Famous Places To Visit Near Shimla In Winter
Here is a list of the famous places to visit in Shimla during winter for a soothing experience! Take a look!
1. Kufri: An Enchanting Hill Station
Located at 2,622 meters above the sea level in the foothills of Himalayas, Kufri is the place to be in Shimla in January. Apart from offering thrilling activities like skiing and ice skating, it is the most picturesque place for capturing the best moments in the snow.
2. Narkanda: The Skiing Resort Of Shimla
The perfect ski resort, and only some two hours drive away from the Shimla city, Narkanda is another wonderland in the hills. Offering breathtaking panoramic views of the valley, this place will leave you captivated. From learning how to ski to becoming a pro at skiing, you can experience all of it here!
3. Mashobra: A Haven For The Adventure Junkies
Nestled amidst the Reserve Forest Sanctuary of Shimla, it is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in Shimla during winter. It is a haven for everyone in pursuit of peace, and its range of budget and luxury stays make it an ideal spot for all the types of travelers.
4. Chail: A Haven For The Adventure Junkies
Chail reminds one of the deodars, the oak forests and lush grasslands. This former capital of Maharaja of Patiala, is 45 km from Shimla towards Kufri. In 1891, Maharaja
Bhupinder Singh of Patiala incurred the wrath of Lord Kitchener for flirting with his daughter, the then Commander-in-Chief. As a result, he has banned entry into Shimla, the summer capital of colonial India. This enraged the Maharaja and he vowed to build a new and better summer capital for himself that would rival Shimla. He selected the little village of Chail. It was surrounded by magnificent deodar forests, Shimla was in a direct vision and Chail at 2226 meter was somewhat higher than the British Shimla.
A site was selected and the Maharaja began building his summer palace. Local legend has it that the moment anything was built, it would collapse overnight. Snakes would appear from nowhere and attack the laborers. Then the Maharaja had a dream. A sage appeared and declared that the site the Maharaja had chosen was where he was buried and his peace should not be disturbed. Bhupinder Singh moved to another site and at the original spot, he had a temple built to the sage. The shrine is known as the Sidh Baba Ka Mandir.
The original palace was devastated in a fire, and the palace was shifted to a new building in 1951. This has now been converted into a premium resort and is run by the Himachal Tourism and can be experienced by everyone. The Palace hotel recently got a facelift and now offers all modern facilities. With comfortable log huts and cottages, dense forests and serene walks, sprawling lawns, a children’s park, a `lovers hill’, and sports facilities, The Palace is a resort in the real sense of the term. The Palace hotel carries an entry fee for the non-residents.
Chail overlooks the Sutlej Valley with its massive Himalayan ranges, spectacularly gleaming in the sun and snow-covered. Shimla and Kasauli are also visible at night. Chail has also the highest cricket ground which also doubles as a Polo ground in the world. (2444.4 m) Well kept and well maintained the ground is surrounded by huge trees of deodar and pine.
Today, Chail is famous for its wildlife. Forests around Chail are protected and covered under a wildlife sanctuary. One is sure to spot a Sambar, Goral, Kakkar, Sambhar, Red jungle fowl, and Cheer pheasant at Jhaja and Blossom. While trekking from Chail to Jhaja and Gaura one can spot the Barking deer and Kalijin in the forests. The sanctuary forest is maintained by the local forest officials and one has to seek permission before venturing into the forests. There are Machan-like sighting posts near Blossom at Khariun and Roda Tibba. Fishing is possible on the Gaura river 29 km from Chail. All in all, Chail is a paradise for nature and wildlife lovers.