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Places to Visit around Shimla | Walks in Shimla

Places to Visit around Shimla | Walks in Shimla
Also known as Queen of Hills Shimla is about 6-7 hours drive from Delhi, 3 hours drive from Chandigarh. Shimla used to be the Summar Capital of India during the British Raj. The main attractions in Shimla include The Mall Road where a delightful walk is truly mesmerizing. You will see the most famous landmark of Shimla here, Anglican Christ Church. The little way down The Mall in Shimla is the famous Gaiety Theatre.  It was an important place for the amateur Theatricals during the British rule in India. At the end of The Mall Road in Shimla is the Scandal Point, a memory of Shimla’s once libertine lifestyle. 

Vehicles are not allowed on the Mall Road in Shimla. It is the longest a stretch in Shimla where you will find open space and pedestrian shopping. You can also enjoy horse riding at The Mall Shimla. There is also an ice-skating rink on the slope below the Scandal Point in Shimla. Closer to The Mall Road Shimla is Lakkar Bazar famous for woodwork as the name suggests.
From the ridge on The Mall you can walk to Jakhoo Temple, A Hanuman Temple located at the highest point in Shimla.
Other places of interest in Shimla include, Viceroy Lodge, the most resonant of the old and heritage structures in Shimla. 2 km walk from Viceroy Lodge is the Kamna Devi Temple, just above Boileauganj in Shimla. The reverberating St Michael’s Cathedral is about 2 hours walk for The Mall Shimla. A little ahead is Gorton Castle, Secretariat of the Imperial Government of India. Walk little ahead and you will reach the Himachal State Museum. 

Some other interesting places to visit in Shimla are Potter’s Hill which lies past the University Campus at Summer Hill. Past this is located the Chadwick Falls in Shimla.
If you are nature lover and like to walk around the hills then among the most popular walks in Shimla is The Glen. The serene beauty of The Glen is enchanting because The Glen in Shimla is a densely wooded narrow valley with an exciting stream flowing through it and it becomes quite attractive once you cross few meters or so.

Annandale in Shimla is also known as Helipad. Annandale boasts of lush green Deodar trees and has a beautiful and delightful temple near by. Annandale and The Glen are about 5 Kms from Scandal Point Shimla.
You can also take a walk towards Chhota Shimla and on the way have a look at the graceful exteriors of Tudor Framed Raj Bhawan in Shimla. Some other pleasant excursions in Shimla will include Tara Devi Temple. The valley view is amazing and you can see Junga which was the seat of the erstwhile state of Keonthal. Some of the un explored places in Shimla where you will find very less crowd but raw natural beauty are Bihar-Gaon, Dhanu Devta Temple. Bihar-Gaon in Shimla can be reached via cemetery below St Edwards School Shimla.In  Kusumpti and Sanjauli in Shimla you can see Buddhist Monasteries.
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