Kufri is small hill town located in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. The town derives its name from the local term ‘kufr’ meaning ‘lake’. It is located 13 km away from Shimla and about 360 km from Delhi. It takes around 8 hours to reach Kufri from Delhi via road. Many people love to go to the hill town from Delhi via bikes. The bikers can hire bikes in Delhi from the Delhi bike rentals that offer all kinds of two-wheelers on rent to make it visiting these hill towns less time-taking and more fun-filled. It is advised that bikers pick up bikes like Royal Enfield on rent from Delhi as the sturdy bikes will be the most suitable for the hilly terrain.
Kufri became popular as a trekking destination only around a decade ago. It has moderate to difficult treks for the adventure sports lovers. It serves as the base for treks to Manali, Shimla, Rewalsar and Fagu to name a few. The pleasant and mildly cool climate makes Kufri a perfect summer destination for most people. Kufri, Shimla and Chail form the Golden Triangle of Himachal Pradesh which is much frequented by trekkers and tourists alike all year round. The best time to visit Kufri is from March to November as the weather is pleasant but not freezing cold. But those of you who wish to witness the beautiful snowfall can visit it during December to February. Himachal Pradesh tourism organizes a winter sports festival in the month of February. Skiing is one of the most popular winter sports here. Tobogganing- sliding downhill on a sledge) is another famous winter sport here. A National Snow Statue competition is held in Kufri in the month of January where snow sculptors from around the world come to participate.
Kufri abounds in natural beauty and acts as a vantage point for the beautiful snow clad Himalayas. It even has a Himalayan zoo that is home to rare antelopes, felines and birds including the state bird of Himachal Pradesh- Himalayan monal, among many other mountain faunae. Indira Tourist Park offers the spectacular view of the nearby places and the mountains at a distance. The landscape leaves one awestruck and mesmerized.
Chini Bungalow is a major attraction of Kufri. It is known for its brilliant architecture and lots of beautiful statues, a fine example of great craftsmanship. Tourists flock this place all year round and people visiting Kufri must definitely pay the Chini Bungalow a visit. The bungalow offers panoramic views of the natural surroundings, adding the cherry to the cake.
Kufri became a popular tourist destination and is not much commercialized yet like other frequented cities of Himachal. The beautiful town is a quiet place and artists, writers and musicians often like to pay it a visit for a streak of inspiration in the solitude and calm of nature. You can get bikes on rent in Delhi and visit Kufri with friends. People who prefer to get scooters on rent instead of bikes are also in luck as the bike rentals in Delhi also allow you to hire scooters. But it is advised to pick up a sturdy bike instead of a scooter if you’re planning on visiting a hill station by road.