Now a buzzing hill station in Himachal, Kufri wasn’t known to many until a few years ago, but its charm and tranquility have made it a hub for adventure lovers. Just 15 km from Shimla, Kufri is quite popular for its ski slopes and the fine views of the snow-capped mountain peaks. Although it is a year-around destination, but Kufri in December is just perfect for thrill-seekers.You should definitely tick it off your bucket list.
Temperature in Kufri in December
Kufri weather in December is extremely harsh, but it is no less than a heaven for snow lovers. During the month of December and January, one can enjoy snow sports like skiing and sledging in snow. The temperature in Kufri drops as low as -4° C and in extreme weather conditions, it can go as low as -10° C. Snow in Kufri in December is a common occurrence. This is the season when one can witness completely the snow-covered Himalayan peaks.
Places to visit in and around Kufri in December
1. Himalayan Nature Park – Amid the wild ones of the Himalayas
Himalayan Nature Park in Kufri is settled amid a huge 90 hectares of temperate vegetation, which make a natural habitat for the wild animals of the Himalayas. The entire park is covered under a thick blanket of snow from December till March, making it one of the finest places to visit in Kufri in December. During summer, the entire habitat turns into a field of colorful flowers, which includes flowers like primulas, balsams, geraniums, and ground orchids. This Himalayan park is home to Musk Deer, Tibetan Wolf, Barking Deer, Sambhar, Leopard Cat, Black Bear, White Crested Kaleej etc. Also, there are limited camping facilities available inside the park for only guided treks.
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2. Kufri Fun World – Probably the best part about Kufri
You just can’t miss it if your’re travelling to Kufri in December. Situated at a height of 2,800 meters above sea level, at the top of Mahasu Peak, Kufri Fun World is among the highest amusement parks in the entire world. It is mostly popular for its highest go-kart track on earth. Getting to this amazing park is an adventure in itself; one has to hike Mahasu Peak to reach it. Those visiting Kufri in December will find long queues for the world-famous go-kart ride. Do try as many rides as possible, and do not miss the excitement of the swinging pirate ship which offers marvelous views of the mountains.
3.Mahasu Peak – A paradise for adventure seekers
Among the most adventures and fun places to visit in Kufri in December, Mahasu Peak is the highest point of the region. On a clear sunny day, one can see the divine Badrinath and Kedarnath ranges from the peak. If you want to explore the thick forests of deodar, then you need to hike this slightly adventurous path.
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4. Fagu – A small and peaceful village
Fagu is just about 7 km from Kufri. It is a small village on the side of a saddle-like mountain along Hindustan Tibet Road. If your wish to explore the most gorgeous dales and snow-covered mountains (that are usually not visible from other places), then there’s no better place than Fagu. This pretty little village is dotted with traditional Himachali houses and fruit gardens, making it a picture-perfect place to spend at least a day.
5. Mashobra – A town of lush views
Agai, Mashobra is also located at a distance of 7 km from Kufri. It is a small hill-town that not only offers some breathtaking views of Himalayan landscapes, but also some thrilling activities, including camping, trekking, paragliding, rappelling, river rafting, and quad biking.
Things to do in Kufri in December
1. Take a yak or horse ride
Yak and horse riding are probably some of the most interesting things to do in Kufri in December. If you’re up for an exciting vacation, then this is something you must try. You’ll be accompanied by a guide, who’ll take you around safely. Throughout your journey, you can feast your eyes on some incredible views and click some gorgeous pictures.
2. Go skiing on Mahasu Peak
Skiing is among the best and most thrilling things to do in Kufri in December. Adventurers from all across India visit Kufri only for skiing. While there are slopes where beginners can try skiing, there are also some extremely thrilling slopes that are suitable for Heli skiing done by experts.
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3. Try tobogganing in the valleys of Kufri
Tobogganing is not exactly sledging, but a little modified version of that. It’s fun for kids and those who don’t want to try something as adventures as skiing. In this sport, simple sledges are ridden down the snowy slope and usually two people can accommodate in a toboggan. This winter sport is relatively new in India, and you must give it a shot.
4. Explore the the Main Bazaar Road in Kufri
The Mai Bazaar Road of Kufri just has a few dhabas, general stores, lodges and hotels, and that’s about it. Although, there’s not much that can be done in the market, but if you walk till the far end of the road, you can visit the Central Potato Research Station to add something unique to your itinerary.
Planning a winter trip to Himachal? If so, do visit Kufri when its forests and hills are swathed in snow making it look like a winter wonderland. You can also explore some great winter tour packages for Himachal.
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