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Janjehli

Nancy Johri
Shiva Kumar Bashetti
THE journey to Janjehli, a little village in the Himalayas is an enchanting and fascinating experience. Situated at a height of 2150 metres in Thunag tehsil, Mandi district, Janjehli is a trekker’s paradise. With no frills of modernity here, it is a refreshing break from routine and packaged holidays.From Shimla, Janjehli can be approached via Karsog. It lies 85 km from Mandi. After passing Chail Chowk, you come across a village called Bagsiad, which is considered a gateway to the Janjehli valley.Janjehli, with its lush green meadows surrounded by lofty pines and deodars and a rivulet presents an enchanting view. On the left side of the village are orchards. There are two guesthouses there, one belonging to the H.P. Forest Department and other to the P.W.D. Locals say that Britishers were so fascinated by Janjehli that they had thought of making it the summer capital instead of Shimla. A British officer had approached the Raja of Janjehli for seeking permission to make it their summer capital. The king, however, turned down their request. Janjehli’s height of 2150 metres makes it an ideal summer retreat. Apart from providing some excellent souvenirs like seraji pulas made of hemp and household wares made of walnut wood, it is also famous for its honey.
JanjehliLooking for some adventurous getaway, visit Janjehli near Mandi for trekking and hiking activities. The main trek begins from Gohar, situated at 32 kms from Mandi, where you can easily reach by vehicle. Enjoy the scenic views of mountains, lush surroundings and soothing greenery.Buddhist Gompas In MandiYou can see a bit of Buddhist influence on Mandi due to the presence of a few beautifully built gompas or monasteries. Some Tibetan monasteries that you must visit are Drikung Kagyu Gompa Rewalsar Lake, Tashijong Gompa on Palampur-Mandi road and Rewalsar Monastery known for its Indo-Chinese architecture.How To Reach Mandi?Being a popular city in Himachal Pradesh, Mandi is well connected to all the major cities and small towns of India.Mandi By Road - You can reach Mandi from neighbouring cities and states like Delhi, Punjab, Jammu and Haryana through regular HRTC and private VOLVO buses, cabs or your own vehicle.Mandi By Train - The nearest broad gauge railhead is till Pathankot which further connects to narrow gauge railhead at Joginder Nagar. From Joginder Nagar you can reach Mandi by cab or bus.Mandi By Flight - Located at 60 kms, Bhuntar is the nearest airport from where you can take a cab or bus in order to reach Mandi.
Sonali Gurung
The picturesque Janjehli is situated at an elevation of 2150 Mtr. A lush green valley with agricultural fields in gentle slopes, apple orchards, hills covered with pine and deodar trees and a small river having crystal clear water moving like a snake through various criss-crossed hills Janjehli alongwith adjoining Keolidhar, Bagsaid valleys are a gift of nature to this district. Janjehli is loved by trekker and nature lover alike. The valley adorned by snow during winters, is no less than heaven on the earth. The art lovers must have glimpses of traditional wood carving and metal work. Visit to Janjehli is not complete without having blessing of Shikari Mata. How to Reach:Mandi - Pandoh, Bada Kanda Janjehli 76 Kms andSunder Nagar Dadaur-Chailchowk-Janjehli 80 Kms.
Bhupender Singh