Places to visit in Shimla
India boasts of many gorgeous hill stations among which Shimla wins the brownie points. Being the capital town of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is at the focal point of connecting with other dominant tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh which itself is a tourist spot, that apart, the breathtaking beauty of this place is the tourist magnet around the year.
In every atom, Shimla is worth its salt to cast its spell on you with all that dazzling mountains lacing the horizon and a snow bath to send the chill down your bones. Sipping tea in a hill top cafe and while away time looking at the carelessly beautiful pines bejewelling the mountains is the most idyllic thing one can think of doing here.
Here are a few places to visit in Shimla:
- Christ Church:
Shimla’s most well known and oldest church is Christ Church which stands witness to the legacies of British Rule. The Church overlooks the entire city of Shimla and is also quite visible from miles around in the city.
2. Jakhu Temple:
A notable temple in Shimla dedicated to Lord Hanuman. This is known to be one of the oldest temples in Himachal Pradesh. It takes a 2.5 km trek from the ridge to get there, but all that sweat is worth as the temple overlooks the picturesque beauty of the mountains and the nearby town of Sanjauli.
3. The Ridge of Shimla:
Tourists from around the world gather here throughout the year to witness the snow capped mountain range enveloped in the beauty of nature which is an exceptional view. The mountain lights liven up the evening atmosphere.
4. Shimla State Museum:
House to a range of splendid paintings, sculptures, coins, handicrafts, photos etc. This place is sought after by visitors on being one of the notable tourist places of Shimla. The colonial impact on the buildings around here sets a nostalgic atmosphere for the visitors. The lawns that sprawl around feed more life to the beauty of this place.
5. Mall Road:
This is the shopping destination of Shimla for both the tourists and locals. There are shops of local handicrafts. Also, there are brand showrooms, food courts to add to the vigour of the widespread mall road. If not buying into goodies, you can just walk a mile in the chill followed by a warm soup in the local food court or have a tasting of the mouth-wateringly hot Gulab jamuns in the nearby sweet shops.
KULLU AND MANALI
There are more than one means of transport from Shimla to Kullu but which is most favoured by the tourist is taking the road on a rented car. Kullu is the second best tourist spot in Shimla which weaves its pedigree in its world famous lamb-wool shawls, a sobriquet Pashmina. Kullu’s beauty is blissfully mesmerizing as that of Shimla and Manali is probably the most picturesque tourist den in here. Manali’s mall road is way better as compared to Shimla with twice as the shops in the latter. I suggest a hearty shawl shopping spree once you get there. That apart, doesn’t forget to pamper your taste buds with grilled Trout fish, a local Himachal cuisine made with the locally cultured fresh Trout fish. This dish is hugely available in almost every alternate food stop in the Mall Road in Manali.
Famous Tourist destinations around Manali:
- Solang Valley: like its western counterparts, Solang valley too has the jaw dropping beauty about it. It is a photographer’s paradise and many a romantic song sequences from Bollywood movies have been shot here. Solang valley’s attraction is the snow sports such as Skiing, Mountain-biking, Paragliding, Zorbing etc.
- Other notable tourist places in Manali are:
- Hidimba Devi Temple
- Great Himalayan National Park
- Rohtang pass
- Pandoh dam
- Pin valley national park
Himachal tourism includes various adventure sports, so if you are an adventure junkie, plan your journey wisely as not to miss on Paragliding for a bird-eye view of the beautiful Solang valley and River rafting.
Once you are done with places to visit in Shimla, Kully, and Manali, you can also check out Guwahati and Shillong.