10 Best Things To Do In Shimla 2018
Shimla is one of the most popular destination in India. It is the capital of Himachal Pradesh and a small city located in the Foothills of Himalaya. You can always find it brimming with happy flow of Indian vacationers. Tourists go there for relaxing and spending time in hill resort, one of Shimla’s delicacy. During British India it was the summer capital of the country. Since traffic is banned in the central part of the town is very beautiful and calm to walk around it even if it is filled with tourists. This quaint town is located at a narrow border which encompasses a variety of cultures from different eras and is unique compared to the rest of the country. The list mentioned below will get you discovering the best of Shimla in no time.
1) Jakhoo Temple
If you love monkeys then you have found the right to become friends with them. Jakhu Temple is always buzzing with monkeys. The temple is a shrine to the god Hanuman, one of the many in the Hindu religion. It is one of the most famous temple in the city. The temple is easily located from all over town thanks to a 33m-high pink statue of Hanuman that pokes above the treetops beside it. Hiking up to the temple is very enduring but worthwhile also.
2) The Ridge
Scandal point of Shimla is known as Ridge and it is always full with tourists and locals. During Winter you can see visible snowy peaks to the north from the Ridge. It is the hub of all cultural activities in Shimla. It runs east to west alongside the Mall Road and joins it at the Scandal Point on the west side. On the east side, The Ridge road leads to Lakkar Bazaar, a wooden crafts market. It’s the major landmark and the most easily recognized face of the hill station.
3) Green Valley
The place is full with photography points in Shimla and one of the most famous tourist destination. Located near Kufri at Shimla, the Green Valley is surrounded with the verdant hill and you can even see some wild animals like Yaks grazing and wandering there. Due to its beauty it has been mentioned in number of articles and books. The best time to visit this place is post monsoon or during the summer time when the dense forest has lush green surroundings.
4) Chadwick Waterfall
The clear water from this beautiful waterfall fall down from a good height of approx. 86m. People visit it to see different variety of birds because it is famous for them. The place is surrounded by thick green and trees of Pine and Deodar and you will get ample me time.
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5) Shopping At Lakkar Bazaar
No vacation is complete without shopping, Lakkar Bazar is an ideal shopping destination for people who enjoy colourful street shopping. A popular eatery here in the Lakkar Bazaar is the Sita Ram. It serves the best sumptuous ‘chole bhature’ to satiate your hunger post shopping. Other things found at the Bazaar include wooden handicrafts, Chinese shoes, Tibetan mats and carpets. Shops also house handmade shoes, woolen caps and dolls. Shimla is known for handicrafts and the market is the right place where you can find all kinds of Handicrafts.
6) Indian Institute Of Advanced Study
The building of Viceregal Lodge or presently as it is known as Indian Institute of Advanced Study is the most prominent building in Shimla. Still the largest in size and marvellous in beauty, this Scottish structure was built under the viceroyalty of Lord Dufferin between 1884 and 188. It is known for its architecture and its association with British Indian history. Some part of the building is open for the general public and tourists to visit it.
7) Adventure Activities Like Trekking, Water Rafting, Camping Etc.
If you love adventure and Shimla is the best place for you. You can find an array of activities to do here ranging from trekking to camping. Camp Chrysalid Junga, Shimla is an idyllic spot where you would love to spend a holiday with family or friends. Ice skating is said to be one of the most popular adventures sports in Shimla. It is known that Shimla has one of the largest ice skating rinks in India. The free-flowing rivers of Shimla offer the ideal conditions for river rafting in the city. Trekking is popular in Shimla as the mysterious and the beautiful ranges of Himalayas are just the right sites for you to try your hand at trekking.
Situated 20 km away from Shimla, Kufri is nestled in the Himalayan range. It was founded by the British in 1819 and has gained popularity in recent decades. Yearly winter sports festival is held here in February, which is a major attraction for the tourists. It is also called as Kufri National Park. Sprawled over 90 hectares, this park has a wide range of Himalayan flora and fauna. It has over 180 species of birds and a large variety of animals living here. Tourists are very attracted to this place.
9) Shaily Peak
Shaily Peak is formed by the lush green forests and the lofty Himalayas that makes it exceptionally magnificent. It is about 23 km from Naldehra. From the Khatnol, the base for the steep climb to the peak is about 8 km. You can even hire a pony to reach there and it looks like a snow-covered blanket after snowfall hits the region. Shaily Peak is open all around the year. The place is full of dense forest, rocky terrain and the beauty is mesmerizing.
10) Gorton Castle
Rothney castle is the former home of the naturalist Allan Octavian Hume, who founded the Indian National Congress in 1885. It is one of the most notable buildings of Shimla. It is perched on top of Inveram Hill and has been open since 1974, preserving and collecting many items of importance along the way. The roof of the castle was originally adorned with red tiles which were later replaced with galvanized red sheets.
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