Mashobra is notable for housing one of the two Presidential retreats in India. The other retreat is Rashtrapati Nilayam in Secunderabad.
The president visits Mashobra at least once every year, and during this time his or her core office shifts to the retreat at Chharabra, in the vicinity of Mashobra. The building housing the retreat is a completely wooden structure originally constructed in 1850.
In May 1948, before returning to London at the end of his mission as viceroy and then governor general of India, Lord Mountbatten and his wife Lady Edwina spent a few weeks in this retreat. The then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru paid them a visit, which is documented in the biographies of Lady Mountbatten.
Mashobra is also popular as a tourist destination. Wildflower Hall at Chharabra, now a property of Oberoi Hotels, has been residence to Lord Kitchener as well as Lord Ripon during the British Raj. Pankaj Mishra is a famous writer/poet who lives in Mashobra. At 3 km from Mashobra is Carignano, a beautiful picnic spot that was a villa of Chevalier Federico Peliti, an Italian photographer in India from the times of Queen Victoria, who named it in honor of his native town Carignano near Turin in Italy. The villa was transformed to a weekend resort in 1920 and is also referred to in one of the novels by Anita Desai. Amit Khanna, Film Maker, Poet, Writer and Media Guru has a cottage in Mashobra where he spends several weeks every year working on his new book. Like Amit, Navtej Sarna well known diplomat and author, is also a part time resident of Puranikoti village near Mashobra.
Best season to visit September-July. In Oct-November weather is cool and enjoyable. The weather is generally cool at day and night. Enjoy the snowfall during winter season that starts from December and may extend till March.
Best Buys Wooden Articles, Toys, Kullu and Kinnauri Shawls, Caps, Tibetan Carpets and other handicraft articles.
Temperature Between sub zero in winters and 30 C in summer. Through out the year.
Climate Being a hilly region, here Climate is generally unpredictable. Generally Summer Starts from March-April onwards and extend till Oct-November. It is very very cold in Winter. The temperature in winter falls below O degree centigrade.
Best Activities Trekking, Skiing, Golfing, Fishing
Best season to visit September-July
Clothing Light Woollens/Heavy Woollens
Location In the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.
Altitude 2,130 m above sea level
STD Code 0177
Languages Hindi, Himachali, Garhwali, English