The Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS) is a research institute based in Shimla, India. It was set up by the Ministry of Education, Government of India in 1964 and it started functioning from 20 October 1965. The building that houses the institute was originally built as a home for Lord Dufferin, Viceroy of India from 1884–1888 and was called the Viceregal Lodge. It housed all the subsequent viceroys and governors general of India. It occupied Observatory Hill, one of the seven hills that Shimla is built upon.The building was designed by Henry Irwin, an architect in the Public Works Department. The Viceregal Lodge had electricity as early as 1888, much before the rest of the town of Shimla.The building also was equipped with a sophisticated firefighting mechanism through wax-tipped water ducts.
Christ Church, Shimla, is the second oldest church in North India, after St John's Church in Meerut. It is a parish in the Diocese of Amritsar in the Church of North India. Its current incumbent is The Rev. Mushtaq Achher Malk, B.D., M.Th., whose ecclesiastical designation is presbyter-in-charge. Worship is conducted in Hindi and English "Built in the neo-Gothic style in 1857 to serve the largely Anglican British community in what was formerly called Simla, Christ Church is situated on The Ridge. It stands out as one of the prominent landmarks of Shimla and its silhouette is visible for kilometres around the vicinity of Shimla city. Christ Church is one of the enduring legacies of the British Raj. Christ Church was designed by Colonel J. T. Boileau in 1844, and the church was consecrated after 1857. The clock adorning Christ Church was donated by Colonel Dumbleton in 1860. The porch was added in 1873.
Jakhoo Temple is an ancient temple in Shimla, dedicated to Hindu deity, Hanuman.It is situated on Jakhoo Hill, 2.5 km /1.3 miles east from the Ridge, Shimla at a height of 2,455 m (8,000 feet) above sea level. Shimla's highest peak offers a panoramic view of the Shivalik Ranges and the town of Sanjauli.
An ancient "Lord Hanuman" temple is there and every year a big festival is held on Dussehra. You can go to the temple by foot (a steep climb) from Ridge (path behind the church) or can hire a pony/horse. Taxis are available too.
Just one km away from Mall Road- the central hub of Shimla, the ancient Kali Bari Temple is a place worth visiting. Dedicated to Goddess Kali, who is also known as Devi Shyamala, this religious edifice is visited by countless devotees every year.
It was built in the year 1845 amidst rolling hills of Shimla, which oozes beauty at every turn. Legends have it that it is from the name of Goddess Shyamala, the name of the hill station – 'Shimla' has been derived.
A visit to this highly revered temple will definitely leave you mentally and spiritually rejuvenated. This pious shrine of Goddess Kali was first located on Jhakhu Hill. It was later relocated to its current site by the British.
It's a popular ski resort and is at a distance of sixteen kilometers from Shimla. With thick woods around it offers a panoramic view of 2000 miles of the great Himalyan ranges.
Kufri is a small hill station in Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh state in India .
The scenic Naldehra Golf Course, which bears resemblance to the Scottish links courses, is located about 22 km from Shimla. Measuring 4285 yards, this Par 68 course boasts of 18 holes, 16 greens and 18 tees. Established in the early 1900s, under the supervision of the former viceroy of India, Lord Curzon, this golf course initially had 9 holes, and is known to be one of the oldest in India.
Perched 2,200 m above sea level, Naldehra is one of the country's most challenging golf courses. It covers a long sloping glade and is surrounded by countless Deodar trees from all sides. Bewitched by the boundless beauty of the golf club, Lord Curzon named his third daughter as Alexandra Naldehra.
Himalayan Bird Park
Shimla, the capital city of the Himachal Pradesh State is gifted with many blissful things by the Mother Nature. Most of the places of this beautiful city offer amazing scenic beauty and ample chances of watching wildlife in their natural habitat. Shimla boasts many sanctuaries and nature parks and each one of them houses varieties of flora and fauna and many of them are of rare species. The Himalayan Bird Park Shimla is a perfect treat for the bird lovers.
The huge collection of common and some of the rare species of birds have made this place one of the most sought after tourist spots of Shimla especially for the nature lovers. Visitors could get to see some exclusive Himalayan birds that are not to be seen anywhere else.
Perched atop an elevation of around 11150 feet above sea level, Hatu peak is one of the highest places to visit in Narkanda. Peppered with apples and oak thickets, the peak preserves an old temple named Hatu temple. It is dedicated to the wife of King Ravana- Mandodari. Hatu peak also fascinates trekkers who start their trek from Narkanda and walk uphill for around 7 KM (one-way) to reach the top.
Tanni Jubbar Lake
Somewhat an ephemeral lake in the scenic vicinity of Thanedar near Narkanda- Tanni Jubbar lake is one of the offbeat tourist places in Narkanda. The placid lake lies desolated near Naag Devta which is a shrine dedicated to the God of Snakes. The dramatic foliage encircling the lake enables abundance of opportunity for nature photographers and peace-seekers.