Top things to do

Top Choice Multicuisine in Shimla

Cecil Restaurant

For a special dinner, look no further than the colonial-era elegance of the Cecil Restaurant at the Oberoi. The menu is strong on curries from all over India and Thailand too, but there are plenty of Continental opt…
Top Choice Historic Building in Shimla

Viceregal Lodge

The official summer residence of the British viceroys was completed in 1888 and the entire Indian subcontinent was ruled from here for just over half of every year (usually early April to late October) from then til…
Top Choice Street in Shimla

The Ridge

The broad esplanade extending east from Scandal Point is called the Ridge and it's thronged with strolling locals and tourists all day. In clear weather a jagged line of distant snowy peaks is clearly visible to the…
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…
Architecture in Shimla

Bantony

A wonderfully whimsical turreted red-brick mansion from 1880, Bantony was once home to the Maharajah of Sirmaur (whose coat of arms adorns the dilapidated railings). Together with its equally quaint red-brick cottag…
Multicuisine in Shimla

Wake & Bake

This upstairs cafe is about the hippest eatery in Shimla (which isn't saying too much), serving up organic South Indian coffee, breakfasts, pizza by the slice, hummus, falafel, toasties, veg stirfry, pasta and excel…
Hindu Temple in Shimla

Jakhu Temple

Shimla’s most famous temple, dedicated to the monkey god Hanuman, sits atop its highest hill, a steep but worthwhile hike of 1.2km up from the east end of the Ridge. Appropriately, hundreds of rhesus macaques loiter…
Indian in Shimla

Ashiana

In a fanciful circular building, Ashiana is an almost-elegant restaurant and good people-watching spot, with a delightful sunny terrace. As well as tasty North Indian dishes there are Chinese and a few Thai and Sout…
Museum in Shimla

Himachal State Museum

About 2.5km west of Scandal Point, up near the telecommunications mast, the state museum occupies an 1860s mansion and houses an impressive collection of Himachali, Rajasthani and Punjabi miniatures, as well as colo…
Bar in Shimla

Himani’s

The neon and marble decor is straight out of the 1980s, but Himani’s is a decent place for a casual drink or meals like chicken tikka or a masala dosa (mains ₹90 to ₹240) The inside can be smoky and male-dominated, …