Rothney Castle


On the way up to the Jakhu temple, you can peep through the gates to see the glass verandas of this 19th-century mansion that was built for colonial reformer and naturalist Allan Octavian Hume (1829–1912).

Hume assembled the world's largest collection of stuffed Asiatic birds here before donating it to the British Museum. He also found time to start the Indian National Congress (in 1885).The house is not open to visitors.

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1. Christ Church

0.21 MILES

This 1840s square-towered church would turn few heads in an English market town but in Shimla it's a treasured landmark, prominent at The Ridge's east end.

2. The Ridge

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Along the central ridgetop, this broad pedestrian esplanade diverges from The Mall at Scandal Point, guarded by a fancifully hatted policeman. Thronged…

3. Shimla Heritage Museum

0.33 MILES

This small, one-room gallery displays enlargements of a few historic photos of old Shimla, with cursory explanations, but you can see it all in five…

4. Gaiety Theatre

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Lovingly restored between 2004 and 2009 and hoping for Unesco status, this remarkable 320-seater theatre opened in 1877, originally as part of a bigger…

5. Jakhu Hanuman Statue

0.35 MILES

A 108ft (33m) vermillion-pink statue of monkey-god Hanuman pokes his head above the treetops on Shimla’s highest hilltop. Appropriately, hundreds of…

6. Town Hall

0.37 MILES

Shimla's half-timbered old town hall building originally dates from 1908–10, but has been so restored that it looks essentially new.

7. Ripon Hospital

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One of Shimla's most atmospheric timber-framed buildings, the green-and-white Ripon Hospital building (1885) has a couple of exterior wooden stair-spirals…

8. Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara


This major Sikh temple isn't a particular attraction but makes a useful landmark beside busy Cart Rd below the bazaar area.