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Elevate Your Summer Vacation at the Best Places to Visit in Shimla


Published on: June 21, 2024

Shimla in the Himalayas is conveniently reached by plane from Delhi to Shimla, or by plane to Chandigarh and then by car along well-maintained, windy mountain roads. If you are looking for a break from the city and space to recharge, Shimla is an excellent choice by yourself, with family, friends or someone special.

Stay with us at The Oberoi Cecil on Mall Road or take a short drive out of central Shimla for a resort-like experience at 2,515 metres above sea level, at Wildflower Hall. Discover some of the best things to do in Shimla at each location. We would be happy to customise an itinerary that takes in the best places to visit in Shimla.

The Oberoi Cecil is perfectly placed on Mall Road for you to step out and do some sightseeing. Should you wish to stroll amongst original examples of Shimla’s British history, our specially curated Colonial Heritage Walk may be the perfect choice for you. This gentle guided tour takes in Viceregal Lodge - replete with a collection of historical photographs, Gorton Castle - secreted amongst deodar trees like a fairytale castle, St Michael’s Cathedral, Clarkes Hotel - that dates back to 1898 and Scandal Point.

One of the quaintest things to do in Shimla is have a picnic in the fresh air. Wildflower Hall offers guided walks and gourmet picnic hampers at secret locations within the fragrant cedar forests or complemented by panoramic views of terraced apple orchards and the surrounding hills. The pleasant climate ensures a rejuvenating experience for your body and mind.

Mountain biking in the Himalayas is simply unforgettable. Stay with us at Wildflower Hall and take advantage of our excellent bikes and equipment. Get out along meandering forest paths or try challenging off-road mountain trails. You can trust our professional guides to look after you and your loved ones in nature. After getting your heart pumping, you can return to us for personalised spa treatments to ease tired muscles and private dining to nourish your body.

If you would prefer to keep your feet on the ground, walks in the woods might be more appealing adventure activities in Shimla for you. Starting from The Oberoi Cecil, on foot or in a private, chauffeur driven vehicle, you can visit the picturesque village of Annandale and descend from here along hillsides covered in rhododendron bushes and cedar trees. Finish your walk with a well-earned picnic and enjoy the refreshing mountain air before you walk or are driven back to The Oberoi Cecil.

Some other lovely things to do in Shimla include fine dining at Oberoi Hotels & Resorts. The Oberoi Cecil offers personalised candlelit dinners for two, for those romantic occasions with the one you love. Served in a private dining room, with views across the valley, the experience is elevated with specially curated menus and our intuitive, unobtrusive hospitality.

At Wildflower Hall, you can enhance your stay with an evening in Periwinkle Hall. Feast on a delectable four-course dinner by candlelight in the unique ambience of our onsite movie theatre. This experience can be customised with audiovisual requests to mark a special occasion.

With its rich history, breathtaking landscape and delicious culinary offerings, Shimla is a great choice for a summer break with family, friends or a loved one. For a luxurious stay with optional extra personalised cultural, wellness and gourmet experiences, it has to be Oberoi Hotels & Resorts.

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