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Himachal plan for a goodwill event

By Our Staff Correspondent

SHIMLA, JUNE 28. As a precursor to the centenary celebrations of the Naldehra Golf Club in 2005, a historic event -- Lahore-Shimla Goodwill Golf Tournament - is being organised from July 3 to 6 by the Tourism Department of the Himachal Government.

A 19-member team from Lahore will take part in the three-day tournament in which Lahore Gymkhana Club and Royal Palm Golf and Country Club will compete, according to an official spokesman here.

Naldehra is situated at a height of 2044 metres above sea level and is about 22 km from Shimla. This place does not confine its activities to golf alone; there are a series of excursions through the woods and villages for tourists and nature lovers.

Naldehra is one of the oldest golf clubs in the world. Lord Curzon, the then Viceroy of India (1899-1904), discovered Naldehra set under a thick mane of Himalayan cedar-deodar trees. The Naldehra spur is an offshoot of the Kufri massif which is the highest in the Shimla area. Lord Curzon during his stay in Shimla abandoned the Viceregal lodge which now houses the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies and set up his camp in the cedar woods of Naldehra for weeks. The beauty of the place attracted the Viceroy's daughter so much that she acquired Naldehra as her middle name.

The golf course took shape on totally natural topography which remains untouched to the present day. Soon after Lord Curzon's departure from India, the Naldehra Golf Club came into being and has been in existence since 1905. The Naldehra name came from the temple of `Nag Devta', the serpent deity whose temple is situated along the beautiful and serene golf course.

Naldehra is a par 68 course with nine holes and is regarded as one of the most challenging ones in the country. The golf course is maintained by Himachal Tourism. The Naldehra Golf Club is affiliated to the Golf Club, Chandigarh; the BSF Golf Club, Delhi; the Air force Golf Club, Delhi; and ARTRAC Golf Club, Shimla.

A big food festival which will spice up the spirit of re-union will be organised by the Tourism Department from July 17 to 25 in which renowned Pakistani chefs will prepare and present their dishes. The one-week festival will be organised at Hotel Holiday Home, Shimla, the flagship hotel of Himachal Tourism.

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