Our journey started at 6am from Delhi. Our route plan was Delhi-Karnal-Zirakpur-Dharampur-Shimla-Kufri. The distance from Delhi to Kufri is 374kms and it takes around 10 hours to reach the destination with a couple of quick stops in between. Our first stop was at famous Jhilmil Dhaba in Karnal. We stuffed ourselves with Chai, Pakoras and Parathas which were delicious. After a good heavy breakfast, we continued our journey through the beautiful highway. Our next stop was at Timber Trail in Parwanoo. Timber Trail Heights is a refreshing escape situated close to the capital city, yet far from the city blues. Sprawling across an area of 1.6 acres, Timber Trail Heights caters to your every need, be it luxury, serenity or recreation.
After a refreshing break we stopped in Dharampur for lunch at Giani Ka Dhaba which is famous for its butter chicken and Parathas. As soon as you enter Dharampur, you can start witnessing the beautiful nature of Himachal Pradesh. Shimla is 3 hours drive from Dharampur. There is a bypass road to Kufri which cuts all of Shimla and its traffic. As you are crossing Shimla, you reach a famous tourist spot known as the Green Valley. This is one place you should stop just to witness the lush green hills which looks spectacular during the sunny days. There are a couple of Maggi and Chai points here. So spending some of your time, sipping tea and enjoying the nature is must at Green Valley. As soon as you leave the Green Valley, just after 2-3 kms you can see a food van-TRANS Himalayan. Its must stop if you want to have some amazing Chinese food. The pricing is cheap and the quality is acceptable. We ordered Manchurian, Chilli Paneer and Chilli Potato.
Finally we reached our hotel around 4pm and dozed off for a couple of hours after a long journey. Our hotel Galleu Hill Resort is just beside the Kufri Adventure Park and is situated on a cliff. This hotel has swiss type cottages and the pricing is nominal. The staff is very helpful with excellent service. The rooms are clean and you have all the comfort that you need. The view is simply breathtaking; one can just sit for hours and enjoy the view. The sky was clear so we could also see the Himalayas in the back drop. We got up in the evening and just enjoyed ourselves for the rest of the night with some food, drinks and bonfire.
The morning was pleasant, the sky was clear and it was just perfect. After having the breakfast, we went to Shimla. We had to park our nearly half a kilometer away from the lifts as the parking was closed due to construction. We went to the mall road, visited the church, shopped for a while and then finally stopped at La Pino’s for lunch. Their pizzas are to die for. Then our next stop was Wake & Bake café; it is one the most famous cafes in Shimla serving lip smacking food. After our lunch at Shimla, our next destination was Narkanda. The journey from Shimla to Narkanda was about 2 hours and approx distance is 65kms. The roads are good and one does enjoy reaching at a height of 9000ft.
As soon as we reached Narkanda we all were amazed by the snow covered roads and hills around us. To make our trip a little more exciting, we decided to go to Hatu Peak (12000ft approx). A 5 kms drive which is rocky and road is way too narrow and kind of risky. When we reached there, we were not prepared in terms of our winter clothes for Hatu Peak. The temperature was freezing so we had a Chai and Maggi to warm ourselves. There was sort of a bonfire made by the locals which helped us. There was a pond which had frozen so people were skiing on it. We took a halt for 2 hours and we had to leave the place before the sunset because of the narrow road downhill. While driving back to our hotel we witnessed blanket of stars for the first time in our life. It was one sight which will be remembered for rest of our lives. It was so beautiful. After a long day, we came back to the hotel and had our dinner and enjoyed the chilly weather. (0 degree)
We were still up around 3am enjoying ourselves when it started to snow. It was the first snowfall of the season. It snowed heavily and continuously for 12 hours. It was a lifetime experience for us; none of us had witness snow or snowfall like this before. We all got super excited after the snowfall and played like kids in the snow for a while till our hands and legs froze. There was at least 2-3 feet of snow and the entire area was blocked. This meant we could not go anywhere and were restricted to our hotel only. The only difficulty we faced at this time was the water which had frozen in the water pipes. But then ultimately it was one hell of an experience. The entire day went playing around and making snowman and just feeling totally ecstatic.
In the morning after we got up, we got know that roads where being ploughed and we could the leave place by afternoon. It was one risky drive as the snow was fresh but still we managed to get out of Kufri and reached Delhi with all the memories and experiences.
Also read about our adventures in Mussoorie