Kharapathar stands in the midst of an area covered with thick forests of Himalayan cedar and apple orchards. This little village is on the highway that leads to Jubbai, Hatkoti and Rohru and commands a majestic view of the deep valley. At different points of year, it unfolds a varied beauty. In spring, the apple blossoms are out is strength, summer has the area filled with flowers and activities, during the monsoons, the mists weave patterns across the hills and valleys and winter holds a calm repose.
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 from Shimla.
Height: 2673 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 Kharapathar
Road: Shimla is at a distance of 82 kms.
Rail: Kalka railway station is at a distance of 202 kms. Connected by the narrow gauge Kalka-Shimla railway, Shimla station is 84 kms away.
Air: Shimla airport is 104 kms away.
Tourist Attractions in Kharapathar
Giri Ganga (2,745 m): A 7 kms enjoyable hike that passes through thick deodar woods leads to the source of this river that rises just below the Kuppar peak. The river pours its waters into the mighty Yamuna and there is a small graceful shrine at the spot.
Kotkhai lies 24 kms short of Kharapathar and is one of Himachal’s important apple growing areas.
Jubbal (1,892 m, 9 kms) was the seat of an important princely state with the same name. The palace is a fascinating structure that combines indigenous and European building styles.
Hatkoti (1,400 m, 29 kms) lies on the right bank of the river Pabbar; the classical temples of Hatkoti, executed in the nagara style are a major attraction. The primary temple is that of Devi Durga in her form of Mahishasuramardini, the slayer of the demon Mahisa who stalked the world in the form of a buffalo and the Devi is locally known as ‘Hateshwari’.
The town of Rohru (1,550 m, 40 kms) lies by the banks of the river Pabbar and is the largest settlement of the valley. This has the temple of Shikhru Devi and is highly venerated. Past Rohru, trout fishing is available on the Pabbar and good spots are Seema, Sandasu, Tikri and Dhamwari. Read More>>>
Chhaupari, past Rohru is scenically attractive place. This is a secluded spot and has a long ridge that holds a small temple. The view from this point is magnificent and there is a grand display of the neighbouring Uttaranchal, as well as those of Kinnaur.
Dodra and Kwar are two of the most remote but very beautiful places and are separated by a few kilometres.