(Last Updated on : 06/12/2018)
Kufri is a small hill station, which is located in the Shimla district
of Himachal Pradesh
. The hill station is located at a distance of 20 km from the capital city
of Shimla. The name Kufri has been derived from the word kufr, which means lake in the local language. Kufri is located at 31.10 ° N and 77.25 ° E at an elevation of 2630 meters.
History of Kufri
Kufri was once a part of the Kingdom of Nepal. This region remained obscure from the rest of the world until the British 'discovered' it in 1819. The British
made Shimla their summer capital
in 1864 and it remained so until 1939. As Shimla gained importance, Kufri also began to be recognized as an important place to visit near Shimla.
Climate in Kufri
Summers (April-June) are mild in Kufri while winters (November-February) are very cold. It experiences southwestern monsoon
rains in July-September. Generally heavy snowfall covers the region from December to January.
Tourism in Kufri
There are certain places in Kufri, which are popular tourist
spots. It is famous for its trekking
and hiking trails. Adventure-seeking travelers throng Kufri in winters to enjoy skiing and tobogganing along its snow-covered slopes. Apart from that, there are some other tourist spots and they are:
Himalayan Nature Park:
This park hosts rare antelopes, felines and birds
including the Himalayan monal
, the state bird of Himachal Pradesh until 2007. During winter, a meandering path through the potato
plantations turns into a popular ski
Indira Tourist Park:
The Indira Tourist Park is located near the Himalayan Nature Park
and it provides panoramic view of the locations around. This is one of the most popular tourist spots in Kufri.
This Bunglow is a popular place among tourists for its statues and architecture
One can hike through thick forest around Kufri to the Mahasu Peak- the highest peak
Visiting Information to Kufri
The best time to visit this place is during winters (November-February). Kufri is 19 km from Shimla. Shimla airport
and railway station
are the nearest to this place. Kufri can also be reached by road via National Highway