Known as the ‘Queen of the Hills’, Shimla is a beautiful place and most of us have definitely visited it. However, with time this place has been extremely crowded, especially during the peak season but most of us look for peace while visiting the hills. Therefore, we are here with a list of off-beat places near Shimla that are not yet explored by the public.


naldehra off beat shimla

Naldehra welcomes you to the breathtaking views and spectacular golf course. A delight for nature lovers, this place is full of cedar forests and green rolling mountains. If you are looking for a place in Himachal to relax and have fun during your holiday, then Naldehra is the place for you. While at this place, do not miss to visit the Naldehra Golf Course, Sutlej river and worship the deity at Mahunag Temple.


cheog off beat shimla

Situated ahead of Kufri, Cheog is a beautiful destination in Himachal Pradesh. Surrounded with apple orchards and lush green mountains, this little village near Shimla will instantly become your favourite travel destination. The pleasant weather in summers and snowfall in winters makes it the perfect destination. While in Cheog, you can go for picnics, hikes and also, surely try horse riding to nearby viewpoints.


theog off beat shimla

This tiny village is situated at the T-point for the roads to the two lovely destinations – Kinnaur and the Rohru valley. Situated at a distance of 30 km from Shimla, this place is perfect to relax and get away from your busy lives. This place is paradise for hike lovers as you can hike to Shail Tibba and Kanag.


kotkhai off beat shimla

The name of this place Kotkhai means “Kings palace situated in depth”. This town in Himachal Pradesh is full of cultural vibes and has numerous peaks around for you to visit. You can have a look at the beautiful village or hike up the peaks for a breathtaking view and Kotkhai also has something for the religious people as you can visit the temple here. When you are here, you should definitely visit the famous tourist attractions like, Nawar valley, Giri Ganga, Kupar peak and Hatkoti temple.

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narkanda off beat shimla

Situated at a height of 9000 feet, Narkanda is a popular skiing destination in winters. Apart from this, the town is surrounded by forests and woodlands along with beautiful apple orchards. The most famous tourist attraction at this place is a lake (lakes in India) and a temple situated near this lake. For adventure seekers, Narkanda also has some amazing trekking routes. The best trekking route is Hatu Nag as once you reach the top, you will be blown away by the scenic beauty.

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kotgarh off beat shimla

Situated 82 km away from Shimla, Kotgarh is the apple heartland of Himachal. This is the place where Satyanand Stokes, an American missionary first sowed the apple seeds and started the apple cultivation revolution in Himachal Pradesh.

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Perfect for a road trip (romantic road trip routes) with friends, this place offers a lot of things to do around which includes Kotgarh village, local fairs of the region, apple wines, Tani Jubbar Lake along with the famous treks like Mural Danda trek, Basleo Pass trek and Hatu peak trek.

We hope that you will visit these places on your next vacation. For more such stories, stay tuned to HerZindagi!