Fagu, Himachal Pradesh

Fagu is a tiny village that lies along the Hindustan Tibet Road (NH-22) and is astride a mountain saddle. This unusual location gives this village a magnificent view of both sides of the hill. The views encompass both the northern and southern valleys and the sparking snow-clad peaks of the Himalayas. In the open patches, the valleys hold picture perfect hamlets, orchards and neatly terraced fields. The area is covered with deodar and spruce forests and has both nature’s splendour and serenity.

Fast Facts

Height: 2450 m

Climate: Summer is pleasant and cottons and light woollens are suggested. Winters are cold and heavy clothing is required. Through the rest of the year, light woollens are suggested.

Getting There & Away: How to reach Fagu

Road: Shimla is at a distance of 22 kms.

Rail: Kalka railway station is at a distance of 112 kms and the one at Chandigarh is 142 kms away. Connected by the narrow gauge Kalka-Shimla railway, Shimla station is 25 kms away.

Air: Shimla airport is 40 kms away.

Tourist Attractions in Fagu

Fagu presents excellent views. Several forest walks and hikes are possible around Fagu.

Kufri (5 kms): A wide spread of snow peaks, deep valleys and a position as a ‘must do’ excursion from Shimla have ensured popularity of Kufri down the decades. This is a little hamlet in the Himalayan belt. This was the place where skiing originated in Himachal Pradesh and today, this remains popular for its walks, horse and yak rides, drives and views. Read More>>>

Shimla (22 kms): Located in the mid hills of the Western Himalaya, the town of Shimla came up in the wake of the ‘Gurkha wars’ that came to an end in 1815-16. From a small village, it grew to become the ‘summer capital’ of British India and from its heights almost one-fifth of the entire human race of the world was ruled for well over a century. Read More>>>

Narkanda (43 kms): Narkanda was once a staging post along the Hindustan Tibet Road and today, this small town is famous for its wide views, forests and as a destinations for a quiet holiday in the heart of nature. The area has forests of fir and spruce, with a smattering of maple, aspen and cedar trees. Read More>>>

Naldehra (24 kms): Naldehra is one of the most popular excursions from Shimla and is a full-fledged destination in its own right. Set under a thicket of deodar trees and with a magnificent view of the valley below, the Naldehra spur extends from the Kufri hill. This also has one of the most picturesque golf courses in the country. Read More>>>

Kotgarh and Thanedar (1830 m) are connected by a link road that bifurcates just after Narkanda to Himachal’s apple growing heartland. This pocket of charming mountain countryside is also reputed to have amongst the highest per capita incomes in South-east Asia. All this prosperity is due to Samuel Evans Stokes, who introduced the American varieties of apple in the area and modern systems of marketing and packaging. In his later life, Stokes got converted to Hinduism and changed his name to Satyanand; he became an associate of Mahatma Gandhi in India’s freedom struggle. His house, Harmony Hall is a remarkable blend of indigenous and western architectural styles. The paramjyotir temple near the house has verses of the Gita inscribed along the walls. Nearby are the small lake of Tani Jubbar and the well known Nag Devta temple. St. Mary’s Church at Kotgarh is one of the oldest in the country.

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