A picturesque hill station in HP
Naldehra: a picturesque hill station in Himachal Pradesh
A site for various adventure sports
July 19, 2022
Naldehra is a beautiful city in Himachal Pradesh with stunning natural landscapes and tranquil surroundings. One can experience adventure sports like rafting, zorbing, ziplining, paragliding, hiking and camping in this breathtaking location.
It was in June, the month of my birthday, that my family was planning a trip to Naldehra, a charming little town in Himachal Pradesh, about 20 km from Shimla. Naldehra is renowned for its lush vegetation, golf course and stunning views of mountains covered in pine, cedar and deodar trees. It is an ideal place for travelers seeking peace and stunning natural scenery. With the mountains as a backdrop and the Sutlej River running through it, Naldehra is breathtaking.
Located at an altitude of 2044 meters above sea level, Naldehra is a combination of two names – Nag and Dehra, which together mean “abode of the king of serpents”. During British colonial rule, it was a very popular destination for British officials who camped here during the summer months. One of the main reasons for its popularity is that Naldehra was also the favorite vacation spot of the then British Viceroy, Lord Curzon. He was so taken aback by the surroundings that he made the decision to develop the area with a golf course. After that, it became an even more popular destination for fellow Britons from its Curzon. Thus, almost 75 years after India’s independence, besides Hindi, Bengali, Gorkha, Nepali and Tibetan, English is also spoken in this region.
Even today, this hill station is well known for this 18-hole golf course, one of the oldest in India. Moreover, Naldehra is famous for its fairs. The Sipi fair is one of them and takes place here every June. The “Jotton Ka Mela”, which is particularly known for its bullfights, is another popular festival that takes place in October. Chabba, Tattapani, Shaily Peak, Mahakali Temple and Kogi Mata Temple are some of the other tourist spots in Naldehra.
Shaily Peak is located near Lake Mahakali, about 23 km from Naldehra. Its steep summit, rocky slopes and surrounding forest make it ideal for hikers and adventure seekers. To get to the top of Shaily, where visitors can enjoy breathtaking views of the Himalayan ranges, tourists can use horses or rent motorbikes.
Tattapani, 30 km from Naldehra, is well known for its hot springs. The water source, located on the bank of the Sutlej River, is believed to treat a number of ailments including fatigue, skin conditions and joint pain. Moreover, there are many temples in this region which are dedicated to Lord Shiva. Being a devotee of Mahadev, I visited every temple with my family and wished God’s blessings. The townspeople also believe that going to the temple will grant them all their wishes.
In Tattapani we enjoyed rafting, zorbing, ziplining, paragliding, hiking and camping. The activity I took up for the first time in my life and found the most enjoyable was zorbing. My brother and I sat in a ball-shaped structure, which was then thrown into the water. We were moving this ball through the water with our hands and legs. It was great fun for us.
During the trek, the steep slopes hurt our feet badly, but the cool breeze encouraged us to admire the amazing flora and fauna of the area. We pitched tents and ate our meals in the dense forest around us. The next morning we went paragliding, but I was too scared to participate.
This vacation was one of my favorite and most memorable since I spent my 17th birthday with my family in one of the most beautiful and serene places in India.
As an adventurer, I would like to visit this place again during the winters to get a glimpse of the mountains engulfed in thick snow and to experience the skiing available in Naldehra during the winters.