The scorching heat of the plains has led to the heavy inflow of tourists in Himachal Pradesh. The social media and the newspapers are submerged with pictures of long traffic jams occurring in Shimla due to the tourist vehicles.

The District Administration took a step ahead in order to solve this problem, so that no distress is caused to the people. So now, the tourist vehicles coming from Chandigarh and going beyond Shimla will be diverted from Shogi towards Dhalli. In the similar manner the tourist vehicles returning from stations beyond Shimla and heading towards Chandigarh will be diverted from Dhalli Bypass towards Shogi.

 

 

The administration has also imposed a ban on plying of pick-up vehicles between 7.45 AM and 10AM in Shimla.
Further, the schools will have to remain closed on all Saturdays in the month of June. Till 30th June, The Loreto Convent ,Tara Hall will open 10 minutes earlier at 8 AM and Auckland School will open at 8.30 AM.

The police will also be deployed at various places in order to check the wrongly parked vehicles. The police will also be seen patrolling in the NH.

Furthermore, the Tutikandi parking will also be used for the parking of tourist vehicles. The HRTC taxi’s will ply from Tutikandi every 10-15 minutes to carry the tourists to and from the town. The construction material will also not be allowed to be stagged on the road .
Magistrates have also been put on duty in oder to monitor the situations occurring in the city.

To know is OK, but to have the right knowledge is undoubtedly essential. When talking about Places to visit around Shimla, its important to know the WHYs than to WHAT.

 

Places to visit around Shimla

1. CHAIL: Chail is a hill station of himachal Pradesh. It is 44 km from Shimla and 45 km from solan. It is known for its salubrious beauty and virgin forests. It is also frequented by hikers as it offers wonderful views of the lower Himalayas. It has good trekking points from Junga, Kufri and Ashwani Khad at Solan.  The world’s highest cricket ground and the heritage hotel, Chail Palace, in the midst of pine and deodar trees. It is surrounded by lush greenery and mesmerizing views from such a great height, known as a hiker’s paradise, Chail is bound to give a tourist a memorable travelling experience to a tourist. This place is famous for having the world’s highest cricket and polo grounds and has a luxurious resort situated on three hilltops.

 

2. NALDEHRA: Naldehra is a town which is away from the humdrum lifestyle of the city life and maintain a tranquility in the atmosphere, perhaps considered to be the most renowned hill station in Himachal Pradesh.The place is also known for the golf course which constitutes the design resonant of Scottish link and was built by the British Governor Lord Curzon. The golf course is considered to be the oldest nine holes course in India. The place is composed with the ample amount of greenery and eye-soothing scenario.

Places of interest:
– Naldehra Golf Course
– Walks in apple orchards of Mashobra
Enjoyable activities:
– Forest walks
– Heritage walks
– White water river rafting
– Horse-riding

 

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3. HATU PEAK NARKANDA: Hatu peak is the second highest peak in Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh. It is located at an elevation of 11,152 ft above sea level. The peak is surrounded by dense forest of conifers, oaks and maples. Hatu Peak lies on the Shimla-Rampur Highway nearly 71 km from Shimla. The roads are in good condition until Narkanda which is nearly 8 km from the peak. From here you can either trek for 8 km or go by bike or car. From there the peak can be accessed by bike or car but the road is difficult to use and only one car can climb at a time At the top of the peak is a small wooden temple called Hatu temple. According to local belief the famous Hatu Mata temple is the temple of Maa Kaali. Scenic beauty of the Shivalik Hills can be enjoyed on the steep road to Hatu Peak.  There are various species of conifers growing in the area which cover the substantial part of the forest. These are:

Abies pindrow,
Cedrus deodar,
Cryptomeria japonica,
Picea smithiana,
Pinus wallichiana,
Taxus contorta.
4. TARA DEVI TEMPLE: The Tara Devi Temple is a holy place, located 11 km away from the Shimla Bus Stand. It is positioned amid a thick forest of oak and rhododendron and offers scenic views of the lofty Himalayas surrounding the town. The temple is very famous among tourists as the clean and fresh atmosphere here helps them relax from the day to day worries of life.  Tara Devi Temple is an ideal place for a person seeking peace and tranquility.  Tara Devi Temple is an ideal place for a person seeking peace and tranquility. The journey to this temple is an amazing experience in its own. Visitors have to walk down to the temple through the deep forests of pine trees and green padtures. The Tara Devi temple is believed to be built around 250 years back. During its early days, the enchanting temple had a wooden idol of Tara Devi placed in its complex. Later on, the temple got shifted to the top of the hill with a much attractive idol of the deity, made out of a rare combination of eight elements.

5. SANKAT MOCHAN TEMPLE: The Sankat Mochan Temple is located among lush green and tranquil locales in this beautiful hill station. The temple is a place where one can actually meditate and enjoy the calm and peaceful surroundings. Lush green trees surround Sankat  Mochan Temple and the backdrop consists of the imposing and lofty Himalayan ranges and a light mist adds the mystical touch to that place.  Tourists visit this temple to pay obeisance to the deities of Lord Rama and other notable gods of the Hindu pantheon. This spiritual destination is located approximately 5 kilometers away from Shimla and it is the second most popular tourist spot after Jakhu Temple.  Visitors get to see navgrah temple , lord shiva temple , and temple of sage baba neeb krori maharaj ji.  Baba Neeb Karori Ji Maharaj came to this beautiful place and discovered the perfect spot for meditation and soulful introspection. After staying here for 10 days, he desired that a temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman should be built here.More

 

 

More Places to visit around Shimla

 

6. SHALI PEAK :It is located in naldehra shimla which combines a amazing greenery with a magical climate, a match made in heaven. The trek crosses densely covered forests, a beautiful experience in itself. The lush greenery and an expansive landscape will open up your senses to an unprecedented worldview, perfect to make your trip an unforgettable one. View from the top of the hill will make the long and challenging trek worth it . Shaily’s peak in Naldehra, Shimla offers a picturesque location that fulfils all your desires, for a quiet, mesmeric and soothing hill top. The heavenly view from the top is earned, through an arduous climb that is theoretically challenging but soon becomes a blessing in disguise as you wander through the thick forests and the green shrubs, the journey is itself lively and rewarding. Be sure to catch the sunrise or the sunset, from the Shaily’s peak, for a once in a lifetime opportunity.

 

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7. FAGU: Fagu is one of the snowy retreats in the state . Its swaying green fields with the snow covered Himalayas at its backdrop. It forms an excellent base for trekkers, botanists, and naturist who come to explore the beautiful countryside of Shimla, which is easily accessible from Fagu.It is located 20 km from Shimla is an untouched beauty personified. This place is perfect destination to simply unwind and to connect to the tranquility of the verdant valleys and silent villages. Located at an height of 2450 meters this place is generally engulfed in clouds thus got its name Fagu which means Fog. Hatu top at Fagu gives a splendor view of the scenery around. The closest airport is at Jubbar-Hatti, 45 km away. The nearest narrow gauge railhead is at Shimla, 22 km away. The picturesque countryside is dotted with clusters of villages, fruit gardens and nearby terraced fields. Fog characterizes the hillside landscape endowed with romantic ambience.

 

8. SADHUPUL: Sadhupul is a small village in  Himachal Pradesh between Solan and Chail , located at the site of a small bridge constructed over the hill river “Ashwini”. Sadhupul is an adventurous and fun destination. It is ideal location for picnics and to spend time in weekends with family.  it is a village near Chail , Solan & Shimla where a stream flows under a concrete bridge, it is an ideal place for outings. The access by road to Sadhupul is convenient and easy as it is on the way to Chail the famous hill station. This destination offers unlimited excitement. The benches are set-up in the middle of the river where one can sit while eating food ordered from the nearby vendors or brought from home. People can play in water here, and can also arrange camp fires in the chilly evenings of early winter months. A good destination for arranging family picnics and camping in summer months. The place being on the bank of a shallow stream is picturesque having old world charm.

 

9. CRAIGNANO: It is a destination, which was originally the summer resort of the Italian countess of Craignano, is located a few kilometers away from Naldehra. Surrounded by beautiful oak and pine trees, the place gives a breathtaking view of the gardens filled with an abundance of flowers such as daffodils, hyacinths, asphodels and celandine. It is located approximately 18 km from Shimla at an altitude of 2,149 meters above sea level. Craignano is also a famous picnic spot, where activities like rappelling, rock climbing, and fishing are common.  There are some villa which are constructed with woods amidst dense forest of oak and pine trees. The villa was made by an Italian photographer- Chevalier Federico Peliti, who named it in memory of his hometown, Craignano. Set on a cliff, it is encircled by small streams and forest of pine and oak trees. This villa includes a sprawling lawn, stone benches and night lamps that constitute the architectural style of the colonial era. Craignano is popular for the world’s highest water lift that is located at an altitude of around 7657 ft. The water lift was earlier made by the British but now it is used for supplying water to Shimla and surrounding areas.

 

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10. SHIMLA RESERVE FOREST SANCTUARY: This forest is located 11km away from Shimla into the forest sanctuary. This place is ideal for photographers and tourists alike. The reserve forests span over 950 hectares of  land and have a varied altitude ranging from 2km to 2.5km. This reserve is well connected to the chail Sanctuary. This sanctuary exhibits vivid flora and fauna of its own kind. With breathtaking views, one would love to stay here forever. The nine perennial streams which include god ki nala flows through its catchment. Due to various security reasons, the tourist must take permission before entering this sanctuary. This sanctuary offers even trekking and mountaineering. The forest includes pine, oak, cedar and rhododendron, as well as maple and horse chestnut, combined with shrubs, grasses and wildflowers. Wildlife lovers may also spot kakkar (barking deer), jackals, Himalayan eagle, and leopards in the sanctuary. Besides, birds like Himalayan eagle, pheasant, chikor and partridge are also spotted here.





It’s a frequently searched question about Shimla, that in total, How many Hills are there in Shimla? The Answer is unexpected!!

Shimla is known as the Queen of Hills. One reason is the fact that it is surrounded by Seven Hills. These seven hills or sister are the important part of the Shimla. Today, these seven sisters or hills keep the heritage of Shimla in safe condition. These hills offer a wide variety of trails to visitor’s to explore. The seven hills are:

The Seven Hills Of Shimla

•Prospect Hill

This hill is located in western part of Shimla city. It is one of the most popular religious destinations, which has Kamna Devi’s Temple at the top. The temple also provides a glorious view. It comprises of the dense deodar forest, surrounding hills and the toy train which is running to and from the Tara Devi. This hill is an ideal paradise for the photographers, bird watchers, nature lovers and the trekkers.

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•Summer Hill

Summer Hill is one of the suburbs which are located in western part of the city. This place is located just 5 km away from the center of the city. It is also one of the stations for the Kalka Shimla toy train.  Some prominent personalities such as Mahatma Gandhi and Princess Amrit Kaur stayed in this area, when they visited Shimla.

•Observatory Hill

Observatory hill is located in the western part of Shimla. Today, it houses the IIAS, Indian institute of Advanced Study which is one of the tourist attractions. The building was constructed in 1884 to the 1888 for the Viceroy of India, Lord Dufferin’s summer residence. The main historic event was the Shimla Conference in 1945. After independence, this building was known as the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Subsequently, this building was used to house the IIAS.

•Inverarm Hill

Inverarm Hill is located in the western part of the Shimla. The main sightseeing spot on the inverarm hill is the State Museum and the Bird Park. The aviary has lot of different birds which also includes the resplendent Himalayan Monal, which also the State Bird of Himachal Pradesh. The State Museum is very popular with the tourists and the visitors. It displays the history, culture and the heritage of the Himachal Pradesh. Most of the people visit the State Museum by traveling in cars and the cabs. But, the adventurous people prefer trekking to this panoramic hill through the forest which has the birds, butterflies, flowers and trees.

•Bantony Hill

Bantony Hill is located in the central heart of Shimla city. This hill was named after the Lord Bantony. Bantony Castle, which is a major landmark of Shimla, is located on the Bantony Hill. After independence, the castle was used as the office for the city railway board. After some time, the building was declared as the unsafe and today, the deserted castle is in ruins. It has been declared as the impermissible property. Apart from the castle ruins, the Bantony hill also has a Central Government’s guest house which is known as the Grand hotel.

•Jakoo Hill

The highest point of Shimla, Jakoo hill is located in western part of the Shimla city. This hill is located just 2 kilometers from the centre of the city. The main attraction of the Jakoo Hill is the ancient temple of the Lord Hanuman, the Jakhoo Temple. Visitor’s also enjoy the best sunrise and the sunset from the temple. For reaching the temple, you have to climb 300 meters, which goes through the pine and deodar forests.

•Elysium Hill Shimla

Elysium Hill is located at the north western part of Shimla. It reaches out towards the Shim Ridge of the Bharari Spur. This part of the Shimla has the Longwood and the Auckland House. You should visit Elysium Hill to see the view of Shimla city, which is spread down below in the valley. You will pass the Auckland House, when you are going to Lakkar Bazar. When you are trekking to the Elysium Hill, you will pass the villages of Kamiana and the Pabo.

 

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Firstly, let me introduce you to the founder of LocalGuy,  Mr. Anuj Sharma. Localguy is the first recognized Start-up of Himachal Pradesh and it was lunched in November 2018 by Honourable Chief Minister Shri Jairam Thakur ji, in presence of Honourable Minister of Industries Shri Vikram Thakur ji and Honourable Minister of Education Shri Suresh Bharadwaj ji.

 

 

LocalGuy is a web based Software as a Service portal that enables local people of Himachal to become local hosts and offer activities directly to travelers.

•It’s aims to cater unorganized sector and enable micro – entrepreneurs in cities to connect directly with travelers and give travelers a chance to access the unexplored local experiences in a city/village which would be invisible on other tourism agency portal.
•It helps travelers discover local experiences in cities they travel and book them on the go.
•Local experts to host experience based activities on the portal with their profile attached and enables travelers to book the experiences according to duration , cost and interest.
•It aims to empower Local micro – entrepreneurs with micro – finance credit facilities depending upon their needs and profile.
•It is impacting the people throughout Himachal Pradesh and from past one month more than 200 people who have registered themselves as a local hosts on our portal.
•Localguy is a website where it helps the travelers to know about each and every places and also experiences outdoor activities.
So it becomes interesting when experiences is unique. And therr is  online booking available on the portal. So that you can connect with the host directly.

 

During my visits to Shimla, one thing that I’ve always missed is the easy happy culture of small cafes that one enjoys in Manali, Chandigarh or even in Delhi. Though everyone goes to Shimla for its amazing climate, clean air and open skies, during stroll on the Mall Road, or walks around the city, only options you’re left with is Fine Dining, road side dhabas or old restaurants.

I recently came across a Cafe quietly sitting in the middle Bazaar down the stairs which are famous for Chhole Bhatoore, run by a young couple passionate about food and music. Cafe EBR is a new addition to the town and pretty much answers the question. When I visited this place for the first time, I actually had this thought that Cafe Culture in Shimla is giving itself a second Chance!

 

EBR Cafe

 

This new delight cafe is a small venture of a young couple out of Shimla, Shiven and his wife Vipasha. Shiven is a cheerful guy, a musician and finance industry expert before he started out with the cafe and Vipasha is a locally known professional dietician. The menu is healthy and planned by her keeping in view the health aspects of the food and offers a separate health menu to the health conscious!

The EBR Cafe offers Mexican and Italian food with a few experiments on Indian Street food. They also have Super fulfilling wraps and Salad Bowls. Do not forget to ask for Malaai Momos if you are serious about yummy experiments. If you want to feel extra special they even offer Detox Shots to get your  metabolism on track. Rs. 500 for two feeds you well.

Other Well known Cafes in the town have paved the way for new entrants by setting the tone. Wake n Bake, a cafe located on the Mall Road stands out to serve you Italian food.

Then there is Cafe Under Tree with its unique concept of interiors and and amazing location at the top of Shimla, nestled in the middle of deodar trees behind the famous Jakhoo temple, you’ll not find new anything in terms of food, but its a fantastic place to chill with your dear ones.

Cafe Shimla Times is one place that won’t let you miss the glitz of the Cafes in big cities. They offer you a variety of food and Bottled Beer.

If you’ve been an old timer to Shimla, you must be missing the Park Cafe that once served as the centre of youngster’s retreat in the town but closed at the moment. Apart from these places, Shimla as a town didn’t have anything to boast about any place as a Cafe that you could enter carefree and enjoy.

 

Cafe under Tree

Cafe culture seems to take a grip in the once colonial town of Shimla with youngsters showing their interest in culinary arts.

 

To experience the town of Shimla from an insider’s view and get along the local way of living, check out these experiences.

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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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Shimla Summer Festival

Shimla Summer Festival is an extravaganza organised by the state administration every year in the month of June at the historic Ridge ground. Though making an exception this year due to water crisis in June, Shimla summer festival has been rebranded as Shimla Fest and is being organised in the month of September.

Shimla Fest 2018

Shimla Fest 2018 begins on 20th September 2018, inaugurated by the governor Acharya Devvrat at around 4:30 PM and will continue upto around 10:00 PM in the night.

The conclusion of the Shimla Festival will be observed on 23rd September 2018 with Chief Minister Jairam Thakur’s presence.

Enthusiastic school children will be participating and presenting cultural and musical performances. Musical Performances by local celebrity singers and a star night are the main attractions of this festival.

Mohit Chauhan to Perform at Shimla Fest 2018

It is being announced in the media channels that star performer Mohit Chauhan , who hails from the state of Himachal Pradesh itself would be performing this year at the summer festival Shimla fest. Locals as well as tourists are excited about it and flocking to the hill station to attend the event.

Mohit Chauhan will be performing on 23rd of September 2018 as a closing mega act.

 

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Tour of Sacred Gurudwara in Shimla

Tour the 4 must visit Gurudwaras in Shimla, and meet the local community. Offer prayers and experience the richness of
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Healthy Italian Food Experience and Chat with Pro Dietician

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Eco-Camp Setting Experience in Jakhu Hills

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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

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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

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