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The state of Himachal Pradesh in northern India has its capital and largest city at Shimla. Among the city’s most visited tourist destinations is the Kali Bari Temple. Shimla was designated as British India’s summer capital in 1864. The city was designated as the capital of East Punjab following independence and, subsequently, Himachal Pradesh. It serves as the state’s main hub for business culture and education. Shimla has many churches and temples as well as several buildings with colonial-era Tudor-bethan and Neo-Gothic architectural styles. Tourists are drawn to the city by its natural surroundings, churches, colonial architecture, and temples. Major attractions in the city centre are the Mall Road, The Ridge Annandale Viceregal Lodge Christ Church Jakhu Temple and the Shri Hanuman Jakhu (Statue).

About Kali Bari Temple

 Kali Bari Temple in Shimla

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The famous Kalibari Temple of Shimla is a popular tourist attraction and is strategically located. The temple was built in 1845 and is dedicated to Goddess Kali, also known as Shyamala. It is from the name of Goddess Shyamala that Shimla derives its name. The Kali Bari temple of Simla is a well-known religious place in India, and people who come to Shimla never miss out on visiting this temple. The Kalibari temple was primarily located on Jakhu Hill. The British brought it to its new site. Kali Bari Temple is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Shyamala, from which the hill station and capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla, derives its name. Kali Bari Temple houses a shrine of the Hindu goddess Shyamala. Shyamalan has multiple aliases, including Kali and Durga.

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History Of The Kali Bari Temple

History Of The Kali Bari Temple

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Shyamala Matha, an incarnation of Goddess Kali, is the Temple’s Presiding Deity. This Kali Bari Temple is surrounded by lush green grasses and vegetation and is perched on a stunning hilltop with a stunning view of the Himalayan Mountain Range. One of Shimla’s most revered locations is this temple. Around a century ago, it was thought to have been constructed. Ram Charan Brahmachari a Bengali Brahmin was the one who first constructed this temple. The Hindu architectural style was adhered to when building this temple. This Presiding Deity is made of wood and has a blue hue. Devis represented by idols include Maa Tara, Maa Bhavani, Maa Kumar, Sati, Maa Rudra, Rant, Maa Meenakshi, Maa Chamunda, and Maa Dhumavati. Many devotees and tourists visit this temple during this time to receive the blessings of Goddess Kali. Durga Pooja, Navarathri, and Diwali are a few of the festivals celebrated in a grand manner.

Hotels Near Kali Bari Temple

Kali Bari Temple is one of the auspicious places in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. Many tourists visit this place yearly for a relaxing vacation.   Here is the curated list of hotels near the Kali Bari Temple:

Hotel Surya Shimla

Hotel Surya Shimla

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Hotel Surya Shimla has a 24-hour front desk and a terrace. Other facilities offered at the property include a ticket service, a tour desk, and luggage storage. The property offers free parking. The hotel is 550 meters from the Kali Bari Temple and 1 km from the Christ Church. The Shogi Bus Station is 13 km away, Shoghi Railway Station is 15 km, and the Bhuntar Airport is 200 km away.

Location: Circular Road, Near Victory Tunnel, 171003 Shimla, India
Starting Price: INR 4500 per night

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Valley Crown B & B

Luxury deluxe rooms

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Valley Crown B&B is located in Shimla, 1.4 km from Circular Road, 4.5 km from the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, and 1.9 km from Jakhoo Gondola. It is 500 meters from Victory Tunnel and provides an ATM. Free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk, and room service are available. Jakhu Temple is 7.7 km from the bed and breakfast, while Tara Devi Mandir is 9.1 km from the property. The nearest airport is Simla Airport, 20 km from Valley Crown B&B.

Location: Kali Bari Road Valley crown B&B near kali bari temple estate, 171003 Shimla, India
Starting Price: INR 2500 per night

New Shorya Regency

 Private washrooms available

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New Shorya Regency is situated in Shimla, 4.8 km from Jakhu Temple and 5.1 km from the Indian Institute of Advanced Study. With free WiFi, this 2-star hotel offers room service and a 24-hour front desk. The property is non-smoking and is set 500 meters from Victory Tunnel.

Location: Kali Bari Road, 171003 Shimla, India
Starting Price: INR 1700 per night

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How To Reach Kali Bari Temple

Easy accessible by Road

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Kali Bari Temple is located in Shimla. We’ve compiled a list of the various ways to reach the magnificent place.

By Air:

The Shimla Airport, also called the Jubbarhatti Airport, is one of the few airports at any hill station and is located about 25 km from the main city. The landing experience in the plane is a little rough because this airstrip is probably one of the smallest. However, since this airport isn’t open all year round using Chandigarh or Delhi as a connecting airport is advised. Travelers arriving in Chandigarh by plane typically opt to reserve taxis for their 3- to 4-hour journey to Shimla. Regular buses are also available. Getting to Shimla from Delhi’s airport takes about seven or eight hours.

By Road:

Buses to Shimla depart from Delhi, Jaipur, Punjab, Haryana, and portions of Uttar Pradesh. Shimla is a popular tourist destination. From Chandigarh, Delhi, and other nearby locations, taxis are readily available. Additionally, Shimla has excellent HRTC bus connections from practically everywhere in Himachal Pradesh. Kalka to Shimla is a journey of about 80 km, Chandigarh to Shimla is 118 km, and Delhi to Shimla is 370 km.


At a distance of just 90 km the Kalka Railway Station is the closest broad gauge railway station to Shimla. The train ride from Kalka to this location takes about 5–6 hours but the scenery and numerous tunnels along the way more than make up for the longer travel time. From Kalka to Shimla, there are roughly three to four trains each day. Another option for transportation is a rail car which is unique in India. The distance between Chandigarh Railway Station and Shimla is only 113 km. Shimla has excellent local bus and taxi connections from both railway stations. Although Shimla has its train station, it is only used by narrow gauge trains from Kalka.

Further Read: Places To Visit In Himachal Pradesh

Now that you have a list of things to keep in mind for your next vacation to see The serenity of Kali Bari Temple, make sure you plan your trip to Himachal Pradesh to these fabulous spots for the experience of a lifetime. Don’t miss out on these opportunities and book your tickets now!

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Frequently Asked Questions About Kali Bari Temple

What is Kali Bari temple located in?

The Kali Bari Temple is located in the City of Shimla. It is one of the most popular hill stations in the country.

How far is Shimla from Delhi by road?

If you come to Shimla from Delhi by road transport it will take you around 6 hours to reach. It is a total distance of 113 kilometres

What are some of the most famous places in Shimla?

Major city centre attractions include the Shri Hanuman Jakhu (Statue), Jakhu Temple, Viceregal Lodge, Christ Church, Mall Road, The Ridge and Annandale.

What are the best months to visit Shimla?

The months between October to February are considered to be ideal to visit the city.

Are the hotels of Kali Bari expensive?

The city of Shimla offers a wide variety of hotels to suit everyone's needs and be within their budget. There are luxury, mid-range and budget-friendly hotel options all over the city.

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