Nestled nearly 23Kms from Shimla, Fagu is a small hill station located in the Kufri region of Himachal Pradesh. Dotted by the imposing Himalayan range and dense woods, the magnificent environ of Fagu is laid out with full of surprises for vacationers. Ranging from its vibrant flora and fauna to snowy ambience and stone walled houses make this hill station an enticing summer retreat for tourists. Being a tempting hill station, the invigorating climate of Fagu makes the site an all season destination for travellers. A huge number of influxes can be observed here during February making the destination an absolute paradise for honeymooners and adventure junkies. This is the time when the popular Ski Fest is also celebrated here with great gusto.
Fagu, one of the least explored hill stations in Himachal is gradually gaining its reach amongst the vacationers and adventure buffs. Hence, when in Fagu, make sure you don’t miss out the following attractions:
Located nearly 10kms away from Fagu, Theog Town is a quill to the natural grandeur on this breathtaking knoll. This place is quite popular for housing variety of markets from where, you can shop bag full of goodies. Besides, the place is evenly enticing for panoramic vista.
Situated approximately 13kms aloof from Fagu, Katir is an ideal destination for summer escape. People who know little about the place can flock here and explore the magnificence of this amazing spot. Soaked with tranquil ambiance and eye-catching natural abundance, this destination is an absolute paradise for undergoing various outdoor activities like trekking, camping and picnicking. During winter, plenty of local people visit here with their family for a soothing excursion. Apart from sightseers and adventure freaks, Katir is evenly worth visiting for photographers. Those who are in the quest of a serene weekend, Katir may be the place for them.
Banthia Devta Temple
How about witnessing a sacred site 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 religious place for the local inhabitants. The temple was built in the reverence of the local God. In addition, the 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.
Well, the attraction of Theog town doesn’t culminate here. The actual beauty of the place lies in its breathtaking environs and five Ghats namely; 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 picnicking. There is another tourist attraction called Tattapani, which is located a close proximity of Potato Ground.
Apart from its scenic beauty, what makes a traveller visit this destination time and again is its easy accessibility from various parts of the country. If you are planning a short time-off to this beautiful hill station anytime soon, here’s how to get there with ease:
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, one can easily hire a taxi to travel further or get into a bus that runs under the Himachal Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (HPSRTC). Additionally, travellers can take a flight till Chandigarh Airport and then travel further by road to reach the destination.
By Train: Located nearly 20Kms from Fagu, the nearest railhead is Shimla. From Shimla Railway Station, it takes approximately 25-30 minutes to reach Fagu by road. However, the best and most convenient option 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 on this route include Shivalik Express, Himalayan Queen, Shivalik Deluxe Express etc. If you are travelling from Delhi, Kalka is an overnight travel.
By Road: If you reside in a place like Delhi and want to visit Fagu by road, there are several regular state transports and private vehicles that will take you to Shimla via NH 1. From Shimla, you can cover the distance till Fagu by car/taxi in less than an hour time.
So what are you waiting for? Pack your back and visit this beautiful hill town of Fagu.
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