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Things to do in Shimla

Settled between the charming backdrops of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla stands proudly as the capital of the state. It is blessed with plentiful greenery; dramatic peaks, attractive viewpoints, colonial era architectural buildings, lively culture, old traditions, and warm and friendly locals. Here is a list of the things to do in Shimla:

Toy Train Ride in Shimla

One of the best routes is the Kalka to Shimla, covering a distance of 96 kms, this toy train ride surely offers you an experience with charming 20 small quaint railway stations, stunning 103 tunnels, and 800 high altitude bridges and to awe you with its 900 sharp curves. You surely can encounter memorable moments with your loved ones, a train journey you will never forget. This toy train journey is one of the best things to do that every honeymoon couple should include in their itinerary. Also, for short toy train ride experience couples can choose to and from Barog-Shimla. As the tickets to and from Barog-Shimla is not easily available,  

Camping in Shimla

With the idea of camping in Shimla, you get to enjoy the best view of the landscape, the feel of natural air, what it is like to stay in the wild out open under the starry sky.

Discovering the untouched places of Shimla is sure to awe you, which includes both the famous and not so famous places. And camping is the best way to get closer to Shimla. You have the chance to enjoy the lovely weather, the lush green forests, the chirping of the birds, the sound of the crickets at night, the sound of the wild, and the cool breeze blowing, all these adds extra charm and adventure to your stay.

Trekking in Shimla

For those who love to trek in the pleasant cold weather, Shimla is a nice place that offers good trekking opportunities. There are many trekking spots near Shimla. People from different age groups can enjoy trekking in Shimla. While trekking in Shimla you will be able to enjoy the beauty of the mountains, the lush green valleys, rivers, meadows, quaint villages and more.

Here are some of the best treks near Shimla: Shali Tibba Trek, Karol Tibba Trek

, Hatu Peak Trek, Tara Devi Trek, Summer Hill Trek, Churdhar Trek, Shimla-Jalori Pass Trek, Chadwick Waterfall Trek, Kuppar Bugyal Trek & more.

River Rafting in Shimla

River rafting is one of the most daring activities; it simply lifts all your senses while you are indulging in this activity. India with varied geographical distribution is home to breathtaking mountains, valleys and rivers. And Shimla is one of the best holiday destinations in India that offers a wonderful river rafting experience.
If you want to participate in river rafting activity in Shimla, you don’t have to be a swimming expert, but you need to have a daring soul, because of the rapids in the water current, you don’t want to lose. But don’t worry, you are being instructed on how to ride on the waves.

Shopping in Mall Road & Lakkar Bazaar

If you are a shopping lover, then enjoy shopping in Mall Road and Lakkar Bazaar. In both the markets you are going to find some of the most unique items.

Here in Mall Road Shimla you can buy garments, hand crafted items and more. You can not only shop, but also enjoy the charming views of the hills. Near the Mall Road is the famous old theatre called Gaiety Theatre, here many festivals and events take place.

The Mall Road in Shimla, has been there from the British colonial era. As you know, in most of the hill stations there is a Mall Road, which has been constructed in the British era.

Scandal Point Sunset View

Another important tourist spot in Shimla is the Scandal Point. This popular tourist spot dates back to the British colonial period. The location of Scandal Point is very easy; it is located between the intersection point of the famous Mall Road and the Ridge. Here, honeymoon couples can enjoy romantic moments simply watching the view.

As the name goes, the name Scandal Point was given due to an alleged story that dates back to the British era. According to the stories, it is believed that the Maharaja of Patiala fell in love with the British Viceroy of India, Lord Kitchener. 

Hike Through the Pine Forests in Shimla

Shimla is one of the best places in India, offering breathtaking hiking experience in the Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh. Every hiking trail located here is filled with breathtaking beauty, green valleys, meadows, lush green forests, rich vegetation, winding rivers, majestic mountains and more. Each breath you take here is filled with the fresh mountain air, it seriously rejuvenate your spirits.

As you opt for a hiking trail, the moment you step in, you will be welcomed with the beauty of the dense forests, chirping of the birds, slight sun rays as it makes its way 

Cycling Tour in the Water Catchment Wildlife Sanctuary

One of the best activities in Shimla is the cycling tour that takes place in the Water Catchment Wildlife Sanctuary, the Churdhar Sanctuary in Shimla. This area is filled with natural beauty and old colonial aura of the past. The Churdhar Sanctuary is located close to Shimla and it is easy to reach.

Water Catchment Wildlife Sanctuary is filled with breathtaking views of the mountains, dense forest, lush green forest, varied wild animals like leopards, musk deer and the Himalayan black bears.

Paragliding in Shimla

Are you planning for a paragliding experience in Shimla? Here, you can enjoy one of the best paragliding experiences, letting you explore the green landscape, majestic mountains, valleys, meadows, the charming river, quaint villages, forests etc from above. When in Shimla, it is one of the must do activity, but only for the daring ones.

Popular known as the Queen of the Hills, Shimla is filled with breathtaking beauty. From the lush green valleys, dramatic mountains, hills, charming rivers, meadows, thick forests, snow covered mountains in the distant and more. 

Ice Skating in Winter in Shimla

Ice skating is another breathtaking experience in Shimla. If you are travelling to Shimla in the winters this is one of the must try activities.

Shimla changes itself into a different white land in the winters, offering you breathtaking views of the snow, the pine trees, the valleys, the majestic hills, the forests, the rivers, everything is either frozen or covered with snow. This turns into a snow land in the winters.

Ice skating provides an exciting experience for those hoping to have some fun in the snow. Enjoy throwing snowballs on each other.

Visit Summer Hill for Views

Summer Hill is situated at a height of 2,123 meters; it is one of the seven hills located in Shimla. Famous for its breathtaking views of the landscape nearby, it attracts tourists specially for its mesmerizing scenic views, specially the view of the sunset in the summer season, it’s simply splendid.

As a major tourist spot it not only invites the local but also tourists from different parts of India. Since, located 5 km away from the city center of Shimla, it is secluded and less crowded. 

Golfing at Naldehra in Shimla

If you did not know, there is a beautiful golf course in Naldhera, it is in fact a historic golf course founded during the British era. The Naldehra Golf Course was actually founded by Lord Curzon in 1905. At the start this golf course had only 18 holes. This golf course is quite challenging and only experienced golfers will be able to hit the spots.

The golf course is surrounded by mesmerizing beautiful thick forests, offers charming views of the snow covered mountains in the distant, the verdant valleys and more. While playing golf, you will love enjoying the scenic views that this majestic golf course 

Skiing in Winter in Kufri

There is no better place to visit in the winters to discover the snow, than Himachal Pradesh. When it snows in the winters, the land is covered with snow, the trees are covered with snow, and everything around here turns white.And during this time in Himachal Pradesh you can enjoy skiing to the fullest. Himachal Pradesh has some of the best slopes for skiing and Kufri is one of them. It is in fact an adventure destination in the winters.
Kufri is situated only 15 km away from Shimla city center. This place is famous for skiing in the winters. It in fact becomes a paradise center for the ski lovers.

Visit Kiala Forest for Views

Kiala Forest is situated in the enchanting village of Kotkhai in Shimla. The forest comprises of thick forests of deodar, pine and oak trees, mountain bushes and shrubs, unique species of birds and animals and more. The trees of Kiala forest are evergreen trees, this means that they never become leaves or dried out even in the harsh winter climate, they remain evergreen throughout the year.

Kiala forest is popular for its varied species of flora and fauna, nature lovers and wildlife fanatics will love this place to explore.

Green Valley View in Shimla

Green Valley is a beautiful place located in the breathtaking Himalayan ranges. It is located on the way toKufri. Surrounded by majestic mountains, green valleys, meadows, thick forest covered with pine, deodar and oak trees, and stunning landscape, tourists are sure to get captivated by the views.

As you explore this stunning valley, you will get a chance to get glimpses of the yak, enjoying grazing around the valley.

Although the place is under-developed for tourism, tourists come to visit this place

Explore Apple Orchards in Shimla

Shimla is not only famous for its scenic landscape, but it is also popular for apple orchards. These stunning orchards are spread across in some of the valleys of the region offering breathtaking views. The best time to get a glimpse of these beautiful apple orchards is in the months from July to October.

The best apple orchards located in Shimla are Mashobra, Thanedar, Kotgarh and Rohru. These regions are popular for their fertile soil and favorable conditions required for apple cultivation, hence making it the ideal spot to cultivate apples.

Hiking to Shaily Peak in Shimla

Enjoying a hike to Shaily Peak is quite an adventurous experience; it offers scenic views, surrounded by the Himalayan mountain ranges, the green valleys, the densely populated forest area covered with pine, deodar or oak trees.

Shaily Peak is located near Shimla, and offers a scenic view from the hill top. It is an ideal spot for travelers hoping to enjoy the scenic views and hoping to get away from the crowd and enjoy some peaceful time.

Your hike to Shaily Peak starts from Mashobra, it a small town located in the outskirts of the Himalayas.

Visit the Kuthar Fort

Kuthar Fort is also popularly known as Tikkari Fort. This fort was built in the 17th century by the Gurkha kings. After the decline of the Gurkhas, it came to control under Rana dynasty of Kuthar region. It has great historical significance, in the past many great wars and battles were fought here.

The Kuthar Fort has architectural designs comprising of both Rajput and Mughal style. It has strong stone walls, complexly carved wooden doors and great defense area to protect against its enemy. The fort has a central palace area, many chambers and courtyards.

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