Shimla is a well known hill station known for the Snowy Winters, British Architecture and lush green hills in the surroundings. With a lot of things to do in Shimla, mostly the local aspect of the British era town gets shadowed under the magnificence of the old architecture and cool climate.

Apart from having a close connection to local community, the local food, local clothing, people and cultural aspects get mostly ignored. To take you to this hidden land, we’re going to talk about 10 Local Things to do in Shimla.

 

5 Local Things to do in Shimla

Connect with Local People

Connect with local people, considered one of the most helpful and easy to get along with community in India, people of Shimla are supportive, will help you around and tell you how life gets along in Shimla. Share your story with them and hear local tales from the local people of Shimla.

Eat Local Food in Shimla

Being a hilly region, the way of life is completely different here. So is the food. Himachali food is known for its richness in flavour and protein along with carrying an old traditional touch. Better Served as a meal called “Himachali Dham”.

Visit Local markets, places around Shimla

Mostly people visiting Shimla are well acquainted with The Mall Road and The Ridge Ground, most of the local places and markets around get ignored and travellers do not get the real essence of the place.  Three local markets and places around Shimla worth visiting are Sanjauli, Nav Bahar and Hussan Valley.

Local Walks on traffic restricted roads in Shimla

If you’ve heard people complaining about traffic on the roads to Shimla or the local roads in Shimla, you must get on local walks to avoid the traffic. Shimla is internally very well connected and with the help of a local host, an outsider can enjoy beautiful sunsets, sunrises and different colors across the town at different time of the day. Walk on less crowded scenic roads inside Shimla, traffic is restricted on these reads.

Eat Momos in street food shops around Mall Road

If you’re in Shimla, you just cant miss the Momos and the love for the Chinese delicacy the locals have. Don’t feel shy to ask locals where to find the best ones, you may start with Krishna Bakers on the Mall for simple yummy momos and The EBR Cafe in the Middle Bazaar for a more youthful version of Malaai Momos.

 

Though, the list can go on and on, its better to find a local host and explore the untouched aspects about Shimla. Find all the experiences hosted by locals and experience places like locals.

 

Experiences offered by Local Hosts in Shimla

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Healthy Italian Food Experience and Chat with Pro Dietician

Health Food Tour in Local Cafe run by a Local Professional Dietician in Shimla. Chat with the Local expert while
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Eco-Camp Setting Experience in Jakhu Hills

One of the pleasant outdoor experience in Shimla is a gentle walk around Jakhu Hill and a small camp setup
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Rent a Mountain Bike in Shimla

Rent a mountain bike in Shimla and explore the trails and valley roads around the town. Feel the freedom and
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Mountain Biking in Country Side around Shimla

Splashing through waterfalls, streams and rivers enjoy an outdoor lunch by a riverside and drive back with wonderful Himalayan memories.
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Warm Welcome Ceremony on Arrival in Shimla

A Warm Welcome Ceremony on Arrival in Shimla is all about a pre-organised small ceremony specially designed to make you feel
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Himachal Pradesh is a peaceful and quiet state with very friendly local residents. People are welcoming and seldom create any trouble to the tourists. You should be mindful about the following things when you come to Himachal Pradesh:

  1. Avoid indulging with commission agents and explore the local attractions in the state.
  2. Be kind to local community, connect with as many locals as possible and ask them for recommendations about local experiences in Himachal.
  3. Find reviews of local businesses on internet before making bookings.
  4. Use information provided by Tourism Information Centres setup by Tourism Department.
  5. Find Local Experiences rather than touristy destinations and experiences.
  6. Keep enough cash handy because you will not find al lot of local businesses accepting digital payments.
  7. Try to visit Himachal during fruit crop seasons mostly ranging from April to October other than the snowy winters.

For more information check out local experiences hosted by locals on the LocalGuy | Local Experiences by Local Hosts

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Cycling Through Mashobra and Rafting in Chabba

Shimla with its network of natural trails is a cyclist’s delight. Cycling through forests and small villages and quaint hamlets;
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Bike and Hike Adventure Bashleo Pass, Jalori Pass, Tirthan Valley

Cradled within a yet untouched forest heartland, the Jalori Pass offers Nature’s breathing life– bountiful flora and fauna amidst the
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Kasol, Tosh & Kheerganga with Local People

Breathing, Eating and Walking on the Nature's lap. Mesmerizing Kasol, Tosh and Kheerganga Trekking and camping is one way to leave
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Mountain Biking in Country Side around Shimla

Splashing through waterfalls, streams and rivers enjoy an outdoor lunch by a riverside and drive back with wonderful Himalayan memories.
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4 Days Bike & Hike Himalayan Countryside around Shimla

Complete Experience of Cycling, hiking, food and Stay for 2 in the lap of Himalayas. Pack your bag and come,
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Shimla Snow Skiing and Hill Forest Road Drive

Limited Seasonal opportunity to enjoy in snow! A hot bowl of Maggi is set to warm you up and gets
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Renting a mountain bike that actually solves the purpose is a tough task to complete when you’re away from home traveling so hill station. Renting Mountain bike in Shimla which is in good quality and maintained by an expert is not just difficult but sometimes disappointing. Locals in Shimla have a high inclination towards mountain biking but very few service providers rent out for money and even they don’t keep many ready.

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To end this scarcity,  we’ve rather thought of creating a whole experience around mountain biking for leisure and availability. You can book a slot with a local experts who is well versed with local terrain, trails and brings a bike for you along with him. A LocalGuy is the best source of information about how locals explore the places around them and share with you the real story of the place.

Here are some local Trails offered by local experts in Shimla. Starting from a single day of biking around Shimla to complete biking, Eating Lodging Experiences of 4 Days.

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Rent a Mountain Bike in Spiti

Rent a mountain bike in Shimla and explore the trails and valley roads around the town. Feel the freedom and
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Cycling Through Mashobra and Rafting in Chabba

Shimla with its network of natural trails is a cyclist’s delight. Cycling through forests and small villages and quaint hamlets;
per booking
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Bike and Hike Adventure Bashleo Pass, Jalori Pass, Tirthan Valley

Cradled within a yet untouched forest heartland, the Jalori Pass offers Nature’s breathing life– bountiful flora and fauna amidst the
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Rent a Mountain Bike in Shimla

Rent a mountain bike in Shimla and explore the trails and valley roads around the town. Feel the freedom and
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Early morning drive from Shimla to Charabara. We begin the Hike around Shimla From Charabara, take a plunge down and a climb back through the picturesque Mashobra valley which is mirrored by the tall Shali Peak (3200m). The route holds thick woods where practically every tree of the region grows – Himalayan Cedar (the almost legendary ‘Deodar’), Spruce, Oak, Rhododendron, Horse-Chestnut, Birch and Pine. Depending on the time of year, a variety of wildflowers grace the hillsides – the rhododendrons flower a dark red in spring, summer has banks of roses, daises and buttercups, the monsoons speckle the luxuriant grass with lilies-of-the-valley and peonies. Through the year, flitting butterflies stab quick flashes of color. The trail crosses picture-perfect hamlets where the word ‘time’ seems to mean only the seasons and the passing years – and where life has followed a steady pace for centuries. Trace fast flowing streams, cross a ‘sacred grove’ whose majestic trees have stood undisturbed for centuries, watch village craftsmen at work, listen to legends that seem as old as the hills – and in a single day, take a lifetime’s memory of some of the marvels that the lower Himalayas hold.
There are two start-options – one can walk down from Charabara to Mashobra Bazaar (30 to 40 minutes) or drive down to the Bazaar (20 minutes) and then start the hike.
Through woods of Himalayan Cedar and Spruce, the path to Seepur takes a steady dip down the valley. Past fields and orchards and wood and slate houses one arrives at the glade of Seepur – which the vicerene Lady Lytton called a “tea-cup shaped valley” and was popular for midnight picnics in the days of the Raj. Several slim streams fed by fresh-water springs nurture the soft grass of Seepur. The glade is held sacred to the local deity, Seep who ‘visits’ the spot at select times of year. Shaded by colossal Cedars, a delightful little temple built in the local style with stone and wood, rests on an edge. Smaller shrines merging with the woods are also there. This is the site of an annual fair held over the second weekend of April – and is a time for local matchmaking.
From Seepur the decline eases out to the tiny village of Shali, which holds a dozen charmingly rustic structures – and is probably named in honour of the facing peak. Here, the hike-path that snakes along the hill holds a bifurcation, and along a mild incline the route takes a right. This also marks the end of the descent. The view on the facing hill has terraced fields and age-old villages. Along the narrow path, the only sounds one is likely to hear are of one’s own breathing and the crunch of boots over scattered cones. The silence only punctuated by the song of a Himalayan Thrush or Barbet.
After Shali comes the home of the deity Seep at Deothi. Local legend has it that the deity was brought with the erstwhile rulers of the Koti state – in whose former territories the hike lies – when they migrated here from Kutlehar, which lies north-west. The temple was first established in the village of Nehra. This tract was then ruled by mavis, local strongmen who wished to share in the worship of Seep. When this was refused, the mavis started desecrating the temple. ‘Speaking’ through his worshippers, Seep declared that he wanted to move from Nehra and a day would come when a long line of ants would march through the village and where they finally circled a mound, was where he wished to reside. The ants came and circled a mound in what is now the village of Deothi – and where Seep was ceremoniously installed. The identity of this local deity has steadily been merged with that of Lord Shiva, the destroyer in the Hindu trinity. Styled as a tall gabled mushroom and belonging to an architectural genre unique to this part of the world, Seep’s temple rests at the edge of a small spur and is surrounded by other structures that ‘belong’ to him – a storehouse, a pavilion and a room for folk musicians.
Cameo appearances of pomegranate trees and tumbling streams that come close to becoming waterfalls, fresh water springs embellished with utilitarian stonework and a little bridge mark the passage to Mulkoti. Walls of shale and quartzite, now reduced to rubble, hold the remains of the little fort of the Raja of Koti where, centuries ago, the Koti rulers first established themselves.

We at LocalGuy strive to get the best experiences for travelers and connect them with Local people. Meet the man who built a House with NO new wood and put in place a magnificent piece of beauty and luxury. Meet our LocalGuy Bunkim Chadha, Who gets his inspirations from nature.

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Bunkim, a foodie at heart with a knack for cooking, shares about himself, ” I am photography enthusiast who enjoys mounting biking and practice permaculture. Professionally, I am a social entrepreneur and have been associated in the development sector for the last 8 years. Prior to taking up the homestay project, I worked for a youth-led NGO, Swechha as the Business head of their fair trade arm. I continue to volunteer for various NGOs and WWF community activities in and around Shimla.”bunkim_profile

The Press House Bnb is an escapade of transforming recycled wood into something ecstatic. The Press House Bnb completely built with love, thought and upcycled wood. Experience of staying here with us takes you away from the noise of the city and you find yourself facing one of the highest mountain ranges of Himachal, Conserved forest area of Kufri Catchmnt and open skies.

On the deck, at The Press House Bnb you get Barbecue experience under the sky with open horizon. Feeling the cool breeze on top of warmth from the Barbecue and taste of grilled meat/ chicken/ Paneer.

Studio apartment which boasts of furniture completely made up of upcycled wood and eco friendly material deigned beautifully offer comfy beds for 4 or more. Kitchen is well equipped and pets are welcomed too!

Take a look at the Press house Bnb pictures and details and select your winter holiday destination!

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With the onset of winters, there is no end to best things to do in Shimla or activities organized by locals in Shimla. Once you are here, Shimla treats you with Mall road and branching out paved paths filled with British Architectural marvels, Local food joints endorsing Himachali cuisine, local Shimla mountaineers ready to take you to adventure camps and riversides and certified Guides to explain you what makes this town so happening!! We have compiled a list of local experiences for you.

 

Best Things to do in Shimla Activities organized by Locals in Shimla

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Barbecue, BnB and Eco Friendly Stay at The Press House

The Press House Bnb is an escapade of transforming recycled wood into something ecstatic. The Press House Bnb completely built
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Survival Night Weekend Wilderness Fun

LocalGuy: Pranav Rawat Speaks English, Hindi   An avid mountaineer and an apple farmer. My recent endeavor was India’s epic frozen waterfall
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The Heritage Miles Walk Shimla

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Christ Church, Ridge / Vice Regal Lodge, Boileauganj DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 20 minutes before the schedule.

Ride a Royal Enfield on Hills in Shimla with Himalayan riders

LocalGuy: Ishan gupta Speaks English, Hindi Himalayas offer a great opportunity of Riding on and off road on top pf a
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Traditional Himachali Food spread Dham

Here in the Himachali Rasoi we are primarily offering a traditional festive spread called a Dham. Dham is served on
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Romantic Date at Café Under Tree (Highest Café in Shimla)

Special Romantic Date at Café  Under Tree (Highest Café  in Shimla). A fairy tale treatment to the couple to never forget
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LocalGuy came along as an idea from the founder’s very own experiences while traveling across India. Not a frequent traveler though, but when Anuj was out on a road trip with his friend Sahil on a Royal Enfield. “We had no plan what so ever”, said Anuj with an expression full of excitement on his face,” and yet we rented this machine (Royal Enfield ). Sahil had come to Shimla and it was a total surprise. The moment he landed, I was supposed to pick him up in my car, collect our gear, park the car and begin on our completely unplanned travel.”

Just to get an idea about which direction they must ride, Anuj called one of his mentors who runs a travel boutique company Being Out There. Dhananjay Ahluwalia (DJ Bhaai) just sent him a single message over Whatsapp with a rough idea of the route and phone numbers of a couple of Local Guys to call to manage stay and food at night fall. This whole incident made them feel the difference local people can make in a great experience.