Mesmerizing landscapes, warm hospitality, thrilling winter sports, and pleasant climatic conditions are just some of the experiences waiting for you in Shimla, India’s dearest and most well-known hill station. It is a place where adrenaline junkies can find their fix while the city also attracts nature lovers, history buffs, and solo travelers with its many attractions.
Take the Kalka – Shimla Toy Train Ride
Taking a ride in the Shimla Toy Train is one of the best ways to relive your childhood while soaking in Himachal Pradesh’s old-world charm. This 2-feet-6-inch narrow-gauge railway passes through some of the most stunning landscapes, deodar and oak forests, and quaint stations that seem frozen in time. Put aside a few hours of your Shimla trip for this UNESCO World Heritage icon that is more than 100 years old. And, wait for the best part, this 96-kilometer ride will take you through 100 plus tunnels and over 800 bridges and viaducts.
Visit the Shimla Ridge
Every major hill town has that one spot where the people converge for various activities. For Shimla, it is the Ridge. Apart from its colonial-era buildings, Gothic structures, bars, restaurants, boutiques, shops, and cafés, the Ridge is a nice spot to engage in people watching and town photography. During the winter, the snow-covered street is a favorite stop for nature lovers and photographers who come here for the snowy scenes.
Shop at Lakkar Bazaar
If you are at the Ridge, you must head over to the adjoining Lakkar Bazaar, one of the best shopping places in Shimla. The street bazaar is known for its carved wooden toys and curios, made by the local Sikh community. Apart from these quintessential Shimla souvenirs, you can also dig into the delicious snacks in the nearby eateries. They say the aloo tikkis and chole bhatures at Sita Ram are not to be missed out. Afternoons and evenings are the best time to experience the pulsating vibes of the market.
Chill Out at the Mall Road
Your Shimla trip would be incomplete without getting lost in the crowds and stalls of the Mall Road, the commercial and recreational heart of the town. From handicrafts and jewelry to books and souvenirs, you can shop for an amazing range of goodies here. The tourist attractions in the vicinity, such as the Scandal Point, Gaiety Theater, and Town Hall will add to your experience. Strolling around aimlessly on the Mall Road hunting for bargains definitely counts among the fun things to do in Shimla.