Mashobra Tourism

Mashobra Tourism

Mashobra Info

  • State: Himachal Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: Hill
Mashobra, 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 a small town in the district of Shimla, in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It is surrounded with densely covered forests of oaks and pines.  

Mashobra was built by Lord Dalhousie in the 18th century. It is found in the biographies of Lady Mountbatten and Lady Edwinas. Jawaharlal Nehru, the then Prime Minister, paid a visit to Lord Mountbatten, the Viceroy and then Governor General of India, and his wife Lady Edwina. Before 1948, Mashobra used to house one of the only two Presidential retreats in India. The other Presidential retreat is Rashtrapati Nilayam in Secunderabad.

Mashobra is visited by the President of India every year and during that period the main office shifts to the retreat at Chharabra. The building of the Presidential retreat is a completely wooden structure originally constructed in 1850. The Wildflower Hall at Chharabra was the residence to Lord Kitchener as well as Lord Ripon during the British Raj, now a property of Oberoi Hotels. Today Mashobra is a well known touristís destination.

The villa of Chevalier Federico Pelite at Carignano is a famous picnic spot and was turned into a resort in 1920. The reference to this villa can also be found in the novels by famous writer Anita Desai. Chevalier Federico Pelite, an Italian photographer during the time of Queen Victoria named this place Carignano after his native town Carignano, in Italy. It takes nearly ten minutes to reach Carignano from the centre of Mashobra.

One of the main specialities of Mashobra is fruits. It is one of the main markets supplying fruits and vegetables to Shimla. There is also a temple dedicated to Mahasu Devta, a local name of Lord Shiva, which attracts many pilgrims. The place is also known for musk deer and is a home to the Shimla Reserve Forest Sanctuary.

The best time to enjoy the place is from July to September. Mashobra is easily reachable from Shimla. It is just 15 km from Shimla and buses and taxis are available to the destination. The nearest airport is also at Shimla, about 35 km away. However, the nearest railway station is at Kalka, at a distance of 100 km. Mashobra is also reachable from Delhi and Chandigarh, by road.

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Nitesh Goyal

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"The violet hill"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Apr 13, 2015
The violet hill situated at Mashobra is nearly 20 km away from Shimla, HP. This place is so beautiful that I would say that it's a heaven on earth.

The cottage is made so wonderful. The care takers are also very good. The food served is delicious. The environment there is awesome. In short the place is worth seeing. Do visit violet hills at Mashobra. I bet you wont regret.
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Ajay Khatri

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"Surely gets a thumbs-up from me."

  • 5/7
  • Posted Oct 4, 2013
I can term this as one of the best trip in Himachal. Away from the hustle and bustle of Shimla. There are plenty of nature trails that you can explore around and find many a kinds of wild berries, mushrooms, butterflies and insects. The place surely gets a thumbs-up from me.
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Anil Vishwakarma

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"Amazing vaccation"

  • Posted May 28, 2013
Mashobra is quite a beautiful place to visit just near to kufri. The view sight is amazing at mashobra. Snow mountain view. There is a lot to do, seeing sights, tracking in jungle, hill view, horse riding, biking, golf course. etc

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Everything is cool and amazing

Activities & things to do: There is a lot to do, seeing sights, tracking in jungle, hill view, horse riding, biking, golf course. etc

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: travel carring winter wears
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Anil Vishwakarma

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"Relaxing weekend"

  • Posted May 20, 2013
Mashobra is a nice place to visit to relax, Very near very beautiful places like kufri, fagu. Mashobra itslef is a beautiful place with a glimpse of snow mountains.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Very good food in Mahasu house itself

Activities & things to do: Games, tracking, cycle riding. etc

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: By road its easily reachable
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Charanjeet Arora

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"Mashobra-A destination by itself"

  • Posted Aug 23, 2011
Mashobra is a small town a few kms ahead of Shimla. But with Shimla getting completely filled up with concrete buildings, Mashobra was a welcome Green alternative. It has breathtaking views and more importantly more beautiful places like Kufri, Naldehra, Fagu are easily approachable.
Overall a beautiful and calm place. A destination by itself as you dont feel the need to visit Shimla.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Nothing much to shop. Food also available at the hotel/resort only.

Activities & things to do: Hiking, taking in the natural beauty, Going on short drives on the roads surrounded by beautiful views, picnic by the apple orchards, a long hike up Jakhu temple at Kufri, Horse riding.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Drive to Shimla from Chandigarh, Just as you enter Shimla there is a detour that takes you past the hustle and bustle of Shimla and you are an a road surrounded by lush green forests. A few kilometers down this road, you reach Mashobra.
There is a fork from which one road goes to Kufri, need to be a bit careful as there one tends to get confused.
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"Sidhora near Mashobra"

  • Posted Jul 4, 2010
Sidhora is a nice quaint place between Shimla and is unspoilt and as you pass Shimla the scene becomes so beautiful....the nature is resplendent with green pines and orchards...climate is also is approx. the same height as Shimla..

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food is to be taken at your hotel...though fruits are good at shops..grown at Sidhora etc...apples, jams, pickles is close 45min for shopping, Naldhera and Kufri are also close

Activities & things to do: See the nature, enjoy the cool wind...rains, orchards birds, sunrise and sunset...

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Don't travel at night from Shimla as the route is devoid of lighting.
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