Friday, March 08, 2019
Mashobra, a suburb of Shimla, is one of the most pristine hill stations of Himachal Pradesh. Well-connected to the state capital through the historic Hindustan–Tibet Road, the town of Mashobra is easily accessible by road and railway. Steeped in colonial heritage and abounding in rich flora and fauna, this serene hill town offers the following recreational pursuits for visitors –
Camping – The lush forests of Mashobra make up for the best camping grounds in Himachal Pradesh. The tranquility of these forests, punctuated by the mellifluous cries of songbirds, is like balm to weary, city-bred travellers. You may also pitch your own tent in the hills and enjoy the scenic view of the town from the mountain top. During winters, you may enjoy huddling around a bonfire and admiring the vast, star-lit sky.
Birdwatching – Mashobra is a treat for nature-lovers and birdwatchers. It is home to one of Asia’s largest watersheds. The thick coniferous forests and pleasant weather of Mashobra draw in a number of birds throughout the year. In order to behold the sight of rare birds such as the Himalayan Eagle, pheasants, partridges and chikors, make sure to plan a trek to the Reserve Forest Sanctuary.
Shopping – Mashobra is quite famous for its fascinating marketplaces. Lakkar Bazaar, primarily known for its wooden artefacts, attracts tourists from all over India. Here, you may lay your hands on some of the finest wooden articles such as keychains, replicas of trucks and bicycles, home décor objects, souvenirs, idols, and furniture among others. Apart from the wooden articles, you can buy exotic dry fruits and natural herbs at Mashobra’s local street-shops.
Cultural Feasting – Mashobra’s Mahasu Devta Temple is a popular shrine which is thronged by locals and tourists who come here to seek the blessings of the presiding deity. The quaint architecture of the temple, the ring of temple bells, and sylvan surroundings are a sensory feast for the keen observer. You may also attend the two-day Mahasu Jatra, the annual temple festival, which is marked by a string of festivities that include tribal dances and rituals.
Skiing - Mashobra turns into an excellent skiing ground during winters. Every year, a number of tourists visit the snow-clad hills of Mashobra to spend time gliding down the snowy slopes or simply to have fun trundling about snow-caked paths. From little ones to elders, everyone can try their hands at skiing in Mashobra.
While there are a number of regular cottage-houses and resorts in Mashobra, the Fortune Cedar Trail is one of the finest hotels in Mashobra. Be it a picturesque location, inviting ambience or exclusive facilities, this Fortune hotel has everything discerning guests typically look for.