Bang in the middle of Himachal's apple country, highlighted by a huge egg shaped rock (hence the name) lies the effervescent village of Khara Pathar. 85 kms from Shimla its a very scenic drive to Khara Pathar. The energy of the place is invigorating and definitely, undoubtedly you will find yourself hopping to the numerous trails around, the prominent being the 7kms hike to Giri Ganga, the source of the Giri River, just below the towering Kuppar Peak. Infact the 4 hour climb to Kuppar is rewarding with an expansive wide angle view of the Garhwal and the Kinnaur Himalayas. Accommodation is great at the HPTDC run Giri Ganga Hotel and a few guest houses and rest house. Rohru and Hateshwari temple are 33 and 29kms respectively. Cycling lovers and offroading enthusiasts should head to Reo Ghati for their thrills further leading on to Narkanda, Baghi, Ratnari and Kalbog. Visit here during winters, or the apple blossom season and you will be mesmerised.