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Jubbal – Paths And Princes

by akshaylike 7 year, 9 days ago

Jubbal is a perfect holiday destination with a combination of vast landscapes, thick woods, and splendid buildings. Two eyes are not enough to see the beauty of this place!

Aristocratic in its entirety and exquisitely beautiful like only a Princely State can be, Jubbal stands testimony to all that is royal with its mesmerizing sceneries and exotic vistas. Located at an elevation of 1901 meters, the town of Jubbal is a beautiful retreat engulfed in plush greenery and dense deodars and is a popular place to holiday in Himachal. The crystalline stream of the Pabbar River running along the town’s side only but adds to its already omnipresent sheen. The land of the royal family of Jubbal, the town is virtually unexplored and hardly ever crowded, making it an ideal spot for your much needed break from the routine.

Jubbal - The Land of Royal Landscapes

Jubbal is a land of huge mansions and imposing citadels, with glittering streams, sparkling lakes and skillfully constructed temples adding to its glory. It is also an ideal spot for trekking due to its largely mountainous landscape, and angling opportunities are great due to the well endowed streams running through it. Jubbal is also a land of fairs and festivals, with the locals bursting into celebration at every conceivable opportunity. All these characteristics give Jubbal an elite and royal feel that can not be found elsewhere on your Jubbal holiday tours in North India.

Must See Places

Places to visit include the Jubbal Palace, the Hatkeshwari temple and Kothai. You can visit the famous Jubbal palace on the first day of your trip. The Jubbal Palace is a hallmark of excellent French craftsmanship, famous for its splendid architecture and its elaborately exquisite citadel. A part of the palace, called the Rana’s abode, is built in Chinese style with suspended attics and structures carved out of deodar timber. The modern wing of the palace has an Indo-European design and feel with convoluted wooden ceilings and the works. This palace which was once the abode of the royal Jubbal family has been turned into a heritage spot now. An entire day can be spent admiring this exquisite and imposing mansion.

Other Attractions

On the second day of your trip, visit the Hatkeshwari temple, a beautiful two storied pagoda style structure believed to have been built by the Pandavas. Constructed around 800-100 AD, the temple was renovated by the Jubbal rulers in the 19th century; the main idol of Hatkeshwari and the inner sanctum sanctorum were barely affected though. The place looks truly ethereal and out of this world during the evening prayer hours, when the fumes and sounds of the evening aarthi reverberate through its premises. Try visiting Kotkhai, a town on the cliffs near Jubbal famous for its great orchards and unbelievable beauty if you plan your trip for more than two days. 

Planning Your Trip

Jubbal shows wide and sweeping variations in its landscape, ranging from lush green and thick woods to dry lands bereft of vegetation. The valley is also famous for its apple orchards which can be esily explored by taking up package tours from Delhi. Which when coupled with its exquisite mansions gives the entire landscape a mesmerizing and unearthly feel. The region is generally cool through out the year with temperatures ranging from 15 degrees to 28 degrees centigrade during the summer and falling below 4 degrees centigrade during the winter. The winters are especially harsh and snowfall is frequent, hence the time of spring (during March) would be an ideal time to visit the place. Plan the trip for two or more days and take in every aspect of the virgin hills and rolling slopes to calm your restless mind and rejuvenate it.

Reaching There

Traveling to Jubbal by road is the most preferred mode, because many state owned buses ply from Shimla to Jubbal. Buses and cabs are available for travel within the city. Private vehicles are also available from Shimla to Jubbal for moderate prices around Rs 1000-2000. The nearest narrow gauge railway line is at Shimla again, which is connected to Delhi by train. Jubbal Hatti airport provides irregular services, mainly due to fluctuating weather. You can obtain a more reliable service at Shimla airport which has direct flights to Delhi. Do not miss including a trip to Shimla, when planning a holiday in Jubbal.

Staying There

Once in Jubbal, you can stay in the Dwarika Residency, where accommodation is provided for moderate costs ranging from 1500-2000 INR. Places like Jubbal, far removed from the usual humdrum of the tourist crowd, are hard to come by. So just book your tickets, pack your bags and get started on a trip of a lifetime!
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