Kufri is a small and picturesque village, situated at a height of 2290 m (7510 ft). Located just 14 km east of Shimla, it has been a popular skiing destination for years. For families holidaying in Shimla, Kufri was a favourite excursion due to its scenic vistas and the activities offered here. Gradually, this village has turned into a full-fledged hill station and is now amongst the popular travel destinations in Himachal Pradesh. Tourists seeking activity-filled holiday throng Kufri in all the seasons. If it is winter, the town is full with skiing enthusiasts and snow lovers. And in other seasons, youngsters and families flood this town to enjoy an action-packed holiday in the hills. The camps situated around Kufri arrange for sports like rock-climbing, valley crossing, biking etc. For your children, there are pony rides and a zoo called Himalayan Nature Park. There are many budget and mid-range hotels in Kufri.
Attractions and Places to Visit in Kufri
Mahasu Peak is the highest peak in Kufri. You can either trek up or ride on a pony. The best way to reach Mahasu Peak is to climb up through the thick forests of Deodar. As you reach to the top, you’ll realize that journey is often more beautiful than destination. While the views from the telescopes are good, the place itself has become very touristy. It is often crowded up there with tourists and different types of vendors selling their wares. There is also a temple at the top.
Kufri Fun Campus (Kufri Fun World)
Just do a short walk downhill from Mahasu Peak and you will be in Kufri Fun Campus. The biggest attraction here is the go-karting track. It enjoys the pride of being the highest go-karting track in the world. Along with it there are also a few rides. And if you need to refuel yourself after all the activities here, you can visit its cafe.
Himalayan Nature Park
Himalayan Nature Park is home to a variety of animals and birds which are native to this region. Covering an area of 90 hectares, this park is home to about 60 types of animals and 50 types of birds. The eye-catching animals are snow leopards, Tibetan wolves, and bear. There are lots of sambar deer. And you will also find many monkeys roaming freely on the grounds of the park. At most it would take you about 45 minutes in this place, that too if you are accompanied by kids.
Indira Tourist Park
This park is a just a short walk away from Himalayan Nature Park. It is named so because Indira Gandhi visited this place to sign Shimla Agreement with Pakistan in 1972. HPTDC (Himachal Pradesh Tourism) runs a beer bar here.
Come winter and skiing enthusiasts would start pouring in Kufri. There are slopes for both beginners and experienced. There are many small slopes where beginners can learn the sport. And the experienced would climb up to the highest peak of Kufri, Mahasu Peak, to slide down on the steep slopes.
Note: You can hire the equipment from the National Adventure Foundation located in Hotel Snow View Shelter.
Excursions from Kufri
While being in Kufri, if you start to yearn for some solitude, it is time to visit Fagu. And if you go, you should at least plan to spend a couple of days in that village. Fagu is a beautiful village adorned with apple orchards, terraced fields, and potato farms. This village offers only one thing in terms of activity – walks. While walking around you will be gifted with the mesmerizing views of the pristine hills.
Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh, is the most urban hill town in the state. For decades Shimla has remained one of the most popular hill stations in North India. And even today it enjoys strong patronage. Its legendary mall road, the historical ridge, and many colonial era buildings have kept the charm of the town intact.
When to Visit Kufri?
If you are after skiing, tobogganing, or simply after snow, you should visit in December and February. Winter is from November to February and at times it extends to March. Summer sets in from April and lasts until June, the temperature can go beyond 25 degrees celcius. The monsoon months of July to September are more likely to receive frequent rainfall.
How to Reach Kufri?
Road: Kufri is 14 km east of Shimla. The distance from Delhi is about 374 km.
Rail: The popular ‘Kalka-Shimla Toy Train’ terminates at Shimla from where you need to do a short drive to reach Kufri. The nearest broad-gauge station is at Kalka, 102 km south-west of Kufri.
Air: While the nearest airport is at Jubbarhatti near Shimla, it is seldom operational for passenger flights. Chandigarh, 140 km southwest, has good connections with major cities of India.