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$22 Day Trips & Excursions

Himalayan Historical Guided Day Tour in Shimla

Meet your tour guide at Christ Church (near Mall Rd, Lakkar Bazaarl) to start your walk through the town. Shimla acts as a hub for India's tourism sector. It is also home to a number of colleges and research institutions as well as multiple temples and palaces. The city's buildings are styled in the Tudorbethan and neo-Gothic architectures dating from the colonial era.The heritage walk starts from the Christ Church,which is located at the western shoulder of Jakhu Hill and east towards the Viceregal Lodge. Shimla has a number of places to visit. Local hangouts like The Mall and The Ridge are in the heart of the city. Most of the heritage buildings in the city are preserved in their original 'Tudorbethan' architecture. The former Viceregal Lodge, which now houses the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, and Wildflower Hall, now a luxury hotel, are some of the famous ones. During the walk your guide will take you through a number of old buildings such as Gaiety theatre, General Post Office, Imperial Bank, Railway Board Building, Gorton Castle, Knockdrin, Kennedy Cottage, Cecil Hotel,and Viceregal Lodge and you will find every building has a different style of architecture with many stories of the past. Your guide will narrate various facts and history about the old buildings as you enjoy the nature walk.The last point of your heritage walk is the Indian Institute of Advanced Study. After learning about Shimla history your tour ends and you can take local transportation by own expense) to your hotel or you can walk back to Christ Church, whichever you prefer.

$21 Private & Custom Tours

Private Half Day Local Shopping Tour of Shimla

Meet your guide at Christ Church at 10am or 1pm, depending on your choice, and proceed towards the most famous shopping markets. This private tour allows you to choose the markets you would like to visit.The best shopping areas in Shimla are the Lakkar Bazaar, The Mall, and the Government Emporium. The lower bazaar and the Tibetan bazaar are also well known shopping areas. You can select which markets you would like to visit, with your guide alongside you to make recommendations bases on your interests. Your guide will help you to bargain with local shop keepers and also explain to you about the local handicrafts and clothes. During the shopping walk tour you can visit following markets:Lakkar BazaarLocated on a narrow road adjoining the Ridge, the bazaar is popular for wooden decorative items and souvenirs.The MallThe Mall lies at the heart of all the shopping activities. Buzzing with shops, cafes, theaters, restaurants and a whole bunch of merriment, it is close to all places of interest.Himachal EmporiumIt is famous for local handicrafts. So if you are interested in locally-made handicrafts at pocket-friendly prices, Himachal Emporium is just the place for you.Lower BazarLocated just below the Ridge, it is hidden amongst crowded lanes and old buildings, Lower Bazaar, also known as Subzi Mandi, is extremely chaotic yet full of life.Tibetan MarketThis makeshift market is on Shimla’s slopes and is the perfect destination for those who love a good bargain.Your guide can also share recommendations on good places to stop for lunch or dinner (your own expense), in case you get hungry.  At the end of your tour, you will be take back to you at departure point.

$35 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Half-Day Temple Tour in Shimla

Meet your private guide at your hotel at your departure time and start your cultural tour into the immenseness of Indian Mythology.First, your guide will take you to the ancient Jakhoo Temple. It is an ancient temple in Shimla, dedicated to Hindu deity, Hanuman. The temple has a mythological story attached to it dating back to the battle between Lord Rama and Ravana at Lanka.Your guide will explain the history of this temple. Here, you will attend morning Aarti ceremony. Aarti is a devotional ritual that uses fire as an offering. It's usually made in the form of a lit lamp. After taking the blessing of God and enjoy the morning prayer with music and bells, you will proceed to the next temple, Kali Bari.The Kali Bari temple is one amongst the most revered Kalika (embodiment of Goddess Shakti) temples in India. This temple was built in the year 1845 and is dedicated to Goddess Kali who is also known as Shyamala, which means that the temple has miraculous powers to fulfill all the desires of its devotees. It is from the name of Goddess Shyamala that Shimla derives its name. Explore this interesting legend as with your expert guide who will explain to you the significance of prime deity.Later on, you will enjoy Indian breakfast with tea to regain energy. Your guide will take you local restaurant where you will enjoy the breakfast.After breakfast, your guide will take you to the Sankat Mochan Temple, which is also dedicated to the Lord Hanuman. This temple is located at place where one can actually meditate and enjoy the calm and peaceful vicinity. Here, you will find lush, green trees surrounding the Sankat Mochan Temple. Your guide will tell you the story of this temple as well. After your visit to all temples, you will have learned some new historical knowledge. Your guide will then take you back to your hotel.

$35 Shows, Concerts & Sports

Shimla Half-Day Guided Walking Tour Including Lunch

Visit the the heart of Shimla and experience the vibrancy and adventure hidden in tangled alleyways and crowded bazaars. Begin your day like the locals, with a cup of chai tea at the local shop. Your experienced guide will then take you across the broad spectrum of Indian society, providing you with information about Shimla's culture along the way. You'll visit the city’s famous monuments and temples. You'll also observe the traditional Hindu rituals at a temple dedicated to various Hindu gods. Then, you'll share a home-cooked lunch with a host family.Additionally, you'll have the option to eat food from street vendors (at own expense), wander chaotic streets and alleyways, see the legacy of British imperialism at the British Raj and learn about India’s struggle for independence.Revenue from this experience will be reinvested in KPYM Himachal, which provides lessons and education for children in the local mountain community.

$50 Cultural & Theme Tours

Explore Temples In Shimla

You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning and start your tour with a visit to the ancient Jakhoo Temple. The temple stands at the top of a hill, 8000 feet above sea level and offers a panoramic view of Shimla. The temple is dedicated to the Monkey God, Hanuman. According to the Hindu epic, Ramayana, Hanuman stopped here for rest when he went in search of the magical Sanjivini herb to revive Laxman (brother of God Rama). Take part in the morning prayers here.Next visit the 20th century Sankat Mochan Temple, which is also dedicated to Hanuman.The temple is set in the midst of trees where you can spend some quiet moments in silent meditation.The last stop for the day is the Kali Bari temple. The temple was built in 1845 and is dedicated to Goddess Shyamala, from where Shimla gets its name. The Goddess Shyamala is also worshipped in the forms of Durga and Kali.At the end of the tour you will be dropped back at your hotel.

$99 Tours & Sightseeing

Heritage Walk In Shimla With Lunch

You will be picked up from your hotel and driven to Christ Church, the starting point of the walk.Christ Church is the second church to have been built in North India. Built in the neo-gothic style of architecture, the imposing white structure is a prominent landmark of Shimla. It has some exquisite stained glass windows.As you walk down the Mall, you will go past the gothic style building of Gaiety Theater. It is a heritage building that now has an exhibition hall and an art gallery besides the old theater hall. Walk past the colonial style building of the General Post Office. The timber framed building is one of the 6 heritage post offices in India. Equally remarkable is the wooden facade of a building called ‘Bantony’ that houses the police station. Discover the former Imperial Bank, the cast iron and steel structure of the Railway Board building and the red-stone chalet like facade of Gorton Castle. You will also see a couple of old houses like Kennedy House and Knockdrin. The walk will end at the imposing Viceregal Lodge that was the home of the British Viceroys in India.The Lodge now houses the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies.At the end of the walk enjoy lunch (beverage excluded) at a local restaurant. After lunch you will be driven back to your hotel.

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