After days of hard work and doing monotonous work, everyone needs a short break from work at least for few hours or a day. Small excursion in the nearby places would be the best way to shed off all the stresses and tensions of our daily life. A weekend getaway is preferred by many as they can enjoy a lot during a short period of time.
Shimla is known to people all over the nation as well as the world for its charming beauty and quaint surroundings. The enjoyment for the people is not only limited to this hill town but lots more places are there that can be reached from Shimla and is preferred as weekend destinations. Locals as well as tourists like to visit these weekend destinations for their scintillating natural beauty, interesting places to visit and many recreational activities.
Shimla to Naldehra
Naldehra has become one of the most sought after weekend destinations from Shimla for its gorge valleys and lush green meadows. Regular tourists, nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts have lots to enjoy at Naldehra. The place is only 23 km from Shimla. The place is known for its golf course, the oldest in the country that is located at a height of 2044 m. The weather of Naldehra remains moderate throughout the year and tourists could enjoy the dense forest of Pine Trees and the nearby Nag Temple of Naldehra. The golf course with 68 par and 9 pins is one of the most challenging golf courses of our country.
Distance from Shimla by Road: 23 km Estimated Hours to Reach by Road: 40 minutes - 1 hour Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year
Shimla to Chail
The quaint settlement of Chail is famous for picture perfect surroundings and is very pleasant place to visit almost throughout the year. The wonderful cottages and varieties of options for trekking and picnics make it the most preferred weekend destination from Shimla. Chail also houses the highest cricket ground of India, located about a height of 2445 m. The Sidh Baba ka Temple, Chail Wildlife Sanctuary, lovely cottages etc. make this small place more attractive to tourists. Though Chail is very near to Shimla and one can come back in day but lots of activities like trekking, wildlife watching and sightseeing make it an absolute weekend destinations from Shimla.
Distance from Shimla by Road: 45 km Estimated Hours to Reach by Road: 1 hour Best Time to Visit: April to October
Shimla to Solan
Solan is famous weekend destination from Shimla and is a famous pilgrimage place for the Buddhists and the Hindus. Yungdung Monastery in Solan is visited by many Tibetan Buddhists. Jatoli Shiva Temple of the Jatoli village is also very famous. One of the oldest breweries of India, Solan Brewery is also here. The Nauni Fort of Solan is visited by the tourists to know the history of this place. Solan is also famous for horticulture gardens.
Distance from Shimla by Road: 50 km Estimated Hours to Reach by Road: 1 hour 30 minutes Best Time to Visit: May to October
Shimla to Parwanoo
The Timber Trail resort of Parwanoo has made this place one of the most famous weekend destinations. This is first cable car resort of Himachal State. The place is situated on the Shimla-Chandigarh Highway and lies very close to Kalka. During their stay here, tourists enjoy huge plantations around and the orchards. Jungle Trailing and nature photography is also very enjoyable. The two resorts of Timber Trail are located on two different hills. One of the resorts is located at the base and the other one at the height of 5000 ft. To travel between these two resorts, cable car is used. The cable car trekking is done for 1.8 km and it takes about 20 minutes.
Distance from Shimla by Road: 83 km Estimated Hours to Reach by Road: 1 hour 30 minutes Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year
Shimla to Chandigarh
Chandigarh is one of the most urbanized and well-planned cities of India. It is a popular weekend destinations from Shimla City. The city of gardens, Chandigarh has many types of gardens, lakes, monuments and scenic beauty to enjoy. Located at the foothills of Shivalik Hills, Chandigarh has important places like The Rose Garden, The Rock Garden, The Sukhna Lake, Capitol Complex, the Pinjore Gardens, Museum and many other places to enjoy during the weekend stay.
Distance form Shimla by Road: 117 km Estimated Hours to Reach by Road: 2 hours 30 minutes Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year
Shimla to Mandi
With many ancient Hindu shrines and pleasant climate throughout the year, Mandi is a famous weekend destination from Shimla. The 81-stone temple of Mandi is a famous Hindu pilgrimage center. The wonderful architecture of this temple and intricate carving are appreciated by all who visit this temple. During Shivratri, a weeklong celebration is done where locals as well as tourists participate. Many exhibitions, sports activities, and cultural programs are arranged during Shivratri. Other places of interest are Bhutnath Temple, Trilokinath , Shymakali and Panchvaktra.
Distance from Shimla by Road: 145 km Estimated Hours to Reach by Road: 4 hours 30 minutes Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year
Shimla to Palampur
Nestled in a peaceful valley and stretches of tea gardens and dense Pine Forests, Palampur is one of the most preferred weekend destinations from Shimla. Located at a height of 1219 m, this place is known for pleasant climate throughout the year. During winters, people enjoy the Dhauladhar Range that gets snow covered. The wonderful landscapes of Palampur attract many people from Shimla as well as Manali during weekends. There are other places of interest too. They are the Children’s Park, the Bajinath Temple, the Tiger Hill Bridge, Nature Park, Saurabh Van Vihar etc. Lots of medicinal herbs are also found here.
Distance form Shimla by Road: 212 km Estimated Hours to Reach by Road: 4 hours Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year
Shimla to Kinnaur
Located in the northeastern part of Tibet, Kinnaur district houses three wonderful mountain ranges, namely Dhauladhar, Zanskar and the Greater Himalayas. The picturesque beauty stretches of orchards and flowers around make Kinnaur one of the most beautiful weekend destinations from Shimla. This place attracts tourists from all over the world and is a place ideal for a weekend destination. It place is considered as very sacred place as the Hindus believe it to be the abode of Lord Shiva. Lippa, Reckong Peo, Kothi etc are some of the places around that are visited by the travelers. Sutlej is the main river of this district thus visitors could enjoy activities like rafting and angling in Kinnaur. The Nako Lake is visited by the Buddhist Pilgrims.
Distance from Shimla by Road: 235 km Estimated Hours to Reach by Road: 4 hours Best Time to Visit: April to October
Shimla to Manali
Known for panoramic landscapes with the Himalayan Mountain ranges at the backdrop, Manali is also famous for astonishing resorts and very ancient temples. It is very popular weekend destination from Shimla. Tourists enjoy visiting hot springs, Hidimba Devi Temple, the Club House and Vashisth Temple and Manu Temple. Club House is a must to visit place for the adventure enthusiasts for its skiing options.
Distance from Shimla by Road: 258 km Estimated Hours to Reach by Road: 4 and half hours Best Time to Visit: May to October
Shimla to Kalpa
Located in the Kinnaur District, this small town is situated at a height of 2759 meters. It is famous as a heritage village and has many farmlands, ancient buildings, temples and glistening streams. While the tourists are staying in Kalpa, they can visit Narayan Nagani Temple, which is an excellent example of architectural marvel. Another important thing to visit is Hu-Bu-lan-Car Gumpa, a Buddhist learning center.
Distance from Shimla by Road: 260 km Estimated Hours to Reach by Road: 5 hours Best Time to Visit: April to October
Shimla to Rohtang Pass
One of the most popular passes in India, Rohtang Pass can be accessed by the tourists from May to November. Located at an altitude of 3978 m, this place gets visited by the tourists for wonderful surrounding mountains. Tourists would get mesmerized to see the Beas River on the southern part of Rohtang Pass. This pass is also a getaway for other places like Manali, Lahaul, Keylong and Spiti. The panoramic view of Pir Panjal would keep tourists spellbound.
Distance from Shimla by Road: 310 km Estimated Hours to Reach by Road: 6 hours Best Time to Visit: May to November