Annandale Overview

Ranked 32 of 40 sightseeing in Shimla

Annandale, a historic playground, is a favourite spot for cricket and the princely game of polo. Located at a distance of 4 kilometres from the Ridge, the playground and race-course is positioned in a deep wide valley of the suburban village called Kaithu. This village lies in the west region of Shimla.

Standing at a height of 6,117 feet above sea level, the round playground on a small patch of table-land is spread over a circumference of three-quarters of a mile. Captain Charles Pratt Kennedy, one of the first incomers to the place, named it Annadale, which is nowadays misspelt as Annandale.

Since the 1830s, Annandale has been an important centre of Anglo-Indian playful activities, amusement and entertainment. Tourists visit the place for picnic parties, fêtes, birthday-balls, fancy-fairs flower, races and polo matches. The polo tournament at the playground was the annual feature, which was eventually shifted to Kolkata.

Moreover, Lord William Beresford, the Military Secretary to Lord Dufferin expanded the ground to feature a pavilion for cricketers and a polo field for polo players. At present, the playground hosts army exercise and parades, sports and Dussehra festival celebrations. Besides, the field is utilised as one of the heliports in the city.

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Himanshu Cool

Himanshu Cool4.3/5

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I stayed in annadale for few days. I visited twice this place first time in summer and second time during snow fall. This place has real natures beauty with dense forest you must visit the military's golf garden and army museum. I reached here and inhaled deeply capturing every moment. This place so mesmerising but to feel it you'll have to stay here for 2 three days. You can also see popinjay range from here. The taxi and local transport is easily available from here to Ridge or the best take a walk to Ridge it's around a km uphill from annadale.

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