#42 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla
Distance (From Shimla Railway Station): 2 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 1 Hour
Place Location: Near The Mall
Transportation Options: Walk/Trek
Travel Tips: None
At a distance of 2 km from Shimla Railway Station and 1.2 km from Shimla Old Bus Stand, The Ridge is a large open space located in the heart of Shimla. It is among the most visited Shimla tourist places and among the prime place to visit on a Shimla tour. The Ridge is situated along the Mall Road which is the famous shopping center of Shimla.
Several major places of Shimla like Lakkar Bazaar, Mall, Scandal Point, Jakhu Hill, etc. are connected through the Ridge. The movement of vehicles is strictly prohibited here. The Ridge in Shimla always remains crowded with hundreds of people. Tourists from all over the country visit this awesome place for the view of the sunset.
The Ridge at Shimla also provides the tourists a view of the age old Christ Church built in the Neo-Gothic style of architecture as well as the new Tudor library. The statue of YS Parmar who is the founder of Himachal Pradesh and of Mrs. Indira Gandhi have been erected at this place.
The Ridge is famous for the various government functions and fairs that are held here. It is usually the venue for all such celebrations and events.
The most famous festival that is held at the Ridge is the Summer Festival in the month of Apr/May. During this festival, the whole of Shimla comes alive with flying colors. The Ridge offers splendid views of the snow-clad ranges of the Himalayas, fine walks through oak and flowering rhododendron throughout the year.