5 Soul-Stirring Activities in Shimla

Written By: Abhilasha Prasad

Shimla is a massive city with an overwhelming amount of history, culture, beautiful scenery, cuisine, and possibly everything you could imagine. People can engage in a wide range of activities in Shimla, including ice skating in the winter, setting up camp in the summer, and dining at various cafes. The Queen of Hills offers more than you can possibly imagine. Here are some of the top things to do in Shimla.

"Shimla is a place where you can rediscover yourself"

1. Experience the thrill of a Toy Train Ride 

The UNESCO-listed Kalka Shimla Railway is a pleasure for nature enthusiasts. The route of the toy train journey through the lush hills is breathtaking. The first ride leaves Kalka at 4 am, and the latest one leaves at 12:30 pm. It is an exciting journey through one of the best rail routes in Shimla, which is wonderful and gorgeous.

Kalka Shimla Train Fare

1. Rail Motor Car: INR 320/- (adult) ; INR 160/- (Children) 

2. Shivalik Deluxe Express: INR 310/- (adult) ; INR 255/- (Children) 

3. Himalayan Queen: INR 470/- (adult) ; INR 235/- (Children)

  • Price per person: INR 70/- to INR 500/- 

  • Timings: 4:00 am to 12:00 pm

  • Best Time To Visit: All days

2. Skate in Asia's Largest Ice Skating

One of the most popular activities in Shimla is ice skating. The largest ice rink in India is on Circular Road, where you can skate. The Shimla Ice Skating Club's ice skating rink is roughly 15 centimetres thick. Skates, knee pads, and other basic but important equipment are available at the arena. Visitors can choose between long- and short-term ice skating memberships depending on their needs and travel plans. 

  • Price: INR 200/- per person (approx) 

  • Timings: 8:00 am to 11:00 pm

  • Time Required: 1 to 2 hours

  • Best Time To Visit: December to February

3. Go Trekking at Shaily Peak

One of Shimla's most stunning sights is the Shaily Peak. Every year, a huge number of adventure seekers are drawn to the mountain because of its 8 km hard climb from Khatnol (the base) to the peak. It is a 4 to 5-hour trek. This peak is adorned with dense trees and rugged pathways. These are some of the well-known treks in and near Shimla:

1. Shali Tibba Trek

2. Chadwick Falls Trek

3. Kamna Devi Temple Trek

4. Dhanu Devta Temple Trek

5. Churdhar Trek

6. Jalori Pass Trek

  • Base: Khatnol

  • Best Time To Visit: June to September

4. Enjoy Forest Camping in Junga

Located at an elevation of 5200 feet amid the pine forest, magical woods, and waterfalls, Junga is the ideal location for camping in Shimla for people who love forests and mother nature. The location provides breathtaking vistas, home-cooked meals, and indoor & outdoor games, including football, carom, badminton, and chess. A guide will show you the forest's famous animal species, including the Himalayan black bear, spotted deer, goral, and wild boar.

  • Organisers: Red Wood Camps

  • Price: INR 2300/- per night (approx) 

  • Activities: Rope activities, fidget ladder, chess, badminton and football

  • Best Time To Visit: June to July

  • Distance from Shimla: 8 km

5. Indulge in Water Rafting at Tattapani

Tattapani is a popular hot spring can be a lot of fun and exhilarating to go river rafting in the icy water of the River Sutlej. Tattapani, one of the largest rafting areas in Himachal, offers 14-kilometre and 36-kilometre routes. It is only 50 kilometres away from Shimla and takes two hours to get there. There are additional hot springs in the area.

  • Location: Tattapani

  • Price: INR 1500 per person (approx) 

  • Best Time To Visit: January to April

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the free activities in Shimla? 

Shimla offers a wide variety of free activities which include: Shopping in Lakkar Bazaar, witnessing the sunset at Scandal Point and ropeway to Jakhu Temple

What are the top attractions in Shimla?

Some of the top attractions to visit in Shimla are Jakhoo Hill, Scandal Point and Shaily Peak. 

How long do you need to stay in Shimla?

It is advised you stay for two to three days in Shimla. 

What time of year is ideal for Shimla?

As a result of the good weather and ideal conditions for outdoor activities, Shimla has a high volume of tourists from March to June.

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