Mashobra—A Peaceful Alternative to Shimla

Mashobra is a beautiful and calm hill station located in the Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh. A place of unique beauty and serenity, Mashobra is a relatively quiet and calm hill station. Surrounded by lush green forests and towering mountains, Mashobra with its verdant pine and oak trees is known for its scenic locales, abundance of flora and fauna and some important pilgrimages locations. Its proximity to Shimla makes it an ideal getaway for tourists who desire peace and solitude that popular and crowded hill stations like Shimla often fail to provide. Located at an altitude of 2,149 metres (7,700 ft.), Mashobra with its natural resorts and spellbinding natural beauty is guaranteed to provide an experience of a lifetime to you.

Apart from its natural beauty and solitude, Mashobra is also famously known for being one of the summer retreats of the President of India. The President visits this scenic hill station every year to enjoy its sylvan surroundings and its vast expanse of unhindered natural beauty. During the course of his visit, the main office shifts to the retreat at Chharabr. The Presidential retreat consisting of 16 rooms is a completely wooden structure constructed in 1860. The President stays here for two weeks in a year and for the rest of the time the retreat is used by the Government to house foreign VIP dignitaries visiting Shimla and surrounding hill stations.

This picturesque hill station is well-connected by the historic Hindustan-Tibet road which was constructed in 1860 when Lord Dalhousie was the governor general of India. Mashobra boasts of breathtakingly beautiful views, bewitching forests and blissful weather.

Mashobra travel guide

Mashobra apart from the peace and solitude it offers in conjunction with its natural beauty is also renowned for its abundance of apple orchards and flora and fauna. The town has a lot of breath taking beautiful gardens filled with an abundance of flowers. The scenic hill station doles out peace and solitude in abundance but it is also a paradise for adventure lovers. You can go boating, horse riding, trekking, etc in this charming hill station.

Mashobra also hosts the famous Mahasu Fair and Festival in May and you can attend it if you happen to visit this scenic hill station in May. The Reserve Forest Sanctuary is another major tourist attraction in Mashobra. It is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna and you can easily sight the famous musk deer. You can also visit the nearby Mahasu which has a very famous ancient temple.

 

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