DREAMY SHIMLA & MASHOBRA
Trip Commences From: Chandigarh
Trip Ends At: Chandigarh
Chandigarh - Shimla (approx. 130 kms / 4 hours)
Pick-up from Chandigarh Airport. Drive to Shimla, a distance of 130 kilometres from Chandigarh which will take 3-4 hours. En route, enjoy views of the scenic Himalayas. On arrival, check in at the hotel. In the evening, visit Shimla market to witness the charm of this delightful hill station. Overnight stay in Shimla.
Shimla - Mashobra (approx. 11 kms / 30-40 minutes)
After an early breakfast, drive to Mashobra. En route, enjoy more views of the scenic mountainside. On arrival, check in at the hotel. Mashobra is a quiet town with stunning natural beauty; it gives one a chance to leave the hustle and bustle of Shimla and truly enjoy a peaceful stay in the hills. There is no dearth of outdoor activities in Mashobra, including
▪ Star gazing (weather conditions permitting)
▪ Bird watching
▪ Wildlife sightings
▪ Trekking / camping (weather conditions permitting)
▪ Paragliding (weather conditions permitting)
▪ Rafting (weather conditions permitting)
▪ Skiing (winter activity)
Overnight stay in Mashobra.
Mashobra Local Sightseeing
Mashobra is not among those places where there is a long list of sightseeing options. It is a tranquil place where you can enjoy the natural beauty and be enveloped in a sense of calm. However, there are some tourist attractions in Mashobra that are definitely worth a visit.
▪ The Retreat Building (also called The Mashobra Retreat, The Retreat or the Presidential Retreat): This is the
official summer retreat of the President of India who stays here for a period of two weeks every year in
summer. It is one of two presidential retreats in India, the other being the Rashtrapati Nilayam in Hyderabad.
The Retreat is over 170 years old and belonged to the Viceroy of India.
▪ Shimla Water Catchment Wildlife Sanctuary: Also known as Reserve Forest Sanctuary, it is one of the best
places to visit for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers. The sanctuary not only offers great sightings for
common and rare wildlife; it is also a major source of water supply to Shimla.
▪ Wildflower Hall: The former residence of Lord Kitchener, erstwhile commander-in-chief of the British army,
Wildflower Hall is now a luxury hotel owned by the Oberoi Group. Although the original structure was gutted
in a devastating fire in 1993, it was rebuilt jointly by the Oberoi Group and the Himachal Pradesh
▪ Craignano Nature Park: Often referred to as the best-kept secret of Shimla, Craignano Nature Park is an
Italian-style estate built by photographer Chevalier Federico Pelite. A characteristic feature of Craignano is
that it is made entirely of wood. Its stone benches and vintage night lamps evoke vivid images of its colonial
past. The estate is flanked by sparkling streams and surrounded by cedar and pine trees on all sides.