Top things to do in Shimla

Top Choice Microbrewery in Shimla

Brew Estate

Shimla's first brewpub is a large, hip, party space around a central bar-island serving its own trio of well-balanced German- and Belgian-inspired ales (half-litre ₹345) along with Jägerbombs, 'jello-syringe' shots …
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…
Top Choice Himachal in Shimla

Himachali Rasoi

It's just four heavy wooden tables crammed into a bazaar-box shop-unit but the metalcraft lamps add character and the deliciously flavoured thalis (multicurry tray-meals) are a wonderful introduction to local Himach…
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…
Continental in Shimla

Café Simla Times

Fronted by an old Fiat 1100, the enticing Simla Times combines a wonderfully panoramic open terrace area with a casually cosmopolitan indoor section of distressed tables, books, bottles and a distinctive ceiling mur…
Indian in Shimla

Ashiana

In a distinctive all-window circular building, Ashiana is an almost-elegant restaurant for snacks, Indian and (some) Chinese food plus a few Himachali specialities, including anardana (chicken in pomegranate) and se…
Bar in Shimla

Cafe Sol

Central Shimla's hippest drinking spot is sat atop a multi-storey building with splendid views enjoyed from stool-seats, beanbags or low-slung table-cubes. Acoustic live music or DJ-spun beats add atmosphere without…
Architecture in Shimla

Bantony

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…