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Travel to Mashobra
Situated at 8,350 feet above sea level in the majestic Himalayas, the quaint beauty of Mashobra or Mashobra as it is popularly called is mesmerising. The village is surrounded by wide expanses of virgin woods of pine and cedar; the fresh aroma of earth wafts all the way from the lush valleys and the all pervasive beauty is sure to leave you invigorated as you trek the scenic mountain trails.
For those uninitiated in the thrills of time spent in India's hill stations a trip to Mashobra is sure to leave you remembering the experience for a long time. The feeling of rejuvenation is far better than any visit to a fancy spa whether you manoeuvre your raft from Loori to Pandoh through the surging Sutlej River or ride with the wind on a mountain bicycle through winding paths indulge in an adventurous horse ride or just soak in the spirit of the mountains.
Mashobra is situated in the upper reaches of Shimla and transports you back in time to the British Raj.Made famous not too long ago by the reconstruction of Lord Whitner's abode -Wildflower Hall by the Oberoi group of hotels, Mashobra was the favourite of the British officers as their summer sanctuary. Close to Mashobra is the golf course at Naldhera designed by Lord Curzon and provides a breath taking view of the sun rising over the mountains. Another place exploring nearby is The Peak a quaint colonial bungalow built in 1863 on a hill top. It has played host to several British Viceroys as a weekend retreat. During the months of March-April the pathways in the wilderness get covered with the blossoms of strawberry. By May-June these blossoms develop into fruits offering a red carpet welcome to everybody.
Mashobra is an ideal weekend retreat amidst thick oak and pine forests, exotic flowering plants like potentilla, crane's bill and dog violet. A 10 minute walk from the peak is the Coutt's Orchard where the first commercial apple tree was planted in India by Alexander Coutts an ardent gardener and tailor to the Viceroys. It is now the Fruit Research Centre pioneering apple research in the state.