Places to visit in Shimla – The former summer capital of British India and the present capital of the Himalayan state, Himachal Pradesh Shimla is full of lush green valleys. On the verge of the Himalayan range, this place is at an altitude of 2200m from the sea level. The beauty of the snow-capped mountains, the Coniferous forests, apple gardens are the things that come to mind when we think of Shimla.
There is a lot more in store for the tourists. The ‘Lakkar Bazaar’ on the Mall road of this place is famous for wooden toys and furniture. It is also home to the architectural buildings which date back to the colonial area. The UNESCO Heritage site, the Kalka-Shimla railway route gives a thrilling experience and is the best mode to explore the snowy mountains.
The Christ church, the Jakhoo temple, the viceroy lodge, the summer hill, the Chadwick falls, the scandal point is a few attractions that are to be in the to-do or Places to visit in Shimla.
#1 Kufri Shimla
Kufri is situated 13kms from Shimla at an altitude of 2500m, with an extreme climatic condition ranging from -10 degrees Celsius in winter to 20 degrees Celsius in summer. The average temperature of this place is 12.7 degree Celsius. In summer, the climate is pleasant making it a warm welcome for the tourists which is one of the ideal times to visit this place and in the winter the roads and mountains are covered with snow which makes it worth visiting.
The adventure junkies can visit this place during winters because of the sports that are in a store like skiing and tobogganing. It’s better to carry heavy woolen clothes in winter and light ones in the summer.
Kufri Shimla – Kufr means ‘lake’ and that is where the place got its name. Almost 13kms away from Shimla this place is famous for skiing and tobogganing. The wildlife of this place constitutes antelopes and felines. Surrounded by the lush green pine valleys and trees giving the tourists a spectacular view.
The Chini bungalow is famous for its architecture of the late 1800s. Tourists can hike to the Mahasu peak which is around 5kms from Kufri which gives a panoramic view. There are a lot of picnic spots to hang out and have fun with family.
Kufri Temperature – As mentioned above the climatic conditions are extreme. The mountains are covered with snow throughout the year. The average temperature is 12.70 C. Whereas it goes to -100C in winter where you are suggested to carry heavy woolen clothes. The summers are warm and pleasant with a temperature around 200C.
#2 Green Valley Shimla
The beauty of the mountain ranges on the way to Kufri gives a sweeping view of the valley of pines, oaks, deodars etc. The view, the mountain ranges make it a picturesque making every tourist to stop by the valley and click a picture. The sunset at this point is simply breathtaking, this is when the sun goes down through the snow capped mountains into the horizon. Free from the pollution into the natures lap this place is surely God’s gift to us.
Green Valley Resorts – 8kms from Shimla and 7.5kms from Kufri this valley lies on the national highway 22. Giving the tourists major photograph goals, this valley has a picturesque view. The resorts near this valley are affordable and giving an amazing view from the balcony. Sipping a cup of tea in the balcony watching the sun taking his place in the sky, the snowy mountains at a distance, the dense forests of pine and deodorant is surely one to experience.
#3 Chail Shimla
The average temperature of this place is around 200C. The summers in Chail are warm and pleasant making it a treat to getaway from all sorts of work pressures. Whereas the winters are contradictory with the temperatures falling to -1 to 0. The average rainfall in 150mm and prone to landslides in monsoons.
Chail to Shimla 44kms from Shimla, this tiny hill station is known for its palace, The Chail palace built by the then Maharaja of Patiala. The world’s highest cricket ground is situated here at an altitude of around 2500m. Giving panoramic views of the Himachal or the Lower Himalayas. The Chail Sanctuary is famous for its sambhars, red jungle fowls, kakkars etc.
#4 Kali Bari
1.5 km from Shimla Station. Kali Bari Temple is one of the popular pilgrimages in Shimla. The travelers never miss to offer prayers to the goddess Shyamala, another name to goddess Kali and believe that the prayers bring happiness into their lives. The Temple of Kali Bari was constructed in 1845 on Jakhu Hill. Later the British rulers relocated the temple to the present site. The temple is thronged by thousands of devotees during the Dussehra Navratri.
#5 Tara Devi Temple
Placed in the middle of dense forests of oak, this temple offers amazing views of the Himalayas ranges surrounding the town. The temple is famous among tourists as a pollution free environment relaxes them from the day to day chores. It is believed that the goddess Tara Devi came all the way from Bengal to Himachal Pradesh. Tara means ‘star’ and so this temple is dedicated to the goddess of stars. People worship the goddess for peace and happiness.
How to reach from Shimla
Located 15kms to the west of the city of Shimla along the NH 22. To reach the temple premises you need to walk or trek for 7kms from the station or you can hire a cab. Another way to reach the temple from Shogoi, which is 11kms from Shimla. Government buses are available frequently from Shogoi.
The weekend away from the hustle bustle of life, away from the peer work pressure and the house chores to a pollution-free weekend to the natures lap into serenity, Shimla is one such place to visit. This place could be visited throughout the year giving breathtaking views of the mountains and the valleys. Skiing for the adventurers and love in the air, this place could be visited by everyone.