Craignano, about half an hour away from Shimla has everything to make a hill holiday unforgettable. Whistling woods, an inviting treehouse, a magical lake, flower-filled green meadows, undiscovered tracks and an eco-friendly play area for kids.
And tranquillity! Come summers, tourists from as far as Bengal and Gujarat flung Himachal Pradesh. Shimla, the queen of hills is a favourite for its proximity to places like Chandigarh and Punjab and Haryana. Also, it is a well-connected city with architecturally beautiful buildings like the Church on the ridge, the state library and the Advance Study. The visitors love the lazy strolls on its vehicle-less Mall Road. It is a city where you can enjoy treks and also temples. The scenic trips to nearby villages and resort destinations like Kufri, Naldhera are also a favourite. However, even in peak season if one wants to enjoy an exclusive green hideout, Craignano in Himachal is the answer. Personally, my kids were reminded of the magical Alice in Wonderland story.
Perched at 7,700ft. CraigNano Nature Park is a medley of pine & oak forests and flowers like hyacinths, daffodils, celandine, asphodels and roses. Spread across 9.6 hectors, it becomes an enviable sight during spring, when more than 4000 red and pink tulips bloom and rhododendron trees turn into blazing red curtains in the background. In fact, this park on top of Mashobra Hill was originally the summer resort of the Italian Countess of Craignano. Eventually, it was converted into a dak bungalow, which was only recently demolished. Now this place is an entertainment hub for families during the day and a playground for exquisite animals and birds like leopards, Himachal’s state-bird Monal, jungle fowl and more.