Road Trip-Exploring Beautiful Himachal-Part-II (Shimla-Kufri-Narkanda)

April 21, 2011 By:

Table of contents for Road Trip - Delhi to Shimla - Day-1

  1. Nature At Its Best- KASAULI – Part IV (Shimla – Kasauli)

After the first day , the next day route was a follows –
DAY-2 28th March’11
SHIMLA – DHALLI – KUFRI – FAGU – THEOG – MATIANA – NARKANDA – 140 Kms

We woke up early at 6 am because we knew that to cover such distance we must leave Shimla early. As soon as we woke up , we found that no running water was coming in the bathroom. We called the room service boy. He told us that a group of drunken boys had left the tap open the whole night. He asked us to wait for an hour till the running water comes. So we were already late by an hour. This was not at all a good start to the morning. A Starter Pic –


Silver Queen On NH-22

One General Information – There are 2 major problems in Shimla –
1. Water Scarcity (Specially In Summers and peak tourist season)
2. Parking Problem
But thankfully we did not face both these problems apart from the first morning.

Finally after getting ready , we left the hotel at 9 am. Started my queen from the parking. We had gone just 3 Kms ahead , when we realized that I had left my camera in the laptop bag which was in the hotel room. Just then , I took a U turn again went to the hotel to bring my camera. 20 Min were again wasted.
Again started from the initial point. Just then I saw the fuel meter reading. Till yesterday the petrol reading was half , but now it was near end. Donot know whether the parking person did something.


Carpet of pine and oak trees

Then we were going slow and enquired about the nearest petrol pump. The nearest pump was at Dhalli. So we went into Dhalli to refuel. Again half an hour was wasted.
In my mind I was somewhere thinking what a lazy start to the day as we were already late by two hours. Then finally after all the problems we started for Kufri.


In Kufri how can one miss these Yaks.

Road Conditions

SHIMLA -DHALLI – KUFRI – 20 Kms – Average
Roads from Shimla to Kufri via Dhalli on NH-22 were a mix of some good road and some bad patches. It was average. There were some really bad , Dusty patches . At one time my silver queen totally became a brown queen.
DRIVING TIME – 1.25 hrs ( Including innumerable photo session breaks )


Smooth Curvy roads to Kufri


Views from Kufri

KUFRI – FAGU -NARKANDA – 45 Kms – Bad
Roads from Kufri to Narkanda via Theog , Matiana ie. NH-22 was really bad. My little queen was really feeling some pain on crossing these hell like stretches. Though the vistas around keeps your mood happy. Just after each Km I had to stop my queen for clicking pics because one cannot resist the natural beauty – Clean blue sky , some smooth curvy roads , pine and oak valleys and some serene environment. Me along with my DL(Delhi) number silver queen among all the HP(Himachal) cars. I was just enjoying.
DRIVING TIME – 2.5 hrs ( Including innumerable photo session breaks )


Bad roads to Narkanda

KUFRI - It is located at an average altitude of 2,743 metres (9,000 feet).The name Kufri is derived from the work “Kufr” meaning a lake in the local language.
After reaching Kufri , we parked the Queen in the parking and roamed around enjoying the beauty and doing my most important work – Photography.


Silver queen at 2400m


On way to Kufri

There are only 3 major picnic spots in Kufri –
1. MAHASU PEAK – One can trek or take pony’s through thick forest route to reach Mahasu Peak. As we had seen it earlier , this time we skipped it . It is the highest peak of Kufri.

2. INDIRA TOURIST PARK – This park is located on the road to Chail. Entry ticket per person was Rs 5. It provides some good views. Nothing more .


View from Indira Park

3. HIMALAYAN NATURE PARK ZOO – As it was Monday the zoo was closed. Some pics from outside the zoo –

As we were going late and behind schedule , another option came to my mind. We could also go to Chail. Chail was around 30 Kms from here. But we knew that in Chail , there is nothing except the Maharaja Palace. So again took a U Turn and we were back on NH-22 towards Narkanda.
At 1:30 pm we were in the Narkanda.


Silver Queen on the Road to Chail


Silver Queen posing for an Ad-Film

NARKANDA – Is Situated at an attitude of 2708 meters. In winters it is covered with snow , but that day there were no traces of snow. Howver locals told that we can find some snow at the Hatu Peak. After taking lunch the time was 2pm. We had no time to go upto Hatu and come back. But I really wished for driving on the steep narrow Hatu Road but this time it could not be possible. Also we were not at all intersted in Snow as in our earlier trips we saw plenty of snow.


Some barren landscapes on the way to Narkanda


Silver queen became brown on the road to Narkanda

Then we started our retrurn journey to Shimla. We knew it would take about 3hrs to reach Shimla. Also we wanted that we should reach Shimla by evening in the light. As per plan we reached back Shimla around 5:30 pm.


I had no clue what I was trying to do : Bad Innovation :)


Dusty NH-22

This is a video of driving back from Kufri towards Shimla. Take a look of the smooth Roads –
Driving on the road to Kufri – NH-22

At night we roamed at the Ridge and the Mall Road. Some pics of the night –


Church at Night

So a long tiring day ended. But the exotic sceneries kept me fresh . A special thanks to my SILVER QUEEN for crossing some really tough hilly terrain. Retired to bed as a new fresh day was waiting.


Thanks to my little Queen. Without it , nothing was possible…

DAY-3 plan was – Shimla – Mashobra – Naldhera – Shimla
Which I will discuss in the next part. Till Then :-)

About Sahil Sethi

Sahil Sethi has written 43 posts at Ghumakkar.

I am from Delhi ,A Traveller by heart and a Software Engineer studying for MBA . Like to do long Road trips. Travelling and Driving is my passion. Also do a little photography. Besides it , listening to music in free time is my hobby. Whenever I go to a new place, I like to gather all the information of that place and then click pictures, as many as possible.I am really addicted to hill stations. Life is short, live the way u like and for me " The only Way is the Highway".

16 Responses to “Road Trip-Exploring Beautiful Himachal-Part-II (Shimla-Kufri-Narkanda)”


  1. JATDEVTA says:

    जाट देवता की राम-राम,
    बहुत बढिया है साहिल जी आपका लेख।
    शानदार फ़ोटो के लिए धन्यवाद।

    क्या आपकी 800 सी.सी की सिलवर क्वीन दुनिया की सबसे ऊँची सडक तक गयी है?
    मेरी 135 सी.सी की तो जा चुकी है।

    • Sahil says:

      राम राम भाई – धन्यवाद की आपको पोस्ट अछि लगी – अभी तक तो मैं अपनी सिल्वर क़ुईन्न को लेह लधाक तक नही लेके गया मगर जल्दी ही ये चाहत भी पूरी करना चाहता हूँ और आशा है ये पूरी होगी – लेकिन कश्मीर तो मेरे से ज्यादा शायद की कोई गया होगा- अभी तक मैं आठ बार जा चूका हूँ

      साहिल

  2. JATDEVTA says:

    साहिल भाई, अगर हो सके तो मुझे भी ले चलना क्योंकि मेरी पेंगोंग लेक अभी बाकि है,
    और हाँ ड्राईविंग की भी चिंता मत करना पूरा साथ निभाऊंगा। एक बार बता जरुर देना।

    • Sahil says:

      अरे संदीप भाई , आपकी यात्रा में पेंगोंग लेक कैसे रह गयी – सच बताओं तो मुझे सबसे ज्यादा पसंद यही लेक है – इतनी बड़ी और सुन्दर लेक को एक बार तो ज़िन्दगी में ज़रूर देखना चाहूँगा – अगर कभी मेरा जाना होगा तो आपको ज़रूर बताऊंगा लेकिन अगर कभी आप गए तो मुझे ज़रूर बताना –

      साहिल

  3. maheh semwal says:

    Dear Sahil,

    Good one !!!! Pictures are beautiful.

  4. ashok sharma says:

    conquering the difficult terrain with your beautiful silver queen is great.
    keep it up

  5. Deepak says:

    Very Good narration and amazing pics . Your M800 seemed to enjoy a lot .

  6. Nice post Sahil. Church photo in night is very beautiful, reminds me of my Shimla tour in 2008.

  7. Vagabond says:

    Hi Sahil,
    I came across your post and read through the contents. Its great that you like to visit places and travel a lot. Its a great stress buster and rejuvinates th mind. All the contents of your post are informative for potential visitors to these places and provide a great deal of information. However, I would like to point out some factual errors in your post which can mislead someone who are intending to visit the place leading to certain miscalculations. :)
    You mention the distance of the entire trip (Kufri – Narkana) to be 140 km. However it is ~65 kms and your facts are proved wrong by your first pic itself which shows the distance of Narkanda from Dhalli to be 54 km.!! . (heheh i think you were too busy clicking pictures and enjoying the nature that the distance seemed long to you). Shimla – DHalli – Kufri is approximately 16 -18 kms and not 20. The Approximate distances are as follows. Shimla – Kufri (~16) – Theog (~16) – Matiana (~16) – Narkanda (~16). Note that all these stationa en route Shimla – dhalli are approximately at equal distances …!!! :P.
    Anyways, keep visiting shimla and do enjoy the nature. Would recommend to experience shimla and its surroundings in all seasons.
    All the best and travel safe.

    • Sahil says:

      @ Vagabond….Thanks for liking the post.

      However if you go through the post carefully , I have written ( Shimla- Narkanada- Shimla-140 Km ) not Kufri- Narkanda – 140 Km which you mentioned. And the distance from Shimla to Narkanda was exact 68 Km as per my car reading so a round trip was 137 Km exact which I mentioned as 140 Km. These distances which I wrote were as per my car meter reading.

      Sahil

  8. puneet jain says:

    Sahil nice pics and i plan to take my Astar for the first time. i had a zen early version which has done to rohtaang more than 8 times myself and 4-5 time by others. lets see how astar does..



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