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Shimla Attractions, Himachal Pradesh


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Tourist Attractions in Shimla
The various tourist attractions in Shimla are Gothic Christ Church, St. Andrew's Church, Scandal Point, Kali Bari Temple, Jakhoo Hill and Gaiety Theatre.


Gothic Christ Church
The Gothic Christ church is located on the Shimla’s prominent Ridge. The first cornerstone was laid on 9 September 1844 and the church was consecrated on 10 January 1857. Even today, the church has some interesting memorial tablets while the pews still mark the seats of British Viceroy of India, the Commander-in-Chief and the Punjab’s Governor.

St. Andrew's Church
St. Andrew’s Church or the Church of 

Gothic Christ Church Shimla

Scotland was built in 1914. The decorative cornerstones are the only concession to its Spartan brick facade. The building now houses a wing of the State Library and is a treasure place of the rare books.

Scandal Point
Scandal Point remains the hub of Shimla’s social life and is said to be so named after a British Commander-in-Chief’s daughter eloped from the spot with the Maharaja of Patiala.

Kali Bari Temple

The Kali Bari temple is one of the oldest temple located near the Mall in Shimla. This temple was founded in 1845 by Ram Charan Bharamachari, a Bengali Brahmin. The temple is held in high veneration by the town’s Hindu community and is dedicated to the goddess Kali or Goddess Shayamla. A black marble image occupies the central position in the sanctum and is flanked by vermilion daubed stone carvings which are regarded to be the images that were unearthed at the temple’s original site on the slopes of Jakhoo hill.

Jakhoo Hill

The highest point in Shimla is the Jakhoo Hill. This Jakhoo Hill offers a spectacular view of the town, hills and distant mountain ranges. The peak has a temple dedicated to the Lord Hanuman.

Gaiety Theatre

The Gaiety Theatre is located near the Mall and the Ridge. The first amateur dramatic performance in Shimla in this theatre was performed on 9 June 1838. The Amateur Dramatic Club was formally Gothic in style and has still undergone a major restoration. The Theatre is renowned for its fine acoustics and as such without the help of an amplifier, a whisper on the stage will carry to every corner of the hall.


The Ridge
The large open space in the heart of town presents excellent view of the mountain ranges. Shimla's landmarks - the Neo-Gothic structure of Christ Church and the new-Tudor library building are worth seeing.

The Mall

The Mall is the main shopping centre of shimla with restaurants. The Gaiety Theatre, which is a reproduction of an old British theatre is a center of cultural activities. A passenger lift of HPTDC can be taken from the Cart Road and the Mall. Lakkar Bazaar adjacent to the Ridge is popular for its wood

Ridge Shimla

crafts and souvenirs.

State Museum
State Museum has collection of ancient Historical Sculptors and paintings of Himachal Pradesh. The visiting hours are 10 AM to 5 PM and it is Closed on Monday and gazetted holidays.

Indian Institute of Advanced Studies
Indian Institute of Advanced Studies is a magnificent English renaissance structure. This institute was the former Viceregal Lodge. Its lawns and woodland are added attractions.

Prospect Hill

Prospect Hill is crowned by a temple dedicated to Kamna Devi and only 15 minutes walk from Boileauganj on Shimla Bilaspur road. The hill offers a spectacular views of the area.

Summer Hill

Summer Hill is a picturesque superb on Shimla-Kalka Railway line. This place offers shady walks in quiet surroundings. The Father of Nation, Mahatma Gandhi during his visit to Shimla lived in the elegant Georgian House of Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur.

Chadwick Falls

Chadwick Falls is surrounded by thick forests and is about 45 minutes walk from Summer Hill Chowk.

Sankat Mochan
On Shimla-Kalka road is famous "Lord Hanuman" temple. It commands an excellent view of Shimla town.


Fagu is situated on the Hindustan-Tibet Road. It has enchanting views.


Narkanda is situated on the Hindustan Tibet road, and offers spectacular views of snow ranges. An uphill trek through Deodar woods leads to Hatu Peak. Ancient temple of Hatu Mata is alive with skiers. In winters short skiing courses are organized.


Kotgarh is a motorable, bifurcation from Narkanda. Kotgarh is land of apples and apricots.

Narkanda Shimla

Rampur is situated on the Hindustan Tibet Road. Once the capital of the Princely State of Bushahr, the town is situated on the banks of Satluj river, Big Commercial Centre and famous International Lavi fare which is held in November every year, Dumgir Buddhist Temple, Padam Palace, Raghunath Temple, Ayodhya temple and Narsingh Temple, are worth visiting.

Sarahan is situated on the Hindustan Tibet Road from Jeori. Sarahan is about 17 kms. away with spectacular view of Srikhand range. Sarahan has the majestic Bhimkali Temple. Saharan is the gateway to Kinnaur. A Pheasant Breading Centre and stadium are worth visiting.


Headquarters of the erstwhile Princely State, Jubbal has a superbly maintained Palace which was designed by a French architect in the 1930 and is remarkable mix of European and indigenous styles.


Hatkoti is famous for ancient temple of Mata Hateswari in the midst of paddy fields on the right bank of the Pabber river.


Mashobra is surrounded by thick forests and offers ideal walks. Goddess Durga temple is worth seeing.


Craignano is an ideal picnic spot with lawns and garden.


Naldehra is a nine hole golf course. It was designed by the British viceroy, Lord Curzon who was so enchanted by this place that he gave his daughter Alexandra, Naldehra as her second name. Ancient Nag temple is also situated here.


Tattapani has hot water springs having Sulphur content. Hindu temples and Shiv Goofa at Saraur (4 Km) are worth seeing places near Tattapani.


Chindi is a beautiful place in Karsog Valley. One can also visit famous Mahunag Temple. Mamleshwar Mahadev Temple, Kamaksha Devi temple, Pangna Killa/temple and Shikari Devi Temple.


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