Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh has much to offer to all types of visitors especially those who want to enjoy some nostalgic moments and would like to revisit history. Shimla prides itself with many unique and interesting places including buildings, monuments, heritage sites and market places. For the people who want to feel the core of Shimla, the Ridge is the best place for them. Out of all sites in the city, the Ridge is the most popular and most-visited landmark. The clear blue sky and cool breeze during the summers and the roads submerged in snow during winters, you can get to see and feel all at the Ridge in Shimla.
Apart from the natural beauty that you can enjoy at the Ridge, you could enjoy lots of activities like walking, horse riding, shopping and sightseeing in and around Shimla.
About the Ridge in Shimla
Having the location at the center of the city, the Ridge in Shimla is the main hub of all types of cultural event of the city. The Ridge is located along the famous road of Shimla, the Mall Road. The famous landmarks of Shimla, the Mall, the Scandal Point, Lakkar Bazaar, Jakhoo Hills, the Christ Church, etc. can be reached through the Ridge. The Ridge has the main water reservoir of the city from where the city gets it water supply. At the Ridge, all types of events, government functions, fairs and festivals are celebrated. Summer Festival, one of the most popular festivals of Shimla, is held at the Ridge.
During the months of April and May, Summer Festivals changes the Ridge into a colorful place that is always bubbling with energy. To enjoy the colors of the “Queen of the Hills”, Shimla, one must visit the Ridge during summers where one could get to see all colors of life and would have complete relaxation and rejuvenation from their monotonous life.
The New Year’s Eve Celebration at the Ridge is another very popular function of Shimla. The Christ Church, one of the best architectural masterpieces of the British Raj in India, is located at the Ridge, bearing the glory and pride of architectural splendor of the bygone era. This Neo-Gothic structure is visited by thousands of people throughout the year. By the side of the Christ Church is the State Library, another favorite place for the tourists.
The open area of the Ridge is surrounded by eateries, restaurants and different kinds of shops from all sides. Other important structures like Gaiety Cultural Complex and the Town Hall are also located on the Ridge. The Ridge converges with the Mall Road at another popular place called the Scandal Point.
Activities around the Ridge in Shimla
Here are some activities that will keep you engage in Shimla:
The most important activity that one can do at the Ridge is shopping, a must for all visitors here. Numerous shops offering varieties of products ranging from woolen items like pullovers, jackets, mufflers, scarves, etc. to rugs, carpets to fresh fruit items make the shopping areas around Ridge, paradise for the ardent shoppers. Lakkar Bazaar is located on the east edge of the Ridge. Lakkar Bazaar is famous for dry fruits, fresh fruits, and fruit-based products like jams, jelly, squash etc. and all types of items made of wood. Himachali items can be bought from the Himachal Emporium. Other places where visitors can enjoy shopping are Minchys, Dockers San Francisco and La Glace, Devicos, Silver Oak Pubs.
The Hip Hip Hurray Amusement Park is in close proximity of the Ridge. Children like various rides and activities at this amusement park.
Another activity that is quite common at the Ridge is horse-riding. Plenty of people are found riding pony or horses and having snaps at the ridge.
Trekking & Walking Trails
Trekking to the local mountains and walking down the roads around the Ridge are also very popular activities that visitors prefer to do. During winters, the entire area gets covered with snow and it becomes the largest open air Ice-Skating Rink of India.
How to Reach the Ridge
As Ridge is in the center of the Shimla City, it can be easily reached from any part of the city. Though vehicles are prohibited at this place including the Mall that meets Ridge at a place , Scandal Point, interested people can always walk down to this place and in the surrounding areas.
From outside Shimla, buses, taxis, and private cars can be used to come to the city then interested people can walk down to the Ridge. From the railway station, Shimla Railway Station and the nearest airport, Shimla airport, conveyances like buses, taxis/cabs are plenty in numbers to reach the city.