Things to do in Shimla | The Orchid Hotel Shimla

Things to do in Shimla

Glistening river at Kasol

Shimla, known as the Queen of the Hills, invites travellers with its colonial elegance, stunning scenery and lively culture. Situated amidst the grandeur of the Himalayas, this hill station offers a perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Whether you're a lover of nature, a keen historian, or simply in search of a peaceful break, there are a plethora of things to do in Shimla.

Unveiling the Charms of Shimla: Top Things to Do in the Queen of Hills

The Ridge

Shimla's heart throbs at The Ridge, a sprawling open space offering panoramic views of the Himalayas. Soak in the sun, admire the colonial architecture and witness the bustling crowds. Don't miss the iconic Viceregal Lodge. This architectural marvel, once the residence of British Viceroys, boasts a neo-Gothic style and sprawling gardens, offering a glimpse into the collections of ancient artefacts and photographs from the Colonial Era.

Large open space in Shimla with an Indian flag on a pole
An outside store selling local merchandise

Mall Road

Stroll down Mall Road, and soak in the vibrant atmosphere of Shimla. Lined with shops selling everything from traditional Himachali crafts to cafes serving local delicacies, this pedestrian-only zone is perfect for wandering, shopping and people-watching. Visit Scandal Point, located at the convergence of The Mall Road and The Ridge, a popular Shimla local sightseeing spot that offers stunning sunset views and is a great place to people-watch. The name stems from a legendary love story, adding a touch of intrigue to the location.

Jakhu Temple

Receive blessings at Jakhu Temple, situated atop the highest peak, providing panoramic vistas of the city. This historic temple devoted to Lord Hanuman is a renowned pilgrimage destination, and the trek to the temple is a gratifying adventure.

A statue of Hanuman showing his love for Ram and Sita
A train coming out of a thick tree canopy

Toy Train Ride

Embark on a nostalgic journey aboard the Kalka-Shimla Toy Train. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, about 96km long, offers a scenic ride through charming villages, pine forests and breathtaking valleys, making it one of the must-do things in Shimla.

Must-Do Activities in Shimla

Trek through lush green forests, explore the cascading Chadwick Falls, or cycle along scenic trails, breathing in the fresh mountain air. Indulge in adventure activities like horse riding through the picturesque countryside, mountain biking on challenging terrains, or even river rafting on the gushing Sutlej River for an adrenaline rush. Explore the vibrant Lakkar Bazaar, a haven for handcrafted souvenirs, hand-knitted woollen shawls, and regional jewellery. Savour the unique flavours of Shimla, including "Siddu" (steamed wheat flour dumplings) and "Chha Gosht" (lamb curry). Delve into the rich history and culture of Himachal Pradesh at the Himachal State Museum. Explore various exhibits showcasing ancient artefacts, sculptures, paintings and textiles. Learn about the region's fascinating past and gain a deeper appreciation for its heritage.

A person looking at a mountain view from atop a hill after a trek
Young Khasi men doing a traditional performance

Festivals of Shimla

Celebrate the arrival of summer at the Summer Festival (May-June) with vibrant cultural performances, folk dances and a food festival. Enjoy the Winter Carnival (January-February) by witnessing colourful parades, ice skating competitions and other winter-themed activities during this festive celebration. Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Shimla by participating in the city's lively festivals and events.

After a day spent in Shimla sightseeing, relax at The Orchid Hotel Shimla, your sanctuary of luxury and comfort amidst the hills. Tucked away amidst the natural beauty, the hotel boasts sweeping views of the valley, spacious roomsequipped with contemporary amenities and impeccable hospitality. There are plenty of activities to do so treat yourself to a rejuvenating spa session, take a refreshing dip in the pool, and if you're travelling with children, allow them to play freely in the dedicated Kids' play area or simply unwind in the hotel's exquisitely landscaped gardens. Prepare your belongings, hit the road and prepare for an unforgettable adventure in the "Queen of Hills"!