This summer, escape the heat with a fun-filled getaway to Shimla. The capital city of Himachal Pradesh is blessed with soothing and balanced weather during the months when cities in the lower regions burn under the scorching sun. Therefore, several families opt for a Shimla summer vacation thanks to the plethora of tourist attractions dotting the hill station along with the several exciting activities suited for the entire family to try out. If you are looking to plan the perfect Shimla itinerary for your family, we might have a few suggestions for fun activities you could choose from!
Kalka-Shimla Toy Train Ride
The 6-hour long toy train journey is bound to bring back nostalgic childhood memories while also helping the younger members of your family create some of their own. The heritage ride, which is more than a hundred years old, takes you through a winding route coursing through the lush greenery and breath-taking views of the Himalayan Ranges. Some beautiful, tiny blue and white train stations fall on this route. These stations are all designed to represent a similar aesthetic, that of an older India when trains were pulled by steam engines. The historic Barog Station is also a part of this train route.
Short Treks to Nearby Destinations
Take the off-beat option of going on short treks to nearby destinations with your family to know Shimla better. Some of the popular destinations include Dhanu Devta Temples, Kamna Devi Temple, Chadwick Falls, Jakhoo Temple and Tara Devi Temple. All these treks traverse short distances and can be completed within a day. Dhanu Devta Temples offer excellent views of Shimla and the surrounding ranges while to reach Chadwick Falls, trekkers must travel through a path snaking through forests, away from civilization. Jakhoo Temple gains preference over other spots among most tourists for being located on top of the highest hill in Shimla. The uphill journey takes about 30 minutes and it is worth the spectacular panoramic views from the top.
Ride a Yak in Kufri
Yaks are fascinating creatures. At Kufri, a nearby hill station located some 14.5 km away from Shimla, you and your family can enjoy rides on these majestic animals. The ride also offers a unique experience as you enjoy the ambient views of the spell-binding place. Both adult and child riders are assisted by the yak owners who guide the yaks through the terrain. The bumps due to the movement of the yaks adds to further excitement making it enjoyable especially for children.
Guided Tour of the Viceregal Lodge
The prominent historic building attracts massive crowds of tourists annually. The building combines the aesthetic of Scottish castles with an appearance similar to that of Hogwarts and greets its visitors with a mystical ambience. The Viceregal Lodge houses an extensive collection of historic photographs. A major portion of the building is dedicated to scholars and researchers who carry out postdoctoral humanities research. You can also take a leisurely stroll in the well-maintained gardens of the lodge even if you choose to not see the interiors.
These activities are bound to elevate your experience of the hill station during summers. Besides, tourists are also presented with the convenience of a large number of family hotels in Shimla to choose from. If you are looking for a comfortable and blissful stay during your visit to this picturesque city, The Orchid Hotel is the best hotel in Shimla for family owing to its convenient location and premium facilities.