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.
Shoja, Jalori pass and Sarloskar lake, located in Kullu,Himachal is the best destination near Chandigarh for weekend getaway. This village is so silent and still, mostly cut off from the rest of the world. In these modern fast moving times, it is rare to find oneself in one such place, which has absolutely no distractions.Getting there:We started our journey from Chandigarh on bike at 6am and reached Shoja at 6:30pm. We explored Chail on the way and took our first stoppage at Narkanda. Shoja was the final stoppage for Day 1.Staying there:Since Shoja is small town, it doesn't have much options to stay. Only few home stay and guest house are available. It would cost you around 500-1000 RS per night with attached bathrooms and geyser.Food options:Basic home cooked food (yet delicous) is available at reasonable price. Since we stayed at homestay, we had bread omellete, paratha and chai as breakfast. While daal and chapati in dinner.Best time to visit:Any time in the year except extreme winters like January or February because roads are closed due to heavy snowfall.As nothing is more fascinating than snowfall for me. We went there in November.
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.