Places to Visit in Shimla | The Orchid Hotel Shimla

Places to Visit in Shimla

Once regarded as the summer capital of British India, Shimla in Himachal Pradesh, also known as the Queen of Hills, boasts its pleasant climate, colonial architecture from past centuries, and stunning views of the surrounding mountains. From sightseeing to shopping to adventure activities like trekking, it's an all-rounder destination. Places to visit in Shimla range from exploring the trail of historical significance left behind by British colonizers to tasting cultural cuisines that will leave your taste buds tingling and longing for more!

The Mystic Routes

It is a travel agency reputed for its careful planning and management of your tour in Himachal Pradesh. They provide a detailed itinerary customized based on your sightseeing preferences to ensure inclusivity and customer satisfaction. The agency will take care of your transport requirements, hotel stay, and food arrangements efficiently. The staff are experienced and hold supreme knowledge about the state so you don’t have to worry about missing any offbeat places to visit in Shimla or potential gaps during your journey. With Mystic Routes at your disposal, be free to engage in trekking, hiking, shopping, and dining surrounded by high-range mountains.

A nature trail during daytime
Shimla City view from hilltop

Scandal Point

With romanticism in the air, Scandal Point derives its title from the infamous stir it caused during the British Raj with a case of elopement. The Lover’s point connects lies at the intersection of Mall and Ridge Road. Surrounded by sit-out cafes, restaurants, and shopping opportunities, tourists generally engage in horse riding or just find a cosy spot to relax. It’s one of the most visited destinations to admire the beauty of the hilltops, awe over the dazzling British architecture of buildings, and enjoy the ever-famous ‘pahadi maggi’.

The Ridge

The Ridge is a large open space, famous for being the social and cultural magnet of Shimla. People from all age groups can be spotted, enjoying the scenic view, shopping, and taking photographs. It is home to several government buildings, churches, and museums, as well as a variety of snack shops, restaurants, and cafes. Evenings are the most lively and interesting times, The Ridge comes alive with the colourful artificial waterfalls and in general, the pleasant weather makes it soothing just to hang out. You can also sign up for short-distance horse riding, visit the Lakkar bazaar nearby for souvenirs, stop by Christ’s Church if history interests you, or walk to the Jakhoo Temple.

Large open space in Shimla with an Indian flag on a pole
A summer hilltop view during daytime

Summer Hill

Located about 5km from Shimla Ridge, and at an altitude of 2100, above sea level, Summer Hill is regarded for its stunning landscape with a dense forest trail abundant with flora and fauna to explore. Being one of the seven hills that account for Shimla’s mountain ranges, a hike to the hilltop will bless you with unmatched and breathtaking views of the surrounding. It is also one of the many small stops on the Kalka-Shimla Railway. While you’re there, go horseback riding, and visit the Monorville mansion that harboured Mahatma Gandhi, the Summer Hill Gardens, Cemetery, Club, and the Market. Local eateries with flavorful dishes to offer, make Summer Hill one of the compulsory places to visit in Shimla.

Mall Road


Mall Road is one of the busiest streets in Shimla with tourists and locals scattered around, shopping and soaking the essence of the place. It has possibly everything, clothing stores, handcrafted products, jewellery, electronics, clubs, banks and post offices, gift and book shops, and souvenirs for your loved ones. Mall Road is definitely a package deal with extraordinary cafes and restaurants to devour delicious delicacies. You can also extend your trip to nearby touchpoints like scandal point, the town hall, and kali bari temple, a few must-visit places in Shimla.

Shopping outlets during daytime

If you plan on spending your time visiting the above-mentioned tourist attractions in Shimla, definitely consider your stay at The Orchid Hotel Shimla. Its central location will allow smooth travelling experiences with all the destinations located within just 3.5-4kms, approximately taking you only an average of 15 minutes to reach. Most of them are within walking distance from the hotel, where you could navigate yourself through the local streets of Shimla and engage in self-exploration.

Our hotel ensures a luxury stay with facility perks like free wifi, spa session, grand dining spaces, and a picturesque terrace lounge, ideal to stop and stare at the beautiful valleys that surround you. Our rooms define elegance with options ranging from Deluxe, Premiere, and Suites to choose from depending on the size and occasion of the guest party.