Shimla's Quaint Sister
Shoghi is a small suburb of Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. Located just 15 kms away from Shimla, it doesn't get its share of attention. It is truly beautiful in every sense. Set amidst the majestic Himalayan Mountains, it provides a perfect panoramic view of the hills and valleys. It is also covered with a thick deodar and pine vegetation, which give it a very rusty feel. It is exactly the kind of places one sees in a movie scene and marvels over. When in Shoghi, it feels like living a beautiful dream, filled with nature's bounties, with melodious bird chirpings.
It falls en route the famous tourist destination Chail, as it is where the road takes a turn. Slowly it has started to get attention from the visitors who choose to travel to Chail. A lot of people choose Shoghi for bird-watching, and at night for star-gazing when having clear night skies. It serves as an excellent weekend getaway for those who want to experience nature but peacefully. shoghi indeed is loaded with natural beauty, but not with tourists, making it uniquely and peacefully beautiful.
A Camping Heaven
Shoghi is quite a good site for camping as it serves all the criteria for being an ideal camping destination.
It has lush green hills, snow-capped mountains and even big fields suited for camping. There are a lot of travel companies organizing camps every now and then. Apart from camping, it also serves as a great trekking destination, having high hills and mountains.
Most of the tourists who choose to camp here, stay for an extra day so as to explore the entire area. Since it is quite unexplored till date, a lot of tourists wish to explore it wishing to find some hidden natural treasure!
Top things do in Shoghi
How to reach
Shoghi is quite accessible. It can be reached from Delhi, Shimla, Chandigarh, Haryana and a lot of other cities and towns. It doesn't have its own airport but has a railway station. Apart from these two, buses and taxi are also available to reach Shoghi.
How to Reach by Flight
The nearest airport is in Chandigarh which is about 102 km away. Shimla also has an airbase but is used for special purposes, and not commercially. From Chandigarh, a lot of state buses ply to Shoghi, else, a taxi or cab can also be taken.
How to Reach by Train
The nearest railway station is Kalka which is around 90 km and is served by passenger and express trains. It is well-served by rail, the famous toy train of Shimla. But this station is only connected to Shimla and Kalka, so one has to reach either of the two places before.
How to Reach by Bus
There are regular bus services from Delhi and Chandigarh to Shimla, around 15 kms from Shoghi. Alternatively, a taxi can be hired to travel to Shoghi.
How to Reach by Road
It can be reached by road from Delhi, Chandigarh, Shimla, Solan, Kalka and a lot of other nearby places.
How to travel within
The entire area can be covered on foot. For some far-off locations, a taxi can be taken.
Food and Culture
Shoghi is called the temple town in the nearby areas as it has a lot of temples, worshipping a lot of deities. There is almost one story attached to each of these ancient and historic temples. It carries a very positive vibe with itself always.
Located very near to Shimla, it has a range of accommodation options. When it comes to food, one can have authentic Pahari style dishes, having local vegetables. Also, Shoghi if famous for its fruits and dishes made of fruits.
Overall, the people here are very warm in nature and are very hospitable. It makes for a wonderful experience to cherish for a lifetime even when spent just a day in Shoghi!
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