Shimla needs no introduction to any domestic tourist in India. It is a beautiful travel destination, and you should consider it the “Switzerland of India” after Kashmir. Shimla is the best destination for tourists. It has amazing beauty, nature and mind blowing places to visit.
12 Most Beautiful Tourist Places in Shimla
1. Indian Institute of Advanced Study
Indian Institute of Advanced Study, located in Viceregal Lodge was established in the year 1884 – 88. The building consists an amazing architectural style which becomes a tourist attraction in Shimla. It is one of the most visited tourist places in Shimla among the tourists due to its historical value.
2. Summer Hill
Summer Hill is 6500 ft tall building located on the Shimla – Kalka Railway Line. When Gandhiji visited Shimla for the first time, it became well known as Mahatma Gandhi’s destination point. Summer Hill is a famous point for its beauty. It is one of the most beautiful tourist places in Shimla which you should not miss to visit.
Annandale is located at the height of 6117 ft, just 2-4 km away from Ridge. It is also known as playground of Shimla. Cricket can be well played here due to huge space and a good place for picnic. The beauty of this place attracts tourists and travelers to visit this place.
4. The Ridge
The Ridge is located on Mall Road, Shimla. It is the main place to enjoy cultural activities of town. The famous Shimla Summer festival is hosted here which held for 5 days. It is a popular festival among the foreign as well as domestic tourists. It is one of the best ways to feel the beauty and culture of Shimla.
5. The Mall
The Mall is a famous and big shopping street where restaurants, clubs, banks, bars, post offices and tourist offices are located. The famous ancient theater, Shimla Gaoety Theater is located here. It is a famous meeting place of Shimla among the local people. You should not miss an opportunity to visit this beautiful shopping street of Shimla.
6. Christ Church
Christ Church is located in on Mall Road, Lakkar Bazar. It was built in the year 1857. The architectural style of this church is Neo –Gothic. This is the second oldest church with beautiful look, stained glass windows, shows faith, hope, charity, fortitude, patience and humanity inside it. It is one of the most beautiful tourist places in Shimla.
7. Shilon Bagh
Shilon Bagh is located just 24 km from Shimla. It consists of outstanding resorts. Popular tourist destination Kufri is situated just 16 km from this place. This region is beautiful and has best natural serenity. This place offers good place to spend your trip. It is a popular tourist destination among the domestic as well as foreign tourists.
8. Jakhu Hill
Jakhu Hill is located at the height of 8000 feet, just 2 km from Shimla. As it is high, it gives an amazing view of Shimla and snow covered Himalayas. It is a major attraction for tourists. Jakhu temple is a major temple in the area, which is dedicated to the Lord Hanuman. The hill is visited by almost tourists to feel the beauty of Shimla. You should not miss an opportunity to visit this beautiful tourist attraction.
9. Shimla State Museum
Shimla State Museum was opened on January 26, 1974 to preserve heritage things of Himachal Pradesh. It has a precious collection of Himachal Pradesh heritage. Archaeological artifacts, carvings, paintings and sculptures are displayed in the museum. It is one of the most visited tourist places in Shimla.
Junga is just 26 km away from Shimla, close to Tehsi Junga. It is spread over 1582 meters and connected with Chail and Kufri. It is the perfect place for tourist for enjoying the beauty, greenery and snow covered mountains.
11. Jakhu Hanuman Temple
The highest point of city is Jakhu Hanuman Temple. This temple is dedicated to the Lord Hanuman. You would get a beautiful view when climbing the steps of this temple. According to the belief, to save Lord Laxman, Lord Hanuman visited this place.
Narkanda is located on Hindustan – Tibet Road (NH 22) at the height of 2708 meters. It is a beautiful place with amazing view. It is a famous place for apple orchards. Income of 3000 crore (approx.) is generated from apples. It is one of the most beautiful tourist places in Shimla.
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Article first published on January 20, 2016.