Shoghi is a quaint, offbeat hill station, just 16km from Shimla in Himachal Pradesh. If you’re a traveller in a constant search for elusive, secluded spot of paradise in the hills, your quest ends at Shoghi. Once you get to the top of this hill, you can relax and revel in its natural beauty, its wonderful people and their hospitality.
Don’t think of Shoghi as a cheap alternative to Shimla – it is actually an ideal place to get away from all the chaos surrounding popular hill-stations. Here you can indulge in photography, enjoy bird-watching and take really long walks in the forests. If you’re in the mood for adventure, then it’s quite conducive for trekking as well with clear streams gushing over beautiful coloured stones that will fall on your way. There’s also camping and other exciting activities that are usually offered by resorts that you can try. During winter, you can even go for skiing because the place sees a lot of snow. While you’re in the town, don’t forget to try out the delicious pickles, syrups and juices that are made here out of the locally grown fruit produce.
Since Shoghi is a hill station, the climate here is always either pleasant or chilly. However, the best time to visit the place is between March to June if you want to experience a balmy weather, and for those who thoroughly enjoy a chilly climate, September to November is the best time to visit.
One of the significant temples in Shoghi is the Tara Devi Temple, about 11km south of Shimla at an altitude of 6,073 feet. As you drive through Shoghi and towards Tara Devi, the ascent will be breathtaking and nerve-racking at the same time. The temple is anywhere between 200 to 500 years old and legend has it that after a vision of Tara Devi appeared to the Raja of Junga on the mountain, he built a temple immediately on that spot. In the months of October and November the temple is overcrowded; at all other times it makes for a peaceful visit.
The landscape around Shoghi is dotted with many other temples. Literally every village in the region has one, each as exquisite as the other. However, two temples that best represent the local architecture and aesthetics are the Hanuman Temple and Kali Temple.