INDIA TRAVEL - HUES OF HIMACHAL PRADESH - MASHOBRA, SHIMLA



Hello everyone! It has been my endeavor to bring the most exotic but less explored places of my country, India to you. Travel to and in a vast country like India can take a lifetime but still you could yearn for more.

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 kms from Shimla, which is full of amazing natural splendor. 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 it's 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
VIEW OF MASHOBRA FROM MY HOTEL ROOM
Beautiful Mashobra
SERENITY OF 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 Eagels, 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
VIEW FROM RESORT AT MASHOBRA

WEATHER IN MASHOBRA - Weather is generally good here. During summers(April to June), days are pleasant but you need light woolens during 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 lot of woolens if you plan to visit during this period.

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HOW TO REACH - 

By Air - The nearest domestic airport is Shimla which is about 30 kms (19 mi) from Mashobra and it takes about 90 minutes to cover the distance.Other nearest airport is Chandigarh, which is about 135 kms (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 kms ( 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 narrow gauge, which will take 4-4.5 hrs to reach Shimla and from there you can hire a cab.

Koti Resort
KOTI RESORT MASHOBRA

By Road - Mashobra is about 355 kms (205 mi) from Delhi. Roads are good. You can either go by Volvo buses upto 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 vacation in Mashobra is that you can have 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.


WHERE TO STAY - There are quite a few good hotels in Mashobra in 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 HAPPY TRAVELING!! CHEERSSSSSS.....


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