Sojha is a serene and scenic village, located deep in the mighty Himalayan mountain range. It lies at an elevation of about 8860 feet above sea level because of which it experiences pleasant and cool weather throughout the year. So, if you have had enough of the scorching summers of India or you want to get away from the chaos of cities, this could be your paradise. Set amidst pristine forests of deodars, firs, spruces and blue pines, the village offers enchanting scenery, fresh air and the scent of the conifers. A huge plus point of picking this spot for holidays is that it is not known to most people and hence, the tourist activity here is low. Owing to it, you will be able to enjoy peace and quietness that you always wish for. Now that you have made plans to come here, you might as well pick Banjara Camp in Sojha for your accommodation.
Though named camp, the property does not fall short of spoiling its guests with modern facilities, services and amenities. Perched high up along mountain slopes, it offers unmissable opportunities to relish camping at Sojha. Stay in the rustic-looking building called the Retreat or pick the vibrant and colourful new building, dubbed the Cottage. Banjara Cottage has three floors, with a separate entrance and two Deluxe Rooms per floor. Similarly, Banjara Retreat consists of two suites and two Deluxe Rooms, all located on its topmost storey. If one building is booked, you could always stay in the other as both offer panoramic views of the nearby mountainside and snow-clad peaks in the distance. Wooden décor, earthy colour tones and comfortable beds are features of all the rooms at the site.
When you have rested enough at Banjara Camp in Sojha, and you are in the mood to do something nice, you can start by looking at the surrounding views. Set out towards the countryside and just revel in the picturesque, calming and tranquil environs of the area. Due to the altitude variation within the region, the vegetation here is also diverse. At the lower elevations, thick forests of conifers and horse chestnut cover the slopes and valleys. There is a pathway, leading out of the property into the jungles, which you could follow. You can also choose to hike through the forests to the expansive and gently sloping meadows of velvet-like grass, which are nearby and a little higher up from here. These montane grasslands are a treasure chest of alpine herbs, many of which have unique medicinal properties. While strolling through these wondrous lands, you may also treat your taste buds to the berries of juniper trees, which grow here in plenty.
As the entire area is within Great Himalayan National Park, the chances of witnessing some mountainous animals are always there. The sight of snow leopard, blue sheep, brown bear, tahr, musk deer, western tragopan, lammergeier, griffon and golden eagle will make your experience of camping at Sojha simply amazing. You could also trek down to see gushing Himalayan streams or hike up to the slowly-flowing glaciers.
How to Reach:
The village of Sojha lies in the Seraj Valley, and the former can be easily reached from other parts of Himachal Pradesh. Follow the road that leads to Kullu and at Aut, about 28 km away, turn right. Cross river Beas and then drive through the towns of Banjar and Larji till you reach Sojha, which is roughly 38 km from Aut.
Alternatively, you can come via Shimla as well. Drive along National Highway 22, which connects Shimla to Sangla. Pass Narkanda and keep driving for 28 km till you reach Sainj. From here, turn left, cross river Sutlej and travel through Luhri, Jalori Pass and Ani to reach your destination. From Sainj, Sojha is at an approximate distance of 48 km.
The best time to camp at Sojha is from March to December. During summers, between April and October, the days here remain quite pleasant but nights get considerably cold. There remains a high chance of rainfall in the months of July and August. For a lovely snowy experience, come here in November, December or March as the place looks just amazing with snow, enveloping the region. Bring loads of warm clothing as the temperature often dips below freezing point during these months.
1). Rates are per person per night on twin sharing basis with mandatory requirement of minimum 2 paying adults
2). Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, morning and evening tea/coffee
3). Accommodation in Cottage Room at Banjara Retreat & Cottage
1). GST @ 5.0%
2). Air/Train fare
3). Anything not mentioned under the head inclusions.
4). Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary / stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, road blocks and / or any factors beyond control.
5). The tariff does not include barbeque and activities.
6). Does not include a 3 % Service Charge on the above cost, which the guest is liable to pay directly on site.
The driver/helpers are charged Rs. 300 for food and Rs. 200 for stay i.e. Rs. 500 per day.
Please note: In case the camp /retreats you are booked at becomes inaccessible due to natural calamities like floods, landslides, earthquakes etc. we shall endeavor to put you at an alternate Banjara Camp/Retreat convenient to you (subject to availability).
Else we shall issue a transferable voucher for the FULL amount, which can be utilized at any of our camp/retreats till October 2013.
Other facilities on direct payment at resort:
River Crossing: Rs. 500 per person (minimum 4 persons) - at Sangla only.
Angling: Day permits @ Rs. 500 per permit at Sangla. Please get your own angling equipment.
Trekking: Local guides available for nature walks @ Rs. 500 per guide per day.
Rappelling/Rock Climbing:Rs. 500 per person (minimum 4 persons) - at Sangla & Sojha only
Transport: Innova/Scorpio available for hire ex Delhi /Chandigarh/Shimla.
Laundry: At an extra charge.
Bar- be- Cue: At an extra charge.
Local dance (in Sojha): INR 10000/-
Inner Line permit: INR 500 per person - for entry into Tabo and for foreigners only.