Often called the Queen of Himalayas, Shimla is the state capital of Himachal Pradesh. With an elevation of 2130 m in the north-west Himalayas, Shimla not only provides its tourists the picturesque surroundings but also let them indulge in various adventurous pursuits. Shimla is an ideal destination for camping and there are many Shimla tour packages that offer an opportunity for the adventurous you. Here are some of the adventurous activities to do in Shimla:
Classical Jeep Safari ManaliSpitiKinnaur Shimla
The jeep safari starts from Chandigarh to the Spiti valley and Kinnaur. The safari takes you to the unknown world of remote valleys, crystal clear mountain streams, quaint villages, high mountain passes, and extreme serenity all around. From rugged terrain to old monasteries scattered here and there, the safari gives you a chance to visit Kibber, the highest permanent village on earth.
Ice Skating in Shimla
Shimla is known for its natural and open ice skating rink, which happens to be the largest in India. This is one of the prime attractions in Shimla and tends to attract both local and tourists alike. Ice skating commences in December and runs till late February. Skies usually remain clear during this time leading to undisrupted sessions of the activity.
One of the most sought-after adventure sports in Shimla, the free-flowing Sutlej River offers ideal conditions for river rafting in the city. Most of the people look for Shimla tour packages offering river rafting to try their hands at this adventurous sport. The white-water river rafting is carried out from the Chabba to Tattapani. The 12 km stretch takes about two hours to complete. Summer months are the ideal time for river rafting. Feel the adrenaline rush as the inflatable rubber dinghy passes through the waves.
The mystical mountains of the Himalayas and the lush green surroundings are just apt for trekking in Shimla. You can try your hands at trekking at various hills as well as terrains in Shimla. You will find many shelters and rest houses during your trek to rest and recover. Some of the famous trekking routes include—
- Shimla – Luhri – Khanag- Jalori Pass-Jhibhit-Banjar
- Shimla – Narkanda – Khadrala–Sungri – Devidhar – Rohru – Shimla
- Shimla – Narkanda – Hattu Peak – Chaupal – Kedi – Halau – Kandol – Koti – Chakrata
- Banjar – Bathad – Saraham – Arsu – Rampur – Shimla
Located in the Kothai valley in Shimla, Kiala forest is one of the most interesting and less-explored places to visit. The lush green vegetation with a variety of flora and fauna makes this place perfect for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers. Bathroom and locker facilities are also available here.
Located about 23 km from Naldhera, shaily Peak is best known for its dense green forests and rocky trails. From the Khatnol, you need to cover a distance of 8 km to the peak. You can also hire a pony if you are not fit for trekking. The peak looks exceptionally breathtaking during the time of sunrise and sunset making it an ideal spot for photography enthusiasts.