A tiny yet charming hill station which is situated at the foothills of the mighty Himalayas is Kufri. It is one of the popular destinations in Himachal Pradesh with those who come in search of a pleasant climate and picturesque place.
At an altitude of 2510 m above sea level, Kufri is one of the popular stops for trekking and hiking trails. It is also considered as a hotspot for adventure sports during the winter months, with skiing being one amongst the most preferred ones here.
The naturally beautiful parks and the picturesque locations in its surroundings tucked away by Mother Nature is a major draw. It is also one of the places to spend a perfect summer for those residing in the various metropolitan cities across the country.
Kufri is a year-round destination; however, the winter months from November to March are most preferred by the tourists. The winter months witness heavy snowfall and this is an enjoyable sight for those who love to play in the snow.
The nearest airport is Jubbarbhatti Airport in Shimla which is approximately around 20 km from here. The airport receives regular flights from Delhi and other major cities across the country. The nearest international airport is the Chandigarh Airport which is approximately about 66 km from Kufri.
The nearest railway station is Shimla, which is about 11 km away from here. The station receives trains from major cities across the country, which makes it a very accessible place by railways.
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Kufri is well connected by roads and has regular buses operating from Shimla. There are also plenty of buses which operate from Delhi and Chandigarh to Shimla.
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Spread across an area of 755 sq km, it is a hub for eco tourism. The National Park houses more than 180 species of birds and rare mammals. The National Park was built in the year 1984 and was formally declared as a National Park in the year 1999.
The park has a huge variety of flora and fauna which are found only in the Himalayan ranges which adds on to the beauty of the national park, apart from the snow-capped peaks and green landscapes.
For the wildlife enthusiasts, the Himalayan National Park offers a huge and diverse species of animals which include the Tibetan wolf, snow leopard, brown bear, leopard, the Asiatic black bear and also the musk deer, sambhar, barking deer, goral, hangal and bharal varieties of deer.
For the adventure enthusiasts, the National Park is open to trekking and camping within its premises. The National Park is accessible only during the summer and the autumn season.
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The Indira Tourist Park is located near the Himalayan National Park and shares its panoramic view of the landscapes along with the National Park. It was named after Indira Gandhi, the former Prime Minister of India commemorating her visit in the year 1972 after signing the Simla Agreement between India and Pakistan.
The park houses a video game parlour, an ice cream centre and a beer bar apart from the Lalit Cafe, which was established by the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation that offers some tasty snacks and beverages.
Visitors have the chance of getting themselves clicked in the traditional attire of Himachal which adds on to making it a memorable experience. The Indira Tourist Park is open on all the days from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM and has an entrance fee of Rs.10.
3. Mahasu Peak
The Mahasu Peak is one of the highest points in Kufri, which offers breathtaking views of the Badrinath and Kedarnath ranges. The peak can be reached by hiking up through the thick deodar forest. Here you will reach the Mahasu ridge, which is considered an ideal spot for a practice session before heading to the natural slopes.
The peak witnesses a heavy flow of tourists during the winter months, as the peak and its surroundings are covered with snow and is a prefect location for skiing.