Reserve Forest Sanctuary
Reserve Forest Sanctuary
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Agupta260887
87 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Couples
The place is near Kufri and you need to walk a lot since cars are not allowed inside. But the beautiful surroundings make up for it. The number of animals inside is very less and they are quite far spread, Suitable only for nature lovers.
Written January 30, 2015
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laksh a
Mashobra, India22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Friends
After many months of passing by the gate on the way to Kufri, I finally managed to visit the sanctuary.

After a quick 2 minute entry procedure - Where you pay the fees, rent a bicycle if you want, and understand the closing time, you are on your way inside!

The Good:
- Birding - As a birder, I could spot so many species! Ideally go with your binoculars and DSLR with zoom lens

- Wildlife - Saw some fresh barking deer tracks. But I am sure there were Leopards, Civets, Martens and lots of other species watching me.

- Path - The 7KM path is flat and can easily be ridden on the bike (hopefully your own).

- Peaceful - You could spend hours inside. Would surely visit again and again and again,

The Bad:
- Bicycles aren't in good condition. Although you can get your own, that isnt a possibility for most people. My bum was sore for days after riding that bike on the bumpy bath for 14 kms.

- Trash - SO MUCH TRASH! Within a few hundred meters, you pass under the point where cars stop on the Kufri road to view the black forest. There was just a river of plastic flowing inside. Surprised that no one picked it up. Utilize that entrance fee!

- Noise Pollution - Even in the deepest part of the sanctuary, you could hear Punjabi Music blaring out of cars on the Kufri road. Since that road pretty much traverses through the sanctuary, it should be made a silent zone with strict checking
Written March 25, 2019
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Nikhil G
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India166 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Friends
On a recent trip to Mashobra, I heard of this fabulous natural attraction from a local resident, when I asked him about good cycling tracks. The "reserve forest and water catchment area" as it is officially called, is a beautiful 10 sq kms of forest area, through which runs a well maintained dirt track, absolutely perfect for casual cycling. The track is about 6 to 7 kms depending on whether you choose to head to the rest house or the water catchment tank. The tank is a massive 120 metre long structure built in the british era and I'm sure it looks imposing when full. Picnic spots abound and the cycling through the trail is one of those simple pleasures life offers you, when you make the effort once in a while to get away from the city!
Do remember to carry your snacks, water etc with you, since there is nothing along the trail and even when you get to the water tank, there's nothing there. Which is what makes it a perfect place to visit, no crowds, just pure nature.
They will charge INR 50 per cycle (if you're carrying your own cycle) and INR 50 per person to enter. It's INR 100 per cycle if you rent one of their own cycles, which are very basic cycles.

What a discovery! I'd highly recommend for a cycling picnic or simply a long walk in the woods.
Written April 22, 2013
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Gatik
Burnside, Australia57 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015
Went with our 2 daughters - 10 years and 4 years and loved the short trek. Got the hotel to arrange a small picnic basket - wonderful experience away from the maddening city of Shimla
Written August 31, 2015
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Vineet_Tuli
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India217 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Family
Nice sanctuary with nominal fee and is near by Kufri. One can see snow leopard, deer and some other animals.

The most difficult part is travelling inside with kids as area covered is quite huge that too in mountains but great to go one time.
Written March 18, 2015
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onthemove2010
Nanaimo, Canada6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Family
With vast urbanization in Shimla, this is a great place to walk and enjoy the peace, quiet and nature.
It is 7 km walk to the last point making it 14 km to and fro. We walked half way and returned due to lack of time.
You should plan to spend a day there. Carry your food and water in a knapsack as there is nothing available on the trail.

It is a flat trail, so not difficult for non-walkers.
Bicycles could be taken on rent, but all of them were non operational!

Make sure you wear appropriate footwear and sunscreen.

If you carry binoculars, you could enjoy watching landscapes, trees, birds, butterflies etc. Camera is a must!
Amazing photo results with light and shade on the route!

Names of trees are marked on various trees. Information boards with details about fauna and flora are also present.

A fee of Rs. 100 per person is levied.
Suggestion given to the incharge of the Sanctuary: please put milestones, so that it encourages people to keep walking and it would make it more interesting.
Written November 1, 2017
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Tuhin C
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Friends
This place is very near to the green valley. While it has a 7km walk inside, we were only there for a quick stopover. There are no guides and entry is Rs 100 per person. But we were able to get a free pass because we were only going to be there for a bit. We saw some cycles but apparently they were not well maintained so we just walked around. One can not take cars etc. inside.
The amount of greenery and fauna was just heart warming to be in. If you are going to green valley, you must definitely make a quick stop over.
Written September 5, 2016
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nanshar
New Delhi, India79 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Business
In Mashobra, little away from the city sounds, it sits perfectly between the external world and the immense wealth of hills and pine and deodar forests. In my first visit, late in the afternoon i could manage to convince the guards to let me enter for an hour, i could spot a variety of birds and breathe in the aroma from pine trees. Its a must do if you wish to experience some himachal in a nutshell. Please note vehicles are not allowed inside so be prepared to walk a lot and if you have one whole day to spend here, carry food and water.
Written June 21, 2015
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sulmukherjee
Bengaluru, India24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Couples
We had a surprisingly good trek. The place was absolutely empty thought it was the Christmas week.

Though some of the reviews state that cars are allowed inside, when we reached, they said no cars were allowed. We had to pay Rs 50 per head to get in. The process of getting the permit took just five minutes.

The trail goes 6.87 km (as per our GPS) to a tank that was built by the British to supply water to Simla. While it may not look much, it was quite an engineering feat at its time.

The trail is fairly secluded after the first km or so, during which it runs parallel to the highway. Though we did not see any fellow trekkers, there were a few rangers roaming about in cycles, though fairly far and few. The trail is almost flat, surprisingly.

Also, given how narrow the trail is, it is good that cars were not allowed. It would have totally spoilt the experience.

Overall, a lovely experience, and a relatively easy trek if you are reasonably fit. 14 km up and down took us about 3 hours.

Do carry water and something to munch on, as there are no shops on the way and the rest house is under repair.
Written January 2, 2015
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SatishDoshi
Nagpur, India130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Family
One must not miss morning trail beside tennis court and you find wild horses on way. The bird across the road guide you to live and preserve the nature.
Written October 4, 2016
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