Bhuira Jam Factory
A walk to the Bhuira Village is definitely recommended to see in action a small village cooperative that is making news all over the world.
In rural India, one of the most direct ways to help an entire community is to empower its women. An unusual little factory and in one Himalayan village has spread sweetness to two groups in India: jam-loving gourmets and village Women. Bhuira Jam is a label known all over the country for its organic preserves. Started by Linnet Mushran in 1992, this all-woman affair has not only set a new benchmark of taste in preservative-free jams and marmalades, but also emancipated women in this sparsely populated sub-division of Sirmaur district in Himachal Pradesh. This is a women-owned and operated jam (and chutney) cooperative. All of their jams are handmade in small batches from local produce and sealed with a wax plug.
DOLANJI BON MONASTERY
On Solan - Rajgarh road there is a small village known as Ochhghat. 5km from here on Narag-Sarahan road, located at famous Bon Monastery known 'Yungdrung Bon Monastery' being run by Yungdrung Bon Monastic Centre. This was founded in 1969 by the Abbot Lungtog Tenpai Nyima. After 14 years of hard work, he managed to create a totally self sufficient monastery with 120 monks, developing it into a thriving, active centre of all branches of Tibetan traditional learning. On the eve of New Year and on other occasions three sacred Bon dances are performed here which are of great attraction
The Bon religion was the original religion in Tibet. It was heard both Bon and Tibetan Buddhism had influenced each other over the centuries. Though now there is little difference. In the temple is a prominent picture of the Dalai Lama and 1000 Buddha’s. Except they go anti-clockwise instead of clockwise. Red More about this Religion by clicking here. Read more about the Bon Future Fund Here .
Baru Sahib Gurudwara
A very well known Gurudwara around 40 kms from Rajgarh. It is one of the oldest holy shrines of the Sikh faith Built by the Kalgidhar Society. Baru Sahib, the land of meditation (tapobhoomi) spread over 400 Acres is located in a distant and remote corner of the state of Himachal Pradesh, India. The estate of Baru Sahib is ensconced in beautiful lush Himalayan mountains on the verdant slopes of the Shivaliks. The sylvan surroundings and the cool breezing air has a tranquilizing effect on the mind.
The estate abounds in bubbling mountain streams, Himalayan springs and gushing waterfalls casting a magical spell on the human mind. The entire place is surrounded by the orchids of plum, peach, apricot & walnut.
Rightly, it is called ‘The Valley of Divine Peace’.
Churdhar:-The Bangle of Snow (11965 feet)
THE enchanting Churdhar peak in Sirmaur is one of the highest Peak of Shivalik ranges at a height of 11965 feet. Churdhar, commonly known as Churichandni (Bangle of Snow), is blessed with some of the most spectacular and beautiful landscapes in this region. The view from the summit embraces a vast panorama of lowland tracts towards the south and snow-capped ranges, including the peaks of Badrinath and Kedarnath in the Garhwal region, towards the north.
A wealth of herbs and beautiful alpine flora cover these Himalayan slopes. Walking through the wildlife sanctuary, one spots the spectacular monal, Himachal’s state bird, along with koklass and kaleej pheasants. The canine-toothed musk deer and the endangered Himalayan black bear inhabit the higher forests. Below the summit is the deodar-roofed, single-storeyed, square temple of Srigul with a lingam, dedicated to Shiva (Chooreshwar Mahadev). Trekkers tread over small glaciers on their way to the wind-blown Churdhar summit, which has moderate to heavy snowfall (average of 33 feet snow). Often the Srigul temple gets buried under it.
A view of the rainbow emerging on the horizon after the rain, is a memorable sight. The multi-colored rays streaming out of the cloud cover make the sky look like a huge chandelier.
The Churdhar Trek can be completed in three days from Rajgarh.
Visit to Renuka Lake
Renuka Lake is in the Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh in India and it is 672 m above the sea level. It is the largest lake in Himachal Pradesh, with a circumference of about 3214 m. This lake was named after the goddess Renuka.
It is shaped like a sleeping woman. Renuka was killed by her own son, the legendary Parsu Ram, in obedience to the orders of his father-the sage Jamadagni. After the deed was done, lake Renuka was formed surrounded by stepped fields of golden corn. Today the myth is brought to the fore when, each year in November, a fair is held to celebrate the immortality of Renuka and her son.
The Renuka Lake is surrounded by lush green forests supporting a variety of animal and bird life. Spread over 400 hectares of wood and grass land surrounding the sacred and picturesque Renuka lake, this Wildlife Sanctuary despite its small size, harbors several species of deer like Chital, Sambhar and Barking Deer. The threatened Kaleej pheasant and the more common Red jungle fowl are also found here.
Visit to Shimla (90 KM from the camp)
Shimla formerly known as Simla, is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh. In 1864, Shimlawas declared the summer capital of the British Raj in India. Shimla is often referred to as the "Queen of Hills," a term coined by the British. Located in the north-west Himalayas at an average altitude of 2,205 metres (7,234 ft), the city of Shimla, draped in forests of pine, rhododendron, and oak, experiences pleasant summers and cold, snowy winters.
Shimla has a number of spaces to visit. Local hangouts like the mall road and ridge are in the heart of the city. Most of the heritage buildings in the city are preserved in their original tudorbethan architecture. The Viceregal lodge which houses the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, and Wildflower hall that is now a luxury hotel are some of the famous ones. A collection of paintings, jewelery and textiles of the region can be found at the State Museum (built in 1974). For the dry fruits and natural herbs carrying medicinal properties you may check out any of the local shops whereas the Lakkar Bazaar is the one stop market for the wooden items of all shapes and sizes.