New Year Festivities
A gentle stroll along the Mall Road from the doorstep of The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla provides the perfect opportunity to spot British colonial architecture, shop for Himachali goods and much more. Spend some time browsing at Lakkar Bazaar for locally made pure wool shawls and handcrafted wooden souvenirs. Sample some local beers at the Brew Estate, the first microbrewery in this area. Or opt a coffee and something to eat at Cafe Simla Times. Fronted by a Fiat 100 with a wide al fresco terrace, this is a lovely place to stop for a while. If you would prefer something with more heritage style, you can always pop into Clarkes: A Grand Heritage Hotel since 1898, for some warm hospitality and something delicious to eat along the way. Take in some heritage culture at the 19th century neo gothic Christ Church or at Gaiety Theatre, a restored gothic theatre with an art gallery and an exhibition hall. Or get out of the city on a cable car to Jakhoo Hill and enjoy panoramic Himalayan views from the highest peak in Shimla.