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iXiGOers Apr 22 2013

Suggest a 1 day tour itinerary for Shimla.

Benazir Khan Apr 22 2013
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Touted as the ‘Queen of the hills’, the charming hill station of Shimla still tops the list as a popular vacation destination. Marked by colonial architecture, archaic churches, tiny bazaars and an old world allure, a trip to Shimla is certainly a wonderful option.

The hill station has gradually climbed the charts as a crowded, touristy destination yet it has managed to retain some of it’s untouched and unexplored beauty with elan. If you are here only for a day, be assured it’s going to be an action packed one. Here is a short one day itinerary for Shimla.

There could be no better way to start your morning than to sample the finest Choley Bhature of Shimla at Ram Prasad Choley Bhature Wale at the mall. Known far and wide for its lip smacking Choley Bhature, its best to head here for breakfast as all his fare is polished off by noon.

After the hearty breakfast, take the trek up to Jakhoo Temple and work off your calories on the way. Dedicated to Lord Hanuman, the ancient temple is a must visit. The trip up the hill and back is going to take about an hour and a half, leaving you famished, so we advise you to have a lemonade from the numerous vendors outside the temple before heading back. Make sure you get the lemonade made in mineral water to avoid an upset tummy later.

Once you are back at the Mall, take a look inside the Christ Church, paying special attention to the beautiful frescos depicting the virtues of Faith, Charity, Hope, Fortitude, Patience and Humility. Soaked in serenity, the church is a delight to visit.

When all the exploration has made you hungry, head to one of the restaurants that dot the Mall Road and have a great meal. We recommend Devicos, Baljees or Fascination, but if any other restaurant catches your fancy, do eat there and be assured of a mouth watering meal. You can also check our places to eat in Shimla travel guide page.

After lunch, you may want to go for an exciting shopping spree. The main market of Shimla, known as The Mall is bustling with energy. With umpteen shops lining the area, you can head in any direction and you’ll be treated to a number of delights. From the chaotic Tibetan market to the dazzling lakkad bazaar, shopaholics are in for a bundle of surprises. Wooden items, woollen clothes and a plethora of souvenirs are some of the things you can pick up here.

Once you have recharged your batteries with a thrilling shopping spree, head to the Summer Hill for a long walk and explore the magnificent Viceroy Lodge which is surely going to transport you into a world of fantasy. When you walk do make it a point to pause and watch the sun go down the hills. This beautiful sight is sure to stay with you for a lifetime. Or if you aren’t the mood to walk, you can sit at any of the lovely coffee shops and enjoy a refreshing cup of coffee while watching the sun set.

End your day with dinner at Silver Oak and treat yourself to Chinese or Mughlai food, or head to the twin restaurant of Ashiana & Goofa and sample some traditional Himachali food. The delicious food will double your sleep quotient after the tiring day you have had and we are sure the night is going to get some thick sleep for you!

Retire for the night but not before you reminiscence about Shimla’s charm and bustling energy.

So pack your bag, pick any of these Shimla tour packages and start heading to "Queen of the Hills".
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