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Adventure Sports in Shimla

Gone are the days, when Shimla was visited only for its scenic beauty. The rage of adventure in the Shimla town has quickly caught its pace, which gives a new high to the adventure enthusiasts. A perfect locale to set the adrenaline levels to a new height, there are a plethora of adventure sports in Shimla. Not only at amateur levels, one could opt for advanced training in Shimla adventure sports. In order to encourage the spirit of mountaineering amongst the youth, Shimla has established the Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports.

The city is also renowned for having some of the largest ice skating rinks in the country. Besides, one can also indulge in other adventure sports activities in Shimla like skiing, mountaineering, paragliding, fishing, and golfing, etc. Also, the cost of adventure sports in Shimla varies from activity to activity.

Sports & Adventure in Shimla

Here are the Best Adventures Sports in Shimla - 

River Rafting in Shimla

One of the best adventure sports in Shimla in summer, river rafting in Tattapani is preferred by many thrill-seekers. This is a level 3 rafting experience amidst the serene and picturesque setting of Shimla and is undoubtedly a one-of-a-kind experience. Do not worry about safety as you are provided with the proper types of equipment and safety measures are taken care of by experienced certified instructions. Just follow the instructions and you will have the most fun experience. Remember, the age limit for this activity is 5 and above. And only 1 person is required to book river rafting in Shimla.

Best time for river rafting in Shimla -  March to June

Cost of river rafting in Shimla - INR 1500 per person (15 km) 

Location - Chabba to Tattapani

Difficulty level - Moderate

Golfing in Shimla

Experience this unique activity on your next Shimla trip. Golfing is one of the best adventure activities in Shimla that you can participate in for a memorable trip. You can enjoy golfing in Shimla along with witnessing breathtaking views of the city. This activity is very popular in the Naldehra town of Shimla where you will find the oldest golf course. Annandale Golf Course is also another loved place for golfing in Shimla. 

  • Best time for golfing in Shimla - May to December
  • Location - Naldehra  (22 km from Shimla)

Toy Train Ride from Kalka to Shimla

A toy train ride from Kalka to Shimla is one of the most incredible feats of India. And the fun gets doubled if it’s enjoyed with friends, family, and beloved. Shimla toy train starts from Kalka and after passing through 102 tunnels, 864 bridges, and 919 sharp yet stunning curves, reaches Shimla. Kalka to Shimla toy train is truly one of the most spectacular railway routes in India and is among the top adventure sports in Shimla. And it doesn't matter what your age is, you can enjoy this activity. Also, you can choose from AC Chair Car and Second Seating. Include meals at the time of booking. 

Location: Kalka

Duration: 5 hours, 30 minutes

Cost of the toy train ride - 

Rail Motor Car - INR 320 for adults, INR 160 for children

Shivalik Deluxe Express - INR 510 for adults, INR 255 for children

Himalayan Queen - INR 470 for adults, INR 235 for children

Ice Skating in Shimla

A trip to Shimla in winter is incomplete without trying ice skating. It is one of the best adventure winter sports in Shimla that is enjoyed by tourists from all over India. The joy of gliding on the ice under the blue sky while the cool breeze caresses your face is unlike any other. The cool weather and snow-blanketed region give the perfect reason for tourists to indulge in this adventure sport in Shimla. If you are a snow lover, ice skating in Shimla is the perfect activity for you. 

Best time for ice skating in Shimla - December to February

Cost of ice skating in Shimla - INR 100 to INR 50

Location - Lakkar Bazaar 

Difficulty level - Moderate

Paragliding in Shimla

Fly like a bird in Shimla at Kangra Valley. Paragliding is one of the popular adventure activities in Shimla in October and is quite loved by thrill-seekers. It gives you the adrenaline rush while you glide through the sky like a carefree bird. While paragliding in Shimla, you are thoroughly instructed by a professional. So, listen carefully, follow them, and enjoy this activity. You can get a 360-degree view of the valley, which enhances your trip to Shimla. 

Best time for paragliding in Shimla - October to November

Cost of paragliding in Shimla - INR 3,500 per person (for 15 to 20 minutes of the ride)

Location - Kangra Valley

Difficulty level - Moderate to High

Jakhu Temple Shimla Ropeway

A popular experience that you can take in Shimla is the Jakhu ropeway. It is a cable car in Shimla that offers amazing aerial views of the city and is 10 minutes long. You can visit Jakhu Temple through a ropeway and seek blessings from Lord Hanuman while relishing the serenity of the forests. There is a 108 feet tall statue of Hanuman Ji at Jakhu Temple that people from near and far come to see. This makes the Jakhu Temple Shimla Ropeway more exciting. It usually takes about an hour by walking but the cable car makes the distance shorter and the experience more enjoyable.

Best time for Jakhu ropeway - Any time of the year

Timings - 9.30 am to 7 pm

Cost of Jakhu ropeway - INR 300 for adults, INR 250 for children (3 to 12 years of age)

Duration - 10 minutes

Trekking in Shimla

If you are an adventure lover, trekking is among the best adventure sports in Shimla in December. Whether summer or winter, this adventure sport can be enjoyed in every season in Shimla except monsoon. You can either take the difficult treks or easy ones, depending on you. One of the easiest and the most relaxing treks is to walk down the forest area in Jakhu Temple, which is also known as the highest point in Shimla. Banjar Valley Trek is also recommended to experience the serene beauty of the ‘Queen of Hills’.

Best time for trekking in Shimla - October to February

Cost of trekking in Shimla - Approx. INR 1650 

Location - Jakhu Temple, Chadwick Falls, Banjar Valley Trek, Kamna Devi Temple

Difficulty level - Easy to difficult

Heli-Skiing in Shimla

Heli-Skiing is one of the most expensive adventure sports activities in Shimla. You can enjoy gliding through the white fluffy snow as you maneuver various turns and twists. Nothing can beat the thrill of heli-skiing in Shimla. The interesting part of this activity is that you get dropped off by a helicopter atop a mountain from where you can ski all the way down. The best places for heli-skiing are Narkanda and Kufri. So, if you are a ski lover, you should definitely opt for this activity. 

Best time for heli-skiing in Shimla - January - February

Cost for heli-skiing in Shimla - Starts from INR 5,50,000 (7 days)

Location - Rohtang Pass, Deo Tibba, Hanuman Tibba

Difficulty level - Moderate to high

Camping in Shimla

Camping in Shimla is an ideal choice for travelers who want to stay in the lap of nature. Camping is one of the best activities in Shimla that can be enjoyed by adventure and nature lovers. You can stay in nature’s vast wilderness with the views of mountains and sounds of the streams. Camp under the stars in Shimla and marvel at the beautiful sights around you. If you are bored of staying at hotels and resorts, stay in a camp in Shimla for a memorable experience. 

Best time for camping in Shimla - April to August, December, and January

Cost for camping in Shimla - INR 2,600 to INR 12,000

Location - Summer hills, Bantony hill, Elysium hill, Jakhu hill, Observatory hill

Mountain Biking in Shimla

Riding through the rough terrains of Shimla on a bike is one of the best experiences you will ever get. It is one of the most popular adventure sports in Shimla and attracts many adventure enthusiasts across India. You can easily rent a bike in Shimla for 10 hours and explore the city. Start your mountain biking in Shimla around 9 am and end at around 7 pm. This way you get to see the best of the city. Enjoy the fresh air that will refresh your mind. Carry a valid ID proof with you to rent the bike. 

Best time for mountain biking in Shimla - March to May, September, and October

Cost for mountain biking in Shimla - INR 200 per person (charges are on an hourly basis)

Location - Cart Road

Difficulty level - Moderate to high

Skiing in Shimla

The Queen of Hills, Shimla is famous for its snow-covered peaks. This makes it a popular destination for skiing in Himachal. If you are a snow or adventure lover, skiing is one of the best Shimla adventure sports to indulge in. Mahasu Ridge in Kufri and Hatu Peak in Narkanda are two popular places for skiing in Shimla. This activity peaks during January and lasts till March. During this time, you can see a large number of ski enthusiasts visiting this place.

Best time for skiing in Shimla - January to March

Cost for skiing  in Shimla - INR 300 to INR 500 per person

Location - Mahasu Ridge and Hatu Peak

Difficulty level - Moderate to high

Rock Climbing in Shimla

Rock Climbing is one of the most thrilling adventure sports in Shimla. It is an exhilarating adventure sport that demands all your strength and offers you the ultimate adrenaline rush. You also get to put the adventurer in you at the test while rock climbing in Shimla. It is a difficult sport, thus only physically fit people can indulge in this. And yes, you are provided with a safety harness, and all the measures are taken to ensure your safety while performing rock climbing.

Best time for rock climbing in Shimla - June to September

Cost for skiing  in Shimla - INR 400 onwards

Location - Dhalli

Difficulty level - Moderate to high








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