By Lilly Singh
I’m here to spill the beans on some lesser-known places in Shimla that will give you a whole new experience. Get ready for a rollercoaster ride of spectacular locations in and around Shimla!
Kickstart your day with a visit to the Kamna Devi Temple. This gem sits on top of a hill, treating you to breathtaking views of the Shimla. It’s dedicated to Goddess Kali and has a rich history dating back to the 16th century. The temple welcomes its devotees from 8:30 am to 6 pm, every day. Hop in a cab or drive to the temple’s base, then embark on a 30-minute hike to the top. Trust me, the view is totally worth it!
Time to head to the Chail Wildlife Sanctuary, just about 30 km from Shimla via the Kalka-Shimla Route. Chail Wildlife Sanctuary is open all year, but if you want to explore the wildlife in Chail, March to October is the best time to go because you can see many animals, birds, and a dense forest with a wide variety of flora. Brace yourself to encounter leopards, sambar deer, and Himalayan black bears as you explore the sanctuary. You can either opt for a guided jeep safari or go on a thrilling trek to get up close and personal with the wildlife.
Time to hop in the car and drive to the picturesque village of Shoghi, just a 40-minute drive from Chail Wildlife Sanctuary. Surrounded by lush green forests, this village offers a serene escape from the city’s hustle and bustle. Go on a shopping spree at Shoghi, where you can find the best of jellies, jams, woollen items and pickles. You can also take a peaceful nature walk or have a delightful picnic near Tara Devi Temple—it’s pure bliss!
Explore the tranquil beauty of Tani Jubbar Lake, located around 70 km from Shimla. This serene lake is nestled amidst enchanting forests, providing a perfect spot to relax and soak in nature’s splendour. Take a boat ride or go for a leisurely stroll around the lake—it’s the epitome of tranquillity. You can visit this artificial Lake from 6 am to 6 pm.
Get ready to unleash your inner foodie at the Tibetan Market, which now has its very own complex near the Lift. This vibrant market is a treasure of colourful handicrafts and traditional goodies. I highly recommend getting a Tibetan carpet to spice up your living room. And the street food stalls? They’re heaven for your taste buds! Indulge in some mouthwatering local delicacies and savour every single bite. Also remember to bargain, for you may actually get what you want at around 20% less!
Now, let’s hit the streets of Mall Road in Shimla for a memorable evening. This place is a shopaholic’s paradise! You’ll find a plethora of shops selling local handicrafts and souvenirs, as well as winter clothing, and accessories.Fun fact about the Mall- the simpler and less touristy you dress, the easier will it be for your bargain to be successful ! Check out our article on the Mall’s best Cafes here. End your day with delicious food and apple cider drinks!
Start your day with a visit to the majestic Chadwick Falls, just a short 7 km journey from Shimla. These falls are nestled amidst lush green forests, providing a refreshing escape from the city’s chaos. Take a hike to the falls or simply relax and admire the natural beauty that surrounds you.
Take note! If you Visit Chadwick Falls, return to the main road before the sun goes down. Leopards are known to make their way from the forest after dark. Make sure to always explore Chadwick Falls in groups. There are no food stalls nearby, so bring plenty of snacks and beverages.
Time to drive to the village of Mashobra, approximately 15 km away from Shimla. This charming village is home to the Reserve Forest Sanctuary, where for INR 25 per person, you can spot various birds and animals. Take a guided tour or rent a bicycle for INR 50 to explore the sanctuary’s hidden treasures. (prices updated for 2023—please check before you go).
Extra tip: Students can avail of a 40% discount by showing their ID cards at the Sanctuary.
Round off your trip by exploring the historic town of Shimla. Visit the Viceregal Lodge, once the summer residence of the British Viceroy and now a fascinating museum for INR 100. If you’re up for a stroll, the Shimla Heritage Walk is a must! It takes you through the city’s historic neighbourhoods, revealing the rich cultural heritage, all from INR 699 onwards.
So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to make your way to Shimla and uncover its hidden treasures.