Adventure / Trekking | Nature
#17 of 45 Places to Visit in Shimla
Distance (From Shimla): 83 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 4 Hours/Half Day
Transportation Options: Cab / Bus
Travel Tips: None
At a distance of 83 kms from Shimla and 51 kms from Solan, Habban Valley is situated at an altitude of 6770 ft above sea level.
The Habban Valley is surrounded by forests of deodar and is located in the hills of Sirmaur; a lush green village besides one can also find huge orchards of apples and peaches surrounding the valley. The wildlife consists of peacocks, deer, tiger, kastura and ghol. Though the climate is friendly and pleasant all round the year, it occasionally snows in Habban Valley. There are also various trails within Habban Valley which include a 7 km trek to Banalidhar or take a longer trek (15 km) to Churdhar.
Walking in the dense deodar forest of Habban is thrilling and rejuvenates mind and body. The silence that prevails around is just perfect to enjoy the beauty of the valley. There is also one temple of the most revered Shrigul Devta. It is located at Shiya village around 10 km from Habban. The temple has an interesting traditional structure built mainly of wood and stone.
Habban Valley is a small place and one should carry mineral water, some snacks and medication since there are not many shops around. Woolen garments are essential when visiting in the winter season.
One may not find many hotels or resorts in Habban Valley itself but the valley has nearby motels. Hotel Monaland Grand Sunset is 13.7 km from the valley whereas The Jewel Valley Chalets is just 7 km away. Another interesting option would be to stay at Habban forest log hut. The forest house was built around the year 1969 and it can be booked through DFO, Rajgarh. There is even one more rest house at Chandol which is another location of spectacular natural beauty. Chandol is located around 12 km from Habban.