Mashobra is a town in
Shimla District of Himachal
Pradesh. It is connected to the state capital Shimla (earlier
Simla) through the historic Hindustan–Tibet Road built in
1850 by Lord
Mashobra is located at . It has an average elevation of
is notable for housing one of the only two Presidential retreats in India.
retreat is Rashtrapati
Nilayam in Secunderabad.
president visits Mashobra at least once every year, and during this
time his core office shifts to the retreat at Chharabra, in the vicinity of Mashobra.
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.
Other places of interest
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.
Flora and fauna
Mashobra is part of Shimla Reserve Forest sanctuary and catchment
area. The natural vegetation comprises pine
, and rhododendron
well as maple and horse chestnut. The wildlife consists of monkeys,
), and the occasional leopard
, as well as numerous bird species such as
the Himalayan eagle
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