Kali Bari Temple, Shimla

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Enjoy a view of the Himalayas and a city panorama amid lush greenery at Kali Bari Temple, a famous hilltop pilgrimage site and one of the oldest temples in Shimla. Painted in intense red, orange, and white colors, the temple houses a blue wooden image of the goddess Kali, hugely symbolic for devotees seeking holy blessings. Built upon the foundations of an old temple dedicated to the goddess Shaymala and discovered by British engineers in the early 19th-century, Bengali pilgrims converted the site into a Kali temple in 1845. During festival times, you can see the temple bustling with thousands of devotees. Our Shimla online tour itinerary planner makes visiting Kali Bari Temple and other Shimla attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • If I were to recommend one temple to visit, in Shimla, based on my brief experience, I would definitely choose this above the much overrated Jakhu temple. Kali Bari is modest, both in size and appeara...  more »
  • This temple of Kali was built sometime in 1830s. There is a beautiful surroundings of the temple overlooking the Ridge and the Mall. The temple is beautiful. One gets fabulous view of Shimla from the ...  more »
  • IThe temple is extremely beautiful with huge statues of Goddess Kali, Ganesh, Mahadev & Hanumanji. Its situated on top of hills & one can have a breathtaking view of Himachal from the temple. It has v...  more »
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  • The temple is clean, less crowded and and nice. It offers guest house and canteen also. I stayed here two night, it is near to mall road, the view is nice from the temple premise, the room and food are extremely good compared to the charges which is extremely cheap. The stuffs are very helpful too.
  • Situated at the far end of Mall road, the temple provides a typical Bengali ambience in the evening with an elaborate aarti and worship that has been continuing for many years now. The monkey infested temple is one of the must go places for devotees and tourists alike. (Photography is normally forbidden)
  • This is a very clean and hygienic temple located at the far end of Mall Road. Be careful about glasses, camera etc if the monkeys are present. It has a guest house and canteen (nominal charge compared to other food & lodging in this area) The Temple of Kali Bari was constructed in 1845 by Ram Charan Bhramachari, a Bengali Brahmin. Dedicated to goddess Shyamali/Shyamala, synonym of Kali, the name of Shimla may have come from here. Historically, the original idol was located on Jakhu hill and was brought to the current location by the British for easier mass access. A Shiva temple is also there in the temple courtyard, the view of Shimla from here is fantastic.
  • It was my first point to visit in Shimla when I was on trip. I started my journey from old bus standto this temple. When I was here in Haryana one thing was in my mind that Shimla will be same as Haryana in 'are of land. When I visited there found temple is 2km far from me due to ok hill area. Yes the way to this temple is very very beautiful. Clean and cool location. I was here for 20 minutes and was feeling like in a very very amazing location. I mean I do not have words. @kali bari temple mujhe bulane ke liye Dhanyawad. I wish to visit again.
  • As of my view Shimla Kalibari Temple Guest house is one of the best accommodation specially for budget travellers. We visited this place on 25 December 2017.Rooms were clean and well maintained. Stuffs were very friendly and most of them were very familiar with Bengali language ,so it's an advantage for bengali speaking people. Let's talk something about folding point of view, well it was just awesome. Very Hygienic and very cheap as well.we had standard non veg thali(fish) and veg thali each Rs 60/ and Rs 55/ accordingly. Snacks were also very cheap and best.Hope my review will help you to explore this palce in a better way.

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A tourist destination since the days of the Raj, Shimla has plenty of accommodations to choose from, whatever your style and budget. Take a look along The Mall and The Ridge in the town center for the bulk of what's on offer, with everything from hostels to hotels available. Some particularly grand hotels take pride of place on the outskirts to the northeast and west, offering luxurious, large rooms, and extra facilities, such as pools, restaurants, and spas. These high-end options also provide extensive views of the Himalayan landscape.
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