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12 Amazing things to do in Shimla

By Ankita

12 Amazing things to do in Shimla -
Shimla, which was once part of the Kingdom of Nepal before being named the British Summer Capital of India, is a popular weekend getaway for tourists all year. Its warm summers and snow-covered winters make it a popular weekend getaway for tourists all year. Awe-inspiring landscapes, warm hospitality, exciting winter sports, and friendly climatic conditions are just a few of the things you can expect to find in Shimla, India's dearest and most welcoming city. Check for interesting things to do in Shimla:

1.    Scintillating Toy Train Ride: Taking the Kalka Shimla Toy Train while in Shimla is a must-do thing. The Kalka Shimla Toy Train travels through a historic railway and takes 4 hours and 40 minutes to travel from Shimla to Kalka and vice versa. Riders will be treated to a scenic ride as they travel along the railway, which is surrounded by pine trees on a mountain with spectacular scenery.

2.    Hike to Jakhu Temple: Jakhu Hill is a popular Shimla sightseeing spot for many tourists who come to pay their respects at the temple, which is located on the top of Jakhu Hill, which is said to be Shimla's highest point. The 108-foot-tall statue of Hanuman is worth seeing, and the temple attracts a large number of devotees who come to hear the daily sermons and receive prasad. The hike to the temple treats you with amazing views and gives a memorable account of encounters with lots of monkeys.

3.    A reminiscing Heritage Walk: Shimla has many stories to tell, including legends and heritage, all of which are equally thrilling. Begin at the aptly named ‘Scandal Point,' passing by the Shimla General Post Office, Christ Church on the Ridge, Town Hall, and Gaiety Theatre before arriving at the ancient Kali Bari Temple. Before going to Vidhan Sabha and ending up at Himachal State Museum, take a break at the neo-Gothic Gorton Castle set in the midst of massive Deodars.

4.    Shopping spree at Lakkar Bazaar: When the sun sets below the horizon in the evening, Lakkar Bazar takes on a completely different appearance. Some of the finest woodwork artefacts can be found in the long stretch of shops on either side. Aside from artefacts, winter wear can be purchased for a very low price. It's a great place to pick up souvenirs and small gifts for friends and family.

5.    Ski break in Kufri: Kufri is a beautiful hill station whose name comes from the local word "kufr," which means "lake." If you're looking for places to visit in Shimla, this is one that you shouldn't overlook. Thanks to the vast slopes and breathtaking scenery, it is well-known for ski runs. If you visit during the winter season, you can see skiers from all over the world enjoying their time on the slopes.

6.    Enjoy a trekking expedition: Shimla is an ideal base for moderate treks due to its location in the midst of such renowned topography. For one-day treks, an early start is recommended, but multi-day expeditions may also be organised via local agencies. Climb the mountain trails, meander through orchards and dense alpine groves, and take in the views of snow-capped peaks that surround you. Famous treks around are Dhanu Devta Temple Trek, Kamna Devi Temple Trek, Chadwick Falls Trek, Churdhar Trek, Shimla – Jalori Pass Trek and Shali Tibba Trek.

7.    Visit Indian Institute of Advanced Study: In Shimla, there are many historic sites to see, but none is more important than the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, which was established in 1964. The Viceregal Lodge, where the institution is located, was designed by the British as a residence for Lord Dufferin, Viceroy of India from 1884 to 1888. The Viceregal Lodge has played an important role in the state's history over the years.

8.    Explore Chail’s beauty: At about 2250 metres above sea level, the entrance to Chail is marked by tall pine and deodar forests. Chail is known for having the world's highest cricket pitch and polo grounds (at 2444 m above MSL), as well as the Maharaja of Patiala's magnificent summer palace, which was built in 1891. (when exiled from Shimla by the British). Chail is also home to a wildlife sanctuary with a beautiful stone Shiva statue among other charming sites.

9.    How about some ice skating? Showing off your skills at the open-air ice skating rink is one of the things to do in Shimla during peak winters while deciding what to do in Shimla. Thousands of people visit the rink each year in search of an unforgettable ice skating experience. The ice is developed using a technique taught to the Garhwali highlanders by the British. It is shaded by the densely forested hillside, and low temperatures preserve it from melting.

10.    Golfing at Naldehra: The Naldehra golf course is not only one of the most beautiful in the world, but it is also India's oldest golf course. This should be at the top of your Shimla to-do list. Along a hill with majestic tall cedar trees, the course is set in difficult angles. There are 18 holes and 18 tees on the course.

11.    Camping under open sky: For young people and couples, camping under the stars is one of the best things to do in Shimla. In and around Shimla, there are numerous campsites to choose from, including high altitude spots, woods, and valleys, all of which are typically near to a stream or water source. Adventure games, campfires, and trekking tours are all available during these camping expeditions.

12.    Go Rafting: For thrill-seekers, Tattapani, 50 kilometres from Shimla, offers excellent rafting opportunities on the Sutlej River, India's longest river. If you're in Shimla for the weekend, this is a perfect place to visit. It's best to do this adrenaline-pumping activity between May and June. If you don't feel like rafting, Tattapani has plenty of other activities to do.