Arki at a glance
A small town in Solan district of Himachal Pradesh, locally known for its 18th century fort- Arki is a humble tourist location.Situated in the Shivalik hills (foothills of the Himalayan range) at 4100 ft above sea level, this hill station also holds a strong historic significance. One can plan a weekend trip to Arki looking for a peaceful time.
Things to do in Arki
This fort was built by Rana Prithvi Singh and has now been turned into a heritage hotel. This popular destination in Arki was built between 1695-1700. It has history full of bloodshed and has witnessed battles where the Gurkhas had displayed great valour and bravery.
This palace, located on the western bit of Himalayas, houses countless paintings, frescos, sculptures, arms and artifacts. The palace is known for the wall painting of Kalidasa’s Kumarasambhava as well as many imprints of the Baghal dynasty.
Built by Ram Shara Singh, the Diwan-i-Khas or Audience Hall is a glorious building which houses paintings and frescos of myriad styles like the Rajasthani, Kullu, Kangra and Arki forms of art. In the archways and ceilings, there are intricate paintings of subjects pertaining to contemporary cities of Europe and Indian mythology. Flowery drawings, war scenes, erotic love scenes, and images of birds and animals reflect the strong influence of Guler style of art. The colourful frescoes also display interesting Chinese pictures and amusing stories from Puranas. This is an excellent place to visit for art lovers.
This temple is 1000 years old and is one of the very few temples which were not destroyed by the invading Muslims during the medieval periods. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Goddess Lakshmi and Narasimhan, this temple adorns beautiful sculptures and figurines which boast of artistic finesse.
Luturu Mahadev Temple
Situated atop a hillock in the most rugged and inhospitable of terrains, the Luturu Mahadev Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and was built by the Raja of Bhagal in the year 1621. Located 4 km away from Arki, Luturu Mahadev temple is a much-revered shrine. It is a pink and white, 3-storied temple that doesn’t look like a temple. It has a Shikhara rises atop it. One can find a Shivalinga here. Shivratri celebration is very popular at Lutru Mahadev Temple.
Shakhni Mahadev Temple
This is a cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and built in accordance with the Shikhara style of architecture. The area is also blessed with sceneries and views from the upper ranges of Himalayas.
What to Eat in Arki : Local Food and Cuisine
Arki does not have anything elaborate when it comes to food and your choices can be quiet limited. It might be preferable to carry your own food or make personal arrangements. One can travel to nearby towns for a richer variety and more options for food. You might find some fresh and juicy fruits here, since the state is popular for its fine quality of fruits which are usually widely available.