New Year In Shimla | The Orchid Hotel Shimla

New Year In Shimla

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Rested high in the hills at an elevation of 2200 metres, there's no better time to experience the enchantment of Shimla than during the New Year. The pristine snow-clad landscapes, charming colonial architecture, and lively atmosphere create the perfect setting for celebrating the new year in Shimla. Whether you're seeking serene moments amidst nature's beauty or engaging in festivities, Shimla has something for everyone.

Top Three Things to do in Shimla During the New Year

Ice Skiing

Ice skiing in Shimla offers an unforgettable experience, and New Year is the perfect time to hit the slopes. Kufri, Mashobra and Narkanda are well-known destinations where skiers from around the world flock to carve their way through pristine snow. Shimla's picturesque landscapes, crisp winter air and well-groomed ski trails make it an ideal choice for both beginners and experienced skiers.

A person ice skating in a snowy hill
A person tying the lace of a skating shoe

Ice Skating

Ice skating is a beloved pastime in Shimla, and its ice skating rink stands as the largest in South Asia, with ice thickness reaching up to 15 centimetres. For those planning extended stays in Shimla and eager to embrace the art of skating, we recommend considering membership for an enhanced experience. Gliding gracefully across the ice in the early morning, with the sun casting a warm glow over the surrounding mountains, will definitely be a picturesque experience.


One more adventure sport for which Shimla is famous is paragliding. Paragliding in Shimla is provided throughout the year, except during monsoons. Bir Billing and Barot are the most popular destinations for this activity. These locations offer ideal conditions for paragliding, with stunning landscapes and a safe environment for the sport. Do not miss out on the opportunity to soar through the skies with the cold December breeze across your face.

A person Para Gliding in a mountainous region

Top Three Places to Visit in Shimla During the New Year

Wax structure of a man in a Wax Museum

Johnnie’s Wax Museum

Come face-to-face with famous personalities across the world in the Johnnie’s Wax Museum. It houses political leaders like Narendra Modi and Barack Obama, along with popular actors such as Paul Walker and Salman Khan and beloved movie characters like Harry Potter. Create cherished family memories, snap selfies with these iconic personalities, and share them as part of your New Year's stories.

The Ridge

The Ridge is a large open space acting as the epicentre for all cultural activities and gatherings in Shimla. With a historic backdrop of Christ Church and a Tudorbethan-style library, it transforms into a winter wonderland as fresh snow blankets the area. Most major destinations in Shimla, such as Sanjauli Snowdown, Mall Road, Jakhu Temple, Oakover, Kali Bari, Annadale, and more, are interconnected through The Ridge. For those who enjoy celebrating in style, you can also join in the New Year party in Shimla at the Ridge, a popular choice for party enthusiasts.

Crowd at The Ridge
Young Khasi men doing a traditional performance

The Annual Carnival

Taking place in January, this carnival is a must-visit destination for the New Year celebration in Shimla. Artists from all over the country participate in this event, showcasing activities such as the Winter Queen contest, folk dances, magic shows, and more. It's a fantastic way to continue the New Year celebrations by witnessing a harmonious blend of various cultures coming together to celebrate.

The Orchid Hotel Shimla

Enhance your New Year celebration in Shimla with The Orchid Hotels. Indulge in luxurious stays with our six types of spacious rooms to suit every preference.

Start your mornings at The House of Glass, our rooftop restaurant offering a wide range of multi-cuisine delicacies. For a diverse culinary experience in a welcoming ambiance, visit Cafe Vindhyas, one of Shimla's finest restaurants. And if you're in the mood for drinks, head to Harrington Bar, one of the city's best bars, where you can enjoy your preferred cocktails while enjoying music.

Make your stay in Shimla unforgettable with The Orchid Hotel.