1. Indian Institute of Advanced Studies

The Indian Institute of Advanced Studies should be on your list of Places to See in Shimla. Shimla is a testimony to the colonial past of our country and this institution built by the British is an integral part of colonial history. The Institute formerly served as the official summer retreat of the Indian President. It was under the reign of Indian President DR. Radhakrishnan that the institute was converted into a research centre for the promotion and advancements of arts and humanities in India.

Tourists can visit the institute and its surrounding gardens and enjoy the marvels of the colonial architecture in India which make it one of the top Shimla Tourism attractions. The building is an architectural wonder in itself as it was built with a proficient fire system, that can rival any that exist in modern times.

2. Annandale

Annandale is another top Shimla Attractions that must make it to your list of Places to See in Shimla. Another Colonial building, the place has hosted many British adventure Sports in its day. Nowadays, tourists can visit here and enjoy the natural beauty, a walk down memory lane, enjoy a day mini golf and visit the Army Museum. There is no entry fee, although you may have to pay for the mini golf.

3. Jakhoo hill

Jakhoo Hills is the highest peak in Shimla. The hill is 8000 feet high and one of the most popular Shimla Attractions. A trip to Shimla is incomplete without a visit to the hill, so don’t forget to include it in your list of Places to See in Shimla. You can’t take your drive all the way up to the top of the hill. However, the short trek to the top is exhausting but fun. The winding walkaway is amidst a thick forest lined with tall and beautiful pine trees.

At the top, you can capture the Himalayan Landscape in its raw and true form. You can enjoy uninterrupted Panoramic views that do justice to the surreal beauty of this Himalayan hill station. Once there you can visit the famous Jakhoo Temple.

4. Naldhera and Shaily

If you are a nature lover and a photography enthusiast, then your you must visit Naldhera and put it at the top of your Places to See in Shimla list. Naldhera is a short drive from the main town of Shimla and offers stunning views of the valley. You can even enjoy the memorising Himalayan sunsets from the various viewing points scattered all around. The place is surrounded by thick forest lined with gorgeous Deodar Trees. You can spend a fun day here with the entire family. Have a nice lunch and enjoy horseback riding.

5. Kufri

Commonly referred to as the winter sports capital of India and located 17 km from Shimla. Some of you may not know, but Kufri wasn’t always a part of India and was formerly a part of the Kingdom of Nepal.

During summers you can plan a day trip from Shimla to Kufri and enjoy some uninterrupted Panoramic views that do justice to the surreal beauty of the Himalayan mountain ranges. Make sure you carry your DSLR’s, to capture the beautiful 360 degrees views of the surrounding mountains and valley.

During Winters, you can maybe spend a night or two here and enjoy skiing and ice skating. If you are lucky, you may also get to see some snowfall while you are there.