Top Places to Visit in Shimla

1. The Ridge

The Ridge Road is at the top in the list of Top Places to Visit in Shimla. This road is a large open space, located in the center of Shimla, the capital city of Himachal Pradesh, India. The Ridge is the hub of all cultural activities of Shimla. It is situated along the Mall Road, which is the famous shopping center of Shimla. Most major places of Shimla like Snowdon, Mall, Jakhoo hill, etc are connected through the Ridge. If you love the view of mountains, this is your dream destination. The marvellous view of snow-clad mountain ranges spellbinds you. There are three statues on the ridge; that of Mahatma Gandhi, Indira Gandhi, and Dr. Y.S. Parmar, the first chief minister of Himachal Pradesh.

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2. Mall Road

Mall Road is at the 2nd spot in the list of Top Places to Visit in Shimla. It is the major hangout point and shopping centre in Shimla, the capital city of Himachal Pradesh, India. Constructed during British colonial rule, the Mall road is located a level below The Ridge. The offices of municipal corporation, fire service and police headquarters are located here. Automobiles, except emergency vehicles are not allowed on this road. Mall Road has a number of showrooms, department stores, shops, restaurants and cafes. A Himachal emporium that offers handicraft products of Himachal Pradesh like locally designed woolen clothes, branded clothes, pottery items, wooden products, and jewellery is also located here.

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3. Summer Hill

The Summer Hill is at the 3rd spot in the list of Top Places to Visit in Shimla. It is one of the most beautiful and mesmerizing of the seven hills which make up shimla, present in the state of himachal pradesh, at a height of 2,123 meters. The dense forest is a welcome spot to get in touch with nature and to enjoy the most amongst the varied fauna and flora within in. The white mountain which rise high, offer the perfect sublimity in such a location, for tourist to unwind and de-stress completely from the hustle of daily life. The hill is situated at about 5 km from the famed shimla ridge, and has to be visited to enjoy its beauty.

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4. Christ Church Shimla

Christ Church, Shimla, is at the 4th spot in the list of Top Places to Visit in Shimla. It is the second oldest church in North India, after St John’s Church in Meerut. In this Church worship is conducted in Hindi and English. Christ Church is situated on The Ridge. It stands out as one of the prominent landmarks of Shimla and its silhouette is visible for many kilometres around the vicinity of Shimla city. Christ Church is one of the enduring legacies of the British Raj. Christ Church was designed by Colonel J. T. Boileau in 1844, and the cornerstone was laid on 9 September 1844 by Bishop Daniel Wilson, Bishop of Calcutta. The church was consecrated on 10 January 1857 by Bishop Thomas Daltrey, Bishop of Madras.

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5. Daranghati Sanctuary

The Daranghati Sanctuary is at the 5th spot in the list of Top Places to Visit in Shimla. It is located in Shimla District Rampur Bushahr, Himachal Pradesh, India. Shimla has always been a very popular destination for both domestic and foreign travellers. The senic beauty of this place coupled with mountains is ideal for a relaxed vacation. If you are in shimla, a visit to the Daranghati Sanctuary is a must. It caters to the needs of all types of travellers. The place is endowed with both flora and fauna. Animals in the area include barking deer, musk deer, red fox, leopard, brown bears and much more. The sanctuary has a variety of tree including cedar, pine and species of oak, almond and cherry.

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6. Jakhoo Hill

Jakhoo Hilll is at the 6th spot in the list of Top Places to Visit in Shimla. It is also known as Jakhoo Temple. Jakhoo Temple an ancient temple in Shimla, dedicated to the Hindu deity Hanuman. It is situated on Jakhoo Hill, Shimla’s highest peak, 2.5 km east of the Ridge at a height of 2,455 m above sea level. The Jakhoo Temple is famous for its omnipresent deity-lord Hanuman. Each year, a festival is held on Dussehra, before 1972 the festival used to be held at Annadale. Locals believe that Hanuman god rested atop the hill while he was flying to the sanjeevani hills to find the medicine that could save lord Lakshman life during the Ram-Ravan war. The temple is accessible by foot, horse, taxi or ropeway.

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7. Kufri

Kufri is at the 7th spot in the list of Top Places to Visit in Shimla. It is a small hill station in Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh state in India. It is located 20 km from the state capital Shimla on the National Highway No.22. The name Kufri is derived from the word kufr meaning “lake” in the local language. The highest point in the surrounding region, Kufri has a Himalayan wildlife zoo which hosts rare antelopes, felines and birds including the Himalayan monal, the state bird of Himachal Pradesh until 2007.

The hill station delights nature lovers and adventurers alike. Kurfi along with some places around Shimla once belonged to the Nepal kingdom. Himalayan Nature Park and Indira Park are two famous places to see here some of the wildlife found in Himalayan Nature Park includes black beer, brown bear, leopard, musk deer and ibex. The views from Indira Park are breath taking. You could take a pony ride or yak ride for your way up.

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8. Indian Institute of Advanced Study

Indian Institute Of Advanced Study is at the 8th spot in the list of Top Places to Visit in Shimla.It is a research institute based in Shimla, and is marvellous work of Scottish Architecture. The set up by the Ministry of Education, Government of India in 1964 and it started functioning from 20 October 1965. The inside of this monument is teak-panelled and there is an entrance doorway, a huge staircase and fireplace which best part to sightsee here. You will find a beautiful drawing room, a dining hall and magnificent ballroom in the interiors and the architecture will centre blow your mind with its intricateness and exquisiteness.

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