FAGU: A SECRET PARADISE IN HIMACHAL PRADESH

Imagine waking up to flickering sunrays traveling through the pine forest. The cold breeze wraps you around the moment you step out of your warm blanket and stand in the sun-drenched balcony overlooking the layers of hills. Holding a cup of morning tea while basking in the glory of the Sun, the serenity and calmness of the place just engulf you as never before.

The lush green apple orchard, green vegetation, dense deodar forest, and scattered wooden houses clinging to the green hillside slopes make it the perfect postcard destination. This is Fagu in Himachal for you.

Me enjoying my morning cup of tea at Northmoon Homestay in Fagu in Himachal Pradesh
Me enjoying my morning cup of tea at Northmoon Homestay in Fagu in Himachal Pradesh

Mostly overlooked by the discerning traveling en-route to Spiti, Fagu in Himachal Pradesh is truly a hidden gem. Tucked quietly in the lap of nature, flaunting some of the magnificent vistas and virgin forest, Fagu is a well-kept secret in Himachal Pradesh. 

Away from the overly crowded and chaotic Shimla, Fagu lets you breathe in peace. The quiet destination, Fagu is a favorite amongst those who prefer secluded corners, offbeat cocoons, and the luxury of nature.

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The jaw-dropping views of Himalayan range seen in Fagu in Himachal Pradesh
The jaw-dropping views of the Himalayan range seen in Fagu

Moreover, you will not find anything fancy in Fagu. This spectacular destination celebrates nature’s bounty, a 360-degree mountain view, conifer forest, and the best local way of life. Whether it is walking around the villages, striking a conversation with the humble Himachal people, or relishing Himachali traditional food, Fagu lets you soak into slow life.

WHERE IS FAGU?

The Apple orchards covered in net in Fagu
The Apple orchards covered in net in Fagu

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Fagu is located around 23 km away from Shimla, on the Hindustan Tibet Road. Due to its proximity to Shimla and Kufri, Fagu is easy to reach. Likewise, the distance is also quite less which makes it comfortable for travelers to just drive down to Fagu.

HOW TO REACH FAGU?

Located at a distance of 392 km from Delhi, Fagu can be reached easily. Mentioned below are the ways to reach Fagu:

By Train:

There is no train station in Fagu. The nearest train station is Shimla. If you are traveling from Delhi, you can book the morning Shatabdi train to Chandigarh or Kalka. From there, you can book a private cab to reach Fagu. It will take around 4 hours to reach Fagu. The distance between Chandigarh and Fagu is around 132 km.

By Bus:

You can take a direct bus to Shimla from Delhi. Once you reach ISBT of Shimla, you have to take a local bus to Lakkar bazaar and from there you can board another local bus to Fagu.

By Car:

If you are traveling from Delhi, Chandigarh, or any nearby place, you can drive down to Fagu comfortably. Due to the excellent road conditions, the drive to Fagu is hassle-free and quite picturesque. 

By Air:

The nearest airport is Chandigarh. One can easily fly to Chandigarh from connecting cities. Once you land in Chandigarh, you can hire a taxi to reach Fagu. The drive from Chandigarh to Fagu is one of the most spectacular ones meandering up the hills.

WHERE TO STAY IN FAGU?

The gorgeous view from the balcony at Northmoon Homestay in Fagu, Himachal Pradesh
The gorgeous view from the balcony at Northmoon Homestay in Fagu, Himachal Pradesh

The best place to stay in Fagu is Northmoon Homestay. Owned by Mr. Suresh Sharma and Mrs. Indira Sharma, the Northmoon Homestay is the perfect abode in Fagu. It is surrounded by apple orchards, overlooking the Himalayan range. In addition, the host of Northmoon Homestay will go the extra mile to make your vacation memorable.

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Morning Sunrays travel through the wooden window of Northmoon Homestay
Morning Sunrays travel through the wooden window of Northmoon Homestay

Located in Talai village of Fagu, the scenic beauty around Northmoon Homestay is beyond spectacular. Imagine waking up with the bright sunlight traveling through your wooden window, sipping your hot cup of tea, and tuning to the sound of nature.

Cloud-laden landscape in Fagu in Himachal Pradesh
Cloud-laden landscape in Fagu, Himachal Pradesh

The Homestay also lets you relish the traditional authentic Himachali food. The friendly nature of the host makes you feel comfortable the moment you step in there. In other words, if you are on a romantic vacation, the Northmoon homestay can be an excellent choice with its gorgeous surroundings and jaw-dropping scenic setting.

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Northmoon Homestay in Fagu, Himachal Pradesh
Northmoon Homestay in Fagu, Himachal Pradesh

The best part is that the Northmoon Homestay is open throughout the year. Whether you want to experience the charming Summer, colorful canvas-like surroundings in Autumn or the frosty Winter in Fagu, Northmoon Homestay is the perfect dwelling for your holiday in any season.

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Siddu, the traditional Himachali dish served at Northmoon Homestay
Siddu, the traditional Himachali dish served at Northmoon Homestay

The Northmoon Homestay is not just an accommodation for me, rather I would call it my HOME in the hills. Whether it’s the sun-drenched balcony where I prefer to have my morning tea, those airmless walks around the villages, relishing traditional food like Siddu (authentic Himachali Dish) or having a meal together in their traditional kitchen, the Northmoon Homestay always make me feel at home.

WHY VISIT FAGU IN HIMACHAL PRADESH?

Gorgeous Sunset in Fagu
Gorgeous Sunset in Fagu

Fagu can sway you by surprise. Often overlooked by the tourists, this little hamlet is a charming place where you will be hooked without your knowledge. The enchanting beauty of the place, the simplicity of the Pahadi people, and the warm hospitality make you appreciate this tiny place more than any other popular destination. The captivating Fagu gets into you slowly when you start appreciating its raw and rustic beauty quietly. 

However, I can give enough reasons to visit Fagu in Himachal Pradesh. I have mentioned below three major reasons why you should put Fagu on your bucket list.

EXCELLENT LOCATION

View of the valley from Talai Village in Fagu
View of the valley from Talai Village in Fagu

The exquisite location of Fagu is the major reason why everyone should visit this secret paradise in Himachal Pradesh. Quiet, delightful, and blissful are the words to describe the serenity of the place. In addition, the layers of hills beyond the horizon, dense Cedar forest, apple orchards all around, and the Kathkhuni styled architecture in the slopes are very inviting. Particularly, the peaceful aura of the place adds to the charming destination.

Layers of hills with the apple orchards in Fagu
Layers of hills with the apple orchards in Fagu

If you are someone who prefers to just laze around and is not in a hurry to tick off places from your list, Fagu is the perfect place to spend a few nights. Fagu is also an ideal location for creative souls. Due to its exclusive location, it offers calmness beautifully.

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Horses are taken to kufri
Horses are taken to Kufri

Whether you are a voracious reader who just loves to read books in the hills with a hot cup of tea or coffee or someone who loves to pen down your thoughts, etc., Fagu lets you dive deep into your comfort zone. After all, it allows you to celebrate your space.

PERFECT WEEKEND GETAWAY

A lonely walk in the forest of Fagu is a must-do activity
A lonely walk in the forest of Fagu is a must-do activity

Looking for quick weekend getaways and still considering places around your city? No more looking elsewhere. Fagu in Himachal Pradesh is an excellent weekend getaway for travelers looking for a remote hideaway.

Additionally, an easily accessible and hassle-free travel experience makes Fagu one of the preferred destinations in Himachal Pradesh. Moreover, Fagu is also a great location for night halt for discerning tourists traveling onwards.

A bright morning in Fagu in Himachal Pradesh
A bright morning in Fagu in Himachal Pradesh

What makes this destination amazing is the fact that it is just outside Shimla. Also, it is a budget-friendly destination. Whether you are a budget traveler, solo traveler, trekker, or family, Fagu can accommodate everyone. There are a lot of homestays scattered in different villages which are pocket-friendly.

ENJOY SLOW LIFE

Early morning hue seen from my balcony in Fagu in Himachal Pradesh
Early morning hue as seen from my balcony in Fagu

Most importantly, Fagu lets you relish slow life. If you are someone who celebrates stillness, calmness, and serenity at the same time, Fagu is the place to be in. As the sun leaves the valley, the shimmering lights in the valley overshadow the darkness. It looks as if the star-studded sky has fallen on earth.

The road amidst the deodar forest in Fagu
The road amidst the deodar forest in Fagu
Close-up of wild flowers
Close-up of wildflowers

When the sun is behind those layers, the cold breeze traveling through your body and the chirping of birds add a rhythm to the air, all you feel like doing is to admire those rolling hills.

Don’t miss taking a slow walk in the village to get a feel of the local way of life. Walking aimlessly on those narrow pathways without any destination on my mind was one of the most blissful moments I lived in Fagu.

PLACES TO SEE AROUND FAGU

The best part of staying in Fagu is that it gives you a wide range of places to explore which are located within a short distance. Moreover, one can explore places like Kufri (3 km), Narkanda (45 km), Chail (38 km), Mashobra & Naldehra (25 km), etc. within a few kilometers radius. Lastly, you can also visit Tattapani which is hardly 55 km from Fagu.

Apart from that, you can go on a night safari, cycling, trekking, visit the local temples, picnics in Apple Orchards, etc. Don’t miss visiting Cheog and Theog villages while in Fagu.


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