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Mashobra is located in Himachal Pradesh
Location in Himachal Pradesh, India
Mashobra is located in India
Mashobra (India)
Coordinates: 31°08′N 77°14′E / 31.13°N 77.23°E / 31.13; 77.23Coordinates: 31°08′N 77°14′E / 31.13°N 77.23°E / 31.13; 77.23
Country India
StateHimachal Pradesh
2,146 m (7,041 ft)
 • OfficialHindi
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
171 007
Telephone code0177
Vehicle registrationHP HP-03, HP-51

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 Dalhousie.


Mashobra is located at 31°08′N 77°14′E / 31.13°N 77.23°E / 31.13; 77.23.[1] It has an average elevation of 2,146 metres (7,041 feet).


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.[2]

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[edit]

Mashobra is also a tourist destination.[3][4] 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.[5] Pankaj Mishra is a writer/poet who lives in Mashobra. [6] At 3 km from Mashobra is Carignano, a picnic spot that was a villa of Chevalier Federico Peliti,[7] 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.[8] 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.

Flora and fauna[edit]

Inner view of Shimla Water Catchment Wildlife Sanctuary, Himachal Pradesh, India

Mashobra is part of Shimla Water Catchmentanct Wildlife Sanctuary.[9] The natural vegetation comprises pine, oak, cedar or Himalayan deodar, and rhododendron, as well as maple and horse chestnut. The wildlife consists of monkeys, Langurs, jackals, kakkar (barking deer), and the occasional leopard, as well as numerous bird species such as the Himalayan eagle, pheasants, chikor and partridges.

Educational Institution[edit]

Himalayan International School at Chharabra is a major residential school in Mashobra.


  1. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Mashobra
  2. ^ "Official mention and description in Rashtrapati Bhavan site". Archived from the original on 2 July 2006. Retrieved 5 July 2006.
  3. ^ "Travelogue in TIME". 8 November 2003. Archived from the original on 4 February 2006. Retrieved 5 July 2006.
  4. ^ "Travelogue in Outlook magazine". Archived from the original on 9 November 2006. Retrieved 5 July 2006.
  5. ^ "Oberoi hotels website about Mashobra". Retrieved 5 July 2006.
  6. ^ "Pankaj Mishra".
  7. ^ "Federico Peliti's 19th Century India". Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  8. ^ "Far away from crowds". Archived from the original on 5 March 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2010.
  9. ^ "Department Notification No. FFE-B-F(6)-11/2005-II/Shimla Water Catchment" (PDF). Government of Himachal Pradesh Department of Forests. 7 June 2013. Retrieved 18 February 2017.