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New MOON Fest Shimla – Away from crowd and city noise, a New Year party in oak jungle




On the outskirts of the city, way past the solemn and traditional, amid oak jungle, this party is offering a perfect opportunity to enjoy BBQ and bonfire experience.

SHIMLA- It’s believed, the manner in which you welcome the New Year sets the precedent of how the forthcoming year will transpire. If that is so, then Shimla is among the best places to welcome the New Year.

Tourists are swarming to Shimla after the first snowfall of the season on Christmas. Every year, Shimla witness flood of visitors who arrive here to celebrate Christmas and and the New Year. This year is no different.  Hopes are high that it’ll snow on this New Year eve too.

Himachal Watcher has been receiving messages and mails asking suggestion for some happening parties, events, and venues to celebrate the New Year Eve in Shimla. Some of them wants to celebrate it without leaving comfort zone of the city, some wants to be amid crowd like at the the Shimla Ridge and the Mall, and tourists seek snow. Well,  the city is hardly unpredictable, but there is one suggestion for those who seek something new and thrilling like bonfire and BBQ with a scope for privacy and relief from noisy, crowded city.

We could hardly find anything that could stand apart from common arrangement and order of New Year celebrations. But there is a venue that is worth try, for both tourists and locals. It’s near to the city but still isolated enough to give you a break from routine.

The charming, mettled road leads to the venue

The charming, mettled road leads to the venue

On the outskirts of the city, way past the solemn and traditional, amid oak jungle, the New MOON Fest is offering a perfect opportunity to enjoy BBQ and bonfire experience.


Organizers preparing for the New Year Party

Well, the Fest isn’t entirely a silent zone. But we would say, there will be no noise for miles around it. It’s a party that will include live music, drinks, food, barbeque, bonfire, camping, and complimentary drinks.  

The serene oak forest setting with expansive view is a wonderful venue to bid adieu to a year and welcome the New One.


No Parking Wows

This one-of-its-kind forest New Year party is open for all age groups and gender. The entry starts at somewhere between 1,500- 2,000 for two long nights. The management has arranged camps for lodging, which should let you sleep under the starry sky.

The idea of the organizers is to cut the mundane and offer thrilling and actually rejuvenating party. Instead of indoor parties or discotheques, the venue is offering dancing in the open to live music, played by some of the finest artists both local and national.


The venue for the Jungle party is near Shoghi, roughly half an hour drive from Shimla (about 19km). The road to the jungle bifurcates at the Kaithlighat. The Drive from here is through a single lane, well-tarred road (about 4km). Half of the road length offers view of expansive fields on both sides, while remaining distance is shrouded by oak and dedodar trees.  The road journey is in itself a charm. After sunset, the road is engulfed by darkness that is broken only by beams of headlights. Exact details about the location and party are available on organizer’s event page including contacts, in case it interests you.

So, bang on the road, the venue is a delightful meadow amid an oak forest, far from inhabitation but very close to nature.


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HPTDC’s Online Service for Ordering Food for Takeaway and Home Delivery Launched



HPTDC Online Food Order Service

Shimla-An online facility to place orders of food was launched by the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation on July 21, 2020. It was informed by the HPTDC, Managing Director Kumud Singh. She said the Corporation has introduced a facility to place an online order of food for takeaway and home delivery at its selected properties.

“The public can place orders for a variety of tasty, hygienic and healthy cuisines at their homes by placing online orders,”

she said.

Consumers can place online food orders at these properties by visiting its website ( Currently, the orders can be placed from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The HPTDC staff has been imparted special training to take all necessary steps for prevention of COVID-19, she said. The food is prepared by trained Chefs of the Corporation in safe and hygiene environment, she added.

She informed that this service has initially been started at Hotel Peterhof Shimla, Goofa Ashiana Restaurant Shimla, Hotel Kunzam Manali, Cafe Monal Kullu, Cafe Raviview Chamba and Cafe Satluj Rampur. She said that this service will be extended to other properties in a phased manner.

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Fursat Se- Shimla Based Cultural Community to Plant 550 Trees on 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji



Shimla-On the occasion of 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Devji, Fursat Se, a cultural community based in Shimla plans to plant 550 trees. The founder of Fursat Se, Amrita Bhasin, is working towards creating safe spaces for promotion of art, literature and open dialogue through the medium of events.

“We invite 550 people (&more) to pledge and plant one tree each and help us initiate a Green Movement by the people and for the people,”

She said.

Anyone interested in this, can pick a local tree sapling and plant it in allowed areas of the neighborhood and pledge to take care of it, and send the information on the same with a picture and hashtag #TreeTalesIndia to Fursat Se. For pledging, volunteering and becoming a part of this initiative you can contact them, and Fursat Se will share the pictures from their social media handles.

The initiative is organized by Fursat Se- A Cultural Community in association with- Swach Himalayas, a Himachal based NGO started by Savitoj Singh, that works towards spreading awareness about various environmental issues, undertakes initiatives like regular visits to old-age homes, orphanages through numerous community driven events and Unbox Himachal valley- a Himachal based start-up by Shivee Sirmauri, working towards empowerment of rural women by providing employment opportunities and reviving old cultural handicrafts.

Fursat Se- 550 trees plantation

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Himachal’s fitness enthusiast shines at Indian TV Reality Show




Himachal's Fitness enthusiast sachin sharma of Shimla

Shimla: Sachin Sharma, a handsome man of 26, is currently a person who stands in contrast to Himachal Pradesh’s ill-famed youth struggling with drug and substance abuse – a crucial issue that has sounded an alarm in the State. Sachin is the one who joined a gym at the age of 19 – an age at which teenagers are struggling to escape from the jaws of drug/substance abuse, especially Heroin (Chitta).

Sachin, born in a middle-class family of Deha village, Theog, Shimla district, recently appeared in what could be called India’s first fitness reality show “Indian Fitness League.” It wasn’t a bodybuilding show, but the challenge was to undertake tasks designed to check who is the fittest. Sachin was the only one from Himachal to have made through the auditions. He was selected as one of the 40 fittest people of India. He earned the special attention of the hosts of the show as well as among other competitors.

The next episode of the TV show would be telecasted on October 6 on Discovery Sports at 4 PM.

To know more about him, Himachal Watcher interviewed him (Watch Video). We found that his story is inspirational in its own way:

Far from ill and unhealthy habits, he doesn’t smoke, doesn’t drink or take anything that would toy with his physical and mental fitness. He definitely doesn’t take steroids. Since last seven years, he has followed a strict discipline in diet and habits. He didn’t compromise with his studies either. He completed his schooling from Dayanand Public School in Shimla.

In 2018 he completed his post graduation in Masters of Business (MBA) from Himachal Pradesh University and had procured a placement for himself too.

He wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth so placement did matter for him. His father Mohan Lal Sharma and mother Subhadra Sharma are both serving with the Crime Investigation Department (CID), HP, as Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) and Head Constable respectively. It wasn’t easy to manage an additional expenditure of Rs. 15,000 – 20, 000 on his protein diet for seven years.

At this point, his decision-making ability was put to test. He had to choose one of the two: job placement and passion for fitness. He listened to himself and decided to seek a career in the fitness industry.

Though Sachin’s body is in good shape, he isn’t actually a bodybuilder. He is a fitness enthusiast, who has trained without a professional trainer or a mentor. He made ample use of YouTube to learn. He didn’t take up fitness as his passion because he was inspired by someone. He was his own inspiration.

He first received an opportunity to get on a stage at annual Mr. Himachal competition. Later he won the Maruti Suzuki Devils Circuit held in Chandigarh.

Now, after his tremendous performance at the IFL, Sachin has received sponsorships and was inducted in the TG Athlete group. Opportunities in the fitness industry have begun to appear before him. He believes that someday, he would extend support and guidance to other fitness enthusiasts of the state, which he could hardly receive for himself.

He is an idol for the youth of Himachal, especially because fitness is an antonym to drug/substance abuse and indiscipline. In the majority of cases filed under the Narcotics, Drugs & Psychoactive Substances (ND&PS) Act, the accused are reported to be between 20-25 years. A couple of days back Shimla Police arrested a 22-years-old local boy with a packet of Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) stamps. 

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