Home is where the mountains are- its Shimla calling!

Shimla is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in India. It is popularly known as the Queen of Hill Stations for all the right reasons. The mesmerizing views and attractive natural beauty of the place will make you deeply fall in love with the place. It is also a great place for relaxing. Here one can even spend some quality time with their family and friends. If you have planned for 1 day trip to Shimla, you need to ensure to add the following places in your itinerary.

Places to Visit in Shimla in 1 Day

1. Jakhu Temple or Jakhu Hill

This ancient temple is located at a distance of just 7 kilometers from the Shimla Railway Station. This temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. It is located on the Jakhu Hill at a height of 2455 meters. It is believed that the temple had been constructed around the place where the footprints of Hanuman were seen. A huge statue of Hanuman, of 108 feet height is built over here. It is a very religious place where throngs of devotees are seen throughout the year. Jakhu Temple is one of the important places to visit in Shimla on your 1-day trip.

Timings: 8.00 am to 6.00 pm

Entry cost: Free

2. The Ridge

This large open space is located at a distance of 2 kilometers from the Shimla Railway Station, along the Mall Road. It is also a very popular shopping centre in Shimla. The old Christ church which has been built in the Neo-gothic style architecture is a beautiful place to visit in Shimla. It is popular for its mesmerizing view of the sunset. Various government functions and fairs are held here, especially the Summer Festival. It is held during the month of April or May.

Timings: 6.00 am to 9.00 pm

Entry cost: Free

3. Kufri

Kufri is located at a height of 2622 meters and is popular for its amazing beauty and adventure activities. It is one of the most popular picturesque locations in Shimla. Tourists are attracted by the beauty of the place as well as for the activities like skiing and hiking. You can just admire the beauty of nature in Kufri and click loads and loads of pictures.

4. Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex

It is located at a distance of just 1.5 kilometers from the Shimla Railway Station. It has a complete Gothic Victorian style of architecture. It began from the 30th of May in 1887. Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex is located on the Mall Road in Shimla. Various literary, cultural and theatrical events were held during the British time. The Victorian theatre is famous since various legends have performed and still remains as the main attraction. It is a multipurpose theatre with an amphitheater where various cultural events take place.

Timings: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm

Entry cost: INR 25 for foreigners and INR 10 for Indians

5. Annandale

This beautiful scenic spot is located at a distance of 2 kilometers from the Shimla Railway Station. It is located at a height of 6117 feet above the sea level. It is one of the most popular tourist attraction located in the deep wide valley in the village of Kaithu. It is located in the middle of the dense deodar trees. The army heritage museum is also very popular over here. A wide range of plants can also be seen in the Green House.

Timings: 10.00 am to 2.00 pm and 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm.

Entry cost: Free

6. Himachal State Museum

It is a colonial building located at a distance of just 1 kilometer from the Shimla Railway Station. Various archaeological artifacts and rich cultural and artistic items are found over here. Pre-historic Gallery and wood carving gallery are all separately set up in this museum. The Mughal paintings and the Rajasthani paintings are beautifully exhibited in this museum. If you are an art and culture lover, you will surely love this place. A huge collection of tribal dolls and Himachali brides can also be seen here. It also has a library with a huge range of historical books. It was built in 1974.

Timings: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm

Entry cost: Free

7. The Mall

The Mall Road was built by the British. It is easy to access as it is situated at a distance of just 2 kilometers from the Shimla Railway Station. It is one of the busiest commercial centers of Shimla. It stretches from Barnes court to the Vice Regal Lodge. It is situated below the ridge and all the major hotels are located over here. Only cycle rickshaws are allowed in this Mall Road. It also has some of the most popular restaurants. Lakkar Bazaar is the most popular place over here, where you can get souvenirs and wooden crafts. The police station and the municipal corporation is also located in this road.

Timings: 9.00 am to 9.00 pm

Entry cost: Free

8. Vice Regal Lodge

It is located on the Observatory Hills at a distance of just 2 kilometers from the Shimla Railway Station. It was designed by Henry Irwin who was a British architect. It was built in the style of the Jacobethan manner and the construction was initiated in 1880. It has a beautiful spiraling staircase and a highly decorative fireplace. It is a six-storeyed building and has a library within the building. Tourists are only allowed to the entrance hall and the grounds. Woods of pine and cedar had been used for the construction of this lodge. It is also known as the Rashtrapati Niwas.

Timings: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm

Entry cost: INR 50 for foreigners and INR 20 for Indians.

9. Kali Bari Temple

This popular temple was built by Ram Charan Bhramachari in the year 1845. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali or Shyamala from where the name Shimla came into existence. Some Bengali devotees later converted it to a Kali Bari. There is a blue wooden idol of Goddess Kali or Shyamala. The tourists can even accommodate themselves in this temple. The idol is worshipped in the temple itself in its various forms like Bhadrakali, Rudrarani, Chamunda, Uma, and others. Thousands of devotees come to visit this temple during the Navratri and various other pujas.

Timings: 6.00 am to 7.00 pm

Entry cost: Free

10. Christ Church

This Neo-Gothic styled church was built by J.T. Boileau in the year 1844. It is located on the Ridge. It is one of the most popular churches of North India. It was previously just a shrine which was built to serve the Anglican British Community that resided in Shimla. It has five stained windows, which represents various Christian virtues, other than that the design is plain and simple. It is the second oldest church in entire North India. The giant round clock of the church was donated to the church by Colonel Dumbleton. The church tower is 90 feet in height. It is a very peaceful place in Shimla.

Timings: 10.30 am to 5.30 pm

Entry cost: Free

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