Himalayan Hamlets

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A lovely day’s excursion from Shimla descends into the valley of Shimla Water Catchment Sanctuary, the first gravitational water supply scheme to Shimla town. Soon you find yourself into a beautiful Himalayan Countryside shaded with thick coniferous cover.

The drive further continues through tiny hamlets clinging to the steep slopes with terrace farms growing varieties of food grains, vegetables and spices too. The area also marks the boundary with the restricted Catchment Sanctuary. An undisturbed thickest pine cover is above us and the lower parts of the interlocked valleys are dotted with small villages.

The drive, finally culminate at a small village offering 360 degrees views of Shimla and its suburbs however, away from the hustle and bustle of Shimla.

Enjoy an outdoor picnic in one of the fields next to an old traditional Himalayan village with magnificent views.

Best Time to Visit

Round the year

Tour Highlights 

  • Untouched pristine Shimla countryside
  • Cultural and social aspects
  • Visit Shimla’s earliest water lifting scheme
  • Biking/driving/walking through Himalayan countryside
  • Visit traditional Himachali house
  • Excellent knowledgeable naturalist/historian

Trip Activities

  • Mountain biking
  • Moderate walking
  • Driving

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Deola

Village Deola crowned by Shali Peak

With Goddess Kali temple on its top, Shali peak is the highest peak in vicinity of Shimla. Visible from the famous walking pedestrian The Ridge, in Shimla, a single day hike or overnight stay at the peak can enhance one’s Himalayan experience.

A picturesque drive passes through the village of Mashobra, which remained as weekend resort for the Viceroys and Governor-Generals since 1840’s till independence in 1947. The drive further continues through valleys, dotted with quaint villages and the houses appear to be clinging with the cliffs. These fertile terraces on the slopes produce wide range of cereals, pulses and vegetables. The gushing streams, waterfall and rivers add music to these silent valleys.

Leaving car, at the base, summit becomes clearly visible however it still seems an intricate task. A century old trail, built by the local Raja in early 1900, unfolds up on the mountain slopes shaded with coniferous cover. Diverse Himalayan flora carpets the trail with numerous wild flowers and plants.

Silence of the forest is repeatedly been broken with a gush of mountain breeze or a shepherd playing a melodious note on his flute. Walking for two hours to the mountain pass which connects Sutlej valley with Shimla, base of a small temple, here inscribes marble slab with the year of construction of road to Shali Ghat.

Ascending further, the forest covers changes as the sweet aroma of Juniper trees invigorate the surroundings. This final climb now rewards the patient visitor with stunning views snow capped Himalayan ranges and numerous folded valleys which preserves a rich Himalayan culture here.

The pace of steps accelerates and within few minutes, this is the top of Shali peak. It takes some time to imbibe the natural bounty and the spiritual power of the place. With a visit to the ancient temple and being blessed by Goddess Bhima Kali, it’s now time to enjoy a well deserved packed lunch. Bidding farewell to the place, it takes about two hours to descend to the car.

Best Time to Visit

Round the year

Tour Highlights 

  • Untouched pristine Shimla countryside
  • Cultural and social aspects
  • Driving, a demanding walk through Himalayan countryside
  • Excellent knowledgeable naturalist/historian

Trip Activities

  • Driving
  • A demanding hike

 

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