best places to visit in shimla

situated in the Himalayan foothills, Shimla is the capital of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. shimla is one of the famous hiilstation in india and If you are wondering about the best places to visit in Shimla,  then you are at the right place. this place offers  an wonderful  experience full of adventure, romance and complete spiritual as well as of  inner relaxation. The  mountains, stunningly rich greenery and the stunner lakes in the land of Shimla greet you to enjoy their timeless beauty.

shimla sightseeing places

1. Ridge, Shimla

best places to visit in shimla

The Ridge , shimla is a wide open street located on the side of mall road. The place has everything, from shops selling some exclusive artifacts to the spectacular view of the snow-capped mountain.It is famous place for a lot of things, but basically it is best known for shopping. this place provides an amazing view to the photography lovers. this place is lined with cafes, bars, boutiques, shops and restaurants which attracts the huge crowd. this place is very much near to the mall road another famous market place of shimla.

The Ridge is also famous for the various government functions and fairs that are held in shimla. The most famous festival that is held here, at the Ridge is the Summer Festival. This event is held during the months of April or May.

2. Christ Church

Christ Church , best places to visit in shimla

best places to visit in shimla

this church is the second oldest in entire northern India. the foundation stone of the church was laid down in the year 1844. this church is a paradise For those who are in pursuit of peace. the best time to visit here is during the church prayer. at night the church looks very beautiful because of the colorful lights used in its decoration which make it look like a magnificent castle. the church architecture was inspired by Neo-gothic style. another interesting fact of this church is five glass windows. each window represents a different symbol of Christianity eg charity, humility, fortitude, faith, patience and hope. this place is situated near the ridge.

church timings : 8:00 am to 6:00 pm , all days of a week.

3. Kufri, shimla

kufri , the best places to visit in shimla
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best places to visit in shimla

this place is situated at a distance of approx 20km from the main city of shimla. kufri is located at an relatively higher altitude which makes it a place with snow all through the winters. so if you are visiting shimla you should visit this place if you wants to see the mountains covered with snow. and if you are the lucky one you can also have the chance of seeing snowfall; which you will definitely get if you are visiting this place during winters.kufri is famous for its trekking and hiking.

every year in the month of February A winter sports festival is organized in Kufri. which attracts many enthusiasts and adventure seekers to participate in this festival. While there's not much to see in Kufri , but the beautiful views for photography and temples after a bit of trekking are worth the time.

some tips for you while visiting kufri

  • Be careful with children while going to kufri on mules and horses, as the path is slippery.
  • always bargain with the horse/mule/yak owners and shopkeepers, photographers.
  • Carry lots  of thick woolen clothes, because sometimes the temperatures dip way below 0° in  winter seasons.
  • carry all essentials with you, including food and water.
  • cab facility is also available, but don’t forget to bargain.

4. Jakhoo Temple, Shimla

best places to visit in shimla

jakhoo temple is an ancient temple of lord hanuman located on the jakhoo hill, the highest peak of shimla. this place is at a distance of 3 km from the ridge. the statue of lord hanuman is very huge , around 108 feet long. along with spiritual experience, this place also offer amazing panoramic views of the Shivalik Ranges.

according to the saying of people’s of jakhoo hills, this temple is built at a place where lord hanuman rested while on his search for the Sanjivini Booti (a kind of herb). if you want to know the reason behind why the lord was searching for that herb you can read Ramayana.

temple timings

5:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM ,All days of the week

a place for

Nirvana Seekers , God Lovers, Experience Seekers,Photographer

some tips to the visitors visiting jakhoo temple.

  • Beware of the monkeys as they will snatch your valuables and free hanging objects, so keep your valuable covered ; within your clothes.
  • nearby attraction :-Lakkar Bazaar , the ridge ,  Johnnie’s Wax Museum 

5. Johnnie's Wax Museum

best places to visit in shimla

Johnnie's Wax Museum was opened by a Gurgaon-based company ‘BM Brothers. this museum was inaugurated on May 11,2016. this museum is somewhat similar to the Madame Tussauds, London – the most famous wax museum in the world. this place has 16 wax statues of popular personalities of various field such as Bollywood, Sports, Hollywood, Politicians, Sports. also their is a facility for tourist, if they want to get a wax replica of their hand they can get it done by paying ₹450 per person. however the museum authority was working hard to add more as possible wax statues there.

Wax Statues of

  • from the movie Harry Potter – Daniel Radcliffe
  • Tony Stark
  • from the movie Pirates of the Caribbean – Johnny Depp
  • James Bond
  • Amir Khan
  • Honey Singh
  • Steve Jobs
  • Quisque Tincidunt
  • Paul Walker
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi
  • U.S. President Barak Obama
  • Lionel Messi (Soccer Player)
  • Michael Jackson
  • Mahatma Gandhi

opening hour's

10:00 Am to 10:00 Pm , all days of a week

entry charges

250 per person, free for children below 5 years

6. Kali Bari Temple, Shimla

best places to visit in shimla

this Temple is an ancient place of worship dedicated to Goddess Kali. kalibari temple was built in 1845. at this temple their is a captivating idol of Goddess Kali beautifully adorned with jewellery and colorful flowers. this temple is among the famous pilgrimages in shimla and also this place is situated at a huge height which gives the visitors, a beautiful view for photography. this temple is at a distance of 3km from mall road , shimla.

temple timings:

Monday - Sunday : 6:00 am – 7:00 pm

7. mall road , shimla

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the most famous street in shimla. this place is like a hub of many hotels, restaurants, clubs, bars, banks, shops etc. so being a tourist it's my advice to take accommodation near this place , so you can get access to restro , bar , ATM , cafes easily. the mall road , shimla is also the center point of various amazing places in shimla. the market place at this road is basically famous for their woollen clothes and exclusively handcrafted works. Vehicles, are not allowed on this street , which maker this place an ideal place to stroll around. but always remember to keep this place unpolluted and pristine and maintain the prosperity of the Queen of Hills, Shimla.

8. Himalayan Bird Park

himalayan bird park , best places to visit in shimla

best places to visit in shimla

shimla the queen of hills, has everything for each-kind of tourist and for nature and bird lover's they have this bird park.paradise place for bird lover's. Himalayan Bird Park is situated at an altitude of 2210 m above sea level. the park is also known as Himalayan Aviary. this place contains wide variety of birds which are exclusive seen in this region and that one would not find them anywhere else. the best time to visit here is during summer because it gets snowed during winter.


Museum Road, Near Advanced University, Chaura Maidan, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171004

opening hour's

tuesday to sunday : 10AM–6PM

entry charges

₹10 per person for adults

9. Lakkar Bazaar


best places to visit in shimla

Lakkar Bazaar is a marketplace adjoining the Ridge. Lakkar Bazaar can also be called as wooden bazzar,because this place is basically famous for it's unique wooden handicrafts. walking sticks made of wooden are quite famous here.This place is also popular for its Kullu Shawls, wooden toys and dry fruits. this bazaar is a treasure-trove of antique items and wooden works. bargain for the best price because the vendor always demand higher price, generally from tourists. there is an ice skating ring which is one of the special attractions in Lakkar Bazaar.

10. Shaily Peak, Naldehra

shaily peak , best places to visit in shimla

best places to visit in shimla

Shaily Peak, Naldehra is one of the best places to visit near Shimla as it offers the most beautiful sunrise and sunset views. Located at a distance of 22 km from ridge. a place for trek lover's , but For those who are unable to trek, there is a motorable track to reach the peak. a place for peace and nature lover's covered with lush green field and forests.