This amazing 3-day drive will take you to one of the most beautiful places near Shimla, home to some of the most delicious cherries and apples and in fact, the first apple sapling in the country. One can see empty and packed crates of these fruits on the roadside, at various points on the way.
Thanedar (8100 ft.), is slightly higher than Shimla (7,400 ft.) and the road linking the two runs almost near the crest of the mountain with a gradual ascent. One is constantly treated to a bird's-eye view of the different valleys as the road twists and turns from one spur to another. Especially breathtaking is the view of Narkanda from Fagu, a small village en route. Below Narkanda, to the north is the Sutlej Valley and beyond it is the snowy massif. The ridge on which Thanedar stands is the watershed between the Sutlej on the north and the Giri River as well as between the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal.
(3 nights 4 days)
- Day 1: Chandigarh - Thanedar -
Drive - 195 kms/6.5 hrs Chandigarh by Shatabdi express at 1045 hrs. Met by our representative, drive to Thanedar. Check into
Banjara retreat. Evening at leisure.
- Day 2: Thanedar - Tani Jubbar lake
- Thanedar - 11 kms After breakfast, we drive to starting point of hike in the Saroga forest. After a short hike through the forest,
we follow a trail leading to
Tani Jubbar Lake. Visit the Nag Devta temple- snake god - (from outside) by the
lake. We start the hike from a height of 7300 Ft. and walk up to Shilla Jan Ridge (about
10000 ft.) via Saroga
Forest and on to Tani Jubbar Lake.
Drive back to Retreat in time for lunch. Rest in the afternoon/ hike to Paramjyotir temple (2 kms)
- Day 3: Thanedar - Day excursion to
Hatu peak 20 kms drive and 10 kms hike/4-5 hrs The 3136 mt high Hatu Peak o ers a panoramic view of the Pir Panjal and the Dhauladhar ranges of Himalayas.
Sidhpur; 10 km from the Banjara Retreat and then climb up through the Conifer and Oak
forests. The climb to the peak with a small break for a packed lunch, generally
takes about 3 hours. The
forest around Hatu is famous for its ora and fauna/ Avi-fauna. One can see Silver r, Birch, Oaks, Himalayan
Cedar, Himalayan Yew, Rhododendron,
herbs and wild owers. It is also rich in wildlife and if you are lucky
you may see Leopards, Black Bear, Jungle Cats, Himalayan Weasel, Flaying Squirrel, Himalayan
Monal- state bird of Himachal, Red Jungle Fowl, Magpie Robin, Laughing Thrush, Minivets and Whistling
Thrush to name a few. The Hatu Mata Temple, located
on the ridge of the top, is very popular with the locals
during the local fairs in September and October.
The more adventurous ones can hike back to Sidhpur and drive
back to retreat. In the evening drive/ hike to
St. Mary's church in Kotgarh (a 3 km hike through most picturesque forest).
- Day 4: Thanedar - Kalka - Delhi After breakfast, drive back to Kalka to board evening Shatabdi express train back to Delhi.