How Shimla is a perfect mix of Temples and Treks for Kids!

Known as the Land of Gods, Himachal Pradesh, a hill state of India makes for a great Temple Trip holiday. And Shimla, could well be the temple-capital of the state too. Almost every entry point of Shimla is marked by a popular temple. A towering 108 feet Hanuman idol keeps a watch over this hill-town. While Goddess Tara, is visible as a guiding light to one and all, from every corner of the city. Interestingly all the temples are nestled on top of different hills, and so make for great treks, day-trips and picnics for the kids. And how do I know that? 

Well while growing up in Shimla, all these places made for a great day-holidays and picnic-spots for us. We used to trek up to Tara Devi with our sandwiches and juices and smiles. The small children's park and the tasty langar at Sankat Mochan was our weekend favourite. And reaching Jakhu temple without having our bag snatched by the monkeys on the journey, was a major victory. But walking to Kalibadi every Tuesday with my mom, is what stays special. Most special till date. 

 Shimla, could well be the temple-capital of the state too.

Here is a round-up off different temples, you must enjoy day escapades to, with your kids in Shimla:

1)Kalibari: Built in the year 1845, Kalibari temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali, popularly known as Goddess Shyamala in Himachal. And the town of Shimla derived its name from this very deity's name Shyamala. It also has a small temple dedicated to God Shiva in the premises too. You can take a beautiful walk from the ridge Shimla to this Temple. The walk is not tedious, is short and can start or end at a tasty meal at popular restaurants at the Ridge. 

Interesting fact: It was built by a Bengali sage hundreds of years ago. 

2) Jakhu: At 8100ft. the Jakhu Temple is at the highest point of Shimla. This one keeps the Ramayana alive in our hearts. It's said that during the Lankan battle between Ravan and Rama, Lakshman was fatally injured. Then heroic Vanar or Monkey king Hanuman was asked to find a special herb or butti called Sanjeevani. On his way he stopped over at Jakhu mountain for guidance by the sage Yaaku. In fact when he landed here, the mountain top was flattened due to his weight. But when Hanuman continued his journey, his friends were left behind sleeping. And that is why Monkeys are found in abundance in this temple premise. And worshipped by the locals here.

The kids will love trekking up to this place, however keep the kids bag-free as the monkeys can attack for the same. 

Interesting Fact 1: Although one can drive all the way upto the temple, a steep climb of 2.5 km from the Christ Church at the Ridge to the temple is a great trek.

Interesting Fact 2: Recently added, 108 feet tall Hanuman is the new landmark of Shimla. And a rope way project is almost complete to take you all the way up the hill, over the deodar trees.

Interesting fact 3: Lord Hanuman’s foot prints are said to be engraved on a marble here.

 Shimla, could well be the temple-capital of the state too.

3) Shri Sankat Mochan Hanuman Mandir: This almost marks the entrance point of Shimla on the Kalka-Shimla highway, and is thronged by devotees almost every weekend. As early as 1950's a spiritual Guru, Baba Neeb Karori Ji Maharaj chose this site for constructing a temple of Lord Hanuman. In fact the temple boasts of a huge Langar hall, where visitors are served with prashad or food. And the kids can taste Himachali food here like Madira. 
The annual Dusshera and Navratara melas here are hugely popular. And there is a small children's park that the kids love. 

Interesting Fact 1: A beautiful Ganesha Temple portraying the architecture of the south, has been recently added at the complex.

4)Tara Devi: Hundreds of years ago goddess Tara, was worn by the kings of Sen dynasty in a small locket around their neck. Once on a hunting expedition in the jungles of Juggar, near Shoghi (Shimla), the Sen king, Raja Bhupendra Sen saw Goddess Tara, God Bhairav and Lord Hanuman in his dreams. Immediately Goddess Tara's temple was built. Later, Raja Balbir Sen of the same dynasty built Goddess Tara temple on top of the Tarav Parvat, where it is situated today. Walking through the forest to reach the temple will be an experience that will be etched on your kid's minds forever.  But makes sure to carry water and food, as it is a long walk.

Interesting fact 1: An hour's drive from Shimla through Shoghi can take you all the way up to the temple. But the uphill drive is not for the faint-hearted and it is better to have a local driver drive you up.

Intersting fact 2: A beautiful trek through the Tara Parvat, is a popular way with the locals to reach the temple. It is a day long trip to walk up through the pine forest.

 Shimla, could well be the temple-capital of the state too.

5) Kamna Devi: Built by the Raja of Junga, Kamna Devi, is situated near Bailuganj, on the Bilaspur- Shimla highway. The temple can be approached only by a steep road, which is better covered on foot. It is close to another must visit landmark of Shimla, The Indian Institute of Advanced Studies. The hill is a beautiful place to plan a day-trip too. There is a very strong belief that anyone who visits this temple, will have his/her wishes fulfilled. Don't forget to carry food for the kids, as there is no eating joints here. 

Interesting fact: Kamna Devi is also known as Creeda Devi. 

6) Dhingu Mata: This is a beautiful temple that is situated on top of a hill on the Shimla-Kufri highway, in Sanjauli. However Dhingu Mata Mandir means a lot of walking uphill. The temple is beautiful and the view from this place is beautiful on all sides. The kids can soak in a lot of sun on the way uphill and enjoy some Maggi along the way too. 

Interesting facts: There are numerous steps that can be tedious to walk up, if you are not a local. But the kids find it fun. 

Shimla is beautiful hill town of India, that is popular with tourists all round the year. It is a perfect place for a day-trip rom nearby states of Haryana and Punjab. A great weekend-getaway from Delhi. A heaven for honeymooners and family-travellers. But there is more do to in Shimla than just eating food on the ridge or visiting near by popular destinations like Kufri, Naldhera etc. For example these trips and treks to the temples.

For more interesting travel-with-kids idea, we suggest 24 Hours in Delhi, Sports Holiday and even the disappearing places. 

Comments (16)

Preeti Tiwari Posted on Dec 13, 2017

I am also planning for shimla this holidays with my kids, this post is really a great help to explore the place.


The Aristochic Posted on Dec 13, 2017

Planning for Shimla next year..will bookmark your post for tips..thanks


Snigdha Prusti Posted on Dec 13, 2017

Simla is in my travel wishlist since long.. The pics are really beautiful.. Will keep your post in mind while planning to visit Simla


Papri Ganguly Posted on Dec 12, 2017

Simla is a nice place to visit. Thanks for sharing such amazing tips


Minskashi Bajpai Posted on Dec 12, 2017

Well, there are so many posts about Shimla that talks mainly about the tourist attraction. This was the first time that someone talked about temples and treks and that too with kids. Thanks for sharing!


Preetjyot Kaur Posted on Dec 12, 2017

Simla has been my favourite place ever since I remember. I have practically spent my entire childhood there. However after reading ur post just realised that I must take my kids there too. It\'s a beautiful place.


Bushra Khan Posted on Dec 12, 2017

Interesting facts, especially when you have kids and you have travelled with kids!


Sneha Jain Posted on Dec 12, 2017

I agree I\'m hard core traveller and only travel can bring experience


Nisha Malik Posted on Dec 12, 2017

I have been to shimla twice but have never explored it as such. Next time I will definitely try to cover all the beautiful treks and temples you mentioned in your article


Deepali Posted on Dec 12, 2017

Shimla is one beautiful destination. Thanks for sharing such an informative piece.


Sabeeka Lambe Posted on Dec 12, 2017

I love visiting temples for their beauty and serenity... And Shimla seems like the perfect place to.. Nice post and pics


Jhilmil Posted on Dec 12, 2017

Jakhu temple and its trek of 2.5kms sounds great, I have been looking for some short treks to do with my son, guess it will be good to start off.


Maaofallblogs Posted on Dec 12, 2017

Thanks for sharing, Surely taking my kids along for a Shimla trek someday soon!


Ar. Shivali Singla Posted on Dec 11, 2017

I so wanna travel and explore every single place atleast India to banta hai


Sangeeta Posted on Dec 11, 2017

I\'ve always wanted to go to Shimla. The trek and the nature side really calls to me.


Priyanka Patwari Posted on Dec 11, 2017

You nicely described about all must visited place of Simla. Your article will help me lots as I will plan to visit soon


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Charu Chhitwal, Founder KetchupMoms has daring tastebuds, a love for travel and an owl for her soul. It’s little wonder then that she loves to write and share her tips and tricks on traveling, food,

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