This vacation travel to these 5 offbeat places in Himachal Pradesh
Shimla, Kullu, Manali – fed up with getting the same suggestions every time? Are you looking for a lesser-known place far away from the usual tourist hotspots? If so, then this is the perfect article for you.
Churah – The Hidden Valley
Churah Valley, a breathtaking offbeat destination, is located approximately 65 km from Chamba. Churah literally translates to “four paths” as its headquarters “Bhanjraru” is the central point which leads to four paths connecting Punjab, Chamba, Pangi Valley and Jammu and Kashmir. This panaromic valley is endowed with a number of scenic lakes and enchanting historical places. If you love trekking and also enjoy visiting religious temples, this is the perfect place for you. Situated at an altitude of 14,500 feet in the Pir Panjal Range of Himalayas, Sach Pass, is a mountain pass that connects Chamba with the Pangi Valley. The trekking trail leads you through dense forests, old hamlets, striking fruit orchards, verdant landscapes, and some ancient temples. It is open for travelers from mid-June to mid-October. The Gadasaru Mahadev lake is yet another attraction of this beautiful valley. It is located in the north of the Upper Churah and is surrounded by lush green lands and mountains. And while trekking towards Gadarasu Mahadev trek, you can come across the Devi Kothi Temple – a temple dedicated to Goddess Chamunda. Another temple that you cannot afford to miss is the Chanju Mata Temple also known as the Kali Mata Temple. Therefore, from impressive trekking trails to sacred religious temples, Churah has it all.
KARSOG VALLEY – A PEACEFUL GETWAY
Karsog valley, situated at an altitude of 1407 m and a distance of 108 km from Shimla, is a paradise for nature lovers. Its history traces back to the time of Mahabharata. And it is said that the Pandavas lived here during their exile. The name Karsog comes from the words ‘Kar’ and ‘Shok’ meaning ‘daily mourning’ because the Karsog village was cursed by a demon. Every day the villagers would offer a person to the demon so that he doesn’t kill the entire village. The Pandavas saved the villagers from the demon and mitigated them from their daily mourning. This valley is home to many ancient temples like Mamleshwar Mahadev, Kamaksha Devi, MahunNag, Someshwar Mahadev, Tebbani Mahadev and Somakothi. The temple you should definitely visit is the Mamleshwar Mahadev temple. It is one of the oldest temples in Karsog and was built by the Pandavas. Apart from its rich cultural history and ancient temples, the valley also possesses beautiful apple orchards. Some farms even offer apple picking experiences which can be very exciting. If you want you can explore the villages and check out the traditional houses. Also, you can always ask the locals for some interesting places to visit.
Jibhi – A Charming Hamlet
Jibhi is a small picturesque village in the Trithan Valley, surrounded by pine and deodar trees, with breathtaking waterfalls and rivers. It is an unexplored place and remains unspoiled by tourism. If you are a nature-enthusiast and want to go to someplace quiet, far away from the hustle and bustle of the city, then this place is for you. One of the best places to visit in Jibhi is the Jibhi waterfall. It is located in the dense forest of the Trithan Valley and therefore is away from the usual jam-packed tourist spots. The soothing sounds and heavenly beauty of the waterfall will make you fall in love. An intriguing place to visit is the Chehni Kothi, a wooden and stone tower located in the Chehni village. If you enjoy trekking, you can trek on the Jalori pass, a popular trekking route. On this route you can also visit the Raghupur Fort.
Kalpa – A Winter Wonderland
In the midst of towering mountains of the Kinnaur Kailash range, is Kalpa – a mesmerizing offbeat location. Kalpa is located near the Spiti Valley, which is a very popular tourist spot. Many tourists discover Kalpa on their way to Spiti valley. The entire valley is covered with snow and truly is a winter wonderland. Kalpa is famous for its high-quality apples and amazing apple orchards. If you enjoy exploring small villages and towns, you can visit the Roghi village where you can experience the everyday life and ethnicity of people of Kalpa. And if you are an adrenaline junkie, you can visit the Suicide Point. It is located about 3 km away from Kalpa. Known for the thrilling trench and enchanting atmosphere, this place delivers an unforgettable experience to visitors. You can also check out the Chakka Trek which starts from Kalpa and is a 2-3 hours trek. Narayan-Nagani Temple is yet another attraction of this place. The temple is constructed in Tibetan Pagoda style and is located on the top of Chini Village.
Barog – A Quaint Village
Barog is situated in the Solan District and at an altitude of 6000 ft above sea level. It is named after an engineer, Barog, who planned to construct a tunnel through the mountain. It is the perfect place for campers. You can camp with your friends amidst the nature with picturesque views. The Jatoli Shiv temple is another place you can visit. It is a beautifully constructed temple with an excellent structure. If you want a different experience, you can visit the Dolanji Bon Monastery also known as the Yungdrung Bon Monastery. You can witness the Tibetan culture here. A breathtaking location for nature enthusiasts and adventure lovers is the Choor Chandni Peak. It is located at a height of 3650 m and offers the best views.