Naldehra is one of the most popular excursions from Shimla and is a full-fledged destination in its own right. Set under a thicket of deodar trees and with a magnificent view of the valley below, the Naldehra spur extends from the Kufri hill. This also has one of the most picturesque golf courses in the country. The golf course was designed by the British Viceroy of India, Lord Curzon (1899-1904). He fell in love with the spot and would abandon the resplendent Viceregal Lodge in town and camp in the cedar woods of Naldehra for weeks on end – communicating with his office and sending messages that controlled one-fifth of the human race by heliograph. His youngest daughter, Alexandra was given ‘Naldera’ as her middle name. The beauty of Naldehra still endures and apart from golf, this offers walk, picnic spots and horse rides. The Satluj valley is close by, at Tattapani and has white-water rafting and hot springs. The name Naldehra probably comes from the temple of Nag Devta, the serpent deity whose temple is located on the links.
Height: 2044 m to 2200 m
Climate: The summer is mild and cottons and light woollens are suggested. In winter, the sunny days are pleasant – though the nights are cold and fairly heavy clothes are required. Through the rest of the year, light woollens/cottons are suggested.
Getting There & Away: How to reach Naldehra
Road: Shimla is 26 kms away, Chandigarh is at a distance of 150 kms and Delhi is 400 kms away.
Rail: Shimla is 26 kms away, Chandigarh is at a distance of 150 kms and Kalka is 120 kms away.
Air: Shimla airport is at a distance of 42 kms.
Tourist Attractions in Naldehra
Golf, including special packages to learn to play golf.
Mashobra (15 kms) is a small village surrounded by woods and offers good views.
Craignano (15 kms) was the one-time residence of the famed hotelier, Chevalier Peliti and has good views.
The Fruit Research Station (16 kms) makes for an interesting excursion – ant there are some rare tree varieties growing there.
Horse riding and several walks are possible around Naldehra.
Tattapani (23 kms) has hot springs and white-water rafting facilities. The Shiva Goofa is a little beyond Tattapani and lies close to the confluence of the river Satluj and the Saror stream.
Shimla (26 kms) offers a variety of activities, excursions and shopping.