Shimla to Kufri:-
In the next morning, after a breakfast of puri & curry, we started for Kufri which is 17.5 kms. away from Shimla.This tiny hill station is famous for its trekking & hiking trails.Besides this,the beautiful environment,that is,the panoramic view of the surrounding verdant valleys along with the cool refreshing atmosphere emerges a blissful vibe.
The locals said that the region around Shimla including Kufri was once a part of the kingdom of Nepal. Actually, this territory was remained isolated from the rest of the world until the British discovered it in 1819.
Best Time To Visit Kufri:-
The best time to visit Kufri is in summers,that is,between April & June as the place offers an enchanting view of the surrounding & the breeze will make your soul calm & quite but if you have adventure seeking heart,the winter season,that is,late-November to February will be appropriate for you because you can enjoy skiing & snowfall. The months from July to September brings heavy rain in this region & there is a risk of landslide naturally.So,it will be an intelligent work if you avoid the place during rainy season.
After a journey by bus for sometime, we had to take horse ride to reach Kufri. This journey through the steep & up and down alleys was troublesome and though there was a lot of trees, the surrounding seemed suffocating to me and we all were not comfortable with the journey.The horse-ride was fear-rousing too because the horses were proceeding beyond the edge of the mountain ranges and it was the first horse-ride experience for all of us.
Then we had to trek for a few minutes to go upward of the mountain ranges but the view from that altitude was not up to the mark & flattering enough after such a difficult journey. So, it was a big disappointment to us and seemed that the whole journey was just a waste of time.To add some charm to our tired hearts, we decided to take some photos wearing the special & unique Himalayan dress & ornaments as requested by the local vendors.
Before leaving the place forever, the all peers decided to take a group photo as a sweet memory.Surprisingly, we became friend in the meantime & it seemed that we were a family.Such relationships provide extra bliss & happiness to a beautiful journey.
When we came back to our hotel in Shimla, I was suffering from the tendency of vomiting as I failed to be acclimatized with the suffocating atmosphere of Kufri itinerary but managed somehow ultimately.
One can take a yak ride and related photos if wish in Kufri. Do pay the local vendors and enjoy the yak ride.
Try to avoid oily food before such a journey as it may harm your health. The serpentine mountain roads do not provide comfort to the travellers who have food for the taste of their tongue. Try to have as light food as possible to keep your itinerary safe & comfortable.
Shimla Kalibari & The Ridge:-
In the afternoon on that day, we all requested the manager of our travel agency to take us to Shimla Kalibari & The Ridge to avoid humdrum of the afternoon and to take just a look of the Durga icon at Shimla Kalibari as we all were missing the pomp of the Durga puja of Kolkata. The manager was trying to let us understand that the journey of the next day onwards,would be a long journey,that is, Shimla to Manali & we should take complete rest for the rest of the day but his all endeavors went in vain.
At last, we visited the Shimla Kalibari & the Ridge via Mall Road and the Durga icon was providing a blissful feeling to all of us and we received the vog prasad( the food that is served to Devi Durga herself ) too & then we visited The Ridge before going back to our hotel again.
The Ridge is the most photographed part of the hill station covered with pine, firs, Himalayan Oak and Rhododendron trees. The Ridge is famous mainly for shopping but the surrounding is neat and clean and that is lovable. There is an old Christ church which has made the Ridge historically significant, was built in the 1850‘s. Besides this, there are three historical statues- Mahatma Gandhi, Indira Gandhi, and Y.S.Paramar, the first chief minister of Himachal Pradesh.