Shoja – Tiny Hamlet Nestled in the Seraj Valley

Shoja

Shoja is a hamlet located in the Seraj Valley, which forms a link between the districts of Shimla and Kullu. A small village that offers the best that nature can give you (with tables and chairs made of tree trunks) is often ignored by the Kasol-loving crowd.  With sloping mountains covered in verdure, conifers and deodars stretching for miles around, and an incredible view of the snow-covered peaks, this is a breathtaking spot.

The village of Shoja is still hidden in most parts, which makes it all the more interesting to discover.  Shoja is a perfect weekend retreat.

Aut Tunnel

How to Reach

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. The best months to go are April to June and September to October. It can be somewhat complicated to get here, unless you are driving yourself.

Places to Visit

Tirthan Valley means that if you are here for a long weekend, it is possible to head there. A sojourn to Shoja is more about rest and relaxation, with a few activities thrown in.

Waterfall Shoja

Waterfall Point

There’s many treks you can do from Shoja, make sure you check out the waterfall that has been made into a tourist spot with its small and slippery bridges and chairs and tables made from tree trunks. A good rum session there is a must!

Jalori Pass

Jalori Pass

The area of Jalori Pass is, quite simply put, a natural paradise. The pass is at a height of 3,125 m, and is located five km away from Shoja. The view from the top is simply heavenly and well worth the trip. From there, you can get a spectacular panoramic view of the Himalayas, a top-of-the-world feeling. Beyond Jalori Pass you can trek 6kms and reach Serolsar Lake a nice place to set camp or just have a day out with your mates.

serolsar lake

Trout Fishing in the Tirthan Valley

This activity can be done in Tirthan Valley, not far from Shoja. You can go on your own, but first timers may be better off with a guide who will arrange the required equipment and show you the best spots for trout fishing.

Trout Fishing

Once you have discovered Shoja, there are only a few other places you will like when planning a short getaway.


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The ghost of Baralacha-la – Leh &Ladhak

This mountain pass in the Zanskar range of the Himalayas was once a military post. In bad weather, those stationed there could be trapped for weeks. One particularly bad winter saw a trio of soldiers trapped there for two months. When military vehicles finally reached them, they found a stranger in the cabin, eating one of the soldiers.
The other two soldiers were in pieces; all had been half-eaten. The cannibal tried to attack the recovery team, and he was shot dead. Soldiers who were posted there after would hear strange whispers, see a man with a knife, or hear the pained screams of the soldiers being eaten. Motorists would occasionally claim to see a man chasing their vehicles with a knife, or see bloodied soldiers calling for help. When they would pull over to help the soldiers, they disappeared.

Naldehra – Origin of the Name of Naldehra

You may be surprised to know that this India’s oldest historical golf course was the brain child of Lord Curzon,Viceroy of India(1899 to 1905). Mesmerized by the serene and tranquility of this place lord Curzon used to spend much of his time in the woods here and one day it dawned on him to set up a golf course here – a sort of past time and recreation for the British officers who needed respite in the summer from the ravages of scorching sun, monsoon and mosquitoes. It is quite fascinating that lord Curzon, in memory of his stay in this beautiful place named his third daughter Alexandra Naldehra.