Soaring Himalayan peaks, glittering streams, emerald forests and a salubrious weather is what defines the beautiful hill retreat of Mashobra that proudly sits in the vicinity of yet another and much popular hill station of Shimla in the state of Himachal Pradesh. The town, often nicknamed as ‘Quiet Shimla’ stands as an undiscovered paradise with just a petite footfall of tourists, making it an ideal destination for travellers seeking umpteen quiet and solitude, away from the hustle bustle of the chaotic city lives.
The tranquil resort serves a great host to nature lovers and soul seekers alike; serene scenery dotted with stunning vistas of Shivalik Mountain Ranges; pine and oak laden trails bustling with effervescent chirps of birds and soft rustle of leaves; and a soul-soothing music of sparkling streams often cast a magical spell on the travellers here leaving them with an enchanting experience for their lifetime. When in Mashobra, one must visit ‘Craignano’, a charming villa built in Italian style of architecture. Set in picturesque environs ornamented with vibrant flower gardens, enticing apple orchards and dense covers of pines, it is sure to leave you impressed with its gorgeous spectacle that seem to have hopped straight out from an Italian countryside.
It won’t be incorrect to call Mashobra, a birdwatchers’ delight; the famous ‘Reserve Forest Sanctuary’ is a treasure trove of rare and indigenous avifauna. Walk through the sanctuary’s hidden trails and see some beautiful and vibrant coloured birds flock by. Look out for Himalayan Eagles, Partridges, Pheasants and Chikors and be awed with their magical sights. Travellers who are up for some thrill and adventure in Mashobra, are sure to leave them with some beautiful memories to cherish for their life. The place offers an array of adventure activities that they can indulge into to satiate their adrenaline cravings.
Embark on an intoxicating biking journey through the snaky roads; go on board an exhilarating trekking experience to ‘Shali Tibba’ or ‘Chharabra Village’; engage in a daunting river rafting experience in the chilling waters of ‘River Tattapani’; paraglide over the lofty Himalayan peaks witnessing their captivating beauty or just spend a night camping right amidst the lush covers of oaks, pines and cedars, and you are bound to leave with an adrenaline-charged experience simply unparalleled.
For some offbeat exploration near Mashobra, head to the famous and breathtakingly beautiful ‘Chadwick Waterfalls’. Nestled deep within the verdant forests surrounded with towering pines and deodars, it’s not only a scenic paradise but also a romantic getaway for couples and honeymooners looking to spend a quiet time basking in the nature’s magnificent glory. Needless to say, Mashobra is a place rich in cultures and traditions. Those looking to explore these little known traditions, must head here in the month of May when this little town erupts into celebrations with the vibrant festival of ‘Mahasu Jatara.’ Folk dances and music; archery competitions; and animal sacrificing ceremonies are some of its major attractions and that provide for a spellbinding cultural spectacle.
A visit to Mashobra is incomplete without indulging in its exotic shopping experience. The ‘Tibetan Handicraft Market’ is known for its fancy and beautifully crafted Tibetan jewellery, good quality woollens at affordable prices and a variety of souvenirs to take back home. Inarguably, Mashobra sits as a blissful getaway in the lap of the Himalayas, still unexplored and untouched. Whether looking for a secluded holiday, a romantic retreat, an adventure-packed vacation or a religious exploration, the quaint little town will never leave you disappointed.