Shimla, the Queen of Hills, is one of the most visited hill stations in India. Located in the foothills of Himalayas, this place can turn out to be a pleasant peaceful retreat for those who wish to breathe in some pure bliss. With eye-soothing enchanting beauty of Mother Nature, Shimla visit guarantees you a mindful rejuvenating and relaxing experience.
Here is a list of top 5 things to do in Shimla to make the most of your visit :
1. A Stroll On The Mall
This is an absolute must. You just cannot leave this out. A lazy stroll on the Mall, a horse ride on the Ridge, gulping a hot snack from Trishool and a brewing coffee at the Indian Coffee House, these are just some of the quintessential of your Shimla visit. And yes, a softy on the Ridge should also not be given amiss.
2. Savor The British Architecture And Heritage Sites
The Viceregal Lodge, commonly known as the Rashtrapati Nilayam was the summer capital of the country during British Raj which has now become a centre for post doctoral studies. The palace building however is open for visitors. With an entry fee of a meager amount you get a guided tour of the magnificent structure. A must visit if you are fond of history and architecture.
3. Jakhoo Temple
Situated approximately 2455m above sea level the temple can be reached easily via cab service from the Ridge or you could also take a walk up. Tough beware of the mighty monkeys. The temple is an important religious centre of the localites as well as a scenic destination for tourists. Being Shimla’s highest peak, this place offers a panoramic view of the Shivalik Ranges and the lush green valley down south. An added attraction is the world’s tallest statue of Hanuman (108ft), which is built next to the temple premises and is visible from all parts of the town. It shall be a great to have a close upfront view to experience its grandeur.
4. Kufri Trip
A little off the town, a must visit in winters. The woods and view are beautiful, Horse ride is recommended to reach up the hill. Yak rides are also available. Up there is a zoo, a few kiosks and some nice eating joints. There is a famous maggi point too. You must not miss eating out there. If not anything supremely extraordinary about the taste, the combination of winter chills and maggi will surely satiate all your desires.
You cannot go back without stuffing your bags with some exquisite woolens from the town. The Mall and lower bazaar are flooded with innumerous shops offering wide variety of Kullu shawls, traditional half-jackets (sadri), cute knitted mufflers, gloves and booties. Be assured you will find the best quality. However, don’t forget to make use of your bargaining skills, as shopkeepers often quote high prices to the tourists. Pay a visit to ‘Lakkar Bazaar’ too. It is a few steps ahead of the Ridge. An apt place to buy some artfully crafted wooden souvenirs for friends and family. Picking up few for your personal collection, wouldn’t be a bad idea.…and an added point
6. Capture The Moments
Click! Click! Click! Yes, you ought to capture the beauteous place and make yourself part of it. Although the best times are enjoyed at the spur of the moment, if stored in the camera they can be a delight forever. So now you know what’s in store there. Get set and go!! The mountains are beckoning you.
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