One-Day Treks Near Shimla Which You Need To Try This October

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One-Day Treks Near Shimla

Shimla had been the summer capital of the British Raj and was named the “Queen of the Hills”. The nostalgic charm of Shimla remains intact. However, apart from the popular treks and trails around the city, there are some not so popular destinations as well. Let’s find out where all you adventure seekers can go on your next visit to Shimla.

Here is the list of 10 One-Day Treks Near Shimla Which You Need To Try This October

1. Hatu Peak, Narkanda

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67 kms from Shimla

The trek to Hatu peak is an excitement filled adventure to all- adventure mongers who are looking for an action-packed hike, and amateurs who are looking for a fun-filled trip along a stupendously scenic road. The trek starts from Narkanda, which is 63 km away from Shimla and ends at Hatu Mata Temple that is perched up on the top of the hill, making a fitting finale to the eventful and rejuvenating trek.

Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
Total Distance: 14 km

2. Karol Tibba

Karol Tibba is the highest peak of the town of Solan with an altitude of 2240 m.  Along the trek, you would get to see the panoramic and scenic views of Solan. At the peak, there's a temple dedicated to Goddess Kali. You would have go through many grasslands and forests and even the Pandava Cave.  

Difficulty Level: Easy
Total Distance: 11 km

3. Shali Tibba

Shali Tibba hill is located in Khatnol village which is  35 km from Shimla. Shali Tibba is also known as 360 as you would be able to see a 360 view from the peak of Kufri, Fagu, Shimla and Narkanda Hills. The altitude of Shali Tibba is 2873 m, and forests cover the trail. The mountain peak has a temple dedicated to Goddess Bhimakali which is revered by the locals.

Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
Total Distance: 14 km

4. Naldehra

Naldehra is a small hill station which is 24 km from Shimla. Naldehra is famous for its Gold Course which is at an altitude of 2045 m. The British Viceroy Lord Curzon set the golf course there as he had been highly impressed by the natural beauty of the place. This trail through pine and deodar trees is like a long leisurely walk for 3 hours or a horse ride.

Difficulty Level: Easy

5. Chharabra

Chharabra is a small village about 13 km from Shimla at an altitude of 2514 m and is surrounded by pine trees. There are three treks you can take from Chharabra. One to Kufri Cantonment, one to Mashobra and one to Dhalli. All the three routes offer scenic beauty of the thick forests, pine trees and fruit orchards.

Difficulty Level: Easy

6. Dhanu Devta Temples

The three ancient wooden temples of Dhanu Devta have somehow been left neglected. But if in Shimla, you can take this short trail from Mall Road to this scenic location of the temples towards the village Kalyana. Start walking from the Mall road and take the Shimla bypass road via Central Potato Research Institute. You’ll be able to find these temples while going downhill. 

Difficulty Level: Easy

7. Tara Devi

To seek blessings of Tara Devi, one would always have to trek through the forests. And this trail in the Tara Devi hill has breathtaking views of the city of Shimla. The path goes through the majestically tall deodar and pine trees. You might also be able to sight some monkeys. Also, if you plan to go on a Sunday, you might get to have langar at the temple. The altitude of this temple is 1851 m above sea level.

Difficulty Level: Easy 
Total Distance: 18 km

8. Chadwick Falls

Located at about 7 km from Shimla, Chadwick falls would be the perfect spot for nature lovers and photography enthusiasts. The trail is a leisurely 1-2 hour walk from Boileauganj. You can go to Potterhill via Summerhill chowk, or you can go to Dharkuffar via Chaili. Both roads meet at the same point. If you go in September, after the monsoons, you’ll get to see the cascades sparkling clean. The altitude of Chadwick falls is 1586 m.

Difficulty Level: Easy

9. Kamna Devi Temple

It is believed that Goddess Kali fulfils all the desires of the devotees who climb up the hill and offer prayers at the Kamna Devi Temple. Rana of Junga built this temple. From the altitude of 2150 m, you would get to see spectacular views of Solan, Old Shimla and other hamlets around the hill station. This temple is accessible from Boileauganj via Shimla-Bilaspur road. The trail is picturesque with valleys and meadows all around.

Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
Total Distance: 10 km

10. Jakhoo Temple

Jakhoo Hill is the highest hill in Shimla with the height of 2500 m. There is an old temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman at the top of the mountain. You can easily sight several monkeys around. Be careful as they may snatch your goggles, camera, food, etc. The temple is believed to exist since the time of Ramayana. The trek is quite steep and tiring, and you would have to walk through dense pine forests. It would take about an hour to reach the peak, depending upon the pace. You could buy walking sticks at the base of the hill. This trek is a bit difficult, but you’ll definitely not be disappointed by the scenic views of valleys and hills when you reach the peak. 

Difficulty Level: Moderate to Difficult
Total Distance: 2 km

So, what are you waiting for? Do try these One-Day Treks in Shimla right now!

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