Shoghi, unexplained beauty, Situated in the beautiful valleys of Himachal, right next to Shimla in the district of Solan. Shogi is a wonderful less known hill station located at an approximate altitude of 1790 m above sea level. Shoghi is also known as the city of temples. It is 13 km from Shimla. Shoghi is a hill station surrounded by beautiful oak trees. Fruit cultivation here is the main business from which jams, jellies, and juices are made and traded. Many old temples are located throughout the region, among which Hanuman Temple, Kali Temple, and Tara Devi Temple are prominent. Few of the temples are stablished at Jakhu Hills which is a well-known attraction for tourists. The climate is pleasant throughout the year. Tourists can visit this place in all seasons.
The British rulers had fought with the Gurkhas and had taken over this entire region. Later the British presented this entire area including Shimla to the Maharaja of Patiala. The history of Shogi dates back to the 19th century at the time of the Anglo-Gorkha War. On May 15, 1815, the Gorkhas suffered defeat at the hands of the chieftains in the Battle of Malton. The British and chieftains together compelled the Gorkhas to sign the Treaty of Sanjauli, Due to which the local people had to face many troubles at that time, but they all did not give up and stood firm on their point, to which, the areas under the Gorkha rule were returned to the original rulers. Later, the entire region, including Shimla, was gifted to the Maharaja of Patiala by the British in return for his continued services.
The culture of Shoghi can be well explained from its language, music, festivals, dance, art and craft, and happy lifestyle. Hinduism and Buddhism are two prominent religions followed in Shoghi. In Himachal Pradesh Tribal music and folk dance of Shoghi is quite popular. Rasa Dance and Rakshasa Dance are special and popular in Shoghi. Pahari is the primary language for the locals followed by Hindi and English. Similar to other hill stations of this region, the people of Shoghi lead a simple life and are known for their warm hospitality. This place is also famous for making fresh fruit juices. The desire for fresh juice made in factories here attracts tourists. With many temples, this place is also an ideal place for trekking and camping. Along with camping, you will get to see many beautiful species of birds here. For photography, the scenic views of the birds are perfect. If you want to indulge in nature's lap for a few days and enjoy the beauty of nature in full, then do not forget to include this place on your next trip to Himachal Pradesh.
1. Kaali Mandir: The Kali Temple is situated at an elevation of 8500 feet above sea level. This 150-year-old temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali, the goddess of Hinduism. Mata Kali has many other avatars and names such as Shyamala and Chandi.
2. Hanuman Mandir: Hanuman Temple is one of the ancient religious centers here. Dedicated to Anjani's son Hanuman, this temple has many paintings depicting many incidents of the life of Lord Hanuman.
3. Tara Devi Mandir: Tara Devi Temple is located at a distance of about 11 km from Shimla. This temple, dedicated to Goddess Tara, is built on the Tara Parvat or mountain. Hindu goddess Tara is also important for Tibetan Buddhism and is considered one of the nine sisters of Goddess Durga.
The temple is about 250 years old, founded by Raja Sen dynasty of West Bengal. The idol of the Goddess in the temple is made of wood. Special Puja is organized here on Sharad Navaratri.
4. Camping in Shoghi: One can also enjoy camping at the hill station, camping facilities can be provided at various hotels and resorts. Shoghi camp is a popular place to camp in the area.