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Junga has an old palace, the State Police Training Centre and the Ashwani stream.
Dhami was the seat of the erstwhile princely stste of the same name and lies just off the highway that leads from Shimla to Mandi. The remains of its old palace can be seen here. Its thick woods of oak deodhar were popular hunting grounds of British.
Arki (52 kms)
Arki was the capital of the erstwhile princely state of Baghal. The old palace has some fine wall paintings, there are many old temples in the area one of the interesting ones is that of Luturu Mahadev that lies deep in a cave accessed by a sharp climb. Picturesque picnic spots are there at Kaliseli, Brahmpukhar, Bari Dhar and Ghanagu ghat.
Mashobra (12 kms)
Mashobra is a well wooded suburb with good views. Nearby is the pleasant picnic ground of Craignano, the site of the celebrated confectioner Cavalier Peliti and the Fruit Research Station where the English varities of apple were first grown in the 19th century. Down the valley is the beautiful glade of Sipur.
Naldehra (23 kms)
Naldehra is a thick cedar forest with picnic grounds and a nine hole par 66 golf course. Once of the oldest golf courses in the country, it was designed by Lord Curzon, the British Viceroy of India. he often camped here for days on end and even named his daughter as Naldera after this spot.
Tattapani (51 kms)
Tattapani has hot sulphur springs that rae known for their healing powers.
Kufri (16 kms)
Kufri is one of the early places to be associated with skiing in India. It has fine views of the deep valleys and thick forests that are framed by a backdrop of unmenlting snows. This also has the Himalayan Nature Park.
Fagu (22 kms)
Fagu is a small village on the way to Narkanda. It offers wonderful views and walks in the area.
Narkanda (64 kms)
Narkanda is famous for its ski slopes and wide views of snow covered mountains. This place is close to Himachal's apple growing heartland of Kotgarh and Thanedar. Ski courses are held here in winter.
Chail (45 kms)
Chail was the summer capital of the erstwhile princely stste of Patiala and the Maharajas mansion is now a Palace hotel. Chail has good walks, thick woods, wildlife sanctuary, the venerated Sidh Baba ka Mandir and the world's highest cricket ground.
Spring (May/June)- You would get lots of snow but roads are at worst, lots and lots of tourists and obviously a costly trip with escalated price.
Monsoon (July/Aug) - Ladakh/Lahaul/Spiti is historically there is no rain but traffic is high.
Autumn (Sep/Oct) - Roads are at the best but almost no snow enroute. Weatherwise I like this season personally the most, the weather after monsoon recedes remain crystal clear with least haze/dust/mist and gives excellent visibility for watching peaks.
Winter (Nov-April) - At your own risk without any tourists, excellent bargain and budget trip is likely. Also for special interest tours like say Chaddar trek of Zanskar, this is the time to go.