Situated in Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh, the hill station of Mashobra is known for its scenic locales, flora and fauna and pilgrimages. Mashobra’s claim to fame is the fact that it is one of the retreats of the President of India. Mashobra is visited by the President of India every year during which the main office shifts to the retreat at Chharabra. The building of the Presidential retreat is a completely wooden structure that was originally constructed in 1850. The retreat consists of 16 rooms and it stands on a 300 acre forest compound. The President occupies it only for two weeks in a year during summer and is mostly used by the Government of India to house foreign VIPs visiting Shimla.
Well connected to Shimla via the historic Hindustan-Tibet Road which was constructed by Lord Dalhousie in the year 1850, Mashobra boast of gorgeous views, rich forests and blissful weather the whole year round. At an altitude of 2500 m, the hill station is ideal for tourists looking for solitude and peace.
Mashobra is also known for the wide range of flora and fauna and orchards of apples. The town is known for its old world charm and has grand houses named after fruits and flowers. A few of the grand houses have been converted in to resorts.
Visitors can choose from an array of adventure options to indulge in from boating, trekking, horse-riding or just absorb the natural beauty and panoramic views of the charming hill station. Tourists club their visit to the Mashobra with a trip to the sanctuary which is home to several species of flora and fauna. The musk deer is easily sighted in the sanctuary. Mahasu is another destination that is often visited, which has a very ancient temple which is highly famous among pilgrims. Kufri and Chail are other famous spots located nearby.