Shoghi in Himachal Pradesh is a picturesque hamlet about 15 kilometres from Shimla along the famous Kalka-Shimla Railway and National Highway 22. Walking in the woods, camping under the stars, visiting temples, and taking a train ride are popular things to do in Shoghi. Of all these activities in Shoghi, overnight camping is the main highlight of Shoghi tourism.
A slice of paradise, Shoghi near Shimla straddles a gentle hill slope which remains under a cover of oak and pine trees. Here are some popular places to visit in Shoghi:
Dedicated to Goddess Tara, this temple is one of the main religious sites of Tibetan Buddhists in the region. The Tara Devi Temple, with a wooden idol of Tara Devi, was built by Raja Bhupendra Sen in Vaishnavi style.
Kandaghat town, located on the National Highway 22, is between Kalka and Shimla in the Solan District. Situated at a height of 4,667 feet above sea level, the town enjoys moderate climate throughout the year. The Chail View Palace is located just outside of the town.
The temple is also known as the Shri Sankat Mochan Temple. The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Anjaneya, which is local name of Lord Hanuman. Located on top of Jakhoo Hill, the temple has a large statue of Hanuman which is visible from a few kilometres away.
Other nearby tourist destinations in Shoghi include Viceregal Lodge and Kurfi. Mountain biking, rock climbing, and rappelling are some of the adventure thrills that await tourists in Shoghi. For families and honeymooners, the simple joys such as walking in the woods and spotting local flora and fauna in the dense forests are ultimate experience to have Shoghi. Suitable for everyone, there are several trails for walking and biking of varying duration such as 1-2 hours, half day, and full day walks along the World Heritage Kalka-Shimla railway tracks. Forest treks and night treks are ideal outdoor activities for honeymooners and adventure enthusiasts.
The best time to visit Shoghi is the summer season. Although, Shoghi can be visited in any weather be it summer, monsoon or winter. For those looking for luxury stay in Himachal should check-in at Aamod at Shoghi which is an ecotourism resort. One of the best hotels in Shoghi, Aamod’s setting in the forest blends in with the surroundings. Vatika resorts, Club Mahindra Destination, Park Woods Jungle Resort, and Raikot Resort are other places to stay in Shoghi. There is also a Minchy fruit products factory nearby where visitors can buy fresh fruit juices, apple wine, and much more.