PLACES OF INTEREST
THE RIDGE : This large open space in the heart of town presents excellent views of the mountain ranges. Shimla’s landmarks – the neo- gothic structure of Christ Church and the neo – Tudor library building – are worth seeing.
LAKKAR BAZAR : Popular for its wood crafts and Souvenirs, this is just off the Ridge.
JAKHOO HILL (2.5 km): At 2455m, this is the town’s highest peak and a vantage point for Shimla’s famous views. The summit is crowned with a temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman. The hill is full of paths and narrow roads which are enjoyable walks.
ST. MICHAEL’S CATHEDRAL : This dressed-stone church with fine stained glass has a cruciform design. It is located just off the Mall, below the District Courts.
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF ADVANCED STUDY (4 km) : At 1983m, this magnificent English renaissance structure was the former Viceregal Lodge. Its lawns and woodland are added attractions. Entry by ticket ( nominal charge ). A portion of the interior is also open to the public, except on Sundays and holidays.STATE MUSEUM (3km): This houses a representative collection of Himachal Pradesh’s rich heritage. Exhibits include archaeological artifacts, carvings, paintings and sculptures. Closed on Monday and holidays.
THE GLEN (4 km ): At 1830m, It is a thickly wooded ravine through which a stream flows. It is a popular picnic spot.
ANNANDALE (4.5 km) : Surrounded by a thick deodar forest, this large glade has an ancient temple on an edge.
PROSPECT HILL AND KAMNA DEVI ( 6 km) : At 2125m and crowned by a temple dedicated to Kamna Devi, the Hill offers spectacular wide views of the city and its environs.
SANKAT MOCHAN (7 km) : This is a temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman.
TARA DEVI (11 km) : 2044m, A thickly wooded hill whose peak has a temple dedicated to Tara Devi.
MASHOBRA (12 km): At 2149m, this beautiful suburb is surrounded by a thick forests. From here, a track leads down to Sipur which is an exquisite glade shaded by ancient deodar trees. There are old temples on a side and a fair is held every April.
KUFRI (16 km) : At 2501m, this is famous for its wide views and ski slopes. An enjoyable walk leads up to the Mahasu Peak. At Kufri, Himachal Tourism runs the Cafe Lalit.
FAGU (22 km) : At 2510m, Fagu has some enchanting views. Himachal Tourism runs the Hotel Peach Blossom (presently under renovation).
CHAIL (45 km): This was the former ‘summer capital’ of the Patiala State. The palace in now run as a luxury hotel by Himachal Tourism.
TATTAPANI (51 km) : At 656m, there are hot sulphur springs here. Himachal Tourism has a restaurant and Tourist Bungalow at Tattapani.