Most Popular Things to do in Shimla

Shimla, known as the ‘Queen of Hill Stations,’ is a haven for those looking to immerse themselves in nature. It stands out as one of the captivating hill stations in India and a premier destination in Himachal Pradesh. With its colonial charm, picturesque landscapes, and stunning views of the snow-covered Himalayas, Shimla remains a popular choice for holidaymakers. In addition to the must-see attractions, Shimla provides a wide range of activities for travelers in search of adventure and serenity. From exploring colonial architecture to catching the sunset at Scandal Point, and from paragliding at Bir-Billing to shopping at Lakkar Bazaar, here is the list of some of the top things to do as part of Shimla tour packages.

Explore the Colonial Architecture

Shimla, formerly the summer capital of British India, boasts a plethora of colonial architecture that showcases its rich history and heritage. Many well-preserved structures in Shimla are reminiscent of 19th-century architecture. Among these, the Viceregal Lodge, also known as Rashtrapati Niwas, stands out as a prime example of British architectural excellence surrounded by verdant landscapes. This majestic edifice once served as the summer retreat for the Viceroy of India and now serves as the Indian Institute of Advanced Study in Shimla, among the top places to visit near Delhi. Another notable colonial treasure is the Christ Church, one of the oldest churches in North India renowned for its neo-Gothic design and exquisite stained glass windows. The Gaiety Theatre, constructed in the late 19th century, is another architectural marvel that epitomizes Victorian elegance. Visitors can also appreciate various colonial-era buildings such as the General Post Office, Railway Board Building, and Town Hall during a comprehensive Shimla 4 day tour.

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Ride on Toy Train

One of the top things to do in Shimla is to take the toy train ride from Kalka to Shimla. It was built in 1924 and it is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is one of the beautiful experiences you should not miss during your Shimla Tour. With a total distance of 96 km, this 2-feet-6-inch narrow-gauge railway passes through some of the most stunning landscapes, deodar and oak forests, and quaint stations that seem frozen in time. With 100 plus tunnels and over 800 bridges and viaducts, the train ride offers an unique experience that gives you a lifetime memories. Also, this train ride is even more mesmerizing during winter when everything around you is covered in snow. It is one of the most scenic places to visit near Chandigarh.

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Go hiking or trekking

Being located at the foothills of the Himalayas, Shimla is one of the popular hill stations near Delhi that offer several amazing opportunities for trekking and hiking that draws many adventure seekers and trekking enthusiasts. Climb along the mountain trails, wander through orchards and thick alpine groves, and enjoy the views of snow-capped mountains that are truly mesmerizing which gives you with a wonderful and lifetime memories as part of Shimla adventure packages. Some of the popular treks are Kamna Devi Temple Trek, Chadwick Falls Trek, Churdhar Trek, Shimla – Jalori Pass Trek, Shali Tibba Trek etc.

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Shopping at Lakkar Bazaar

Shopping at Lakkar Bazaar is one of the best things to do in Shimla, among the most prominent hill stations near Chandigarh. Known for its carved wooden handicrafts, Chinese shoes, Tibetan mats and carpets, it is an ideal shopping destination for people who enjoy colorful street shopping during your Shimla Family Tour. It is also a great place to pick souvenirs and little gifts for your loved ones. Dry fruits and the Kullu Shawls of the bazaar are also very famous. The best time to experience the pulsating vibes of the market is during afternoons and evenings. Besides, one can also taste the delicious snacks in the nearby eateries.

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Witness Sunset at Scandal Point

Witnessing the sunset at the Scandal Point is one of the most romantic things to do in Shimla. Located at the intersection of the Ridge and the Mall Road, it is one of the top Shimla tourist places. A paradise for photographers and nature lovers, Scandal Point offers stunning views of both sunrise and sunset. It also offers the picturesque views of the snowcapped mountains and the lush valley. While here, you can relax on the benches or walk around to catch a glimpse of the statue of Lala Lajapat Rai and the General Post Office, which is a grand colonial structure.


Skiing in Kufri

Whether you’re an amateur or an experienced skier, skiing in Kufri is one of the most popular things to do during winters as you get to experience the blooming rush while skiing across the icy slopes. Situated at an altitude of 2622 meters, the picturesque hill station of Kufri is a popular destination for skiing enthusiasts as it houses some of the most attractive ski-slopes in India that range from gentle ones for beginners to steep ones for expert skiers in search of a challenge.  The slopes, the heights, and the thick blanket of snow it receives every year make it incredible to try the exciting adventure. Mahasu ridge has the best slopes to ski in Kufri, among the gorgeous hill stations in North India. There are state government-run ski courses in Kufri and they also give out equipment on hire.

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Bathe in Chadwick Waterfall

Located amidst the verdant setting of the Glen forest, Chadwick Falls is one of the best waterfalls in Shimla and among the top places to visit as part of Shimla Leisure Packages. Perched at an altitude of 1586 m, the water cascades down a deep gorge at a height of 86 m. With a combination of natural beauty and a serene environment, the waterfall is a perfect place for catching up on some solitude. If you are a nature lover, then witnessing sunrise at the falls is one of the best things to do in Shimla. Also, taking a bathe in the water of this falls is another best thing to do in Chadwick falls. There are some scenic trails around the falls for short hikes while the picturesque surroundings make it an ideal spot for shutterbugs and picnickers as well. One can reach the falls by 10 minutes’ walk from the main road through thick vegetation.


Paragliding at Bir-Billing

Widely known as the ‘Paragliding Capital of India’, Bir Billing is a hub for all adventure activities including trekking, mountain biking, and hand gliding that attracts adventure enthusiasts from all over the world. Among, Paragliding is one of the popular and adventure activities in Bir-Billing that attracts many Para gliders from all over the country. Situated at an elevation of 5,000 feet amidst the serene landscapes, snow-capped hills, and artistic temples, it is one of the must-visit places as part of Mandi Tour Packages. Besides, it is also an amazing place to create some memories amidst the serene nature and can spend some quality time with your friends and family.


Indulge in River Rafting at Tattapani

Tattapani is one of the biggest rafting regions of Himachal and among the top places to visit as part of Shimla 5 day tour. Situated on the banks of Sutlej, the region is popular for its natural hot water springs, lush green valleys. Rafting through the cold waters of river Sutlej gives you a life-time experience that attracts thousands of tourists every year. Never say no to River Rafting while in Tattapani where one can rejuvenate your body through the chilly streams amidst the snow caps of Himalayas. Guides will make sure that you enjoy in a safe setup and all you have to do is following the guidelines, paddle with rafts whilst the curves make your path.


Golfing in Naldehra

If you are looking for some exciting activities in Shimla, then Golfing at Naldehra is one of the top things to do in Shimla. Situated at an altitude of over 2200 meters, it is touted as the oldest golf club in the country that also offers you stunning views of the surrounding areas. Established in 18th century under the supervision of Lord Curzon, this 18-hole golf course is currently maintained by Himachal Pradesh Tourism Department that adds up to an amazing golfing experience.

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