Nearby places to see

Shimla has many tourist places to visit, there are very nice sightseeing. Many things to do in & around Shimla, besides one can also find huge orchards of apples surrounding the valley.

Chail

Nestling in the shelter of virgin forests which cover many untrodden hills, Chail is a tiny resort in the Shiwalik region of Himachal Pradesh and has interesting history; The British Government annexed Chail from the Gurkha General Amar Singh in 1814, along with Shimla Hills. Later, the British Government gifted Chail, a quiet hamlet, part of the erstwhile Keonthal estate, to Maharaja Bhupinder Singh.

Kufri

16 kms. from Shimla at a height of 8,600 ft. Kufri is the winter sports capital. During winter, visitors have the facility for skiing. The skiing season is at its best during January and February. Equipment for skiing is available from HPTDC winter sports club at Kufri. Apart from skiing, Kufri is a lovely picnic spot with a beautiful view of the hills around and the snowy peaks. There is also a zoo that delights children.

Kali Ka Tibba

Mahakali temple located on a hill top popularly known as Kali ka Tibba, is a famous temple. It is very beautiful and drive to this temple is just fantastic through thick forest. This place is popular among tourists is due to its majestic views of chur Chandni Peak, Karol Tibba and other very beautiful landscapes and neighbouring areas of Sirmour, Solan and Shimla District.

Chail Cricket Ground

The world’s highest cricket ground at a height of 2,444m is three km from the main market, and within the field there are basketball court and football goal posts. Well kept and well maintained the ground is surrounded by huge trees of deodar and pine. It is presently used by the students of the Chail Military School.

The Mall-Shimla

The mall is another open space and joins the Ridge at the ‘Scandal Point'. Mall as the word indicates is the commercial hub of Shimla. It has shops selling all kinds of goods and restaurants offering various cuisines. The famous Summer Festival of Shimla attracts tourists.

The Ridge

A beautiful open place offering a majestic view of the surrounding mountains, the ridge is a favorite among tourists in Shimla. Here famous Christ Church is the second oldest church in Northern India. The foundation stone of this church was laid on 9th September 1844.

Mashobra

13 kms. away from Shimla, Mashobra has several excellent picnic spots. Mashobra is the site of the annual Sipi fair in June. The nearest rest house is at Craignano which is 3 kms. from Mashobra, and is a beautiful holiday resort.

Naldehra

This is Asia’s Natural Golf Course. This was originally placed by the British Viceroy of India, Lord Curzon. It’s also a famous picnic spot for the locals. One can get pony rides across the Golf Course. Naldehra offers one of the oldest and most sporting golf courses in India, set in the midst of thick forests.

Viceregal Lodge

The Indian Institute of advanced studies, as the name indicates is an institute of higher learning and research situated in a picturesque part of Shimla. It was built as a home for Lord Dufferin, the viceroy of India in 1888 and was called the Viceregal Lodge.

Jakhoo Temple

This temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and is built at an elevation of 8048 feet above sea level. Lord hanuman’s statue at the temple appears to bless the entire town of Shimla and is visible from the far corners of the city. There is a 45-minute walk to the temple from the Ridge for those who love to climb the mountains. However one can also hire a pony or take a cab.