourably on Raj Bhawan Road, this heritage site is just 5.8 km away ...

  • Dorje Drag Monastery

    Dorje Drag Monastery

    Dorje Drag Monastery, also referred to as Thubetan Evam Dorje Drak, is a sacred Buddhist monastery. A symbol of Tibetan influence in Shimla, this monastery is visited by countless devotees and tourists every year.

    The monks meditating in the monastery is quite a sight to watch. The calm ambience ...

  • Gurkha Gate

    Gurkha Gate

    Gurkha Gate, situated on Chaura Maidan Road, is among the oldest gateways in Shimla. It was built to honour the courage of Gurkha (Nepali) soldiers who gave unconditional support to British government in safeguarding the Himalayan region.

    The gate was built as per the orders of Lady Curzon, Vicereine ...

  • Himachal State Museum

    Himachal State Museum

    The Himachal State Museum is a colonial building that was built in the year 1974 with the aim of preserving the state's rich cultural and archaeological artefacts. Surrounding the museum are sprawling lawns that greatly enhance its beauty.

    The museum is divided into many galleries, including Rajasthan Miniature Painting, ...

  • Indira Tourist Park

    Indira Tourist Park

    Situated near the famous Himalayan National Park, the Indira Tourist Park is known for offering remarkable views of the adjoining landscapes. The park is named after the former Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi, who visited this area in 1972, during the signing of the Shimla Agreement between India and ...

    Park/Garden Nature
  • St. Andrew's Church

    St. Andrew's Church

    St. Andrew's Church is situated on the convergence of Kali Bari Road and Mall Road. It lies close to the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, and is easily accessible from any corner of the hill station.

    Made of red bricks, this prominent landmark is quite visible from distant places. ...

    Monument Religious
  • St. Mary's Church

    St. Mary's Church

    St. Mary's Church is located at Kotgarh, around 74 km away from Shimla. Constructed in 1873, this wooden church has a quaint charm that attracts devotees as well as tourists.

    The graveyard within the church's premises is an enigma for onlookers. The path leading to the church, which passes ...

  • Himalayan Aviary

    Himalayan Aviary

    Himalayan Aviary, also referred to as the Himalayan Bird Park, is located in proximity to the famous Viceregal Lodge in Shimla. A visual treat for ornithologists, the park is inhabited by varied avian species, both indigenous and exotic.

    Pheasants, peafowl, peacock and Himalayan monal (the national bird of Nepal) ...

    Park/Garden Nature
  • Photo Art Gallery

    Photo Art Gallery

    Photo Art Gallery of Shimla displays over 20000 pictures - taken and preserved by the famous photographer Inder Pal. The photos depict the incredible beauty, rich culture, diverse fauna and colourful flora of Himachal Pradesh in general and of Shimla in particular.

    The theme of the photographs on display ...

  • Khara Pathar

    Khara Pathar

    Receive far more than you seek at Khara Pathar - a leisure destination in the magnificent Himalayas. This true treasure trove of nature is located around 75 km away from Shimla, on the way to Rohru.

    Embraced by beautiful hills, lush green forests and apple orchards, this site fascinates ...

    Nature Adventure
  • Diwan-i-Khas or Audience Hall

    Diwan-i-Khas or Audience Hall

    Ram Shara Singh, one of the notable Arki rulers, constructed Diwan-i-Khas or the Audience Hall. The hall is graced with wall friezes that depict beautiful Arki, Kangra, Kullu, Rajasthani and European styles of miniature paintings.

    In the archways and ceilings, there are intricate paintings of subjects pertaining to contemporary ...

  • Hip Hip Hurray Amusement Park

    Hip Hip Hurray Amusement Park

    Hip Hip Hurray Amusement Park is situated around 16 km away from Shimla, amidst beautiful hills of Kufri. Spread over an area of 5000 sq m, this park features various rides, including bumper cars, gondola wheel, kiddies helicopters and double swing. Virtual reality games, redemption games and air hockey are ...

    Park/Garden For Kids Adventure
  • Luturu Mahadev Temple

    Luturu Mahadev Temple

    Luturu Mahadev Temple, located around 4 km away from Solan district, is perched atop a lofty mountain. Raja of Bhagal constructed the beautiful Shikhara architectural style temple in the year 1621. Legend has it that Lord Shiva appeared in the king's dream and asked him to construct a temple on ...

  • Fagu Ski Resort

    Fagu Ski Resort

    The beautiful city of Shimla is blessed with some scenic natural locations, owing to which a number of travellers throng this place throughout the year. One such beautiful place is the small village of Fagu, which is also a popular skiing destination.

    Located at an elevation of 2450 metres, ...

    Adventure Nature
  • Grave of Barog

    Grave of Barog

    Grave of Barog is a popular place of interest in the Barog area of the beautiful hill station Shimla. During the construction of the Kalka–Shimla railway line in the year 1903, an architect named Barog commenced the building of a tunnel near the railway track as per government orders.

  • Lankra Veer Temple

    Lankra Veer Temple

    Lankra Veer Temple is nestled amidst forested hills in Kotkhai in Shimla, close to the Mahamai Temple. The use of white marble makes this temple look exquisite in appearance. The sound of temple bells, sight of fluttering temple flags and breathtaking surroundings collectively exude a divine energy. ...

  • Mahamai Temple

    Mahamai Temple

    Mahamai Temple is an ancient shrine, located in Kiari village on Shimla-Jubbal Road. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Mahamai - a form of Maa Lakshmi.

    It is built in exquisite Himachali architectural style with a pent roof and verandah. The temple walls are graced with beautiful wood carvings ...

  • Rothney Castle

    Rothney Castle

    Rothney Castle was the abode of A.O. Hume, a British Civil Servant and the founder of Indian National Congress. Earlier posted in Etawah (Uttar Pradesh), Hume shifted to Shimla during the Revolt of 1857. He spent many thousand pounds and employed a European gardener to convert the house into a ...

  • Sidh Baba Ka Mandir

    Sidh Baba Ka Mandir

    Sidh Baba Ka Mandir, dedicated to the Hindu saint named Sidh Baba, is a revered religious site in Chail. This shrine is located atop a hill, between Rajgarh and Pandhawa.

    There are many legends associated with the construction of this temple. According to one of these, Maharaja Bhupinder Singh ...