Are you a poet looking for inspiration, a corporate manager looking for a pristine location for your next conference, or a family looking for a fun filled holiday? Shoghi, 18 km, from Shimla has something for everyone…
Shoghi in Himachal Pradesh – your slice of panoramic views, landscapes of oak and pine forests, and invigorating weather – is a six and a half hour drive from Delhi.
Parkwoods Retreat is the best place to stay in this sleepy hamlet. For a complete rustic experience choose from bamboo huts, Swiss cottage tents or machaan huts built on stilt platforms. Modern amenities like hot water, electricity and generator backup are all within reach here.
Trek through the breathtaking Himachal landscape
Looking for some action? Try an easy trek in the surrounding lush green meadows or a daylong survival trek interspersed with some obstacles.
The adventurous can explore the jungle by night on a guided night trek and then tumble into a tent at an overnight camp under a starlit sky.
As darkness descends, drive to Taradevi Temple 11 km away for a breathtaking view of Shimla by night.
A longer trek of 33 km and you reach Kufri, the winter sports capital of Himachal where snow peaks peep from the clouds and the landscape below is swathed in fields, forests and alpine vegetation. You can tee off at the mini golf course nestled in a deodar grove nearby.
Beauty – both natural and manmade
Make your way to Mashobra at a distance of 29 km – an enchanting Himachal town with winding paths dotted with temples, thick woods and gurgling streams of cool water. Explore Bekhalty and Sipur, and scale Shali Peak, the highest in the area.
Remnants of the imperial legacy await you at Shimla 18 km away. The erstwhile summer capital of British India, Shimla is an interesting blend of the old and new. Walk past colonial style cottages, beautiful gardens and old churches to the glittering Mall Road abuzz with locals and tourists.
So much for activity – take a regal break at the Chail Palace Hotel before you wrap up your holiday in Himachal Pradesh.
Have you visited Shoghi? How did you find this little-known destination and arrange your stay here? What were some of the memorable and exciting highlights of your vacation? Do you have any tips for visitors to Himachal Pradesh?