Shimla

3-Day Shimla Itinerary

Day 1:

Mode of Transport: For hassle-free commute and make most of your time, hire a cab for the day’s sightseeing.

Museum Hopping

10:00 AM – 04:00 PM

Shimla’s history is as rich as its natural beauty. To know about it, your first attraction should be the Viceregal Lodge.

This is the most iconic building in Shimla. This was the residence of the British Viceroys of India. The place is now under Indian institute of Advance Study. Guided tours are allowed for the tourists and access is limited to certain areas inside the castle.

Time duration: 1 – 1.5 hours

After this, you head towards the Himachal State Museum.

1 km from the Viceregal Lodge, Himachal State Museum showcases the history of the state. It has collection of coins, paintings and other artefacts that were used by the rulers of the state. The building of the museum was the residence for British officials.

Time duration: 1.5 – 2 hours

You can have your lunch at the nearby dhabas and restaurants.

The final museum of will be Annadale Heritage Museum.

The museum is also known as the Army Museum. The museum is housed under a cottage and doesn’t take much time to explore. The location of the museum is what takes your breath away. The Golf Course with lush green field amidst the deodar trees is the primary attraction.

Time duration: 1 – 1.5 hours

Heart of Shimla

05:00 PM – 08:00 PM

After exploring the museums, the time will be perfect to explore The Ridge, the heart of Shimla.

The Ridge is the place where you will find most of the tourists. This is cultural hub of the town and a shopper’s paradise. You can get a lot of stuff to get back home. From woollen clothes, to apples to even some Tibetan Flags. There are also cultural activities which can be explored at the Gaiety Theatre.

Lakkar Bazar is the famous for street shopping where you find unique pieces of woodwork.

The day ends here and you head back to your hotel.

Also read: Best Area To Book your Hotel in Shimla

Day 2:

Religious Adventure

10:00 AM – 01:00 PM

Spirituality is an important to people of Shimla and Christ Church is the place to begin your day.

The church has been in existence for more than 150 years. One of the oldest churches in Himachal Pradesh and also the landmark of Shimla. Spend few minutes inside the church and endure the legacy of colonial era.

Time duration: 30 – 45 mins

Mode of Transport: Take a walk from your hotel

After this, prepare for some adventure on the way to Jakhoo Temple.

Ropeway to the temple takes 10 minutes. You can also trek to the temple from the lane beside Christ Church. Jakhoo is the biggest hill of Shimla and has the tallest Hanuman idol. The temple is full of the “Vaanar Sena”. Be careful of not carrying any stuff in your hands. The monkeys tend to get a little naughty here.

Time duration: 1 – 1.5 hours

Mode of Transport: 10 – minute cable car or 30-min trek.

Explore the Mall Road on foot. It is an absolute shopper’s paradise while you travel on the Mall road.

There are multiple eateries. Couple of famous places to have your meals are Café Sol and Café Simla Times.

Evening Outing

03:00 PM – 05:00 PM

Johnnie’s Wax Museum is a new tourist attraction in Shimla.

The museum was opened in 2016. The purpose is to expose the people of Himachal to the concept of wax statues. Statues of celebrities from around the world can be seen here. Not as grand as other wax museums, but worth a visit.

Time duration: 45 min – 1 hour

Mode of Transport: Walkable from the Mall Road.

The last attraction for the day will be Dorje Drak Monastry.

This is an off-beat attraction in Shimla. Not visited by many tourists, the place offers serenity and calmness. Here you will find everything about the Tibetan culture. A perfect place to wind up day’s sightseeing.

Time duration: 30 – 45 min

Mode of Transport:  Book cab for a round trip.

Also read: Things to do in Kufri

Day 3:

Kufri Sightseeing

10:00 AM – 02:00 PM

Now this is one experience which should not be missed particularly in the winters. The distance from Shimla to Kufri is 15 km and there are ample cabs which can take you to Kufri where you will see one of the best snowfall experiences every. You can enjoy a lot of snow sports and horse rides when in Kufri and a throwback into the woods. Best way to enjoy a good snowfall.

Time duration: 3 – 4 hours

Mode of Transport:  Book cab for a round trip.

Mountain Railways Journey

The toy train is also one of the most unique experiences in the country where you have a Kalka – Shimla trip in a small toy train. Remember Jab We Met? Yeah that’s the one. So this is one train which you can easily run and catch.

The Him Darshan Express with Vistadome Coach is something you should not miss.

Read more about Him Darshan Express: The Economic Times

It can also be good for you to check out of your hotel and travel to Kalka from where you can get trains to the other parts of the country. More details can be found at IRCTC website.

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