Shimla to Kufri Bus Trip, So, you are here to plan a trip from Shimla to Kufri. As we all know Shimla is the capital of the beautiful state of Himachal Pradesh. Himachal Pradesh is the entire state of many tourist destinations, so how its capital can be untouched by that beauty. Everyone knows about the mountainous views of Shimla, the toy train, the historical Ridge, the famous Gaiety Theatre, the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, and many more. There are also many places near Shimla which are hardly an hour drive from Shimla and one of that places is Kufri.
Shimla to Kufri Trip
Kufri is derived from the word ‘Kufr’ which means ‘Lake’ in the local language. Kufri is a popular destination among nature lovers and honeymooners because of its breath-taking Himalayan charm and winter sports opportunities. Kufri is a haven for adventure and nature lovers. Situated at an altitude of 2743 meters, Kufri is also a photographer’s delight due to its panoramic views of the Himalayas, rich flora, and fauna, Kufri promises a plethora of things to do and places to see in order to provide you with fun-filled and holistic weekends.
Kufri offers tourists the prospect to connect with nature and spirituality at the same time in its Nag temple, which is situated at the Mahasu Peak.
Shimla to Kufri Distance
Located a short distance away from Shimla. Situated around 15 km from Shimla on the National Highway No.22, Kufri is the tiny hill station. Kufri is well connected by roads via Shimla-Dhalli–Kufri. It is totally depending on you how to want to reach Kufri if you want to drive your own vehicle, want to hire a cab, want to use public transportation or by air… Buses and cabs, are available at regular intervals from any place to reach Kufri. Therefore, Kufri is well-connected to all major cities of the country by road, by air, and by train.
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Shimla to Kufri Hills by Road
There are direct cabs from Shimla to Kufri. Traveling by car or cab is the easiest and cheapest way to reach Kufri. You can hire a cab easily from anywhere in Shimla and also you can book it online. The minimum time taken by cab or car from Shimla is around 40-50 minutes.
Shimla to Kufri Bus fare
There are Frequent buses of the Himachal state transport corporation, which are not that expensive it costs you around Rs 40 to Rs 50. Some buses are direct buses from Shimla to Kufri and others are for villages which lies ahead to Kufri, as Kufri is in their path so they can also drop you at Kufri. But the timings of the buses are fixed so you have to be at that time. So, in this way, the bus can be a little bad option for you. State-owned buses as well as the private AC and Non-AC buses, are also available from Shimla to Kufri.
Shimla to Kufri Bus Timings
The first bus departs from Shimla to Kufri around 5:00 Am in the Morning, Which costs you around INR40/- per person, Buses are running quite frequently you get a bus from Shimla to Kufri every 1.5 hours. Although buses available till 9:00 PM, But my suggestion is not to rely upon the last bus, It’s always a great idea to plan Shimla to Kufri Bus trip early in the morning and get back to your hotel on time.
Shimla to Kufri Taxi fare
Hiring a cab can coasts you around 3000-4000 on a round trip. Kufri is connected by a narrow-gauge line. The road from Shimla to Kufri via Dhalli is a mix of some good and bad patches, so it is an average type of Road. There are some really dusty and rough patches. But the sceneries around you keeps your mood happy, with some smooth curves, blue sky, pines and oak valley, and a good environment.
How to reach Kufri by Toy train?
Shimla is connected by a narrow-gauge line with Kalka which is about 100 KMS away from Shimla and Kalka is also well connected with the major cities of the country. So, you have to take that toy train from Kalka to Shimla and that travel can take up to 6-7 hours. This journey passes through 107 tunnels and numbers of lofty arched bridges. The frequency of trains on this route is pretty good, with at least four trains within a day. After that from Shimla to Kufri, you have to hire a cab.
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How to reach Kufri by air?
The nearest airport to Kufri is the Jubbarhatti airport in Shimla which is about 15 km from Shimla. However, this airport has only a limited number of flights in a week. Also, there is one more convenient airport near Kufri is Chandigarh airport about 138 km away from Kufri. Buses and cabs are available in a frequent manner from these two airports to reach Kufri.
Places to Visit in Kufri
The Himalayan Nature Park, Green Valley, Indira Tourist Park, Kufri Fun World, Mahasu Peak, Fagu, and many more places.
The Himalayan Nature Park
Himalayan Nature Park is popularly known as ‘Kufri Zoo’ was established in 1992. Tucked in between the Himalayas, it offers breath-taking sceneries. Having rare species of Himalayas, this park is one of the most exciting places to visit in Kufri. Blue Sheep, Barking Deer, Jungle Fowl, and Kashmiri Stag can be spotted here.
The entry fee for The Himalayan Nature Park is Rs 20 for adults and Rs 10 for children.
Green Valley Kufri Hills
With the mountains filled with deodar and pine trees, Green Valley is on the way from Shimla to Kufri. Feed your wanderlust with this green beauty of Green Valley. As you go inside the forest, you have the view of Yaks grazing the fields and a number of varieties of plants. As the name of this place is Green Valley it is covered with a lush green blanket of forest.
Green Valley Kufri Hills is open from 6 am in the morning to 6.30 pm in the evening, there is no entry fee to enter in the valley.
Indira Tourist Park Kufri Hills
One of the most famous and most visited tourist spots in Kufri, Indira Tourist Park. It is not just a park but a lot more!
It is believed that Indira Gandhi visited this place in 1972 when she came to Shimla for signing the Shimla Agreement, since then this place is named Indira Tourist Park.
For refreshment, there is a beer bar, a video game parlor, and an ice cream parlor in the Lalit Café which is under the control of HPTDC–Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation. So, visitors can enjoy it here in every way. Visitors can take photos in Himachali traditional dresses for making it a more memorable vacation.
Indian Tourist Park Kufri Hills is open from 9 am in the morning to 6 pm in the evening. The entry fee is Rs 10 per adult and Rs 5 per child.
Fun World Kufri
Kufri Fun World is an amusement park that offers you lots of fun rides, adventurous sports and there is also a cafeteria that offers you some really good food and snacks. Kufri Fun World is one of the most amusing tourist places in Kufri. This park is also having Zip-lining, bungee jumping, mirror maze, sky swinging, haunted house this campus has all of it. Apart from these snow skating, go-karting, infinity room, and other adventures that will definitely make you visit this place again.
Fun World Kufri is open from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm on all days. This park has an entry fee of around 300 Rs per person.
Mahasu Peak Kufri Hills
Mahasu peak is one of the highest peaks in Kufri. Mahasu point offers you breath-taking views of holy pilgrims like Badrinath and Kedarnath ranges. The magic of nature and attractions of Kufri can be seen from this peak, which can be strolled by horses or mules as the path is too much muddy, and cannot be roamed around on foot.
You can hire mules or horses at a price of about 700 Rs.
Fagu at Kufri Hills
Fagu is one of the highest points in the region so you can enjoy cool weather even at the peak of the summer season. Boundless beauty Fagu holds a vital place in the list of beautiful places to visit in Kufri. It is the place that lies at the beginning of the Hindustan Tibet Road that goes up to Tibet Border in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. With the views of snow-covered mountains, this place must be a part of your traveling list.
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Best time to visit Kufri Hills
The best time to visit Kufri is between the months of October to March. These are the months of the winter season at this time this place is covered with snow all over. This is the time when you can enjoy the skiing activity to its fullest. There are also many events taking place at this time.
The month of October marks the onset of the winter season which continues till the month of March. If you want to experience the freezing cold weather of this place so, this is just the right time to hit the place. But I advise you to carry some warm heavy jackets, sweaters and a good pair of shoes to walk on the blanket of the snow all over.
Travel tips to Visit Kufri Hills
- Jackets are one of the essential things to carry when you are going to visit a snowy place.
- Dress in layers of warm clothes that you could add or remove as the conditions change.
- Remember to pack the pairs of gloves with touch screen tips that can allow you to access google maps without getting your fingers frozen and socks to keep your feet warm.
- Do not forget to apply sunscreen as it is a hilly area the sunshine there is very clear which can leave you with sunburns. It is most important when you are doing skiing, where long days on the reflective white snow slopes can lead to some serious sunburns.
Which place is better to stay-Shimla or Kufri?
If you want a peaceful vacation then Kufri is your place because Shimla is a crowded place away from peace. But if you decide to stay in Kufri so keep in mind that there are a few numbers of hotels and resorts in Kufri. Kufri is a peaceful place away from the tussle of the busy capital of the state.
Shimla is the capital of the state is having several numbers of government headquarters, markets, theatres, a railway station, churches, historic places, institutes, colleges, state universities and, many more. So, there the number of tourists comes and goes from there so this city is always in rush. So, it is best to stay in Kufri if you want to make your vacation a peaceful vacation.