A number of pilgrimage centers and Hindu temples are
situated in Himachal Pradesh.
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The Gods were generous when they have gave Sarahan
(2165m) its settings. Located halfway up a high mountain side, the road to
Sarahan winds past flowering Pine trees that give way to stately Oaks.
Dozens of small streams rush past. The fields and orchards that surround the
small villages with their slate roofed houses, compose pictures of pastoral
perfection. Above Sarahan, a many deodar trees rides the slopes and higher
still, encircling the Bashal peak, are trees of smooth birch and variety of
wild flowers and rare medicinal herbs. This sparsely populated tract is
steeped in ancient legends and here is the famous Bhimakali temple regarded
as one of the Fifty One sacred Shaktipeethhs. The temple's unusual
architecture and wealth of carvings have made it a resplendent example of
what is loosely called the Indo-Tibetan style. Deep down the alley flows the
river Sutlej and across lies the snow-clad Shrikhand peak.
Saharan is the base for numerous treks and is the gateway to Kinnaur. It is
a place of pilgrimage, a heaven for nature lovers and the temple complex
attracts a variety of admirers. Here is a place that offers extraordinary
PLACES OF INTEREST
BHIMAKALI TEMPLE COMPLEX : This historical
temple is a multistoried structured building, a fusion of Hindu and Buddhist
architecture. The tall tower like structure and unusual roof of the temple
dominate the complex. The centuries old temple is now locked and in the
newly built temple, the goddess Bhimakali is portrayed as a maiden and as a
woman. This temple complex includes other temples such as Narsingh shrine of
Bhairon and Lord Raghunath.
BIRD PARK : Near the temple complex is a pheasant breeding centre.
It also houses the State bird Monal which is of a great attraction.
BHABA VALLEY : 50 km from Sarahan, a beautiful valley along Bhaba
river. Link road to valley originates at Wangtu. It has a beautiful
landscape, reservoir lake, alpine meadows and is best famous for trek route
to Pin Valley in Spiti.
PABBAR VALLEY If you look for a road less
traveled, if you want to experience an indefinable blend of myth and
reality, fact and fiction, if ancient and towering temples, legends,
charming architecture and soaring mountains excite you, if fishing and
trekking set your pulse racing, if you plan your vacation in the scrutiny of
picturesque hamlets, fruit-laden orchards cradled by thick words and set by
swift streams, and if you want to experience a place where man and nature
live on - Experience the bewitching spell of Pabbar valley Khara pathar is a
place that gives expression to the phrase of 'time standing still',
Kharapathar is a perfect leisure destination in the heart of nature's
generous blessings to the area. Lush forests, wide views, excellent walk and
hike trails and the charm of apple orchards make this a perfect leisure
destination that is easily accessible by a short drive (85 km) from Shimla.
PLACES OF INTEREST
HATESHWARI TEMPLE COMPLEX (1400m) : 29 Km
from Kharapatthar on the right bank of the river Pabbar, the classical
temples of Hatkoti, executed in the nagara style are a major attraction. The
primary temple is that of Devi Durga in her form of Mahishasuramardini, the
slayer of the demon Mahisha who stalked the world in the form of a buffalo -
and the Devi is locally known as 'Hateshwari'.
JUBBAL (1892m) : 90 km from Shimla and 20 km from Hatkoti. Once held
the ruling seat of the princely state, Jubbal has superbly maintained the
Palace which was designed by a French architect in the 1930 and is a
remarkable mix of European and indigenous styles.
GIRI GANGA : The hike to Giri Ganga (7 km) is an enjoyable one
through thick deodar woods. This is the source of the river Giri Ganga (also
called the Giri) that rises just below the Kuppar peak. The river pours its
waters into the mighty Yamuna and there is a small shrine at the spot.
This is small but bustling town located by the
banks of river Pabbar. The valley near Rohru has a garland of attractive
spots. This stretch has long been on the anglers beat after trout was
introduced to the Pabbar's water in 1938-48. Raja Bajrang Bahadur Singh of
Bahadri - popularly known as Raja Bhardi, was particularly fond of this
region for scope for trout fishing. He developed this area as an angler's
PLACES OF INTEREST
SHIKHRU DEVTA TEMPLE : This is a beautiful
temple located in the heart of the town, Shikhru Devta is held in high
veneration and is the sight of on annual fair which is celebrated during the
month of April every year.
CHIRGAON : 15 km from Rohru. Scenically enchanting, Chirgaon has a
trout hatchery. Good fishing spots in the area are Seema, Mandi, Sandhsu,
Tikri and Dhamari. Larot is another attractive spot near Chirgaon.This is
the base for treks to Dodra - Kwar, the Sangla Valley and to Sarahan via
Tacklech and to Nichar.
CHANSHAL : Like the resplendent crown for a noble face, the snow
clad Chanshal range rises above the Pabbar Valley. At 4520 m the Chanshal
Pass remains open from May to October. The Chanshal area also has some
excellent ski slopes.
DODRA KWAR : The villages of Dodra and Kwar are separated by a few
kilometers. Still unconnected by a motorable road, this pocket retains a
pristine beauty. There are countless wild flowers and medicinal herbs, thick
woods of flowering rhododendron, cedar and birch, waterfalls and
fast-flowing streams. All this is set against a majestic backdrop of high
peaks like the Sharangcha. The villages and their temples, are remarkable
examples of local wood work skill and come packed with fascinating legends.
The 45 km trek from Tikri to Kwar is via Larot, Chanshal, Gajyani-Thach,
Kalapani, Dodra and Gaon Pujari, then over the Rupin stream at Gusangu,
before Kwar. Other places worth seeing from Rohru are Sudash (17 km), Larot
(36 km), Sungri (32 km) and Dhanwari (26 km) which is famous for trout
ADVENTURE : Apart from fishing, camping and trekking , the Pabbar
area is fast emerging as an adventure-sports focus, with rafting and
canoeing, hang gliding and paragliding. The Chanshal slopes has been
identified as excellent for heli sking.
(1220m) was once known as Kulanthapitha - the end of the habitable world.
Beyond rose the forbidding heights of the Greater Himalaya, and by the banks
of the shining river Beas lay the fabled Silver Valley. Kullu got its first
motorable access only after independence. The long centuries of seclusion
have however allowed the area to retain a considerable measures of its
traditional charm. Here is the core of an intricate web of numerous valleys,
each of which is a visual delight and seems more beautiful than the other.
The Silver Valley has nature's treasures that lie carelessly scattered as
flowers. This wealth nestles by every tree in the splendid forests, bursts
forth in the blooms and in the fruit of every orchard. Here are riches which
cannot be measured and echo down the ages with the words of every myth and
ancient legend and glow in the warm smiles of its gentle people. There is
pleasure in every step you take in these enchanted valleys and in every
gurgle you hear in the clear mountain streams.
PLACES OF INTEREST
KULLU DUSSEHRA : When Dussehra celebrations
comes to an end in the rest of country, it begins at Kullu. Over 300 local
deities come to pay homage to Lord Ragunath. This is a time when the valley
is at its colorful best.
RAGHUNATH TEMPLE : In the 17th century, Raja Jagat Singh of Kullu
committed a great wrong. To atone for the sin, he sent a courtier to Ayodhya
for a statue of Lord Ragunath (Lord Rama). This temple was built by Raja
Jagat Singh to house the image and is greatly revered.
BIJLI MAHADEV TEMPLE (14 km) : At 2460m, this is set on a spur that
offers some spectacular views. The temple is famous for its high staff that
periodically draws lighting which shatters the Linga and scorches the
building. Using only butter as adhesive, the Linga is then carefully pieced
together by the temple pundit.
BASHESHWAR MAHADEV TEMPLE BAJURA (15 KM) : One of the most charming
temple in Kullu, this is renowned for its intricate stone carvings.
OTHER TEMPLES : The Vaishno Devi temple (4km), the Devi Jagannath
Temple at Bekhli (5 km) and the Vishnu temple at Dayar (12 km) are other
important shrines around Kullu.
KAISDHAR (15 KM) : A high meadow fringed by deodar trees. A
KASOL (40 km) : An open glade by the banks of the river Parvati on
way to Manikaran. Clean white sand separates the lush green grass from the
water. A good spot for trout. Himachal Tourism runs Tourist Hut at Kasol.
1737 m, on the right bank of river Parvati. this place is famous for hot
sulphur springs revered by both Hindus and Sikhs pilgrims. Thousand, of
pilgrims take dip in holy water. The water of the spring is also said to
have curative value which cures many skin diseases. According to an ancient
saying Manikaran is also connected with Lord Shiva and His divine concert
PLACES OF INTEREST
PULGA : Kasol to Pulga is a challenging trek
of 16 km and climb of a nearly 1600 meters.
KHIRGANGA : The place is well known for its hot springs. Its water
contains medicinal property. Another 2 Km from Khirganga lies Mantalai which
is a scenic spot.
CHANDRAKHANI PASS : It lies east of Katrain. After a stiff climb
from Kasol, the whole area looks wonderfully striking and colourful when the
flowers blossom. MALANA VILLAGE : Beyond the beautiful Chandra Khani Pass
lies an unique village Malana which is famous for its distinct culture and
the temple of Jamlu devta.
SHOJA (69 km) : This is a vantage point for a complete panorama of
the Kulla area. It provides an encompassing view of snow peaks and valleys,
meadows and forests, rivers and streams. Bifurcating from Aut from the
National Highway, Shoja is just 5 km short from Jallori Pass. A walk of 5 km
from the Pass takes you to the Sarolsar Lake among deep forest. The road
further to JallorI Pass connects to Rampur, Narkanda and Shimla via Ani and
on the left bank of river Beas at an altitude of 1851m, Naggar - an ancient
town commands extensive views, especially to the North West of the valley.
Naggar was the former capital of Kullu. It was founded by Raja Visudhpal and
continued as a headquarters of the State until the capital was transferred
to Sultanpur (Kullu) by Jagat Singh in 1460 A.D. Today this ancient and
beautiful Palace is a popular tourist spot.
PLACES OF INTEREST
JAGATIPATT TEMPLE : In the upper courtyard
of the castle there is a small temple - a small square structure which
contains "Jagtipatt" a slab of stone measuring 5'x8'x6" which
is said to have been brought from a place near Vashisht by honey bee. This
is also place for meeting of local deities of Kullu.
TRIPURA SUNDRI TEMPLE : This pagoda shaped wooden temple is situated
in the upper part of the village. This is also a rare examples of
NICHOLAS ROERICH ART GALLERY : Prof. Late Nicholas Roerich, a
reputed artist had chosen Naggar as his residence when he came to India in
1929. The house has now been converted in an art gallery which houses
numbers of rare paintings and other specimen of art. The gallery is open for
GAURI SHANKAR TEMPLE : At the foot of small bazaar below the Castle
is the Gauri Shankar Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. This is a charming
example of architecture and carving of its particular period. Now a
protected monument with heritage status.
FISHING AND ADVENTURE : The Kullu Valley has numerous places for
trout fishing. These includes Katrain, Raison, Kasol and Naggar, along the
river Tirthan near Larji, in the Sainj valley.
Treks : The valley is a nucleus to several trek routes. Some major
ones are over the Chanderkhani Pass to Malana village, over the Jalori Pass
to Shimla, and over the Pin Parvati Pass to Sarahan. The river Beas offers
excellent opportunities for white water rafting.
SHOPPING : Shawls, Local Tweeds, Rugs, Foot Wear (Pullan), Baskets,
Natural oil (almond and olive), special Kullu Caps.
historic town of Mandi (800m) is situated along the banks of river Beas. It
has long been an important commercial centre, and the sage Mandava is said
to have meditated here. Mandi is renowned for its 81 temples and their
enormous range of fine carving. Mandi is known as the 'Kashi of the Hills'.
The town also has remains of old palaces and notable examples of colonial
architecture. Mandi is the gateway to the Kullu valley and acts as a base
for several exciting excursions.
PLACES OF INTEREST
BHOOTNATH TEMPLE : Practically synonymous
with Mandi and located in its very heart, this is as old as the town itself
and dates back to the 1520s. In March, the festival of Shivratri is a major
event and the Bhootnath temple is its focus. For an entire week the town
celebrates the arrival of hundreds of local deities on elaborately decorated
SYAMAKALI TEMPLE : Also called the temple of Tarna Devi, this is
high on Tarna Hill which rises above the town. Built In the 17th century by
Raja Syama Sen after particularly trying times when the goddess gave him
OTHER TEMPLES IN MANDI TOWN : Within the town is a variable roll
call of shrines. Apart from the emotions they evoke, they are also a wealth
of classical architecture and ornate sculpture. Many of these are devoted to
Lord Shiva, at the Triloknath Temple He is depicted as the lord of the three
worlds, at the Panchvaktra He has five faces, expressing His five aspects.
At the Ardhanarisvara Temple, Lord Shiva appears in a composite form with
right half as a male and the left half as a female symbolizing the male and
female principles of cosmic evolution. There are several exquisite temples
along the College road, and the bank of the Beas is lined with many more. At
the Gyarah Rudra Temple, the day the famous Amarnath darshan takes place,
the temple is decorated to resemble as Amarnath Cave. The other places of
interest within Mandi are the Rani Amrit Kaur Park, the District Library
Building and Vijay Kesari Bridge.
PANDOH : 16 km from Mandi, an earth and rock fill dam is located
SUNDERNAGAR (1175m) : 24 km from Mandi is this attractive town where
the balancing reservoir of the Beas - Sutlej link canal is located. The road
has the canal on one side and lush green field on the other which makes
driving along it a real pleasure. The Mahamaya Temple is on top of the hill.
PRASHAR LAKE (92730m) : 40 km north of Mandi is this beautiful lake,
with a three storied pagoda style Temple dedicated to the sage Prashar.
JANJHELI (2200m) : 67 km from Mandi this is a scenic place with
thick forests and springs. It is also the base of some excellent treks.
SHIKARI DEVI (2850m) : 15 Km from Janjheli there is an ancient
temple here and some marvelous landscapes. SHOPPING : A variety of
traditional handcrafts including silver jewelry and stone carvings can be
purchased at Mandi.
on a mountain spur, an hour's drive from Mandi brings you to this jewel like
lake. With water, woodland and high hills, it presents a variety of natural
beauty and the spot is sacred for Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs. It was here
that the great Indian teacher and tantric, Padmasabhava left for Tibet.
Known to the Tibetans as Guru Rimpoche - the Precious Master. It was under
Padmasambahava's influence that Mahayana Buddhism spread over Tibet. There
are islands of floating reed on Rewalsar Lake and the spirit of Padmasabhava
is said to reside in them. It is here that the sage Lomas did penance in
devotion to Lord Shiva, and the Sikh Guru Gobind Singh also resided here for
PLACES OF INTEREST
MONASTERIES : At opposite ends of the lake
there are two Tibetans monasteries. The Bhutanese also have one.
GURUDWARA : This Gurudwara was built in 1930 by Raja Joginder Sen of
Mandi. It commemorates Guru Gobind Singh's visit, when he sought to evolve a
common strategy with the hill rulers against the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb.
TEMPLE : At Rewalsar there are three Hindu temples. These are
dedicated to the sage Lomas, Lord Krishna and Lord Shiva.
MINI ZOO : The forest department maintains a small zoo at Rewalsar.
Above Rewalsar, Seven Lakes are also of interest.
to the heaven of world and the city of God, which looks like the natural bed
sheet. This heaven spread its beauty and purify the environment through the
fragrance of so many natural herbs, Apple and Cherry orchards. The bank of
Beas with thicky forest of Deodar, enchanting Mountains and lush green
gardens makes it more charming, romantic and beautiful. Really this is a
beautiful gift of god on the earth.
Manali is the model place to set aside the rest of the world behind and go
for long walks, mountain climbing, trekking, river rafting, heli-skiing,
para-gliding and trout fishing. This heaven is situated at the north end of
the Kullu Valley in the Middle or lesser Himalayas, Manali is located at an
altitude of 1929 meters.
One day, Varvasvata, the seventh incarnation of Manu found a tiny fish in
his bathing water. The fish told him to look after it with devotion as one
day it would do him a great service. The seventh Manu cared for the fish
till the day it grew so huge that he released it into the sea. Before
departing, the fish warned Manu of an impending deluge when the entire world
would be submerged and bade him to build a sea worthy ark. When the flood
came, Varvasvata and seven sages were towed to safety by Matsya, the fish
which is regarded as first avatar of Lord Vishnu. As the water subsided the
seventh Manu's ark came to the rest on a hill side and the place was named
Manali (2050 m) after him.
As the flood slowly dried, here arose a place of breath- taking natural
beauty which was only appropriate at Manali that life began again. Today
this legendary cradle of all human kind is a prime holiday destination.
There are high mountains surrounded by snow and deep boulder strewn gorges.
There are thick forests full of cool breeze and bird songs. There are fields
of wild flowers, small picturesque hamlets and fruit laden orchards. .
PLACES OF INTEREST
HADIMBA TEMPLE (1 km) : Built in 1553 with a
superbly crafted four tiered pagoda roof, it is famous for its exquisitely
MANU TEMPLE (2 km) : This is dedicated to the sage Manu situated at
VASHISTH (3 km) : Well known for its hot springs. There are old
temples dedicated to the sage Vashisth and to Lord Rama.
MONASTERIES : There are three recently built Tibetan monasteries at
JAGATSUKH (6 km) : The one time capital of Kullu. Here are old
temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and to Sandhya Gayatri. The Arjun caves are
SOLANG VALLEY(14 km) : In a picturesque setting this has good ski
slopes and picnic spots.
TOWARDS THE ROHTANG PASS : On the road to Keylong is the Nehru Kund
(6km) which is a clear water spring scenic spot named after the Late Pt.
Jawaharlal Nehru. Kothi (12km) is a picturesque village and has a thrilling
view of the deep gorge through which the Beas swiftly races. The beautiful
Rahalla falls (16km) are at at altitude of 2500m. A crucial link on the old
trade route and still the gateway to trans Himalayan Lahaul, the Rohtang
Pass is at height of 3978 m.
CLUB HOUSE : The Club House with its comprehensive facilities that
include a roller skating rink, an auditorium, billiards rooms, a library, a
bar and restaurant makes wonderful outing for the day.
at an altitude of 3350 m, Keylong is the headquarters of Lahaul and Spiti
district of Himachal Pradesh. The region is strange, exciting, primitive
mountainous and delightful. Rudyard Kipling said of the region "Surely
the God live here this no place for men." The route to Lahaul takes a
traveler over Rohtang Pass (3980 ml), Koksar (1st village of Lahaul) Sissu,
Gondla and crossing the river Chandra Bhaga at Tandi
PLACES OF INTEREST
TANDI (2573m) : 8 km, short of Keylong, on
the Manali - Leh Raod, situated on the confluence of Chandra & Bhaga
rivers. Last point to tank up if traveling north of Keylong as it has the
last fuel station on this stretch.
SISSU (3100m) : On the bank of Chandra, 15 km from Koksar, every
spring and autumn wild geese and ducks halt here on their way to and from
GONDLA (3110m) : 18 km from Keylong on the right bank of river
Chandra. Famous for ancient Fort.
UDAIPUR (2523m) : 53 km from Keylong, home of the Mrikula Devi
Temple, which is famous for wood carvings.
TRILOKNATH (2660m) : 4 km from Udaipur famous for Triloknath temple.
Sacred both for HIndu and Buddhist.
MONASTERY'S : Lahaul is well known for its monasteries, locally
called Gompas, which are great repositories of Buddhist faith and art
treasures. These are Kardang - 5 km, Shasur - 3 km, Guru Ghantal - 8 km,
Tayul - 6 km, Gemur - 18 km
SHOPPING : Shawls, Local Tweeds, Caps, Rugs, Footwear, Fresh fruit,
Natural oil (olive and almond), Sliver jewellery, Pullovers, Metal craft,
Woolen jackets and Bamboo products.
legend speak of a time when demons lorded over the Himalayan mountains and
harassed the gods. Led by Lord Vishnu, the gods decided to destroy them. The
gods focused their strengths in an huge flame which rose from the earth.
From the fire, a young girl look birth. She is regarded as Adishakti the
Known as Sati or Parvati, she grew up in the house of Prajapati Daksha and
later became the consort of Lord Shiva. Once her father insulted Lord Shiva
and unable to accept this, she killed herself. When Lord Shiva heard of his
wife's death his rage knew no bounds and holding Sati's body he began
stalking the three worlds. The other gods trembled before His wrath and
appealed to Lord Vishnu for help. Lord Vishnu let fly a volley of arrows
which struck Sati's body and severed it to pieces. At the places where the
pieces fell, the fifty-one sacred Shaktipeeths came into being.
Sati's tongue fell at Jwalaji (610m) and the goddess is manifest as tiny
flame that burns flawless blue through fissures in the age-old rock. Even
the Pandavas are regarded to have visited this sacred place.
PLACES OF INTEREST
JWALAJI SHRINES : There are nine different
flames within the temple and each signifies something different. It is said
that centuries ago, a shephard saw the flames for the first time and Raja
Bhumi Chandra, the ruler of the area had the original temple built. The
Mughal Emperor Akbar installed a gold parasol and Maharaja Ranjit Singh had
the dome gilded. Across the courtyard is Devi's bed chamber and above the
temple is the shrine of Baba Gorakhnath.
NAGINI MATA( 4.5 km) : The site of a fair held in July / August,
this is located on the hill above Jwalaji.
SHRI RAGHUNATHJI TEMPLE (5 km) : Popularly known as Teda mandir,
Rama, Laxman, and Sita are said to have stayed here and the first temple is
supposed to have been built by the Pandavas.
ASHTABHUJA TEMPLE(1 km) : This ancient temple has stone image of the
eight-armed goddess. NADAUN (12 km) : Closely connected with the glory of
Kangra erstwhile rulers, there are numerous old temples and remains of a
couple of old palaces.
CHAUMUKHA (22 km via Nadaun) : There is a temple dedicated to Lord
Shiva with a huge four faced image.
PANJ TEERTHI AND MAHAKALESHWAR (9 km and 28 km via Nadaun) : By the
banks of the river Beas and closely associated with the exile of the
Pandavas are these two sacred places. These are within a few hundred meters
of each other.
BANKHANDI (36 km) : At the Bagulamukhi Mata temple is a stone image
of the goddess. At the nearby Shiv temple is a Linga said to have been
placed by the Pandavas.
HARIPUR (45 km) : There are numerous attractive temples and an old
MANGARH (37 km) : On top a hill is this octagonal fort named after
Raja Man Chand.
in the Durga Sapt-Shati, the story goes that on the orders of Shamb and
Ni-Shamb, two demons tried to harass the goddess Ambika. Enraged, Ambika
knitted her brows and from the folds a horrifying from of Kali emerged.
After a great battle, the goddess Kali slew the two demons, Chand and Mund.
Delighted by Kali's achievement, Ambika declared that she would now be
worshipped here as Chamunda a combination of the demons names. Chamunda Devi
temple is at height of 1000m.
PLACES OF INTEREST
- Palampur (14 km.)
- Baijnath (30 km)
- Andretta (26 km)
- Tashijong Monastery (25 km)
- Bir (38 km).
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