A Quaint Mountain Lodge
Theog, Shimla, Himanchal Pradesh
Overlooking a valley bursting with Deodars, Zostel Homes Theog is a woodhouse on a quaint little ridge in Bhalech. A perfect holiday here would be filled with soaking in the serenity of the wilderness, amusing yourself with a game of pool or reading a book at leisure, only to end the day on a magical note with a cosy bonfire in the veranda. The mornings come with mesmerising sunrises, whereas the sun sets to make way for a sky full of stars. Brimming with flower and fruit orchards, Theog is generous in offering panoramic views of the Himalayas. Often overshadowed by popular places like Shimla and Kufri, it is a small treasure with significant wonders.
HIGHLIGHTS AND ACTIVITIES
Hike to Kanag: The best hike of the region, it leads to a stunning hill that overlooks a valley bursting with Cedar trees. The peak is majorly unexplored by the tourists and you’re likely to find the locals picnicking here on weekends. An easy hike and very close to our home, it is a must-go for its starry skies, the camping experience, and a great mountain view.
Hike to Shali Tibba A standalone peak in the area, Shali Tibba is the perfect vantage point for a 360-degree view of the Shimla hills. Resting on the top is a temple made of wood and stones, a perfect example of the rural Himalayan architecture. To reach Shali Tibba, you can drive up to the Khatnol Village, from where the hilltop is a short hike.
Hatu Peak The second highest peak in the Shimla region, the hill houses a small wooden temple at the top with a panoramic view of the valley. The sunsets from this peak are stunning, as the sky turns into shades of pink, red, and orange every evening. The peak is a 32 km drive from ZostelX Theog and is accessible by a vehicle.
Narkanda You can make a day trip to Narkanda, which is only an hour’s ride from Theog. Covered with a forest of fir trees, the village is just by the Hatu Peak. It also turns into a skiing resort in winters.
Kufri Kufri lies at 15km on the way from Theog to Shimla and can be visited as a day trip. Here, you can hike up to the famous Mahasu Peak in summers or go skiing in winters.
Common Hangout Area
HOW TO REACH
◘ By Car: Drive on the Shimla-Rohru highway and take a left at Theog towards Bhalech. ◘ By Bus: Reach Shimla. From Shimla, take the bus to Theog. From Theog, you can take a taxi to Bhalech. ◘ By Air: The nearest airport is the Shimla Airport, at 53km from Theog. You can make the onward journey to Bhalech by the local bus or a taxi. The approximate fare for a taxi is INR 2500. ◘ By Train: The nearest railway station is Shimla which is 32 km away. From there, you can reach Theog on the local bus or a taxi. The taxi will charge you around INR 2000. Note: For further detailed directions, please call the property prior to your arrival. We also provide pick up and drop services on request.
AREA - Theog, Shimla
Back in 1947, it was Theog where the first flag of independent India was hoisted! The road from this village splits in two, one towards Kinnaur and the other towards the Rohru Valley. It is less than 30km on road from Shimla, the nearest popular town of Himachal Pradesh.
LOCATION - Zostel Homes Theog (Shimla)
Zostel Homes Theog (Shimla) sits on a ridge in the tiny village of Bhalech, right by Theog on the Shimla-Kinnaur highway. It looks out at a valley full of green Deodars and Pines.
Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.
- The property is not pet-friendly.
- Drinking and smoking are prohibited inside the property. Guests are requested to resort to the open areas for the same.
- No room or luggage services will be provided at the property.
- All the food served will be home cooked.
- Any special request regarding food or facilities needs to be intimated in advance.
- The area will have to be kept noise-free post 10 pm.
- Nature and surroundings should always be respected and taken care of.
HOSTED By Sandeep Verma
Mr Sandeep is a local and social worker. He used to run a restaurant in the past and now owns a construction company. An avid reader and traveller, he is well informed about the place. So, if you want a travel recommendation or are simply looking for amusing local stories, he’ll have a bunch of them to share.