In the quest of some popular hill stations and holiday destinations, we often skip some of the lesser known getaways around us. During peak seasons, most of such popular tourist spots in India remain occupied by sightseers from all round the sphere. Hence, it’s always a smarter idea to chalk out an offbeat and least visited destination, which offers you an absolute glee.
The natural magnificence of North India requires no specific introduction. Dotted by the majestic Himalayan range and dense woods, the scenic exquisiteness of Shimla has always enticed us with its diverse range of tourist locations. Once renowned as the summer peaks for the British, the presence of Shimla-Kalka railway station took Shimla to a new feat of travel delight. With this successful railway reach, there has been an astounding evolution in accessibility to Shimla and its adjoining sites of tourist interest. One such offbeat holyday destination near Shimla is Fagu.
Let’s take you for a ride to this mesmerising hill town in the beautiful state of Himachal Pradesh.
Nestled nearly 23Kms from Shimla, Fagu is a small hill station in the Kufri region of Himachal. The magnificent environ of Fagu has full of surprises for vacationers. Blend of vibrant flora and fauna, snowy ambience and stone walled houses turned Fagu to a must visit summer retreat amongst tourists. Besides being an alluring hill station in Himachal Pradesh, the climate of Fagu is something enthralling to behold. Located nearly 385Kms near Delhi, Fagu is an all season destination for travellers. The site witnesses a good volume of visitors during February when the popular Ski Fest is celebrated here with great gusto. In addition, the inhabitant of Fagu also celebrates Diwali and Dasserra with equal enthusiasm.
Being perched at an elevation of nearly 2,500 above the sea level, Fagu witnesses a soothing weather all round the calendar. During summer (March to May), the region sees a pleasant weather here when the temperature ranges from 7°C to 31°C along with gentle breeze. After summer, monsoon hits the region in the month of June and it lasts here till September. Moving ahead, winter blankets the beautiful hill station of Fagu in the month of October. The climate is awe-inspiring for vacationers that time. Winter lasts here till the month of February. During winter, the temperature of Fagu ranges from 0°C to 9°C or less.
Best Time to Visit:
Fagu can best be rejoiced during summer and winter i.e. from March to May in summer and from October to February during winter.
Places to see in Fagu:
Fagu, one of the least explored hill stations in Himachal is gradually mounting its reach amongst the weekenders, honeymooners and adventure buffs. Hence, when in Fagu, make sure you don’t miss out the following attractions:
Situated around 13kms aloof Fagu, Katir is an ideal destination for summer escape. People who know little about the place come to explore an amazing site after stepping into the terrain of Katir. Soaked with tranquil ambiance and eye-catching natural abundance, this destination is an absolute delight for trekking, camping and picnicking. During winter, plenty of local people flock here with their family for a soothing excursion. Apart from sightseers and adventure freaks, Katir is an absolute paradise for photographers as well. Those who are in the quest of a serene weekend, Katir may be the place for them.
#Banthia Devta Temple
How about witnessing a religious spot at the acme of knoll? Banthia Devta Temple is one such destination to fulfil your wish. Flanking to the beautiful hill town of Fagu, Banthia Devta Temple is a sacred place for the local inhabitants. This temple was built dedicated to the local God of Fagu. Brilliant wooden carving with a blend of small pillars and thatched roof are the key attractions of this temple. The structural design of this holy shrine beautifully portrays the art and culture of the town. Everyday plenty of local worshipers visit here to pay their sacred reverence to the God. Once you access the temple, you get to notice the wooden idols of Lorda Vishnu’s ten personifications and ten heads of Ravana. Besides, the temple also boasts a wooden idol of Mahishasurmardini, which equally draws the attention of worshipers here.
Located around 10kms from Fagu, Theog town is another quill to the natural splendour around the region. This place is popular for housing variety of markets where the people rush for bag full goodies. Nestled in the midst of the mighty Himalayas, Theog town adds more charm to the panoramic vista of the beautiful hill town.
Well, the attraction of Theog town doesn’t culminate here. The actual beauty of the place lies in its breathtaking environs and five Ghats such as; Prem Ghat, Jano Ghat, Baga Ghat, Deori Ghat and Rahi Ghat. One more tempting location around the town is Potato Ground, which is eminent for picnics. Located in a close proximity, Tattapani is another tourist attraction that you may visit around Fagu, which is quite popular for angling and water activities.
After having a startling sightseeing and adventurous experience, it’s time to try some delicious platters in some of the nearby eateries. Though, one cannot expect here a well-furnished restaurant, but some of the small food stalls are decent enough to meet up your gastronomic needs in the hill. Starting from Himachali dishes to Chinese, Tibetan to North India, you can still manage to try these delectable in Fagu.
Having said the phenomenal role of Shimla-Kalka railway, reaching Fagu is not a big fuss for visitors. Here’s how to get there:
By Air: For air travellers, the nearest airport is Jubbar-Hatti Airport, Shimla which is located nearly 35Kms from Fagu. Jubbar-Hatti Airport is in convenient touch with the cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Ahmadabad, Bangalore and Mumbai. From airport, you may hire a taxi or get into a bus under Himachal Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (HPSRTC) to travel further. Alternatively, travellers may also fly till Chandigarh Airport, from where it takes nearly 30-40 minutes drive to reach the destination.
By Train: Located nearly 20Kms from Fagu, the nearest railhead is Shimla. From Shimla Railway Station, it takes requires 25-30 minutes drive to reach Fagu. However, the best and most convenient option is to reach there is via Kalka, which further connects Shimla to its neighbouring destinations. From Kalka, Shimla is nearly 6 Hours away. Some of the major trains to reach there include Shivalik Express, Himalayan Queen, Shivalik Deluxe Express etc. From Delhi, reaching Kalka is an overnight travel.
By Road: For weekenders, reaching Fagu from its nearby location like Delhi and Chandigarh is quite comfortable. There are regular state transports and private vehicles that will take you to Shimla via NH 1 from New Delhi. From Shimla, you can cover the distance till Fagu by car/taxi in less than an hour time.
The following table gives you some idea about the distance between Fagu and some of its adjoining locations:
Places to Stay:
On enquiring about the staying options in and around Fagu, the hill town is laid out with some decent accommodations for visitors. Apart from hotels, there are various camping facility as well that a traveller may avail when in Fagu.
For your convenience, some of the nearby comfy hotels/camps/homestays are listed as follows:
Village Karyal, PO: Fagu, Near Galleu,
Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, 171209
# The Apple Blossom
Fagu Bus Stop, National Highway 22,
Shimla, Pin Code- 171002
#Snow Line View Homestay
Vill : Thatkar, P.O – Fagu, Tehsil : Theog,
Shimal, Himachal Pradesh, India, 171209
#Hill View Homestay
Fagu, Tehsil Tehog, Distt. Shimla,
Himachal Pradesh, India – 171209
Note: Depending upon the amenities you avail, the charges may vary from INR 1800 to INR 5000 or more.
If you reside in a place like Delhi, make your next summer escape to Fagu without looking any further. The place is a good base for photographers, naturalists and adventure freaks. So what are you waiting for? Explore the beautiful hill town of Fagu, which is one of the offbeat and least visited getaways for visitors.