A picturesque town perched at an altitude of 2510 meters above the sea level and around 15 kms from the Shimla, Kufri is a cozy little hill station. On clear days one can have a breath taking view of the valleys and the surroundings with the snow caped peaks. There are a number of picnic spots, hiking and trekking trails in and around Kufri. Horse and Yak ride is a major attraction in Kufri. Skiing is the favourite sport as the mountain slopes serve as an ideal skiing spot for one and all in winters. The Mashru peak is the major tourist point of Kufri.
22 kms from Shimla is another delightful village of Fagu. Fagu offers an extensive view of the valleys around and one can experience wonderful natural warmth. The Pabbar valley nearby is the place one can visit to explore the ancient temples and the orchards of fruits and trees laden with flowers.
A popular picnic spot 20 kms from Shimla is Naldhera with a nine-hole golf course. Originally it was known as Naldeo, it is surrounded by beautiful groves of Deodar trees full with natural beauty.
This small sleepy town is known as the suburb of Shimla and is hardly 12 kms from the capital of the state. Mashobra gives an opportunity to admire the beautiful nature and also start the treks to explore the thick woods. The scenery of Mashobra is like any beautiful that can be imagined. Tall pine forest, lush greenery, crisp weather and small streams gushing throughout completes the pastoral picture of the town.
The Hatkoti valley through which the River Pabbar flows is around 104 kms from Shimla and is suitable for a day excursion. The Hatkoti valleys provide breathtaking scenery along with some beautiful ancient temples situated in the valley. The temples mostly dedicated to Lord Shiva are supposed to be built long time back and the place is considered to be pious as this was the place where the Gods fought a battle with the Asuras and won over them due to the grace of Lord Shiva.
An excellent trekking/ skiing base, Narkhanda is 65 kms from Shimla on the India Tibet road. Narkhanda is famous for its commanding view of the fertile potato and apple growing area and the dense forests. Narkhanda is a vista of hill stretching peak after peak, with snow covered Himalayas in the vicinity this small place is slightly higher than Shimla. The Hattu Peak offers a stupendous view of the Narkhanda village. On the peak resides the temple of Hattu Mata, from where one can have a spectacular view of the entire Himalayan range. The Kotgarh and Thanedhar are famous for the produce of golden and juicy apples. The Koteshwar and the Mahamaya temples nearby are worth a visit.
Apart from these things Narkhanda is more famous as a transit point for trekkers and skiers.