Shimla in Summers | Tourist Places in Shimla in Summer

Shimla in Summers: Your Perfect Escape

an overview of the town of Shimla with building on the hills and blue sky in the background

As the summer sun scorches the plains, a yearning for cool climes sets in. What better place to seek refuge than Shimla? Nestled amidst the verdant Himalayas, Shimla, summer capital of India, offers a refreshing escape with its colonial charm, captivating landscapes, and a plethora of summer delights. In this blog, let us delve into the top summer destinations in Shimla, the Shimla Summer Festival, and Summer Hill in Shimla.

Beating the Heat: Tourist Places in Shimla in Summer

Shimla transforms into a vibrant paradise during the summer months (April to June). Below are some of the best places to experience the charm of Shimla.
  • The Ridge: Shimla's central boulevard, the Ridge, is a bustling hub teeming with life. Stroll along the pedestrian walkway, soak in the panoramic Himalayan views, and take in the vibrant atmosphere. Horse rides and toy train rides are a fun way to explore the Ridge, especially for children.

a tree's silhouette in view with all the leaves fallen away and the evening sky in the background
a few building in view in the foreground with mist covering behind it

  • Jakhoo Hill: For adventurous souls, a trek up Jakhoo Hill, the highest point in Shimla, is a must-try. The panoramic views from the top are breathtaking, and the temple dedicated to Hanuman, the monkey god, is a popular pilgrimage site.
  • Glen: Shimla's natural beauty takes centre stage at Glen, a picturesque valley carpeted with verdant meadows and crisscrossed by streams. Enjoy a scenic walk or a leisurely picnic amidst this haven of peace.
  • Beyond the Sights: Don't forget to indulge in some refreshing summer treats like local berries, and creamy lassi (a yoghurt-based drink).

Shimla Summer Festival: A Celebration of Culture

Shimla comes alive during the summer months with the vibrant Shimla Summer Festival. Held annually in May/June, this festival is a kaleidoscope of cultural performances, traditional music and dance shows, colourful exhibitions showcasing local crafts, and delectable food stalls. Witness the vibrant folk dances of Himachal Pradesh, participate in fun games and activities, and soak in the festive atmosphere.

a person dancing on the stage while doing a one arm hand stand
a few building in view on the side of a sloping mountain with trees in the background

Summer Hill: A Tranquil Escape within Shimla

Nestled amidst the verdant hills lies Summer Hill, a charming neighbourhood that lives up to its name. Summer Hill offers a sanctuary of peace and tranquillity during the sweltering summer months.
  • Walking Trails: Explore the network of walking trails that meander through the hills, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Breathe in the crisp mountain air and rejuvenate your senses amidst the lush greenery.

  • Gabel Sal (Church): This historic church, built in 1846, is a beautiful example of neo-Gothic architecture. The serene ambience of the church provides a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the city.
  • Telegraph Office: Step back in time and explore the historic Telegraph Office, a reminder of Shimla's colonial past. Learn about the evolution of communication and marvel at the vintage equipment on display.
  • Tibetan Monastery: Immerse yourself in the spiritual serenity of the Tibetan Monastery. Witness the intricate Buddhist statues and colourful prayer flags fluttering in the breeze.

Facade of a church in Shimla with trees in the background

So, pack your bags, escape the scorching summer heat, and embark on a refreshing journey to Shimla, the "Queen of Hills." With its captivating sights, vibrant summer festivals, and charming escapes like Summer Hill, Shimla promises an unforgettable summer experience. And when in Shimla, think about staying at The Orchid Hotel. Boasting 96 spacious accommodations, a rooftop restaurant, a bar, a fitness centre, a swimming pool, a travel desk, a spa and much more, you will have a memorable time here. Book now!