Nestled amidst forests of pine and cedar, and surrounded by majestic snow-clad mountains, Shimla has always been beautiful. To be in the grand outdoors of this little Himalayan town is invigorating. Natural beauty, a rich history, nooks, crannies and beautiful sightseeing places in Shimla makes it a delightful experience for every traveller!
Shimla was the summer capital of the erstwhile British, and during their time, they tried to recreate a tiny English village in Shimla. The city is still reminiscent of those bygone days, as evident in its colonial buildings, church and English gardens.
Explore its many peaks and sunset points, markets and libraries, gardens and churches with a sightseeing tour in Shimla. During your stay at The Orchid Hotel, Shimla, apart from sightseeing, you can take part in many thrilling activities as well!
Best Places to Visit in Shimla
Shimla Toy Train Ride
Imagine sitting by a window, chugging along a meandering track through mist-clad mountains, scenic woods and blooms, waterfalls and rivers! Dreamy, isn’t it? The toy train ride in Shimla will go down in your memory lane as one of the best experiences in the mountains.The Shimla-Kalka Toy Train stretch is a UNESCO World Heritage property. It is a 96 km long track that goes through more than a hundred tunnels, 800 bridges and viaducts, giving passengers a mystifying experience of Shimla sightseeing.
The Mall, Shimla
The Mall is Shimla's car free promenade that remains a nod to the bygone days of the British era. A must visit place during a sightseeing tour of Shimla, The Mall is home to some of the most iconic landmarks and colonial buildings as well as gardens and churches. Many contemporary commercial spaces have come up in this area in recent years. The Mall Road is also the right place to head to for a coffee run, if you want to spend some time in a bar!
Lakkar Bazaar is Shimla’s colourful local market, located at one end of the Mall. The market is most famous for its wooden articles and artefacts that caters to tourists. Shops on the Lakkar Bazaar also specialize in antique works, woollen garments, pashmina shawls, Himachali handicrafts and jewellery. Enjoy the touristy vibes as you stroll around Lakkar Bazar during your Shimla sightseeing tour.
Nestled amidst the mesmeric beauty of the Shivalik hill ranges, the Jakhu Temple is an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to the Hindu deity Hanuman.Famous for its Hanuman statue, considered to be the largest in the world, the temple has serene and calm ambiance. One of the must visit places in Shimla, especially among Hindu devotees, the is accessible by foot, horse, taxi or ropeway.
Christ Church, built in 1857, is North India's second oldest church. The impressive building is right on the Ridge. Its stained-glass windows are worth a visit. People come here to admire its architecture and art and end up spending hours enjoying the tranquility of the place.
Things to Do in Shimla
Ice-Skating in Shimla
The Shimla Ice Skating Rink is one of the most famous places in Shimla, which is frequented by tourists and locals alike. It is a naturally formed rink where you can enjoy skating over the fine ice, as well as avail of professional assistance if required. November, December and January are the ideal time to visit this Ice Skating Rink, although the Christmas season tops the charts.
Paragliding in Shimla
If you are an adventure-seeker, then do not hesitate to embark on an exciting paragliding activity in Shimla! Get enchanted with the captivating views of the snow-capped mountains as you enjoy the aerial views of the Queen of Hills. For thrill-seekers, paragliding in Shimla is a must-do experience. The paragliding facilities attract hundreds of visitors every year.
Yak Ride in Shimla
Fancy a yak ride? Head out to Kurfi, Shimla's winter sports capital located about 16 km from the city centre. Embrace a fun ride on your furry buddy or skiing on the snow slopes. Visiting Kurfi is always a fun thing to do in Shimla, especially if you are travelling with friends and family.