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Best things to do in Shimla

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Point of Interest
“This theatre was design by Henry Irwin, the famous palace architect, in the Gothic style during the Colonial Era. It was named after the Gaiety Theatre in London. It was supposed to be a Town Hall but quickly turned into the favorite hangout spot for young officers and their wives. Many famous people over the years including Rudyard Kipling and Shashi Kapoor performed here in their prime. ”
3 locals recommend
Museum
“This magnificent building was built in 1888 as the residence of the British Viceroy Lord Dufferin. It is located at the observatory Hills and is surrounded by well-maintained gardens and lawns, ringed by beautiful pine trees & rose plants. The Viceregal Lodge, also known as "Rashtrapati Niwas" is now converted into Indian Institute of Advanced Study and students come here for higher studies. The building has an English Renaissance style of architecture, where the color of limestone is grey. Since it is located at a good height, the views from this place are enthralling and cannot be described in words. ”
3 locals recommend
Church
“Located at the very top of the mall road this jewel is a real looker. It is the oldest Neo-Gothic church in India (yes, we know, there probably aren’t that many to begin with), however, they’ve maintained this one quite well. The five stained glass windows on the inside are really lovely and worth a peek. ”
2 locals recommend
Sublocality Level 1
“This is the heart of Shimla. It houses a variety of shops, restaurants, and historical buildings. It was constructed back in the 1800’s and is still bustling each day. ”
5 locals recommend
Lodging
“There is a dining hall and a terrace that overlooks the ridge. The dining hall has excellent service and delicious comfort, hotel food. The Terrace is great for food or just a chai and a breath of delicious fresh air. ”
2 locals recommend
Bar
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“ This is the heart of Shimla. It houses a variety of shops, restaurants, and historical buildings. It was constructed back in the 1800’s and is still bustling each day ”
1 local recommends
Establishment
“Home of the prime minister this is a historical architectural piece not to miss.”
4 locals recommend
Hindu Temple
“Highest point in Shimla easily accessible on Foot, by car or through a dedicated Cable Car. It makes the centre point of Shimla town with the entire town settled in concentric circles or Hierarchy around it. The area is a reserved forests and you can get here from different parts of town using entirely different and exciting trails.”
3 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
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“The food is delicious. The portions are huge. The place is nice. The service is great. It stays open late. What more could someone want? We’d say the pasta is particularly good. Although they have cuisine options ranging from Shahi Indian to European. ”
1 local recommends
Café
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“This cozy cafe serves the best Hummus and pita bread you can find in Himachal. There are vegetarian and gluten-free options! Head on over for a warm cup of lemon-honey tea, a splendid view of the hills, and a happy belly. Their buckwheat flour pancakes and waffles are also delicious. ”
2 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Gorton Castle sits down from the Mall Road by the Railway Station. It’s a well-kept colonial building nestled in a myriad of Deodar trees. Rothney Castle is on Jakhoo Hill. The upkeep has been a bit shabby but it’s still a good walk. It used to be occupied by Mr. Hume who also founded the Indian National Congress. ”
1 local recommends
General Travel
“ It was named by Capt. Charles Prat Kennedy around the 1840s after his childhood sweetheart Anna. Back in the day, Annandale was a favorite cricket spot for the British. It’s worth visiting now for the view of the hills or for a picnic. The Indian Military Museum is now situated near the grounds ”
1 local recommends
Indian Restaurant
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“This little restaurant is easy to miss. So, if you're not looking for it, you probably won't notice it. It's kind of below ground level at the further end of the Mall Road. However, if you do happen upon it, this place is excellent. The food is delicious, they have some really fun cocktail and mocktail options. The space itself is lovely! Their butter chicken is great. ”
1 local recommends
Italian Restaurant
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“Quaint cafe with a flair for the hippie era. They serve all sorts of baked goods, pizzas, burgers, pasta and even burritos! Head over to the bar for some delicious and experimental cocktails and mocktails. ”
3 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“An iconic coffee house chain in India. The menu is said to not have changed in fifty years. It serves South Indian food--dosas, vadas, sambhar--at ridiculously low prices. The drip coffee is also quite good, we’ve had quite a few! ”
2 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“The Glen is a lush valley path surrounded by pine and deodars. It is home to the gorgeous Chadwick Falls. The walk is 8 km and ends in the middle of the woods. A beautiful hike or secluded picnic spot we often recommend. ”
1 local recommends