Trip to Shimla

Green Valley, Shimla
Green Valley, Shimla

Shimla, also known as Queen of Hills, is one of the prettiest hill stations in India and the capital of Himachal Pradesh. It is on everyone’s mind who are looking for a weekend gateway or a nearby place to let loose. It has been a famous destination for honeymoons and is also one of the most visited places in summers by Indians.

Yaks, Kufri, Shimla
Yaks, Kufri, Trip to Shimla

It is 342 km away from Delhi and one can easily drive to Shimla and reach in approx. 7 hours. Apart from natural beauty, this hill station has more to offer. Depending on you and your love for nature you can plan a stay from 1 day to 4 days here and even more if you would like.

Tourism Lift, Shimla
Tourism Lift, Trip to Shimla

This is a lift which takes you to different levels of roads like to Mall Road. This service is really cheap and quick too. It makes the journey easier, especially for those who are not very comfortable with climbing steep roads. There is also a huge parking area near the lift so you can easily park your car here and take the lift to your destination.

Parking for Tourism Lift, Shimla
Parking for Tourism Lift, Trip to Shimla

Here is a list of following things which you can enjoy on a Shimla trip:

The Mall Road

Mall Road, Shimla
Mall Road, Things to do in Shimla

This is the best place to be at in Shimla, find a good cafe/bar and spend your evening watching the crowd and beautiful mountains. This area is surrounded by a market and a lot of cafes. You can easily spend hours here.

The Mall Road, Shimla
The Mall Road, Shimla, Hill Station in India

Apart from cafes and bars, you will find some good brands here to shop from, in case you need some essentials. No vehicles are allowed on this road so walk your way till the Ridge road and enjoy watching all the buildings and clicking pictures.



Restaurants and Bars on Mall Road

1. Himani’s Restaurant & Bar

Himani's Restaurant & Bar, Shimla
Himani’s Restaurant & Bar, Things to do in Shimla

Himani’s is one of the oldest bars in Shimla, I selected this bar because this is among the few bars on Mall Road which has a rooftop terrace; it allows the view of Mall Road. The prices and the food is decent and you can enjoy a beer or two here.

USB: Rooftop terrace offering a great view of Mall Road

Address: Stairs, Middle Bazar, The Mall, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171001

Time: 8:00 am – 10:45 pm (All days)

2. Scandal Delights Bar & Restaurant

Scandal Delights Bar & Restaurant
Scandal Delights Bar & Restaurant, Things to do in Shimla

This is another Bar(and a restaurant) on the Mall Road which is worth a visit. This gives a beautiful view of the valley, it has a small balcony with some seating. The prices and food are good. You would not want to let go off the balcony seats easily.

View from Scandal Delights, Shimla
View from Scandal Delights, Shimla, Hill Station in India

USB: Balcony seating with Valley and Mall Road view

Address: Middle Bazar, The Mall, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171001

Time: 09:00 am to 10:30 pm

This cafe is near the famous Scandal point of Shimla. This point connects Shimla to the Ridge road which is famous for cultural activities. The name of the point was kept so because people believed that a British lady eloped with an Indian Maharaja.

3. Shimla Times Cafe

Shimla Times Cafe, Shimla
Shimla Times Cafe, Things to do in Shimla

This is my favourite out of all the cafes as I loved the interiors and the balcony seating. The prices are on the higher side but you enjoy an amazing view with good food. Apart from the good balcony seating, there is also a good seating available inside.

Shimla Times Cafe, Shimla
Shimla Times Cafe, Things to do in Shimla

This is amongst the best places in Shimla. You must grab a meal here.

USB: Balcony seating with Valley and the interiors

Address: Hotel Willow Banks, Mall Rd, Near Tourism Lift, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171001

Time: 12:30 pm to 10:30 pm

Johnnie’s Wax Museum

Johnnie's Wax Museum, Shimla
Johnnie’s Wax Museum, Things to do in Shimla

This wax museum was opened in 2016 and it is a good attraction for tourists. If you haven’t been to any Madame Tussaud’s yet then this is a very good option for you to explore. It has a lot of life-size wax statues of world-famous icons like Narendra Modi, Michael Jackson, Steve Jobs, Harry Potter and many more…

The museum has around 16 statues. Entry ticket for an adult is Rs. 250 and free for children below 5 years.

Address: Near willow Bank, 2, Mall Rd, The Mall, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171001
Time: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

Time: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

Lakkar Bazar

Christ Church, Shimla
Christ Church, Shimla, Hill Station in India

You must have seen this famous Christ Church in one of the Bollywood movies. Just near this Church is the famous Lakkar Bazaar where you can find some souvenirs like magnets and some wooden items.

Lakkar Bazaar, Shimla
Lakkar Bazaar, Shimla, Hill Station in India

Shimla is famous for wooden articles and you can find all those articles here in this street market. You will also find a lot of softy ice-cream stalls everywhere in Shimla.

Wooden articles, Lakkar Bazaar, Shimla
Wooden articles, Lakkar Bazaar, Shimla, Hill Station in India
Wooden articles, Lakkar Bazaar, Shimla
Wooden articles, Lakkar Bazaar, Things to do in Shimla


Kufri

This is another hill station in Shimla. The road to this hilltop is steep so you will need a horse to reach the top.

Way to Kufri(Summers), Shimla
Way to Kufri(Summers), Trip to Shimla

This is what Kufri looks like in summers but this hilltop is actually famous for snow. The right time to visit this area is in the winter season when you can enjoy some activities and play with snow.

Way to Kufri(winters), Shimla
Way to Kufri(winters), Shimla, Hill Station in India

This is what Shimla looks like in winters, i.e., from October to February. You will also find some shopping and food stalls here.

Shopping Stalls in Kufri, Shimla
Shopping stalls in Kufri, Things to do in Shimla

The best thing to eat here is Maggie. Is it only me or the idea of having Maggie in the mountains is amazing?

Food Stalls in Kufri, Shimla
Food Stalls in Kufri, Things to do in Shimla
Maggie in Kufri, Shimla
Maggie in Kufri, Things to do in Shimla
wooden souvenirs, Shimla
Wooden souvenirs, Shimla, Hill Station in India

Jakhoo Temple

Jakhoo Temple, Shimla
Jakhoo Temple, Trip to Shimla

This is an ancient temple located at the highest point in Shimla. This temple is dedicated to Hindu Deity Hanuman.

Deity Hanuman, Jakhoo Temple, Shimla
Deity Hanuman, Jakhoo Temple, Shimla
Jakhoo Temple at highest point in Shimla
Jakhoo Temple at highest point in Shimla, Hill Station In India

There are three ways to reach this temple: Jakhoo Ropeway, walking up to the temple or through a car. Jakhoo Ropeway is a cable car facility starting from Ridge road, it takes 5-6 minutes to reach the temple and Rs. 550 for a two-way journey.

Jakhoo Ropeway, Shimla
Jakhoo Ropeway, Shimla, Hill Station In India

Hotel in Shimla

The Cedar Grand Hotel & Spa

The Cedar Grand Hotel & Spa, Shimla
The Cedar Grand Hotel & Spa, Shimla

The rooms in this hotel and the view from the rooms are good. You will have a pleasant stay here.

Restaurant in the Cedar Grand Hotel & Spa, Shimla
Restaurant in the Cedar Grand Hotel & Spa, Shimla

This hotel is a little far from Mall Road but the hotel provides free shuttle service every hour till the Tourism Lift. You just have to inform them 30 minutes in advance.

Spa Services, Cedar Grand Hotel, Shimla
Spa Services, Cedar Grand Hotel, Shimla

Spa services are also available in the hotel and the view is amazing from the tub. I will advise you to reserve any room till the 3rd floor as the water pressure in the bathroom above the 3rd floor is not that good.

Website: http://www.cedargrand.com/

Address: Near Winter Field, Cart Rd, Shilli, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171003

Places to Eat in Shimla

1. Milap Dhaba

Milap Dhaba, Shimla
Milap Dhaba, Shimla, Hill Station In India

Which is a good place to have food in Shimla? Ask any local and they will only name one place – Milap Dhaba!

Milap Dhaba, Shimla
Milap Dhaba, Shimla, Hill Station In India

The food is actually tasty and fresh here. The rates are also good. You must grab a meal here.

Address: Cart Road Old Bus Stand, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171001

Time: 7 am to 11 pm

2. Guptajees

Guptajees, Shimla
Guptajees, Trip to Shimla

This restaurant is equally good and this is the only place where I had such yummy Chole Bhaturey that it reminded me of Amritsar. The Chole Bhaturey are known as Chana Masala here. It is only served in breakfast till 12:00 pm. The Alu Parantha (Potato Stuffed Bread) also was amazing.

Chana Masala and Alu Parantha (Potato Stuffed Bread), Guptajees, Shimla
Chana Masala and Alu Parantha (Potato Stuffed Bread), Guptajees, Shimla

Address: Below Vijay sweet, 62, Middle Bazar, Shimla, HP 171001

Time: 09:30 am to 10:00 pm

3. Sharma Chat Shop

Sharma Chat Shop, Shimla, Hill Station In India
Sharma Chat Shop, Shimla, Hill Station In India

I heard a lot of good reviews about this place and its street food. I missed out the food here but if you get a chance to try the chats then don’t forget to drop your comments here… Infact, send in some pictures and I will feature your experience here!

Address: 48, 3, Middle Bazar, Gunj Bazar, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171001

Time: 08:30 am to 10:00 pm (Sundays closed)

More Information on Shimla

1. Town Hall

Town Hall, Trip to Shimla
Town Hall, Trip to Shimla

Town Hall has recently got a facelift and it has turned out to be this beautiful. This has many offices and a library inside it, anyone can visit this library. This building belongs to the British India era and is a significant landmark in Shimla.

2. Gaiety Theatre

Gaiety Theatre, Shimla, Hill Staton in India
Gaiety Theatre, Shimla, Hill Station in India

This is like one of the most Instagrammable places in Shimla, it is the major cultural center. This is a Gothic style architecture and is designed by a very famous Architect – Henry Irwin.

Read more about the theatre here.

2. Helicopter Services

There is this helicopter service from Chandigarh to Shimla and back every day except Sunday. The trip takes 30 minutes and costs Rs.2880 per person. A flight can accommodate a maximum of 11 passengers, get more information here.

Helicopter Services, Shimla
Helicopter Services, Shimla

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Trip to Shimla, Hill Station in India
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