Quaint Relaxing Gateway-Mashobra
There is saying by Benjamin Franklin: “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” So whether we end up executing our plan or not we plan it anyway …
while me and my friend suddenly realized that there are consecutive 4 days long weekend so if we take 3 day leave, it will turn out to be 9-Day consecutive holiday, enough long time to explore some unexplored places but somehow plan failed since my friend couldn’t get leave at last moment and we decided to go somewhere at least for weekend to satiate out wanderlust.
We wanted to go some hill where both of us hadn’t been before, which should be cheap (Around 2500 per person inclusive of all charges), within 400 Kms and suddenly we shortlisted 3-4 option and finalized to visit ‘Mashobra’.
Mashobra is 370KMs from Delhi and 15 km from Shimla. Located at an altitude of 2500 m above sea level, is one of Asia’s largest watersheds with the Indus and Ganges on either side. It is surrounded with densely covered forests of oaks and pines. A paradise for Birders…
We booked HRTC bus from Delhi to Mashobra departing at 10:30 PM on Friday night (18-March) and reached Mashobra at morning 7:00 am. Initially bus dropped us to Mashobra main market where there were only two stay options:
- Club Mahindra Resort which off course was way beyond our budget
- ‘Sharma Home Stay’ which was 2000 per night, which is just at the opposite side of Club Mahindra resort where the Owner sits.
We were not ready to pay so much and wanted to stick to our budget. The biggest mistake we did was none of us were carrying our tent or sleeping bag with us. So we decided to search for better option in terms of price. Someone suggested us ‘Rock Heaven’ it was 1500 Per night and when we said him that we are looking for cheap option going out of his professional way he suggested us ‘Rudra Homestay’ At Tarapur which was 15 Min walk from there.
Charges are INR-990 per night but since this is off season he offered us the price of 800 per night for two (which appeared very decent to us at least after visiting so many options).
We checked in, had Hot bath and crashed to bed, we were so tired that we fell asleep within minutes and woke up exactly after two hours around 10 am. We decided to have breakfast and meanwhile were looking for options how to reach ‘Golf Course’ at Naldhera which is short uphill walk to the mesmerizing view of Golf Course established by British and converted into a big Golf course from nowhere on a mountain . We saw a bus approaching and we boarded keeping in mind that we will have brunch at Naldhera itself. Bus took 10 Rs each and dropped us to the point where one can hire Horses to reach Golf Course. We saw a restaurant which is Run by HRTC ‘The Golf Glade’ and decided to have quick tea and breakfast but from Ambiance to service to menu everything of that restaurant made us to sit there for 3 Hours without realizing it.
We ordered Local Specialty Sepu Vadi which is made from Overnight soaked grounded lentil first steamed then cut into pieces, fried and served as curry along with Daal and Roti. Not to mention food was Yummy and quite reasonable at price while we were eating two monkeys were watching us from window curiously which appeared cute to us (its not scary since windows are glass sealed) and now we can say that we had lunch with Monkeys 😛 (Lunch for two Rs 500 ).
After lunch we decided to hike to Golf Course on our own since we both like hiking/trekking. Moreover we never believe In hurting any living species for our comfort. Entry fee is 10 Rs per person but to enter the Golf course one should be the member of club else you can see golf course from fences. Hike is through a dense Pine forest which gives beautiful view of endless mountain layers. We spend few hours clicking photographs and watching the landscapes and went back to Mashobra village just to explore. One can visit Apple Orchids after 30 Minute Hike from Mashobra Village. We came back to our hotel around 7 PM, had dinner spent some time watching twinkling Shimla at distance and million stars overhead and decided to go Kufri next Morning.
We woke up around 7 and after getting ready and having breakfast at restaurant downstairs we took a bus for Kufri. To reach Kufri we have to take a bus first to Dhali and from there a bus to Kufri. It took 45 Minutes in total to Reach Kufri from Tarapur and total of 20 Rs each.
We hiked to Kufri top and on the way we stopped at tea stall whose owner was an interesting Nepali Guy named Raju who also offered us to visit his Home in Fagu when we visit Kufri Next.we had Maggie, Boiled Chana masala (Chick Pea) and tea and continued our journey to Kufri Top. We spent sometime there again clicking some photographs. For kids and family there is also an adventure park where one can enjoy Go Karting and different rides. Entry fee is 125 INR per person however if you buy any ride ticket entry is free. Around 2 we left the place for Shimla.
We reached Shimla in another 30 Minutes by paying 27 INR each. Bus dropped us at Lift area and we reached Upper Shimla (One can also take stairs to reach upper Shimla but its tiresome).Walked around and saw main attraction and came back to Sol Café which is my personal favorite. This café balcony gives amazing sunset and night View. We ordered food, clicked sunset with Shimla City in background and some night shots of Shimla.
By 8:30 Pm we hired a taxi @150 Rs which dropped us to Tutikandi (New bus stand) bus stand from where we had our bus departure 10:20 PM for Delhi.