Places of tourist interest
The Mall is Shimla's main promenade. Here, contemporary commercial enterprises rub shoulders with stately colonial edifices, churches and other landmarks of the town. At one end of The Mall is the city's colourful local market, called Lakkar Bazaar.
The Viceregal Lodge
A few minutes from The Oberoi Cecil, is the Viceregal Lodge. Built in 1888 by the British Viceroy Lord Dufferin, the premises also house a museum, and beautifully laid out gardens. Through its grand history, it has also been the Rashtrapati Niwas (The President's residence). Today, it houses the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies.
Tattapani / Shiv Goofa
The hot sulphur spring is know for its therapeutic power. A two hours drive along the Sutlej river.
A temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman, commands an excellent view of the town.
This is Shimla's highest point, offers a panoramic view of the town. Has a temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman.
An inviting ski destination in Himachal Pradesh, Kufri has lured mountain lovers for decades. The slopes are not for professionals, but the short to advanced runs are tailor-made for the enthusiast. Yak rides for children are an added attraction.
Easily accessible by road, Mashobra is twelve kilometers from Shimla. This quaint little town is a getaway to numerous walks into the forest where you can experience nature at its best.
The former capital of the Maharajah of Patiala, Chail is built on three hills and is about 45 kms from The Oberoi Cecil. The cricket pitch here is the highest in the world. The old palace and the polo grounds are worth a visit. It is an attractive tourist spot and an ideal place for picnics.
Naldehra Golf Course
It is about an hour's drive from the hotel. Viceroy Lord Curzon was so enchanted by this spot that his daughter's middle name is Naldehra. He also created India's first nine-hole golf course at this site, and the perfect season is between April and October.
Situated on the Hindustan-Tibet Road, 64 kms from The Oberoi Cecil, Narkanda offers a panoramic view of the inner Himalayas. Apples and cherries abound in the orchards near by at Kotgarh. Eight kms from Narkanda is the Hattu Peak, at a height of 3300 mts, which has several ski slopes – a beginner's run, a slalom slope and a sharper descent for the seasoned skier.
Hop on to the “toy train” at Shimla and alight at Taradevi station. A trek through magnificent cedars up to Taradevi temple takes about two hours. The environment is serene and the view magnificent.