Top 12 Places Near Shimla You Die to Visit in 2023?

Are you planning to go to Shimla? When should you visit Shimla?

Generally, a man is fed up while working, and he starts thinking about going to beautiful tourist places. As a result, he discusses possible destinations with his friends, and family or surfs the internet for beautiful places. Generally, Shimla in Himachal Pradesh is one of the best tourist destinations that comes to mind. Not only Shimla but also other places to visit in Shimla lure him.

Here are the top 12 places to visit near Shimla in 2023. I have mentioned those places in detail here. Certainly, this article will quench all your questions. Here are the places I’ll discuss in this article-

  1. Kufri
  2. The Ridge of Shimla
  3. Mashobra
  4. Narkanda
  5. Chail
  6. Rohru
  7. Summer Hill
  8. The Ride in The Toy Train
  9. Annandale
  10. Scandal Point
  11. Jakhoo Hill, Kiala Forest
  12. Viceregal Lodge (Rashtrapati Niwas) & many more

“The Best Places to Visit in Shimla”

Kufri

The nearest town of Shimla is Kufri, Places to Visit in Shimla
Kufri

Certainly, Kufri rests at a brief distance from Shimla. Undoubtedly, Kufri is an extremely beautiful and scenic town. Thus, it is one of the best places to visit in Shimla. That’s why not only tourists but honeymooners also love to visit here.

Generally, a hoard of Himalayan Ranges surrounds Kufri. Due to this, it becomes one of the hottest and most sought-after holiday destinations to visit in Himachal Pradesh. Naturally, this tiny town has lofty valleys.

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During the warm days, the beauty here will enchant and refresh you. But when the Shimla weather turns cold, Kufri muffles the white sheet of snow. Thus, it gives a beautiful chance to observe beautiful sights. Naturally, the thick forests of pines and deodars beautify the town.

The Himalayan Park Shimla

Though Kufri does not lie in high mountains like other towns, it’s beautifully developed. As a result, it becomes one of the best places to visit in Shimla. Though there are several places to visit in Shimla, it is handy to travel there.

Generally, there are many sources of enjoyment in Kufri. The Himalayan Park is one of them. Undoubtedly, the park becomes a source of enjoyment for wildlife enthusiasts and trekking lovers alike.

In this park, not only around 31 species of animals but also over 150 species of birds live. Even the stunning snow-capped mountains beautify their surroundings.

Kufri Fun World

Another major attraction in Kufri is Kufri Fun World. Certainly, Kufri Fun World is not the best but a must-visit amusement park in the world. Generally, there is a go-kart track that allows visitors to race against the backdrop of the majestic Himalayas.

Generally, skiing enthusiasts love the destination very much. Undoubtedly, there are the most attractive ski runs in Himachal Pradesh. Even the mule ride to Mahasu Peak is one of the most famous activities in Kufri.

Kufri becomes one of the most popular places to visit in Shimla due to its unique adventure opportunities. These activities are not general. So you can’t find them easily in other cities of Himachal Pradesh

It is the tallest peak here. There are unique adventure opportunities in Kufri. Other cities in Himachal Pradesh do not have these activities. Thus, it becomes one of the most popular destinations in Himachal Pradesh. 

Fairs and Festivals

The people of Kufri organize and celebrate a winter sports festival in the month of February. Generally, skiing enthusiasts and adventure seekers take part in this event.

Kufri Weather: When to Reach?

Summer in Kufri is from April to June. During this time, you’ll experience a cool and pleasant climate. Even though you will enjoy moderate temperatures in Kufri, you will also get a chance to enjoy the short spells of rain now and then.

But the winter is what you enjoy from October to March. Undoubtedly, you will love when the temperature falls as low as subzero levels.

Generally, the monsoon months are from July to September. During the season, the temperature falls to a reasonable level. Even the town faces heavy rain.

How to Reach Kufri from Shimla?

You cannot reach Kufri by airplane or train, as there is neither a railway station nor an airport. But you’ll have to take Himachal Roadways buses to reach the destination. Because Kufri links with Shimla, Narkanda, and Rampur by road.

If you can afford a taxi, you can choose to hire one and get here. Generally, choosing a bus is cheaper than choosing a taxi. Certainly, it is totally your choice.

The Ridge of Shimla

The Ridge of Shimla
The Ridge of Shimla- Image Source – Google | image by ShashankSharma2511

The Ridge of Shimla rests within the city, and it is undoubtedly one of the most bustling spots in Shimla. Generally, the Ridge lies in the heart of Shimla, and its appearance is exquisitely beautiful and charming. It is popular not only with tourists but also with locals.

Generally, snowfall beautifies the Ridge. Due to it, people can be seen playing in the snow. In my opinion, you must visit here in December.

Where is the Ridge of Shimla?

Along the Mall Road

What to do?

  •  Photography
  • Horse Riding
  • Shopping

Mashobra

Mashobra is a quaint town that rests in Shimla District in Himachal Pradesh. Generally, some people are of the kind that loves solitude and pristine nature. Mashobra offers such things to them. Thus Mashobra becomes their first choice out of the places to visit in Shimla

Certainly, there is a lot of hustle in Shimla, but Mashobra is far away from it. Thus, it offers a peaceful atmosphere for the people. In my opinion, you must visit here in the month of December.

Mashobra rests at a height of 7.041 feet and offers fantastic stay options with its lavishness and amenities. As usual, winter adds charm to the beauty of the town.

Where is Mashobra?

13 kilometers from the town of Shimla.

What to do?

  • Camping
  • biking
  • trekking,
  • paragliding
  • rappelling
  • river rafting,
  • quad biking
  • skiing
  • shopping

Narkanda

Narkanda is one of the places to visit in Shimla
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Narkanda is surely one of the most beautiful places to visit in Shimla. Naturally, Narkanda is the treasure of beautiful pieces of scenery. Thus, we can say Narkanda owns the picturesque quality.

It lies 60 km away from Shimla and comes in the Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh. As it sits at a height of 8,885 feet, it offers the most beautiful nature pictures to tourists and locals alike. Certainly, you will enjoy the peaceful ambiance and perennial greenery here.

Surely, you will enjoy the photography and the mild walk among the cherry and apple orchards here

The Major Places of Interest

Undoubtedly, there are other places like Tanni Jubbar Lake, the Hindu temple, and Hatu Mata Mandir to visit. Even you will get some vantage points here. Thus, it is one of the places to visit in Shimla.

Those who love photography will have a golden chance to capture the essence of Himachal Pradesh with their cameras. because the town is surrounded by beautiful scenes of nature. Even so, it is ideal for adventure seekers.

Whether you are a keen lover of trekking or skiing, this town gives you great opportunities and also satisfies the adrenaline junkie in you.

The Beauty of Snowfall in Narkanda

The frequent spells of the winter season will leave you flabbergasted in Narkanda every winter season. During this season, the town is muffled by the thick white blanket of snow. Generally, it happens because the temperature drops to as low as -8 degrees Celsius at midnight.

During the rest of the year, nature shows beautiful scenes of the dense forests of pine, oak, rhododendron, and deodar. They make its hilly landscape beautiful.

Generally, the days of summer are pleasantly cold. Thus, romantic vibes are added to the atmosphere.

Thus Narkanda becomes the first choice to spend your vacations in the lap of the Himalayas. Thus it is also one of the best places to visit in Shimla.

How to Reach Narkanda from Shimla?

Narkanda lies at a distance of 60 km from Shimla on the National Highway that connects Shimla to Kinnaur. That means there are frequent buses to the destination.

Chail [How to Reach Chail]

Chail
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Chail, the former summer capital of the state of Patiala, is one of the eye-catching places to visit Shimla. Generally, this hill station allures tourists on account of the three hillocks: Sadh Tiba, Pandewa, and Rajgarh. It rests at a distance of 55km from Shimla.

Covering a region of 72 acres of land, the town overlooks the canyon of River Satluj. The weather in Chail is pleasant throughout the year.

Not only the tourists but also the locals love to visit here. Generally, the town overlooks Shimla and Kasauli. Once Chail was a little mountain village but it got changed in 1893.

One of the Golden Triangle

Chail is one of the Golden Triangle of Himachal Pradesh, the other two are Shimla and Kufri. Generally, it is a gorgeous hill station that lies in solitude. Generally, the town allows the tourists to relish the charm and so the beauty of the place lies in its relative peace.

The other center of attraction lies in the green outfields and dense forest of deodar and pine trees. Thus the stunning scenes of mountains along with the breathtaking natural beauty become more beautiful and peaceful. They make Chail one of the best places to visit Shimla.

How to Reach Chail?

Shimla is the nearest railway station to Chail. From Shimla, you can hire a cab to reach Chail. Traveling by bus is another good and cheaper option for you.

Rohru

If you are looking for a town of natural pictures, Rohru in The District of Shimla is dotted with apple orchards and is a perfect place for you. Certainly, it is a valuable gem taken out of the treasured gems that are hidden from the tourist visiting Himachal Pradesh. Rohru sits on the bank of the Pabbar River.

In spite of its low altitude of 5,090 feet, there is snowfall on Rohru during the peak winter months. Thus, it is one of the most gorgeous places to visit in Shimla.

There are very exciting trekking trails for trekkers Chandernahan Trek is the most popular among them which leads you to incredibly beautiful landscapes.

Where is Rohru?

115 km from Shimla City.

What to Do?

  • Orchard Visit
  • Temple Visit
  • Trekking
  • Camping
  • Trout Fishing

Summer Hill Shimla

Summer Hill Shimla, one of the most beautiful places to visit in Shimla
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Surprisingly, Shimla sits on seven hills. And Summer Hill is one of those most famous hills. The lush green vegetation and mesmerizing views you see from here make it one of the most famous hills.

Thus it becomes one of the most effective places to visit in Shimla, especially in December as snow covers it during the winter months. And this event makes this part of the city extremely scenic. Because of it, Summer Hill attracts the attention of tourists. Thus it is more famous

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Where is the Summer Hill, Shimla?

11 km from The Ridge.

What to Do?

  • Photography
  • Sightseeing

The Ride in The Toy Train

Travel by toy train to Shimla
Toy train Shimla

While making a “to-do list” of Shimla, the toy train ride must be at the top of the list. The train runs through the hills and covers a 96 km distance to reach Shimla from Kalka. Generally, the toy train passes 18 stations, 103 tunnels, 864 bridges, and 919 breathtaking curves. Aside from the best places to visit in Shimla, it is the best experience on your Shimla Tour.

The toy ride is going to be the most interesting and memorable activity ever.  Obviously, the most amazing part of this journey lies between Barog and Shimla. While on this journey, Mother Nature shows you some mesmerizing scenes. But if you want to enjoy the toy train ride, you will have to go for an advance booking.

Where?

From Kalka to Shimla.
What to do?

Experience the beauty of nature while enjoying the longest tunnel near Barog Station.

What is the fare?

INR 65 to INR 500.

Annandale

Though many people choose the Shimla tour due to the snowfall and high mountains, there are still some who love the open landscapes that are surrounded by lush green forests. If you are one of the lush green landscape lovers, the flat terrain of Annandale is perfect for you. Generally, it is one of the best places to visit Shimla.

If you are a sports lover, you can surely enjoy the games like Cricket, Golf, and racing here. Even the Derdar, Oak, and Pine trees create a thick and beautiful forest. Thus it renders more beauty. Due to these reasons, Annandale has emerged as an eye-catching tourist site over the past few years.

Even you can enjoy the facilities like a cafe and a military museum here. Generally, during the snowfall, it becomes the highlight of your tour.

Where?: Around 3.5 km from The Ridge

What to Do at Annandale?

  • Picnic
  • Photography
  • Museum Visit
  • Sports

Scandal Point Shimla

Generally, Scandal point is one of the very famous tourist places to visit in Shimla. The Sandal point sits in the heart of the town. Surprisingly, there runs a tale that connects to it.

The story goes that it is the same point where the Maharaja of Patiala, Bhupinder Singh’s daughter eloped. So in memory of the romantic scandal, it was named Scandal Point. The statue of Lala Lajpat Rai is located here.

Where is Scandal Point?

The intersection point of The Mall and the Ridge.

What to Do at Scandal Point?

  • Sightseeing
  • Horse Riding
  • Dining
  • Shopping

Jakhoo Hill Shimla

Jakhoo Hill in Shimla is equally popular among tourists, adventure lovers, and devotees. The Hindu temple, a religious place, is dedicated to Lord Hanumana. By the way, the place owns a gigantic statue of  Lord Hanumana which is generally visible from most parts of Shimla.

Though you can hire a taxi to the place, I will recommend you take a pleasant walk through the dense forest. Thus you’ll reach here while enjoying the beauty of nature. By the way, it is the highest hill in the town. As a result, snow covers the hill during December. Hence this is the reason that it is one of the best places to visit in Shimla.

So select the month of December and enjoy the snowfall here.

Where is Jakhoo Hill?

7.4 km from Shimla Ridge

What things to do at Jakhoo Hill?

  • Trekking
  • Photography
  • Temple Visiting
  • Picnic

Viceregal Lodge (Rashtrapati Niwas) Shimla

Rashtrapati Niwas
Rashtrapati Niwas

Viceregal Lodge, Rashtrapati Niwas, is a lodge that is one of the most exquisite samples of fine craftsmanship in the town. Certainly, it was built in the age of British India. By the way, Rashtrapati Niwas sits on Observatory Hill. Once it was the abode of the British Viceroy of India. So its name is Viceregal Lodge too.

The Rashtrapati Niwas owns a museum where you can get some interesting details and facts about the times of British rule in India. Generally, this information is given through historical photographs and texts.

Where is Rashtrapati Niwas?

Observatory Hill

Timing: 10 am to 5 pm

Entry Fee: INR 20 per person

What to do?

  • Sightseeing
  • Photography
  • Picnic

Conclusion

I hope this article has answered all your questions. It is my suggestion that you must travel by toy train from Kalka to Shimla.

Happy journey!

Ritesh Gautam
Author: Ritesh Gautam

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