Shimla is a popular hill station that is frequented by tourists not only in summers but also in winters. It is known as an all year tourist destination. The popular season for snowfall lovers is from October to February. In winter months, especially December and January, the chances of snowfall are high. This is why in winter too, Shimla attracts tourists like a magnet. Another reason why December is quite a happening month is due to Christmas and New Year celebration.
There are many tourist places in Shimla, and how many you explore depends on how long is your vacation. You can go for one-day sight-seeing or a two-day holiday package with your family. It is always a good practice to know about the main attractions of Shimla during winters to plan well. Some of these best places to visit in Shimla in December are:
1. Shimla’s Ridge
This place is well-known because the authorities organise many fairs and events here. Also, this is the location for all major celebrations in Shimla. The summer festival is probably the most famous festival held in Shimla. However, during December, due to snowfall, the ridge looks absolutely gorgeous.
2. Green Valley
Known as one of the most famous tourist spots in Shimla, the Green valley offers a scenic location for Bollywood songs and is also as one of the finest places to visit in Shimla with family. Because of its exquisite beauty, this place is mentioned in almost every travel blog or magazine that is out there. This valley has some of the most exclusive varieties of herbs and herbal concoctions which are sold by local sellers.
Located 45 km from Shimla, this place is well-known for setting summer camps. This is man-made slope that was primarily built to help people escape from extreme summer heat. It has beautiful deodar and pine forests. There is a famous Chail Palace as the main attraction known for its architectural splendour. This place is primarily best suited for people who want to spend some time away from the city life amidst blissful nature. Shimla gets very crowded in peak season, so this is one of the finest places to visit away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
4. Christ Church
This church was primarily built in the British era to worship Jesus. It is considered to be in the list of top 10 destinations to visit in Shimla. This church is best suited for people who would love to get a taste of the British era’s Christianity. Other factors that make this church a perfect spot worth visiting is its beautiful scenic location. This church has been the point of attraction in multiple Bollywood and Hollywood movies.
5. The Kuthar Fort
Located in the midst of exotic pools and beautiful gardens, the Kuthar fort covers an area of 52.8 square kilometer. Some parts of the forts are close to 800 years old while there are certain portions that are older than 8 decades, too. People can reach this fort easily from the airport because it is just an hour’s drive from the airport.
6. Johnnie’s Wax Museum
This museum was set up by the MBM brothers in the year 2016. It is one of the best places to visit in Shimla. Some celebrities whose wax statue has been set up in this museum include Narendra Modi, Lionel Messi, Daniel Radcliffe, Tony Stark and Mahatma Gandhi. The entrance fee for the adults is Rs.250 and there is no entrance fee for children under 5 years. If visitors want a wax replica of their own hands, they can get it done on payment.
This is a unique flat terrain that has been developed as a playground for the city. Located at a distance from the ridge, this place can be reached with the help of taxis or buses. This flat terrain provides a beautiful view of the entire Shimla surroundings.
8. Summer Hill
Located at an altitude of 1283 meters, this picturesque place is well-known throughout the country of India. This place is accentuated because of its scenic beauty and hills that are quiet. It is located at a distance of 5 kms from the ridge of Shimla and is best-suited or people who would love to take leisure walk in the evenings. It is a serene place perfect for photography, and tourists can enjoy authentic local delicacies.
9. Viceregal Lodge
Tourists can spend close to half day here walking around and admiring this architecture marvel. Located at a distance of 2 kilometers from the west Shimla, the surrounding beauty accentuates the beauty of the lodge. This is also known as the President’s house or Rashtrapathi Nilaya.
10. Himalayan Bird Park
This is best place for budding photographers and bird watchers. Shimla is a blissful town which is further accentuated by nature and living beings that are in this place. This is located at a central location and houses multiple rare varieties of birds like the Himalayan royal pheasant and the monal pheasant, along with peacocks and peafowls.
11. Kila Forest
Known for its lush green vegetation and natural setting, the Kila forest is an ideal place for all nature lovers and people who just love to click a lot of pictures. This is open all year around and is best to be visited during the morning time.
12. Jakhoo Hill
This is one of the famous trekking spots of Shimla. Covered with Alpine trees, the Jakhoo temple can be reached by trekking for 30 minutes. The temple is dedicated to lord Hanuman and people visiting this temple pay their respects to Lord Hanuman, too.
13. A Ride In The Toy Train
A special kind of joy can be experienced by riding the toy train in Shimla. Available only in the Himalayan regions, this train goes through slopes and the view from the top of the slopes is very exquisite.
14. Chadwick Waterfall
This waterfall can be visited any time of the year. The water falls from a height of 86 m. The falls is further accentuated by the surrounding pine forests and the natural hills.
15. Shaily Peak
Located at a distance of 22 kilometers from Naldehra. This peak can be reached by trekking a distance of 8 kilometers from the base Khatnol or on a pony. The best part of this place is amazing views and you would love to capture it through multiple photographs.
Find hotels in Shimla
There are multiple Shimla hotels offering you a comfortable stay. Most of the well- known hotels offer nice room interiors, scenic views, restaurant services, AC and wi-fi facilities. You can book hotels online in advance and benefit from discount deals and cash back. You can choose from hotel Pineview, which offers an excellent view of the whole city, Clarkes Hotel, Hotel Willow Banks, Snow Valley Resort, Hotel Landmark, Hotel Marina and Hotel Honeymoon Inn. If you are already in Shimla and have not booked a hotel yet, search for “hotels near me” or “hotels nearby” to get a complete list.
So plan your vacation, pack your luggage and start for Shimla to enjoy some of the breathtaking views of nature at its best.