One of the most photographed spots in Shimla is The Ridge, a wide-open street located on the side of Shimla Mall Road.
From shops selling some exclusive artefacts to the spectacular view of the snow-capped mountain ranges, The Ridge is undoubtedly the social hub of the city. And if you’re in the mood for some shopping, well, you’re in luck! The road is lined with cafes, bars, boutiques, shops, and restaurants, making it the perfect place to spend the day with your loved ones.
But don’t get too excited now, folks! As much as we’d love to zoom around in our fancy cars, we’re not allowed to drive on this street. Nope, not even the famous Bollywood stars can park their Lamborghinis here. So put on your walking shoes and be prepared to take a leisurely stroll along The Ridge.
And while you’re at it, make sure you keep the surroundings clean. Although it’s a market place, the locals are pretty particular about waste disposal. So let’s not mess it up, folks.
But the fun doesn’t stop here, my friends! If you happen to be in Shimla during the summer months, you’re in for a treat. The Shimla Summer Festival is a celebration of the bounty of the harvest and the festivities honour the advent of summer. Spread out over five days, the festival is a gala of musical performances, cultural attractions, folk performances, local handicraft exhibitions, as well as quirky activities like fashion shows, dog shows, and stalls that sell artisanal ware and serve up local cuisine.
But wait, there’s more! If you’re lucky enough to visit Shimla from December to March, get ready to experience the thrill of snowfall. Shimla, along with Manali, receives intense snowfall, and the temperature drops by 3 to 4 degrees and runs in minus (-1.1 degree Celsius). Tourists who visit Shimla during these months enjoy the weather so much that they start dancing out of excitement and enjoyment in the Mall Road and The Ridge.
So what are you waiting for? Head on over to The Ridge, Shimla’s most happening spot, and enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of this charming little town. Just be wary of the local Himachali touts who will try to missell you photography and other services at exorbitant rates. Negotiate hard with these folks, and you’ll be just fine. Happy exploring!