Best Places to visit in Shimla for Memorable Experience 2023
Oct 27, 2023 By Juliana Daniel

Shimla, the hill station in Himachal Pradesh, owns evergreen forests and breathtaking lakes. Therefore, the place becomes a stunning a unique charm for the tourists and always remains crowded by travelers. Packed with a wide range of attractions, Shimla makes selecting top touristy spots a real challenge for travelers. But worry not, we have solved your problem.

The Ridge, Kufri, Kali Bari Temple, Kalka-Shimla Railwa, Pine Forests, Mall Road, Green Valley, Viceregal Lodge, and Military Museum At Annandale are a few of the top places to visit, and you would not like to miss any cost.

If you were also thinking of visiting Shimla, take no more time, reach there, and enjoy the pleasant weather of Shimla, or be amazed by its snow-capped mountains. But, before that, don't forget to know more about the touristy spots of Shimla mentioned here!

10 Top places to visit in Shimla

Below are the top 10 tourist places in Shimla you would love to visit:

The Ridge

Calling this place the heart of Shimla will not be wrong. A wide street runs along Mall Road (east to west) and connects it to Scandal Point. The real charm of this place is the snow-capped mountains, which rise against the sky and give a beautiful view to the eye. Also, it is the city's social hub, as cafes, restaurants, and boutiques have lined it.

Kalka-Shimla Railwa

The Kalka to Shimla toy train is one of the major tourist attractions for a reason. The railway track was built in 1898 and moves through extremely scenic routes. Therefore, throughout the journey, the riders enjoy spectacular views of hills and villages situated in the surroundings. The train stops at different touristy spots, including Solan, Summer Hill, Dharampur, Taravedi, and Salogra.

You will cross over 102 tunnels, 864 bridges, and 919 curves. So, if you are in Shimla and missing this train ride, you are missing the splendid sights Shimla has for you and will regret it all your life!


You will ride from the city center and reach the Kufri within 40 minutes. It is situated at a height of 8607 feet, and the hill station offers you a chance to enjoy the majestic views of snow-capped mountains. Snow falls throughout the winter; therefore, most tourists prefer to visit this station in December. But do you know that it is an adventurous hub as well? You can enjoy exciting and thrilling activities like skiing and ice skating here.

Kali Bari Temple

The name of Shimla has been derived from Shyamala, Goddess Kali, and a temple dedicated to her is called "Kali Bari temple." The temple was built in 1845 and is well-known for its architectural, religious, and historical structure. So, you can visit this place for religious reasons and to admire its beauty and construction.

Christ Church

The church is the landmark of Shimla. The Christ church is situated in The Ridges and was constructed about 200 years ago. With its splendid architectural structure, the church is a masterpiece. There you will find a clock tower and the fact might surprise you buts it's a fact that the clock is still working even though it is 200 years old.

Pine Forests

If you are adventurous, you can go hiking and admire the beauty of pine trees around the city. The hiking trails will take you to different destinations, including Summer Hill, Glen, Kamna Devi Temple, and Prospect Hill. The walk through these forests in pleasant weather will be one of the best things to do in Shimla.

Military Museum At Annandale

The Army Museum is in Annandale, and you must visit this place. The army museum displays different guns, uniforms, and other documents that belong to India Pakistan war (1971). It remains open for visitors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is an entry fee, and the museum is one of the places to visit in Shimla with family.

Mall Road

Mall Road is a famous street heaven for shopaholics and the best tourist spot you would like to explore during your holiday trip. Though you can find everything there, the beautiful handicrafts and hand-woven warm woolens are the specialties you must buy. Everything is affordable, and you must visit this market in February. Besides shopping, you can also enjoy the street food. The market remains open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Green Valley

It is not only an ideal place to visit but for photography as well. You may have also seen the place in various Bollywood movies. Also, the stunning place has been mentioned in different books because of its unmatchable natural beauty. You can explore the whole valley anytime from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. within an hour. There is no entry fee, and it is about 8 kilometers from the Shimla bus station.

Viceregal Lodge

The place has remained the summer residence of the Indian Viceroy who governed the country from 1888 to 1946. It has now been transformed into an advanced university complex. Therefore, you can visit only a few staterooms. Also, while exploring this magnificent building, don't forget to visit Observatory Hill, where you can enjoy the stunning views of the neighboring landscape.

You can explore the entire place in two hours. Visit the Lodge anytime from 10:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., but remember that the place remains closed on Monday. To get an entry to the Lodge, you will have to pay INR 20.


Shimla is one of the most popular tourist places in the country as it offers endless touristy spots and activities. Also, for the locals, it is a great weekend gateway. So, whether you are a local or coming across the border, the places you must visit include The Ridge, Mall Road, Viceregal Lodge, Green Valley, Kalka-Shimla Railwa, and Kufri. Besides that, Kali Bari Temple, Pine Forests, and the Military Museum At Annandale are the other worth-visiting spots of Shimla.