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Ideal duration: 1 day

Nearest Airport: Chandigarh Check Flights

Arki Tourism

A small town in Solan district locally known for its 18th century fort, Arki is rather unknown among general population as a tourist location.

One of the smallest towns in Himanchal Pradesh, Arki is situated 52 kms away from Shimla. Being highly accessible from the capital of this state, Arki attracts a lot of tourists throughout the year. The pleasant climate and beautiful landscape of Arki make this place a favourable tourist destination. Arki also has a lot of temples which adorn striking architecture which tourists travelling here must visit.

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A breathtaking town with a taste of art and history

Situated in the Solan district, amidst the Shivalik hills, which form the base of the Himalayan ranges, in Himachal Pradesh, Arki is contemplated to be the smallest town. Arki means 'a sunny place'. Rana Ajai Dev, a Rajput, bought Arki into being. Arki was previously declared as the capital of the princely state of Baghal. An immensely scenic view of the majestic mountain ranges and deep valleys surrounds it. Arki is famous for its legendary past and has the monuments and the culture to show for it. The Arki Fort, the Luturu Mahadev Temple, the Jakholy Devi Temple are some of those numerous monuments that depict the heritage left by the rulers ruling it.

Majority of the architecture here show a blend of the Mughal and Rajasthani architectural styles. Beautiful frescoes and vibrant pahari paintings embellish the walls and ceilings in these monuments which represent various scenes from their day to day life and festivals and celebration and the way they were commemorated. The unique thing about these paintings and frescoes is that they not only represent scenes of the various Indian cultures and traditions but also depict some from the European and Chinese cultures and traditions. Arki is an important and exotic destination for tourists and travellers. It has several caves and mountain ranges that are used for many thrilling activities. The picturesque view and the several interesting activities offered makes Arki an immensely enthralling journey's end for anyone who needs a restful and enjoyable vacation.

Restaurants and Local Food in Arki

Arki does not have anything elaborate when it comes to food and your choices can be quiet limited. It might be preferable to carry your own food or make personal arrangements. One can travel to nearby towns for a richer variety and more options for food. You might find some fresh and juicy fruits here, since the state is popular for its fine quality of fruits which are usually widely available.
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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 - Reach Arki by nightfall and wake up to an amazing view. Once you freshen up, you can visit the Arki Fort and the Arki Palace which is built at the foot of Arki fort. Here, you can enjoy and study the art and culture of the different eras the monuments have lived. Post lunch, you can spend the rest of your evening in Batal which is almost five kilometres from Arki.
Day 2 - Adventure enthusiasts can spend their morning doing activities like trekking or jungle trails. Those who have no interest in these activities can enjoy their morning in the Kunihar Valley. You can spend the rest of the day either visiting the beautiful scenic Bhakalag village or enjoy the art and culture of the Diwani-i-khas.
Day 3 - Start your day early by visiting the Lutura Mahadev Temple, an old cave temple, after which you can end your vacation in a rejuvenated frame of mind. 

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

A picturesque village. Enjoys pleasant weather almost year round.

What's Not So Great?

Gets extremely chilly during winter. May get crowded during the vacation period. Not very accessible.

For Whom?

An amazing destination for anyone who loves art and history along with the great outdoors. It is exemplary for couples or for a family vacation or for those persons who love adventure activities. 

How To Reach Arki

The broad gauge railway station nearest to Arki is in Kalka which is 73 km away. The nearest airport is in Jubbarhatti, which is 40 km away. Taxis and state-run buses are easily available in this region and can be taken to reach Arki.

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