Kufri is a scenic and idyllic hill station nestled in the lap of the Himalayan range, less than 20km from Shimla. Kufri gets its name from the word ‘Kufr’ which means lake in the local language. The pleasant weather, the promise of snow, the spectacular natural beauty and all the adventure activities make Kufri the perfect choice for a short getaway. The places to visit in and around Kufri are the Indira Tourist Park, The Himalayan Nature Park, and Kufri Fun World. Kufri becomes very popular in the winter months when skiing enthusiasts from all over the world come to town. The winter sports festival is celebrated in February every year with events like tobogganing, hiking, skiing and horse riding. Well known among trekkers, Kufri is the starting point of most treks to Shimla, Manali, Rewalsar and more. Whether one wants to gaze at the snow-covered peaks or take a yak ride through the green meadows, Kufri provides a refreshing break from the maddening crowds of other hill stations.
Best Time to Visit Kufri
Kufri enjoys a wonderfully calm climate through the year, except for the severely cold winters. The ideal season to visit is during the summers (from April to June) when the temperature is pleasant and stays between 12 to 19°C. The next best season to visit Kufri is during the monsoons as the region receives very scanty rainfall and the temperature sometimes drops to 10°C.
Weather Of Kufri
Being a hill station, Kufri experiences typical mountain climate with pleasant summers and harshly cold winters. Summer in this region is short (April and May) with average temperature ranging from 12 °C to 19°C. The rainy season lasts from July to October with very light, scanty rains. During this time the temperature has been known to drop to around 10°C. The winters here are quite extreme with an average temperature of around 17° to -3°Celsius. There have been times when the temperature dropped to -10°C. Kufri witnesses heavy snowfall in December and January.
How to Reach Kufri?
By Air : Nearest airport is Shimla Airport located in Jubbarhatti which is 35 km from Kufri.
By Rail : The Shimla railway station is around 13km away from Kufri. Cabs and buses are available from there to the city. The Shimla railway station is not well-connected to the rest of the country. A train to Chandigarh or Ambala station is more convenient and one can again take a cab or bus or even the toy train to then reach Shimla or Kufri from there.
By Road : There are well-maintained roads that connect Kufri to the neighbouring towns and major cities of India such as Delhi, Chandigarh, Amritsar and Manali. Private as well as state-owned buses operate between Shimla and Kufri and also connect it to Narkanda, and Rampur.