Monday, 24 November 2014

Shimla-Jubbal Trek

1.Giri Ganga Temple, Khara Pathar, Himachal Pradesh
Shimla is an excellent starting point for trekking expeditions. Theog, a place about 32 Km from Shimla offers routes for Rampur Bushahr on the Hindustan Tibet Road and for Mussoorie via Dehra- Chopal- Chakrata and via Jubbal- Tiuni- Chakrata. It is advisable to follow the latter route as it is more conventional and popular. Excellent transport facilities and modern rest houses along the way have made this mountainous terrain more accessible and convenient.

2. Hatkoti Town
The route from Kothkhai to Jubbal is a trekker’s delight. One climbs from and altitude of 5270 feet to more than 9000 feet, crosses the Khara Pathar and then descends to Jubbal at a height of 6205 feet. The road distance from Khotkhai to Jubbal is 32 Km, but there is a 22 Km long mule track which goes by Darkoti. The route from Darkoti to Khara Pathar lies along a steep gradient. 

A backdrop of pine and deodar trees present a magnificient view set against the rice fields carved in myriad geometric forms. About 5 Km from Khara Pathar lies the source of river Giri Ganga which flows through the Khotkhai-  Gumma- Chaila valley before joining Satluj.

3. Photo of Jubbal Palace. This palace which was once the abode of the royal Jubbal family has been turned into a heritage place now 
Jubbal the seat of erstwhile Jubbal Kingdom is a beautiful hill town, boasting of all modern facilities. The royal palace with its exquisite wood carvings speaks greatly of its rich cultural heritage of the region. 

1. Photo Credit- Wikimedia Commons by Manoj Khurana
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2. Photo Credit- Wikimedia Commons by Snjsharma
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3. Photo Credit- Wikimedia Commons by Snjsharma
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