Shimla attractions

Top Choice Historic Building in Shimla

Viceregal Lodge

A cross between Harry Potter's Hogwarts and a Scottish baronial castle, this 1888 pile was the official summer residence of the British viceroys until WWII and the scene of two crucial conferences (1945 and 1946) th…
Top Choice Street in Shimla

The Ridge

Along the central ridgetop, this broad pedestrian esplanade diverges from The Mall at Scandal Point, guarded by a fancifully hatted policeman. Thronged with strolling locals and visitors, it rises to a triangular pa…
Hindu Temple in Shimla

Jakhu Hanuman Statue

A 108ft (33m) vermillion-pink statue of monkey-god Hanuman pokes his head above the treetops on Shimla’s highest hilltop. Appropriately, hundreds of rhesus macaques loiter around here hoping for gifts of prasad (tem…
Historic Building in Shimla

Gaiety Theatre

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 grandiose civic centre. It's long been a focus of Shimla social…
Architecture in Shimla


Whimsical and photogenically dilapidated, this 1880 red-brick mansion looks like a place for a Scooby Doo adventure. There's a wobbly central spire-turret and the coat of arms of the Maharajah of Sirmaur who once li…
Museum in Shimla

Himachal State Museum

On a hilltop some 2.5km west of Scandal Point, the state museum sits right at the base of the prominent TV Tower. Rich if somewhat static displays include miniatures, carvings, traditional costumes and jewellery. Mo…
Architecture in Shimla

Ripon Hospital

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 so rickety that the steps are dropping out.
Notable Building in Shimla

Town Hall

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

Christ Church

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.
Notable Building in Shimla

Gorton Castle

Gorton Castle (1904), a massive and austere grey-stone edifice with neo-Gothic touches, was formerly the colonial government secretariat. Repairs are still ongoing following a 2014 fire. The exterior is partially vi…