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COVID-19 : SHIMLA is in Orange Zone
Last Updated: 26 Nov 2020
Latest Information on Travelling to SHIMLA?

Entry is open from all domestic destinations in India.

  • Face masks are compulsory when going out in public
  • COVID-19 test is not required on entry to the state, however, thermal screening shall be done for all passengers entering the state.
  • Containment zones to remain in lockdown till 31st of August 2020.
  • No night curfews are active in Shimla
  • All supermarkets, parks, malls and attractions are open with strict COVID-19 prevention norms in place.
  • Social distancing to be followed mandatorily when out in public.
  • 14 days of Institutional Quarantine is mandatory for travellers arriving from any Red Zone districts outside Himachal Pradesh
  • Passengers having ILI (Influenza Like Illness) symptoms are also to be quarantined in a government facility for 14 days. 
  • For passengers arriving from red zone districts outside of Himachal Pradesh, carrying a COVID-19 negative test report from ICMR authorized lab, not older than 48 hours from the date of departure,14 days of Home Quarantine is allowed.
  • All passengers must download Aarogya Setu App.
Flights

Flights to Shimla Airport are available from Delhi

Trains

No train service available

Buses

Inter-state entry of private and government buses in restricted in the state, however, intra-state bus services are functioning in the city from 7 a.m to 7 p.m. with 60% passenger capacity.

Local Transport
  • HRTC and private buses to operate with a maximum of 60% capacity
  • Public transport to be operated from 7 AM to 7 PM

Tourism units are safely open and allowed by the Government and follow proper COVID safety measurements. Therefore, tourists will have to follow the guidelines while visiting any place. Travellers are advised to practice good personal hygiene to ensure their safety.     

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There are innumerable places to visit in Mashobra yet the land of luxuriant emerald stretch is the quieter sister of Shimla. Experience the liberating ambience at a height on 7700 feet safely tucked away from the hustle of the urban existence. A perfect alternative for a less crowded and underexplored town, Mashobra is a delicate masqueraded beauty loaded with places like Chadwick falls, Mahasu peak, Presidential retreat to name a few. 

You will be mesmerized with its ethereal natural surroundings that the hidden hamlet has to provide. The place is overflowing with placid yet ornately designed churches, misty jungles and chronological heritage that spell magic.

The enchanting natural beauty has many resorts to relax and laze for that extended weekend you have been awarded. For those who have come here to get blown away by the bountiful sceneries, there are wonderful tourist places in Mashobra for your exploration. Globetrotters, travel bloggers and wildlife aficionados, this is surely a place to rejoice and reminisce.

Here are the best places to visit in Mashobra:

01

Reserve Forest Sanctuary

Reserve Forest Sanctuary
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One of Asia’s largest watersheds, the wildlife reconnoiters is one of the best tourist places in Mashobra.  Traverse into the coarse jungle surrounded with pine, oak and deodar vegetation. Wildlife lovers will easily spot the Himalayan eagles, Barking deer, partridge and leopards. You can opt for picnics with family and friends or indulge in the quests of trekking and camping. 

There is an abundance of flora and fauna in this Indus encircled wildlife habitat. The forest also provides a vantage point to cite the spectacular Pir Panjal Mountains of Jammu and Kashmir on clear weather. The popularity of the forest sanctuary is soaring high as it poses as the perfect picnic spot coupled with the thick rich foliage and fauna to watch out for.

Entry fee: Rs 25 per person

Distance from bus stand: 6.5 km

Timing: 9.00 am to 6.00 pm

02

Craignano

Craignano
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Craignano is one of the most popular places to visit in Mashobra. It is the quintessential Italian villa which was built by Chevalier Federico Pelite named after his hometown. The oak and pine trees border the villa constructed out of wood. The uniqueness of the lawns, the vintage stone benches, and the arcane night lamps transports you to the colonial era and old-world Italy. 

You will find an abundance of flowers from daffodils and hyacinths to asphodels and Celandine. It also posits itself as a preferred picnic spot where you can enjoy a host of adventures and physical activities like rappelling, rock climbing, and fishing. During winters, the place looks ravishing especially covered in thick inches of snow.

Entry fee: Free of cost

Distance from bus stand: 4.5 km

Timing: From Dawn till dusk

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Wild Flower Hall

Wild Flower Hall
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The manor of the British era nestled amidst dense deodar forests and the lavish decors of the mansion beckons you to enjoy the richness of its existence. The majesty of the place makes it one of the most sought after places to visit in Mashobra. Originally the place was resided by Kitchener of Khartoum; it got burned down in the year 1993 and was later rebuilt into a lavish and a plush hotel. 

The hotel is a grand blend of rich architecture and modern amenities that include swimming, spa, yoga, fitness centre, concierge and banquet. The rooms in the Hotel are spacious and royal with an in the house dining facility.

Entry fee: None

Distance from bus stand: 4 km

Timing: Open 24 hours

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Tattapani River

Tattapani River
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The Tattapani River is famous for its hot water springs emanating out of the Sutlej River. Tourists can enjoy the hot water baths here in the open river bed and fenced water body. The dip in the hot waters is considered to possess superior medicinal values that will cure you of your skin ailments. The Tattapani is quite famous for white water river rafting activity. 

The location is the perfect spot for water sports fanatics.  The river is only 10 km from Soni valley which is ideal for a serene walk to absorb the beauty of nature. The Shiva cave is also located only 3 km from here which is a dark mysterious cave dedicated to the mighty Lord Shiva. 

Entry fee: Free of cost

Distance from bus stand: 42 km

Timing: 7.30 am to 6.30 pm
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Lakka Bazaar

Lakka Bazaar
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The colourful market arena sells everything from wooden possessions to souvenirs. All shopaholics will see their bags full in this haven full of goodies. The best and the finest wooden handicrafts can be seen here. You will also find an exciting world of miniature objects that includes miniature car, trucks, and cycles. It also has some unique pieces of décor and furniture that you will simply want to own. 

The wooden beauties are specially crafted by talented and skillful Sikhs who are in good numbers here. Other than items of decoration, you can also purchase dry fruits and natural herbs from the market. Close to the market place is the rink for skating which presents as a good spot for family and kids.

Entry fee: None

Distance from bus stand: 5 km

Timing: Open till 9 pm
06

Chadwick Falls

Chadwick Falls
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The glen forest is full of wonders and one such marvel is the cascading water of the Chadwick falls. The crystal clear sparkling water presents the most pleasing sights you will ever come across. For a true offbeat experience, you must visit this locale surrounded with pine and deodar trees. Famous amongst all youth and honeymooners, you can take a refreshing dip in the pristine waters. 

The monsoon supposedly is the apt time to visit here to witness the profusion of water surge. To reach the falls you need to take a gripping trek from the forest. The Chadwick falls is the name given by the British visitors and authorities as a form of rechristening from its old name called "Chidku Jhaar"

Entry fee: None

Distance from bus stand: 7 km

Timing: open 24 hours but visit in groups preferably till daylight

07

Mahasu Devta Temple

Mahasu Devta Temple
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The Mahasu Devta temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is situated in the rustic parts of Mashobra. It is an attractive shrine that is open to local visitors and tourists alike. The sanctified sanctum will give you the pleasures of quiet and calm. The temple is most famous for its 2 days Mahasu Jatra festival that is held in the third week of May every year. The festival is celebrated as a mark of shifting of the idol of Lord Shiva. 

Behold the grandeur of the festival with multihued sites, folk dances, tribal dances, archery competitions and various other traditions that augment the charisma of the place. The luminosity of the milieu and the fullness of traditions can only be observed when you are a part of this two-day vibrant celebration.

Entry fee: None

Timing: 7.00 am to 7.00 pm
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Jakhu Temple

Jakhu Temple
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The Jakhu temple is housed on the highest peak of Shimla. The temple is the abode of Lord Hanuman and is positioned at about 8500 feet. Located amidst deep and luscious forests of the Jakhu hills, the temple is believed to be as old as the Ramayana. The gigantic statuette of Lord Hanuman is visible from different places in Shimla. Every year thousands of devotees visit here to seek blessings from the Monkey God. 

One has to venture 2kms up the hill in order to witness the beautiful temple. The Shivalik Mountains and the Sanjauli town are placed at vantage points from the temple which makes it an obligatory addition to the best places to visit in Mashobra.

Entry fee: None

Distance from bus stand: 9.5 km

Timing: 5.00 am to 12.00 pm and 4.00 pm to 9.00 pm
09

Mahasu Peak

Mahasu Peak
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If you want to be bowled over by the spectacular sighting of the Kedarnath and Badrinath then the Mahasu peak is surely among the best places to visit in Mashobra. The thick deodar forests can be hiked by adventurous and daring tourists. Winter season can be a wonderful time to explore the highest point in Kufri owing to its transformation to a snow-capped beauty. You can get great views atop the peak paddling on your horse. 

The skiing season also calls the thrill seekers to hit the jagged slopes. You can also make a brief haul to visit the Nag Devta temple on your way up. The trek on the mountain can be challenging yet professional trekkers will enjoy their trail overlooking the pride. If you want to take a closer view of the hills, telescope viewing at a nominal charge is also available.

Entry fee: None

Distance from bus stand: 8 km

Timing: 24 hours yet the best time is between 8.00 am and 5.00 pm

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The Presidential Retreat

The Presidential Retreat
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Situated on the Chharabra peak is the official retreat residence of the President of India. The site is a must visit amongst the various places to visit in Mashobra because of its rich architecture and radiantly vibrant atmosphere. The retreat is visited by the president once a year for two weeks in summer to host an official meets with delegates. 

The abiding feature of the structure is its wooden structure with dajji wall construction built at an area of 10,000 square feet. The 16 roomed building is flanked by natural forests and is a thousand feet higher than Shimla ridge top. In order to witness the magnificence special permission is required from government authorities.

Entry fee: Depends on the time of visit

Distance from bus stand: 15 km from Shimla Bus-stand

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03 January 2020
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16 January 2020
Excellent
I visited last week with my family. the stay was very comfortable, the food provided was delicious. Staff was also very helping. We enjoyed hike to Pabbar River and guided pine forest walk. The room was very clean. We enjoyed the view from our room.
17 December 2019
Excellent
Scenic beauty with all the modern amenities that makes it a perfect weekend getaway. Me and my friends loved our trip to Shimla and the stay at this resort. We booked the property through Thrillophilia due to their best prices as it was our first time we were bit afraid yet received the instant confirmation and everything was the best provided.
17 February 2020
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I didn’t know about this resort but a friend of mine has suggested this resort and suggested to book from Thrillophilia and I am very grateful as they have the best price online. I have loved their Valley view rooms and spa. Overall amazing experience.
15 December 2019
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13 February 2020
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15 November 2019
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It was a gift from my side to my parents for their 25th wedding anniversary. On special request, the staff has arranged a cake and had also arranged a small decoration room to celebrate the evening for my parents. They were very friendly and I loved their hospitality. Thank you Thrillophilia for providing instant booking confirmation.
19 February 2020
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The location is perfect for nature lovers. We enjoyed the view from our hotel rooms. The breakfast buffet was delicious. It is indeed a well-maintained property.
07 November 2019
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Thanks to Thrillophilia fro arranging this awesome trip package with stays and complimentary activities. I loved and enjoyed the sightseeing tour to Kufri with this comfortable stay package.

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  1. What are the best places to visit in Mashobra with friends?

    1. Craignano: Built by Chevalier Federico Pelite, this Italian villa is a classic beauty. Perfect for adventurous activities like rock climbing, rappelling, and picnic, this villa is magnificently built that is reminiscent of a long-gone era.

    2. Tattapani River: Providing solace to adventure junkies as well as peace lovers, the Tattapani River is renowned for its hot water springs. These springs originate from the Sutlej River and are believed to have medicinal properties.  

    3. Reserve Forest Sanctuary: Supplying water to the whole of Shimla, the Reserve Forest Sanctuary hosts one of the largest watersheds in Asia. The rugged topography and the thick cover of coniferous trees with the abundance of birds that can be seen is an absolute delight.

    4. Wild Flower Hall: Originally acting as a residence for Lord Kitchener but later rebuilt with collaboration, the Wild Flower Hall is now a grand hotel that exudes luxury and style amidst the deodar forests. 
  2. What are the romantic places to visit in Mashobra?

    1. Mahasu Peak: For the more adventurous couples, the Mahasu Peak offers a difficult trek, but the magnificent snow-capped view of the Badrinath and Kedarnath is worth all the grunts and efforts. 

    2. Jakhu Temple: Counted as one of the oldest temples, and highly frequented by the devotees, the Jakhu temple located at an altitude of about 8500 feet is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. The steep climb of 2 km is worth the panoramic view that greets the visitors.  

    3. Chadwick Falls: The elegance and the sheer grandeur of this waterfall are bound to mesmerize the visitors. The surrounding locale of deodar and pine trees enhances the beauty of the place and is often sought out by the lovers. 

    4. The Presidential Retreat: This is the officiated retreat residence given to India’s President and is nestled at the Chharabra peak. The massive wooden structure is a must-visit for couples that can obtain special permission. 

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