Himachal govt promotes golf

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/n/naldehragolf.jpg' class='caption'> The Himachal Pradesh government is taking steps to promote golfing as a sport in the state.

Updated: October 25, 2007 06:48 IST
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The Himachal Pradesh government is taking steps to promote golfing as a sport in the state.

The Naldehra Golf Course, floating at over 7000 feet in the Himalayas, is emerging as a major golfing destination.

"Golfing is ideal in this kind of climate. In this salubrious climate, one can play all round the year. The weather is much like British weather. It's a tough golf course despite the small size with just nine holes, and it is divinely scenic," said Mini Singh, Golf, enthusiast.

Viceroy Lord Curson was so taken in by the beauty of the place that he named his youngest daughter Alexandra Naldera after this hill station.

Golf lovers can't get over the terrain themselves. "It's a great golf course and I love playing here. I have played on several golf turfs, but this is the most exciting to play upon," said Saurab, golf enthusiast.

Cashing on Naldera's perfect weather, the Himachal Pradesh government is promoting it as a tourist spot and is planning national and international Golf events here.

"Our main aim is to promote golfing as a sport and Naldehra Golf Course in particular. Golfers in Himachal are familiar with this course, but we want to promote it as a tourist destination as well. For this purpose, it is important that we attract visitors and tourists from outside," said Abhey Shukla, Secretary, Tourism, Himachal Pradesh.

Naldehra is country's second oldest golf course, only 22 km from Shimla with magical view of the hillsides - a pond at the centre and a colonial ambience.

This serene turf is an experience a few can resist.

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