Best Places in Shimla

Wild Flower Hall

Wild flower hall is situated at an altitude of 2,498 m and 13 km from Shimla on Hindustan-Tibet Road. Nestling among thick flora and fauna, the Wild Flower Hall commands a breathtaking view of the snows.

Mashobra

Situated on Shimla-Naldehra road 10 kilometers from Shimla at a height of 7700 feet. It is a place of unique beauty, and is an ideal interlude beneath the oaks and the pines. Featuring beautiful gardens it is a popular weekend spot, lined with innumerable picnic spots. Stone benches have been strategically placed all over the grassy knolls,where you can sit back and enjoy views of the Dhauladhar Range. About 3 km from Mashobra is the lovely resort of Craignano (7,800 feet).

Naldehra

Naldehra, is situated at an altitude of  6706 feet and is 25 km from Shimla on Shimla- Tattapani road. Naldehra houses the oldest and the highest golf course in India. It is a famous picnic spot and one can have leisure pine lined forest walks and horse rides. Its beauty has attracted the film industry and this place has featured in many Hindi movies.

Tattapani

This place is located at a distance of 50 Km from Shimla. Tattapani is famous for hot spring water coming out by the side of Sutlej River. These hot waters came out from different places on the river bed at Tattapani. Locals and tourist enjoy this hot water bath which is reach in Sulphur and belived to have high medical value and good for skin. Those who are not comfortable in taking bath in open river bed they can use the arrangement made by local shops with covered fencing and bath tub arrangements.
Bathing at Tatapani Hot water spring
Before reaching Tatapani , you will be passing through Soni town. Here all types of facilities are available. Tatapani is at 10 KM distance of From Soni. While travelling most of the time valley will be at your left side but after Soni town the valley and Sutlej river will be at your right. From Shimla the road to Tattapani passes through Naldehra ( the famous golf ground ).

Sani Dan or Donation
This area is also famous for donations offered by devotees in the name Sani Dan. These offerings are given on Saturdays to a special group of peoples known as Pandys. These authorized persons of the special community who collect the donation maintain a local made weighing arrangement with one cross arm connected to a vertical pillar. Items of daily uses like Rice , Dal, whet ( known as Rasan or raw food items of daily uses ) of equal weight of the donor (devotee) is offered as donation. This is done in belived that the bad effect of Lord Sani can be addressed by offering this Sani Dan on Saturday. On Makar Sankranit day a local festival is organized here.

        White Water River rafting is also done here on Sutlej river.

Kufri

Kufri is the hottest spot to be during winters, because everyone lands up here to ski and throw snowballs at each other. Situated at distance of 16 km from Shimla and at an altitude of 2510 m above sea level it attracts bands of ski enthusiasts from all over the country drift from the snowy fields of Kufri to Narkanda in search of the finest ski slopes on which to flaunt their expertise. The Himalayan Nature Park here has a good collection of animals and birds found in the region

Fagu

Fagu overlooking the Giri Valley , is situatedon Hindustan-Tibet Road and is 23 kilometers from Shimla. Fagu is gifted with some enchanting views of the valley and distant Himalayas. Fagu also serves as entry point for Kinnaur and Spiti, and is an ideal trekking base.

Narkanda

Situated at 66 kilometers from Shimla, on Hindustan Tibet road Narkanda, offers wonderful slopes for skiing. At an elevation of 9017 feet, it has dense pine forests.Hatu peak, 8 km from Narkanda, provides a striking panorama of the plains below. Narkanda offers spectacular views of snow ranges.

Chail

Situated at 45 kilometers from Shimla, Chail is a lush green setting and was the former capital of the Patiala State. It has the world’s highest cricket ground at a height of 7220 feet situated in the cantonment area ,as such, is out of bounds to civilians. There is a wildlife sanctuary at a distance of 3 km from here. It is one of the few notified regions in the state where humans
and wild beasts live side by side. The Palace of Maharaja Of Patiala has been converted into the popular Palace Hotel. Chail is for leisurely walks in summer and autumn, and fun in the snow in winters