A vacation is a getaway- a place you can find peace and some kind of escape from the everyday rut. While some people look for adventurous vacations involving parasailing, trekking, bungee jumping and going on safaris, but if you’re a person who prefers a laid back vacation then you must take a holiday to the queen of hills.

Shimla was famously known as the Summer Capital of the British Era and has since then retained its old English charm with beautifully functioning rail services and buildings constructed keeping in mind British Architecture.

From its famous apple and cherry orchards to its much talked about Mall Road, Shimla is a city that will tug your heart strings.

These are a few things you could do the next time you visit the Queen of Hills:

Visit the Mall Road

The Mall Road is sure to take you on an enchanting journey. It’s a stretch of road taking you through book shops, eating joints to ice cream and juice bars and is much more refreshing than the closed malls we’re used to.

Take a walk in the evening on the Mall Road and visit the Ridge and the famous Church of Shimla. Relax and sip a coffee while you enjoy the beautiful luscious scenery surrounding you as you watch the sun setting down behind beautiful snow peaked mountains.

Enjoy the evening stroll and you can treat yourself to world class South Indian Cuisine at Indian Coffee House or if you want to give your taste buds an international trip then you can visit Café Sol which specialises in Mexican and Italian Cuisine.

Top it off with an ice cream as you burn all your calories as you stroll back to your hotel in the fresh air without having to worry about traffic. It would surely be an unforgettable evening.

Mall Road, Shimla
Mall Road, Shimla

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Jakhoo Temple

If you’re up for a treacherous climb and steep uphill walking then you can pay reverence to the famous temple situated 8000 feet above sea level paying homage to Lord Hanuman. The place is always swarming with monkeys so try not to take any eatables but once you reach the temple the climb will all be worth it.

The Jakhoo Temple is also adorned by a 108 foot statue of Lord Hanuman said to be the world’s tallest statue and it overlooks all of Shimla. You will surely have a lot of stories to recount from this visit.

Jakhoo Temple, Shimla
Jakhoo Temple, Shimla


Kufri is a beautiful destination for the perfect afternoon situated 13 km from mainland Shimla and offers a lot of fun and frolic. You can visit the Indira Tourist Park to get a beautiful kaleidoscope of the greenery and fresh blossoming trees. You can then visit the Kufri Fun World which is an amusement park allowing you to ride the world’s highest go-kart track which is sure to set your adrenaline racing.

If you happen to visit during winters you can also try your hand at skiing. You can take a ride on a yak to trek higher terrains which is surely going to be a unique experience.

Yak Riding in Kufri, Shimla
Yak Riding in Kufri, Shimla

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Advanced Studies

The Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, located on Observatory Hill, is a majestic treat to the eyes and was called the Viceregal Lodge as it housed various Viceroys during the British Raj. It serves as a learning centre dating back over 100 years and is also a research centre for Indian religion and humanities and the building is known for its architectural grandeur.

Visit the afternoon admiring the building, the academic offerings which you can buy as souvenirs and it can serve as a great background for your Facebook photos providing backdrops of awe inspiring gardens and exquisite greenery.

Viceregal Lodge, Shimla
Viceregal Lodge, Shimla

Shimla is worth a visit at least once in your life time. Situated in the lap of the grand Himalayas, this little town with its friendly folk will surely make you come back for a visit over and over again.