Jakhu Hill: 2 km from Shimla, at a height of 8000 ft, Jakhu Hill is the highest peak and offers a beautiful view of the town and of the snow-covered Himalayas. At the top of the Hill, is an old temple of Lord Hanuman, which is also the home of countless playful monkeys waiting to be fed by all visitors.
Shimla State Museum: The Museum, which was opened in 1974, has tried to protect hill-out and the cultural wealth of the state. There is a collection of miniature Pahari paintings, sculptures, bronzes wood-carvings and also costumes, textiles and jewellery of the region.
Indian Institute of Advanced Study: This institute is housed in the Viceregal Lodge, built in 1884-88.
Summer Hill: Situated at a distance of 5 km from the Ridge is the lovely township of Summer Hill at a height of 6,500 ft on the Shimla-Kalka railway line. Mahatma Gandhi lived in these quiet surroundings during his visits to Shimla. Himachal Pradesh University is situated here.
Annandale: Developed as the playground of Shimla, Annandale is 2–4 km from the Ridge at a height of 6,117 ft. It is a favourite spot for cricket, picnics and polo.
Tara Devi: 11 km from the Shimla bus-stand. Tara Devi hill has a temple dedicated to the goddess of stars on top of the hill. There is a military Dairy Town here as well as the headquarters of Bharat Scouts and Guides.
Sankat Mochan: A Lord Hanuman temple is located here.
Junga: Junga is a Tehsi 26 km from Shimla ; its original name (with diacritics) is Jūnga and is a former royal retreat of the princely state of Junga (also known as Keonthal Estate).
Mashobra: 13 km from Shimla, site of the annual Sipi fair in June.
Kufri: 16 km from Shimla at a height of 8,600 ft, Kufri is the winter sports capital and also has a small zoo.
Chharabra: 13 km from Shimla on route to Kufri.
Naldehra: 22 km from Shimla, with a nine-hole Naldehra Golf Club. The annual Sipi fair in June is held in Naldehra.
Tatapani: Location of sulphur springs which are found near the Tatapani mandir(holy temple).
Chail: Chail was the summer capital of the Maharaja of Patiala before Independence, known for its cricket pitch, the highest in the world.
Arki: (46 km) is the site of an 18th century fort built when Arki was the capital of the erstwhile hill state of Baghal.
Sanjauli: The main suburb of Shimla.
Annandale: Developed as the playground of Shimla, Annandale is 2-4 kms. from the Ridge at a height of 6,117 ft. It is a favourite spot for cricket, picnics and the princely game of polo
Annandale, the only expanse of level ground around Shimla. Now an army golf course and sports reserve.
This is located just opposite Municipal Corporation Office at the Mall and has a sweet shop with a snacks shop at the ground floor and restaurant called Fascination at the top.
Cuisines: North Indian, South Indian, Mughalai, Continental, Middle East, Chinese Address: 26, The Mall, Shimla
Timings: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Cuisines: North Indian, South Indian, Chinese
Address: 48, The Mall Road, Shimla
Timings: 9.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m.
Famous for South Indian dishes
Cuisines: North Indian, South Indian
Address: 5, The Mall Road
Timings: 9.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m.
At Shimla’s prominent Ridge, Himachal Tourism offers the Ashiana and Goofa Restaurants with fast food counter serving delicious Indian, Continental, Chinese and Himachali cuisines.
A delightful restaurant, situated near the eastern side of Mall, in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. This self service restaurant offers delicious Indian and Chinese delicacies. Pizzas and hamburgers are their specialty.
Other popular restaurants include: Alfa Restaurant, Indian coffee house, Deepak Vaishnav Bhojnalya, Himani restaurant, Rendezvous Bar & Restaurant, Nalini restaurant.
Trishool bakers next to Gaiety theatre, Krishna bakery near Lift, Beekays at the Scandal point, are famous for fast food such as burger, patties, pastries and much more.
Mehru Halwai in Lower Bazaar is famous for Milk Jalebi, Samosa and other Indian Sweets.
Why do we go hiking?
Hiking is a recreational activity where we walk because we want to, not because we have to. The journey is more important than the destination. Shimla is a hikers paradise and is best seen by walking and all major points the ridge the mall etc are covered on foot only. As the temperatures are pleasant and the natural scenes outstanding complete with cool air the environment drives you to walk in Shimla to enjoy its beauty.
Hiking is a great way to explore nature. Hiking win Shimla will bring you back to nature.
From Scandal Point to the Former Vice regal Lodge
Around trip will cover approximately six kilometers along level stretches and slopes. From Scandal Point on the mall, this walk goes to the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, the former Viceregal Lodge.
With twists and turns, the route is across the non-shopping areas of the mall; and this walk is designed to include as many of the interesting site that lie along or just off the track.
The following places will come en-route
Start : Scandal Point, General Post Office (GPO), St. Andrew’s Church, Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), Bantony, Kali Bari Temple, Railway Board Building, Gorton Castle, The Vidhan Sabha , Chaura Maidan, The Cecil hotel, State Museum, AIR Shimla, Viceregal Lodge (now, the Indian Institute of Advanced Study), and while comming back State Bank Of India heritage building ,St. Michael’s Cathedral, telegraph Office.
The Glen Walk
From Scandal Point to the Glen which is a narrow valley through which a stream flows. This is more of a nature trail that goes to one of Shimla’s most popular picnic sport. This walk covers about seven to eight kilometers from Scandal Point. Plan for three hours or longer. On the way see the trees, the little stream, the birds, and perhaps some deer and butterflies while we are at it.
The Annandale Walk
This passes through thick deodar woods to reach a large open glade. The walk towards Annandale is largely downhill and all uphill on the return. From Scandal Point on the mall, this cover a distance of six seven kilometers. Plan for three hours or more. The routs may also be dovetailed with the Glen Walk, which will then take a total of around five hours or more and will cover eight to twelve kilometers.
Trip to Jakho temple
Jakho (Jakhoo, Jakhu) is the hill that dominates Shimla and is topped by the temple dedicated to lord Hanuman. The walk starts from the Ridge to the Hanuman temple and back. The total walk route covers a little over five kilometers. Plan for two hours or more. The views from the top are excellent. This is also the highest peak in Shimla.
A short walk through Shimla’s Lower Bazaar.
The Lower Bazaar runs roughly parallel to the Mall. This walk starts at the deputy commissioners office and winds up at the Sher-e-Punjab restaurant end. Depending on the time you take to dissect the shops, sample the wares, jostle and be jostled, the walking time is just about half an hour. The distance is barely a kilometers and a half.
From Boileauganj to The temple of Kamna Devi
This petite and beautiful temple is dedicated to Kamna Devi. It is on top of the Prospect Hill. A 15 minute climb from Prospect Hill is another favorite walk in Shimla and vantage point with breath-taking views. walk in shimla Boileauganj is on the western part of Shimla beyond Indian Institute of advance studies.
From Scandal Point to Chadwick Falls
which everyone includes, is his or her itinerary but never gets around to visiting – lie in the western edges of Shimla, as dose potters Hill. This is a long walk and if you intend using your legs all the way from Scandal Point and back, plan for five to six hours. You will cover between twelve to fifteen kilometers along slopes and level stretches. The last leg of two Kilometers or so is along a narrow path in a forest.
Highlights Built heritage up to the former Viceregal Lodge, Summer Hill, The woods and views, Chadwick Falls, Potters’ Hill, Summer Hill Railway Station, Boileauganj (if included), Prospect Hill And the temple of Kamna Devi (if included)