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 or the Church of
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 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.
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
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 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 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
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
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 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 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 is surrounded by thick forests and is about 45
minutes walk from Summer Hill Chowk.
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
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.
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
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
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