Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Biking, hiking & exploring Shimla countryside


The great Himalayan Outdoors









A lovely day excursion from Shimla descends into the valley of Shimla Water Catchment Sanctuary, the first gravitational water supply scheme to Shimla town. Soon you find yourself into a beautiful Himalayan Countryside shaded with thick coniferous cover. 

The drive further continues through tiny hamlets clinging to the steep slopes with terrace farms growing varieties of food grains, vegetables and spices too. The area also marks the boundary with the restricted Catchment Sanctuary. An undisturbed thickest pine cover is above us and the lower parts of the interlocked valleys are dotted with small villages. 

The drive, finally culminate at a small village offering 360 degrees views of Shimla and its suburbs however, away from the hustle and bustle of Shimla. Enjoy an outdoor picnic in one of the fields next to an old traditional Himalayan village with magnificent views. 

Best Time to Visit: 

Round the year 

Tour Highlights:

 Untouched pristine Shimla countryside
 Cultural and social aspects
 Visit Shimla’s earliest water lifting scheme
 Biking/driving/walking through Himalayan countryside
 Excellent knowledgeable naturalist/historian

Trip Activities:

 Mountain biking
 Moderate walking
 Driving




Mashobra valley hike is a wholesome experience of a mountain countryside walk, with a peek into the natural, social and cultural aspects of Himalaya.  The meandering trails, under the shade of Cedar grooves, become a home typical Himalayan flora and provide ample chances to admire the rich Himalayan bird life. A, four hours of demanding walk is an excellent way to appreciate the life of Himalaya along with its beautifully carved temples.

After breakfast, drive 45 minutes into Mshaobra valley and set out to experience the natural and cultural magnificence of the area. The initial section of the walk passes through an old Cedar forest, an old Shiva temple on the way is worth visit. Further descend, marks the clearing into the forest with small houses and terrace fields. Visit a village and communicate with the local folks. Every village here bears its own history. The village also unveils a magnificent panorama of deep valleys clustered with tiny houses and green terraces growing variety of food grains and vegetables.

Enjoy the flat section of the walk with beautiful scenery until we reach to the lunch point under the shade of coniferous cover. Finally, gear up for the last uphill stretch and drive back to hotel.

Best Time to Visit:

Round the year

Tour Highlights: 

 Untouched pristine Shimla countryside 
 Cultural and social aspects  
 Biking/driving/walking through Himalayan countryside  
 Excellent knowledgeable naturalist/historian 

Trip Activities:

 Flat, downhill or uphill mountain biking 
 Moderate to demanding walking 
 Driving countryside valleys 


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