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About Kufri

Kufri is a small scenic hill station at the foothills of Himalayas, it is located at the southern part of the state of Himachal Pradesh and is known for its pleasing climate and scenic beauty. It is a pleasant location near the imposing hill station Shimla. Kufri, perched at a height of 2,510 m above the sea level, it is famous for its picturesque trekking and hiking trails. It is located about 13 kms from the state capital Shimla on the National Highway No.22. This place got its name from the word ‘kufr’, which means ‘lake’ in the local language. This place witness tourists all round the year, due to the many attractions associated with it.

Adventurous travelers prefer to visit Kufri during winters to experience and enjoy the skiing and to bogganing along its snow clad mountainous slopes. Wonderful nature parks and scenic spots in the backdrop of natural settings are prime attractions in Kufri. Kufri is located at 31.10°N 77.25°E. It has an average elevation of 2,743 metres (9,000 feet).

Kufri is the highest point in the surrounding region, Kufri has a Himalayan Wild Life Zoo which hosts rare Antelopes, Felines and Birds including Himalayan Monal, the state bird of Himachal Pradesh. During winter a meandering path through the potato plantations turns into a popular Ski track.

Kufri is a summer resort away from the busy life of urbanized regions. Those who seek quiet vacation in a cool and pleasant ambiance, picturesque environs and regions offering challenging and adventurous activities can opt for travel to Kufri. Tourists can enjoy the imposing panoramic views of the verdant valley and the snow clad foothills of Himalayas. A horseback ride to explore the amazing hilly regions is an experience not to miss. Hiking and trekking through lusting green dense forests surrounding Kufri are really challenging.

History of Kufri

The region around Shimla including Kufri was once a part of the Kingdom of Nepal until the area was ceded to the British Raj as part of the Sugauli Treaty. This region remained obscure from the rest of the world until the British 'discovered' it in 1819.

Tourist Atractions in Kufri

Kufri Fun World
Kufri Fun World is an amusement park to enjoy the whole day. This park is an excellent destination for family to make a memorable day. Kufri Fun World is equipped with various pools, rides and world's highest go-kart track. Huge number of children, teenagers and adults visit this place.

Indira Tourist Park
The Indira Tourist Park is near the Himalayan Nature Park, it provides a panoramic view of the locations around.

Chini Bunglow
It is the Kufri bungalow which is well-known for its architecture and statues.

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

Activities in Kufri

There is an array of things to do in Kufri. The chilling place like Kufri offers some of the most amazing winter sports such as skating and skiing. These activities are basically performed during winters when thick snow covers the slopes of the mountains of Kufri. Sports lovers can also make it a point to witness the annual Winter Sports Festival. One can make it a point to witness the fairs and festivals of Kufri including the festival of Vinayak Chaturthi.

This place is also popular for various adventure activities like camping, hiking, and trekking. Adventure enthusiasts can enjoy different sports like Horse Riding, Skiing, Tobogganing, and go-karting during their stay at Kufri. Apart from adventurous activities, horses are also used for travelling to inaccessible places.

Moreover, tourists can also plan to go for excursions to Shimla which is very close to Kufri Or else, Fagu is also an interesting spot for excursion. Other activities to get involved in include horse rides or yak rides that are the must do things as one comes to Kufri. All the adventure and winter sports of Kufri are likely to make everyone glued to this place.

Adventure in Kufri

Trekking is an amazing way to discover the beauty of nature that cannot be visited by any other means. There are no expert crafted trekking tours in Kufri and tourists can very much explore these areas on their own. The most common trekking route in Kufri is to reach Kufri from Shimla, which is 19 kms away.

Skiing in Kufri is a highly entertaining adventurous sport beckoning the adventurous tourists to participate. In winter, thousands of tourists assemble to Mahasu Bridge in Kufri for Skiing in the snow capped slopes.

Horse Riding
Horse riding is one of the most popular activity which tourists can enjoy in Kufri. It is not only a leisure but also to reach some places horses are the sole means of travel. Horse riding is must in Kufri in order to explore the highland of Kufri. Starting from the base of Himalayan National Park, tourists can enjoy a visit to the apple orchards and temples. On a clear evening, the exciting sunset at the Himalayan ranges can also be enjoyed.

Best Time to Visit Kufri

Summers in Kufri are pleasant with temperature hovering between 12 and 19 degree Celsius. Monsoon months remain cold with sparse showers. During winters, the temperature drops below zero degrees Celsius. It is the best time to experience snowfall. November to February is the best time to indulge in skiing. March-October is the best time to visit Kufri.

How to reach Kufri

By Rail
The nearest railhead is at Shimla in narrow gauge rail route and Broad Gauge railway station is at Kalka (100 km).

By Road

Buses link Kufri with Shimla, Narkanda and Rampur. State owned transport buses and private deluxe buses are available from Shimla to Kufri.

By Air
The nearest airport to Kufri is Jubbarbhatti Airport near Shimla which is at a distance of about 13 kms from Kufri. Regular flights are available from this airport to Delhi. Taxi services are available at the airport. International tourists can avail connecting flights at Delhi.



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