scenic, nine hold golf course with its springy turf and crown
of deodar was laid out at the instance of Viceroy , Lord Curzon
. So enamoured was he by the beauty of the spot , that he
named his youngest daughter Alexandra Naldehra .(23 kms) .
The rolling greens of Naldehra
in Himachal Pradesh are par for the oldest golf course in
India. This is an unusual course, perched at a height of 2044
metres, strewn with boulders, trees and little hillocks.
Tall deodars flank the links
making Naldehra a wonderful sports venue in the midst of natural
beauty. At the turn of the century, Naldehra was "discovered"
by the British Viceroy, Lord Curzon who was fascinated by
the deodar forests and green-carpeted slopes. Curzon spent
many a happy hour romancing Naldehra’s cedar woods, communicating
all the while with the British summer capital at Shimla, 23
km away. The idea of laying a golf course on the slopes of
an enormous glade took root. The natural topography of the
area was just right for a nine-hole golf course, surrounded
by deodar woods and a view of the mountains.
Considered one of the more
challenging courses in the country, the nine-hole par-68 course
has four new greens and a host of tree hazards in the back
nine. Today Himachal Tourism maintains the links and it is
possible to pay green fees for the day or take temporary,
annual and life membership. The course is open through the
year; the monsoon months between July and September are particularly
good for golfing since the highly watered turf becomes springy
and the yardage increases.
Naldehra got its name from
the Nag temple (or Dehra of the god Nag) which lies bang in
the centre of the course. Besides the glorious golfing, you
can go for long walks through the woods and picnics in the
valley. Drive off to the thick forests of Mashobra (12 km)
or the hot sulphur springs of Tatapani (30 km). This is just
the ideal mountain break to lift your spirits.
HOW TO REACH
The closest airport is at
Jubbarhatti, 45 km away. The nearest narrow guage railhead
is at Shimla 23 km away. By road Chandigarh is 139 km, Manali
is 282 km and Delhi is at a distance of 392 km
In winter the temperature can drop to below freezing point
when eavy woolens are required and in summers light woolens/
cottons are recommended.
2148m Motorable on Shimla - Naldehra road, surrounded by thick
forests and offers and offers ideal walks. Goddess Durga temple
is worth seeing.
At 656m Famous for hot sulphur springs. The place also has
religious importance. These natural sulphur springs are invigorations
and have curative values. Himachal Tourism has a restaurant
and a Tourist Bungalow at Tattapani.
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