When it comes to choosing a great romantic holiday destination in winters, then Himachal Pradesh is very popular. Not only couples, but every tourist dream is to visit snowy locations to play with a snowman. Totally diverse from the other destinations of Himachal, Shimla is a paradise for honeymoon couples. Every corner and every breeze blowing in that city is loaded with love. Truly a perfect destination in India for spending quality time with your loved ones.
Without making you wait, let’s explore this snowy city of Himachal – Shimla so that you can plan your itinerary in this cosy winter. Have a look-
Shimla – Queen of Hill Station in Himachal
After wedding rituals, over the most common thing is to decide a perfect destination for honeymoon and in India, Shimla cannot beat any destination. Known as the Queen of Hills, Shimla is a panoramic hill town enclosed in a pristine scenery of glorious Himalayan peaks.
Besides this, the forests of oak and pine add more beauty and lure travellers across the gable as well. Shimla is sure to leave you with some unforgettable memories to treasure for life, whether on a honeymoon, a cultural escapade or simply a relaxing holiday.
Popular Things Couples can do at Shimla
Enjoy Beautiful Views From the Ridge
The Ridge is located in the heart of the Shimla town and offers mesmerising views of the mountain ranges. It is a large open space, which is connected to the Scandal Point in the west. The east side leads to Lakkar Bazaar where tourists can buy various wooden crafts. There is a huge water reservoir located in this site which supplies water in the town.
Besides this, at Ridge, various functions, festivals and celebrations are organised during the eve of New Year. So those couples who want to celebrate new year eve differently then this is a good spot for them. This place offers long walks in its beautiful surroundings.
Take a Romantic Stroll of Mall Road
The Mall is a popular spot in Shimla, and probably the heart of Shimla. Couples love this spot and enjoy soaking themselves in the views of surrounding areas. Taking a stroll on this road is a must-do thing for every couple. Also, this area is famous for shopping scenes too.
There are many romantic restaurants, vibrant clubs and historic shops are the main appeals. Besides, many social and cultural events are organised in the Mall. This area can be aptly termed as the hub of Shimla’s social life. The restaurants serve a wide range of delicious food items at a reasonable price.
Shop Handicraft Items from at Lakkar Bazaar as it is a popular shopping area which offers attractive wooden articles. These handcrafted wooden items can be bought as souvenirs. Dry fruits and natural herbs are also sold here.
Visit the Scandal Point
At the intersection of Mall Road and Ridge Road, the Scandal Point is located. Tourists can see the Church of Scotland, the old Alfa Restaurant, and enjoy the valley’s mesmerizing views.
The place’s peculiar name has a story behind it. A Patiala king was fascinated with the daughter of the viceroy of India, according to a common myth, and kidnapped her while she was taking a walk in this location. Thus this point is known as Scandal Point. Also, this point is the mall’s tallest location.
Watch Grand Viceregal Lodge & Botanical Gardens
In 1888, this magnificent building was designed as the residence of Lord Dufferin, the British Viceroy. It is situated at the Hills Observatory and is surrounded by beautiful pine trees and rose plants, well-maintained gardens and lawns. The Viceregal Lodge is now turned into the Indian Institute of Advanced Study and students attend the higher education.
The lodge is also known as “Rashtrapati Niwas” The building has an architectural theme of the British Revival, which is grey in limestone colour. The views are exciting from this location and cannot be explained in words, as it is situated at a good altitude.
Pay a Religious Visit to Jakhu Temple
The well-known Jakhoo Temple nestled at the top at Jakhu Hill above the valley. It has become a popular religious attraction in the surrounding regions. This temple is dedicated to Lord Hanumana offers a spiritual vibe to travellers and it is an ancient site covered in mythological stories. From that temple, you can have a terrific view of the whole Shimla due to majestic Deodar and the spectacular environment.
Newlywed couples and regular devotees can seek blessing from Lord Hanumana. If you love adventure then, you can opt to plan a short trek till Jakko hill to seek the blessings. Another reason for its popularity is that this temple holds world’s largest lord Hanuman statue, which is easily seeable from distinct corners of Shimla.
Tip: Also you can visit the most famous Tara Devi Temple located on the Kalka -Shimla Road. It is believed that this shrine was built more than 250 years ago.
Adventure Activities in Shimla
Apart from the couple’s activities, Shimla is also famous among adventure enthusiasts. People usually visit to indulge in adventure activities such as Camping with a friend or loves ones, trekking, ice skating, paragliding adventure, river rafting and heli-skiing etc. There are some nice simple trek options here that take you to amazing spots through lush green pine and oak forests.
And if you crave excitement, Shimla is surrounded by some famous Himalayan mountain ranges, which is why there are some incredible trekking trails in and around Shimla. If you are up for something new mountain biking can be enjoyed in Shimla as well.
How To Reach Shimla
Shimla is well connected by all prevailing modes of transportation. But The Jubbarhatti Airport is the closest airport to Shimla. You can also take direct flights from Indira Gandhi International Airport. If you want to visit via railways then go for the Kalka railway station. Besides this, the roadways option is also available from major connecting cities to Shimla.
Best time as we stated above is winter but you can plan your trip to Shimla throughout the year. But in winter season you can enjoy skiing and Ice Skating, whereas summers are supposed to be perfect for sightseeing and trekking.
Some Popular Hotels in Shimla are Hotel Marina, Hotel Hot Spring Therme and Spa, Hotel Shingar and Hotel Satyam Paradise. But you choose according to your budget and availability.
Shimla is a place where honeymoon and adventure can be undergone together what’s better than that. Visiting Shimla in the winter is an entirely different scenario. It’s a perfect destination for a cold, lazy holiday. If you get lucky, between December and February, you will witness snowfall here, which is an event that you will always want to keep alive in your memories.
Till our next blog coming up, plan your trip and share your experiences with us!