Shoja – Tiny Hamlet Nestled in the Seraj Valley

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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.

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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.

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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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Gushaini – Village in Tirthan Valley & Trout Country

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Rich in tradition and biodiversity, the Kullu region of Himachal Pradesh, India is blessed with incredible natural beauty and world-class recreational facilities, friendly locals and spectacular panoramic views of snow clad mountains.

Tirthan Valley is easily one of the most breathtaking places in all of Himachal Pradesh. Surrounded by the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP), this beautiful untouched valley is located right next to the Tirthan river. Spring is easily the best time to go, with blooming flowers all around.

Gushaini is a small village in Tirthan Valley. It is prettily located on the banks of the pristine Tirthan River and has lots of greenery. The village has a happy vibe with rustic wooden buildings and smiling kids running in its bylanes. Gushaini is the gateway for treks in Tirthan Valley and is hardly 10 km away from Banjar. The confluence of Tirthan and Flachan river is a sight worth visiting and is quite close to Gushaini.

Nicknamed Trout Country because of the abundance of Trout fishes found in the Tirthan river, makes Gushaini a great place for fishing. Besides, for those tourists whose idea of the perfect holiday is camping and spending time in the lap of mother nature, Gusahini offers the perfect escape. One can set up a portable tents on the banks of the river to enjoy a vacation of solitude and self searching with the melodious music of the flowing water in the background to rejuvenate them.

About 20 km from here, is situated The Great Himalayan National Park where one can find a huge variety of flora and fauna since the denizens of the park include a good 30 species of mammals and 300 species of birds. A walk into the park by the way of cedar woods is highly recommended and is sure to make one’s trip memorable.

Enclosed by the Great Himalayan National Park with flowing rivers, lush green valleys and lakes, Tirthan Valley–one of the most beautiful places in Himachal,

Serolsar Lake: Breathtaking view of Lake in Mountains

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The land of Himachal is famous for thousands of ‘Devi Devtas’. Kullu one of the districts of Himachal Pradesh has number of beautiful temples located inn scenic locations away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. One of such temples in the Kullu district is the Serol Sar temple. The place is famous for the beautiful natural lake called ‘Serol Sar’.

Serol Sar Lake and Temple History and Description:

Once we reach Serol Sar, we get to see the majestic view of the holy lake, Serol Sar spreading as wide as a football ground. Located amidst the tall Kharshoo trees at a height of about 10,000 feet, Serol Sar is no less than heaven. Just near the Serol Sar lake, we have the temple of goddess ‘Buddhi Nagin’. It is believed that goddess ‘Buddhi Nagin’ resides inside the Serol Sar lake and is the mother of 60 ‘Nag Devtas’ in Himachal.It is also said that Pandavas visited Serol Sar in Dwaparyug during their exile period and planted rice here.

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Trek to Serolsar Lake :-

The 6-km-long, lightly-trafficked road from the village of Shoja, 2600 metres, up to the pass is also an attractive day trek option for individual trekkers or families not wanting to wander off the road, which winds its way here through thick forests of Deodar and Kharsu Oaks as it heads up to the pass.

 

There are a few tea shops at the pass catering mainly to buses plying between the Sutlej & Beas valleys. The trail to Serolsar Lake branches off the path heading up from just below the temple atop Jalori pass.

Around a hundred metres from the temple the Serolsar path forks downwards. From here the track runs just below the southern edge of the ridge at a fairly level gradient, rising or dipping occasionally to cross rock outcrops as it winds through moss-covered oak and rhododendron forests.

Oak forest enroute to Serolsar Lake

Around a kilometer from the start point it touches the ridge line at a grassy meadow, which also offers a good view of both the Sutlej & Tirthan valley. Some 20 minutes further there a few tea shops offering basic fare. A small ridge just before Serolsar hides the lake from view until you are above it.6673

There is a temple at the lake and a one room Dharamsala where visitors can stay the night for a modest sum. However, the Dharamshala is open only in summer. The tea stall just before the lake may also offer basic accommodation.

The temperature of Serol sar is very cool all around the year. In winters Serol sar, experience snowfall up to 5-8 feet. The place is best to visit during summers. People visiting this place are all advised to come with their own food items and necessary woolen clothing. Now, small rest houses have also been built to provide stay facility for the devotees but even then they are advised to be well equipped with their own material.