The Top 10 Things To Do & See In Shimla

Shimla | © JamesSouthorn/Flickr
Shimla | © JamesSouthorn/Flickr
Photo of Kalpana Satish
9 February 2017

The capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is a small city set at the foot of the Himalayas. This quaint town is located at a narrow border which encompasses a variety of cultures from different eras and is unique compared to the rest of the country. We chose our favorite things to do and see.

Shimla | © JamesSouthorn/Flickr

Go hiking or trekking

The town’s location, at the bottom of the Himalayan mountains, make it ideal for taking in the surrounding nature. A variety of places provide walking tours or day hikes up and around the mountains here. The scenery is breathtaking and many that travel into this region come for the main purpose of trekking.

Visit Rothney Castle

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Visit Rothney Castle

Rothney castle is the former home, on Jakhoo Hill, of the naturalist Allan Octavian Hume, who founded the Indian National Congress in 1885. He’s known as the father of ornithology, the study of birds. For a long period of time, the castle was home to the largest collection of stuffed Asiatic birds, which were later donated to the British Museum.

Rothney Castle, Jakhoo Rd, Lakkar Bazar, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India

Learn about culture and history at the Himachal State Museum

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Located within an old Victorian mansion, the Himachal State Museum was a private residence that became home to artistic and archaeological artifacts. It is perched on top of Inveram Hill and has been open since 1974, preserving and collecting many items of importance along the way.

Do a little shopping at Himcraft

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Do a little shopping at Himcraft

Himcraft is a store that sells hand-crafted goods made by locals in the area, specializing in various art forms native to the Himalaya. They sell anything from scarves to gloves, caps, footwear, jewelry and paintings. Made from natural materials and providing the most authentic quality, these goods are perfect for the weather in the region, or as gifts for folk back home.

Himcraft, 3, Mall Rd, The Mall, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India, +91 177 280 1234

View the birds at Himalayan Bird Park

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View the birds at Himalayan Bird Park

The Himalayan Bird Park is a small park that contains a collection of exotic bird life. The most famous native bird located in the park is the monal pheasant, which is the symbolic bird of the Himachal state. The park also features an impressive array of rare plants.

Himalayan Bird Park, Near Advanced University, Museum Road, Chaura Maidan, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India, +91 177 262 3993

Say a prayer Kali Bari Mandir

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Say a prayer Kali Bari Mandir

The Kali Bari Mandir is a temple that has turned into a popular tourist attraction. It was built in 1845 for the goddess Kali, also known as Shyamala, who became something of a patron for the city and an inspiration for its name. It is a religious hub for Hindus on Jakhu Hill, but welcomes travelers from everywhere.

Kali Bari Mandir, Kali Bari, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India