Naldehra is a pleasing tourist spot which got its recognition with Naldehra Golf Course. The name Naldehra is inspired from the lord of the snakes, Ananta Sesha. This panoramic spot was very dear to Lord Curzon and he proved this after he named his daughter as Alexandra Naldehra. Naldehra is popular for 18-hole oldest golf course of India while initially had 9holes. Numerous competitions are held at this site and Naldehra has also become a popular tourist destination in recent years. One more reason why Naldehra got popular is its proximity with Shimla. Naldehra is unusual golf course as it is perched at an elevation of 2044mts above sea level. Naldehra is a picturesque place with deodar trees and scenic splendors all around. The lush green forests, blue sky, deodar trees and matted grass offers a view that even a painter couldn’t portray in his paintings. Escape to Naldehra to avoid the hectic city schedule for a few days and recover peace of mind at this placid destination.
Location of Naldehra
Naldehra is situated at a distance of 26kms from Shimla at an elevation of 2,044mts above sea level. Naldehra is located in the Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh at a distance of 408kms from Delhi, 135kms from Chandigarh. Naldehra is popular because of its Golf Course set amidst deodar trees. Lord Curzon was obsessed with the beauty of Naldehra.
Places to see in Naldehra
Naldehra Golf Course: Naldehra Golf Course is the oldest golf course of India maintained by Himachal Tourism Department. Naldehra Golf Club was built under the supervision of Lord Curzon in the year 1920. This debonair club initially had 9-hole but later it expanded to 18-hole Golf Course. Naldehra Golf Club is one of the supreme and sportiest Golf Course of India. This golf club is affiliated to various reputed Golf clubs of the country including BSF Golf Club Delhi, Golf Club Chandigarh and Air force Golf Club Delhi. The charges for one day play are Rs. 200 for Indian and 20$ for foreigners. The golf kit is also available on rent.
Mahunag Temple: It is situated amidst the picturesque landscape of famous Naldehra Golf Course. Mahunag Temple is dedicated to god of the snakes, Ananta Sesha. This site plays an important role in the Hindu mythology. This is a tranquil and spiritual place to see while a visit to Naldehra.
Kogi Mata temple: Kogi is a small village connected with Naldehra by a mud-spattered track. Kogi Village is the home of the ancient Kogi Mata temple dedicated to Goddess Kogi Mata. Numerous devotees visit this temple from nearby area with full of faithfulness and devoutness.
Shaily peak: It is an adventurous spot and you can trek to the natural Shailey Peak of Naldehra. Shailey peak is a pristine location with chaste breeze and lush greenery all over the place. Ponies are also available up to the peak.
Mashobra: Mashobra is situated 23kms from Naldehra at an elevation of2148mts above sea level. Motorable on Shimla - Naldehra road, surrounded by thick forests and offers and offers ideal walks. Goddess Durga temple is worth seeing.
What to do in Naldehra
Enjoy the vacation by playing Golf at Naldehra. Travel to popular excursions of Naldehra. Visit nearby temples as they hold great religious importance. Carry light woolens in summer and heavy woolens in winters while planning a visit to Naldehra. Take leisure walks in the woods or you can trek to Shailey peak. Enjoy pony ride and get your pictures clicked in the traditional Himalayan dress.
Excursions from Naldehra
Shimla: Located in the northwest Himalayas in the state of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is famous for all its natural beauty, forests covered in oak, pine ad rhododendrons and snow-clad Himalayan peaks. It is also famous for its neo-gothic and tudorbethon style of architecture. The buildings in Shimla still remind us of the colonial heritage especially the Viceregal Lodge and the enchanting iron lamps and Anglo Saxon names. The Mall is one of the best places in Shimla which offers a good view of the snow-capped mountain peaks. Shimla is situated at an altitude of 2,130mts at a distance of 26kms from Naldehra. Shimla was once the summer capital of the erstwhile British Raj in India. Shimla is bounded by Mandi and Kullu in the north, Kinnaur in the east, Sirmaur district in the west, and Uttarakhand in the south. Shimla derived its name after the goddess Shyamala Devi, an incarnation of Goddess Kali.
Kufri: Kufri Hill Station is located in Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh at an elevation of 2510mts above sea level at a distance of 23kms from Naldehra. Kufri is flooded by tourists all round the year but especially in winters. Adventure sports lover enjoy skiing at Kufri as the region is covered with the sheets of snow in winters. Kufri is an ideal excursion from Shimla visited by honeymooners and families. Kufri Hill station is situated on NH22 and it is well connected by motorable roads with major cities of North India. Kufri remained obscure from the rest of the world until the British discovered it in the year 1819. Kufri’s proximity to Shimla makes it an imperative place to visit. Kufri has several picturesque excursions offering scenic vistas of nature’s beauty.
Fagu: 26kms from Naldehra on the Hindustan-Tibetan Road lies the picturesque town of Fagu. It is an ideal trekking place serving as an entry point for Kinnaur. Fagu is situated at an elevation of 2500mts above sea level.
Kasauli: Kasauli reminds one of the colonial times because of its cobbled roads, English architecture and gabled houses. Strolling down the lanes and bylanes of Kasauli, you would be fascinated by the sweet chirping of the birds, long rows of rhododendron, pine, Himalayan oak and chestnut trees. It is famous for Pasteur Institute, old Gurkha Fort, and Monkey Point, the highest point of Kasauli. Kasauli is a quaint little town situated 102kms from Naldehra at an altitude of 1,927mts above sea level. Kasauli is a cantonment town in Solan district in Himachal Pradesh established in 1842 by the British colonial rulers.
Solan: Solan is perched at an elevation of 1,465mts above sea level offering scenic vistas of nature. Solan name is inspired from Goddess Shoolini, Solan is also popularly known as mushroom city of India. Solan is well connected with motorable roads and railway networks. Popular places of Himachal like Shimla, Kasauli and Kufri are a few hours drive from Solan. The climate of Solan is salubrious and one can enjoy a holiday here for weeks to escape the chaotic schedule of life in the city. Solan is situated 304kms from Delhi and 70kms from Naldehra at an elevation of 1,465mts above sea level in the state of Himachal Pradesh.
Narkanda: Narkanda is situated 75kms from Naldehra at an astonishing elevation of 2708mts above sea level. Narkanda is situated in the Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh on NH22. Narkanda is a complete destination fulfilling every need of a nature lover and a traveler. The views from Narkanda are ravishing because of the Apple orchards, deodar trees, ancient temples, pastoral houses and dotted lakes.
Accomodations Hotels in Naldehra
Accommodation facilities in Naldehra vary from high price hotels and resorts to standard ones. The Chalets is the most expensive hotel in Naldehra but it will also be an unforgettable experience for you. Other luxury hotels in Naldehra are Whistling Pine Resort and Woodstock Resorts. Some standard hotels in Naldehra are Hotel Golf Links, Hotel Golf Glade etc. Enjoy a comfortable stay at any one of these hotels.
Best time to visit Naldehra
Generally, Naldehra can be visited anytime in a year. But the best time to visit is from March to June and September to December. Less number of tourists visits Naldehra during monsoons. The temperature falls below freezing point in Naldehra during winters. Naldehra gets entirely sheltered with snow in January and February months. The climate is pleasant from March to June and from September to November.
How to reach Naldehra
By Air: The nearest airport to Naldehra is Jubbarhatti Airport situated 43kms away. Taxis are easily available from Jubbarhatti Airport to Naldehra.
By Rail: The nearest broad gauge railway station is located at Chandigarh situated 134kms away from Naldehra. The nearest narrow gauge railhead is situated 26kms from Naldehra at Shimla. Taxis and Buses are easily available to Naldehra from Shimla.
By Road: Naldehra is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Himachal Pradesh. Naldehra is situated at a distance of 408kms from Delhi, 135kms from Chandigarh and 26kms from Shimla. Buses and taxis are easily available from Shimla to Naldehra.