September 10, 2014 - wanderwizard
Places to Visit in Shimla
Shimla is open for tourists round the year. It is due to the fact that whether it is sunny, rainy or chilly, Shimla is pleasant and breathtakingly beautiful. It is not one of the adventurous places of Himachal Pradesh. Rather, it is more like a place for having a weekend getaway, light trip with your friends or family. Here is a list of Shimla places to visit to make your trip complete and satisfactory.
Clean road, no vehicles, ample of restaurants, plenty of non-branded shops – that’s what mall road is made of. It’s a fun place for kids and the shopaholics who are bored with shopping malls.
Mall Road meets the Ridge at a junction called Scandal point. Why it is called scandal point has many stories in reply. Ridge in Shimla is unlike any other place in India. There is an open ground, a church which was built during British Raj, view of tree covered hills and various activities like horse riding and electric car ride. You can even play football or cricket in this area.
Lakkar Bazaar is a market which has oodles of shops that sell products made of wood. Everyone, regardless of age group or gender, gets something or the other to buy from here. It is also one of the best places to get souvenirs for your friends or relatives.
Mostly people avoid going to this place; and they have a good reason to do that. This temple is on a hilltop which is called Jakhoo hill and is a kingdom of monkeys. You can either walk up to the temple or (recommended) take the car route to reach here. Even if you take the car, you will still have to walk a good effort to reach Jakhu temple. Take off your spectacles and don’t carry anything in your hands (anything includes your taken off spectacles, wallets, mobile phones and obviously prashad). Although monkeys create a big havoc, Jakhoo temple is still worth visiting because of the walk through the woods, the history of it and amazing view.
Indian Institute of Advanced Study:
It is by far the best visiting spot in Shimla. The institute is jaw drop gorgeous. It is surrounded by gardens, has an excellent view, a walk through the grass and a building which was constructed during British Era. It has a rich history attached to it so do take an indoor tour. There are also coffee shops and a library inside the institute area.
PS- The trip is incomplete if you do not watch sunrise or sunset from Jhakoo hill, Ridge or Indian Institute of Advanced Study.