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Shimla

The ‘Summer Capital of the British’, and the capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla, sits perched high up in the Himalayas. This charming hill station is a perfect mix of history and culture, bazaars and quaint lodges and conifer tress covered with snow. Its beautiful allies and colonial charms makes it a picturesque setting for a romantic holiday. The toy train ride from Kalka to Shimla is a memorable one and enjoyed by children and adults alike. Honeymooners come here in December to frolic in the snow.

The city is resplendent with natural beauty, architectural churches, wooden handicrafts and apple orchards. A visit during the summers months when the cool ambiance of the city gives respite from the heat wave that envelopes the country is ideal. Stay amidst the dazzle of Himalayas in the city which allows one to experience the charm of an ageing queen.

Getting There

Air: Nearest Airport is Jubbarahatti Airport (25 km). Daily Kingfisher flights are available from Delhi and are moderately priced (Rs 4,000-6,000).
Car: Taxis too can be hired from the cities like Delhi (360 km) and Chandigarh (120 km).
For tourists travelling from South India (Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai), the best option is to fly to Delhi or Chandigarh and take a train to Shimla or book a taxi as connecting flights are exorbitantly priced.

When To Go

Shimla is beautiful throughout the year and can be visited in any month, however, September to June will be the best months for travelling to Shimla or book Manali packages from Delhi.
  • Winter (October to February) are ideal for enjoying snowfall, skiing and ice skating. Average temperature during winter is 8°C and can dip as low as -2°C. This is a good time for honeymooning.
  • Summer (March to June) are the suitable time visiting Shimla tourism places and enjoying the scenic beauty of the place. Temperature ranges between 15°C to 30°C and is ideal for indulging in paragliding, trekking, camping and rafting. There will be no snowfall, but snow can be enjoyed on very high altitudes.
  • Monsoon (July to mid September) are not the best time to visit as excessive rain can result in landslides.
Summer months are good for adventure and sightseeing. The natural beauty is at its maximum during monsoons but travel can be made difficult due to unexpected landslides. Winters months are an ideal time for booking honeymoon packages for Shimla as these months are perfect for honeymooning and enjoying snow.

Eat & Drink

Shimla is flooded with fine dining restaurants as well as dozens of fast food joints. Most of them are located on the Mall Road and remain open from 10 am till 10 pm. Vegetarian foodies can head to Sagar Ratna and Indian Coffee House on Mall Road and enjoy South Indian cuisine. Head to Devicos and Cecil on Mall Road for lip smacking kababs, Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisines. Those looking for a quick treat can enjoy sandwiches and homemade cakes at Embassy Restaurant on Mall Road. Cafe Sol on Mall Road serves excellent Thai and Japanese cuisines. Himanis and The Pub on Mall Road are the bar-cum-restaurants offering good food and great drinks.

Shopping

Domestic tourists usually flock at the bustling Lakkar Bazaar for wooden and handloom articles. International tourists on the other hand head towards the Middle Bazaar to shop for a wide range of articles from tin pots to henna and bangles. Most shops remain open from 9 am till 9 pm. Tourists can go to Himachal Emporium and Tibetan Handicrafts on Mall road exclusively for carpets, shawls and unique Tibetan souvenirs. Tibetan Market behind the tourist office is best for well made branded clothes. Bargaining is recommended.

History

Earlier known as ‘Shyamala’, the present day Shimla came into existence after the British invasion in the year 1819, during the Gurkha war. The first British cottage to have been built in Shimla was in the year 1822 by Scottish civil servant Charles Pratt Kennedy.

History has it that the present day Shimla district derives it name from the small town called Shimla Village that was reorganized by the district of state on September 1st 1972. Prior to the year 1819, Shimla was under the governance of the Gurkhas. After losing the battle at the hands of the Sikhs, the Gurjhas built many forts around the city. It is said that the present day Jutogh cantonment (located near the city of Shimla) draws its origin from the then established Jagatgarh fortress.

The British under the generalship of Major General 'Sir David Ochterlony, annexed the city from the hands of Gurkhas and established it as their territory. The cool and serene atmosphere of the city impressed the British and they made it their ‘summer capital’ in 1864.

After independence in the year 1947, Shimla was declared to be a capital of Punjab but in the year 1966 it was affirmed as the capital of Himachal Pradesh.

Travel within city

Shimla is a city which is located in the State of Himachal Pradesh. Due to the steep slopes and roads there are fewer transport options for a traveler. However the city is relatively small and the locals usually travel on foot. Jubbarhati is the nearest airport and it is located approximately 12 km from the city. It has scheduled flights to Delhi. There are taxi services available at the airport.

Bus


The local transport system consists of buses, tourist taxis and private taxis. The local buses ply along the circular road which creates a ring around the city. The buses are a good way to get around the city and they are inexpensive. The Shimla railway station is well connected to the other parts of the country.

Taxi


There are cabs from the station to any other part of the city. Some of the cab operators are,

Gurdial Taxis, Phone No-9216308270
Rajesh, Phone No-9779908270

Cabs can be hired for local use as well as trips to nearby places. They also ply from Shimla to Delhi and Chandigarh.

Auto Rickshaw


Auto rickshaws are absent in Shimla due to the terrain. Also private vehicles and cars are absent on certain roads and travelling on foot is the best option in this part of town.

Excursions

Chail - Chail, the world’s highest cricket ground is 63 km from Shimla. The place is an important excursion from Shimla. The main attractions are Chail wildlife sanctuary, Heritage Palace hotel, temples, a gurudwara and a beautiful picnic spot at Sadhupul. Adventures like trekking and fishing can be enjoyed.

Naldehra - An important tourist hub, Naldehra is known to have the oldest golf course of India. Located 46 km from Shimla, the place also has a few temples and rafting options at Chamba. There are quite a few peaks in Naldehra from where tourists can enjoy panned views of the surrounding.

Kufri - A small hill station 13 km from Shimla, Kufri is famous for adventure options like skiing, trekking, hiking and horse & yak riding. The town is extremely popular for its cool ambiance and scenic views and the two major attractions here are Indira Tourist Park and Himalayan Nature Park.

Shogi - 15 km before Shimla, Shogi is a quaint village surrounded by scenic countryside landscapes. The town is situated at a height of 5,000 feet and offers spectacular views of the forests and mountains. An ideal place for nature lovers.

Salogra - A charming hamlet 40 km from Shimla, Salogra is a photographer's delight with tall deodars and tranquil streams. The main attraction here is the beautiful temple of Lord Shiva.

Solan - Solan, also known as 'Mushroom City of India', is 50 km from Shimla. The place invites pilgrims from all over the country to visit the Shoolini Mata Devi temple and Jatoli Shiv temple. The Yungdrung Tibetan Monastery, located just 3 km from Solan is also a popular attraction.

Barog - Barog is a small hamlet known for its untamed natural beauty. It is one of the villages on the Shimla-Kalka train route and is known to have one of the most attractive stations, built in the Scottish style. Barog is 60 km from Shimla.

Arki - A historical city 50 km from Shimla, Arki is popular for its architectural forts, palaces and the famous Jhakoli temple. The village is also visited by tourists for its Lutra Mahadev Cave temple and cultural events organised during the annual fair held in July and September.

Mashobra - Mashobra is a beautiful village located at a distance of 15 km from Shimla. The main tourist attractions here are the Goddess Durga temple and the famous Wildflower resort. Mashobra is surrounded by snow capped mountains and offers panoramic views of the valley, ideally crafted for the fantasy of an eco-lover.
Attractions

Christ Church

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The most prominent structure in the city, the Christ Church is located on Mall Road and is the second oldest church in North India. The church is popular for its architectural patterns, the historic church tower, brass plaques and beautiful stained glass windows.
Timings: 7:00 AM - 6:30 PM daily, On Sunday 8:00 AM -11:00 AM  Charges: Entry free, donations welcome  

Jakhu Temple

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The oldest temple in Shimla, Jakhu Temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and can be reached by undertaking 2 km trek from the base of Jakhu Hill. Ponies can also be hired. Trekking tours and mountaineering is conducted here by the Himachal government.
Timings: 5:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM daily  Charges: Entry free, donations welcome (Sticks for warding off the monkeys can be rented at the entrance to the temple for Rs 5).  

Mall Road

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The main area of Shimla, Mall Road is the hub where the whole city socializes. Horse riding can be enjoyed here. The area is lined with many shops and restaurant. Chirst Church, Scandal Point and Ridge are also located here. This is a vehicle-free zone and can be explored only on foot.

The Ridge

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Running alongside the mall road, the Ridge is the main center of Shimla and leads to the Lakkar Bazaar. The Ridge is also the venue of the famous Summer festival held during the month of May. The ridge is ideal for long walks.

Toy Train Ride

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The most famous attraction, the Toy Train runs between Kalka and Shimla. A World Heritage site declared by UNESCO, it takes the tourists through some of the most exotic natural attractions. Different classes of toy trains are available. Prior booking is recommended.
Timings: Daily Departs at 10:30 AM from Shimla and reaches Kalka at 4:10 PM. Leaves Kalka at 12:10 PM and reaches Shimla at 5:20 PM  Charges: For Passenger and Deluxe Trains Rs 19 to 280 per head. Rs 4,500 for a 6 people coach in Shivalik Queen Tourist Coach.  

Viceregal Lodge

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The historical residence of British Viceroys, Vicergal Lodge, today houses the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies. Known for its architectural beauty, the Viceregal Lodge is located on Observatory Hill and is easily reachable by bus or taxi. Beside the architecture of the lodge, tourists should also explore the verandas and terraces that surround the entire building at different levels. Only the entrance hall and gardens are open to the public. It is now called as 'Rashtrapati Niwas'.
Contact: +91 177-283-1375  Timings: 9:15 AM - 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM daily. Open till 7:00 PM during May to July.  Charges: Entry Fee - Rs 10 for Indian, Rs 50 for Foreigners  

Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex

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The most historical monument in Shimla, this 122 year old complex includes an Art gallery, City Museum, Amphitheater, Multi-purpose Theater, old theater and conference hall. Conducted tours are organized in the complex. Located along the Mall Road, tourists can easily reach the complex.

Himachal State Museum

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Himachal State Museum in Shimla is an epitome of Himachal’s culture and heritage. Situated in a colonial building (Mall road), the main highlights of the museum are collection of coins, local handicrafts, distorted sculptures of Lord Vishnu and old photographs. Located inside the museum is the Doll’s house gallery that has varieties of Himachali and Tribal dolls on display.
Contact: +91 177 280-5044  Timings: 10 am to 1.30 pm, 2 pm to 5 pm – Tue To Fri  Charges: Rs 10 for Indians and Rs 50 for Foreigners (Cameras free, flash prohibited)  

Lakkar Bazaar

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The main shopping area selling wooden artifacts, Lakkar Bazaar is adjacent to the Ridge. Besides wooden handicrafts, the place is also popular for its herbs and dry fruits. Many hotels, restaurants and a college are also located here.

Observatory Hill (Institute of Advanced Studies)

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Observatory hill is located at a high peak in Shimla and offers magical views. Houses the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, this once served as the place where the British officers met to discuss their plans.
Charges: Rs 50 per person  

Scandal Point

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Located on Mall Road, the place is famous for the Scotland Church and is easily accessible be bus or taxi. Alfa restaurant and a lot of eateries and small shops are lined across the street.

Annandale

  
Often called as the playground of Shimla, Annadale is located at a distance of 3 km from the Ridge in Shimla and is a famous picnic spot. It is also a favourite ground for playing cricket or polo.

It is located at a height of 6227 feet above sea level and is famous for its breath taking views of the surrounding and salubrious climate. The spot is reachable on foot, bus or taxi and some of the nearby attractions that can visited in Summer Hill and Jakhu Hill.

Camp Potters Hill

  
Camp Potters Hill is just 5 km from Shimla; Camp Potter’s spread over 2050 m in the Western Himalayan Forests of Shimla. It is a luxury camping resort, famous for its ambiance and host of adventure activities that tourists can be a part of. The camp is a perfect haven for those who love nature, also a perfect place for bird watching.

The camp positions itself as a perfect combination of eco-tourism, adventure tourism and leisure camping, the camp has various ‘after-the-sunset’ activities that too will delight the tourists. Tourists can easily reach this place by hiring a taxi within 10 to 15 minutes.
Contact: +91-98100 69901.  

Dorje Drak Monastery

  
Symbolising the Buddhistand Tibetan influence in Shimla is the Dorje Drak Monastery which is located in the Sarasvati Garden Estate, Kusmuti near Shimla. Being one of the principal monastic institutions, Dorje Drak Monastery is also known as Thubetan Evam Dorje Drak. It is a popular tourist spot and a perfect example of a mix of Tibetan and Buddhist Culture.
Charges: Entry free, donations welcome.  

Glen

  
Glen is a popular picnic spot around 4 km from Shimla. The place is surrounded by pine and deodar trees, with greenery and rolling slopes making it an enjoyable tourist spot. The scenic beauty of the place charms the tourists to this reserve forest, which is also known to be Shimla's oldest picnic place.

The place is known for its serenity and the nearby falling Chadwick falls also attract a number of tourists. Glen is approachable from two different ways – from Cecil Hotel and Kennedy House. From Scandal point, which is another tourist spot, one can walk to reach Glen. Besides, taking a taxi is another option.

Green Valley

  
Green Valley is one of the most beautiful places in Shimla. Noted for its elite beauty, this is a stopover on the way to Kufri from Shimla. The place is ideal for photographing as it offers some of the most mesmerizing sights that nature has to offer. The criss-crossed mountains seem to have been blanketed under carpets of greens and it is one of the most photographed sights in Shimla.

Hanuman Temple

  
Situated 5 km from Shimla, the Hanuman Temple, also called as Sankat Mochan Temple is a religious site visited by many pilgrims and tourists. Dedicated to Lord Hanuman, this temple is built in 1966 and is easily reachable by bus or taxi. Langar offered here every Sunday is enjoyed by pilgrims and devotees. Tara Devi temple is a nearby attraction that can be visited.
Timings: 7 am to 7 pm  

Himalayan Aviary

  
The only bird park in Himachal Pradesh, Himalayan Aviary which is walking distance from Scandal Point, boasts of a wide species of rare and migratory birds along with breath taking flora. The park is open only during the summer months from April to June.
Timings: Opened only from 1st March to 31 September, 10:00 am till 5:00 pm. Remains closed on Monday.  Charges: Rs 10 per head.  

Ice Skating

  
Tourists can enjoy ice skating in Shimla during winters (November to March). Skating rink is located near the Rivoli bus stand. Various sessions are conducted during morning and evening by the Ice Skating Club of Shimla. Membership is also provided for short and long terms courses. An ice skating festival is also organized here in the month of January, by the ice skating club of Shimla.
Timings: Winters - November to March  

Image Art Gallery

  
It is located scenically on Potter’s Hill and highlights 20,000 pictures of Himachal Pradesh, through the lenses of celebrated photographers. Camera is allowed but without flash.
Contact: +91 94180-11172  Charges: Rs 5 (Cameras free, flash prohibited)  

Kali Bari Temple

  
One of the most sought after religious spots in Shimla is Kalibari Temple. Located in the main town area (reachable by taxi within 10 mins), it is dedicated to Hindu Goddess Kali or Shyamala and was built in the year 1845. The original shrine of the temple was created by Bengali devotees while the temple was built by the British. The best time to visit the temple is during the Navratra and Dussehra festival in October, when the temple is flooded with devotees.

Kamna Devi Temple

  
Kamna Devi Temple, an important pilgrim center in Shimla is dedicated to Goddess Kamna Devi. Located around 5 km from the city, the temple can be reached by indulging in cool and serene walk from Boileauganj and a further climb uphill. Enveloped by tall deodar trees, the temple offers beautiful views of the surrounding and the toy train tracks as well.

Lower Bazaar

  
The Bazaar
Lower Bazaar is one of the prime locations in Shimla (3.5 km), just below the western end of the Mall. It starts from Shimla’s bus stand near the railway station, which can explore on foot. There are many shops on the street selling various items and various food stalls are also available for tourists to enjoy quick bites.

Manorville Mansion

  
A charming monument known for serving as an abode to Mahatma Gandhi, Jawahar Lal Nehru, Sardar Patel and Maulana Azad during their meeting with Lord Wavell. Located near the University of Himachal Pradesh, the preserved room where the Mahatma stayed is the main attraction.

Mountain Biking

  
Mountain Biking is not just a sport but also a popular means of travelling in Shimla. It is the best means of exploring the nearby town of Naldehra, Salogra etc. Motorbikes are readily available on rent in various shops at the mall. Rates are negotiable.

Rothney Castle

  
Prior home of ‘Father of Indian Ornithology’, Allan Octavian Hume, the castle has been converted into a heritage hotel and is located at the heart city. The castle had a bird museum which was later shifted to London. It offer great views of Shimla.

St Mary's Church

  
St Mary's Church is located at a distance of 80 km from Shimla, at Kotgarh. Built in the year 1873, the wooden church is a total enigma for its beholders with quaint graveyards and old schools.

The church is reachable by bus. Besides, the drive to the Church will take you through mustard fields, blue hills as well as the significant historical place of Thanedar, where Samuel Stokes planted the very first orchard in 1916.

St. Andrew's Church

  
St. Andrew's Church is located near the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies and today lies deconsecrated. The building now houses a wing of the State Library, making it a treasure place for the rare books. Don’t miss to visit Viceregal Lodge and State Museum which are located close to the church.

Summer Festival

  
Summer Festival in Shimla is a very popular event. Held during the month of May, this festival is celebrated here with great pomp and show. The major events that grace this occasion are folk dances, food festival, flower shows, ice skating festival and even a Himachali Film festival. Tickets can be bought for the show.

This is the best time to enjoy shopping as various handicrafts from the various stalls that are set up during this time. This cultural event is the best time to visit Shimla as the weather is cool and the spirit of joy can be found everywhere.

Summer Hill

  
Located on the way to Shimla from Kalka, Summer Hill is just 5 km from the Ridge at Shimla. The place is popular for its scenic beauty and is ideal for taking long walks. Situated between the hurdles of pine and deodar trees, Summer Hill is also known for the Georgian House of Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur, where Mahatma Gandhi once stayed.

Alternatively called as Potter's Hill, the view of the valley from here is absolutely enthralling.

Tara Devi Temple

  
The most popular temple in Shimla, Tara Devi Temple, is ideally located at a distance of 11 km from Shimla and is easily reachable by train, bus or car. Devoted to Goddess Tara, the temple is 250 years old and lies perched on top of a hill.

It commands breathtaking views of the Himalayas and the hamlets that surround it. The main attraction of the temple is the idol built with eight elements during the reign Raja Balbir Sen. Langar is offered here by the devotees on every Sunday, is the best day to visit this temple.
Timings: 7 am to 6.30 pm  

Trekking

  
Trekking is not merely an indulgence in Shimla, but also a very common means of travel within the city. Shimla is surrounded by the beautiful and mystical Himalayan Mountains and to explore the true natural beauty, trekking is the ultimate option. It is best to trek in the months of September – October.

Some of the most popular trekking routes in and around Shimla are from - Shimla - Luhri - Ani - Khanag - Jalori Pass - Jibhit - Banjar Shimla - Narkanda - Hattu Peak - Chaupal - Kedi - Halau - Kandol - Koti - Chakrata Shimla - Narkanda - Khadrala - Sungri - Devidhar - Rohru - Shimla Banjar - Bathad - Sarahan - Arsu - Rampur - Shimla.

Excursions

Kufri
Kufri, a quaint little hill station, 13 km from Shimla, is all about wondrous views, snow clad mountains and wildlife attractions. This exotic hamlet has several potato plantations which turns into a popular Ski tracks during winter. Honeymooners and families throng here to enjoy snowfall and skiing, while the trekking and hiking trails attracts adventure buffs. Wildlife enthusiasts also come here to sight the endangered snow tigers and rare animals in the various wildlife parks located here.

The Himalayan Nature Park

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A popular tourist place in Kufri, it is illustrious for its flora and fauna, especially the elusive snow leopards. Trekking is the most common way to reach the park. A few temples in the vicinity also draw tourists.
Contact: 01902-265320  Timings: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM daily.  Charges: Entry Fee - Rs 50 for Indians, Rs 200 for foreigners. Camera Fee Rs 150 for Indians and Rs 300 for foreigners.  

Horse Riding

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Horse riding is a popular activity offered in Kufri. On this ride tourists will be taken along various orchards and scenic woodlands. Tourists can enjoy horse riding to reach the Great Himalayan National Park and on clear days, the views of the sunset from here is truly mesmerizing.
Charges: An approximate charge is Rs 150 for 3 hours. Tourists can hire boots at Rs 50.  

Skiing

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Skiing can be enjoyed in Kufri on the snow covered peaks of Himalayas. The annual winter sports held here is a major attraction. Mahasu bridge in Kullu is the peak where skiing can be enjoyed. Gears and equipments are also available on the spot.
Contact: Akash Adventures and Tours - (01892) 220498  Charges: Rs 200 to 300 per head.  

Trekking

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Another popular adventure in Kufri, where tourist can look forward to exploring the natural environs of the region. Kufri can be conveniently reached from Shimla via trekking.
Contact: Akash Adventures and Tours - (01892) 220498  Charges: Rs 1,000-1,500 for a day per person including food and accommodation  
Naldehra
Having the oldest golf course in the country, Naldehra is just 46 km from Shimla and is blessed with best of natural beauty. The place is thronged by honeymooners for its calm and secluded ambiance while adventurers come here to enjoy rafting (Chamba) and trekking. The town is dotted with a few temples and the Shailey Peak which mesmerizes tourists with panned views of the surroundings.

Shaily Peak

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Shailey Peak in Naldehra is a beautiful peak from where tourists can enjoy bird’s eye view of the scenery around Khatnol. Trekking is the most common way to reach the peak. Ponies are also available for the climb. It is 23 km from the Naldehra town.

Golf Course

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Naldehra Golf Course is one of the oldest and the best maintained golf courses in the country. It is a 9-hole golf course and also hosts many a golf championships. This golf club is affiliated to many Golf clubs in the country, including the prestigious Golf Club Chandigarh, the BSF Golf Club Delhi, the Air force Golf Club Delhi and ARTRAC Golf Club Shimla.
Timings: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM daily (March to November)  Charges: Entry fee: Rs 10, Long trip by horse: Rs 380 per person, Short trip by horse: Rs 250 per person.  

Mahakali Temple

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Scenically located on the banks of river Mahakali, the temple is dedicated to Lord Mahakali and is known for its peaceful ambiance. Mighty Himalayan ranges serves as the backdrop of the temple and the nearby located lake serves as an excellent picnic spot.

Mahunag Temple

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Situated in the middle of the Naldehra Golf Course, the temple is dedicated to Lord Mahunag, the serpent God-Lord Ananta Sesha. The temple is situated in a picturesque surrounding and attracts tourists and pilgrims alike.

Chabba

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This is a popular rafting route that takes tourists through 11 km long stretch of thrill and excitement. A hydro-electric project on the Sutlej river and beautiful sceneries make this place ideal for picnicking as well.
Mashobra
View of Himalayan ranges
An ideal place for enjoying serenity and calmness, Mashobra is a small hill town in Himachal Pradesh. Besides being dotted with small et significant temples, the town also boasts of a lush forest where tourists can sight various wild animals in their natural habitat. Trekking and camping too can be enjoyed inside the forest. It is 16km from Shimla.

Reserve Forest Sanctuary

  
Famous for its rare species of flora and fauna, Reserve Forest sanctuary is a catchment area where tourist can sight monkeys, jackals, barking deer and leopards and varieties of birds. Trekking and camping too can be enjoyed inside the park.
Chail
Chail, the world’s highest cricket ground is 40 km from Shimla and is located on the peak overlooking the valley of Sutlej. Some of the main attractions are Chail wildlife sanctuary, Palace hotel, temples, a gurudwara and a beautiful picnic spot at Sadhupul. Adventures like trekking and fishing can also be enjoyed. Away from the bustling city life, unexplored hilly terrains, lusting greeneries, Chail has a spectacular attraction to visitors. The place is surrounded by forests of pine and deodar and a must visit for those planning Shimla.

Chail Wildlife Sanctuary

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An important tourist attraction, Chail wildlife sanctuary is famous for its flora and fauna attractions. The park was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1976 and offers panoramic views of the surroundings. Perched at the top of the mountains, at varying altitudes from 701 meter to 2180 meter above sea level, the area has dense forest cover with pine trees, shrubs, oak trees and grasslands. Panthers, leopards, wild boar, Himalayan black bear and European red deer are some of the animals tourists can sight here.
Contact: For Bookings: Castle & King India Inc Phone: 011-28531544, 09871642779 Website: http://www.indian-wildlife.net  

Palace Hotel

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Built by Maharaja of Patiala, Chail’s Palace Hotel is an architectural edifice known for its royal past. Today it has been converted to a heritage hotel boasting of exquisite suites at a reasonable rates.

Gurudwara Sahib

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Chail
One of the holiest pilgrimage centers in Chail, the Gurudwara is a beautiful place surrounded by lawns adorned by yellow flowers. An important holy center for sikh, the gurudwara is also known for its cultural heritage.

Cricket Ground

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Claimed as World’s highest cricket ground, this is the prime attraction of Chail. Once the private ground of Maharaja of Patiala, this 200 years old ground is engulfed with pine and deodars and offers a very pretty picture of the surrounding.

Siddh Baba Ka Mandir

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Another tourist attraction known for its mythological legends. An ideal picnic spot, the area surrounding the temple are beautiful and ideal for a day outing.
Shoghi
Blessed with lush green valleys, and cool air, Shoghi is locate at an altitude of 5700 mts above sea level. Located very close to Shimla, the town is popular for its various temples, the most important being the Tara Devi Temple. One of the main attractions is a village resort known as Park Woods. Nearby tourist destinations include Jakhoo Hill, Viceregal Lodge, Kurfi and Kandaghat. Shoghi is also very popular for its trekking and camping options. Fruit products are also very popular in Shoghi.

Hanuman Temple

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Hanuman Temple is a popular religious place in Shoghi and is dedicated to Lord Hanuma. This is an ancient temple and people believe that pilgrims who pray and present offers to this temple will attain good health and prosperity.

Kali Temple

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Located on the Jakhoo temple in Shoghi, the 150 year old kali Bari temple has the idols of Kali, Shyamala and Chandi, three different forms of Shakti Devi, an incarnation of Goddess Durga and is famous for the great views tourists can enjoy from here.

Tara Devi Temple

  
Tara Devi Temple is dedicated to one of the nine sister of Goddess Durga and is famous for the various fairs and destivals associated with the temple. The temple is 250 years old and the main attraction here is the wooden idol of Tara Devi in Vaishnav style and traditions.
Salogra
Salogra is a quaint hamlet in Himachal Pradesh, popular for its unexplored natural beauty. Trekking in the best to explore the region and from here3, the view of Shimla is truly mesmerising.

Krol Ka Tibba

  
Located at a distance of 5 km from the village, Krol ka Tibba is a mountain that tourists can reach only via trekking. The tibba is located behind the Slaogra railway stations and from the mountaintop; tourists can enjoy a spectacular views of the surrounding.
Solan
Solan is a city in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Solan has one of the oldest breweries in the country and which is a place worth visiting while travelling to the place. It is also known as the mushroom capital of the country due to the large amount of mushrooms that are cultivated in the place.

There are a few temples and monasteries that are located in the region and these are good places to visit for those who are spiritually inclined. There is a Tibetan monastery called the Yungdung Monastery and is an ideal place to unwind. The Jatoli Shiv Temple and the Shoolini Mata Temple are also important tourist places in the city. Many devotees from the nearby areas can be seen in these religious sites.

A 300 year old fort is located in a place called Nauni and this Gurka Fort is primarily in ruins. However it is still a nice place to visit. The fort is situated on top of a mountain and has a panoramic view of the countryside. There is a horticultural university and museum located at Nauni and one can also visit this during their stay at Solan.

Manjathal Santuary

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An upcoming wildlife park in Solan, Majathal sanctuary is illustrious for its diversity of flora and fauna. Visit during the winters, when most of the animals can be sighted. Various accommodation in form of jungle houses are available inside the sanctuary.

Nalagarh Palace

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An imposing structure located atop a hillock, Nalagarh Palace is a popular tourist attraction in Solan. Well manicured gardens, arresting views of the Shivalik ranges and a unique blend of Mughal and Indian style of architecture, makes this palace a must visit.

The palace was converted into a heritage resort and large scale renovations have been done to retain its lost glory.

Solan Brewery

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Solan Brewery is the first of its kind in India. The brewery was started by an Englishmen, Edward Dyer in the late 80's, Today the Solan brewery has been converted into distillery and is presently run by Mohan Meaking Ltd.
Barog
Barog is a small destination in Solan district and is famous for its unpolluted natural beauty. It is an ideal picnic spot with many hidden groves and unexplored areas. There are a few attractions located close by like Renuka Lake and Shoolini Devi Temple, which can be visited by the tourists.

Bon Monastry

  
The Dolanji Bon Monastery is around 5 km from Barog on the Narag-Sarahan Road. The monastery is an important pilgrim destination built during the year 1969. The monastery is also called as ‘Yungdrung Bon Monastery’ as it is under the control of the Yungdrung Bon Monastic Center.

Choor Chandni Peak

  
Choor Chandni Peak is a popular tourist spot in Barog. The peak is surrounded by pine trees and provides mesmerizing views of the surrounding. The peak is around 3,650 mts above sea level and is known as Choor Chandni, because during the moonlit nights the slopes of the peak seem to take the form of silver bangles sliding down the slope. Trekking is the only way to reach the slope.

Grave of Barog

  
The grave of Barog lies around 3 km from the railway station. The grave belongs to an architect who was given the responsibility of building a tunnel. But he failed in doing so and thus committed suicide. It is said that if the tunnel was built in the right manner, then it would have been the longest in the world.

Spencer Restaurant

  
Spencer restaurant is a popular eating place in joint, famous for its vegetable cutlets and other food items. This is one of the oldest eating joint (serving since the times of the British) and also offers panoramic views of the surrounding.
Arki
Arki is one of the smallest town in Himachal Pradesh, located around 52 km from Shimla. The pleasant ambiance, invigorating natural beauty and a few very holy temples are the main attractions that draws tourists to Arki.

Arki Fort

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A historical fort built by Rana Prithvi Singh, Arki Fort is famed for its Rajput and Mughal architecture. It has been converted into a heritage resort and offers spectacular views of the surroundings from its rooms.

Diwan-i-Khas

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Built by Ram Shara Sing, this is an ideal tourist place in Arki. Tourists can see the art room having ornamented murals and paintings from various regions. Drawings of animals, human, birds and various artistic edifices can be found here.

Arki Palace

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Arki Palace is a picturesque attraction with a wood side hill in the backdrop. It is a historical monument known for its past glory. The major attractions here includes architectural patterns, an 18th century citadel and abundant scenic views.

Luturu Mahadev Temple

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A very important pilgrim sight, the temple can be reached by undertaking a strenuous and steep climb. Dedicated to Lutru Mahadev, the temple was built by Raja of Bhagal in 1621 and is known for it shikhara style architecture. Located atop peak, it commands a beautiful view of the surrounding.
Distances from Shimla
Shimla 1 km
Kasauli 85 km 2h
Chandigarh 119 km 2h, 50m
Mcleodganj 240 km 5h, 10m
Dharamsala 247 km 5h, 40m
Manali 250 km 5h, 50m
Dalhousie 345 km 7h, 10m
Delhi 370 km 9h
Jaipur 603 km 12h
Shoghi 13 km 20m
Kufri 15 km 20m
Mashobra 16 km 30m
Naldehra 21 km 40m
Barog 26 km 1h, 20m
Salogra 39 km 1h
Arki 40 km 1h
Chail 42 km 1h, 20m
Solan 45 km 1h, 10m
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