Kali Bari temple | Timings, History & Best Time to Visit

Kali Bari temple is a famous Hindu temple situated on Bantony hills, Shimla. Temple Timings are 6:00 AM – 7:00 PM. This temple is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali, also called Shyamala.

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Kali Bari Temple Overview:

Surrounded by oak-green forests and clear mountains, the temple is situated on Bantony hills. This temple is one of the crowded places because it is close to Shimla City Mall.

People worship the goddess Kali Matha in this temple. On special days the goddess is decorated with colourful flowers and beautiful jewellery. People believe that the goddess Kali protects the entire city and radiates positive vibes.

This place amazes people with its beautiful picturesque view. This place must be your choice if you want to clear your mind and have a peaceful time. People chant or meditate here in the Kali Bari temple to spend some spiritual time.

Shyamala is also another name for the goddess. Many people visit here during Navaratri and other festivals.

History :

The temple not only has a beautiful view and religious culture but also has a great history. People believe that the goddess kali originally lived on the Jakhoo hills. Then after, the Britishers re-positioned to Klai-Bari. One hundred years ago, a Bengali Brahmin named ‘Ram Charan Brahmachari’ built the temple.

This is one of the ancient and famous temples in Himachal Pradesh. The temple is in Deula style. If you want to visit the temple, take advantage of the divine ‘Aarti’ of the goddess.

The temple has many devotees during Navratri. Additionally, many other festivals are also celebrated here grandly and religiously. You can also come here and enjoy your best time with your family and friends.

Kali Bari temple Timings:

Kali Bari temple is open every day of the week. Here are the temple Timings:

Monday6:00 AM- 7:00 PM
Tuesday6:00 AM- 7:00 PM
Wednesday6:00 AM- 7:00 PM
Thursday6:00 AM- 7:00 PM
Friday6:00 AM- 7:00 PM
Saturday6:00 AM- 7:00 PM
Sunday6:00 AM- 7:00 PM

Other places to visit near Kali Bari Temple:

Along with the Kali Bari temple, Shimla has many other famous places. Here is a list of some places that you can consider visiting.

The Ridge:

After your pastoral visit to the temple, take your time to visit The Ridge Road in the evenings. It is one of the most known and crowded places in Shimla. This big open street has many different malls, food stalls and shops. You can walk along the street and try different local foods. It is just 900 meters away from the Kali Bari temple. You can go for a walk or car.
Timings: 9:00 AM -10:00 PM

Christ Church:

If you want to visit any architectural place, you must go to Christ Church. Christ Church is one of the famous churches in Shimla. It is located in The Ridge, closer to the Kali Bari temple. It is just 1.2 km away.
Timings: 8:00 AM- 7:00 PM.

Scandal point:

This mysterious place is one of the famous tourist attractions. Besides the mysterious name, you can add this place to your tour list. It got its name as a Scandal point in the 19th century.
Timings: 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Chadwick falls:

This place can be heaven if you are a nature lover. People visit this place to enjoy the beautiful scenery and also for different adventures. This amazing place can be the best place to hike or spend time with family and friends. From the temple, it is just 5 km to reach the falls.
Timings: 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Jakhoo hills:

Along with Kali Bari temple, another famous religious temple is on the Jakhoo hills. It is the Hanuman temple with the largest Hanuman statue. Midst of the lush forests and hills, you can see the orange-coloured Hanuman blessing the entire place. It is 2.4 km away from the temple.
Timings: 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM.

Hotels near kali Bari Temple:

There are many affordable and best hotels available near kali Bari temple.

  • Gulmarg Regency
  • Hotel Bajjees Regency
  • The Nishant Boho
  • The Landmark, Shimla
  • Hotel Chaman Palace
  • Hotel Hilltop

Best time to visit:

Although you can visit the temple any time of the year, spending your time here during festivals or Navratri can be the best. Many events like dancing festivals, Melas, special poojas etc., are conducted on festivals. The temple can be packed during festivals.

Avoid visiting in the rainy season because the journey might become difficult. Summer and Winter can be the best time to visit here. The weather here might be harsh on people from South India. So consider visiting in the summer.

How to reach Kali Bari temple:

The temple is located on Mall road, Shimla, which connects different cities.

By air: If you need less time to travel, you can consider the airway. Jubbarhati is the closest airport in Shimla, which has a direct flight to Shimla. It is 21 km away from the temple.

By road: As the temple is located in Shimla, this place is connected to many major cities. You can take auto rickshaws or taxis to reach the temple. You can also use your vehicle to reach the place.

By railway: There are many direct trains connected to Shimla.

Tips to follow:

  • Always carry warmer clothes because of the weather
  •  Remember to keep an eye on your belongings, as the monkeys here may snatch them or get stolen.
  •  When visiting during the rainy season, be careful with the roads.


4548+9PV, Mall road, Kali Bari, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, 171001

Kali Bari temple contact details:

Phone number: 01772657073

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

What is Kali Bari?

It is the famous Hindu temple dedicated to the goddess Kali.

Which is the most powerful Kali?

Samhara Kali is the powerful Kali.

What does Kali’s mantra do?

Chanting the Kali mantra calms your mind and heart.

What is Kali’s weapon?

You can see Kali with rattan sticks and different blades.