Kufri – Hill Station in Shimla
By Smitakshi Guha
Located in the Shimla district of the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, Kufri is a small hill station that is located at a small distance of only 13 KM from the popular hill station of Shimla. According to the census of 2001 in India, the total population of this hill station is only about 1,150 people. The term “Kufri” was actually derived from the word “Kufr” that in local language means a lake.
The official language in this place is Hindi. It stands at a height with an elevation of 2,290 meters, and also houses a popular Himalayan wildlife zoo that consists of a wide variety of birds, antelopes, and felines, that also includes the state bird of Himachal Pradesh: the Himalayan Monal.
There are also beautiful potato plantations in this place, which turn into ski grounds during the winters as they get fully decked with snow. Historically, this small town used to be a part of the neighboring country of Nepal, but it was during the rule of the British in India that it became a part of India, as a part of the Sugauli Treaty.
The place has a list of hotels and resorts for tourists to stay in. Coming to the main places of interest for tourists here, first and foremost there is the Indira Tourist Park, which is situated near the Himalayan Nature Park, and gives a complete panoramic view of the town to the visitors. Next is the Chini Bungalow—an ancient bungalow quite famous for its unique statues and impeccable architecture. Lastly, there is the Kufri Fun World, which is a popular amusement park for a perfect family getaway to have fun and make memories with your close ones. From go-kart tracks to swimming, rides, and many more fun stuff—this is a perfect place for kids, youngsters, as well as adults to have a perfect gala time of their lives.
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