DOWN SOUTHERN SLOPES
Also Known As:
The Summer Refuge
Places of Interest:
The Mall, Christ Church,
Best Time To Visit:
April To August & December
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.
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
| 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
- Walk to Mahasu Peak from Kufri through the
- Walk along the Bekhalty Road from Mashobra.
- 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
- One may encounter monkeys in certain areas like
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
- 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.