Treks and Walks
Leisure Walks In
the adventure travel activities that you can indulge at a leisurely
pace include heritage walks and hiking tours in and outside Shimla.
First major walk area is the Prospect Hill and to reach the temple
dedicated to Kamna Devi that?s situated on this hill you have to
take up a 15-minute walk from Boileauganj on Shimla-Bilaspur road.
The hill is at an altitude of 2,155m and offers some spectacular
views of the Shimla valley.
You can also enjoy walks from the
Mall in Shimla, which is enhanced by some of the oldest
architectural building structures that were made by the British.
Some of the buildings worth checking out over here include Dalziel
House, one of the oldest structures of town; Fingask Estate, the
birthplace Lord Chelmsford and the Chelmsford Club; adjoining
Fingask Estate is the Catholic Club in Ensham Estate's old building;
the one-time residence of the famous write Rudyard Kipling, and the
Sacred Art Convent Tat Tara Hall.
A sharp climb takes you to
the Shimla estate Museum and a rich display of Himachal's heritage.
Some other independent walks include The Glen, which is a Reserve
Forest and is one of Shimla's oldest and most popular picnic spots.
The area also has several narrow forest inspection paths including
one that lies about the Glen and circles Summer Hill, but these
paths should be done with a guide. Annandale is another green
walking paradise that's surrounded by Deodar trees. The Old Carriage
track also makes a good walk through the woods and was used by the
Viceroy?s to go to Annandale.
Hiking Around Shimla
2455m, Jakhoo Hill towers over Shimla. Filled with history and
architectural charm, there are several houses along its steep.1.5km
climb that starts from the Ridge and a temple dedicated to Lord
Hanauman crowns the forested hill. Enjoy the most spectacular
sunrises and sunset sights from this spot, especially during the
Another beautiful trail takes you to Sanjuali and
between Holly Lodge and Sanjauli, the distance is about 3-km. From
Sanjauli, you can walk back via the Government College to the Ridge
- 2-km, or via St.Bede's College and Ramchandra Chowka, 3-km.
Alternatively, you can bus back from Sanjauli to Shimla.
Tracks from Shimla
down to pine covered area of Tutikandi. Turn off towards the
exquisite little temple of a local deity, Dhanu Defta at Bihargaon.
Climb back under pine and cedar braches through the old cemetery,
which dates back to the middle of the 19th century. The ascent
continues past Kanlog, the Potato Research Centre and Bemloe to the
Mall. You can reverse the route by starting from the Potato Research
Institute and cemetery, to which point you can also opt to drive.
The whole trip covers a distance 6 to 7-km.
Tracks from Shimla
relatively unexplored area full of good walks along wide roads or
narrow paths is the Bharari Spur. Step from Local Bazaar, go past
Auckland House School and reach the long wood rise. Enclosing
Stirling Castle, two roads branch from here and just before Kelston,
meet again. Continue your walk down past the Police Lines Tobharari
Bazaar. Return along the lower road to Goodwood, which will bring
you just below Lakkar Bazaar again. A round trip from Lakkar Bazaar
covers some 4-km.
Bharari you can walk to the villages that lie to right of the
Seismic Recording Centre, or to the villages of Pabo and Kamiana.
Longer treks can be made to Kiar Koti and Tattapani, but for
taking-up these treks you better take a guide along.
are quite a good number of trails that can be done in the suburbs.
Some are - a walk between the Catering Institute at Kufri and
Wildflower Hall; a walk to Mahasu Peak from Kufri through the
Himalayan Nature Park and a walk along the Bekhalty road from
Mashobra and treks from Mashobra to Sipur.
There are many
soft to medium treks that can use Shimla as the trek base. Some
treks are to Shali Peak, to the Kullu Valley over the Jalori Pass or
the Bashleo Pass, Shimla to Chail, Shimla to Tattapani. Anglers can
indulge in angling for Trout on the river Pabbar, near Rohru.