Shimla is not just a summer getaway but also has a list of fun things you can try. From the lush greeneries to snowy mountains and roaring rivers, if you think of an adventure activity, Shimla is the place to be! Summers or Winters, both these seasons are an absolute delight for people who want to check off another activity from their bucket list.
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What does Shimla offer to adrenaline junkies?
Shimla and its nearby places are loaded with numerous activities. Here’s a list of some of the things you can try.
- Mountain Biking
- Ice Skating
- River Rafting
You can also visit the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports in Shimla where you can gear up for some advanced training in adventure sports.
Things to do in Shimla
15. Amuse Yourself in an Amusement Park
About an hour from the main city of Shimla is the Kufri Fun Campus amusement park. There are various rides you can hop on to while enjoying the thrill of being surrounded by majestic hills.
What’s worth trying?
- Go karting
- Snow skating
- Jungle night safari
- Jungle walk
- Sky swinger
- Valley crossing
- Zip line
- Infinity room
- Bunjee ejection
14. Engage in Bird Watching
Shimla Catchment Sanctuary in Naldhera or the Chail Wildlife Sanctuary can be wonderful spots for bird watching. You can also see other animals like the European Red Deer, Ghoral, Flying Squirrel, etc.
13. Heritage Walks
Start your walk from Christ Church till the Viceregal Lodge. On your journey, you can see other architectural and historical wonders like the Gaiety Theatre, Bantony, Betink’s Castle, Imperial Bank, Gorton Castle, Knockdrin, Sanatorium, etc.
12. Visit Museums
If you are fascinated by history, then you cannot miss these museums:
- Himachal State Museum
- Shimla Heritage Museum
- Rashtrapati Niwas
- Baba Bhalku Rail Museum
- Army Heritage Museum
- Johnnie’s Wax Museum
11. Visit Temples
Take a religious tour or simply try to find solace in these temples.
- Jhakoo Temple
- Tara Devi Temple
- Kamna Devi Temple
- Kali Bari Temple
10. Go for a Yak Ride
Yak and Horse rides are a popular tourist attraction in Shimla. Kufri is one famous spot if you want to get this experience and the best time to take a Yak ride would be November–February.
9. Go on a Shopping Spree
A trip to any destination is incomplete without shopping. You can shop for various traditional pieces of clothing, jewellery and handicrafts. Here’s a list of things you can bring back along with some fantastic memories, of course!
- Anything you like from Mall Road
- Local handicrafts, shawls and caps from the Himachal Emporium
- Jewellery from Tibetian Market and Lower Bazaar
- Jams and preserves from Minchy’s
- Wooden décor from Lakkar Bazaar
8. Joy Ride on the Kalka – Shimla Toy Train
Take a scenic route to Shimla with the Kalka-Shimla Train. Tall pine trees, beautiful flora and fauna, over 100 tunnels on the way and a sneak peek into history. Touring on this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must!
7. Indulge in Ice Skating
You don’t have to go very far to enjoy ice skating, just choose the best time in winters and enjoy skating on the Shimla Ice Skating Rink in the main town.
Walking lets you explore a place like no other means. You’re up close with nature, people and yourself; plus, both the journey and the destination are equally beautiful. When in Shimla, you can try these trekking routes –
- Dhanu Devta Temple Trek
- Kamna Devi Temple Trek
- Trek to Chadwick Falls
- Jhakoo Temple Trek
- Tara Devi Temple Trek
5. Paragliding in Bir-Billing Valley
If you’ve always wanted to soar the skies then a trip to Bir-Billing is a must in your bucket list. October–June is the best time to sail across the skies.
4. Skiing in Kufri
You can enjoy skiing in winter wonderlands of Kufri and Narkanda. Kufri is comparatively closer and the Mahasu Ridge has some good slopes worth trying.
3. River Rafting and Hot Pool Bath in Tattapani
Tattapani is another popular destination about 60 km away from Shimla. It boasts of roaring rivers that satiate your spirit of adventure and hot pools, where you can simple soak in and relax. The Shiva Caves are also a site worth visiting. For rafting, visit around April – July, and in February enjoy the hot water pools and snow by your side.
2. Camping in Chail
Relax in the arms of nature by camping in Chail. It is surrounded by tall trees and hills and the only sound you can indulge in is that of silence or the rumble of the river. Almost about 2,250 meters above sea level, various camps in Chail offer other experiences of a lifetime. You can enjoy activities like rock rappeling, rock climbing, flying fox and more!
1. Visit Magical Forests
Green Valley is just 26 km away from the Shimla Railway Station and is one of the best spots to test your photography skills. Be it lush green mountains, pine and deodar trees, or yaks grazing around, Green Valley is simply magical.
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How to Reach Shimla
Nearest Railway Station:
Kalka railway Station, well connected with Delhi and Chandigarh railway stations. A toy train ride from Kalka to Shimla is a must.
Nearest Bus Stop:
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