If you are looking for a holiday that will refresh and revitalise you, experience the magic of the Banjara Retreat at Sojha. This little village is 5 kms from the Jalori Pass that links the Shimla and Kullu districts. The thickly wooded mountainside, densely populated with conifers, deodars and toosh characterize the beauty and uniqueness of Sojha. With unending slopes of emerald forests, verdant and pristine, nature is at its most alluring. Located in Seraj valley, still undiscovered by many, Sojha is a breathtakingly beautiful place. The mornings in Sojha are particularly invigorating. One can just stroll around, walk up to the meadows or perhaps take the pathway into the jungle. Nature lovers can enjoy thick wooded hill slopes starting from bottom as far down or up or sideways or deep as one can look. One can see the great snow clad peaks beyond the tree line and some great cloud formations. The whole region is a part of the Great Himalayan National Park. This is one of the best national parks in the world and reveals its beauty, diversity and depth through time spent in exploration. It also offers the casual hiker and serious trekker a wide range of experiences in natural wonders of the park. Trails range from relatively easy day walks in the eco zone to challenging week or longer treks through arduous and spectacular terrain. There are numerous habitats for explorations from bush forest of Oak, Conifer and Bamboo, to gentle alpine meadows; from swift flowing rivers to high alpine glaciers. The terrain and geology are diverse. If one is lucky there are opportunities to observe endangered species of western Himalayas in their natural habitat.
The Banjara Retreat and Cottage at Sojha are two wooden houses surrounded by wooded forests from which you get a panoramic view of the snow covered Himalayan ranges in the distance. The numerous walks and treks in the surrounding forests and meadows are a special feature of the area and the drive to the retreat is a pleasure in itself. Large, fully furnished, comfortable rooms with attached bathrooms are available and the kitchen offers you a variety of treats!
Best Time to Visit
The Retreat is open from March- December. From April to October it is pleasant in the day and slightly cold at night. Additionally, in July and August there is always a possibility of rain. November, Dec and March is a great time to experience the magic of wintertime in the hills with snowfall being a strong possibility and minimum temperatures around zero degrees centigrade.
Banjara Cottage: 6 dlx rooms spread over 3 floors. Each floor has separate entrance and only 2 rooms per floor.
Banjara Retreat: 2 dlx rooms and 2 suites. All on top floor.
All rooms are fully furnished with attached bath and hot and cold water supply. All the rooms face the valley and Dhauladhar ranges beyond. The cottage offers amazing and full views. The retreat offers restricted views.
|ACCOMMODATION||INR TARIFF(per room per night)||NO. OF UNITS|
| || SGL || DBL || |
|Retreat Dlx Rooms||Rs. 4900||Rs. 5900||2|
|Retreat Suite Rooms||Rs. 5600||Rs. 6600||2|
|Cottage Dlx Rooms||Rs. 6700||Rs. 7700||6|
HOW TO REACH
At Aut, 29 kms short of Kulu, turn right. After crossing the Beas, drive through Larji and Banjar to reach Sojha. Aut-Sojha is 38 kms.
Or on NH 22 from Shimla to Sangla, turn left at Sainj, (28 kms. ahead of Narkanda). After crossing the Sutlej, drive through Luhri, Ani and Jalori Pass to reach Sojha. Sainj-Sojha is 53 kms.
Place to Visit Around
A lovely 5-6 hrs return walk through thick Oak forest.Raghupur Fort ruins
Another interesting walk through forest and a meadow to the remains of fort on top of a plateau. The site offers panoramic views of the valleys.Waterfall Point
About 1 hr walk through thick Himalayan forest. This is best done on day of your arrival to acclimatize to rarefied atmosphere.Tirthan Valley
About 30 kms from Sojha. The Tirthan river, which flows through the valley, is great for trout fishing.Great Himalayan National Park
A little ahead of Tirthan valley is The Great Himalayan National park. You can enjoy a day hike in the periphery area of park.Angling
Angling is possible on a certain section of Tirthan River (fly fishing only and you will need to get your own gear but inform us in advance so that permits can be organized).
There are several other interesting walks/ hikes in the area.