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Weekend Getaways from Delhi: Ghiyagi

 
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Weekend Getaways from Delhi - Ghiyagi
| Places to see | Places Nearby | Places to Stay | Fact File |
Ghiyagi Quick Facts
  • Hill station, 550 km from Delhi
  • Recommended for couples, adventure lovers
  • Nearest City – Kullu, 30 km away
  • Best time to go from April – October

In the upper reaches of Himachal Pradesh lies a quaint destination that goes by the name of Ghiyagi. Still untouched by mass commercialisation, Ghiyagi is a hit among those looking to getaway from it all and want a slice of peace and beauty. A destination that promises to take you close to the nature and to your own self, Ghiyagi is just 3 km before Shoja (on Delhi-Kullu route).

Ghiyagi is an exciting place to take long walks and to head out for treks that branch out from Ghiyagi. There are number of easy treks that one can opt for when visiting Ghiyagi. It is an idyllic destination as well, one where a traveller doesn’t have to be constantly on his toes for sightseeing lest he misses something. There is hardly anything to miss in Ghiyagi. All one can do here is soak in the beauty of pine trees and serenity of the mountains around.

Ghiyagi is little far from the usual weekend destinations; it may take you up to 13 hours to reach there. It is 8 km from Jalori Pass that links Shimla and Kullu districts. Once you pass Aut on the way, the scenic beauty around is spectacular. There are two routes to reach Ghiyagi. Either one can take the Chandigarh - Ropar - Bilaspur - Mandi - Aut route or the one that passes through Shimla (Chandigarh – Shimla - Kullu).

Places to see in Ghiyagi
Jalori Pass

There is hardly anything to see in Ghiyagi. A couple of falls around and a few trails branching out are what you may find here. Adventure lovers can head out and trek to the Jalori Pass and Shoja.


Places near Ghiyagi
Serolsar Lake

Shoja, 3 km away from Ghiyagi is a well known tourist destination and much better equipped than Ghiyagi in terms of tourism infrastructure. It is here most of hotels and rest houses are located. A small village of not more than 50 families, Shoja is a picture postcard destination with apple groves and long wooded walks. The village is located on a mountain ledge, overlooking the valley. Jalori Pass, 5 km from Shoja is the link between Shimla and Kullu districts. On either side (5-6 km apart) of the Jalori Pass, there is a beautiful lake (Serolsar Lake) and a fort (Raghupur Fort).

The Tirthan Valley is about 30 km from Shoja. The Tirthan River which flows through the valley is great for trout fishing. Ghiyagi is in the periphery of the Great Himalayan National Park and many wildlife enthusiasts make it a point to visit the park, which is home to musk deer, ghoral, lagurs, thar, bharal, serow, brown bear, leopard and snow leopard.

Places to Stay at Ghiyagi

Accommodation at Ghiyagi is basic and limited to a few hotels or guest houses. Shoja, 3 km away is better equipped and has a good number of hotels and guest houses, which provide comfortable accommodation. Check hotels in Ghiyagi and Shoja

 
How to reach Ghiyagi

By Air: Bhuntar in Kullu district is the nearest airport, 57 km away.

By Rail:
Chandigarh (220 km) is the convenient rail head well connected with other parts of the country.

By Road: Regular buses are available till Aut, which is on the Delhi- Kullu Highway. Since there is limited connectivity beyond Aut, it is advisable to hire a cab. Ghiyagi is 38 km from Aut.

Best Time to Go: April - October

>About Ghiyagi: Ghiyagi Information and Fact File
Altitude 2600 meters
Temp
Summer 24 (max) & 12 (min) Degrees Celsius
Winter 10 (max) & -2 (min) Degrees Celsius
Best time to Go April - October
Monsoon July – August
Summer May – June
Winter November – February
Clothes Light woolen in summer & heavy woolen in winter
Nearest Airport Bhuntar, 57 km
Nearest Railway Station Chandigarh, 220 km
Bus Station Banjar, 13 km
Hospital & Doctor

Nearest hospital equipped to handle emergencies is in Kullu town, 60 km away

Places to see Shoja,  Jalori Pass,  Raghupur Fort,  Serolsar Lake,  Great Himalayan National Park…
   
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