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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the best sightseeing options in Shimla?

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Not only is the beautiful hill station Shimla rich in natural beauty, there are several places you would like to see that add to the charm and beauty of this place which is a traveller’s favourite:

 

  • Jakhoo Temple

     

Dedicated to Hindu God Hanuman, this ancient temple is a steep 45 minute trek from the Shimla Mall road. Legend has it that Lord Hanuman stopped here on his quest for the Sanjeevni Booti to save the life of Lord Rama’s brother Lakshman. Be careful with your kids when you are here for this place is infested with monkeys of all sizes. These animals are not violent and the most they do is snatch eatables from your hand, but it is still advisable to not agitate them. Do carry your water bottles, they come in handy. If you are not up for the physically challenging task, you can also drive to Jakhoo Temple, but trekking up is the best way to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Shimla. For a little bollywood twist to the tale, the temple houses the world's tallest idol of Lord Hanuman, which was unveiled by the famous Bachchan family. Aarti is held here twice a day and afternoon is not a good time to visit as the temple is closed then.

 

  • Viceregal Lodge


Visiting the Viceregal Lodge, which is now the Institute of Advanced Studies is likely to transport you into the fantasy world of Harry Potter. Huge hallways paneled in teak, an imposing facade, sprawling greens and state of the art technology here all contrive to take your breath away. The Viceregal Lodge also houses photographs and texts from the times of the British colonial rule, which are of much interest to the history buffs. It is best to visit here during the day as your beautiful views may be interrupted by the darkness of night.

 

  • Summer Hill


A walker’s paradise, the Summer Hill is a suburban part of Shimla and is one of the Seven Mountains that frame Shimla. Now housing the Himachal Pradesh University and the Institute of Advanced Studies, Summer Hill is a good place to see sunrises and sunsets in the lap of the timeless beauty of Shimla. Best to visit early morning or in breezy evenings. Do wear your walking shoes so that you don’t hurt your feet on the inclined mountain paths.  

 

  • Christ Church


Built in the 18th century, this church is a brilliant example of the Gothic architecture of those ages. The windows here are beautifully adorned with paintings of the virtues of Faith, Charity, Hope, Fortitude, Patience and Humility. Overlooking the vibrant mall of Shimla, for many this church is a symbol of the hill station of Shimla. Do make it a point to sit here and observe the vibrant mall of Shimla from a quiet and calm distance. Visit the service on Sundays from 8 in the morning to noon. If you want to check out the Church on a weekday, you should go before lunch as the Church remains closed after that.

 

  • Chadwick Falls


Located at a distance of 7 kms from Shimla, Chadwick Falls is a major tourist attraction drawing a large number of tourists every year. Cascading down from a height of 1500 meters, these breathtaking falls are surrounded by green mountains, further adding beauty to this haven of serenity. It is best to reach here by car, even though the trekker in you may crave for doing this distance by food. Running all year long, anytime is a good time to head here.

 

You are sure to have a heavenly time while exploring the beauty of the erstwhile colonial summer retreat of Shimla. Take our advice, do more exploration on foot to make the most of your vacation!

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