Off Beat Places near Shimla
Places like Kufri, Naldhera, Tattapani near Shimla are the famous tourist spots visited by the tourists. There are some other places near Shimla which are not known to many tourists. These places are very picturesque and worth visiting. These are off beat places and visit to them would be a memorable one.
Some off beat Places near Shimla
Pabbar is one of the eye-catching valleys of Himachal Pradesh. This valley is isolated as it is not known to many tourists to Himachal Pradesh. Adventurous activities like Trekking, Paragliding, Rafting, etc can be experienced here. The Rivers Rohru, Shelapani and Kharapathar come under the Pabbar Valley region. The valley has fruit laden orchards and swift flowing streams. The valley is also known for the ancient temples and their architecture. Khara Pathar here is famous for the thick green forests, great view, walk and hike trails and the charming apple orchards. The famous temples Hateshwari in Kharapathar and Shikru Devta temple in Rohru are situated in this valley.
Pabbar Valley is 85 km from Shimla and it is well accessible with good roads.
Chindi is an excellent off-beat destination. The area is filled with apple orchards and surrounded with thick forests. Even though off-beaten, has good facilities, small markets and accommodation facilities. The area has several temples and display of traditional craftsmanship. The main temples are Mamleshwara Mahadev, Kamakshya Mata, Mahunag Ardhnarishwara and Aledi Mahadev. Karsog valley just below Chindi is a good picnic spot.
Chindi is 87 km from Shimla and easily reachable by road.
Darlaghat is 41 km from Shimla. The Ambuja Cement factory is located here. This place is famous for the Darlaghat sanctuary which host animals like leopard, Black Bear, Sambhals, Wild Boars, Red Jungle Fowls and barking Deer. Many migratory birds are also seen here. The best season to visit is from October to April.
Arkhi, 17 km from Darlaghat is also a nice place to visit for the peaceful and clean atmosphere with small villages around. A temple of Lutroo Mahadev in Arkhi is worth visiting. 22 km from Darlaghat is Bharidhar where an annual fair called ‘Bari Jatra’ is celebrated on 14 June every year. On this day palanquins of five Pandavas from nearby village are being worshipped as their local diety.
Kasauli is 73 km from Shimla. Kasauli is off beat as it is away from the normal route to Shimla from Chandigarh or Delhi.
Kasauli is a small hill station surrounded with pine, oak and huge horse-chestnut trees. The places of interest in Kasauli are the Monkey Point, Baptist Church, Central Research Institute, Baba Balaknath temple and Shirdi Sai Baba mandir.
Fagu is a tiny village, including rare views of vivid dales and snow clad peaks. The countryside is very picturesque with fruit gardens and terraced fields. The entire atmosphere of Fagu is very romantic. Most of Fagu is covered with Himalayan spruce and cedar.
Fagu is 22 km from Shimla and the approach is easily accessible.
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