Himachal Tourist Guide

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Pabbar Valley

The Valley of the Pabbar river is accessed from Theog on the Hindustan Tibet Road and Rohru (131 Kms from Shimla) is its main town. It is also a good location for trout fishing, sightseeing and trekking in the area. Jubbal (31 km) is famous for its palace which is an interesting mix of European and vernacular elements and the classical temples of Hatkoti (11 km) are another major attraction.

Pabbar River, ShimlaPabbar Valley is ahead of Shimla in Himachal Pradesh and located in the still non-touristy mountains amongst the most prosperous apple orchard belt of India, with deep forests of deodar and oak. The route for Pabbar Valley branches off the national highway NH22 (the old Hindustan-Tibet Road) from Theog, and heads towards the Pabbar Valley and beyond. Lying in the lap of virgin nature below the breathtakingly beautiful Chanshal mountain range, the Pabbar Valley is a haven for offbeat travelers and lovers of nature and adventure. At 4220 m / 13926 feet, the Chansal Pass remains open from May to October. Known after the name of its major river Pabbar with numerous tributary streams, once rich in trout fish, it stretches from the southern boundaries of the legendary land of Kinnaur to the borders of the sacred land of Uttarakhand. The Pabbar, rising high in the snow-capped mountains and fed with glacial ice, meanders its way to join the Tons at Tiuni to feed the waters of the Yamuna.

Pabbar Valley Ranges, ShimlaMajestic mountains, splashing streams, natural beauty of shimmering lakes and breathtaking landscapes, Pabbar valley is a paradise of travelers. This valley is known for the dynamic and adventurous tourist activities. The amazing opportunities of trekking like Kuper Valley Trek and Chanshal Trek in Pabbar valley are praise worthy.

Hatkoti, 120 km away, and Rohru, 131 km away, are the two main picturesque places on the bank of river Pabbar, known for trout fishing. Hatkoti has a splendidly built temple of Goddess Durga with green fields all round and Rohru has a typical hill town market.

There are options for Jeep Safaries and natural walks in the spectacular valley of Pabbar. The banks of Pabbar River are ideal for fishing activities including trout and Mahasheer fishing. Pabbar valley is a virgin land waiting to be explored. This valley is an ideal retreat from the busy life in the urbanized regions. If you experience a place where man and nature live as one, then come to Pabbar valley.


  • HATKOTI : Hatkoti, at an altitude of 1,100 m, is a scenic village on the banks of Pabbar River in Shimla (104km away). Sanctified with a number of temples, it derived its name from Goddess Hateshwari, who is believed to be the embodiment of Lord Shiva. With inspiring legends the temples of Hatkoti are on the banks of the Pabbar, the core belongs to the classical shikhara style temple. This is dated to the 7th-8th centuries. Adjoining Shiva temple is of the latika temple, having some remarkable wood carvings. During their exile of Mahabharat, the Pandavas are regarded to have lived here for a while. The temple is said to be blessed by Lord Shankara. 20km from Jubbal.
  • ROHRU : Rohru, a small town located by the banks of the river Pabbar, 115 km from Shimla. There is a valley near this city which is well known for trout fishing. This place is famous for its natural beauty and splendor, and offers great opportunities for various tourist activities, especially fishing, camping, trekking, hang gliding, and para gliding. Later this area has been converted to paradise of anglers. Rohru's temple of Shikhru devta is held in high veberation and is the site of an annual fair. The elaborately wood worked temples of Baindra devta of Bachhonch and the Gadaru devta of Gwas are acessible from Rohru. 11km from Hatkoti.
  • CHIRGAON : 15 km from Rohru. Scenically enchanting, Chirgaon has a trout hatchery. Good fishing spots in the area are Seema, Mandil, Sandhsu, Tikkri and Dhamvari. Larot is another attractive spot near Chirgaon. This is the base for treks to Dodra - Kwar, the Sangla Valley and to Sarahan via Tacklech and to Nichar. 
  • THEOG : A small but bustling settlement it rests where the road to the Pabbar Valley branches off the National Highway. The Banthia devta temples of Janog with exemplary wood carvings are barely a kilometer from Theong. The panels are the free standing carvings include the 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu, a ten headed Ravana and Devi Durga as Mahishasuramardini - the slayer of the demon Mahisha. 10 km from Fagu.
  • CHOPAL : The small town seems to hold the essence of the region and lies exactly 100 kms from Shimla. Chopal's woodand stone houses, topped by slate roofs, are set in the midst of deodar woods. This idyllic scene is framed by a row of snowclad peaks. Sarain village near Chopal is set against the backdrop of the Churdhar. At 3647m, the Churdar sometimes called the Choor Chandni which poetically transalates as the 'Mountain of the Silver Bangle' is the highest peak in the area and forms a popular trek. Held in high reverence Sarain has the Bijat temple which is exemplary specimen of local craftmanship. Within or accessible from Chopal are the temples of Lankra Bir, Narsingh Bir, Gugga Bir, Shirgul and Lord Shiva. 13 km from Theog.
  • KOTKHAI : 19 kms from Chhaila. It is the peaceful and prosperous area as said about is. As Himachal is reffered to as the Fruit bowl of India, this place too has apples, cherries and apricot orchards. Kothkai produces 40 percent of the apples of Himachal pradesh.
  • KHARA PATHAR : 24 kms from Kotkhai. As the name says Khara Patthar has huge free standing egg shaped boulder. Worn smooth by aeons of erosion this is a wonder of this area. From here the steady descent of the Pabbar valley begins. Khara pathar is a place that gives expression to the phrase of 'time standing still', Kharapathar is a perfect leisure destination in the heart of nature's generous blessings to the area. Lush forests, wide views, excellent walk and hike trails and the charm of apple orchards make this a perfect leisure destination that is easily accessible by a short drive (85 km) from Shimla. .
  • JUBBAL : 9 kms from Khara PatharThis was once the ruling seat of the princely state with the same name. One of the most important Hill States its earstwhile rulers trace their lineage to ancient Kannauj. Jubbal has a well maintained palace which was designed by French architect in the 1930s and is a remarkable mix of European and indigenous styles. The Jubbal area also has some splendid temples. The high tower like temple of Piri Devi is very beautiuful.
  • CHANSHAL : Like the resplendant crown for a noble face the snow cald Chanshal range rises above the Pabbar valley. At 4220m the Chanshal pass which opens from May to October is the link to Dodra Kwar. The Chansal area also has some excellent Ski slopes.
  • DODRA KWAR : The villages of Dodra Kwar are seperated by a few kilometers. Still unconnected by a motorable road this pocket retains a pristine beauty. There are countless wild flowers and medicinal herbs, thick woods of flowering rhododendron, ceddar and birch, waterfalls and fast flowing stream.
  • HANOL MAHASU TEMPLE : Hanol Mahasu temple is situated at an altitude of 1429 m in the village of Hanol, 55 km from Rohru on the eastern bank of the Taons. This temple constructed in Huna style architecture is dedicated to Mahasu. The Hanol temple is said to the originating place of all the deities of the area of Rohru and Jubbal. Tradition recounts that a demon lived here and killed the people, one by one each day. A devotee of Lord Shiva in Mandrath challenged the custom and prayed to Shiva for help. This ardent devotee of the lord- Deolari Devi, a resident of Hanol, was being directed by God. Accordingly, she sent her four sons to Mandrath, where from a field they obtained four Shivlings. The shivlings were given the names of the four young men. Meanwhile the demon was killed by the four sons and the villagers thereafter started worshipping Shiva as Mahasu.
  • SHIKHRU DEVTA TEMPLE : This is a beautiful temple located in the heart of the town, Shikhru Devta is held in high veneration and is the sight of on annual fair which is celebrated during the month of April every year.
  • CHHUPARI : This village is last village situated just below the hills of Bollon. There is small temple on the top of the village called "Thamti Temple". From here you can view the beautiful sites of Jubbal and Rohru area. Bhaloon hills is popular for it OM which is said to be a natural creation of god which can be clearly seen from Thamti temple. In the heart of the village there is a beautiful wood artichected temple of local DEVTA GUDARU JI. The temple of Hatkoti can be seen from this village. The local place of interests are Lowerkoti, Sidhroti villages. The village is well connected by road which 18 Km from Rohru.
  • BAGI : Village Bagi is a small village situated in lap of Bollon hills. The village is covered with thick forest. The village is having many springs. The springs of the village is said to be famous for mineral water sources. There is a beautiful Gudaru Devta temple situated on the top of the village. The Pabber Valley camp’s is also situated within the village Bagi and the near by village of the Bagi are Parsa, Chiuni. The village is well connected by roads which is 15 Kms away from Rohru. There is a beautiful camping site of pasture of Sara which is about 2 Kms away on foot from this village.
  • Alpine Retreat Package : Alpine Retreat is situated 18 km from Rohru on the hill top covered with apple orchards and forest area. Retreat has 4 bedrooms with attached toilet, independent kitchen in wooden architecture and traditional look. Retreat is around 400 mtrs walking from the road.


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