Why SHOJA?Looking for a clam place to spend quality time with family in the lap of nature, head to, Shoja (Himachal), a tiny village. A drive through the jungle with snow-covered trees and a beautiful guesthouse with the small stream by its side is a perfect weekend retreat. You can sit for hours and be at peace with nature.How to reach:From Chandigarh to Aut tunnel. Get down & take right turn towards Banjar, one hour journey along Tirthan river. From Jibhi 7 Kms road up to Shoja is a bit rough.
Shoja is often the village that people spend a few minutes at to sip on some tea or just stop to take a few pictures of the surreal view. It’s that village that lies in the middle of the famous Jalori Pass and Jibhi. What if I told you, you could stay in this village in a house that would be just yours? Rihaaish is that house, and here are all the details about it!
Next day we were planning to go to jalori pass which we have to drop because as per local road was all blocked due to heavy snow and they suggested us to take walk till Shoja which was around 6 km from Jibhi. Trust me it was more trek than a walk. It took us more than 3 hrs to cover those 6 km. We climbed for more than 800m of altitude. We were dead tired but all those were paid off by the spectacular view from there.
Few places would lay out the red carpet as Shoja would, as you drive on a 38 kilometer long path lined with apple orchards from Aut to your destination. What awaits is a place that can certainly be regarded as one of those tucked away wonders travellers may miss out on till someone tells them about it.Off the highway leading to Kullu in Himachal Pradesh, Shoja can be as quiet and picturesque as a writer or artist may wish for, or as adventure filled as any adrenalin overdosed visitor may want it to be. A part of the Great Himalayan National Park, it is just the setting to take walks in the woods and be very close to all the diversity nature has to offer.If the drive from Aut sets a buoyant mood for your holiday, your hosts at Banjara Retreats provide the cherry, or apple, on the top. Unless you are fine with roughing it out in Government rest houses, Banjara is your only option to stay at Shoja. A mid-budget property, the retreat deserves full credit for the setting they provide. Designed to be in sync with its natural surroundings, with its wooden structure and eco-friendliness, it offers the perfect views of the valleys and peaks around. With its own sunflower bed – the flowers being of a size and colour you only see in pictures – and apple trees, it will take a lot of tugging to get you to move away from here once you are all settled in. The management spoils you even further with very comfortable accommodation and sumptuous meals.
Shoja a small village, the route we followed was Ambala-Chandigarh-mandi-Aut , From Aut its about 40km at almost 10,000 feet above the sea level.Shoja is the cherry on the ice, a part of Tirthan Valley a less traveled road still an off-beat destination. The way to Shoja was smooth but last 20 km’s were quite difficult, as we were crossing the mountains the roads were going narrow and steepy.Those stretched miles, the potholes & narrow skips it’s all worth it for incredible view, those snow-capped mountains took my heart away & all my mountain sickness went away. It was peaceful and scenic.