Located in Seraj valley, Shoja is a breathtakingly beautiful place. The mornings in Shoja are particularly invigorating. One can just stroll around, walk up to the meadows or perhaps take the pathway into the jungle. Nature lovers can enjoy thickly wooded hill slopes starting from the bottom as far down or up or sideways or deep as one can look.
Best time to visit: April- October
Temperature: The Weather is pleasant through the season. Pleasant days (light woollens) and mildly cold nights. Shoja gets its share of rainfall during July and August and snow fall from end December onwards.
Banjara Retreat: 4 bedrooms and 2 suites (suite has 2 bedrooms, one bath and no living room)
Banjara cottage: 6 bedrooms.
Accommodation Single Occupancy / per night Double Occupancy / per night
Retreat Rooms 6000 7000
Retreat Suite 6700 7700
Cottage Room 8000 9000
The COST PER NIGHT includes all meals & all applicable taxes.
It does not include a 5 % Service Charge on the above cost, which the guest is liable to pay directly on site.
The tariff does not include barbeque and activities.
The driver/helpers are charged Rs. 300 for food and Rs. 200 for stay i.e. Rs. 500 per day..
Additional Cost for extra children / adults sharing the room/tent at all places would be:
Child below 5 years (No extra bed) – Complimentary
Child between 5 & 12 years (with or without extra bed) – INR 1500 /child /night
Adult (anyone aged 12 yrs or more) – INR 3000 /person /night
How to get there
From Sojha, one can drive up to Jalori Pass it is just 5 km. The metal road from Jalori pass leads down to Sainj and Shimla. The place abounds in hypnotic ambience. The lake is small but in a beautiful location. Cradled by rolling- Meadows on all sides, high up in the mountains, it is an idyllic location for a private cottage. A small quaint little Dhaba runs at the lake that can offer hot food and a roof overhead for overnight campers.
Daily flight from Delhi- Kullu- Delhi
Daily flight from Delhi/ Mumbai- Chandigarh- Delhi/ Mumbai
Daily morning and evening Shatabdi from Delhi- Chandigarh
Daily overnight train (Himachal Express) from Delhi- Kiratpur Sahib- Delhi
Delhi- Sojha: 480 km/ 12 hrs
Chandigarh- Sojha: 240 km/ 8 hrs
Kiratpur Sahib- Sojha 190 km/ 6 hrs
Kullu airport- Sojha 50 km/ 2 hrs
HIKES AROUND SOJHA
A walk to the waterfall Duration: 2 hours Level: Easy
This is an easy trek of around 45 minutes to an hour from the retreat. It is a good way to refresh yourself on your arrival at the camp and flex those muscles tired of sitting in the vehicle. From the road head, there is a slight uphill walk towards Jalori Pass. Few hundred meters up the road, one takes the right fork into the forest that leads to the waterfall. The trail winds its way through a wide variety of pine and many wide leaved higher Himalayan species. The sunlight filtering through the forest, birds chirping and the gentle cold breeze makes it quite a romantic affair.
Raghupur Fort Meadows Duration: Half a day Level: Medium
In the mountains, if you want to be rewarded well by nature in its full glory, have must make an early morning start. through hike to Raghupur Fort meadows that overlook the Tirthan Valley in Kulu district in the West and Shimla district in the East.
This 5 km uphill drive will test your car as well as your mountain driving skills! The local people believe that an erstwhile king of Mandi province got this fort constructed hundred of years ago. One of them will have us believe that this retreat was made in case the king had to retreat into the mountains in case his kingdom was attacked by the enemy forces from the plains. Yet another popular belief is that the fort was constructed for the pleasure of the king away from the prying eyes of his family and subjects. Whatever the truth, the King could not have chosen a better location. One look and you would not want to go back.
The Meadows also happen to be the favourite ground of local shepherds. It is a sight to behold with hundreds of sheep and goats munching around with not a worry in the world, with at least couple of shepherd dogs in attendance.
Serolser Lake Duration: Half a day Level: Medium
Himachal Pradesh, with most of it lying in the lap of Himalayas, has an abundance of lakes. One such lake is in Tirthan Valley (Kulu District). Located 11 km (5 km by car from our retreat to Jalori Pass and 6 km on foot from there to the lake) from Banjara Retreat in Shoja, it is one of the best treks for families.
This lake makes up in crystal clear clarity what it lacks in size. The local belief is that no one has ever found a leaf floating in the lake though leafy trees surround the lake itself. You will certainly not find a leaf floating in the lake.
Nearby is a small temple beyond which the meadows start. A couple of teashops regularly come up between April-October. They have also some local sweets and savouries- worth trying.