Kali Ka Tibba
Kali ka Tibba is a temple dedicated to goddess Kali. It is located at the top of the mountain Blossom, which has been named after the Rajmata’s Cottage. The place provides a beautiful view of the surrounding Shivalik Range and the Choor Chandni Peak. Furthermore, travellers can enjoy trekking to the temple, during which they can rare species of animals.
Maharaja's Palace is located on the Rajgarh Hill in Chail. Built in the year 1891, this palace is popularly known as the Rajgarh Palace. It is furnished with regal furnishing, which exhibits a touch of royal lifestyle. Furthermore, it comprises log huts and cottages, dense forests and lawns along with a children’s park, a `lover’s hill' and sports facilities
Gurudwara Sahib is located on the Pandhawa hills, at a distance of 1 km above the Chail Bazaar. Built in the year 1907, the architecture of the Gurudwara resembles that of Goan churches. It comprises tower like structures, fitted in the flanking facades. The building is yellow in colour and has a beautiful, green lawn.
Cricket Ground at Chail is located at an altitude of 2444 m above sea level and is the highest cricket ground in the world. This cricket ground was built by the Maharaja of Patiala in 1893.
At present, this ground is being used as a playground by Chail Military School. It is also used as a polo ground during the time of vacations. Encircled with thick forests of deodars and pines, the ground comprises a beautiful tree house at one of its corners. Though a beautiful landmark, the ground is not open to civilians
Sidh Baba Ka Mandir
Sidh Baba ka Mandir is a popular religious landmark in Chail, located on the hill lying between Rajgarh and Pandhawa. According to legend, Maharaja Bhupinder Singh wanted to build his palace at this palace and had already started construction. However, even after repeated attempt, the construction could be completed.
During this period, a saint appeared in his dream informing him that this is the site where he meditated and was buried underneath. The saint told him to stop the construction of his palace and instead, build a temple. Hence, the Maharaja built a temple to honour the saint and called it as the Sidh Baba Ka Mandir.
The Mall at Shimla is the shopping centre of the capital city. The Mall Road stretching from Scandal Point to Oberoi Clark Hotel features establishments like restaurants, clubs, banks, bars, post offices and tourist centres.
Visitors can take a stroll along this popular street. It is also the centre of cultural and social events. One of the highlights of the Mall Road is its historic confectionery shops and restaurants
Lower Bazaar, the lower section below the Mall Road has hotels, restaurants, retail stores and a wholesale vegetable market. Being well-heeled than the Mall, the Lower Bazaar has its ancient charm of speciality foodstuffs like Uradh Dal with rice or Shepard's Pie. The street is closed to traffic.
Ridge is located in the core of the fascinating Shimla and offers a large open space. The beautiful region is full of lush vegetation and panoramic scenic beauty. The Ridge joins the Scandal Point and leads to Lakkar Bazaar on the east side. It has become a popular destination for summer festival and local celebrations.
Jakhu Temple is a majestic temple and dedicated to Lord Hanuman. Situated on the top of the beautiful Jakhu hill at an altitude of 2455 meters above the sea level it is surrounded by forest. There are many monkeys around this temple but fortunately do not attack travelers. It is few kilometers from the city of Shimla.
About Christ Church
Christ Church at the Ridge is the second oldest church in northern India constructed in 1846-1857. Designed by Colonel J. T. Boileau, the Church features a clock on the church tower that was put up in 1860. The porch along with the church was added in 1873.
The church is visible from miles away. Its brass plaques and stained glass windows are an attraction that exhibit faith, hope, charity, fortitude, patience and humility. The fresco surrounding chapel window was designed by Rudyard Kipling's father, Lockwood Kipling.During the regime of the British, officials and laureates of the Raj residing at this town offered prayers at the church on Sundays. The church remains the only worship place for the Christian community in the region.
Situated along with the Municipal Library, the church is open for every day services. The neo-Gothic cathedral is situated beside a mosque.
Kali Bari Temple
The Kali Bari Temple, one of the ancient temples of the city, was built in 1845. Dedicated to the fearsome reincarnation of Goddess Kali, known as Shyamala, the Goddess is believed to have existed near Jakhoo. The shrine of the blue Goddess existed near Rotheny Castle on Jakhoo before it was shifted to a place, known as Kali Bari at present.
In the temple, a wooden image of the Goddess Kali in the form of Shyamala is worshipped. The original altar at the shrine was established by the Bengali devotees as per historians.
Goddess Kali is worshipped in the forms like Bhavani, Bhadrakali, Cchinnamasta, Chamunda, Durga, Himavati, Kumari Sati, Kamakshya, Meenakshi, Parvati, Rudrarani, Tara and Uma at the shrine.
One of the popular shrines of the city, the Kali Bari Temple receives a heavy influx of devotees on the auspicious occasion of Navratri and Durga Puja. Located in close vicinity to the Shimla city mall, the temple can be reached by foot.
Himalayan Nature Park in Kufri
The Himalayan Nature Park in Kufri, one of the popular locations around Shimla, is located at a distance of 16 km. The site renowned for its ski slopes is a natural habitat of rich flora and fauna with about 140 species. Along with the park, the state government has set up a Potato Research Centre.
Spread over an area of 90 hectares, the Himalayan Nature Park was set up in 1992. The park also houses 'Monal', the State bird of Himachal Pradesh, also an endangered Himalayan species.
The site also has a mini zoo amidst dense forests, housing rare breeds of wild animals and pheasants of the Himalayan terrain. The attractions of the zoo include Tibetan Wolf, Brown Bear, Musk Deer and Barking Deer.
Visitors can also see Snow Leopard, Yak, Ghoral, Samber, Himalayan Thar and Black Bear in the zoo. Along with the zoo and nature park, tourists can also engage in horse riding.
Kufri can be approached from a narrow road leading to Chail by a drive of 30 minutes.
Tara Devi Temple
The Tara Devi Temple is among the most celebrated shrines in the region, stationed at a height of 6,070 feet above sea level. Dedicated to the Goddess of stars, the temple is visited by tourists and devotees in large numbers. This temple of high religious significance is believed to be built over 250 years ago.
The shrine of Tara Goddess is situated on Tara Devi Mountain between Shoghi and Shimla. According to legend, the goddess keeps vigil on everyone resting on a hill top, showering innumerable blessings to her devotees. The devotees are served with a meal known as 'langar' on every Sunday.
Located on the mountain peak, it provides a beautiful view of Shimla and the snow-clad Himalayan range on one side, while the other side reveals plains at a far distance. Travellers have to take a diversion on Tara Devi Road from Shogi junction on the Kalka-Shimla highway. Moreover, tourists can also reach the place with a trek of about 4 kilometres from Shogi to the hill top.
Along with the temple, Tara Devi also features a military Dairy Town and the headquarters of Bharat Scouts and Guides.
Sankat Mochan Temple
The Sankat Mochan Temple is one of the most popular worship places in Shimla. The temple is located in the midst of lush green trees just below National Highway 22. Tourists can see the Himalayan ranges and the widespread city of Shimla.
In the 1950s, Baba Neeb Karori Ji Maharaj visited the place for soulful introspection and meditation. Being here for over 10 years, he built a temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman that was completed in 1966. Thereafter, the Government of Himachal Pradesh took an initiative to expand the temple.
The Sankat Mochan Temple houses the idols of Lord Shiva, Lord Rama and Lord Ganesha in separate complexes along with Lord Hanuman in the main temple. The temple of Lord Ganesha is designed in the South Indian architectural style.
On every Sunday throughout the year, meal or Prasad is distributed, known as Langar. Besides, the temple also provides arrangements for marriage ceremonies and other rituals.
White Water Rafting:
White water rafting at Satluj/Beas is one of the most exciting adventure and activities around Shimla .You get and opportunity to enter the rapids of Grade II to Grade IV in Satluj and Beas. For around One hours time you are into the river paddling with the guide and following the instructions of the guide. It gives a good opportunity for team building exercise in individuals and in organizations hierarchy as well.
Naldera golf course India’s oldest Nine-hole golf course. That was laid out by Lord Curzon, a British Viceroy. The temple of Mahunag is a kilometer away from the golf course. Few kilometers from the golf course lies Craignaino, a famous picnic spot, and the important and historical Fruit Research Institute.
Marigold Holiday Cottages offers a virtual bonanza for nature-walk lovers and trekkers. Unearth the most exciting shimla trekking, water rafting & picnic spots opportunities in this shimla cottages.This resort / organizer offers a platform to its guests to experience nature and his real self on one hand and on the other acquaint oneself with the bygone ‘British Era’ and the country life in Himalayan Villages. It also enables the guest for adventure travel tours and sports in and around the Shimla Region such as Manali kinnaur backpack trek..
The adventurous shimla trekking comprises:
At an altitude of 2200 m Craignano is a 4 km walk through thick pine forests. It is an ideal picnic spot with lawns and garden and enviable history. Visit The Kali Temple known as Talai Mata, a famous place for local fair & bull fight which lasts from 10-15 September every year.
At an altitude of 2148 m Mashobra is the largest and histirically important area in this region. It is a 7km walk from the resort. Known for its wonderful bungalows and orchards Mashobra is endowed with the densest pine forests in the region. Goddess Durga Temple is worth seeing.
It is the oldest and ancient village of this region. Venue for its world renowned ‘Sippi Fair’ this place is a 12 km walk from the resort. It offers the best glades for picnics and the natural stream presents a refreshing and soul stirring experience