Things to Do In Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Shimla is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh in the Himalayan foothills, where honeymooners, couples, nature tour lovers and those who look for serenity and tranquility come to enjoy their holidays.

This Shimla hill station is not only known for serenity, cool climate, lush greenery and snow-capped But also for a number of fairs and festivals that are celebrated by both locals and tourists.

How to Reach Shimla from Chandigarh ?

Shimla is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Chandigarh at a distance of 59kms.

Airports: Chandigarh Airport

Best time to visit Shimla

March to June: This is a popular tourist season in Shimla as the weather is quite pleasant and perfect for outdoor activities. If you are into adventure sports then this is the ideal time to try paragliding, trekking, camping and rafting.

Top Places to Visit Shimla

Jakhoo Hill: Jakhoo Hill is 2 km from the Ridge. Jakhu Hill is the highest peak in Shimla and offers a beautiful view of the town and of the Himalayas. This is old temple of hanuman. The monkeys around the temple surprisingly do attack people but it attracts tourist and pilgrims for food from.

Entrance fee – No entry fees

Visiting Time- 6.00AM – 11.00 PM

Visit Duration – 1-2 hours

Shimla State Museum: The Shimla State Museum houses a huge collection of magnificent paintings, sculptures, coins, handicrafts , etc. The state museum is a major attraction of the Mall area of Shimla built in the style of colonial edifice with sprawling lawns all around.

Entrance fee –  20/- per person for Indian,

50/- per person for foreigner.

Visiting Time- 10.00AM  to  5.00 PM (Tuesday to Sunday)

Visit Duration – 1 to 2 hours

Summer Hill: This is a picturesque spot on Shimla-Kalka railway line that offers amazing views of the snow covered mountains is Located only a few kilometers away from Shimla, himachal Pradesh. Different varieties of flora like oaks, cedar, pines and rhododendrons are found here.

Entrance fee – No entry fees

Visiting Time – Opens at all time everyday .

Visit Duration – 1-2 hours

Daranghati Sanctuary: The sanctuary lies on the Dhauladhar Mountain, an intervening range that forms part of the Middle Himalaya. In the middle of the sanctuary, tourists can see a thick forest of wooden temples for which Himachal Pradesh is famous for. The view of the beautiful landscapes from the sanctuary is simply breathtaking.

Entrance fee – No entry fees

Visiting Time- 9.00AM – 5.00 PM

Visit Duration – 2 to 3 hours

Annandale: Annandale is a favorite spot for cricket and polo. Annandale is located in a deep wide valley in the suburban village of Kaithu, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. This playground rests on a small patch of table-land about a three-quarter of a mile in circumference. At present, the playground hosts army exercise and parades, sports and Dussehra festival celebrations.

Entrance fee – No entry fees

Visiting Time- 10AM to 2Pm & 3Pm to 5Pm (Monday Closed)

Visit Duration – 1-2 hours

Tara Devi Temple: Tara Devi Temple, located in Shimla is a very famous tourist attraction of Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. This is Situated at a distance of around 11 kilometers from Shimla. The backdrop of the lofty Himalayas and the clean and fresh air works wonders and makes your vacation worthwhile.

Scandal Point(Ridge): Scandal Point is the intersection between The Mall and The Ridge. This is the point where the end of the Mall Road joins the Ridge. This pleasant small square which is over looked by the mock-Tudor state post office has the bizarre name of Scandal Point.

Entrance fee – No entry fees

Visiting Time- 6.00AM – 9.00 PM

Visit Duration – 60Minutes to 90Minutes


Kufri : This is a tiny hill station located near Shimla. It is famous for its trekking and hiking trails. The best time to visit Kufri is in summers, between April and June. Situated amidst the snow-capped Himalayan peaks, it is one of the most beautifully situated amusement parks in the world.