While popular hill stations like Shimla are being flooded by visitors each year, a calm, serene and immensely beautiful place lies near it, waiting to be discovered. Only 13 kilometers from Shimla, Shoghi is a quaint hill station in Himachal Pradesh. It is popular for its large variety of flora and fauna and natural scenic beauty.
From attractive temples to adrenaline-teasing activities and from fruit-made products to lip-smacking local delicacies, this small hill town has so much to offer! Relaxing accommodation facilities, pleasant weather all year round, and soothing surroundings to rejuvenate the mind, all contribute to turning your dream vacation in the hills into reality.
To experience Shoghi at its best, plan your trip between the months of March to June or September to November. These time periods are the best time to visit Shoghi and to explore its natural surroundings. During these times, the temperature ranges between 15 degrees C to 27 degrees C.
Back in the 19th century, during the Anglo-Gurkha War, Gurkhas were defeated in the war of Malaon at the hands of Chieftains. The Chieftains and the British joined hands and forced the Gurkhas to sign the Treaty of Sanjauli, and the regions under the Gurkha rule were given back to the original rulers. Because of the Maharaja of Patiala’s continued service, the British gifted this region, including Shoghi and Shimla, to him.
Located at a height of 4667 feet above sea level, Kandaghat is a small town on the highway which connects Shimla and Kalka. It is a quiet place in the hills and gives you a deep insight into the history of this region.
Known as the city of temples, Shoghi is also a place to relax through spirituality. Situated on the top of the Tara Parvat, this temple is believed to be more than 250 years old.
For those who have a distinct taste for mythology and beautiful paintings, this old Hanuman temple is a perfect place to be at.
Built in 1888, Viceregal Lodge is a six-story building erected in Scottish Baronial style that once was the home of Lord Dufferin, the British Viceroy of India.
Nestled at the height of 2455 meters above sea level, Jakhoo hill is surrounded by nature and a perfect place for hiking. This is the highest point near Shoghi that offers spectacular views of sunset and sunrise from the top.
Shoghi is situated only 15 kilometers away from the capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla, which is very well-connected with the major cities of India. Here’s how to reach Shoghi by air, train, and road.
Jubbarhatti Airport in Shimla is the nearest airbase to Shoghi and the second nearest airbase is in Chandigarh. Frequent flights are available from cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata to Chandigarh Airport. To cover the remaining distance, cabs and buses are easily available from both the airports.
Kalka is the nearest railhead to Shoghi which is served by passenger and express trains. It is well-connected by a network of trains but one needs to travel to Solan or Shimla to get a direct bus to Shoghi.
There are many buses available from Delhi and Chandigarh to Shimla or Solan. To cover the remaining distance, one can hire a cab to reach Shoghi.
Travel Tip - Hill stations don’t have a very good garbage management system, so help keep the hills clean and green.