Khanag is the south slope of Jalori pass (3330 mts), in the outer Seraj region of Himachal Pradesh. At 7kms from Jalori pass, Khanag is less popular than other destinations in the Inner Seraj, on the north slope of Jalori pass, Shoja, Jibhi and the NOW very popular Tirthan Valley.
And this, being less popular, gives Khanag its ubiquitous charm. And probably this was the reason that ‘Penelope Chetwode’ the legendary trekker and mountaineer of this region of the Himalayas, chose Khanag as the location for her home, over Shoja and Jibhi just 12 and 19kms respectively. That home, now a Dak Bungalow (rest house) is a slice of heaven, tucked away in the forests of Khanag.
Oak laden and deodar blessed trails lead to Sereolsar Lake (2hrs), Raghupur fort (3hrs), Takrasi (2 hrs). To put it, Khanag is splendor solace.
‘Vin’ is Lord Ganesha and ‘Shar’ is Goddess Durga. Thus from their blessings, comes ‘Vinshar’. So tells us, ‘Arun’, the modest man behind establishing his labor of love in the mountains. Vinshar is present at two places, Khanag and Baga Saraun, both in the outer Seraj, below the (mentioning again) the Jalori pass and Bashleo pass respectively.
8 individual cottages, done up beautifully, on the terraced slopes, overlooking the forests of Jalori.
And when we mention ‘Forests of Jalori’, it becomes impertinent to share what a close friend ‘Manoj Biswas’ writes about them.
“Situated 100 kms. from Shimla in Kullu district, the Jalori Pass is far away from the urban rigmarole, in the silent wilderness of the Himalayas where every flower truly enjoys the air it breathes. The seasonal blossoms set the hills on fire in their rich variant hues. Cradled within a yet untouched forest heartland, the Jalori Pass offers Nature’s breathing life – bountiful flora and fauna amidst the pristine solitude of the highlands.
Birds, butterflies and flowers of various hues line the alpine meadows, woods and valleys all along the slopes of Jalori. The fragrance of Lillies, Primulas, Asters, Gentians, Rhododendrons along with various rare herbs and medicinal plants please the senses while the stunning views make a winning snapshot for the camera -friendly. Twittering and gushing forth their songs, a plethora of Himalayan feathered species are annually visited by the Gujjars and Gaddis during spring, which return in the months of October and November. For the adventure seeker, the chance meeting with a wandering leopard, a shy Himalayan black bear or a rare Pine Martin for wildlife lovers adds to the excitement. The forests of Jalori are a tribute to the magnificence of nature”.
PARKING – Yes
PET FRIENDLY – Yes
ROOM SERVICE – Yes (the rooms are equipped with amenities (tea coffee maker)
SAFETY – Guaranteed
HIMSTAYS RATING – EXCELLENT.