Location: 17 km from Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Best Time to Visit: April to June / September to February
Weather: Summer 8 to 30°C and Winter -10 to 10°C
Famous for: Serenity, Natural Beauty and Skiing
A paradise for leisure vacations and adventure enthusiasts, Kufri is one of the most popular hill towns of Himachal Pradesh. Founded by the British in 1819, Kufri is a part of the Golden Triangle of Himachal Pradesh, including Chail and Shimla. It is also the starting points of a number of treks to Fagu, Shimla, and Rewalsar.
Located in the southern part of the state in the arms of the Himalayas, Kufri has been blessed with a pleasant climate, wonderful landscape beauty and abundant tranquility. The tourists who visit Shimla, do not forget to come here. Visited all around the year, this place also offers opportunities for a number of adventure activities. Visit Kufri for a peaceful vacation, away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Tourist places in and Around Kufri
Around 13 km from Shimla, Kufri Zoo is home to various rare special of animals and birds such as Felines, Antelopes, and Himalayan Monal. In the winter season, the pathway amid the potato plantation gets covered with snow and becomes a skiing track.
Located at an altitude of 2509 m above the sea level, at a distance of around of 6 km from Kufri, Fagu lies amid two valleys, enveloped with apple orchards and forests. Overlooking the Giri valley, there is a tourist bungalow. In the summer season, this village is an ideal for enjoying picnic with loved ones. In the winter season, there is snow all around and the place is covered with a sheet of snow. Every year in the month of February, Fagu becomes the venue of winter ski fest.
Himalayan National Park
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Himachal Pradesh, the Himalayan National Park is an eco-tourism as well as a bio-diversity hub. It is home to around 120 avifauna species and rare mammals. Animal lovers can spot snow leopard, musk deer and other rare species of animals as well as plants.
One of the best ways to explore the park is opt for 5 to 8 days of trekking, managed by the park rangers at Sai Ropa Tourist Center. Close to the national park, there are a number of temples that can be visited. However, a visit to the temples is only possible during the summer and the fall months.More Information
The highest point in Kufri, Mahasu Peak is that site from where you can enjoy a clear view of Kedarnath and Badrinath. To reach the top of the peak, hiking is one of the best things to do in Kufri. Trek up for a short while walking past the wooded cedar forests of the Himalayas to arrive at the top.
While in the summer season, one can enjoy hiking and trekking, in the winters, it becomes a great spot for skiing enthusiasts who are beginners. It is easy to make a pit shop at the Nag Devta temple while going up.
Indira Tourist Park
Located close to the famous Himalayan Nature Park, the Indira Tourist Park is known for offering stunning views of the surrounding landscape. The park has been named after Indira Gandhi, the former Prime Minister of India, who visited the region in 1972, at the time of signing of the Shimla Agreement between India and Pakistan.
The park also has an ice-cream parlor, a beer bar, and Lalit café that is run by HPTDC. Visitors can partake in activities like pony ride, yak ride and getting clicked in traditional Himachali dress. The park can be visited on any day of the week, between 9 AM to 6 PM. The entry fee for adults is INR10 and for children is INR 5.
Kufri Fun World
Also known as Adventure Resort (New Kufri), Kufri Fun World is the best place to be if you are with your family and friends. The amusement park has different entertainments and rides for kids as well as adults. Visitors can enjoy go-karting, 5D Cinema, Haunted house, Bunjee trempoline, wave train, smash car, Zip line, and other attractions. There is a restaurant and shopping center too. You can also get dressed in traditional Himachali attire and get yourself photographed here.
Bhima Kali Mata Temple
Placed on the main road towards Kufri, Bhima Kali Mata temple is quite popular amid tourists as well as locals. The temple premises also has a sacred pond, called Kupher.
Adventure Activities in Kufri
Kufri is known for offering opportunities for a number of activities trekking, tobogganing, hiking, go-karting, zip line, etc. For the less adventurous souls, there is Yak riding, and Horse riding.
Skiing is one of the top things to do in Kufri in winters. Beginners can enjoy skiing on the gentle slopes of the Mahasu Peak. The government also offers ski course, from one day to a number of days. One can also rent ski equipment.
Accommodation in Kufri
Kufri is one of the most sought-after hill towns of Himachal Pradesh and his visited by a huge number of tourists. To meet the pocket sizes, needs and preferences of all kinds of travelers, there are quite a few hotels in Kufri. Accommodation in Kufri ranges from mid-range to budget hotels and are known for offering flawless hospitality services to the guests. One can find hotels and resorts near the Main Bazaar, on Kufri-Fagu Road and Kufri-Chail Road.
Events / Festivals in Kufri
Held in the month of May, the Summer festival in Kufri is an exhibit of varied Himalayan cultures. The festivities are held all around the town and also includes a few art as well as cultural festivals organized at this time, bringing together people also from the adjoining regions.
Winter Sports Festival
Organized between the months of November and December, the Winter Sports Festival in Kufri is a major crowd puller. This winter festival is attended by adventure junkies who love skiing and ice-skating.
How to reach
The nearest airport to Kufri is the Shimla, which is located at a distance of around 20 km. Regular flights connect Shimla to Delhi and Kullu. From the airport, you can rent a cab to reach Kufri.
The nearest railway station to Kufri is in Shimla on narrow gauge rail route and broad gauge railway station is in Kalka, around 100 km away. This railway station is well -connected to all the important cities of India. From the station, one can hire a taxi to arrive at Kufri.
Well-maintained roads connect Kufri to the neighboring cities and towns. State- owned as well as private AC and Non-AC buses are available from Shimla to Kufri.