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What are the places one can explore around Shimla?

Kshitiz Ahuja DEC 10 2012
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Though the inexhaustible beauty of Shimla is enough to lose oneself in the lap of nature, if you are a roadie and like exploring the arounds of your holiday destination, Shimla has lots on its platter. If you have the time, here are a few places that should top your list:

 

  • Kufri

    Located at a distance of 18 kms from Shimla, Kufri is surely going to tease the adventure buff in you. Engage in sports like Skiing, Horse Riding and Hiking amongst others. When you are done with the fun factor, take silent long walks in the Himalayan Nature Park, Indira Tourist Park or Mashru Park and engage in calm self reflection. You should also visit the Kufri Zoo which houses exotic animal species like the white Snow Leopard, Musk Deer and many more which will surely catch your fancy! If time permits, do check out the Cheeni Bungalow at Kufri as well and admire the imposing statues and magnificent colonial architecture.

    You can also head to Fagu Top located 8 kms from here to enjoy 360 degree panoramic views of the majestic mountains that surround Shimla. The beautiful Fagu Top is going to give you the full chance to be one with nature and realize a state of harmony with the imposing mountains, green valleys, snow capped peaks and pristine air. The scenic beauty of both these places is surely going to charm you and you may want to stay here for longer durations. There are a number of hotels located around the area so that you can leave only once you have had your fill of these places (which isn’t happening anytime soon!).

    You can also opt for the Shimla-Kufri-Fagu-Chini Bungalow-Naldhera-Mashobra Tour run by Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) which start at 10.30 am and ends around 5.30 pm.   

     

  • Chail

    45 km away from Shimla is the beautiful hill town of Chail, which is another gem in the beauty of Himachal Pradesh. Check out India’s highest cricket ground here at Chail, or simply take a walk around the Maharaja Palace, enjoying the regal splendour and natural beauty of this beautiful hill station.

    Made up by the trio of Rajgarh Hill, Pandhewa Hill and Sadh Tiba, Chail is often dubbed as hiker’s paradise. Now that you know where you should be for climbing mountains, plan a trip to Chail. The lush green valleys, pure mountain breeze and tranquil environs of Chail promise to send home a totally new you, with a new sense of identification with nature. Take long walks in the forests of Deodar and Oak with sweet bird calls and rustling leaves for company.

    While driving down to Chail, do stop for a picnic lunch at
    Sadhupol near Kandaghat. With many small dhabas setting up seating areas in the flowing stream, eating here with feet dipped into water is an exciting experience. Feel waters gush between your toes and cool winds blow your hair while you savour some hot delicious food here.

     

If you are on a long vacation and seek loads of adventure, you can also head to Dharamshala from Shimla and travel further to Mcleodganj and Palampur. The arounds of Shimla promise endless rejuvenation and hold out a lot of adventure. So, rev up and race on!

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