Attractions in Shimla
Mall - This is the
main shopping centre of Shimla with restaurants.
The Gaiety Theatre, which is a reproduction
of an old British theatre, is a hub of cultural
activities. Lakkar Bazaar adjacent to the Ridge
is popular for its wood-crafts and souvenirs.
The Mall is the main shopping centre of Shimla.
It also has many restaurants, clubs, banks,
bars, Post Offices and tourist offices. The
Ridge and Scandal point are the two main meeting
points at the Mall.
Church & St. Michael's Cathedral -
Built in 1846-1857, Christ Church is the second
oldest church of Northern India. The Church
overlooks the ridge and is one of the landmarks
of Shimla. Shimla's other important churches
are St. Michael's Cathedral and Roman Catholic
Cathedral, which is just off the Mall.
Kufri - 16 kms.
away from Shimla, at a height of 8,600 ft.,
Kufri is the winter sports capital. During winter,
you will have the facility for skiing. The skiing
season is at its best during January and February.
Equipments for skiing are available on hire.
Apart from skiing, Kufri is a lovely picnic
spot with a beautiful view of the hills around
and the snowy peaks.
Prospect Hill -
Circled by a temple dedicated
to Kamna Devi, the hill
is situated at an altitude of 2,155m,
offering a spectacular view of the area.
- The large open space in the heart of
town offers an excellent view of the mountain
ranges. Shimla's landmarks - the Neo-Gothic
structure of Christ Church and the new - Tudor
Library building is worth seeing.
Temple - Dedicated to Lord Hanuman, this
temple is situated at an altitude of 2,455m
near the highest point of Shimla ridge. It offers
a fine view over the surrounding valleys, out
to the snowcapped peaks, and over the town itself.
The temple is a 45-minute walk from the Mall.
Jakhoo is an important point for witnessing
the changing skyline as the sun rises or sets.
Falls - Surrounded by thick forests,
one can reach these falls by taking about 45-minutes
(7-km) walk from Summer Hill Chowk.
Activities in Shimla
A shopper’s paradise, there is an enormous
range of goods that Shimla has to offer. This
includes handicrafts, wood and metalwork, shawls,
pullovers, local tweeds, caps, Tibetan carpets
and pickles, jams and squashes.
the adventurous at heart, Shimla offers
its mountains for skiing, trekking, hiking
and camping. Kufri is a very popular ski
resort with its thick views and a panoramic
view of the vast expanse of the Himalayan
range. The most apt mountain for hiking
is the Jakhoo mountain which has a temple
dedicated to Lord Hanuman crowning the
wooded hills. In addition, you can also
try out river rafting on Chabba river
which is located 53 kms away from Shimla.
Events in Shimla
All 12 months in the year
witness celebrations galore in Shimla. All festivals,
Rakhi, Diwali, Shivratri, Halda,
Lossar, etc. are
celebrated with great pomp and gaiety. A summer festival
is also organized in the month of June, wherein you
can enjoy the cultural programs from Himachal and
neighboring states. Arts and handicrafts exhibitions
are also put up giving you the correct flavor of the
abundant talent in this state.
Getting There & Away to Shimla
airport at Shimla, 22 km from the main city,
has connecting flights to Delhi and Kullu. The
nearby Chandigarh airport is, however, handier
as it is connected to all the major airports
plying between Shimla and Kalka joins them through
well connected by road to most towns within
the state and to all major towns in Punjab and
Haryana. It is linked by bus and coach to Delhi
and Chandigarh as well.
Getting Around in Shimla
Local Bus service operates
from throughout the city. For more comfortable journeys,
tourists have to hire private taxis with negotiable