At an altitude of 7700 feet and about 6 miles from Shimla Church lies the little suburban village of Mashobra, an ideal retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. On the right, the ridge stretches away to Mahasu, Kufri, Fagu and the Indo Tibet Road and on the left to Naldehra, Basantpur, Sunni and Sutlej Valley.
About 6 miles from Mashobra lay the beautiful spur of Naldehra, better known for its picturesque 9-hole golf links.
Craignano is another beautiful hillock located at a walking distance from Gables. It houses the main water reservoir for Shimla water supply and is a charming little hill surrounded by thick forest.
Another ancient and historic place near Mashobra is Seepur. It is a beautiful 20 minutes trek from Gables under a canopy of magnificent Deodars to this small tea cup shaped valley. Fromtime immemorial a local hill festival called the Sipi Fair is celebrated annually here.
Shimla past and present
by Edwart J Buck