Shangarh Road Trip - Sainj Valley Weekend Trip
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In an ambience of tranquillity, with lush green fields, old-fashioned cottages, and birds twittering, lies the picturesque Sainj Valley. This is the least one can say for this alluring lowland. The Sainj valley lies alongside the Tirthan Valley, and lately, these twin valleys of Seraj have been attracting the attention of wanderers, hikers and trekkers.
Located near India's Great Himalayan National Park, which has been carved out in high over an area of 754.6 sq km, the valley has started wooing tourists with the most beautiful sights in the world. The park was registered as a World Heritage Site in 2014.
The average annual temperature in Sainj is 20.6 °C with an annual rainfall of about 1,387 mm. Since the Sainj valley mostly remains cool and drizzly, you must check the weather forecast before planning a trip to this place. Good for travellers, the months of April and May are rainless for Sainj Valley, but to enjoy the snow-capped mountain peaks, January and February can be the best time for snow lovers. If you can bear downpours and chilly breeze, July to September in Sainj Valley is a good time to go.
The Sainj Valley of Himachal is a hidden treasure that can be found in the Kullu Valley, just 45 km away. In the lap of the Himalayas, the quiet hideaway is literally a heavenly valley of dwellings. The Sainj Valley offers a once-in-a-lifetime peaceful and breathtaking experience. Every traveller who visits Tirthan must come once to this serene gorge.
In Sainj, Dehuri and Nahi are two breathtaking locations that are easily accessible by road. When visiting Shangarh, these locations are must-stops for any excursionist. Here you can see the vast grasslands surrounded by lush green cedars, with a temple situated in the centre. There is also a small lake on the roadside from Dehuri.
A little farther away is Shangarh, a pleasurable environment for a lull vacation and absolute togetherness with nature. With a comfortable forest vacation house situated in this part of Sainj Valley, the magnificent view of the surrounding peaks can be taken after wayfaring 4 kilometres into an earthly miracle in the dense green pine forest. Despite the remoteness of this hidden land, it is embraced by travel-loving explorers and hikers. The place of Shangarh is also known as the Mini Gulmarg, which is a base point for trekking.
Shainsher or Shenshar, is a place in the Sainj valley that is famous for its five-story ancient temple. The pagoda-time temple has an amazing backstory behind its establishment. The temple is surprisingly built around an age-old Deodar (Cedar) tree. Set at the Neuli Base Point, to be reached by bus, the place also glorifies a primitive fort at Taliara which was built by Thakurs in the 7th Century. From Sainj Neuli, one can further trek to Raktisar to witness an impressive view of glaciers with colourful layers.
There is also Panihar in Sainj, which is traversable from Thatibir by a bus. The scenic place of Panihar is popular for a lounge owned by the HP Forest Department. The place is quite sought after by tourists and offers a vivid panoramic view.
Volvo Semi Sleeper
- The group will assemble at the pickup point at 6:30 PM. We'll meet the trip captains and a small tour briefing session would also be provided.
- Afterward, we'll head towards Sainj Valley which is an offbeat destination nestled in Himachal Pradesh.
- Upon our arrival at Aut Tunnel, we'll switch vehicles from Volvo to Private cabs and then resume our journey.
Note: The pick-up point will be Majnu Ka Tila.
- Upon our arrival, we'll check into our homestay where we'll have lunch.
- Then we'll head out for a local sightseeing tour where we'd visit the sparkling Barshangarh Waterfall. We'd be traversing the Barshangarh Village which is a tiny hamlet nestled in the foothills of Himalayas. Afterward, we'll go for a scenic walk in the Shangarh meadows which unfurl like a lush green carpet at your feet.
- In the evening, we'll host a bonfire. Dinner followed by an overnight stay in Sainj.
- After early morning breakfast, we'll head out for a trek to the Pundrik Rishi Lake which is nestled in the vicinity of the Great Himalayan National Park.
- The entire trail is adorned by lush green forests consisting of Rhododendrons and Deodar trees. After spending some peaceful time by the lakeside, we'll start our descent and head back to our designated stays.
- Dinner will be served in the evening followed by an overnight stay at Sainj.
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- After early morning breakfast, we will check out of the homestay.
- We'll head towards Kullu where we'll indulge in a thrilling River Rafting session.
- In the evening, we'll board an overnight bus to Delhi.
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Transportation: Volvo for Delhi to Delhi transportation
Accommodation: 2 Nights Accommodation in Homestay
Sightseeing as per the Itinerary
Meal Plan: 5 Meals (Starting from Day 1 Lunch to Day 3 Breakfast)
The trip Captain will be present at all times during the tour.
Toll Taxes and other state taxes
Early check-in at the hotel.
Any additional expenses of personal nature.
Additional accommodation/food costs incurred due to any delay travel.
Any lunch and other meals not mentioned in Package Inclusions.
Any Airfare / Rail fare other than what is mentioned in “Inclusions”.
Parking and monument entry fees during sightseeing.
Additional Costs due to Flight Cancellations, Landslides, Roadblocks, and other natural calamities.
Any other services not specified above in inclusions.
THINGS TO CARRY
Day backpack (20 – 30 Ltrs): When you are on a local sightseeing tour, you are required to carry only a few necessary items and for that, you need a day backpack as you will leave your bigger one at your designated stay.
Floaters or Sandals: When you are spending your day at leisure, a good pair of sandals and floaters will help you to move freely.
1 Down Jacket / Main Jacket: It’s emphasized that you need to carry proper layers so you can avoid getting cold which is why you need to carry an insulated jacket that you can put on over your other clothes.
1 Pair of Thermal: Thermal is a piece of garment that helps in keeping your body warm in cold temperatures. It is a necessary item that you need when traveling to cold regions.
Outdoor Shoes: A comfortable shoe is required when traveling outdoors, especially in the mountains. They shouldn’t be chunky, instead, they should be lightweight and sturdy.
3 Quick Dry Tees: You must keep at least three pairs of quick dry tees so that you can wash them in between stops for proper hygiene.
3 Pair of Cotton Socks: Cotton socks are extremely comfortable to move around in and are lightweight as well which is why you can always count on a good pair of cotton socks while trekking. However, keep in mind to change them and avoid wearing them when they are wet.
1 Pair of Woolen Socks: A good pair of woolen socks, especially merino, are comfortable, limit odors and provide adequate insulation from the cold so you can wear them at night.
1 Poncho: A poncho is an evolved form of a raincoat that provides coverage to your body as well as your bag and ensures total water protection from the rain.
Quick-dry towel: A quick dry towel will help in maintaining proper hygiene. It must dry quickly because the wet fabric will only increase the chance of bacterial growth.
Gloves: Insulated gloves help in maintaining proper body heat in your hands.
Sanitizer: Prevent the risk of infections and maintain proper hand hygiene by making sure you carry a hand sanitizer.
Sun Cap: A lightweight sun cap with side flaps is perfect to keep your head cool and avoid sunburns on a sunny day.
Lip Balm: Your lips can become chapped due to the harsh cold winds so it's important to keep them moisturized.
Cold Cream & SunScreen (SPF 40+): To avoid sunburns and chafing, you need to put on sunscreen as well as cold cream.
Water Bottle 1 Lt.: Hydration is extremely important when it comes to traveling To carry a water bottle that you can refill with Himalayan water is a must.
Bag for all your Toiletries: A bag with all your essentials including napkins, toothpaste, sanitizers, paper soap, etc should be carried in a ziplock bag.
Personal Basic Medical Kit: Carrying a medical kit with bandages, Dettol, medication for headache, nausea, etc is necessary.
Sunglasses / People who use spectacles (Use Photochromic glasses instead of contact lenses): Photochromatic glasses are specs that are designed to transform into anti-glare shades depending upon exposure to the sun. They are good when it comes to eye protection but one can also opt for clip-on glasses etc.
Mobile charger / Power bank: Although you'll get electricity at most places, it is always advisable to carry a charged power bank in case of emergencies.
Documents: Identification proofs like Aadhar Card, and driver's License.
Extra Polythene: In case your clothes get wet or your garments don’t dry, you can carry them in polythene. However, make sure that all the plastic that you are carrying into the woods leaves with you. Don’t litter in the mountains.
Camera: This should be obvious. To make sure that you get to capture all the great moments from your trip. Make sure that you have enough storage and some extra batteries as well.
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Policy and Terms
No cancellations will be taken over phone calls or WhatsApp messages. Please reply to the email of the payment receipt that you received at the time of booking regarding the cancellation.
Free Cancellation up to 45 days before the departure date. (Booking amount is non-refundable)
44 Days to 30 days of Departure date. 10% of the total Trip cost along with the booking amount will be charged as a cancellation fee.
29 Days to 20 Days of Departure date. 25% of the total trip cost along with the booking amount will be charged as a cancellation fee.
19 Days to 10 Days of Departure date. 50% of the total trip cost along with the booking amount will be charged as a cancellation fee.
10 Days to 6 Days of Departure date. 75% of the total trip cost will be charged as a cancellation fee.
6 Days to Trip Departure date. 100% of the total trip cost will be charged as a cancellation fee.
No Show. No refund.
Note: All the reimbursements/refunds will incur a Payment Gateway charge of 2.5% & GST at 5% respectively. The Payment Gateway charges will not be levied to the customers who have made their transactions via UPI.
Please also note that the booking amount for all packages/trips is non-refundable whereas a Credit Note can be issued if the cancellation is made 3 days before the departure date (at the discretion of the organization)
In case of government orders, harsh weather conditions, protests, landslides, or any other unforeseen circumstances, we work out the best possible alternate plans or trips/treks. At times even if certain activities are canceled, the organization provides the best alternative but no refunds are provided.
If a trip/trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.), JustWravel will issue a voucher for the full amount and if possible will provide an alternative as well. The voucher can be redeemed up to the same amount for the same or another trip/trek in the next 365 days from the departure date.
If a trek/trip cannot be completed due to natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.). No refund would be provided.
Any extra expense coming due to any natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.), Will be borne by the customer. The company will not be liable.
Cancellations policy will differ during the peak season and for popular places.
Terms and Conditions
Vouchers are non-transferable and valid only for the services mentioned herein.
Any services not specifically requested, confirmed and noted on vouchers will not be
All extras are to be paid directly to the hotels/the service providers.
Please stick to itinerary, anything extra shall be chargeable (at the location itself.)
Any service unused is non-refundable.
The company shall not be liable for damages/charges incurred by travelers if any of
the following reasons apply:
Natural disaster, war, civil unrest, and alteration or cancellation of tour itinerary due
to such causes.
Accidents during transportation or accommodations, damage by fire.
Orders of either Indian governments or immigration regulations, isolation resulting
from infectious diseases, and tour itinerary alteration or cancellation owing to such
Accidents occurring during the travelers free activities.