Discovered by the British in 1819 when Nepal handed over the region following the Anglo-Gurkha War, Kufri is a quaint hill station in the Shimla district. Dotted with colonial-style buildings, terrace farms and potato plantations, Kufri is also the starting point for treks to Manali, Rewalsar and Fagu. With abundant snowfall during winter, the winding paths through potato plantations get transformed into ski tracks.
Being the highest point among the surrounding regions, Kufri has a little something for everyone, be it trekking or adventure sports, or just a laidback holiday to enjoy the impressive mountain views.
State: Himachal Pradesh
Destination Type: Hill Station
Close to: Shimla 22 km
Nearest Sterling Resorts: Sterling Dharamshala; Sterling Manali
Languages: Pahari, Hindi and English
Nearest Railway Station: Shimla Railway Station
Nearest Airport: Chandigarh Airport
Summer: April to June. Temperature ranges between 12°C and 19°C.
Monsoon: July to September. Marked by scant showers with temperature falling to about 10°C.
Winter: October to March. Minimum temperature can drop to sub-zero levels with regular snowfall.
1. The region is known for good quality saffron, however, be sure to buy saffron only from authorized shops.
2. It's advisable to wear thick gloves for horse/mule rides.
For a devotee of Hindu gods, Jakhoo Hill, just 200 m from the Ridge at Shimla, is a must visit. A 33 m high statue of Lord Hanuman looks on from this vantage point.
Shimla was the erstwhile summer capital of British India. Still one of India's most popular hill stations, you'll witness this place abuzz with life any time of the year.
The bustling Ridge Road is a large open space, located in the heart of Shimla. There is something for all age groups here.
A calming dip in hot springs, a cold splash in a raging river, apple orchards and pristine valleys - experience the hidden gems of Himachal.
The Naldehra Golf Course is a challenging one. It is a long stretch of land, at the height of 2200 m. It has several stretches that require strenuous walking through elevated greens.
Enjoy a joy ride through the hills, from Shimla to Kalka. This toy train ride has picturesque views and passes through long tunnels.
This Jacobethan manor was home to India's first Viceroy, the summer retreat of the President of India and currently houses the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies.
Did you know that an American first planted apples in India? And it was right in the heart of Narkanda? Today, Himachal Pradesh is synonymous with this fruit.
Take a walk down the Ridge and the Mall Road to experience Shimla’s architectural heritage.
Mashobra is a picture-perfect town, located 7 km from Kufri. Once the preferred summer retreat of the Raj, the President of India maintains tradition and still visits the retreat here.