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Celebrate the quietness of the nature

Magnificent valleys, clear glittering skies, fresh cool breezes… if only there were enough words to describe one of the most peaceful and awe-striking holiday destinations in the north India- Shoghi.  Located at a mere distance of 13 kilometres from the stunning Himachal Pradesh capital Shimla, Shoghi is an incredible epitome of beauty. A visit to the small suburb offers you quiet environment, pleasing weather, and a reason to celebrate the nature.

Look towards Shoghi when you are done exploring Shimla, want to explore a path off-beaten or when you just need a break from the hustle-bustle of the city. Shoghi doesn’t disappoint, they say. Located at a height of 5,616 feet, this place holds an unbelievable wealth of natural beauty and placid environment along with an enormous diversity of flora and fauna.

At a place boasting of amazing reserve forests and surrounded by tall oak and rhododendron trees, you would rarely want to miss a long, rejuvenating walk through woods. Talk of being in the lap of nature!   

If you are into adventure sports and wish to indulge in some thrill, then Shoghi has you covered for that, too, by offering trekking, camping and bird-watching opportunities. Here with our guide, discover all the places you would want to visit, adventure activities and shopping possibilities you would want to explore on your trip to Shoghi.


Tara Devi Temple

Cater to your spiritual needs

Located at a distance of about 11 kilometres from the Shimla Bus Stand, Tara Devi Temple is a 250-year-old temple and a must-visit while you are in the area. One legend says that Goddess Tara Devi had once come to Himachal Pradesh all the way from Bengal. Due to this mythological belief, this celestial temple, situated at the peak of Tara Parvat, is devoted to the Goddess of Stars.

The visitors get an unparalleled view of the great Himalayas surrounding the city of Shimla as this temple is situated amid a dense forest of oak and rhododendron trees. A peaceful environment and serene atmosphere is all you get to absorb while you sit here listening to the holy bells ringing at the temple and spreading harmony.  

Hanuman Temple

Take Sankat Mochan's blessings

Have a thing for beautiful paintings and mythology? This old temple could be a great place for you to spend some time and soak in some peace along with some incredible knowledge. Dedicated to Anjaneya or Lord Hanuman, this gorgeous temple is also known as Shri Sankat Mochan Temple.

Explore the temple and check out its walls that are adorned with paintings which narrate some significant mythological stories.

Kali Temple

A blend of spirituality and natural beauty

Kali Temple in Shoghi is another spiritual spot you may want to explore. This attractive temple is considered to be almost 150 years old and is situated at a sprawling height of 8,500 feet above the sea level. Since it bejewels the Jakhoo Hills, the visitors get a great view of the area while standing at the top of these glorious hills.

Though this famous temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali, you can also see beautiful idols of Goddess Chandi and Shyamala placed in the same temple complex.


Discover beauty and history exceptionally

Located at a height of 4,667 feet on the highway linking Kalka and Shimla, Kandaghat is a small town and tehsil near Shoghi, offering you a reasonable peek into the history. The prime attraction of this location is the beautiful view of the valley along with a great chilling weather. For a perfect serene and relaxing vacation, add Kandaghta to your itinerary. 


The Gem of Himalayas

One of the most sought-after holiday destinations in north India, Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh and is 13 kilometres away from Shoghi. Since this place has served as the summer capital of India under the British rule, it has its architecture and design inherited from that era.  

The Mall Road, The Ridge, Shimla State Museum, The Viceregal Lodge, Jakhoo Temple, Kali Bari Temple, and The Indian Institute of Advanced Studies are some of the attractions that deserve your visit in the city.

The best feature of this place is that it offers you an electrifying night life too. Explore those pubs, bars, and restaurants in Shimla and enjoy a drink or two with your friends for a splendid evening.

Some other places that you can visit around Shoghi include Kufri, Chail, and Solan.


Tekking in and around Shoghi

Meet the ranges

What can be a better way to explore the raw beauty and charm of Himalayas other than trekking! Since Shoghi is popular for its dense, beautiful forests and terrain, indulge yourself in modest nature walks and check out different trekking trails in the area for an adventurous experience.

Chail, Mashobra, Shimla offer good trekking routes.

Camping in Shoghi

Trek through the day,

The rocky terrains of Shoghi provide ample camping opportunities as well. Trek through the Himalayan range in the day and unwind at a warm, cozy camp in the night. Light up a bonfire, gather some friends (or rather make them), and relax under the moon.


Before they fly away!

Shoghi is blessed with numerous trails and guides that offer beautiful bird-watching experiences to visitors. If you visit during winters, you can easily spot unique bird species like Winged Tit, Blue Magpie, Blyths Reed Warbler, and Black Headed Jay in the woods. 

how to get there

By Air: Since the airport at Shimla is not functional presently, the airport nearest to Shoghi is in Chandigarh.

By Rail: The railway station closest to Shoghi is in Kalka. The visitors can board the toy train at this station, which in itself is a joyfully memorable experience, and reach Shimla in merely 6 hours. 

By Road: You can always take the road route to reach this beautiful destination from other nearby cities in private vehicles, cabs or buses since Shoghi is well-connected with neighbouring states. Distance from some major cities:

Shimla-14.8 km via NH 5

Delhi- 346.1 km via NH 44

Chandigarh- 206.0 km via NH 5

Gurgaon- 364.4 km via NH 44

Dehradun- 214.4 km via SH 2

Manali- 253.3 km via NH 3 and NH 205

when to visit

Except for monsoons, when there could be some trouble due to landslides, you can plan to visit this stunning location during all the months of the year. To know more about the weather during the three main seasons, check out the chart below:

Summers (March - June): 17°C- 32°C

Monsoon (July- September): 23°C- 30°C

Winter (November - February): 2°C- 11°C

Local Shopping

Shopping in Shoghi

Food for soul

Make way for some pickles and nuts, and jellies and jams. At Shoghi, look out for local artisans' produce to collect unique souvenirs and gifts. Shimla’s iconic Mall Road is just a few kilometres away. Buy local handicrafts, wooden items, shawls, handlooms. The alluring umbrella-sellers might catch your attention too.



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