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.
Following independence from Britain in 1947, Himachal Pradesh was created as a province on 15 April 1948. This event is celebrated with a public holiday of its own – Himachal Day.
In 1950 it became a sub state under the Indian constitution then becoming a union territory in 1956.
On 18 December 1970 the State of Himachal Pradesh Act was passed by Parliament and the new state came into being on 25 January 1971 making it the 18th state of India. Y.S. Parmar became the state’s first chief minister.
Between its creation in 1948 and statehood in 1971, Himachal Pradesh also changed its boundaries several times, incorporating smaller districts in the region.
Pabbar Valley is one of the mesmerizing spots in Himachal Pradesh. This is much untouched location, isolated from the rush of the tourist crowds. You can enjoy amazing scenic views in this place. If you are a nature lover, then this is just an ideal place for you to visit. You can also relish hiking and walking. The forests and orchards can make you feel close to nature. You can also get to experience different activities such as fishing, trekking, camping, etc.
Nowadays, paragliding and rafting is also gaining huge importance in Pabbar Valley. You must have heard about the popular names like Chansal, Karapather, Shelapani and Rohru pass, they all come under Pabbar Valley. So, before this destination becomes covered with the maddening rush of the tourists as well as high-end commercialization. There is no doubt, once you reach the destination, you will just love it.
This little-touristed valley, relatively prosperous from apple-, vegetable- and maize-growing, runs northeast from tiny Hatkoti, set between steep hills 100km east of Shimla at the Pabbar River’s junction with the Jubbal. Hatkoti’s 8th-century Kinnauri-style Hatkeshwari Mata Temple, dedicated to Durga as Mahishasurmardini (slayer of the buffalo demon Mahishasur), and the neighbouring Shiva temple and Pandava shrines, attract many worshippers, especially when Shaivite pilgrims convene during the Chaitra Navratra and Asvin Navratra festivals in April and October.
From Hatkoti, the Pabbar valley runs up past the town of Rohru then eastward between 4000m-plus peaks to meet the range forming the west side of Kinnaur’s Sangla Valley; there are hiking and trekking possibilities.