Recently I received a holiday voucher for two nights in Club Mahindra, Mashobra, from my bank. I had not been to Mashobra though I had visited Shimla about 39 years ago, I decided to accept the offer.
Mashobra is a small town near Shimla on the India Tibet road made by Lord Dalhousie at a height of about 7041 feet. Although for an average tourist there is nothing much of interest and most people whom I met during me stay at the Club Mahindra, Mashobra used to travel to Shimla every day.
However if you are a traveller, you can go for long walks in the hills. Although I must admit that I was a bit disappointed that most of the roads have too much traffic for walking and due to continued construction, there was a lot of dust on the roads.
The resort, is quite nice and offers good view of the town & sunrise and sunsets. The food is also good and you can sit in their lawns with a book or just enjoy the sun.
Mashobra town is a part of the Shimla Water catchment and the vegetation is mainly of beautiful blue pines, oak and cedar trees. You also encounter a number of birds and monkeys as you walk on the roads.
Sadly the way infrastructure is being developed, if you choose use public transport for travel to Mashobra from Delhi you face many hurdles. Top most is that Volvo buses ply only in the night and the others are connectivity with Shimla by local buses, haphazard traffic and traffic jams. Honestly this killed my joy of visiting this hill town so close to Delhi.
From Club Mahindra you can visit the (currently under development) Craignano Nature Park on the Shimla Naldehra National Highway at an altitude of 7700 feet. It is set on a cliff and it is about 4 kms from the resort. The place has many blue pine, oak trees and a number of flower beds planted recently by the park authorities.
To reach here you have to walk through the village where the dust from the construction and passing vehicles makes the walk a bit uncomfortable. If you take your private car or taxi to reach there, personally for me the purpose of being in the hills is lost. I feel that given its location and current facilities, Craignano Nature Park will always have very little foot fall and it is a waste of tax payer’s money.
Enroute you pass through the Mahasu Shiv Temple where earlier bull fights were arranged but after Supreme Court banned them, the fair has lost many admirers and the temple its devouts. I wonder if it still part of the half day temple tour from Shimla.
Well, my Mashobra journey lasted two days and one night. Till a new adventure starts, hang on.