Top things to do

Top Choice Historic Building in Shimla

Viceregal Lodge

The official summer residence of the British viceroys was completed in 1888 and the Indian subcontinent was ruled from here for half of every year from then till WWII. Henry Irwin's grey-sandstone creation resembles…
Top Choice Museum in Naggar

International Roerich Memorial Trust

This fascinating memorial and museum complex 1km above the castle focuses on the former home of Russian painter, writer and Inner Asian explorer Nicholas Roerich and his wife Elena. They settled here in 1928 and sta…
Top Choice Indian in Dalhousie

Kwality Restaurant

The extensive menu at this almost-stylish place stretches to Chinese dishes and burgers, though Indian is easily the best choice, and the combo meals (₹220 to ₹250) are a very good option.
Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Tabo

Tabo Gompa

The gompa was founded in AD 996 by Ringchen Zangpo, the Great Translator, as Tibet's Guge kingdom expanded into these outlying territories, and is reckoned to be the oldest continuously functioning Buddhist monaster…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Kullu


For high quality without the hard sell, head to the nearest branch of Bhuttico, the Bhutti Weavers’ Cooperative, which was established in 1944 and has showrooms in every town in the valley and several beyond, plus a…
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Chamba

Lakshmi Narayan Temple Complex

Standing on a rise at the top of the Dogra Bazar, this superb line of six beautiful stone sikharas, covered in carvings, dates from the 10th to the 19th centuries. The largest (and oldest), is dedicated to Lakshmi N…
Top Choice Lake in Gramphu to Kaza


This tranquil glacial lake is among snow peaks at 4270m. The track off the main road to the Kunzum La ends after 12km and the final 1km is on foot. From June to mid-October you can stay in comfortable tent camps 3km…
Indian in Shimla


Clean, cosy and air-conditioned, with bow-tied waiters, Baljee’s gets packed with Indian families, many of whom come for the snacks and South Indian specialities. Breakfasts of omelettes, toast and dosas are good, t…
Cafe in Shimla

Indian Coffee House

This Shimla institution is like an old boys’ club with its ageing leather seats, uniformed waiters and blackboard menu. Packed with chattering locals for much of the day, it’s the most atmospheric place in town for …
Historic Building in Shimla

Gaiety Theatre

This lovely Victorian theatre, opened in 1877 and now splendidly restored, has long been a focus of Shimla social life. Rudyard Kipling, Shashi Kapoor and various viceroys are among those who have trodden its Burmes…