Shelapani

shelapani When I first saw pictures of this beautiful spot, I was spell bound! Shelapani is situated in Shimla hills. A 3 hour drive from Shimla takes you somewhere in the middle of nowhere. Shelapani is suitably complimented with snow clad peaks, green hills, a river, pine forest and Apple orchards. This place is the ultimate spot to connect with nature and stay in solitude. Shelapani translates to cold water and is named after a natural spring water flowing nearby. Shelapani is the best of rural and village tourism in Himachal Pradesh.

Shelapani is an attempt to connect with nature and spend time with people who support life by providing the raw inputs for the city life needs. From agriculture to sericulture, they do it all. What one explores during these tours is a unique experience and an eye opener to the basics of a rural economy. One not only get to see rural life closely, but also get a chance to connect and open avenues for rural India by interacting with people closely. While for city buffs, this gives a day off to go back to roots, for children it is an opportunity to get close to nature and learn about flora and fauna.

At 7500 ft, Shelapani is ideal for camping, trekking, and jungle walks. It offers marvelous landscapes, fishing in river Pabbar (22 km) and a lot of natural spaces horse1 for hiking, camping, cycling, horseback riding, skiing, Picnic lunches in the forest, meadows & apple orchards, rock climbing and village tours. The place is a great get away for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. Shelapani offers a temple tour of the nearby villages. Horse rides along the forest trails is a must do. In the evening one can watch the most amazing sun set. There is a riot of colors. The clouds, the skies, the space between the mountains with various shades of pink, blue, purple, mauve, magenta, turquoise and what not! And what is more the hues and the color scheme changes every minute as the sun plays hide and seek amongst the clouds – a beautiful sight indeed.

dwarika Accommodation at Shelapani is at the beautifully done cottage – Dwarika Residency. This is a 4 bed room cottage and the amenities include TVs, VCRs, CD Players, Pet Friendly, Hot Tub, Gas Fireplace, Wood Fireplace, Washing Machine, Washer Dryer, DVD, BBQ Grill, Microwave, Hair Dryer, Toaster, Coffee Pot, Full Kitchen, Iron, Internet Access. All meals are included in the rent. Minimum stay of 3 nights is mandatory. Charges for full cottage is Rs. 8000/ per night. More information is available at the cottage website.

How to reach:

By road, Shelapani is situated a distance of 85 km from Shimla. One crosses through Theog, Kotkhai and Kharapathar. At Kharapathar, leave the main road and take a left turn towards Mandhol village (12 km). Further 1.5 km of Mandhol through a jungle road lies Shelapani. Shimla to Shelapani is a three hour drive. This place can be reached from Delhi straight in 11 hours.

So next time you plan a vacation… just try this new destination.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

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9 Responses to Shelapani

  1. Dwarika Residency is a beautiful home away from home,located amidst an Apple orchard with stunning view of white peaks,river and a lovely forest .A beautiful forest walk ,horse riding,trekking, offroading are just a few things to do.Rest you will be surprised by the beauty of the place along with unparallel hospitality and yes don't forget to visit the village to witness the traditional culture and experience the local lifestyle. Its definitely a paradise to rejuvenate yourself from the chaotic city hustle.

    YOGI August 14, 2010 at 11:42 pm Reply
  2. From agriculture to sericulture, they do it all. What one explores during these tours is a unique experience and an eye opener to the basics of a rural economy. One not only get to see rural life closely, but also get a chance to connect and open avenues for rural India by interacting with people closely.

    Pet Travel Blog January 11, 2010 at 9:12 pm Reply
  3. Walk the path – Come meet the real India and experience the Zing.
    To give you Peaceful environment and Healthy atmosphere is our motto
    DWARIKA RESIDENCY SHELAPANI

    manju October 30, 2009 at 11:39 pm Reply
  4. Please do give a detailed list of the bird species likely to be seen around this area.

    Suresh C. Sharma July 28, 2009 at 3:16 pm Reply
    • Titter, gugti, wild cocks can be found in abundance here.

      Ambika July 28, 2009 at 6:18 pm Reply
    • Sir, lot of birds such as wild pigeons ,wild hen,sparrow (multi-coloured)Dark black crow,titter,gugti. wood packer,parrots valtures,eagle ext .ext lot depend on chance

      Sudhir khimta July 28, 2009 at 7:50 pm Reply
    • some of the birds found in Sheelapani are the White cheeeked Bulbul, Himalayan Griffon Vulture, Streaked Laughing Thrush, Rock Bunting, Monal, Long Tailed Phesant, etc etc

      sanjayausta@gmail.com July 28, 2009 at 10:05 pm Reply
  5. “This home is a beautiful place and great location!!! Perfect house for my family..Really a perfect place to stay!”.
    Regards Ysc

    Yash Jay chauhan July 27, 2009 at 5:18 am Reply
    • Thanks a lot Mr yash………… Hope to see you soon!

      Sudhir khimta July 28, 2009 at 8:11 pm Reply

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