Shimla, a heritage city once was the Summer Capital of British India. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains and lush green hills, the city carries the most refreshing air which is beyond any comparison. Take refuge here from the heat of the plains . Salubrious climate of the city helps make it a year-round destination. April is the blossoming time of the year and the beginning of summer, the best time to visit Shimla.
Save yourself from the never-ending stress of narrowing your list to do in Shimla because we have come up with a list of the most popular things worth trying during your vacation.
1. Kalka-Shimla toy train ride
Experience the Joy Ride with Kalka Shimla Toy Train. Watch the other end of the train from your window as it moves like a snake on the curved tracks. You are lucky if it starts to drizzle. Also, the famous Tunnel no 33, one of the most haunted places in India falls in the same route between Kalka to Shimla.
2. Rafting at Tattapani
Located 50 km from Shimla, Tattapani is simply a heaven for adventure lovers. Nestled in the banks of River Satluj, the region is popular for its natural hot springs water, lush green valleys, and one of the finest rafting experiences that attract thousands of tourists every year. A perfect weekend getaway, Tattapani will surely rejuvenate your soul.
3. Shopping at Lakkar Bazaar
Any vacation or holiday to Shimla is just incomplete without Shopping at Lakkar Bazaar. Lakkar Bazaar is an ideal shopping destination for people who enjoy colourful street shopping. It is a good place to pick souvenirs and little gifts for your loved ones. The bazaar stays open from morning till midnight.
If you have ever dreamed of flying, Shimla is the place where you can come and make your dreams come true. Shimla is blessed with the finest natural landscapes which make a perfect place to take a dive in the sky. The best place to experience Paragliding in Shimla is Kangra Valley which is located at a distance of 233 Kms and 6 hours to reach.
5. Scandal Point: Watch The Beautiful Sunset
Scandal Point, one of the major tourist attractions in Shimla, is a flat platform on the Ridge Road. A paradise for photographers and nature lovers, Scandal Point offers splendid spectre of the sunrise and sunset.
6. Go Trekking in Shimla
Trekking is popular in Shimla as the mysterious and beautiful ranges of Himalayas are just the right sites for you to try your hand in trekking. There are several shelters as well as the rest houses that have been set for the tourists to rest and re-energize.
7. Ice skating
Ice skating is said to be one of the most popular adventure sports in Shimla. To the surprise of many, Shimla is the only ‘natural’ ice skating rink of India. If you want to explore your skater side then visit Shimla in winters, in the month of December till late February. During this season the sky is clear and the weather is cold thereby ensuring undisturbed sessions of ice skating.
8. Chadwick Waterfall: See The Splendid Beauty
The clear waters of the Chadwick Waterfall cascade deep down a gorge at a height of approximately 86m. After you have had a hectic travel schedule exploring the entire Shimla, you can come back here and unwind. This place will give you an ample of ‘me’ time. It can be visited anytime of the year.
9. Cycling in Shimla at Water Catchment Wildlife Sanctuary
Take a break from the hustle-bustle of city life and enjoy cycling around the water catchment wildlife sanctuary which will be a perfect pick for a lazy day. While the place is quite famous because of being a home to wildlife, this place is also a great location to go cycling without any worry.
Camping in Shimla is a must-experience activity for every adventure enthusiast or nature lover visiting Shimla. There are some perfect campsites in Shimla, offering magnificent views of the green hills around. You can pick a campsite among the major ones like Shoghi, Sarahan, Sandasu, and Chirgaon.