Fateh Veer Singh Guram, Travel @ The Hush Post: Located in the Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh, Jubbal is a town with a rich history. Dating back to the 12th century, this town was the most important ‘thakurie’ among the 18 ‘thakuries’ of the region. Between 1803 and 1815, the princely state of Jubbal was held by Nepal, and was under British control from 1832 to 1840.
Currently, Jubbal is famous for its apple orchards and is an ideal place for a weekend retreat. Situated at a comfortable height of 2200 metres, Jubbal experiences pleasant weather and is hardly crowded, thus making it a perfect tourist destination.
Things to do:
Visit the Chandar Nahan Lake:
Located near the Chanshal peak at a height of nearly 4,000 metres, the lake is a popular fishing spot. This lake is the place from where the Pabbar river originates, and is set amongst the tranquillity of the deodar and pine forests.
Visit the Jubbal Palace:
Built partly in the Chinese design, the Jubbal palace is an imposing and maginificent structure that was home to the royal family of Jubbal. Its cream coloured hue, sloping roof and red chimneys are much admired by visitors. Designed by a French architect, it is a combination of Indian and European architecture.
Located at a distance of 20 kilometres from Jubbal, it is famous for the Hatkeshwari Temple. The temple houses a number of shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, in its two storied complex. Built nearly 1,000 years ago, the temple is designed in the Shikhara design.
Visit Khara Pathhar:
A beautiful valley with lush green apple orchards, Khara Pathhar derives its name from a natural boulder which is shaped like an egg. The valley is surrounded by pristine deodar and pine forests. The place is an ideal picnic spot and a walk around the area is a fun thing to do.
Best time to visit:
Since Jubbal is located at a height of more than 2,000 metres, winters can become slightly chilly, with the temperature dropping to almost 0 degree Celsius. However, summers see a fairly pleasant 25 degrees, hence most people prefer to visit the place in the summers. However, if you wish to experience the winters of Himachal, then the months of November-February can be an ideal time to visit.
How To Reach:
Jubbal is well connected by road, and the nearest railway station and airport are located at a distance of 91 kilometres, in the state capital of Shimla.
Chandigarh is located a distance of 190 kilometres, while Delhi is located at a distance of 436 kilometres.