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Nestling in the mountains of Shimla is Kufri at an altitude of 9000 ft. As fresh and beautiful as nature meant a hill station to be. Kufri is a tiny hill station located 19-kms from Shimla on the National Highway No.22. It has a Himalayan Nature park and close by is the Indira Tourist Park with HPTDC's Cafe Lalit. Indira Park provides some great views of the nearby places. Here one can enjoy a Pony or a Yak Ride.


Once Kufri was just a "kufer" or Pond. An idyllic spot where weary travelers refreshed themselves amidst the natural flora and fauna. Much later, the British, Charmed by the spot, developed Kufri. The finest ski-slopes were created, and soon Kufri became a favorite retreat.

How to get there
Kufri does not have an airport or a railway station. However, regular buses ply from Shimla, Narkanda, and Rampur to Kufri. Travelers can also hire taxis from Shimla to reach Kufri. The area around Kufri can be explored on horseback.

The weather in Kufri is alpine. Summers are mild while winters are cold. It experiences southwestern monsoon rains in July-September and heavy snowfall in December-January. The best time to visit is from April to October, when the temperatures are not very low. However, one must carry heavy woolens while visiting this place.

Places to Visit
  1. Mashru Peak: One can hike through thick forest around Kufri to the Mahasu Peak - the highest peak in Kufri.

  2. Himalayan Nature Park: The Himalayan Nature Park, which has a collection of animals and birds, found only in Himachal Pradesh.

  3. Indira Tourist Park: The Indira Tourist Park is near the Himalayan Nature Park and provides panoramic view of the locations around.

Excursions that can be taken:
  1. Shimla: The capital city of the state of Himachal Pradesh is only 19-km from Kufri and an important destination on the tourist map of India. The British developed Shimla as an important hill station and the summer capital of India to escape from the heat of Delhi. This sprawling hill station set amongst the picturesque Shivalik range and Shimla hills has a number of tourist spots and important temples, apart from its beautiful natural surroundings.

  2. Fagu: Fagu is just 6-km away from Kufri, an interesting picnic spot set amongst forests and orchards.

Where to Stay
Kufri Holiday Resort
HTPDC Winter Sports Club
PWD Rest House
Chini Bungalow or the Indira Holiday Home

Fairs and festivals
An annual winter sports festival is organised every year in the month of February in Kufri. Skiing enthusiasts and adventure seekers participate in this festival. An event one just cannot miss out on!

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