9 Lesser-known places to visit near Shimla

Apr 15, 2024

By: Ayush Mehrotra


Often overshadowed by Shimla, Mashobra offers serene landscapes and a quieter atmosphere. You can visit Craignano Nature Park for its beautiful trails and lush greenery.

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While Chail is gaining popularity, it's still less crowded compared to Shimla. Explore the Chail Palace, take a nature walk in the pine forests, or visit the Cricket Ground, which is the highest in the world.

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Known for its hot springs, Tattapani is a peaceful village located on the banks of River Sutlej. You can enjoy a relaxing dip in the hot water springs or indulge in river rafting.

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About 60 kilometers from Shimla, Narkanda offers stunning views of the Himalayas. It's a great destination for skiing in winter and trekking during other seasons.

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Situated around 22 kilometers from Shimla, Fagu is a small village known for its apple orchards and panoramic views of the surrounding hills.

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Famous for its apple orchards, Kotgarh is a charming village known as the "Apple Bowl of India." You can visit the Stokes Farm to learn about apple cultivation and enjoy the scenic beauty.

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Hatu Peak

Near Narkanda, Hatu Peak offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas and the surrounding valleys. You can trek or drive up to the peak and visit the ancient Hatu Mata Temple.

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Jakhoo Temple and Hill

While Jakhoo Temple is popular, the hill itself offers quiet trails and magnificent views of Shimla and the surrounding mountains. You can take a leisurely hike up the hill to enjoy the scenery.

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While Kufri is somewhat known, it's often overshadowed by Shimla. It offers beautiful landscapes, horse riding, and a fun adventure park. You can also trek to Mahasu Peak for stunning views.

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