Unwind 6 astounding places for a family trip in Shimla

Written By: Abhilasha Prasad

Being one of the dreamy and largest hill stations, Shimla is also a popular destination among families. From its old-world charm of colonial architecture to the stunning scenic terrains from an elevation of 2200m, this hill station has created unparalleled natural beauty. There are varied ranges of natural attractions and man-made wonders, which makes it the best family trip in Shimla.

Here are the six destinations to spend your family vacation in Shimla listed below:

1. Enthralling picnic spot at Chadwick Falls

Located in the dense Glen forest, Chadwick Falls boasts a deep cascade of a height of 86 km. Hills, and thick green trees of Pine, Deodar, and Oak surround it. The place was originally called 'Chidku Jhaar' because it is said that only a bird can reach the top. The sight of the waterfall is a treat to your eyes as it looks like scattered crystals. The place is also a famous picnic spot so that you can spend time with your family. 

  • Timings: 6:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Best Time To Visit: July to October
  • Address: Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, 171005, India

2. Explore the royal Gorton Castle

This heritage monument which was built during the colonial era is located on a hilltop amidst tall lush green Deodar Trees. The monument is famous for its Neo-Gothic architecture and fairytale vibe. According to locals, with its stone exterior and glass windows, the castle has a mystical aura that transports visitors to a bygone period. It was built in 1904 by Sir Winton Jacob and now serves as the office of the Accountant General of Himachal Pradesh. 

  • Timings: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Best Time To Visit: October to February
  • Address: Mall Road, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

3. Wander around Green Valley

Noted for its elite beauty, Green Valley offers a breathtakingly undisturbed sight of the verdant hills and backdrop of distant snow-clad Himalayas. The place is ideal for nature enthusiasts and photographers as it has been blanketed by the carpet of the green forest all over. You can also see some rare animals and birds which become the highlight of your family vacation in Shimla. 

  • Timings: 6:00 am to 6:30 pm
  • Best Time To Visit: July to October
  • Address: Kufri, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

4. Treat your eyes at Rothney Castle

As one climbs to the slope of Jakhoo hill, one will be greeted to see the magnificent monument. The vibrant wildflowers and wild berries blooming around enhance the ruins' attractiveness tenfold. Most people describe Rothney Castle's location as average or dilapidated, yet many believe it has a special character that draws visitors from all over the world.  The owner of the castle is Rajesh Mohan, you have to take permission before visiting it.

  • Timings: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Best Time To Visit: March to May
  • Address: Jakhoo Road, Lakkar Bazaar, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

5. Glance at Johnnie's Wax Museum

Johnnie's Wax Museum, inspired by London's Madame Tussauds, is one of the perfect family trips in Shimla. The museum boasts life-size statues of famous personalities of the world. It has 16 wax statues designed by the same artist who designed the statues in the London Wax museum.  One can see the replica of Steve Jobs, Michael Jackson, Narendra Modi, Shahrukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, etc. Tourists can also get a wax statue by paying a certain amount. 

  • Timings: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • Best Time To Visit: Any time of the year
  • Address: Mall Road, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

6. Sightseeing at Scandal Point

Scandal Point is a popular hangout spot near Ridge for the locals as well as tourists. It offers an awestruck view of sunrise and sunset that can entice anyone. The highlighted feature is the statue of Lala Lajpat Rai, Scotland Church, a famous Alfa restaurant serving mouthwatering food and one can also enjoy horse riding behind the backdrop of the white milky mountains attracting all age groups. 

  • Timings: Open 24 hours
  • Best Time To Visit: March to June
  • Address: Kali Bari Rd, The Mall, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh


Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Which time is ideal for visiting Shimla?

The greatest time of year to visit Shimla is in the months of March and June. 

2. Is Shimla a family-friendly vacation spot?

Shimla is undoubtedly a family-friendly vacation spot because it offers many attractions and activities.

3. Is Shimla worth a 2-day visit?

A 2-night, 3-day tour is sufficient to visit Shimla. 

4. What activities are available in Shimla?

Among the activities available in Shimla include camping, seeing Shimla Ridge, trekking, river rafting, having a ride on the toy train, trying paragliding, ice skating, and going on a historical tour.

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