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All About Taradevi Temple Trek, Shimla – A Beginner Trekking Trail

Taradevi Temple Trek Shimla

A beginner in trekking? Taradevi Temple Trek Shimla is your kind of trek route.

Taradevi Temple or Maa Tara Devi temple is dedicated to the local Goddess and was built more than 250 years ago. It is located on Tarav Parvat (Hill) which falls between Shimla & Shoghi in Himachal Pradesh and is situated 1851 meters above sea level. From the Mall road in Shimla, it is merely 18 kms. in distance. While from Shoghi it is best to take the Kalka-Shimla toy train for the same and get down at Taradevi Railway Station. A couple of steps from here leads one to the base of the temple from where the  Taradevi Temple trek Shimla officially starts.

Tara Devi Railway Station - TaraDevi Temple Trek Shimla

Tara Devi Railway Station

As a beginner in trekking there are few things that one needs to take care and be informed beforehand read some of the DO’s & Dont’s by an Expert Mountaineer here -> 7 Must Follow Do’s & Dont’s for Hiking, Trekking & Traveling in Mountains

Duration of the Trek:

Taradevi Temple trek Shimla is roughly of 2 hours duration one side and if a person wants to do the trek both side then it takes around 5-5.5 hours including the rest time and sightseeing duration in the temple premise. Having a local trained guide is advisable. Professional trekking guide from Aamod Shoghi accompanied us. {Read property review of Aamod Shoghi}

TaraDevi Temple Trek Shimla starting point

TaraDevi Temple Trek Shimla starting point

Who can do Taradevi Temple Trek Shimla:

En-route the TaraDevi Temple Trek Shimla

En-route the TaraDevi Temple Trek Shimla

This particular kaccha raasta is now very rarely used, however, at one point in time this was one of the most important and commonly used pathways to reach the temple by locals. With the construction of a road up till the temple, this nature carved walkway is used only by trekking enthusiasts for trekking and all.

The trek isn’t really a steep climb so it is safe & can be well enjoyed by amateur or untrained people who are totally new to trekking. Even children who love being one with nature are bound to enjoy it as it has scenic view and greenery in abundance. There are portions where a few stone steps here and there have also been laid by government and temple authorities here. However, it may not be suitable for elderly or sick people.

Things to do during the Trek:

View of Shimla city during the TaraDevi Temple Trek Shimla

View of Shimla city during the TaraDevi Temple Trek Shimla

The Taradevi temple trek is an uphill trek which runs almost parallel to the Shimla road. So after reaching a certain height one starts to get a glimpse of Shimla – the Queen of Hills in India.  Though the distance between Shimla and this place isn’t huge, altitude makes even the magnanimous landmarks of Shimla like Church and mall road looks so petite. The view from all through the trek changes and introduces one to the diversity of a real jungle. Walking through these natural paths one gets to see Deodar trees, pine trees, rhododendron trees and many other trees and plants of medicinal and ornamental value. Not much of a wildlife is seen on Taradevi temple trek in the daytime, only a few monkeys are sighted usually.

Somewhere in the mid way during the TaraDevi Temple Trek Shimla

Somewhere in the midway during the TaraDevi Temple Trek Shimla

There is a small hut (in the poor state though) is there somewhere in the midway. One can take a break, sit back and relax there for a while and then continue the trek.

TaraDevi Temple, Shimla - TaraDevi Temple Trek Shimla

TaraDevi Temple, Shimla

On reaching the temple there are actually two big temples. The first one has fewer people and equally more monkeys visiting it.

View during the TaraDevi Temple Trek Shimla

View during the TaraDevi Temple Trek Shimla

View of runway during the TaraDevi Temple Trek Shimla

View of runway during the TaraDevi Temple Trek Shimla

But this one has breathtaking views of Shoghi and Shimla. The next temple has a portion that is currently under construction and renovation. The temple interiors are simple and the entrance has intricate wood carvings.

Langar food which starts with rice and some sweets at TaraDevi Temple during TaraDevi Temple Trek Shimla

Langar food which starts with rice and some sweets at temple during TaraDevi Temple Trek Shimla

On Sundays, there is langar/food community service where one can indulge in simple food made with sincerity and great flavours.

Apart from this one can sit in solitude and enjoy some alone time while enjoying the stunning view of hills & listening to good music. If with a family one can have a small picnic on the same spot.

Best Season for Taradevi Temple Trek:

Tara Devi Temple

Tara Devi Temple

The preferred season for trek would be starting October onward till early summers that are generally till April in India. The temperature during this period is generally moderate to cold and sometimes reaching to minus degrees as well.  The low temperature makes the Taradevi temple trek all the more pleasurable while making it far less exhausting.

Second temple during TaraDevi Temple Trek Shimla

Second temple during TaraDevi Temple Trek Shimla

Take Along Guide:

Since it is a maximum half a day trek so nothing in terms of clothes etc. is required. However, carrying a water bottle some bit of munch-on is advisable. Try and be light on the bag. The dress needs to be comfortable and sports shoes or a canvas shoes are a must. Within the temple, premise permission might be needed to use it and protecting the same from monkeys.  Apart from this a small torch (during evening time) and do not forget to take along a couple of favourite songs in the mobile phone or an iPod along with Bluetooth enabled headphones like the new Quiet comfort 35 wireless headphones II.

Bose Quiet comfort 35 wireless headphones II #boseQC35

How we wish we had a pair of these  during our Taradevi Temple Trek Shimla?  Bose Quiet comfort 35 wireless headphones II #BoseQC35

These cool new wireless headphones are from Bose, the world’s leading brand known for best sound systems & related gadgets. The acoustic noise cancelling feature in these headphones enable one to have a clear conversation even in windy places like Taradevi temple. These headphones also have inbuilt Google Assistant. As most people may know, Google Assistant is always the ‘go-to’ helper in any situation of a dilemma. For instance, while one is travelling it helps in weather forecasting, nearby restaurants, markets, helping to find good music, reading important messages, reminding of important things to do & more.

Plus one may not worry at all about the sturdiness of these headphones while travelling as they are made from impact-resistant materials. Further, for wearing it for longer duration it has an equally comforting headband. This pair of #BoseQC35 headphones has a battery life of 20 hrs., well, almost three times the length of this Tara Devi Temple Trek. Commendable, isn’t it?

Yet another view during the TaraDevi Temple Trek Shimla

Yet another view during the TaraDevi Temple Trek Shimla

Another picturesque view from the temple

Another picturesque view from the temple

So have you ticked off this easy beginner’s trekking route as yet? Else Taradevi Temple Trek, Shimla is highly recommended!

40 thoughts on “All About Taradevi Temple Trek, Shimla – A Beginner Trekking Trail

  1. I have been to Shimla but had not heard about this temple at all. This place seems so serene and worth visiting. I would love to visit this temple in my next visit.

  2. This trekking route is new to me. But your perfect guidance can easily help trekkers do the climb. The temple looks so serene and beautiful at the same time.

  3. I didn’t have an idea about this temple or the trek. Your pictures are just incredible. Will check this out when I head to Simla next as I don’t have much left there to explore.

  4. I’ve never been to India, so I have to say no! This looks like a beautiful place to trek, and with a reward of the temple to look forward to too. Those Bose headphones sounds excellent; I always looks at Google for directions, information etc when travelling, but always on my phone. Will look these up for the next travel.

  5. What a beautiful place for a laid-back, easy trek! Looks like a great place to relax and unwind a bit, and the temple is a bonus on what was already a great day out. Thanks for the out of the way find!

  6. I am not a trekker. But seeing pictures of some of my friends going for long treks with beautiful backdrop makes me feel jealous. I always wanted to start worth something small and easy. Taradevo temple trek seems to me to be one of the very good options where one gets views by easy trekking. Thanks for sharing this.

  7. We are yet to make it to Shimla and this temple will definitely be on the list. The facade of the temple with the wooden carvings looks very impressive. Good to know that the trek isn’t a steep climb as we would have a kid along with us. Thanks for the tips and recommendations we will definitely take a local guide along.

  8. We are family hikers so we would definitely do a hike to the beautiful Taradevi Temple in Shimla! The view along the hike is gorgeous and the rewarding is even better! However I wouldnt shut out the sound of nature with a pair of a wireless headphones but I could definitely use a good pair of headphones while travelling when in the train, the plane or for sleepless nights etc. Those headphones from Bose really seems to be light and strong enough to pack in a suitcase! I have to check them out!

  9. I have not been to Shimla yet but planning very soon. I loved this trek to Taradevi temple as it has view of beautiful valleys, gorgeous lanes surrounded by tall trees. The temple also looks very colorful and have nice wooden carvings. I would love to have Langar food. And taking along a local guide and Bose speakers is a nice idea.

  10. This looks like a beautiful place for trekking! I am glad to hear that inexperienced trekkers can also do this path and that you don’t require a lot of things in your bag. The food looks delicious by the way and the view from the top is simply breath-taking! Would love to do this some day.

  11. Thank you for including a trek that is for beginners and/or amateurs. I often read about glorious treks then discover that it’s hard terrain or that you need years of experience before going — that’s quite intimidating. It’s more likely that I would choose an underrated trail such as this one versus a popular trail that requires years of training (such as Everest). Great read!

  12. Wow! The view is just spectacular! I’d totally love to do this trek with my little gal, as soon as she gets a bit older, as you say children can also do it! I wouldn’t personally carry a headphone, just the nature’s music would be enough for me I guess.

  13. I have been to Shimla so many times but yet missed on this one, though I have had an equally interesting climb at the Jhaku Temple, and yes I totally agree that music does help a lot on treks like these and these Bose wireless headphones sound absolutely necessary now before i take my next trip

  14. For a very minor trek, the views here are gorgeous. I agree on the part bringing the best headphone you could ever had while trekking. Especially on major trails, it really helps to ease the pain. 🙂

  15. Wow the views look amazing! How wonderful to be visiting the Taradevi Temple that is over 250 years old! And being located quite above sea level makes for such beautiful views. I definitely like your idea of bringing along wireless Bose headphones for the trek – I always find the wired headphones annoying and they tend of get tangled up. But these look great!

  16. While I was in Shoghi, I could not do the visit the Temple but I will ensure to go here next time. For beginners, its a good and informative post. Having a Bose headphone for company would make any hike all the more enjoyable.

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