VICE REGAL LODGE
The erstwhile Vice Regal Lodge which is now converted into Indian Institute of Advanced Studies served as a summer retreat for India's Viceroys during the Raj. It was witness to the crucial India-Pakistan partition talks which were held here. Still, the summer residence of India's president, the 'Rashtrapati Niwas' is frequented by the president for about 10-20 days each year.
One of the main attractions in Shimla is the Jakhu Temple or as it is locally known, the Hanuman Mandir, which is located at Jakhu Hill. The Jakhu Hill is 2 km from the Ridge and at a height of 2500 m is the highest peak in Shimla and offers a beautiful view of the town and of the surrounding Himalaya mountains.The 108 feet tall idol of Lord Hanuman located at the top of the hill is a big attraction.
TARA DEVI TEMPLE
The Tara Devi Temple is situated at the top of a hill in Shimla and the lush green environs surrounding it give the temple a very peaceful and tranquil atmosphere. One must visit this temple to check out the breath taking views of the countryside. The backdrop of the lofty Himalayas and the clean and fresh air works wonders and makes your vacation worthwhile.
The famous Kalibari Temple of Shimla is a popular tourist attraction and is situated at a very strategic location. The temple was built in the year 1845 and is dedicated to Goddess Kali who is also known as Shyamala. The Kalibari temple was primarily located in Jakhu hill. The British brought it to its new site.
SANKAT MOCHAN TEMPLE
The temple is a place where one can actually meditate and enjoy the calm and peaceful surroundings. Lush green trees surround Sankat Mochan Temple and the backdrop consists of the imposing and lofty Himalayan ranges and a light mist adds the mystical touch to that place. Let us take a look at the temple's history.
SHIMLA ICE SKATING
Ice skating in Shimla is bound to make your trip fun with a hint of adventure.The ice skating season usually begins in the start of December and goes on till the end of February. The cold weather and clear skies make sure that people have undisturbed sessions of ice-skating. The rink also provides membership on short and long term basis. Basic equipments like skates, cap, kneepads etc. are available at the rink.
MOUNTAINEERING IN SHIMLA
Mountaineering is a very popular adventure sport and mountaineering in Shimla has its own charm and magic. Many tourists and adventure seekers come here to try the mountain climbing sport of Shimla. The lofty ranges of the Himalayas provide the ideal locale for indulging in mountaineering.
PARAGLIDING IN SHIMLA
Though this sport has recently been introduced in Shimla, paragliding is fast catching up and emerging as one of the most sought after adventure sports in India. The undulating hills of Shimla provide the ideal location to try this sport. Para gliding is one sport that will set your adrenalin levels rushing and give you the exhilarating experience of a lifetime. Read on further to know more about paragliding sport in Shimla.
Located at a distance of around 22 kilometers from Shimla, Naldehra is one of the best and the oldest golf courses in India. Lord Curzon laid the foundation of this golf course in the year 1903, during the colonial rule in India. It is said that he was so mesmerized by the natural beauty of this place that he named his daughter "Naldera" after this place! Considered as one of the most challenging golf courses in the country, this is a par 68, nine-hole golf course.
This place is located at a distance of 13 kilometers from Shimla and is a popular location for skiing. This place attracts many tourists and is covered in snow from December to March thus making it the ideal place to indulge in skiing and other winter adventure sports.
Known as the winter sport capital of Shimla, Kufri is located very close to Shimla. At a distance of 13 kilometers from Shimla and an altitude that reaches 2622 meters, Kufri is a skier's paradise. The skiing season lasts from January to March and many people flock at Kufri for trying out skiing. Otherwise a quiet little town, Kufri comes alive in its entire splendor once it starts to snow. This place attracts ski enthusiasts from all over the world during winters.
SKIING IN SHIMLA
Shimla is known for its snow-capped peaks and smooth slopes. This is what makes it the ideal location for indulging in skiing in Shimla. The lofty ranges of Himalayas are the perfect place (after Swiss Alps!) to try out the skiing sport of Shimla. There are many places in Shimla that offers skiing and tourists flock these places in winters to try out this exhilarating adventure sport. So when you visit Shimla, skiing should be on the top of your things-to-do list!
KALKA - SHIMLA RAILWAY
Kalka-Shimla Railway line has been granted 'World Heritage Status' by UNESCO. The journey is long (5-6 hours) and takes you through a picturesque landscape full of green hills, oak trees, wild pomegranates, brick viaducts, and Himalayan springs. The long time is one reason why people take the train so that they can enjoy it.