If the mountains are calling you, then we won’t be surprised if you head to Mashobra. Nestled 11 km from Shimla, this charming town has been getting a lot of popularity over the last few years. With stunning mountain pictures from Mashobra flooding social media, this has slowly become the coolest destination for vacationers. Mashobra is connected to Himachal’s capital, Shimla through the iconic Hindustan–Tibet Road built by Lord Dalhousie in 1850. It was one of the most happening places in British India. And now it has become trendy once again. Here’s what’s so desirable about Mashobra and everything you need to know.
Mashobra: The Town Near Shimla That’s Captivated Hearts
Surrounded by Himalayan Deodar forests oak, pine and rhododendron, Mashobra is captivating. This quaint hilly town gives you great access to nearby sightseeing spots. Mashobra witnesses wonderful weather throughout the year. In the months of April and June, you can experience gorgeous summer and spring. During the winters, there’s occasional snowfall. Perched high in the Himalayas, at an altitude of 2246 m, Mashobra is bestowed with stunning fruit orchards, peppered with gushing streams and pockets of places of worship. It welcomes those looking for adventure and embraces others seeking a quiet, peaceful time, away from the hustle-bustle of the city. This unspoiled and ethereal town is secluded and that’s what makes it so charming.
Things To Do In Mashobra
A visit to Mashobra would mean taking a hike up the picturesque Shimla Forest Sanctuary. It houses thick forests, jackals, Himalayan eagles, baboons and bears. Visit Bazar Road, thick cuts through the heart of the quaint town. You can find casual restaurants, shops selling fabric banks and post offices.
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Places of worship like the Shri Radha Krishna Temple, Devta Doom Temple and the British-built Mashobra Church are lovely places to connect to the divine. Adventure enthusiasts have an array of activities to indulge in like skiing, trekking, paragliding, rappelling and more. There’s nothing better than staying outdoors and relishing the sheer beauty of Mashobra.
Iconic Places To Stay In Mashobra
One of the best places to stay in Mashobra is the Wildflower Hall. This hotel was formerly the home of military officer Lord Kitchener. This property that’s also a famous sightseeing spot has an interesting history. The Commander-in-Chief of the British Indian Army, Lord Kitchener wanted to build a house in Mashobra for himself like Viceroy, Lord Curzon who had a house in the area. In 1902, Lord Kitchener found a lovely spot and built a country house expanding over 26 acres. Over the years, while this original country house demolished, and other properties were erected on the same spot, the Oberois built Wildflower Hall. This grand hotel today is a top resort that’s surrounded by mountains. The newly opened boutique hotel, The Retreat and the cosy homestay, Nature Home, are other lovely places to stay in Mashobra.
Best Places To Eat In Mashobra
While Mashobra, doesn’t have its own special cuisine, there are plenty of cosy dhabas to fit your budget. There is a heavy influence of Oriental cuisine. The informal eateries and cafes offering splendid views of the mountains are perfect to make your holiday a special one. You can also dine in luxury hotels that serve credible food. Kennedy House, The Pines Paradise Restaurant, Aahar Villa and Himalayan Food & Cafe are some of the places you can dine in.
According to a Hindustan Times report, travel writer, Vishakha Talreja called Mashobra the new Maldives. She revealed that everyone on her Insta is in Mashobra. While this tiny town in Shimla neither has swoon-worthy beaches nor tourist crowds, it’s definitely gaining popularity on social media for its Insta-worthy mountain views.