6 Unmissable Spots in Shimla

The Queen of India’s hill stations

By Lilly Singh

Shimla has got so much more to offer than just its stunning beauty and historical landmarks. Let me take you on a journey to uncover six hidden gems that often go unnoticed by tourists.

Bantony Castle

First up, we have Bantony Castle. Sitting proudly atop Bantony Hill, Shimla, this architectural marvel is a blend of Indian and Tudor styles. Back in the day, it served as the residence of the British Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army. With its impressive façade, intricate carvings, and picturesque surroundings, it’s a must-see for all you history and architecture enthusiasts out there.

Bantony Castle

Gaiety Theatre

Now, let’s move on to the Gaiety Theatre, which holds a special place in Shimla’s cultural heritage. This historic theatre, built in the late 1800s, witnessed some incredible performances during the British era. The architecture of the Gaiety Theatre is a perfect fusion of Victorian and Gothic styles, and the ornate interiors will transport you back in time. The best part? Keep an eye out for the notice boards outside because many of the shows are absolutely free!

The interiors of Gaiety Theatre

Rothney Castle

Next, we have Rothney Castle, tucked away amidst stunning natural beauty. This nineteenth-century castle boasts Victorian architecture and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys. Fun fact: A.O. Hume, the founder of the Congress, once called this mansion his home. So, whether you’re a history buff or a nature lover, this hidden treasure won’t disappoint.

Rothney Castle Shimla
Rothney Castle

St. Michael’s Cathedral

St. Michael’s Cathedral is a true hidden gem for those seeking solace and spirituality. This lovely church showcases beautiful Gothic architecture and mesmerizing stained glass windows depicting biblical tales. Don’t miss the medieval glass tapestry and the priceless old statue of “Our Lady of Guadalupe,” a gift from Mexico. With its peaceful surroundings and serene ambience, it’s the perfect spot for quiet contemplation and reflection.

St. Michael ‘s Cathedral

Featured Image- The Victorian Web

Observatory Hill

Moving on to Observatory Hill, a site with both scientific and historical significance. In the past, this hill housed an astronomical observatory during the British rule. Today, although the observatory is no longer operational, the hill provides a tranquil setting and panoramic views of Shimla’s skyline. Take a moment to soak in the breathtaking vistas and reflect upon the city’s scientific and astronomical history.

view from observation hill shimla
View from Observatory Hill

Woodville Palace

Last but not least, we have Woodville Palace, located just a short distance outside Shimla. This palace exudes royal charm and offers a glimpse into the lifestyle of the past. Once the residence of the Raja of Jubbal, it has now been transformed into a heritage hotel. Explore the well-preserved rooms, such as the Durbar Hall and the Royal Suite, and get a taste of the former rulers’ lavish lifestyle. Don’t forget to visit the small museum showcasing artefacts, photographs, and souvenirs from the region’s history and the royal family’s legacy.

Colourful Houses Of Shimla

Shimla is truly a treasure trove of hidden wonders. So, on your next visit, make sure to go off the beaten path and uncover these secret gems that await your discovery. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed!

Featured Video: Walking Wanderer

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