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Mercy Jacob Mar 20 2014

Which are the best places to visit around Shimla?

Benazir Khan Mar 20 2014
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Mashobra (14 km)

While Mashobra village has little to offer, there are several beautiful spots around. The exquisite glade of Sipur is 2 km below where every summer the ‘Sipi’ Fair is held. On one edge of the plateau is a beautiful wood and grey slate temple. A somewhat tougher trek can be taken by carrying on to Shali Peak which, at 9,843 ft, is the highest in the area. The summit holds the ancient Bhimakali Temple.

A photo of the landscape in and around Shimla (by Nvvchar)

Mashobra offers good stay alternatives to Shimla – the Oberoi Group’s
Wildflower Hall
Tel: +91-177-2648585;
Tariff: INR 26,000-64,000.

Other excellent options are -
Whistling Pines Resort
Tel: +91-177-6535413;
Tariff: INR 2,950-4,400,

Club Mahindra’s Whispering Pines Resort
Tel: +91-177-2740170-72;
Tariff: INR 7,000-13,000)

Garden Resort
Tel: +91-177-2740613;
Tariff: Rs 5,000.

Dhami (20 km)

This was the seat of the eponymous princely state. The remains of its old
palace may still be seen. Dhami was where one of the first uprisings took
place in the hills during the freedom movement. Its thick woods were the
hunting grounds of the British viceroys.

Naldehra (30 km)

Naldehra has a thick cedar forest, picnic grounds and a nine-hole par-68 golf
course considered by the golfing cognoscenti to be one of India’s most
challenging. It was designed by Lord Curzon who was so enchanted by the
spot that he gave his daughter Alexandra ‘Naldera’ as her second name
(she was conceived here).

A photo of Naldehra (by Ashish Gautam)

Stay here at the government-run HPTDC Hotel Golf Glade
Tel: +91-177-2747739/ 809;
Tariff: INR 800-4,000

or at the swanky Chalets Naldehra
Tel: +91-177-2747715;
Tariff: INR 7,000-32,000.

Book in advance at both. A stone’s throw from the golf course, there are 3
homestay cottages –
Jacaranda Estate
Mob: +91-98110-16114;
Tariff: INR 4,000,

It has a double bedroom and a garden.

Whispering Willows Cottage, is a two-bedded suite for INR 7,500, overlooking the valley.

Plum Tree Cottage with double bedroom and private garden at INR 5,500 (all include breakfast; dinner for INR 500-650).

Chail (60 km)

Chail was the ‘summer capital’ of the former state of Patiala. It came into
being in the late 19th century, when its maharaja, Bhupinder Singh, was banished
from Shimla for a dalliance with the British commander-in-chief’s daughter. Smarting at this insult, he decided to find a hill in sight of Shimla — but higher. Within a short time, he had a splendid mansion built.

A photo of Chail (by Lutz Fischer-Lamprecht)

This is now The Palace Hotel
Tel: 01792-248141-43;
Tariff: INR 2,200-17,000.

Chail’s famous ground — at 8,018 ft, perhaps the highest cricket pitch and
polo ground in the world — was built in 1893 after levelling a hilltop.

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