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SKIING

KUFRI

The region around Shimla including Kufri was once a part of the Kingdom of Nepal. This region remained obscure from the rest of the world until the British 'discovered' it in 1819. The British made Shimla their summer capital in 1864 and it remained so until 1939. As Shimla gained importance, Kufri also began to be recognized as an important place to visit near Shimla.

Kufri is 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. Skiing season spreads between November to February and the tourist inflow is at its peak during winters . With thick woods around, Kufri offers a panoramic view of 2,000 miles of the great Himalayan ranges.

FAIRS AND FESTIVALS:

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

CLIMATE

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.

Fagu

Fagu is just 6-km away from Kufri, an interesting picnic spot set amongst forests and orchards. Fagu is another spot from where one can check out very fine views and has a lot of snow in winters for the delight of snow lovers and skiers

Mahasu Peak

One can hike through thick forest around Kufri to the Mahasu Peak- the highest peak in Kufri.

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

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

Narkanda

Narkanda Situated 64-kms north of Shimla is Narkanda, at an altitude of 2,700m, a ski resort and also a popular spot for viewing the Himalayas particularly from the 3,300m high Hatu Peak

Narkanda is one of the oldest places to be associated with skiing and the slopes are still in use during winter. Comprehensive facilities exist at Narkanda. There is a range of slopes, including a beginner's run, an advanced slope and a slalom run. Your ultimate adventure depends upon the availability of Snow during the winter. The best time for Skiing is from January to March, as during this time you can expect adundant snow on the slopes. It is a one hour drive from the hotel with our trained skiing Instructor Narkanda is at an altitude of 2700 metres>We commence with a Briefing for the first half an hour about the technical know how of the Skiing and its equipment. The Rest of the day is free for practicing the how to ski for initial beginners and for experts it is the time to enjoy the sun and snow on the slopes of Hatu peaks.

White Water Rafting

Tattapani

White water rafting at Satluj is one of the most exciting adventure and activities around Shimla. You get and opportunity to enter the rapids of Grade II to Grade IV in the river. It is a stretch of 12 km from Chaba to Tatta pani at a distance of 48 km. from Shimla and two hours approximate drive. The starting point is the Power station at Chaba and it ends at Tatta paani, for around two hours time you are in to the river paddling with the guide and following the instructions of the guide.

Tattapani is famous for the hot water sulphur springs. Unlike the springs in Manikaran and Manali, these springs are not so eye-catching at first, but their setting is very beautiful. The village is very relaxed and peaceful.

Chabba is located on the road to Tattapani and is 53-kms away from Shimla. There is the one of the oldest hydroelectric power project, which is nowadays famous for river rafting.

Bird Watching

The Indian climate and topography allows birds of different feathers to flock together in the ecosystem of India. Places in and around Shimla also attracts many bird species, few of which are originally from this region and other species can be seen migrating from other places to this region

Yoga

Hindu discipline aimed at achieving a state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquility. In the West, the term is most commonly understood as the physical exercises that are practiced as part of this discipline. Yoga enhances the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual qualities of our guests utilizing the three branches of Yoga: Hatha, Kriya and Raja. Beginners and experienced participants are encouraged to experience a higher level of personal contentment through individualized practice incorporating devotion, dedication and discipline to one's lifestyle.We have an instructor on call.

ASTANG YOGA - ASANA:

Yogic asanas/exercises are referred to as "neuromuscular integration," because they benefit not only the muscular, cardiovascular, and metabolic systems but also serve to integrate mind and body in order to create specific and predictable physiological effects.

ASTANG YOGA - PRANAYAMA:

Pranayama practices similarly involve the manipulation of the breathing mechanism along with the increased awareness of the pressure changes inside the cavity of the chest and the abdomen.

Breathing is a bridge between our body and mind. Changes in our body and mind affect our breathing. Breathing can balance our nervous system. When practiced regularly, they produce a profound, calming effect on our mind and body and decrease sympathetic nervous system stimulation Golfing

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

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 hillfolk, 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.

1. 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.

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.

Cautions & Suggestions

Wear a comfortable pair of shoes. And if you are taking one of the more rugged paths, then something with a good grip at the ankles is recommended. You may encounter monkeys in certain areas like Jakhoo. They rarely attack unless threatened, or if foodstuffs are visible. Do not tease them, look them in the eye or panic.

Carry some water and a little snack. A folding or regular umbrella, or a raincoat should also be carried -especially during the monsoons. Also be prepared for little drop in temperature after sundown and wear or carry suitable clothes. Sunscreen lotion, dark glasses and headgear are optional.

On the nature hikes do not leave the trail or spur, unless you are very sure of where you are going - distances and directions can be deceptive. The Shimla hills do not have poisonous snakes except the banded krait and these are rarely, if ever, encountered.

The best time to do these walks is after breakfast. Some walks - especially in the suburbs can be done with connections made by bus or car, which are followed by the walk. You will be pleasantly surprised to find how helpful the local people are.