Best places to visit in Shimla
31 Dec 2018

Best places to visit in Shimla

  • 01The Ridge of Shimla

    The Ridge of Shimla
    The Ridge of Shimla is known for organizing several government functions and fairs. It is the key venue for all the major events as well as celebrations that take place here in Shimla. Summer Festival that is the most famous festival is held here at the Ridge. 

    Location: The Ridge of Shimla is an extremely famous tourist attraction that is set in the heart of Shimla. It is situated along the Mall Road that is the famous shopping centre of Shimla. 

    Highlights: The Ridge of Shimla is the hub of all the cultural activities of Shimla. Some of the prominent places of Shimla such as the Lakkar Bazaar, Mall, Scandal Point, Jakhoo hill, etc are in close proximity to the Ridge.

    Best time: Open all around the year but since the Summer Festival is held during the months of April or May, one can plan a visit during these months.

     Also, trekking in Shimla is also counted as the best activities to do when you visit Shimla.
  • 02Kufri

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    Kufri is known for its tranquil surroundings, breathtaking views as well as distinct stunning locales Kufri is known as one of the best places to visit in Shimla. Kufri is popular as the Switzerland of the East.

    The beauty of the Kufri hill will definitely entice all. It is ideal for adventure activities in Shimlawhich includes skiing and hiking that definitely must be tried at least once when you visit Kufri. Snow-clad hills of Kufri make it the hotspot for trying your hand at skiing.

    Location: Kufri is located about 19 kilometres from Shimla and can be reached easily from Shimla. One can reach Kufri by road since the hill station is located very near to the National Highway - 22. 

    Best Time to Visit: The ideal time to visit Kufri is during winters. Months between November to February seem ideal. For those who are not into adventure sports or skiing can visit the hill station during the months of April to June. Weather is pleasant all year round.
  • 03Green Valley

    Green Valley
    Green Valley is truly one of the most famous Shimla tourist places and photography points in Shimla. Seen as the popular shooting spot in different Bollywood movies, the Green Valley brings forth endless beauty. Noted for its elite beauty, Green Valley has been mentioned in a number of articles and travel books.

    Location: Located near Kufri at Shimla, the Green Valley is surrounded by the verdant hills.

    Highlights: Here at the Green Valley you can spot some rare animals such as yaks that are seen grazing and wandering here. The visitors who come here can cherish the lush green environments that are exceptionally picturesque.

    Best Time to Visit Green Valley: Open all year round, the best time to visit this place is post monsoon or during the summer time when the dense forest has lush green surroundings. Ideal months include July to October and from February to April.
  • 04Hike to Jakhoo Hill

    Hike to Jakhoo Hill
    Jakhoo Hill is the highest point of the city. It is covered with the Alpine trees. On the top of the flat hill is the colourful Jakhoo Temple as well as the newly built Hanuman statue.

    Said to be the favourite escape for the visitors who enjoy calm and peace, you just need to be beware of the criminally minded monkeys who are ready to rob food from the visitors.

    Location: In order to reach the hilltop, you’ll have to walk for approximately 30 minutes. Thereafter, there is a pleasant route that will direct you to the Jakhoo Hill.

    Highlights: The summit of Jakhoo Hill Shimla is some 2,455m and about 200m higher than the central ridge of Shimla. Temple at the Jakhoo Hill is dedicated to the Lord Hanuman who is believed to be the Hindu monkey god. Monkeys clearly rule the Jakhoo hill.

    Best Time: Ideal to visit during winter months of November to March. Open Daily.

  • 05Chail


    Chail is the ultimate place for setting up summer camps in a snow-clad town. It is a small hill slope in Shimla that was built solely for the purpose of helping people escape from summer heats. And eventually, the place turned out to be one of the best places to visit in Shimla. 

    In fact, it’s a resort that offers people exposure to the spectacular deodar forests scattered all around the hilly slope. While deodar is the common tree found in this region, you can also find pine and fir forests complementing the majestic beauty of forests in the hilly region.

    Location: Chailhas located 45 KM away from Shimla, at the foothills of Himalayan ranges.

    Highlights: Nature lovers and peace seekers can find this place ideal for escaping from the hustle and bustle of city life. Besides enjoying the nature closely, you can also walk on the highest cricket ground in the world or dine at Lake Restaurant.

    Timings: The best time to visit Chail is in between March to June. And if you love to witness snowfall, December to March would be the ideal time.


  • 06Kiala Forest

    Kiala Forest
    Kiala Forest is located in the valley of Kotkhai in Shimla and is one of the perfect Shimla tourist places. Definitely, an interesting place to visit, the forest is beautified with the lush green vegetation as well as many indigenous animals.

    The forest is said to be an ideal destination for all the wildlife enthusiasts as well as nature lovers. A number of visitors from a different place both far and near come to this to bask in the natural beauty. 

    Highlights: Kiala Forest boasts of rich foliage and wildlife. Photographers, as well as visitors, can click incredible pictures of the beautiful landscapes as well as the animals in their wilderness. Bathroom facilities are available here. Those who wish to store their luggage and baggage can make use of the lockers as well as the storage facilities available here. 

    Best Time: Open all around the year. Ideal to visit during the daytime one can plan a visit to the Forest during months of March to October.

  • 07Himalayan Bird Park

    Himalayan Bird Park

    Himalayan Bird Park is one of the most visited Shimla tourist places by the bird watchers and photographers. While Shimla is a blissful town, its beauty is enhanced by the wide variety of wildlife thriving in the hilly slopes and forests. The Himalayan bird park is one such place where you can find a wide variety of birds which you mightn’t have seen anywhere before.

    The park has exclusive as well as endangered species of birds. And to support their life, the park features soothing and calm trees, flora and fauna. Some of the common bird species such as Himalayan monals, peacocks, pheasants, etc. are the main reason for attracting tourists in the bird park.

    Location: The Himalayan Bird is located near to the Vice-Regal Lodge in central Shimla.

    Highlights: Shimla Bird Park is a peaceful place where you can find serenity. Staying close to the natural flora and fauna helps people escape from the reality.


  • 08Christ Church

    Christ Church

    Christ Church is one of the popular attractions among tourists and is considered in the top ten lists of places to visit in Shimla. The Christ Church is an excellent architectural monument built in the British era so that the then followers of Christianity could serve almighty Jesus. 

    This monument is perfect for the people who want to get a taste of religious Christianity from the colonial time. The church was built in such a way that it would portray faith, hope, humanity, patience, fortitude, and charity to make people aware of the rich Christian culture. Located amidst majestic locations and spectacular landscapes, this place is worth giving a try.

    Location: Christ Church is located in one of the most visited roads in Shimla, the Ridge. Hence, along with the road, the church has also become famous.

    Highlights: The ancient British art is showcased with the help of this Church. You can also get a glimpse of the Neo-Gothic style as Christ Church was inspired by it.

  • 09Viceregal Lodge

    Viceregal Lodge
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    Viceregal Lodge is the most beautiful and the historically significant building of Shimla. It is architecturally rich and accounts for a good half-day excursion. Known to be the summer residence of Indian Viceroy who was the British Raj leader between 1888 until 1946, the Viceroy has taken several significant decisions in this Lodge.

    Location: The Viceregal Lodge is located some 2km west of Shimla on the summit of Observatory Hill which offers beautiful panoramic views over the region. To reach the Lodge you’ll have to follow the Chaura Maidan Road out of Shimla and the lodge spans over 500m along this road.

    Highlights: The Viceregal Lodge is Shimla is also famous as the Rashtrapati Nilayam or the President’s House. The reference here is on the era between independence to the mid-1960’s when the logo was used by the Indian Presidents as their summer retreat.

    Price: Entrance fee to the Lodge is 20 Rs.

    Don`t miss any of the sightseeing places to visit in Shimla if you want to fully explore the "Queen of Hills".
  • 10Cycling in Shimla Water Catchment Wildlife Sanctuary

    Cycling in Shimla Water Catchment Wildlife Sanctuary

    If you are looking for the Shimla tourist places that would provide you with a peace of mind, walking or cycling around the Shimla water catchment wildlife sanctuary would be the right choice for you.

    While tourists visit this place often, the deep green forest doesn’t allow many people to gather at the same place together. Hence, tranquillity exists in the air and you can cycle around peacefully without anyone to disturb.

    The silent forest gives people an experience of a lifetime as they get exposed to the intertwining fir, pine, cedar, deodar, spruce, and oak trees. Besides, more than 300 species of plants and animals surviving in the forest would come to your notice while your cycle riding journey.

    Due to the vast stretch of unique flora and fauna, the sanctuary is often termed as the bliss of mother-nature, or the jungle paradise. It’s a perfect place for nature lovers.

    Location: Shimla water catchment wildlife sanctuary is located north to Kufri, East of Shimla, and adjacent to the national highway 22.

  • 11Take a Walk in Kuthar Fort

    Take a Walk in Kuthar Fort
    Kuthar Fort is placed in the undying serenity of the Himalayas and is one of the best places to visit in Shimla to get into the history. The fort spans an area of about 52.8 square kilometres and is located in the middle of the exotic background, pools as well as the beautiful gardens. 

    Location: Kuthar Fort is located at a small distance from both Arki and Subathu that are both an hour away from the Shimla airport, Jubbarhatti. Situated in Solan, the fort is one of the key attractions here. 

    Highlights: Some sectors of the fort are as old as 800 years however there are some new sectors that have been built and are a mere 8 decades old. Stretched in the large area of the region, there are a number of fresh-water springs flowing through here. It is surrounded by different picturesque locations such as the Gurkha Fort from Subathu, Kunihar, and Kasauli hill station.

    Best Time: Open all year round.
  • 12Annandale

    Annandale is a flat terrain in Shimla that has been developed as the playground of the city. The ground is used to play cricket. Several other sports like Golf and Polo are also played here. Picnics too are organized here.

    The ground here is famous since the British rule. Britishers used to play sports like racing, cricket and polo here. Entertainment activities too were organized during these times.

    Location: Annandale is situated about 3 kilometres away from the Ridge. Private taxis, as well as buses, can help you reach Annandale. 

    Highlights: Annandale is a very beautiful spot that gives away a picturesque view of the Shimla city along with its surroundings. The area here is covered with beautiful deodar trees, oak trees, etc. It falls under the authority of the Indian army.

    Best Time: The Annandale is open all around the year. The ground has all the facilities available that may be needed by the visitors.
  • 13Johnnie’s Wax Museum

    Johnnie’s Wax Museum
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    Shimla, the land of charm, has now come up with a new museum known as Johnnie’s wax museum. It was established by the company MBM brothers in the initial months of 2016. The main purpose of the wax museum was to put wax statues of famous personalities into the display. 

    So far, the museum has put 16 wax statues of different personalities starting from Bollywood stars to Hollywood celebrities, and from Indian to international sports personalities. Some of the statues include famous personalities such as Daniel Radcliffe, Mahatma Gandhi, Narendra Modi, Lionel Messi, Tony Stark, and more. Most of these statues are crafted by artists who work in the famous museum of Madame Tussauds, London.

    Fees: Adults need to pay Rs 250/- person to take entry whereas, for children below 5 years, entry is free of cost.

    Location: Johnnie’s wax museum is situated at the Willow Banks estate, Bemloi, in the capital city of Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.

    Highlights: Interested tourists can now get a wax replica of their hands by paying Rs 450/-.

  • 14Summer Hill

    Summer Hill
    Summer Hill is an exceptionally beautiful tourist spot in Shimla. It is situated at an altitude of 1283 meters. The area is beautified by the serene beauty of quiet hills that give it a nice and breathtaking aura.

    Location: Located on the way from Shimla to Kalka, Summer Hills is just about 5 km from the Ridge Road of Shimla. The place is surrounded by the serene beauty of quiet hills, which give it a breathtaking aura.

    Highlights: This is an ideal place for those who wish to take a leisurely walk amidst the tranquillity of Mother Nature. The hilly trees of pine and deodar add to the beauty of the place. Snow clad mountains make it an ideal romantic gateway.

    Best Time to visit: Summer Hill is open all around the year courtesy its pleasant climate. However, the best time to visit the place is during winters when the weather is cool and humid.
  • 15Experience the Ride on Toy Train

    Experience the Ride on Toy Train

    There’s a special kind of joy involved with riding toy trains. These trains are available only in the Himalayan regions. And Shimla is one of the most important hill stations among such places where you can enjoy a thrilling toy train ride.

    During your toy train ride, you would cross slopes, will be able to look down the hill slopes from high altitudes, observe the tranquil nature accompanied by the local flora and fauna, and many more.

    Shimla sightseeing would be incomplete if you miss a toy train ride in the town. The Kalka-Shimla toy train journey will take you on a ride where you would cross the green forests, scorched hill slopes, ancient post office and other things.

    While the ride will be gentle, you would often come across the rough tracks where a slight rocking in the train coaches would give you the ultimate thrill in hilly slopes.

    Timings: Shimla toy train ride can be enjoyed throughout the year. However, while in the winter seasons the toy train tracks lay covered with snow, it’s still the best time to enjoy toy train ride in the town.

  • 16Chadwick Waterfall

    Chadwick Waterfall
    The clear waters of the Chadwick Waterfall cascade deep down a gorge at a height of approximately 86 m. What amplifies the beauty of the place is the surrounding hills as well as the thick green trees of Pine and Deodar. After you have had a hectic travel schedule exploring the entire Shimla, you can come back here and unwind. This place will give you ample ‘me’ time.
    Location: Chadwick Waterfall is situated within the dense and the very beautiful Glen Forest. This waterfall lies at a distance of about 7 km from Shimla and about 4 km from Summer Hill. 

    Highlights: The place was originally famous as the ‘Chidku Jhaar’ where Jhaar stands for waterfall and in the local dialet ‘Chidku’ means the bird. It is so called because the waterfall is at such a height that only a bird can reach to the top. Britishers gave it the name ‘Chadwick Falls’. 

    Best Time: Can be visited anytime of the year but it is advised to go there in a group.
  • 17Shaily Peak

    Shaily Peak
    Shaily Peak is formed by the lush green forests and the lofty Himalayas that makes it exceptionally magnificent. 

    Location: Shaily Peak is located about 23 km from Naldehra. From the Khatnol, the base for the steep climb to the peak is about 8 km. In case, you are not fit enough for trekking, you can also hire a pony to reach here. 

    Highlights: The dense forests, as well as the rocky trails, adorn the Shaily Peak. The beauty of the Shaily Peak encourages everyone who comes to this place to take pictures and capture this beauty. 

    Best Time: Shaily Peak is open all around the year. The ideal time to visit the Shaily Park is morning for anyone who enjoys trekking. The Peak looks exceptionally spectacular during the sunrise and the sunset. Do carry your lunch if you plan to venture out on the trek.

  • 18Shimla State Museum

    Shimla State Museum
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    Shimla State Museum is housed in an old Victorian mansion. It has been designed carefully to adapt it to the museum. 

    Highlights: The Shimla State Museum is a residence of Indian government officials. Opened on January 26, 1974, the museum is used to collect as well as preserve the ancient artistic, historical, archaeological and ethnological human works for ensuring access to the future generations. 

    Location: The museum is set on a lonely hilltop known as ‘Inveram.’ 

    Price: The entry fee for the Indians is 20 INR and for the foreigners is 100 INR. Fee on camera is also levied. Indians will have up to 50 INR surplus for carrying the camera and the foreigners will have to pay 100 INR surplus for carrying a camera. Research scholars too will have to pay 100 INR for carrying a camera. 

    Best Time: The ideal time to visit the Shimla State Museum is between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum remains closed on all Mondays and other Gazetted holidays.
  • 19Kali Bari Temple

    Kali Bari Temple
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    Kali Bari Temple is a very popular tourist attraction that is situated at a strategically planned location. Built in the year 1845, the temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali who is also known as Shyamala. From the Goddess Shyamala, the capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla gets its name. 

    Location: Primarily, the Kali bari this temple was initially located at the Jakhu hill. Presently, the temple is located at the Kali Bari Road, Shimla. The British brought it to its new site.

    Highlights: The Kali Bari temple of Simla is said to be an exceptionally religious place of India. It is believed that anyone who visits Shimla should never miss out on visiting this temple. The temples houses a shrine of the Hindu Goddess Shyamala. Shyamala is believed to have multiple aliases like Durga and Kali. 

    Best Time: The temple is open all round the year.

    Price: Entry to the temple is free.
  • 20Manjathal Sanctuary

    Manjathal Sanctuary
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    Manjathal Sanctuary is famous for its rich wildlife as well as the vivid flora. Rich biodiversity of the Manjathal Sanctuary is a paradise for all the wildlife enthusiasts. In order to preserve the natural beauty of the place, there are no resorts or hotels constructed here in this region. It is an exciting place for kids since they can enjoy camping here. 

    Location: Placed beautifully in the lap of Himalayan terrains, the Manjathal Sanctuary is situated on the Shimla-Bilaspur Highway at Solan district (Shimla).

    Highlights: This sanctuary attracts a number of nature lovers from across the country and is a home to several endangered animal species. One amongst them is the Goral that is a distinct type of mountain goat as well as the Cheer Pheasant that is believed to be vulnerable by the International Union of Conservation of Nature.

    Best Time: The best time to visit the Manjathal Sanctuary is during winters.
  • 21Mall Road

    Mall Road
    Mall roads in the hill stations are generally a stretch of any road bordered with a number of small stalls, shops, and branded showrooms. Mall road in Shimla is one of the vibrant lanes for enjoying a range of shopping options, eateries, food stalls, cafes and bank ATMs and money exchange portals to meet certain necessities.

    The items displayed on Mall road are a bit pricey but if you are a street smart person with decent bargaining skills, you might return with an additional bag. People often land up here as one of their first Shimla tourist places.  Leisure walking is another way of enjoying the busy lanes of Mall road in Shimla.

    Suggested length of visit: 2 to 4 hours if you wish to shop around different stores and stalls.

    Timing: 10 AM to 9 PM on all days of the week.

    Location: Shimla, India

    Cost: Depends on what you buy

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 6 KM.

  • 22Tara Devi Temple

    Tara Devi Temple

    It is one of the renowned and religious places to visit in Shimla. It is situated around 20 minutes drive from Shimla on the Kalka-Shimla highway. Perched atop a hilltop near Shimla, this temple is dedicated to Goddess Tara and highly revered by people who come to visit Shimla and the local dwellers.

    Suggested length of visit: Around 1 to 2 hours.

    Timing: 7 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.

     Location: NH.22, Kachi Ghati, Bagh, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171001

    Cost: Free of cost.

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 17 KM

  • 23Naggar Castle

    Naggar Castle

    The view from the castle’s balcony is a sight to behold. Naggar is situated by the bank of river Beas and the castle is situated at a height from where you can witness uninterrupted views of the lush green valley and the mountains.

    Suggested length of visit: Around 2 to 3 hours.

    Timing: 7 AM to 10:30 PM on all days of the week.

    Location: Naggar, Manali, Manali Tehsil, India

    Cost: INR 15 per person.

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: 230 KM

  • 24Lakkar Bazaar

    Lakkar Bazaar

    This is a very famous name and an old flea marketplace that is situated near the Ridge in Shimla. It is famous for wooden toys, walking sticks, Regal building, Roller skating hall, Indian snacks like Aloo Tikki and Chole Bhature, Meena Bazaar etc. It is one of the famous markets of Shimla and caters to the needs of everyone.

    Suggested length of visit : Around 1 to 2 hours.

    Timing: 9 AM to 7 PM on all days of the week.

    Location: Lakkar Bazaar Road, Shimla 171001, India

    Cost: Free of entry cost.

     Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 2.5 KM

  • 25Gurudwara Sahib

    Gurudwara Sahib
    This gurdwara dates back to the year 1907 and is situated at Padhawa hills. This is one of the highly visited Shimla tourists places, the interiors and the details are very finely carved on the outer as well as the inner walls of the Gurdwara and the devotees who come to visit this place have very strong faith in the spiritual power that the place emits.

    Suggested length of visit: 30 minutes to an hour.

    Timing: 4:30 AM to 9:30 PM on all days of the week.

     Location: Court Road, Paonta Sahib, Himachal Pradesh 173025, India

    Cost: Free of entry cost.

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 177 KM

  • 26Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex

    Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex

    This huge complex is a popular monument which is situated in the middle of the busy lanes of the Mall road. The architecture of the complex is a Victorian Gothic style like the many other neo-Gothic buildings in Shimla. The theatre is designed by Sir Henry Irwin and is one of the oldest complexes in the state.

    Suggested length of visit: 2 hours.

    Timing: 9 AM to 5 PM.

    Location: The Mall, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, 171001, India

    Cost: INR 10 for Indians; INR 25 for foreign nationals.

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: 1.5 KM.

  • 27Gorton Castle

    Gorton Castle

    Gorton castle was established in the year 1904 and it adds to the charm of the ‘Summer capital of India.’ This is another gothic styled architectural marvel designed by the renowned architect of that era Sir Swinton Jacob.

    The interesting part of the design is the “Rajasthani Jallis” carved on the balconies of the castle. It is a three storey testament housing 125 rooms of different sizes.

    Suggested length of visit: Around 45 minutes.

    Timing: 9 AM to 5 PM on all days of the week.

    Location: Mall Rd, Nabha, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171003

    Cost: Free of entry charge.

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 1 .1 KM

  • 28Sankat Mochan Temple

    Sankat Mochan Temple

    Sankat Mochan Temple in Shimla is the second most famous religious place after Jakhu temple. This temple is situated around 8 KM from Shimla and was established in the year 1950. 

    The temple is dedicated to Lord Rama, Lord Shiva, and Hanuman and is one of the places to visit in Shimla for nirvana seekers.

    Suggested length of visit: Around an hour or less.

    Timing: 6:30 to 8 PM in summers and 7 AM to 6:30 PM in winters.

    Location: Bagh, Taradevi, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, 171010, India

    Cost: free of cost.

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 8 KM.

  • 29Bantony Castle

    Bantony Castle

    This heritage site is located on the Bantony hill and is included as part of the Shimla heritage walk for tourists. The estate comprises of Bantony Castle and Bantony cottage. It is surrounded by sprawling lawns and is entirely constructed out of woods. 

    The location of Bantony estate is one of the best parts of the heritage walk. The government has recently purchased this property from the owners to revamp it.

    Suggested length of visit: Less than an hour.

    Timing: 24 hours

    Location: Kali Bari Rd, The Mall, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171001

    Cost: No entry fee.

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 800 meters.

  • 30Himalayan Nature Park

    Himalayan Nature Park

    Most of the Himalayan Park sections are declared as sanctuaries, national parks and reserves for the rich flora and fauna which dwell here. The park is truly a retreat for nature-lovers and many activities like trekking, picnic, day hikes etc can be carried out in the forests. 

    It is located at Kufri and has an undisturbed biodiversity. You can find orchids, primula, balsam, deodar, oaks etc and animals like Musk deer, barking deer, Sambar deer, Hangal Goral etc.

    Suggested length of visit: half a day or an entire day.

    Timing: 9 AM to 6:30 PM on all days of the week except Tuesday.

    Location: Kandaghat-Chail-Kufri Road, Kufri, Himachal Pradesh 171012

    Cost: INR 20

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 17 KM.

  • 31St. Michael`s Cathedral Catholic Church

    St. Michael`s Cathedral Catholic Church

    This church dates back to the Victorian era around the year 1886. The interiors display the fine touch of French-gothic style and can accommodate around 400 worshipers in the main hall. 

    It is an important landmark and one of the significant places to visit in Shimla if you are keen on seeing the marvels of Neo-Gothic architecture.

    Suggested length of visit: An hour.

    Timing: Daily mass 6:45 AM, Friday mass 6 PM and Sunday mass 10:30 AM

    Location: Heritage Building, Ram Bazar, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171003

    Cost: entry is free of cost.

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 500 meters.

  • 32Army Heritage Museum

    Army Heritage Museum
    This heritage museum is a part of Annandale and is located near the Ridge. Your Shimla trip is incomplete without spending a picnic around this spot. It displays a range of collectables which are mostly associated with the Indian Army. 

    You will find life histories of great Indian warriors, old weapons, and ammunition, all kept and preserved well cases.

    Suggested length of visit: An hour.

    Timing: 10 AM to 2 PM and 3 PM to 5 PM on all days of the week.

    Location: Annandale Rd, Annandale, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, 171003, India

    Cost: free of cost.

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 3 KM.

  • 33Indian Institute of Advanced Study

    Indian Institute of Advanced Study
    It houses photographs of moments of interaction between Indian leaders and Britishers. It once was the summer home to the viceroy of India of that time. Take a guided tour of the galleries of Indian Institute of Advanced Study and come across historical events like Shimla conference etc in the form of photographs and stories.

    Suggested length of visit: 1 hour.

    Timing: 9 AM to 5:30 PM on all days of the week except Monday.

    Location: Rashtrapati Nivas, Chaura Maidan, Near Birds Zoo, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171005

    Cost: INR 20 for the garden visit, INR 40 per Indian and INR 85 per person (foreign national)

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 3 KM.

  • 34Kiala Forest

    Kiala Forest

    This forest has a calling for all the adventure junkies and sports enthusiasts. With rich wildlife and panoramic vistas around, Kiala forest is one of the offbeat places to visit in Shimla for encountering the wilderness of Himalayan jungles. 

    Kiala forest is a segment of  Kotkhai valley in Himachal Pradesh.

    Suggested length of visit: 2 hours.

    Timing: 24 hours

    Location: Kotkhai, 171202, Himachal Pradesh, Shimla, India

    Cost: entry is free of cost.

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 2 KM.

  • 35Kamna Devi Temple

    Kamna Devi Temple

    Kaman Devi Temple is a very prestigious temple which is situated on the Prospect hill and can be accessed from Boileauganj on Shimla-Bilaspur road. The temple is around 6 KM from Shimla and is surrounded by picturesque meadows and valleys. 

    The temple is dedicated to Kamna Devi which is believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Kali.

    Suggested length of visit: 1 hour.

    Timing: 24 hours.

    Location: Prospect Hill, Boileauganj, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171005

    Cost: free of cost.

    Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 5 KM.

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