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GOLFING

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NALDHERA

No English township could be complete without a golf course. The same tradition was followed by Britishers while they were ruling India. They choose a place close to Shimla at Naldehra (23 km). Located on a spur, the Naldehra course is crowned by a beautiful grove of deodar trees and commands a spectacular view of the Shivalik ranges and one of the oldest in the country. The environs at Naldehra are so serene that Lord Lytton and Lord Curzon, two of India's viceroys preferred it to their stately homes, and spent many weeks of their summer here.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

Riding a mountain bike has always been a pleasure for a person who loves adventure and sports. When it is done amidst nature it becomes even more delightful. Shimla has a few of the best treks for biking which explores the area peddling down and stopping at any place you desire to stop for sometime, have fun with local people, have a cup of tea on the road side Dhabhas and enjoy the beauty as well. Whether you are riding on a smooth surface or a hard one, mountain biking provides you a fantastic ride, so conquering the endless climbs and then sudden slides is a matter of a sheer skill, strength & spirit.

Recommended Mountain Bike Treks:
1: Shimla-Kasumti-Mehli-Ashwani Pul-Junga-Mundaghat-Kufri-Shimla
2: Shimla-Mashobra-Bhakelti-Fagu-Kufri-Shimla
3: Shimla-Kufri-Chail-Sadhupul-Junga-Shimla
4: Shimla-Mashobra-Craignano-Gumma-Shimla

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HIKES AND TREKS

Day walks in the Shimla hills are resonating and the eyes get a chance to feast on the scenic vistas, sample the hill culture and the simplicity of the hill folk, a hiker's paradise. We have suggested these walks and trails as they are not difficult at all and those who are feeling the adventure bug will surely go down this route. Countryside walks are among the most famous and exciting day activities in and around Shimla. These walks are the mixtures of level walking, hiking, small day treks, traditional village visits and nature walks.

The main highlights of these walks are beautiful landscapes, Flora and fauna along with the exciting drive in the hills which is no less exciting.

THE MASHOBRA HIKE

Early morning drive from Shimla to Charabara. From Charabara you take a plunge down and a climb back through the picturesque Mashobra valley, which is mirrored by the tall Shali Peak (3200m). The route holds thick woods where practically every tree of the region grows - Himalayan Cedar (the almost legendary 'Deodar'), Spruce, Oak, Rhododendron, Horse Chestnut, Birch and Pine.

Depending on the time of year, a variety of wildflowers grace the hillsides - the rhododendrons flower a dark red in spring, summer has banks of roses, daises and buttercups, the monsoons speckle the luxuriant grass with lilies-of-the-valley and peonies. The trail crosses picture-perfect hamlets where the word 'time' seems to mean only the seasons and the passing years - and where life has followed a steady pace for centuries. One can Trace fast flowing streams, cross a 'sacred grove' whose majestic trees have stood undisturbed for centuries, also you can watch the village craftsmen at work, listen to legends that seem as old as the hills - and in a single day, take a lifetime's memory of some of the marvels that the lower Himalayas hold.

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THE MASHOBRA VALLEY TREK II

This trek is identical to the Trek I till the village of Kanda. From this picturesque village located on a prominent spur in the Mashobra Valley, a sharp uphill one-hour ascent brings one to Kotidhar, a quaint hamlet situated amidst rolling Meadows interspersed with apple orchards. From here a steep track cuts through Cedar woods to Charabara and this leg takes a little over an hour and a half.