Kufri, a tiny hill resort in the southern part of Himachal, is situated quiet close to Shimla. Perhaps, it is for this reason that the history of Kufri is inextricably linked with that of Shimla. In earlier times, Shimla and its surrounding areas, including Kufri formed part of the Kingdom of Nepal. During this time, not much of attention was given to this area. However, things changed when the British discovered this region in 1819. They were mighty impressed by the fresh air and beauty around. Shimla gained the status of summer capital in 1864 and retained its enviable position till 1939. With Shimla gaining prominence, Kufri couldn't probably remain behind. Gradually, it made its position as 'an important place to visit near Shimla' secure.
As of today, all those visiting Shimla make it a point to visit Kufri. However, there are many who want to visit Kufri specially. This is primarily because of the umpteen adventure option available in and around Kufri. Moreover, the natural beauty of Kufri is heartening. So even if one doesn't want to indulge in adventurous activities, just roaming around and savouring the beauty is also quiet a delightful option.
Ideally Kufri can be visited anytime between April to June when it is pleasant. However, December to February is also a good time to visit and enjoy snowfall.
The highest point in Kufri - the Mahasu peak is not just a visual delight, rather it also invites you to undertake a challenging hike up to its top. From there, on a clear day, you can have a glimpse of the Badrinath and Kedarnath ranges.
Indira Tourist Park
Quiet close to the Himalayan National Park, Indira Tourists Park is a good place to relax and enjoy the scenic beauty around. There is an HTPDC cafe here where you can sit comfortably. Alternatively, you can also enjoy a pony or a yak ride in the park.
Skiing is the best adventure sport that can be enjoyed in Kufri. During winters, when snow spreads its blanket over the slopes of Kufri, lovers of skiing know that they will have an exciting time ahead. The slopes are not only for professionals or experienced skiiers. Rather, every kind of skiier can look forward for an experience of a lifetime here. There are beginner's run, an advanced slope and slalom run to give every inch of delight to the skiiers.
Ski courses for beginners are conducted every winter by Himachal Tourism. It also offers necessary equipments for skiing. The annual Winter Sports Festival is just the right time for the skiing enthusiast to test their skills in this sport. The festival is organised during the month of February.
This village is little ahead and is quiet good for undertaking a short trekking tour. The village overlooks the Giri valley and offers a three km trek till Chharabra. Fagu is also a good picnic spot.
The Jubbarbhatti Airport at Shimla is the nearest one for reaching Kufri.
The nearest narrow gauge railhead is at Shimla itself while the broad gauge railhead is at Kalka.
From Shimla, cabs and taxis are available that will bring you to Kufri. Roads also link Kufri to Narkanda and Rampur.
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