This picturesque hill station, situated near the Himalayan Range, 20 km’s away from Shimla and Himachal Pradesh is a sight to see. Founded by the British, it only gained popularity a few decades ago. Its name is derived from ‘Kufr’ meaning lake.
The bewitching beauty of Kufri will enchant you with its must-see attractions and adventure activities. Very popular for its pleasant location close to the majestic hill station Shimla. Kufri lies at an altitude of 9000 ft and is best known as a ski destination. Although skiing season peaks between November and February, the months between April and June warrant a visit for their lovely weather.
The wonderful nature parks and scenic spots in the backdrop of natural settings are major tourist attractions in Kufri.
It is the starting point to many treks from Shimla, Manali and many other places. The cool and calming weather makes Kufri one of the best places for a perfect summer escape. It is also a venue for several sports events organised by the travel and tourism department of Himachal Pradesh, it is a major tourist attraction. Kufri has the oldest skiing slopes in Himachal Pradesh.
A perfect spot for wildlife enthusiasts, Kufri has a wide range of about 180 faunas. The region surrounding Kufri was part of the Kingdom of Nepal until it was seized by the British. Kufri was founded in 1819; it remained a sleepy hamlet and began to gain popularity only in the ’30s. The Kufri Zoo is another place for recreation you could visit.
You may not find luxury hotels, but the accommodations are quite maintained. Plus, most of the hotels offer a panoramic view of the big hills. Most of its hotels are located on the Min Bazaar and the resorts are located on Kufri-Chail Road and Kufri-Fagu Road.
Most restaurants are centred and around the main market area. The lanes of Kufri are dotted with innumerable street stalls serving tasty parathas, pakoras, chaat and noodles. The coffee shop in Indira Tourist Park is popular with the locals. Hotels having restaurants serve multi-cuisine delicacies like Indian, Chinese, Continental and Italian.
The best time to visit Kufri is from the month of March to November to beat the heat from where you live to a getaway of calm and cool in Kufri.
One of the few places you can visit in Kufri is the Mahasu Peak, the highest peak in Kufri, which is accessible only by horse. The muddy road is best travelled on horseback which makes it an interesting experience.
Kufri Fun World, located at 2800 metres above the sea level, is one of the highest amusement parks in the world. It has the highest go-kart track in the world.
The Indira National Park is another one close to the Himalayan National Park and offers a great ambience with a great atmosphere. There is not much to shop in Kufri except the local kiosks. The Himalayan National Park offers an amazing steal of the wildlife for the enthusiasts and the Trekkie junkie in you.