Shoja is a hamlet located in the Seraj Valley, which forms a link between the districts of Shimla and Kullu. The village of Shoja is still hidden in most parts, which makes it all the more interesting to discover.
Mountain slopes covered with verdure, conifers and deodars, which are spread across the entire range, along with the spectacular views of the snow-capped peaks is truly a magical splendour to be witnessed.
Shoja can be reached after driving a distance of approximately 38 km from Aut. A set of magical wonders unfold before your eyes as you put your foot into this land.
Shoja experiences moderate climatic conditions throughout the year, which makes it a year-around destination. However, the months starting from April to June are most preferred by the visitors.
At first sight, Shoja resembles nothing but a lush green carpet which is spread across the place and it is difficult to ascertain the end point of this green carpet. It has something which is both mythical and mystical in its appeal. Shoja is a part of the well known Himalayan National Park, which gives you an opportunity to walk on the forest paths and connects you with nature.
The evenings here get all the more beautiful with the mountains forming a picture perfect background. To witness the sunset from here is truly an experience which can be cherished for a lifetime. Nature lovers will end up falling in love with this peaceful village, which fills you with its natural beauty and peaceful atmosphere.
An interesting fact is that one will hardly come across a flat surface to walk, as the place is filled with thick forested hill slopes which rise up to great heights and slope downwards in a steep way. One would for sure enjoy the meadows and the bounty of nature which we cannot find in the cities.
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To reach the Waterfall Point you have to take a long walk with nothing but the sound of water cascading from a height. The walk gives you a magical experience and leaves you spellbound as you walk through the thick forests and grassy path and reach the point.
2. Jalori Pass
Perched at an altitude of 3134 m, Jalori Pass is one of the popular mountain passes in Himachal which forms a link between the inner and outer Seraj Valley. One can drive up until the end point after which one has to trek up a steep path which would take around an hour or two.
At the summit the view is simply mind-blowing and is worth the trek. One can also get a breathtaking view of the Himalayas, which would give you the feel of being on top of the world.
It is believed to have been constructed by the Mandi rulers, to protect them from being invaded by other rulers. At present there is not much left of this structure, except the outer portion of the walls of the fort. To reach the fort, one has to trek a distance of approximately 3 km from Jalori Pass.
The trek gets a bit challenging during the last stretch, but truly gives you an experience of a lifetime.
The Tirthan Valley is a place for one to get a taste of wildlife as well as try out your hand in fishing. The valley is home to the Great Himalayan National Park, which is also one of the best places for angling.