1. Gaiety Theatre
This is located at the start of the Mall Road. It has been partially turned into police headquarters but it still has a lovely theatre with a circular seating arrangement to host plays and shows. It also houses a very active and thriving art gallery. Here, local artists display their paintings and other pieces of art.
2. Shimla Cafe
This is right at the edge of the hill and one can sit on the balcony of the cafe to get a great panoramic view of the hills and the city. The café serves continental food, pizzas and very good cocktails. The one with pineapple and ginger ale is a must have drink. It has a young crowd that frequents it all the time and therefore, the buzz and the energy of the place is fun. With a vintage car parked in the café, it is full go pictures, paintings and memorabilia to give it a hip look. The café reminds you a bit of the famous Hard Rock Cafe.
3. Christ Church
A white cathedral, the most prominent building on the road. The church is built with Gothic European style and is kind of a landmark in Shimla.
4. The Shimla Library
This is situated on top of the Mall Road on a flatter region of the hill. The library is a very prominent building on the flats. Also, a lot of horse riding happens around the building and mostly during the afternoon, crowds gather here to enjoy themselves.
5. The Embassy Hotel
If you want to enjoy a good meal in traditional European style, then this is the best eatery in town. With some intellectual conversation to go with, it is easy to digest and enjoy your food as one enjoys a philosophical conversation with the owners of the hotel. The desserts and pies are to die for.
6. St. Bede’s College
This is the best college for girls and became famous because Preity Zinta studied here. I got a glimpse of the place during my current visit.
7. Shere Punjab
This is the best place for mutton and non veg in full Punjabi style dhaba. Brain curry and keema are a must taste. The price is reasonable and the seating is comfortable. The dhaba also provides a window view of the mountain.
8. Viceroy’s Palace
The best building in the city – a true master class, a palace for the kings. This was the summer abode for the British Viceroy. With its affluent and plush gardens and green lawns, this is sheer majesty to look at.
9. Scandal Point
A major lovers point in the city. A place where a lot of lovers jumped and committed suicide.
10. Kali Bari Mandir
This was near my hotel, a temple of peace and a place to get blessings from the goddess.
Read more about my travels of Shimla HERE