When one thinks about hill stations, one can never miss out on the beautiful city of Shimla. Considered ‘heaven on Earth’, this mind-blowing hill station is a must visit tourist place in India. If you are planning your honeymoon, you can surely consider going to Shimla as it has beautiful nature views and several attractions apart from fun-filled adventure activities that you can enjoy with your partner. Here are some holiday destinations in Shimla which you can explore with your beloved.
You can start your trip from Mall road and spend some time on the mall by exploring Christ Crutch and Maha Kali Temple. You can then visit the Jakhoo temple from the Mall Road or explore the famous Lakkar Bazaar near the Mall in Shimla. Then you can schedule your sightseeing on the next day and visit Kufri. This is a snow-capped place where you can find the extended ranges of Himalaya. Here are the details of the main attractions of Shimla.
1. The Mall Road
Built during the British colonial rule, the mall road is the main street in Shimla, which is located just below the ridge. Most hill stations of India have a mall road as the key attraction but the one in Shimla is the longest and the most beautiful and happening one. Here you can find various departmental stores, cafes, restaurants and other stalls selling handicraft clothes, jewellery, and many more items. This is the best place to visit in Shimla with family.
2. Scandal point
It is the point of intersection between the mall road and the ridge. There is a story behind this intriguing name, which may or may not be true. As per the story, this is the point from where an Indian Maharaja tried to elope with a British lady. The whole affair was a scandal and from that point, this place was named so. This is one of the best tourist destinations in Shimla where you can take some photographs dressed in local attire available on rent. You will get instant photographs at cheap prices.
3. Gaiety theatre
A theatre that was opened in late 1800s, this place is a well-known stage where various artists and great personalities working in the film industry have performed. Now being used as social clubs and for performance arts by schools, the theatre is just like it was before with all its aesthetics and culture intact in order to preserve the history and heritage.
4. Town Hall
This building is the true representation of the architecture of pre-independence era of India. It is a beautiful structure built during the colonial rule which showcases the city’s true history, culture and heritage. With a great view, and aesthetically pleasing architecture, it is must-visit destination for all tourists.
5. The ridge
Being the busiest hub of the city, the ridge runs just alongside the mall road. It is an open space and is quite large to support all kinds of cultural activities and festivals. It is one of the most recognised places of the city and is immensely beautiful especially when it is covered with snow. It is a major connection between all the well known places and hill in and around the city. The ridge overlooks beautiful and breath-taking scenery as beneath it laid a tall, green forests, half-timbered houses and government building as well. Here you can enjoy horse riding with your partner and click nice pictures.
6. Jakhoo temple
This temple in located on a high altitude and is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. It is a great place to be at during the auspicious festival of Dussehra. According to the epic tale of Ramayana, this is the temple or location where Lord Hanuman took rest while he was in search of the Sanjivni Booti for Lord Lakshmana. The world’s tallest statue of Lord Hanuman is here. You can enjoy trekking here.
If you love outdoor activities and adventurous sports then this is the place to be during your honeymoon. Kufri is a small hill station and a very popular tourist destination in Himachal Pradesh, located 20 km away from f Shimla. Kufri is also a home to a wildlife zoo whose inhabitants are rare and endangered. Apart from this, the beautiful town has a lot to offer as it is filled with colonial aesthetics, mind-blowing hill peaks and fun treks and other sporting activities.
Also, there is an amusement park here that has many fun rides and pool. There is also the world’s highest go-kart racing track which is an amazing experience. At the Indira Tourist Park, you can enjoy amidst beautiful flora and fauna and witness beautiful, breath-taking sunsets and panoramic views. Yet another attraction of Kufri is Chini Bunglow that has a remarkable architecture that speaks a lot about the culture and heritage of the state. A couple of famous hotels nearby Kufri are Hotel Wildflower Hall, and Kufri holiday resort.
8. Summer Hill
This will be the best spots where you can spend romantic moments with your partner on your honeymoon. You will feel that this is the place to visit in Shimla before you die. This scenic town is just 5 km away from the Shimla ridge. The highlights of this place are carpets of lush green nature and mesmerizing views. You can enjoy trekking and nature walks and witness beautiful sunrise and sunets. It is a perfect escape that will leave memories forever.
Nothing is better than finding yourself among the people of Shimla and experiencing their lifestyle and way of looking at the main suburb of Shimla called Sanjauli. If you cannot be one of them then at least you can be a part of them by enjoying yourself in the suburbs of the city. Here you can witness and experience the local lifestyle. You can try local delicacies, and even buy some handwork and clothes from this place.
How to reach Shimla?
Shimla is proud to have its own airport in Jaburhatti. However, due to the tough and rough terrain and slopes, it takes approximately 2-3 hours to travel to and from the airport for Shimla. It’s a single runway airport and is located quite high above the sea level. The next nearest airport is in Chandigarh which is about 120 km from Shimla. Apart from flight, you can also reach Shimla by train and you can book your reservation up to Kalka station. Then you can easily book a cab to reach Shimla from Kalka. Another option is to travel by car or cab if the distance is not too much. If you are a budget traveller, you can opt for Roadways Bus or Luxury coach as deem fit.
How to book best hotels in Shimla?
There are many hotels in Shimla, but when you go on a honeymoon, you must go for a good hotel if not a high-end one. Some Shimla hotels, you can check out are Honeymoon Inn Shimla, Hotel Sidharath, Hotel Mayur, Hotel Shingar, Rajdoot hotel, Hotel Holiday Home, Aisa the Down Shimla and Hotel Diplomat Shimla. You can book hotels online to save your cost. Among high-end Shimla hotels, you can go for Radisson Hotel Shimla, Club Mahindra Kandaghat, Marigold Sarovar Portico, and Hotel Combermere to name a few.
You can easily explore the places to visit in Shimla within 10,000 bucks excluding the accommodation cost, if you are staying at a luxury hotel.