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Kufri - oldest ski slopes OR ski destination OR its trekking and hiking OR Switzerland of India OR Switzerland of the East

STATE - HIMACHAL PRADESH
   
DISTANCE - 365 KM From Delhi, 92 KM From Dharamshala, 16 KM From Shimla

 
CONNECTION
 
Air : Shimla (13 kms) is the Nearest Airport.

Rail : Shimla Has the Nearest Railway Station and is Well – Connected to Kufri as Well as the Other Railway Stations of India.

Road : Kufri is linked with Shimla, Narkanda, and Rampur by road. Travelers can Also Hire Taxis from Shimla to reach Kufri.

ABOUT KUFRI

Kufri is a small 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.

PLACES OF INTERESTS IN KUFRI

Mahasu Peak : 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 : 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.

Fagu : 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.

WHEN TO GO KUFRI

The best time to visit Kufri is in summers, between April and June. However, one may also the place between December and February to enjoy snowfall and skiing.

WEATHER FORECAST

Summers (April to June) are very pleasant with moderate climate, with mercury levels in the range of 12°C to 19°C. Summers is ideal for all tourist activities.

Monsoons (July to October) are accompanied with scanty showers with temperature drooping down to about 10°C.

Winters (November to March) are chilly days with average minimum touching below subzero levels. Snow falling seen very often during winters.

EVENTS AND FESTIVALS IN KUFRI

A winter sports festival is organized every year in the month of February in Kufri. Skiing enthusiasts and adventure seekers participate in this festival.



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