DOWN SOUTHERN SLOPES

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» North India
» Himachal Pradesh
Also Known As: The Summer Refuge
Altitude: 2,159m.
Places of Interest: The Mall, Christ Church, Kufri, Narkanda
Best Time To Visit: April To August & December To January

Climb down to pine-draped Tutikandi. Veer off towards the exquisite little temple of a local deity, Dhanu Defta at Bihargaon. Climb back under Pine and Cedar branches throught he old cemetery - which dates back to the middle of the 19th century and was in use till the first quarter of the 20th century. The ascent continues past Kanlog, the Potato Research Cente and Bemloe to the Mall. One can reverse the route by starting from the Potato Research Institute and cemetery - to which point one can also drive. This is a fair test of lungs and legs and the round trip will cover 6 to 7-km.

THE NORTHERN TRACKS
A relatively unexplored area full of good walks along wide roads or narrow paths is the Bharari spur. Step from Local Bazaar, go past Auckland House School and reach the long wood rise. enclosing Stirling Castle, two roads branch from here and just before Kelston, meet again. Continue down past the police lines Tobharari Bazaar. Return along the lower road to Goodwood, which will bring one just below Lakkar Bazaar again. A round trip from Lakkar Bazaar covers some 4-km.

EXTENSIONS

From Bharari one can walk to the villages that lie to right of the Seismic Recording Centre, or to the villages of Pabo and Kamiana. Longer treks can be made to Kiar Koti and Tattapani. A guide is suggested for these.

SUBURBAN TRAILS
There are a dozen of trails that can be done in the suburbs, some are: -
  • Mashobra to Sipur.
  • Trek to Shali Peak.
  • Walk between the Catering Institute at Kufri and Wild Flower Hall.
  • Walk to Mahasu Peak from Kufri through the Himalayan Nature Park.
  • Walk along the Bekhalty Road from Mashobra.
Some Suggestions:
  • Wear a comfortable pair of shoes . And if one is taking one of the more rugged paths, then something with a good grip at the ankles is recommended.
  • One may encounter monkeys in certain areas like Jakhu. They rarely attack unless threatened, or if foodstuffs are visible. Do not tease them, look them in the eye.
  • Carry some water and a little snacks. A folding or regular umbrella, or a raincoat should also be carried, especially during the monsoons. Also be prepared for little drop in temperature after sundown and wear or carry suitable clothes. Sunscreen lotion, dark glasses and headgear are optional.
  • On the nature rambles do not leave the trail or spur, unless one is very sure of where one is going - distances and directions can be deceptive. The Shimla hills do not have poisonous snakes except the Banded Krait and these are rarely, if ever, encountered. It is also suggested that for these trails, the services of a guide be engaged.
  • The best time to do these walks is after breakfast - with perhaps.
  • Some walks - especially in the suburbs can be done with connections made by bus or car, which are followed by the walk.
  • One will be pleasantly surprised to find how helpful the local people are. Do not hesitate in asking for directions or assistance.



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