Places to Visit

The Mall

The hub of Shimla is the Mall, which runs along the Ridge and is crowded with tourists. It is the city's most famous shopping center, with shops selling all items, from clothes to junk food. Most of Shimla's landmarks are located here. The Mall further joins the Ridge at the 'Scandal Point' , where a statue of Lala Lajpat Rai has been erected. This is the main shopping center of Shimla with restaurants

Christ Church

This famous landmark church of Shimla was built over a span of 11 years (1846-1857) and its the second oldest church of northern India. The beauty of the church is enhanced by the stained glass in its windows. The building looks all the more beautiful at night when its grand architecture glows with clever lighting. Another important church in Shimla is the Church of St. Michael's Cathedral.

Viceregal Lodge & Botanical Gardens

On the Observatory Hills is located Viceregal Lodge. This magnificent building was the residence of the British Viceroy Lord Duffer in. The lodge has now been converted into Indian Institute of Advanced Studies and is a km further from the State Museum.


Developed as the playground of Shimla, Annandale is 2-4 km from the Ridge at a height of 6,117 ft. It is a favourite spot for cricket, picnics and the princely game of polo.The Annandale polo field, It also acts as a Helipad when required.


16 km from Shimla at a height of 8,600 ft, Kufri is the winter sports capital. During winter, visitors have the facility for skiing. The skiing season is at its best during January and February. Equipment for sking is available from HPTDC winter sports club at Kufri. Apart from skiing, Kufri is a lovely picnic spot with a beautiful view of the hills around and the snowy peaks. There is also a zoo that delights children.


Chail is a little mountainous heaven 45 km from Shimla. It was the summer capital of the Maharaja of Patiala before Independence. The forests near Chail have many species of birds and deer. Chail is known for its cricket pitch, which is the highest cricket ground in the world.


22 km from Shimla and surrounded by beautiful deodar trees. Naldehra has a well kept nine-hole golf-course. It is a lovely, popular picnic spot. The annual sipi fair is held at seepur near mashobra.