Verdant scenery, salubrious weather, snow-clad hills and an old-world charm, Shimla has always enticed nature lovers for years. Thick covers of oak and pine that spread across the city are great for soaking in the peace and serenity. If short hike is something that interests you, venture on a trek to the tranquil ‘Chadwick Falls’ that is located just 7 km from the main city. Aesthetic beauty, serene vibes and musical chirps of birds here are sure to leave you with that much needed solace.
While the quaint hill town is a nature enthusiast's delight, it’s also a paradise for adventure seekers. The popular 'Tattapani Point' on the banks of Satluj River, 50 km off Shimla is a hub for water sport aficionados and offers them an unmatched river rafting experience. There are plenty of other enthralling activities that one can indulge in to satiate those adrenaline cravings. Some of these are forest camping, paragliding and cycling through the wilderness of the 'Water Catchment Wildlife Sanctuary'.
Those travelling to Shimla on a romantic holiday, would certainly find this cosy little place on earth, a heavenly delight. The 'Scandal Point', one of the major tourist attractions in the city, is a paradise for lovers. Captivating views of the hills, a cool mountain breeze and the sun going down often cast a magical spell, leaving couples here with one of the most romantic experiences of their life. In the evening, the famous 'Mall Road' bustles with small eateries selling momos, roasted corn and ice creams. Sipping a hot cup of coffee in one of the quaint cafes here is an experience that every couple looks forward to during their romantic trip to this charming colonial city. If cultural and religious exploration is on your mind during your holidays in Shimla, it is definitely not going to leave you disappointed.
The famous 'Jakhoo Temple' perched atop the Jakhoo Hill above the valley is a popular religious attraction in the vicinity. Countless tourists and devotees embark on a short trek here to seek the blessings of Lord Hanuman. About 11 km from Shimla bus stand, sits yet another highly sacred shrine of the region, the splendid 'Tara Devi Temple'. Dedicated to the goddess of stars, it is positioned amidst dense forests of oak and rhododendrons. Lush environs, spiritual aura and a picturesque backdrop of the lofty Himalayan peaks truly makes it a must visit place when in the city. A trip to Shimla is incomplete without embarking on the famed toy train ride, which runs from Shimla to Kalka and vice-versa. Meandering through mountainous tracks, giving a glimpse of the hypnotic scenery, it is an engineering marvel in itself and one of the top things to do in Shimla.
Blessed with bounties of natural life, Shimla also finds a place in the itineraries of wildlife freaks, bird lovers and nature photographers. The 'Himalayan Bird Park', 'Kiala Forest' and 'Shimla Reserve Forest Sanctuary' are some of the popular wildlife spots in the region, and must visit attractions when in the city.
Shimla is a place that provides for an unparalleled shopping extravaganza to avid shopaholics. The famous 'Lakkar Bazaar', located next to the 'Ridge', is always abuzz with tourist activity. Long stretches of shops lined on either side of the bazaar offer some of the finest handcrafted wooden items and artefacts. Looking to pick up some little gifts and souvenirs for your loved ones back home? It's indeed a perfect place to scout through for some great deals.