Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh, is also a popular hill station frequented by a large number of travellers every year. There are various stimulating, exciting and thrilling activities to do in Shimla, such as rafting, sightseeing, shopping at the local bazaars, trekking, skating, and many more. Its pleasant climate attracts tourists who want to beat the summer heat. People also like to visit Shimla because it offers you a variety of activities ranging from the most soothing experiences to some of the most thrilling ones. Shimla has been gaining popularity for its adventurous activities. Your desire for excitement will be completely satiated as the city offers you a variety of fun things to do. Some of the fun activities you can enjoy while in Shimla are:
The beautiful Himalayan range can make your trekking experience a perfect one. And when you are at a place as lovely as Shimla, why not to explore it to the fullest, and what better way to explore a destination than by going on a trek? Some of the popular short treks in Shimla include Chadwick Falls, DhanuDevta Temples, Tara Devi Temples, Kamna Devi Temple, andJakhoo Temple. These short treks are a great way to explore and get a feel of nature. Additionally, some of the famous routes for long treks include Shimla to Banjar, Shimla to Chakrata, Shimla to Rohru and many more.
2. Shopping at Lakkar Bazaar
No vacation is complete without some shopping. Similarly, your visit to Shimla will be incomplete if you don’t take a look around and shop at Lakkar Bazaar. Lakkar Bazaar is the ideal destination to shop in Shimla, with its colourful streets and energetic vibe.
Do you dream of flying? Shimla is the place where you can make your dream come true. This hill station is surrounded by big, beautiful hills, making it a perfect location for paragliding. It is an ideal destination for thrill seekers. This activity is an experience of a lifetime; one you will never be able to forget because of the enchanting views of Shimla you will be treated to as well as the rush of adrenaline in your veins. One of the best places to experience paragliding in Shimla is Bir-Billing.
Shimla is the base for a number of trekking expeditions. If you want to experience the real beauty of Shimla, then you must stay at an outdoor accommodation, surrounded by nature. Camping is a popular way to achieve this. The hills of Shimla are covered with thick vegetation including deodar, pine and oak forests. The surroundings of this city make it an ideal place for camping. However, camping is not meant for everyone. If you don’t want to stay in camps, there is a variety of hotels in Shimla offering you an outstanding stay allowing you to enjoy the natural environment from your hotel room itself.
5. river Rafting
River Rafting is a popular adventure activity to do in Shimla. This city is ideal for river rafting with its many free-flowing rivers. The most popular river rafting route in Shimla is from Chabba to Tattapani. Additionally, the ideal time for rafting in this city is summer, as it is prohibited in winter and the monsoons.
6. Ride on Toy Train
A toy train ride is a not-to-be-missed activity in Shimla. The beautiful views and the pleasant weather will give you a mesmerising experience, which no one should miss. The toy train ride is a fun experience for people of all ages. The toy train covers a distance of 96 km from Kalka to Shimla. A window seat is recommended as it will allow you to get a clear view of the beautiful hills and villages that will come on your way to Shimla. The train passes through several tunnels and give you a memorable experience.
7. Ice Skating
Ice-skating is amongst the most fun activities to do in Shimla. The ice-skating rink in Shimla is known to be one of the largest in India; it is the only ‘natural’ ice-skating rink here. However, you can enjoy this experience only in the winters.
8. Take a walk around the Viceregal Lodge
This lodge is an example of British architecture at its best. The Viceregal Lodge was the residence of the former British Viceroy of India; now it is known as the Indian Institute of Advanced Study. The lodge is located on the Observatory Hills of Shimla. It is at a distance of 3km from the Mall Road. Do visit this and also take a walk around this place to get a glimpse of the yesteryears.
If you wish to stay around the Mall Road, Honeymoon Inn Shimla is the right choice for your accommodation. Other hotels in Shimla, which you may consider include Radisson hotel Shimla, Fairmount Hotel, Clarkes Hotel, and Snow Valley Resorts.
Discussed here are some of the most fun activities you can indulge in when staying in Shimla. There are many more exciting activities to do in Shimla, such as cycling, yak ride, rock climbing, and hiking making it an ideal vacation destination.