Mashobra is a tiny but very calm and quiet hill station in Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh. A picturesque town, it is a paradise for nature lovers.

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There are many famous tourist spots in the state of Himachal Pradesh and the most well known is it's capital Shimla. However, there is a little known place, just about 15 km from Shimla, which is full of amazing natural splendour. It goes by the name of MASHOBRA.

Situated at a height of around 2200 meters (app. 7000 ft.), it is hardly 40 minutes drive from Shimla. This place is connected to Shimla by Hindustan Tibet road, which has its own historical value. This road was built in the year 1850 by Lord Dalhousie. This small town has picturesque surroundings and you can find plenty of spots to stop and admire. You get a magnificent view of mighty Himalayas. It is a very quiet hill station, away from the hustle bustle of the Shimla city.

My Hotel at Mashobra
Beautiful Mashobra

   If you are looking for a peaceful vacation in the lap of nature, then this is the place. Even if you are looking for some adventure, Mashobra offers you camping sites also.
Mashobra boasts of natural vegetation like Pine, Oak, Cedar or Himalayan Deodar. It has fairly good wildlife consisting of Monkeys, Langurs, Jackals, Barking Deer and if you are lucky, you can spot a leopard too. For bird watchers, you can see species like Himalayan Eagles, Pheasants, Chikor, Partridges etc.

WHO SHOULD VISIT MASHOBRA - This place is most suited for people looking for a peaceful vacation and Nature Lovers. Mashobra is very good for family vacation also and if you are looking for camping sites, you will find that too.

Resort at Mashobra

WEATHER IN MASHOBRA - Weather is generally good here. During summers(April to June), days are pleasant but you need light woollens during the night. July to September are monsoon months so avoid visiting during this period. October onwards, winter starts and it becomes very cold and chilly. During December to February, hills are covered in white snow. You will need a lot of woollens if you plan to visit during this period.


By Air - The nearest domestic airport is Shimla which is about 30 km (19 mi) from Mashobra and it takes about 90 minutes to cover the distance. Other nearest airport is Chandigarh, which is about 135 km (85 mi) from Mashobra and it takes about 4 hrs to cover the distance. You can hire a cab from these airports.

By Rail - The nearest railway station is Kalka, which is well connected to all the major Indian cities by rail. It is about 100 km ( 63 mi) from Mashobra. You can hire a cab from there. If you are a little adventurous type, then you can travel by Kalka-Shimla toy train on the narrow gauge, which will take 4-4.5 hrs to reach Shimla and from there you can hire a cab.

Koti Resort

By Road - Mashobra is about 355 km (205 mi) from Delhi. Roads are good. You can either go by Volvo buses up to Shimla and from there hire a cab from Delhi.

Mashobra in Himalayas
Beauty of Mashobra
WHAT TO DO IN MASHOBRA - The most interesting part of a vacation in Mashobra is that you can have the best of both the worlds. It is at a motorable distance from all the major tourist attraction in and around Shimla. You can go to Kufri, The Mall, Jakhu Hills, Christchurch etc. during the day if you want to enjoy the places and crowd and return in the evening to the peaceful surroundings of Mashobra. You can go trekking also.

Also Read: My Narkanda Diary

WHERE TO STAY - There are quite a few good hotels in Mashobra in the different price range and you can choose as per your budget. There is a resort also, which has many cottages for families.

So don't wait. If you are looking for that serene atmosphere and a full dose of nature, head straight to Mashobra.

I will be back soon with my next post. Till then 



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