Janjehli Valley - An Offbeat Valley of Himachal Pradesh

BY : Jony Jindal

2 years ago

In the end of May, we explored an offbeat valley of Himachal Pradesh - Janjehli  Valley. Janjehli is a small town located at the altitude of - in the district of Mandi in Himachal Pradesh. Janjehli  valley is famous for its greenery landscape, meadows and the famous temple in it.

Thursday Night, I started my journey from Delhi and met my friend Nayansi Jaswal in Chandigarh. At Midnight, we started our travel by catching a bus to Mandi. After the journey of 7 hours (including dinner break), we reached Mandi around 7 Am in the morning. After getting fresh and taking a cup of tea at Inter state bus terminal Mandi, We headed towards Janjehli  by bus. Janjehli is located at the distance of 98 kms from Mandi but it takes 4 to 5 hours to reach there by bus as the roads are not so good.

We reached Janjehli  around lunch time. After reaching there, we started searching for the hotel. There are very few hotels or homestays in Janjehli  as it's an offbeat valley. Very few tourists visit here. We found a homestay near bus stand which charged us Rs 700 per room per night. We booked 2 rooms and after checking in to our homestay, we took lunch and planned for a short nap before start exploring. But we took a long rest as we were tired because of the long mountain journey in an ordinary bus.

In the evening, we went outside and visited some temples and rivers there. Did a short hike to a famous temple of Janjehli  and enjoyed the mesmerising sunset. At night, we tasted the local food for dinner, had a good conversation with locals and took rest in our homestay.

Next Morning, we woke up early and started our journey towards Shikari Devi Temple. Our cab driver dropped us at Bulah village and said that we need to go upside by walking. There was a road till the base point of Shikari Devi Temple but the condition of the road was so bad. After the hiking of 2 km, we got the lift from a car going towards Shikari Devi Temple. The cars were going till top, our cab driver cheated us. 


Somehow, we reached the base point of Shikari Devi Temple. A local couple helped us a lot by giving us lift and guided us well for the rest of the tour. There are around 500 stairs for Shikari Devi Temple. After reaching the temple, we spent around 1 hour there. The view from the top was mesmerising. We experienced the panoramic view of Dhauladhar Range and Pir Panjal Range from there.