Shimla is amongst those few places of India and probably the world that has varied tourist spots for the visitors. The city mesmerizes its visitors with natural bounties such as lush green meadows in the valleys between the lofty mountains; stretches of trees like Deodar, Cedar, Pine, Fir, Spruce etc. making deep forests, rivers flowing down the steep mountain areas, gleaming waterfalls, wonderful snow-capped peaks, ancient monuments and beautifully designed and constructed religious places like temples, churches etc.
Shimla is one of the preferred vacation destinations of India because it can be reached very comfortably and easily from any corner of the nation. Whether tourists are planning to visit the city from the surrounding places or from other cities of north India or if they are coming from far off places of India, rail services and airways are there to connect Shimla with these places. Good roadways connect Shimla to the most of the places of north India like cities of Punjab, Haryana, Uttaranchal, Uttar Pradesh, Kashmir and Delhi.
Hatkoti Temple in Shimla
Hatkoti Temple, located on the bank of River Pabbar, is one of the main attractions of Shimla. Located at a distance of 105 km from Shimla town, this temple is basically dedicated to Goddess Durga. The legend says that a girl came to this place to do meditation and while she was doing so, she suddenly disappeared and a stone idol was lying there. According to the locals, the girl was an incarnation of Goddess Durga and a temple got built here and worship of Mata Hatkeshwari started from then.
The temple is appreciated for its wonderful architecture and charming interiors.
Gurkha Gate in Shimla
Located at Chaura Maidan Road in Shimla, Gurkha Gate is one of the oldest structures of Shimla. It is listed as one of the most ancient gateways of Shimla and is at the main entry of the Vice Regal Lodge. This gate was built in order to show respect to the Gurkha Soldiers who helped in keeping the royal kingdom safe.
The gate has unique features and also has Dhajji Houses, the main accommodations for the guards who keep working in this region.
Chadwick Falls in Shimla
For any tourist, visit to Shimla will remain incomplete if they do not go to the one of the most precious masterpieces of the nature, The Chadwick Falls. The gleaming water of this falls would spellbind anyone with its charming beauty. The water of this waterfall flows down from an altitude of 1586 m and visitors would enjoy the fresh breeze here and will feel completely rejuvenated from inside and outside. After you are through with enjoying the endless beauty of this falls, you can have some food and drink from the nearby places.
Many like to arrange picnics or small outings at The Glen, a famous picnic spot very close to the Chadwick Falls.
Located very close to Oakover, The oldest Christian Cemetery of Shimla is located. It is damaged now still it bears the memoirs of the colonial time and is a place that reminds one of the British Culture. The cemetery was functional in 1828 but with the expansion of the town, residential area of Shimla expanded and cemetery was closed as it came within the residential area. Captain Mathew Ford was the last person to be buried here in the year 1841.
Located near the official residence of the Himachal Pradesh’s Chief Minister, this cemetery is only one km away from the center of the city and can be reached if one walks along the NH-22 and then take a turn to the Circular Road.
Hot Sulphur Spring Tattapani
Tattapani is located in the close vicinity of the River Sutlej. The hot water springs of Tattapani have therapeutic values and that is why it attracts hordes of visitors from all over the country. The hot sulphur springs of Tattapani have become the famous tourist spot of Shimla City.
Chail Cricket Ground
Located amongst the beautiful landscapes, the Chail Cricket Ground was actually constructed by the Maharaja of Patiala. Maharaja Bhupinder Singh created the ground in 1893. The cricket ground is an architectural marvel in itself because it is the highest cricket ground in the whole world. Tourists also enjoy the journey to reach this one-of-its-kind cricket ground, Chail Cricket Ground in Shimla.
Journey by Kalka-Shimla Heritage Railways will help the tourists to reach till Kandaghat. During the journey, passengers would enjoy deep forests & tunnels and sharp bends.
Naldehra Golf Course near Shimla
Located about 22 km away from Shimla, Naldehra Golf Course is one of the best golf co urses of the world. The “9 hole golf course” of Naldehra was actually laid during the time of Lord Curzon in the year 1903. Tourists coming to Shimla and around would never miss out an opportunity to visit this wonderful golf course located at a height of 3,044 m.
Nature Park at Potter Hill
Located in the suburb area of the Shimla City, Nature Park is situated in the famous Potter Hill of Shimla. The Nature Park is situated at a height of 6500 ft and everyone who comes here find the view mesmerizing. Horse Rides through the deep forests of Oak and Cedar Trees make the stay more enjoyable for the visitors.
Hanuman Statue at Jakhu Hill in Shimla
One of the most important tourist
attractions of Shimla City, Hanuman Statue , mounted on the Jakhu Hills
is about 33 meters high. Among all the statues of Lord Hanumana
installed throughout the world, this is the highest statue and is
located at a height of about 2591 m. As the forest around this
magnificent statue has been trimmed by the local administration, this
statue can be seen from all areas of the city.
During the night, the
idol gets illuminated by the flood lights and offers charming views for
Shimla Reservoir at the Ridge
Shimla Reservoir is located at the Ridge, the center of the city. A huge water reservoir is here that supplies water to the entire city of Shimla. This area is a hot spot where different types of private as well as government functions and events are held. During summers, tourist cannot leave Shimla without being part of the Summer Festival organized here. The colorful and vibrant Summer Festival of Shimla attracts people from all over the world. This is the most visited roads of the Shimla City.
Located in the uppermost region of Shimla District, Daranghati Wildlife Sanctuary cannot be missed out especially for the nature lovers. It was once the hunting ground of the Royal Family of Rampur Bushahr. The place was declared as a sanctuary in the year 1962 and is known for the varieties of fauna like Ghoral, Musk Deer, Monals, Kheelji, Sambar, Squirrels and others. This un-spoilt natural habitat of wild animals and other creatures make it a wonderful tourist spot. To reach here, tourists can also use the toy train of Shimla-Kalka Heritage Railways.
It is really a wonderful experience for the tourists to watch common , rare and endangered wildlife in their natural habitat.
Kamna Devi near Shimla
Situated about 5 km from Shimla City, Kamna Devi is a must-to-see for the tourists. The popular picnic spot of Shimla is located near Boileauganj, Shimla. Kamna Devi is also known as Prospect Hill. Visitors get breathtaking views of Tara Devi, Summer Hills, and the entire Shimla City from here.