Shimla is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh and one of the best hill stations in North India. Every year thousands of tourists visit this hill station to spend their vacation with family and friends. It takes around three to four hours by road to reach Shimla from Chandigarh. Tourists coming from Chandigarh can also spend couple of hours at Kasauli hill station. Kasauli is around one hour journey from Chandigarh on the way to Shimla. Following are the top five places every tourist should visit in Shimla:
Mall Road: The most popular market and tourist place in Shimla. We can also call it a gold mine for shopaholics. You will find only shops on both sides of this road. So, all you need to go is begin from one end and finish on another. Once you are done with your shopping, select a restaurant of your choice and dine some delicious local delicacies. Those who like South Indian food shall definitely make a visit at years old authentic restaurant called Indian Coffee House.
Ridge: It’s a large open space right above the mall road. Once you are done with shopping and food at mall road, be ready to have a nice walk on Ridge. Local communities keep organizing cultural activities to entertain tourists such as folk dance and rock band performance. Right after a snowfall during the winter season (August to January), this place looks a bed of clouds. Other popular places situated on Ridge are Christ Church and Lakkar Bazar.
Christ Church: It’s the second oldest church in North India that was built by the British in 1857. The moment you enter Ridge from Mall road, this church is right in front of your eyes. Aesthetically designed and painted in milky white color, this structure holds your vision for some time. When you visit Shimla, do not forget to visit this church.
Lakkar Bazar: Right behind Christ Church, there is a market popularly known as Lakkar Bazar. All the shops here sell handcrafted products made from wood. Once you start exploring the market, you do find some cool stuff for home décor.
Jakhoo Temple: This temple is dedicated to Hindu deity Hanuman. It is situated on the highest peak in Shimla called Jakhoo hill. Tourist can reach this temple via taxi or horse at a nominal cost. There’s a taxi stand in front of Christ Church to help tourists who are interested in making a quick visit to the temple. A 108 feet tall statue of Hanuman is able to tract tourists in big number. The temple is also blessed with monkeys, who are always ready to welcome their visitors.