Trip to Shimla-kufri.
We started our journey from
We started at 1800 hrs, Instead of going to the bus stand we preferred to go to Smrala Chownk on NH1so that we can save some time. We got a private bus from Samrala Chownk and our journey acctaully started at 1830hrs.
Bus took 2 hrs to reach
From ISBT we took Auto Riksha for sector 17, which the most happening place in Chandigarh, as we reached there by 2100 hrs the most of the market was closed, avoid being there if you are later.
From Chandigarh Sector 17, we move to a friends place in panchkula for a night stay.
Panchkula is a planned city in Panchkula District, Haryana, India. It is a satellite city of the
Our next phase of our journey we hired Taxi, Toyta Quails and a Driver, The charges of quails was Rs 7 per kilometer.
We starts at 0700 hrs on 7th of June, and decided to have breakfast on our way, Now before the foothills of the Himalayas we stopped at pinjoure for some fruits. Pinjore Gardens, said to have legendary connection with Pandavs and Mahabharat. also called
From Panchkull 16 km ahead is Kalka, from where you can get one of the longest narrow gauge railway train for shimla, It’s a toy train and the train have its own charm and add to you experience of journey, train take about 5 to 6 hrs to reach Shimla. You can also connect to Kalka directly from train if you are planning from
From Kalka 25 km ahead is Dharampur, from where you can take a diversion for kasholi,
We halted there for breakfast, but unfortunately the famous “Gaine De Dhaba was closed” so eating at other dhaba did’t added much taste to the journey. After breakfast we start heading towards our next major landmark Solan which is 17 km Form dharampur, on the way to Solan you will bypass a small town kumanath. As you get close to Solan you can see the infrastructural development on the shivalik ranges of the Himalayas which represents the development of
Solan (1467 meters/4812 feet above see level)is a city and a municipal committee in Solan district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Named after the goddess Shoolini, it is known as the "mushroom city of India" because of the mushroom centre situated at Chambaghat. The district is better known for the Mohan Meakin's brewery (reputed to be India's oldest brewery) and the famous Solan No. 1 whiskey and Golden Eagle beer.
Solan is also known as the industrial hub of Himachal Pradesh. One the tehsil of Solan known by the name of Nalagarh is also known as the Pharma Hub as after the introduction of Special Subsidies by the Prime Minister of India in the year 1999 almost all major Companies came and established their units out over hear. It is also home to an Army and Air Force base. As we reached out to Solan we can feel the dip in the mercury and can feel the cool wind passing through our hair, You can halt hear for a nice cup of tea on any road side dhaba and can enjoy scenic beauty of the place.
Next stop from Solan is kiarighat which Is 23 Km from solan it’s a midpoint between Solan and shimla leaving shimla just 29 Km.
We reached Shimla at 1020 hrs, Shimla (At an average altitude of 2397.59 meters (7866.10 ft) above mean sea level, ) originally called Simla, is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh. In 1864, Shimla was declared the summer capital of the British Raj in
Shimla was annexed by the British in 1819 after the Gurkha War. At that time it was known for the
Lord Amherst, the Governor-General of Bengal from 1823 to 1828, set up a summer camp here in 1827, when there was only one cottage in the town, and only 'half a dozen' when he left that year. There were more than a hundred within ten years.
Shimla, or Simla as it was called until recently, caught the eye of Lord William Bentinck, the Governor-General of Bengal from 1828 (later of
Simla is only four days march from Loodianah, is easy of access, and proves a very agreeable refuge from the burning plains of Hindoostaun.
During the 'Hot Weather', Simla was also the Headquarters of the Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army and many Departments of the Government, as well as being the summer capital of the regional Government of the Punjab.
The Kalka-Shimla railway line, constructed in 1906, added to Shimla's accessibility and popularity. The railway route from Kalka to Shimla has more than 806 Bridges and 103 tunnels was touted as an engineering feat and came to be known as the "British Jewel of the Orient". In addition, Shimla was also the capital of the undivided state of Punjab in 1871 and remained so until the construction of the
Without taking a hault at Shimla we headed for kufri which is 16 Km from Shimla.
Kufri (2,290 m (7,513 ft).) is a tiny hill station in Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh state inIndia. It is located 13 km from the state capital Shimla on the National Highway No.22. The region around Shimla including Kufri was once a part of the
On reaching Kufri you can park your car in a parking lot. From parking lot you have to treck for about 1.5 KM in the woods, you can also take a horse, but if you are healthy and pretend to be adventure lover, I suggest you to avoid horse back take a walk through with in the dense coniferous forests, where you can intakes a lot of fresh air. Temperature will drop and you will enjoy the weather. As you go on track you will end up with a open space, from where you can enjoy the paranoiac views of the Himalayas (
The best thing about the place is the whether and fresh air and no pollution. We had lunch over there and after capturing the scenic beauty of the place and valley we started moving back to Our destination Shimla, we reached Shimla via Chhota Shimla at 1545 hrs. As compared we found Shimla very crowded, the trees were cut for the homes which were converted to hotels. As vehicles are not allowed on the Mall road we parked our vehicle in the parking lot and took the stairs, if you are not fit physically you can also take the lift to the mall road…
This is where my one side trip ends.