10 Temples in Shimla For A Spiritual Visit in 2021
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Best Temples In Shimla

Shimla Temples

Jakhoo temple, Tara devi temple, Hatu Mata Temple, Kali Bari Temple, Bhim Kali Temple, Sankat Mochan Temple, Dhingu Mata Temple, Shiv Mandir, Mahu Nag Temple, Shoghi Hanuman Temple, and many more.

Shimla has proven to be the spot for peace and pleasure for many; they say it is because of the Temples in Shimla. If you want to experience some real bliss and joy away from the hustle and bustle of the city, then visiting the temples in the city of Shimla is one of the best options.

No matter how modernized the hill station has been transformed into, it still beholds the power and sacredness of the Hindu mythology. Tourists from not only all over India but from distinct regions in the world travel all the way to visit Shimla temples to attain wisdom and peace. Jakhu temple is one of the most famous temples in Shimla, followed by the Tara Devi Temple. Both of these places offer a beautiful view of the himalayas.

The Hatu Mata Temple is located at the second highest peaks of Shimla, and is a wonderful place to be at. Below are some more temples that one can visit during their stay in the city of Shimla to seek the blessings of almighty.

Here is a list of temples in Shimla:

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Entry is open from all domestic destinations in India. However, all tourists are reqiuired to present a negative RT-PCR test report.

  • Face masks are compulsory when going out in public.
  • Lockdown and night curfew to be experienced till 16th of May.
  • COVID-19 test is required on entry to the state.
  • All supermarkets, parks, malls and attractions to be remain closed with strict COVID-19 prevention norms in place.
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Flights to Shimla Airport are available from Delhi


Train services to Kalka Railway Station available.

Local Transport
  • HRTC and private buses in operation.
  • Public Transport also operational.

Tourism units are safely open and allowed by the Government and follow proper COVID safety measurements. Therefore, tourists will have to follow the guidelines while visiting any place. Travellers are advised to practice good personal hygiene to ensure their safety.     

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After remaining closed for months, the Volvo bus service has started in Himachal. Tourists can now travel to Shimla from Chandigarh and Delhi by Volvo buses.

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Synonymous with the word “spiritually”, Jakhu temple is one of the most peaceful places to visit in Kufri. Possessing a massive deity of Lord Hanuman, which is one of the tallest statues, it invites devotees from each and every region.

Here one can satiate the hunger of peace, as the environs are too quiet and well-suited to rediscover oneself.

Jakhu Temple Park, Jakhu, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171001

The temple opens in two slots from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Entry fees: 
There is no entry fee to enter the temple.
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Tara Devi Temple located in Shimla is definitely one of the most popular tourist attractions here. Origin of the temple can be traced way back to some 250 years. Even today, the temple stands in complete splendor at the top of the hill. It is believed that the Goddess Tara was brought here all the way from the West Bengal.

Location: It is situated at a distance of about 11 kms from Shimla and can be visited while travelling on the Kalka - Shimla National Highway. The temple is set at the top of the hill in Shimla with lush green environs surrounding it giving the restaurant a very peaceful as well as tranquil atmosphere.

Highlights: Visit the temple to browse through the breath taking views of the countryside. If you enjoy the Himalayas and the clean and fresh air, this is definitely your ideal vacation option.

Price: Entry is free.
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The wooden temple embellished with wooden bands and Chinese style carvings gets a full rating mostly by every traveller. It is believed to be the place where the Pandavas cooked their meals during the exile period. “Bheem chulha” the two hearthstones are still found near the temple.

Because of its marvelous location, the temple is also an amazing trek destination. It also lures bikers for its 360-degree view of the surrounding Himalayan peaks and the twisty uphill ride. It is one of the most frequented places to visit in Narkanda.

Distance (from bus stand):
7.3 KM

Visit duration:
4 to 5 hours

Early morning till early evening.

Entry Fee:
No entry cost.

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Kali Bari Temple is a very popular tourist attraction that is situated at a strategically planned location. Built in the year 1845, the temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali who is also known as Shyamala. From the Goddess Shyamala, the capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla gets its name.

Location: Primarily, the Kali bari this temple was initially located at the Jakhu hill. Presently, the temple is located at the Kali Bari Road, Shimla. The British brought it to its new site.

Highlights: The Kali Bari temple of Simla is said to be an exceptionally religious place of India. It is believed that anyone who visits Shimla should never miss out on visiting this temple. The temples houses a shrine of the Hindu Goddess Shyamala. Shyamala is believed to have multiple aliases like Durga and Kali.

Best Time: The temple is open all round the year.

Price: Entry to the temple is free.
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Bhimkali Temple

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Shri Bhimakali Mandir is renowned as the holiest of pilgrimage for the Hindus and is also considered as one of the most essential Shaktipeeth. Situated at the height of 2400 metres above the sea level, known amongst the renowned temples in Shimla. It is surrounded at the back by the snow-covered Himalayas which gives a breathtaking view to the temple.

As the name suggests, the temple is dedicated to the goddess Bhimkali, who was worshipped majorly by the previous rulers of Bushahr.  One can get to see beautiful wood carvings, as they take a tour around this beautiful shrine.

Location: Sarahan, Narkanda, Himachal Pradesh. About 180kms from Shimla.

- Morning Aarti- 6 AM (Summer), 7:30 AM (Winter)
- Aarti- 8 AM (Summer), 9 AM (Winter)
- Sandhya Aarti- As per Sunset.

Sankat Mochan Temple

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Known amongst the most popular attractions for tourists after the Jakhu Temple, the Sankat Mochan Temple is the house for the deities Lord Rama, Lord Shiva and Hanuman. This Shimla temple was built in the year 1950; as a result of the initiative taken by a religious figure. He was awestruck by the beauty of the location, hence, he built the shrine of the god he worshipped.

Apart from worship, tourists also visit this spot to experience the calm atmosphere, and the lush-green natural beauty that surrounds the place. The view of the Himalayn range from this spot is just breathtaking.

Location: Bagh, Taradevi, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. Approximately 5kms away from Shimla.

Timings: 6:30 AM-8 PM (Summer) and 7 AM-6:30 PM (Winter).

Dhingu Mata Temple

The Dhingu Devi Mandir houses the deity Goddess Durga and is situated just beneath the Jakhu Hill. The famous temple in Shimla acts as a viewpoint for Shimla Town and the valley of Naldehra. It has a mesmerizing view of the landscape. The only drawback of this spot is that you need to be prepared to climb a lot of stairs in order to reach the temple; however, the view from the top is worth the effort.

Additionally, the food served at the temple is delicious. So you can be sure that along with an amazing view, you will get a treat as well, on reaching the top.

Location: Bhattakufer Road, Dhingu Bawri, Sanjauli, Shimla; opposite Sanjauli-Dhalli Tunnel. Approximately 5kms from Shimla.

Shiv Mandir

The Lutru Mahadev Temple is among the most believed temples in Shimla which serves the deity of Lord Shiva, hence is also known as Shiv Mandir. The temple is situated 4kms away from the Solan district in the state of Himachal Pradesh. The statue here portrays the Shikhara architectural style, which is a definite attraction for the tourists.

One can trek to reach the temple, because that is a more adventurous way to go about it, if you really want to enjoy your trip to Shiv Mandir. Once you trek through the caves, and reach the destination, you will feel everything around you turn peaceful. If you listen very carefully, then you will also be able to hear the noise of the Cicada’s quite clearly.

Location: 4kms away from Solan District (Arki), Shimla.

Mahu Nag Temple

The Mahunag Temple is among the must-visit temples in Shimla. The temple is placed right in between a forest and mountain, in a small place named Mahunag. The site is famous for its annual fair held in May when people from different states travel to be a part of the fair along with offering their devotion to the Naagdevta.

If you enroute Shimla-Mandi, then you are sure to come across this temple, as it lies midway. On one side it has the Karsog Valley, and the other side you will be able to get an exquisite view of the Himalayas. The best time to visit this temple is from Feb to November.

Location: Nearest Town Karsog is 25kms away. At a distance of 97kms from Shimla.

Shoghi Hanuman Temple

This Hanuman Temple is situated in the holy land of temples, Shoghi. The hanuman statue inside the temple stands as long as 108ft tall, which has been a common tourist attraction. It is considered to be among the prime temples to visit when in Shimla.

Apart from the statue of Lord Hanuman, one gets a fascinating view after having climbed approximately 100 steps. If you want to get re-energised, and want to refresh your mind, then a visit to this temple, early in the morning, is highly recommended.

Location: Small Town named Shoghi, approximately 16kms ride from Shimla.

Timings: After sunrise up to sunset.
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People Also Ask About Shimla

  1. What are the best places to visit in Shimla?

    Some of the must-visit places in Shimla include:

    1. Jakhu Hill- Known to be the highest peak of Shimla, at a distance of about 2kms from Shimla town. The Jakhu Hanuman Temple is among the most famous Shimla temples.

    2. Kufri- The place lies at the height of 2633 metres above the sea level and a distance of 16kms from Shimla. The site is famous for its ski runs and the Seed Potato Farm.

    3. The Mall and the Ridge- Among the most crowded landmarks in the whole of Shimla. The Ridge and the Mall are connected via the ‘Scandal Point’ where the statue of Lala Lajpat Rai stands.
  2. What are the best cottages to stay in Shimla?

    Here are few of the most reviewed cottages in Shimla:

    1. Pine Cottage Estate- Situated at walking distance from the Chotta Shimla bus stop. It displays a 100% recommendation by its guests with all essential facilities available.

    2. Wood Vista- It is situated at about 2kms from Banthia Devta Temple. The cottage provides scenic beauty with all essential facilities available. It provides a separate lawn and a living room for the guests.

    3. The Himalayan Odyssey- This cottage is located in the Fagu Road in Shimla with fast connectivity to the railway station and the airport. The stay provides all basic amenities and connectivity to all the major visits in the Town.
  3. What is the best time to visit Shimla?

    Well, you cannot be sure of when to visit this heaven on earth. But according to what most people say, the best time of the year to visit Shimla is during the autumn season which is followed by the early spring season.

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