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Benazir Khan May 19 2014

Which are the best day hikes in Shimla?

Anupriya Bedi May 19 2014
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There are two ways to reach Shimla. First, is by taking a direct ride by a New Delhi to Shimla taxi. The other way of going about is by travelling from New Delhi to Kalka by train and further take a Kalka to Shimla taxi or board the mountain train for the same.

Shimla is best captured on foot so take the best day hikes in Shimla.The best way to discover Shimla is to walk down some of its quieter roads.As you walk down the less travelled paths, you will find enchanting deodar and oak woods, new vistas after every curve and the reason why Shimla has charmed so many people. In summer, the cool winds are a welcome relief. Autumn is wonderful with the leaves changing colour. In monsoons, the town is at its quietest, tourists are few and far between and the rain and mist provide a romantic atmosphere.

Photo of Shimla Day Hikes (by Nishant Jois)

The Sanjauli-Jakhoo Hill-Ridge Hike

The Sanjauli-Jakhoo Hill-Ridge Hikehas plenty of silence, birdsong and dappled sunlight, with some Himalayan views. From Sanjauli Chowk, take the road ascending up Jakhoo Hill. Where the road forks, take the path going left, called the Upper Forest Road. After about 1 km, at the bifurcation, take the road going up to the right. It leads to a spot called Five Benches. Here, three roads branch off. One goes to Jakhoo Temple (climbs up to the right), one goes straight, and the third goes to Rich Mount (descends to the right). Take the last before descending to The Ridge.

Photo of Jakhoo Temple (from the Official Facebook Page)

Ridge-St. Bede’s Hike

Ridge-St Bede’s Hikehas you heading south-east to Chhota Shimla and is one of the best day hikes in Shimla. The road goes past Oak Over, the Chief Minister’s residence. Go left, to Raj Bhavan (erstwhile Barnes Court), the Governor’s residence. It was in here that the 1972 Shimla Agreement was signed between India and Pakistan which is one of the various Unknown facts about Shimla. At the entrance of Raj Bhavan, take the road going left (east) to Nav Bahar. This is known as Lovers’ Lane. It is a quiet road winding through oaks and conifers, past Churail Baori (the witches’ spring) to the crossroads above St Bede’s College. You can bus it back to Shimla.

Photo of Ridge-St Bede’s Hike (from the Official Facebook Page)

The Vidhan Sabha-Annandale walk

The Vidhan Sabha- Annandale walk starts from the Vidhan Sabha, past the Electricity Board Office and a concrete rain shelter, and turns right to descend to the Annandale Meadow (a golf course now). A path goes on straight before descending left to The Glen. Silence and cedar woods, and a stream at The Glen (which may have water) are the main attractions of this hike. Occasional buses ply on this road, to and from Annandale, so you can bus back up.

Photo of Annandale (by Subhashish Panigrahi)

These were some of the best day hikes in Shimla. Apart from the day hikes, there are various activities in Shimla that one can also indulge in and enjoy in this beautiful hill station.

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