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Kufri in Himachal Pradesh

Altitude: 2,510 m above sea level amongst the foothills of the Himalayas
Distance from nearest location: 13 km from Shimla
Weather: Alpine. Summers (April-June) are mild and pleasant, while winters (November-February) are cold.
Rains: Monsoon rains in July-September and heavy snowfall in December-January.
Best Time To Visit: April to June & November to February

Kufri is a tiny hill station located 13-kms from Shimla on the National Highway No.22. The region around Shimla including Kufri was once a part of the Kingdom of Nepal and the region remained obscure from the rest of the world until the British `discovered` it in 1819. Now it is a very popular spot, with the pine scented air and the beautiful views around, attracting travelers to this serene hill resort. The main attraction of the town definitely is the pond called as ‘Kufer’, and the reason behind the name of the town.
You can do a lot of things in this town: Some great Hiking, some skiing, some beautiful scenes and a cool environment best explains what Kufri is all about. It is famous for its trekking and hiking trails. You may have heard about winter adventure sports in Kufri: Adventure-seeking travelers throng Kufri in winters to enjoy skiing and tobogganing along its snow-covered slopes. Many skiing enthusiasts tour Kufri in winter, when the hill resort dons the white sheet of snow. The Skiing season spans between November to February and leads to a large number of tourists thronging Kufri in the winter months.
Kufri hosts an Annual Winter Festival in the month of February. During this festival skiing enthusiasts and adventure seekers from all over the world, come in large numbers. This festival aims at the promotion of skiing and other winter sports in Himachal Pradesh.
In addition, there are more things that you can do. Kufri is popular for its trekking trails and hiking. If you are not into skiing and other adventurous pursuits, you can visit the hill station during the months of April to June. The weather is pleasant and cool and just perfect for enjoying your much-awaited vacation!

Places to see:
Kufri 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.
Mashru Peak: One can hike through thick forest around Kufri to the Mahasu Peak- the highest peak in Kufri.
Indira Tourist Park: The Indira Tourist Park is near the Himalayan Nature Park and provides panoramic view of the locations around.
Another adventure option in Kufri that you cannot do without enjoying is Yak and Horse Safari. This is one of the best way enjoy the landscape but you need to be patient and have immense stamina as the Yak covers steep mountains. You get to see the great scenery and landscape of the region.
Himalayan Nature Park: The Himalayan Nature Park, which has a collection of animals and birds native to Himachal Pradesh.

Places to stay
Hotel Snow View Shelter,
Kufri Hill Resorts,
Koti Resorts,
Kufri Holiday Resort,
HTPDC Winter Sports Club,
PWD Rest House,
Chini Bungalow or the Indira Holiday Home.
Holiday Inn Hotel,
Shelter Hotel
Hotel Woodpark (link)
Kufri Pacific
Shilon Resorts, Kufri
Toshali Royal View,Kufri
The Chalets, Kufri
Park Woods, Kufri
Hotel Peach Blossom
Galleu Hill Resort

How to Reach Kufri
Special conducted bus tours can be hired from Kufri to Shimla. Regular buses and taxis are also available from Shimla. But to fully savour the scenic views between Shimla and Kufri nothing could be better than trekking the 16 kms way.

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