Kufri Ski Resort
Adventure / Trekking | Nature
#53 of 55 Places to Visit in Shimla
Distance (From Shimla Railway Station): 16 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 4 Hours/Half Day
Place Location: On NH-22 Between Shimla And Narkanda
Transportation Options: Bus / Cab
Travel Tips: None
At a distance of 16 km from Shimla Railway Station and 5.6 km from Fagu, Kufri is a small hill station in Shimla district, positioned at an elevation of 2,510 m on the National Highway 22. Kufri is quite famous for the popular ski resort. It is one of the best places for skiing in Shimla and also one of the top adventure site and skiing destinations in India. Kufri is also one of the best places to experience the Tourism in Himachal and another popular attraction not to miss in a Shimla tour package.
Kufri derives its name from 'Kufr' which means lake. It is especially popular among trekkers and it is a popular place for adventure sports in Himachal Pradesh. The British discovered it in 1819. As Shimla gained importance, Kufri also began to be recognized as an important place to visit near Shimla as part of honeymoon tour.
Kufri is known for its pleasant climate and picturesque beauty. It is popular for its trekking and hiking trails. Kufri is also renowned for other adventures activities such as skiing, tobogganing (sliding downhill on a sled). It has the oldest skiing slopes in Himachal Pradesh. During winters, when snow spreads over the slopes of Kufri, lovers of skiing know that they will have an exciting time ahead. Ski courses for beginners are conducted every winter by Himachal Tourism. It also offers necessary equipments for skiing.
Kufri is also a haven for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers as the Himalayan Nature Park is situated on the outskirts of the town. The Park is home to over 180 varieties of fauna. Here one can enjoy a Pony or a Yak Ride.
Kufri is also the venue for annual winter sports festival held in February. The Festival is organized by the travel and tourism department of Himachal Pradesh and it attracts large number of tourists. Skiing competitions are the main event at the festival.