In this series we will focus on some of the offbeat hill station that you can choose to visit this summer. Here goes the first part.
Hemis, Jammu and Kashmir
Barely an hour’s drive from Leh, Hemis is a beautiful small hill station located in Jammu and Kashmir. There is something enchanting about the barrenness of this locale. Admire the architecture of the Hemis Monastery set against the backdrop of the mountains, walk over till the Indus River and soak up your feet there – the adventures abounding Hemis will have a charming effect on you. And if you are lucky enough, you might end up spotting a white snow leopard in the Hemis National Park.
How to reach: By car/ jeep. A simple one hour road trip from Leh.
Tabo, Himachal Pradesh
Tabo is a small Buddhist village of a few hundred, located 3050 m (10,006 feet) above sea level in the cold desert region of the Lahaul-Spiti valley in Himachal Pradesh. It has a beautiful monastery, or gompa, with the ancient compound dating back to 996 A.D. – making it the oldest continually functioning Buddhist establishment in India.
Once in Tabo, admire the raw, virgin beauty of the place, climb the mountain face, explore the caves; sip some coffee and indulge in some munchies at the small cafes spread across the valley.
How to reach: By road from Shimla; two buses ply daily within Spiti Valley to Kaza via Tabo. You can of course hire your own vehicle.
Churdhar, Himachal Pradesh
The enchanting Churdhar mountain in Sirmaur is one of the Shivalik ranges at a height of 11965 feet (it is the highest peak in southern Himachal Pradesh), Churdhar, commonly known as Churichandni (Bangle of Snow), is blessed with some of the most spectacular and beautiful landscapes in this region. The view from the summit embraces a vast panorama of lowland tracts towards the south and snow-capped ranges. It is believed that this is the very place where Hanuman discovered the life-restoring Sanjivani booti that revived Lakshmana, Lord Rama’s younger brother.
If you are adventurous enough, do remember to trek uphill to the Churdhar Peak. It’s a truly mesmerizing experience.
How to reach: Churdhar can be reached easily by road from Solan (only 47 kms)
Chindi, Himachal Pradesh
Surrounded by apple orchards, pines and deodars, Chindi is a world unto itself. The small sleepy Himachali hamlet is not much frequented by tourists. So it’s a great place for nature lovers and experience seekers. The sight of the rambling hills together with the lush green forests and valleys is really something mentionworthy. Chindi’s real claim to fame in India at large lies at the top of the hill above the village; the Chindi rest house.The house itself looks something like a miniature Georgian country manor house, with a large, well-kept garden and a serene view, looking out as it does over miles of gently rolling hills.
How to reach: Chindi can be reached from Shimla by road. Its 87 kms away
Salogra, Himachal Pradesh
Tucked away in a corner of the Solan valley, Salogra is a picturesque hilly hamlet surrounded by trees and mountains. Many picturesque villages, namely, Top-Ki-Berh, Mahi, Basal, and Mashiwar are located in close vicinity to this place.
Krol Ka Tibba, a beautiful mountain rich with alluring sceneries, is a significant tourist destination located at Salogra. Surrounded by lush green pine and deodar forests, Salogra offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy pristine natural sceneries. Trekking in the snowy slopes of Salogra is an added attraction. A famous temple, devoted to Shiva, located at a distance of 1 km at Barog draws numerous visitors to the place too.
How to reach: Salogra can be easily reached by road from Shimla, which is barely 41 kilometers away.