Shimla has always been amongst the most popular hill stations of Himachal Pradesh. Its popularity is partly due to its easy accessibility from the plains of Haryana and Chandigarh. You can either drive up from Kalka or Chandigarh, or board the fabled ‘Toy Train‘ from Kalka. While the love for Shimla has’t waned, there are travellers who look for hill stations in the vicinity. The towns which are as easily accessible as Shimla and offer a holiday in the hills. If you are one of them, you have arrived at the right place. Following are the hill stations situated in the vicinity of Shimla.
Narkanda, a small hill-town, is one of the unexplored hill stations of Himachal Pradesh. Situated on the HT (Hindustan-Tibet) Road, Narkanda is 64 km northeast of Shimla. It is very close to the largest apple-producing region of Himachal Pradesh. Hence, lorries full of apples is a common sight on the road to Narkanda. You can go to Narkanda either to enjoy a quiet retreat in the hills or to indulge in activities like trekking. Yes, Narkanda is a skiing destination from January to the end of March. Being a hill station at a height of 2750 m (9,022 ft), one thing that Narkanda promises is the spectacular views of the mountains. Read More
Location: Narkanda is 64 km northeast of Shimla.
Kufri is a small and picturesque village, situated at a height of 2290 m (7510 ft). Located just 14 km east of Shimla, it has been a popular skiing destination for years. For families holidaying in Shimla, Kufri was a favourite excursion due to its scenic vistas and the activities offered here. Gradually, this village has turned into a full-fledged hill station. Tourists seeking activity-filled holiday throng Kufri in all the seasons. If it is winter, the town is full with skiing enthusiasts and snow lovers. And in other seasons, youngsters and families flood this town to enjoy an action-packed holiday in the hills. The camps situated around Kufri arrange for sports like rock-climbing, valley crossing, biking etc. For your children, there are pony rides and a zoo called Himalayan Nature Park. Read More
Location: Kufri is 14 km east of Shimla.
In Naldehra you can either play golf, or enjoy walking on the forested slopes, or just relax. It is a quintessentially off-the-map hill retreat where the best activity you can do is commune with the nature. Walking on its wooded hills with company of only birds, and a few monkeys, is a truly rejuvenating experience. The more you exert, the more fresh air you inhale. And if you still yearn for exploring something, you can walk up to a few Hindu temples dotted about in the village. For stay options, you have very limited choices here. There is one luxury resort, and a few budget retreats. Read More
Location: Naldehra is 25 km north of Shimla.
Just 14 km before Shimla, the Kalka-Shimla Train chugs into the station of a peaceful hill town. It is Shoghi. If you are travelling by road, you just need to take a short detour about 14 km before Shimla to reach this hidden hill retreat. Shoghi is meant for those jaded souls whose patronage for Shimla has weathered. Here nature is how it should be. Take a look from any of the slopes and all you see are pristine hills. And after monsoon these hills turn livelier. All you can do in this town is walk around or set out on short treks. Read More
Location: Shoghi is 14 km southeast of Shimla
Mashobra is a hamlet situated at a height of 2146 m (7041 ft), 14 km north of Shimla. In the colonial times it was the home of the first-class Britishers. Those who wanted to stay in the vicinity of the summer capital – Shimla – without being a part of its hustle and bustle chose Mashobra as their haven. And even today it does the same job. It offers a tranquil stay in the Shivalik hills to those who want to stay near Shimla. The activities you can do here are pretty simple. Either you can walk around and gaze at the hills and colonial bungalows, or you can just relax and be with yourself. Read More
Location: Mashobra is 13 km east of Shimla.
Chail, a tiny wooded hill town, took birth out of an insult. Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala had allegedly tried to elope with the British Viceroy’s daughter. Following this, he was barred from entering Shimla. Outraged by this, Bhupinder Singh decided to build his own summer retreat and that too at a higher altitude than Shimla. So, he built Chail at an altitude of 7,054 feet. Unlike other popular hill stations of Himachal Pradesh, Chail is devoid of any English elements like mall road, clubs, etc. In Chail, you can go for forest trails, climb up to hilltop temples or just enjoy the solace. Read More
Location: Chail is 55 km south of Shimla.
Kasauli, a small hill town in Himachal Pradesh, is situated at a height of 6,322 feet in the Shivalik Range. Kasauli’s soothing climate and thick woods had attracted the British to form a cantonment and a convalescence centre here. Quite a large part of the town falls under the cantonment, which is now under the control of Indian Army and Air Force. The strict building laws within the cantonment have kept the area mostly unaltered. But outside its limits, some significant construction has happened lately. But that doesn’t deter the colonial ambience that this sleepy town has retained. The best way to explore Kasauli is on foot. As you will walk around the town, you’ll discover lots of lovely trails and lookout points. Read More
Location: Kasauli is 72 km southeast of Shimla.