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Place : Shimla District, Himachal Pradesh
Significance : Winter sports capital of Himachal Pradesh
Altitude : 2,510 metres above sea level,
Temperature : Summer : Max 8°C, Min 30°C.
Winter : Max 10.7°C, Min -10°C.
Best Time to Visit : April - June
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Kufri is a tiny hill station in Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh state. Located at an altitude of 2,510 metres above sea level, Kufri is 13 km from the state capital Shimla on the National Highway No.22. Most of the travelers coming to Shilma love to visit this hill station. Also called the winter sports capital of Himachal Pradesh Kufri is known for the oldest ski slopes in the state. 

The hillstation offers some beautiful scenes, hilarious climate and also a great option for hiking and skiing. Kufri is one of the most popular destinations for adventure lovers in Himachal Pradesh. During Winter i.e. from November to February, many Ski-lovers and winter sports enthusiasts tour to Kufri. Those who are not a adventurous pursuits, visit Kufri during the months of April to June. The snow covered slopes at Kufri is definitely a treat to the eyes. The tourism and travel department of Himachal Pradesh organizes the National Snow Statue Competition every year in the month of January. To promote adventure sports in Kufri, the tourism department conducts annual winter sports festival in the month of February. 

Kufri has some historical facts also. The region around Shimla including Kufri was once part of the Kingdom of Nepal and was first recognized by the British rulers who discovered Shimla in the year of 1819. Shimla was the summer retreat of the British during the Raj era. When Shimla get noticed, Kufri also began to be recognized as a notable place to visit near Shimla.

Attractions in Kufri

Mashru Peak

A short trek from Kufri through cedar and spruce trees is Mahashru Peak. Known as the highest peak in Kufri one can enjoy the breathtaking views from here. The Mahasu Ridge offers a great opportunity for skiing and the slopes at Mahasu Peak are best for beginners. Yak- and horse-back rides are quite popular here.

Himalayan Nature Park

Located amidst 90 hectares of temperate vegetation, the park forms the natural habitat of a number of wild animals of the Western Himalayas. The walkways inside the park help the visitors to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the entire range of Himalayas snow clad peaks. The flora comprises of Fir- Spruce and Oak formations with scattered presence of Deodar-Blue Pine-Holly clusters.  

Rare varieties of Hangal, Barking Deer, Musk Deer, Brown Bear, Monal and other pheasants are found in this park. A vast collection of migratory birds can also be sighted inside the Nature park. Limited camping and guided treks facilities particularly for student groups are available inside the Nature Park. For more information and bookings please contact:
Divisional Forest Officer (Wildlife), 
Shimla or Executive Secretary, 
HNP Eco-tourism Society, Shimla.  
Ph: 0177-223993.

Indira Tourist Park

It is just near to Nature park. A good place to relax, it provides some great views of the nearby places. Here one can enjoy a Pony or a Yak Ride. There is a coffee shop 'Cafe Lalit' run by the Himachal Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation.


It is 6 km away from Kufri. Known for its breathtaking Himalayan views Fegu is located high on the slopes of the mighty Himalayan mountain range at an altitude of 2,510 meters above sea-level. A popular trekking spot, it is a good base camp for trekkers and naturalists. A walk in the large Apple Orchards and Potato fields is truly enjoyable. Just above Fagu are the temples of the local god-Banthia Devta. Fagu has a rest house and tourist bungalow overlooking the beautiful Giri valley.


The Queen of Hills, as Shimla was fondly called by the British is situated at an altitude of 2,130 metres Around 50,000 tourists reach Shimla and its nearby areas on an average weekend. Its commanding position on the crest of a ridge, cool air and lust countryside quickly made it a favourite summer resort. Shimla, now the state of capital of Himachal Pradesh, is busy, lively and nostalgically 'English', with quaint Raj-era hotels and buildings and beautiful walks through Himalayan mountains thick with oak, deodar cedar, and pine trees. Shimla has a pleasant climate throughout the year.