This little hamlet, located in Seraj Valley, links the Shimla and Kullu districts. Shoja village is still off the beaten path for most, which probably explains its still ‘undiscovered’ feel. With sloping mountains covered in verdure, conifers and deodars stretching for miles around, and an incredible view of the snow-covered peaks, this is a breathtaking place.

THINGS TO SEE AND DO

To be honest, there isn’t that much to do here, and Shoja’s proximity to Tirthan Valley means that if you are here for a long weekend, it is possible to head there. A sojourn to Shoja is more about relaxation, with a few activities thrown in.

Jalori Pass

The area of Jalori Pass is, quite simply, a natural paradise. The pass is at a height of 3,125 m, and is located five km away from Shoja. You can easily drive up to the stop point, and then start climbing the steep path, which will take you on a trek lasting around an hour and a half. On your way, you will cross a dense forest with a huge variety of flowers, herbs and medicinal plants. The view from the top is simply heavenly and well worth the trip. From there, you can get a panoramic view of the Himalayas, a top-of-the-world feeling. Do remember to bring a picnic.

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Spectacular Himalayan views from Shoja
Spectacular Himalayan views from Shoja

Waterfall Point

This fairly easy trekking path winds through a thickly forested, sun-dappled path to reach the point. You can ask your hotel to direct you to the starting point.

WHERE TO STAY AND EAT

Highly recommended is Raja Guest House (Cell: 09418550549; Tariff: 800-1,800). There are ten simple but well-maintained rooms. Also, as it is a remote place, inform them in advance so that they can prepare food. The Forest Rest House (DFO Banjar Tel: 01903-221226; Tariff: 380) has a gorgeous location; the chowkidar prepares meals on request. Or try the PWD Rest House (Kullu Tel: 01902-222530; Tariff: 380).

If all else fails, you can look for a homestay in the village or get permission to stay at the Youth Hostel (see W yhaindia.org).

When to go April to June, September to October. Location In the Seraj Valley, 40 km south of Aut Air Nearest airport: Bhuntar Rail Nearest rail: Chandigarh