Explore Queen of HillstationsRoad trip to Shimla Narkanda & ChailTotal No of days - 3Dated - March 2011
Places to see in & around Shimla
The hub of Shimla's social life and is lined by shops and restaurants. It is a pedestrian heaven with no vehicular traffic.
lies just above the Mall and has wide views of the mountains and valleys. A place for the family with ice cream shops and horse rides. It is flanked by the Christ Church (1857) with stained glass windows and memorial tablets and neo Tudor building of the Library. The Church remains open every Sunday from 9am for English worship and 11 am for Hindi version.
The Lakkar Bazaar
lies just 0.5kms off the ridge and has budget range souvenier shops. The Bharari spur is approached through Lakkar Bazaar and makes a goo walk of 5 kms.
The Gaiety theatre
on the mall was completed in 1883. Built in Neo-Gothic style of architecture, the British had thought of pulling it down after a fire. However it has stood the test of time and has been recently restored. Theatrical shows are hosted here
5 kms away a nice place for a plesant walk and enroute you can see the Chief MInister's residence, Oakover which is Shimla's oldest Christian cemetery.
the hill towers over Shimla. The top is crowned by the temple of Lord Hanuman. There is a 2.5 km climb to reach the temple. The views from the top are beautiful and you can hire a pony or take up a taxi via Sanjauli to reach the top. Buddhist monasteries are at Kusumpti (7 kms) the Nyingma-pa sect and at Sanjauli (5 kms) has the Geluk-pa sect. On Shimla's southern slope lies the village of Bihargaon (8 kms). Traditional Himachali architecture is visible in the villages, the main temple dedicated to the deity of harvest, Dhanu Deva.
St Michael's cathedral is half a kilometer away and is built in French Gothic style.
The temple of Kali Bari 1 km away is dedicated to Goddess Kali and is said to have the original stone image of the goddess Shyamala after whom the town of Shimla may have been named.
Himachal State Museum is 3 kms away and has a good display of cultural, artistic and archeological heritage. Open from 10am to 5pm and is closed on Mondays and public holidays.
The former Viceregal lodge (1983)
4kms away, it is now the Indian Institute of Advanced study . Completed in 1888, Socttish, Barnoial and English style of architecture is seen here. The interiors are woodwork, and there are beautiful gardens around. There is a ticket entry and it is open from 10am to 5pm on weekdays.
Potter's hill is 7 kms away and Chadwick falls is 9 kms away in the university campus of Summer hill. As the name suggests Potter's hill is from where the potters got clay once. The rain fed Chadwick falls is also accessible by car. The residence of Rajkumari Amrit Kaur where Mahatma Gandhi often stayed is also located here. There is a photogallery also here.
9 kms away up and down if you are on foot, is a thickly wooded ravinethrough which a stream flows. It is a popular picnic spot and can be apporached by small vehicles.
Again a 9 kms round trip is also accessible by car and as the name says has a large glade that has a golf course and is sorrounded by thick deodhar woods. There is a little temple here too.
Kamna Devi Temple
is 5 kms away is revered by many and lies above Boileagaanj and offers good views of the town, the airfield and mountain ranges.
Tara devi hill is 12 kms away and has a temple, it is reachable by car enroute Shoghi. The views are spectacular and Sunday morning is the most rush time as they have a free bandara then.
The Sankat Mochan temple is 6 kms away and is dedicated to Hanuman ji and lies just short of Shimla by the highway and is accessible by vehicle.