Spars Lodge

Guesthouse in Shimla

Around 2km west of Scandal Point, on the road up to the State Museum, Spars has a homely feel with just eight clean, unfussy rooms of varying sizes: all but 202 and 203 have views, which are best of all from the appealing top-floor dining and sitting area.

That restaurant (mains ₹150 to ₹350) is open for lunch and dinner to nonguests, making it a good choice when visiting the museum. Smoked local trout is a speciality.