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Sightseeing and Things to do in Shimla

Last Updated: 23 Oct 2009 8 Contributors

Visiting colonial buildings, taking a walk through oaks and pines, playing golf or skiing on mountain tops are just a few of the must-dos in Shimla. Complete with temples, churches and a museum, Shimla offers almost everything a curious traveler needs. One can also immerse oneself in the famous Himachal handicrafts on display here. Admiring embroidery and silver work or shopping for bright Kullu and Kinnauri shawls, Tibetan jewellery and carpets at a bargain price is an exhilarating experience in itself. You can hire a cab or a luxury coach for a complete tour of all the popular spots.
 
There are some beautiful places around Shimla. The roads, often laced with orchards, wind through undulating hills robed in pine and cedar forests, providing wonderful views of wide floored valleys and the magnificent Himalayas. You can hire a taxi or book conducted tours offered by Himachal Tourism.

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josan on 18 Apr 2007

It is a heaven for people from nearby places like Chandigarh. Otherwise due to parking and conveyance problems it is a hell for tourist coming there for a long stay. One should prefer Manali or other interiors of Himachal to enjoy the nature of hills.

krishnamesake on 12 Apr 2007

A godd place you missed, is the Old Cffee Home on the Mall. Mostly overlooked simply because it is _Old_ it still serves the best quality coffee, cutlets - both veg and mutton, and many other treats that are simply top class. Incenedtally I hadn_t been here even after having been to Shimla so many times, till a local friend took me here and now I_m a great fan

Things to do: History and Culture

Sankat Mochan

OK Rated #2 out of 16 attractions in Shimla

This is a temple located 7 kms from Shimla at an Altitude of 1851 m. It is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and commands an excellent view of Shimla.

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Mall Road

OK Rated #5 out of 16 attractions in Shimla

Gone are the days of Raj, but its architectural splendour exists as part of Shimla's rich legacy. Walk down the Mall, either taking the western arm or the eastern arm and an assortment of architecture... More

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Scandal Point

OK Rated #5 out of 16 attractions in Shimla

The Scandal Point in the Mall remains the hub of Shimla’s social life. The place was so named because saying goes that a British Commander-in-Chief's daughter eloped from the spot with the Maharaja of... More

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Things to do: Nature and Adventure

Reserve Forest

OK Rated #1 out of 16 attractions in Shimla

A 20 minutes walk down from the Viceregal Lodge and you come to the Kennedy Chowk, past the Cecil Hotel. A road downhill (there’s a road plaque) leads to the Glen, which offers an excellent walk throu... More

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Ridge

OK Rated #5 out of 16 attractions in Shimla

A wide road from the Scandal Point goes up towards the ridge. The level ground at the ridge is the favourite evening rendezvous for visitors. Spread across 12 kms along the ridge, which overlooks terr... More

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Things to do: Tours Nearby

Naldehra

OK Rated #3 out of 16 attractions in Shimla

Originally called Naldeo, it is 23 km from Shimla and offers a breathtaking view of thick pine forest . It has India's oldest nine-hole golf course laid out by the British viceroy Lord Curzon. It also... More

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Pabbar Valley

OK Rated #1 out of 16 attractions in Shimla

The drive to Hatkoti and Rohru in the Pabbar valley will take around 4-5 hours. Fruit laden orchards border the route. The ancient temple of Hatkoti is situated on the bank of Pabbar river, while Rohr... More

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Chail

OK Rated #5 out of 16 attractions in Shimla

Built on the three hills, the former capital of the Maharaj of Patiala is situated about 45 kms from Shimla. It's a charming tourist resort, well known for its cricket pitch, the highest in the world,... More

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