At a distance of 2 km from Shimla Railway Station and 3 km from Shimla Old Bus Stand, Annandale is a historical playground located at an altitude of 6,117 feet in Shimla. It is one of the prime Shimla tourist places.
Annandale is located in a deep wide valley in the suburban village of Kaithu, Shimla west. This playground rests on a small patch of table-land about three-quarters of a mile in circumference. This place was named by Captain Charles Pratt Kennedy, one of the first incomers to the place. Annandale is a favorite spot for playing cricket and polo.
It is quite a scenic spot as it gives a picturesque view of Shimla city and its surroundings are occupied by deodar trees, oak trees, etc. Since the 1830s, Annandale has been an important center of Anglo-Indian playful activities, amusement, and entertainment. The round playground, at present hosts army exercise, parades, sports, and Dussehra celebrations. Tourists visit the place for picnic, races, and polo matches as part of Shimla packages.
Situated amidst dense deodar forests, drive to Annandale itself is a treat to your senses. If you love walking, you would find your way up the hill to be a challenging experience but an experience worth it. The view from the highest point of Annandale is breathtaking. Splendid gardens well maintained by the army mesmerize you.
One can also visit the Army Heritage Museum situated nearby which has some excellent collections that give an insight into the Indian Army's history. It is dedicated to the soldiers of the Indian army. The Green House has a wide range of plants. The parade ground behind the Army Museum is impressive. The field is also used as a Heliport in The City.
Timings of Army Heritage Museum: 10 AM - 2 PM & 3 PM - 5 PM, Closed on Monday.