Kufri is a tiny hill station in the Shimla district located in the southern part of Himachal Pradesh. It is about 13 kms from Shimla nestled in the Himalayan foothills. The name Kufri is derived from the word ‘Kufr’ meaning a lake in the local dialect. The best time to visit Kufri is during summer, between April and June. The place witnesses heavy snowfall during December-January. Kufri is famous for its beautiful environs and the cool atmosphere that encompasses it. In summers, travellers can enjoy the view of the surrounding valleys and snow-capped peaks. Kufri is famous for its trekking and hiking trails. During the winter season, Kufri attracts adventure lovers for skiing and tobogganing.
Kufri is also famous for its nature parks and picnic spots. Kufri's nearness to Shimla, another hill station makes it an important place to visit. The region around Shimla including Kufri was once a part of the Kingdom of Nepal. As Shimla gained importance, Kufri also began to be recognised as an important place to visit near Shimla. Kufri does not have an airport or a railway station. However, Kufri is linked with Shimla, Narkanda, and Rampur by road. Travellers can also hire taxis from Shimla to reach Kufri. The area around Kufri can be explored on horseback or a yak ride. Languages spoken here are Hindi, Himachali, and English. There are a range of slopes, including a beginner's run, an advanced slope and slalom run. Himachal Tourism offers ski courses, instructions and also has equipments on hire at Kufri. Fagu, which is about 6 kms from Kufri, is a picnic spot set amidst forests and orchards. A winter sports festival is organised here every year during February in Kufri. Skiing enthusiasts and adventure seekers participate in this festival. The highest point in the surrounding region, Kufri has a Himalayan Wild Life Zoo which showcases rare Antelopes, Felines and Birds including the Himalayan Monal, which is the State bird of Himachal Pradesh. Travellers can explore Kufri and its surrounding areas also on horseback. They can hike through thick forest around Kufri to the Mahasu Peak. Day trips can be taken to the Himalayan Nature Park which features native birds and animals of Himachal Pradesh. The Indira Tourist Park nearby provides views of the locations around Kufri.
ACCESS: Kufri is 19 kms from the State's Capital, Shimla City and situates on the National Highway No.22. It is 6 kms from Fagu, another famous tourist spot. Railway Access: Shimla is the nearest narrow gauge railway station to Kufri. The nearest broad gauge railhead is in Kalka via Shimla.
CLIMATE : In winter, the temperature can hover around freezing point when heavy woolens are required. During summer, the climate is pleasant and cottons / light woolens are suggested and receives heavy snowfall in winter season.
PLACES OF INTEREST
Mashru Peak: One can hike through thick forest around Kufri to the Mahasu Peak- the highest peak in Kufri.
Himalayan Nature Park: The Himalayan Nature Park,which has a collection of animals and birds,found only in Himachal Pradesh.
Indira Tourist Park : The Indira Tourist Park is near the Himalayan Nature Park and provides panoramic view of the locations around.