India has no dearth of scenic hill stations, and Kufri is one of them. Located 20 km from Shimla at an altitude of over 8900 feet above sea level, this picturesque place blessed with beautiful nature attracts all kinds of tourists from far and wide. While Kufri’s immaculate scenery is the main draw for tourists, one particular reason for visiting Kufri in winter is the opportunity to ski. Yes, Kufri is as famous for its skiing slopes as for its trekking trails. It is also the jumping-off point for treks to Manali, Shimla, Fagu, Rewalsar among others. If you are a nature and/ or adventure lover, this is the best place to be!
Best time to Visit Kufri:
If skiing is what you are looking for, then the ideal time for sliding down the snowy slopes in Kufri is between the months of December and February. This is January, and no, you are not late! You could still book the cheapest flight tickets to this hill station at Indian Eagle , a trusted online travel booking site.
Best Places to Visit in Kufri:
Kufri’s top tourist attractions are its mountain viewpoints and nature parks, while the top adventure activities include trekking, skiing, and tobogganing. From Himalayan peaks and valleys to nature parks, zoos and amusement parks, here are the top four places to visit in Kufri.
Expect not only the panoramic vistas of the entire Kufri, but also the views of Kedarnath and Badrinath ranges from Mahasu Peak (the highest point of Kufri) on a clear day. There’s also a Nag Devta temple on the peak. You can reach the summit either by trekking through dense deodar forests or on a horse ride. Although the latter is preferred in view of the muddy route, trekking has its own thrill, which is why most adventure lovers go for trekking!
Entry fee: ₹ 650 for a horse ride
Kufri Fun World:
This is one of the best places to visit in Kufri, if you wish to indulge yourself in the fun of various adventurous activities. At an altitude of 2800 m above sea level, Kufri Fun World is among the highest amusement parks in the world. It offers a plethora of fun-filled and adventure activities such as snow skiing, go-karting, zip-lining, sky swinging, and bungee jumping among others. Let go of all your worries and have a ball!
Entry fee: No entry fee, but you need to pay for the adventure rides you try.
Himalayan Nature Park:
Himalayan Nature Park, also known as Kufri National Park, is a must-visit place in Kufri for all wildlife enthusiasts. This park nestled in the Himalayan ranges is the natural habitat for different rare species of Himalayan flora and fauna as well as avian species. One can spot Leopards, Kashmir Stag, Tibetan Wolf, Sambhar, Barking Deer, Musk Deer, Red Jungle Fowl, Brown Bears, Hangals, Blue Sheep, Bharals, Muntjacs, and other animals. Guided treks and limited camping facilities are also available within this park, which is spread across 90 hectares of temperate vegetation.
Entry fee: ₹ 20 per adult and ₹ 10 per child.
About 6 km away from Kufri situates a quaint hamlet called Fagu surrounded by beautiful apple orchards. Fagu’s charm, its cool breeze and the breathtaking sights of the Giri valley will leave you speechless. Believe us, you’ll find it hard to leave this place! This popular picnic spot in summer doubles as a skiing spot during winters. One can fully enjoy sightseeing by going on a trek (or a yak/ pony ride) from Fagu to Chharabra. Pony or Yak rides along this route are also offered.
A few more tourist attractions to add to your list of places to visit in Kufri include
Indira Tourist Park, Green Valley, Jakhu Temple, HipHip Hurray Amusement Park, and Rupin Pass. Plan your holiday at this scenic hill station in Himachal Pradesh now!