105 Kilometres east of Shimla lies the quaint village of Parhaat. Near this village and on the banks of the babbling river Pabar is the stunning valley of Hatkoti. This valley of stone temples is as preternatural and peculiar as it is ancient. Hatkoti has always been a place that brings together several individuals and tourists due to its unique architecture and religious importance. The valley lies in the Jubbal Tehsil and provides some of the best views as it is set against the colossal Himalayan Ranges. The Hatkoti Valley is mainly visited by the locals as a day trip from Shimla and is a popular pilgrimage spot, religious symbol as well as a sanctuary for those wishing to make themselves one with nature.
Near Hatkoti, the river Pabar is joined by two tributaries called the Bishkuti and Raanvti. This joining of the three rivers and formation of a junction along with the presence of the stone temples themselves makes several individuals visit this place as part of a pilgrimage worshipping the various gods who have temples dedicated here. Furthermore, the locals believe that the river Bishkuti is poisoned due to its pale grey colour, adding to the myth and marvel of the Hatkoti Valley. The mountain ranges along with the lush green grassy slopes and the dense forests that outline the area are vastly appreciated and well worth the travel.
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