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Guidebook for Shimla

Dinesh & Rachel

Guidebook for Shimla

Food Scene
The food is delicious. The portions are huge. The place is nice. The service is great. It stays open late. What more could someone want? We’d say the pasta is particularly good. Although they have cuisine options ranging from Shahi Indian to European.
45 The Central
The food is delicious. The portions are huge. The place is nice. The service is great. It stays open late. What more could someone want? We’d say the pasta is particularly good. Although they have cuisine options ranging from Shahi Indian to European.
This little restaurant is easy to miss. So, if you're not looking for it, you probably won't notice it. It's kind of below ground level at the further end of the Mall Road. However, if you do happen upon it, this place is excellent. The food is delicious, they have some really fun cocktail and mocktail options. The space itself is lovely! Their butter chicken is great.
Eighteen71 Cookhouse & Bar
This little restaurant is easy to miss. So, if you're not looking for it, you probably won't notice it. It's kind of below ground level at the further end of the Mall Road. However, if you do happen upon it, this place is excellent. The food is delicious, they have some really fun cocktail and mocktail options. The space itself is lovely! Their butter chicken is great.
A multi-cuisine restaurant which serves incredible Indian Food, our favorite in Shimla, and selections in Chinese, Thai, and Continental dishes. You can dine indoors or by a bonfire on the terrace.
Seventh Heaven
A multi-cuisine restaurant which serves incredible Indian Food, our favorite in Shimla, and selections in Chinese, Thai, and Continental dishes. You can dine indoors or by a bonfire on the terrace.
Quaint cafe with a flair for the hippie era. They serve all sorts of baked goods, pizzas, burgers, pasta and even burritos! Head over to the bar for some delicious and experimental cocktails and mocktails.
Cafe Sol
Quaint cafe with a flair for the hippie era. They serve all sorts of baked goods, pizzas, burgers, pasta and even burritos! Head over to the bar for some delicious and experimental cocktails and mocktails.
This cozy cafe serves the best Hummus and pita bread you can find in Himachal. There are vegetarian and gluten-free options! Head on over for a warm cup of lemon-honey tea, a splendid view of the hills, and a happy belly. Their buckwheat flour pancakes and waffles are also delicious.
Wake and Bake
34/1 Mall Rd
This cozy cafe serves the best Hummus and pita bread you can find in Himachal. There are vegetarian and gluten-free options! Head on over for a warm cup of lemon-honey tea, a splendid view of the hills, and a happy belly. Their buckwheat flour pancakes and waffles are also delicious.
An iconic coffee house chain in India. The menu is said to not have changed in fifty years. It serves South Indian food--dosas, vadas, sambhar--at ridiculously low prices. The drip coffee is also quite good, we’ve had quite a few!
Indian Coffee House The Mall Shimla
No. 1 Mall Rd
An iconic coffee house chain in India. The menu is said to not have changed in fifty years. It serves South Indian food--dosas, vadas, sambhar--at ridiculously low prices. The drip coffee is also quite good, we’ve had quite a few!
This famous Ice Cream spot is located on the Ridge. They’ve got good lunch options as well, definitely comfort food. Have a samosa if you need a snack. There’s also outdoor seating and large windows if you prefer the indoors. A fantastic view of the hills against the sky.
Ashiana Restaurant
This famous Ice Cream spot is located on the Ridge. They’ve got good lunch options as well, definitely comfort food. Have a samosa if you need a snack. There’s also outdoor seating and large windows if you prefer the indoors. A fantastic view of the hills against the sky.
There is a dining hall and a terrace that overlooks the ridge. The dining hall has excellent service and delicious comfort, hotel food. The Terrace is great for food or just a chai and a breath of delicious fresh air.
Clarkes Hotel
There is a dining hall and a terrace that overlooks the ridge. The dining hall has excellent service and delicious comfort, hotel food. The Terrace is great for food or just a chai and a breath of delicious fresh air.
Sightseeing
This magnificent building was built in 1888 as the residence of the British Viceroy Lord Dufferin. It is located at the observatory Hills and is surrounded by well-maintained gardens and lawns, ringed by beautiful pine trees & rose plants. The Viceregal Lodge, also known as "Rashtrapati Niwas" is now converted into Indian Institute of Advanced Study and students come here for higher studies. The building has an English Renaissance style of architecture, where the color of limestone is grey. Since it is located at a good height, the views from this place are enthralling and cannot be described in words
Viceregal Lodge & Botanical Gardens
Near Observatory Hill
This magnificent building was built in 1888 as the residence of the British Viceroy Lord Dufferin. It is located at the observatory Hills and is surrounded by well-maintained gardens and lawns, ringed by beautiful pine trees & rose plants. The Viceregal Lodge, also known as "Rashtrapati Niwas" is now converted into Indian Institute of Advanced Study and students come here for higher studies. The building has an English Renaissance style of architecture, where the color of limestone is grey. Since it is located at a good height, the views from this place are enthralling and cannot be described in words
It was named by Capt. Charles Prat Kennedy around the 1840s after his childhood sweetheart Anna. Back in the day, Annandale was a favorite cricket spot for the British. It’s worth visiting now for the view of the hills or for a picnic. The Indian Military Museum is now situated near the grounds.
Annadale Ground
It was named by Capt. Charles Prat Kennedy around the 1840s after his childhood sweetheart Anna. Back in the day, Annandale was a favorite cricket spot for the British. It’s worth visiting now for the view of the hills or for a picnic. The Indian Military Museum is now situated near the grounds.
Parks & Nature
The Glen is a lush valley path surrounded by pine and deodars. It is home to the gorgeous Chadwick Falls. The walk is 8 km and ends in the middle of the woods. A beautiful hike or secluded picnic spot we often recommend.
Glen Nature Trails
The Glen is a lush valley path surrounded by pine and deodars. It is home to the gorgeous Chadwick Falls. The walk is 8 km and ends in the middle of the woods. A beautiful hike or secluded picnic spot we often recommend.
Arts & Culture
This theatre was design by Henry Irwin, the famous palace architect, in the Gothic style during the Colonial Era. It was named after the Gaiety Theatre in London. It was supposed to be a Town Hall but quickly turned into the favorite hangout spot for young officers and their wives. Many famous people over the years including Rudyard Kipling and Shashi Kapoor performed here in their prime.
Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex Shimla
This theatre was design by Henry Irwin, the famous palace architect, in the Gothic style during the Colonial Era. It was named after the Gaiety Theatre in London. It was supposed to be a Town Hall but quickly turned into the favorite hangout spot for young officers and their wives. Many famous people over the years including Rudyard Kipling and Shashi Kapoor performed here in their prime.
Located at the very top of the mall road this jewel is a real looker. It is the oldest Neo-Gothic church in India (yes, we know, there probably aren’t that many to begin with), however, they’ve maintained this one quite well. The five stained glass windows on the inside are really lovely and worth a peek.
Christ Church Shimla
Located at the very top of the mall road this jewel is a real looker. It is the oldest Neo-Gothic church in India (yes, we know, there probably aren’t that many to begin with), however, they’ve maintained this one quite well. The five stained glass windows on the inside are really lovely and worth a peek.
Gorton Castle sits down from the Mall Road by the Railway Station. It’s a well-kept colonial building nestled in a myriad of Deodar trees. Rothney Castle is on Jakhoo Hill. The upkeep has been a bit shabby but it’s still a good walk. It used to be occupied by Mr. Hume who also founded the Indian National Congress.
Gorton Castle
Gorton Castle sits down from the Mall Road by the Railway Station. It’s a well-kept colonial building nestled in a myriad of Deodar trees. Rothney Castle is on Jakhoo Hill. The upkeep has been a bit shabby but it’s still a good walk. It used to be occupied by Mr. Hume who also founded the Indian National Congress.
Shopping
This is the heart of Shimla. It houses a variety of shops, restaurants, and historical buildings. It was constructed back in the 1800’s and is still bustling each day.
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The Mall
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This is the heart of Shimla. It houses a variety of shops, restaurants, and historical buildings. It was constructed back in the 1800’s and is still bustling each day.
Looking for something imported or a specialty item this is the place to look! We love this place and when you can't find something in other stores you can almost always find it at Ganidamull. It is open all day, closes at 8 PM​. Includes Imported Goods.
Gaindamull Hemraj
Looking for something imported or a specialty item this is the place to look! We love this place and when you can't find something in other stores you can almost always find it at Ganidamull. It is open all day, closes at 8 PM​. Includes Imported Goods.
Entertainment & Activities
Looking for something imported or a specialty item this is the place to look! We love this place and when you can't find something in other stores you can almost always find it at Ganidamull. It is open all day, closes at 8 PM​. Includes Imported Goods.
Ritz Cineplex
Looking for something imported or a specialty item this is the place to look! We love this place and when you can't find something in other stores you can almost always find it at Ganidamull. It is open all day, closes at 8 PM​. Includes Imported Goods.
Getting Around
The local bus service in Shimla runs from 7am to 9pm. Buses run on the Ring Road including the Main Bus Stand, Lift, Chotta Shimla, Kasumpti, Sanjauli, Mehli, New Shimla, Lakkar Bazaar Bus Stand, Victory Tunnel, BaluGanj, Tuttu, Summer Hill, Tutikandi. We are located in New Shimla and you need to get off or on the local bus from BCS (Bishop Cotton School),​ Bus Stand in New Shimla. We are just a short 5-minute walk down the hill. The first street on the right. Taxis are also readily available in Shimla for local travel and sightseeing from the BCS Chowk taxi stand.
BCS Chowk
The local bus service in Shimla runs from 7am to 9pm. Buses run on the Ring Road including the Main Bus Stand, Lift, Chotta Shimla, Kasumpti, Sanjauli, Mehli, New Shimla, Lakkar Bazaar Bus Stand, Victory Tunnel, BaluGanj, Tuttu, Summer Hill, Tutikandi. We are located in New Shimla and you need to get off or on the local bus from BCS (Bishop Cotton School),​ Bus Stand in New Shimla. We are just a short 5-minute walk down the hill. The first street on the right. Taxis are also readily available in Shimla for local travel and sightseeing from the BCS Chowk taxi stand.