The following are the places of Interest near Shimla:-
Mashobra is connected to the Shimla. It is a historic Road. It was built in 1850 by Lord Dalhousie.This road is called Hindustan Tibet Road.
In May 1948, before returning to London at the end of his mission as Viceroy and then governor general of India, Lord Mountbatten and his wife Lady Edwina spent a few weeks in this retreat. The then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru paid them a visit, which is documented in the biographies of Lady Mountbatten.
A place of unique beauty is the oak and pine retreat of Mashobra, 9.6km from gaiety at an altitude of 2,149 meters (7,700 ft.), it is unbeatable for an ideal interlude beneath oak and pine. To dream the night away and enjoy the sylvan surroundings, is the equally beautiful rest house of Craignano and the Circuit House of Fair Lawns. On the top of the hill, for the naturalists, it is considered to be among the most beautiful rest houses in Shimla Hills.
Just 3km from Mashobra, Craignano is at a height of 2,279 meters (7,800 ft.). A winding path leads through the forest of pines up a gentle incline to the breath taking beautiful gardens filled with an abundance of flowers, amidst clumps of trees, on the spacious lawns, are stone benches and lovely secluded picnic spots. The area adjoining to Mashobra is famous for apple orchards.
Tattapani a popular sightseeing option near Shimla about 51 km away. Tattapani is also the site for river rafting near Shimla. Tattapani is very popular for the hot springs which are located beside the icy cold water of Sutlej.
The place is at an elevation of 655 meters above sea level.
Shimla’s Tattapani has become a spot of big tourist attraction. The Hindu temples, as well as the Shiv Goofa (Shiva Caves) located at Saraur at a distance of four kilometers from there, are also places of utmost interest. Fishing can be an exciting activity in the place.
Tattapani is an ideal locale for enjoyment and recreation. The springs are found on the banks of river Sutlej covering an area of one square kilometer.
People from all over the country visit the place to take a dip into the sulfurous water of the spring. A dip into the water of the spring provides relief to the people suffering from joint pains, fatigue or any type of skin disease and hence has got a great medicinal quality.
Besides, Tattapani at Shimla has developed into a major Hindu pilgrimage center. The Pilgrims regard the month of January the holy time to take a bath in the water of Tattapani. People also visit the place on 13th April on the occasion of the agricultural festival. The spring water vanishes in the months of June and July but again becomes visible in the months of November and December.
People gather in abundance every year on the auspicious days of Tara Ratri, Lotfi, and 26th January.
Kufri is a summer sports capital. Kufri is situated at an altitude of 8400 ft above sea level. It takes approximately one hour to reach to Kufri to Shimla. The distance between Shimla to Kufri is approx 20 km. Between this one station, Sanjoli is situated. Sanjoli is the center point between Shimla and Kufri. In Sanjoli you take a darshan of famous Gurudwara. You must have to take darshan in Mandir situated just before the Kufri. Maggi point is also popular place on the way to Kufri. And one can also enjoy Yak riding at that point. And there is also one point that is called photo point. In which you can take photographs and also take refreshment from food stalls.
It is very famous hill station among the trekkers, because Kufri is the starting point of treks to Manali, The cool and pleasant climate, along with stunning natural beauty, makes Kufri a perfect summer getaway.
There are numerous things to see and experience in Kufri, provided you have the right information. With a host of exciting things to do in Kufri, travelers can thoroughly enjoy the experience of exploring this destination. Kufri is also the venue for annual winter sports festival held in February. Organized by the travel and tourism department of Himachal Pradesh, the festival is a major attraction for tourists. The skiing competition is the main event at the festival. It is also renowned for other adventures activities like tobogganing. Kufri has the oldest skiing slopes in Himachal Pradesh. You can get your share of adrenaline rush by taking fast cuts and turns in the Go-Karting circuit in Kufri.
A haven for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers as the Himalayan Nature Park is situated on the outskirts of the town. Sprawled across 90 hectares and comprising of a diverse range of western Himalayan flora and fauna, the Himalayan nature park is home to a large variety of animals. The Park is home to over 180 varieties of fauna. Not much is known about Kufri’s history. The region surrounding Kufri was part of the Kingdom of Nepal until it was seized by the British. Kufri was founded in 1819; it remained a sleepy hamlet and began to gain popularity only in the ’30s
Chail is at a height of 2150 meters. The Maharaja’s Palace, built in the 19th Century, together with the Cottages of his staff is today a beautiful holiday resort.
Rashtriya Military School, It is the home of Rashtriya Military School Chail who is one of the five Rashtriya Military Schools of the country. Where approx 300 cadets from all parts of the country are groomed to be the future leaders of the country.
- Chail Sanctuary (3 km)- The sanctuary was notified on 21 March 1976 near the town of district Shimla and covers an area of about 10,854.36 ht. The Chail sanctuary has ‘ghoral’, ‘Kakkar’, ‘sambhar’, ‘red jungle fowl’ and ‘khalij’ and ‘cheer’ pheasants. Machan like sighting posts has been built at Khuruin.
- Chail Cricket ground – Surrounded by thick forests of deodar, a well maintained Chail Cricket ground is the highest cricket ground in the world. It was built in 1893. This ground located at an altitude of 2,444 m. It is used as the school playground by Chail Military School. During school vacations, it is also used as polo ground. There is a well maintained Basket Ball court and the same cricket ground is used for playing football as the ground also has goal posts.In one corner of the ground, there is a historic tree on which the Military School has constructed a beautiful tree house.
- Gurudwara is also one of the main attractions of this place, it was the first building to be constructed by the Maharaja and after that, the palace was built. The Gurudwara was built in Indo-western style in 1907, the 22 ft high wooden roof is its main and highlighting feature. it is a must place for the tourists to visit.
- Kali ka Tibba
- Lover’s Point
- One can also trek approximately 10 km from Junga, (District Shimla) to Chail. Junga is approximately 10 km from Sadhupul. Weekend Yatri organizes walks in and around Chail.
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