Snowy ShojaRoad trip to Chandigarh Mandi Shoja from DelhiTotal No of days - 4Dated - Dec 2016
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This Christmas our trip was to the less explored part of Himachal, SHOJA. Shoja at just 5 kms from Jalori Pass, that links the Shimla and Kullu districts provides breathtaking sceneries and walks to nearby lakes and forts. The whole region is a part of the Great Himalayan National Park.
This trip was the All India Meet organised by HVK. We were a group of around 160, in convoys making it to this secluded, chilly interiors of Himalayas. Our stay was in Banjara Retreat and scattered in small accomodations in Ghibi and around.
Day 1 - Drive to Chandigarh(279kms/6hrs)
First halt at Chandigarh, here we were put up in Hotel City Paradise for the night. Then groups of 5-10 cars headed by a team leader make our way to Shoja the next morning at 7am. The whole trip was adventerous for any road trip enthusiast. Rest let the pictures speak......
Hotel City Paradise
The convoy moving to Mandi
By 1:30 we reach Mandi. Had lunch at Hotel Shingaar, here we meet other members, come in from all over India. The teams are re-grouped and further we head to Shoja....
It had snowed the earlier night, so it was bone chilly. The climb to Banjara was slushy and slippery. We reached by 6:15, but had to wait for all the cars to climb. Later we were escorted to Hotel Cedar View in Ghibi after dinner.
The night was too cold around -4 degrees. The beds, blankets everything was chilly, the heater was hardly able to provide some respite, I guess voltage is less here. Anyways, got to bed.
The next morning was beautiful, the valleys and mountains around began to shine in the rising sun, the lovely stream flowing by was gurgling, the sun rays were still to beat the wind chill, after a quick breakfast we visit the Tirthan valley. The Great Himalayan National park was to be covered by foot, so we were not to keen to walk, the last village till the vehicle can go is Kushaini, and so from there we returned back.
The evening was a intro seesion of all members followed by dinnner. The next morning we head back home. Leave around 9:30 and reach home by 11:30pm.
Stop by Govind sagar lake
and also Rewalsar
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