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McLeod Ganj is one of the beautiful place to visit in Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh. McLeodGanj is located at a height of about 6900 feet. McLeod Ganj is a holy place for Tibetan people as Dalai Lama lives here. It is commonly known as 'little lahsa' and Dhasa which means little Dharamshala in Tibetan language.
Tsuglagkhang, Namgyal Momentary ,bhagsu nath, Dal lake are some popular places to visit for tourist.
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Tsuglagkhang

History

Before independence McLeod ganj was part of Britishers. In year 1840s district Kangra headquarter became so crowded that's why britishers start staying in McLeod. They used to spend there summers here.
In 1960s 14th Dalai Lama came here after failed uprising in Tibet against communist party of China. Indian govt gave permission to refugees to stay in McLeod.
So this place is holy for Tibetan.

Location

McLeodGanj is located at a height of around 6900 feet. McLeodGanj is located at the ranges of Dhauladhar ranges. Highest peak of Dhauladhar ranges ' Hanuman ka teeba' is just behind whose height is around 18500 feet.

People and Culture of McLeod Ganj

- People of McLeod ganj is very simple and peaceful.
- People of McLeodGanj can be seen helping tourists in region.
- They are also helping beggars and for them organisation like Tonglen is working to make them self independent.
    Culture of McLeod ganj is very wide. There is Hindu culture and Buddhist culture here in McLeod Ganj.

Weather and Temperature

Best time to visit McLeodGanj is in summers because at that time temperature is moderate and it is between 20 degrees to 33 degrees.
In winters temperature dip's due to snowfall at Dhauladhar ranges.

Places to visit/Tourist places

There are so many places to visit in McLeod some of these are given here below.
1. Dharamshala
2. Bhagsu Nag
3. Dal lake
4. Triund
5. Namgyal monastery
6. Tsuglagkhang
7. Tibetan museum
8. Bhagsu fall
9. Church of St. Johns in wilderness

How to reach McLeod ganj?

McLeodGanj can be reached by road transport , bus and taxi service is available.
Nearest Railway station
Pathankot- 90 km (broad gauge)
Kangra and nagrota- small gauge
Nearest airport
Gaggal Airport -10 kms

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Khajjiar ,most beautiful place in Chamba, Himachal Pradesh. Khajjiar is located at a height of about  2000 m.
Khajjiar is also known as Mini-Switzerland of Himachal Pradesh.
Khajjiar is located in Chamba district of Himachal pradesh.
Dhauladhar ranges and Himalayan peaks can be seen from far.
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Sign board in khajjiar

Mini-Switzerland

There is a reason of second name of khajjiar as Mini-Switzerland, i.e. Due to beautifulness of khajjiar and topological resemblance to Switzerland, in 1972 Mr. Tilly V Blazer ,Head of Chancery of Switzerland called khajjiar as Mini-Switzerland. After that tourism in khajjiar reached at new heights.
He also put a sign board of yellow color which shows distance of khajjiar from Switzerland.
Khajjiar is one of 160 places which resembles to Switzerland.

Location

Khajjiar or Mini-Switzerland is located at a height of 6500 feet from sea level. Khajjiar is located at a distance of around 569 km from National capital Delhi, and 24 km from other beautiful place Dalhousie.

Places to visit and Activities in khajjiar

There are so many places to travel in khajjiar , Mini-Switzerland. Chamba , Dalhousie and bharmaur are some of the best tourist places in Khajjiar.
1. Golden Devi Temple
Golden Devi temple in khajjiar is located at the edge of the khajjiar lake and due to its golden dome, it is known as golden Devi temple.
This temple is one of the famous tourist attraction and famous temple of khajjiar.
There is a golf course near golden Devi temple
2. Kalatop wildlife sanctuary
This sanctuary is located in between Dalhousie and khajjiar. Kalatop wildlife sanctuary is spread over a area of around
19.63 sq km.
Several animals like leopard, lion, tiger ,deer , jackals etc can be seen in sanctuary.
Some endangered species of animals can be seen here.
3. Khajjiar villages
Khajjiar villages is famous for apple gardens and long trees near villages.
Khajjiar villages is near khajjiar ground.
4. Paanch Pandav trees
There is one tree which is famous for its shoots and so called as Paanch Pandav trees. There are 6 shoots of similar length in a single tree and local people of khajjiar called, it represents five Pandva's and Draupadi.
5. Khajji Nag Temple
Khajji Nag Temple was built in 12 AD,  and one of the holy place to visit in khajjiar. There is Mandapa inside this holiest temple and khajji Nag Temple is near khajjiar lake.
6. Khajjiar lake and ground
There can be only word for khajjiar lake and ground that is 'heaven'. It is really treat for eyes to watch these lake and ground.
Shahrukh starter movie 'kuch kuch hota hai' was filmed in this place.
Khajjiar lake is at a distance of 20 km from Dalhousie and cover an area of around 5000 sq yards.
- Trekking
Tourist who come here can enjoy trekking in khajjiar. Khajjiar to dainkund is moderate 3km trek.

Place to stay(Accommodations)|Hotels

-  Rest house of forest department
-  Several guest houses and cottages of PWD and forest department.

Weather and climate

In khajjiar temperature is very attractive for tourists and it is cool in most of time. Tourist can visit this holiest place during month of march to November.

How to reach khajjiar?

Khajjiar can be reached by road transport,
It is 23 km from Dalhousie and around 26 km from Chamba district.
Nearest Railway station
Pathankot- 120 km
Nearest Airport
Gaggal(Kangra)-180 km

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Hidimba Devi Temple also popularly knows as Dhungri temple and Hadimba Temple is located in Manali. Hadimba Temple Manali is one of the religious temple in Himachal Pradesh.
Hidimba Temple is dedicated to devi Hidimbi. Temple is covered with forest and was built in 1553.
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Devi Hidimba Temple

History

The hidimba Temple is dedicated to devi hidimba who was wife of one of Pandav Bheema during Mahabharata time. Devi Hidimba temple is built around the cave where Devi Hidimba used to mediate . She was from a 'Rakshas' family and she had a brave, strong and fearless brother Hidimb.
It is said that Devi Hidimba had vowed that one who will defeat his strong fearless brother Hidimb. She will marry to that person.
One of Pandav ,Bheema when visited Manali, during Pandva's exile, he killed Devi Hidimba's brother Hidimb.
So Devi Hidimba married to Bheema and gave birth to a son named 'Ghatotkach'.
    Temple of hidimba Devi was built in year 1553 by kullu king Raja Bahadur Singh.

Design and Architecture

Hidimba Temple is built with very beautiful design and architecture.
The temple of Hadimba devi is four story of wooden architecture, with a wooden 'shikhar' which is 24m long. This 'shikhar' or tower consists of 3 square roofs.The Hidimba temple base is made out of whitewashed, mud-covered stonework.
Around 70 m away from temple there is shrine which is dedicated to Bheema and hidimba son 'Ghatotkach'.
There is a massive rock inside the temple and said goddess hidimba used to meditate on it.
There is 7.5 cm long brass image which represent devi hidimba.

Location

Hidimba temple is located near Manali market, it is at a walkable distance from Manali Bazaar. Hidimba temple is around 3 km from Manali bus stand.

Interesting facts about temple

- 4 story wooden architecture and 24 m long tower
- 7.5 cm brass image represents devi hidimba.
- There is no idol inside temple, only footprints of goddess Hidimba is located.
- Area near Temple when seen by Google Satellite, the imprint of a giant foot spanning across the valley in the area near the temple can be seen.

Places to visit near Temple

1. Ghatotkach Temple
2. Dalhousie
3. Kullu
4. Nanda Devi national park
5. Rishikesh

Best time to visit Hidimba Temple

Best time to visit Hidimba Temple is during summer time ,it's cool even during summer time. Temperature is between 0 to 30 degree .
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How to reach Hidimba Temple ?

Tourist and visitors can reach Hidimba Temple by road transport.
Train transport : shimla
Air port : Bhuntar
Kharapathar is one of the famous tourist place in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. Kharapathar is located at a height of around 2900 m. Kharapathar is a hotspot for tourists because of its natural beauty.
Khadapathar name is derived from a huge egg like rock.Khara Pathar is a himalayan hamlet.

Location

Kharapathar is located between kothkhai and Jubbal in Shimla District.Khadapathar is covered with apple orchards, beautiful views and excellent walk and hike trails.

Weather and climate

Weather of Khara pathar is very pleasant in every season.Temperature in khadapathar is mostly less than 20 degree Celsius. In winter, the temperature can hover around freezing point when heavy woollens are required. During summer, the climate is pleasant and cottons / light woollens are suggested. Kharapathar receives heavy snowfall in winter season.

Tourist Places/ Activities

  • Hateshwari temple 

Hatkoti temple is about 29km from khadapathar, famous temple of hateshwari maa is located at bank of river Pabbar.This temple is dedicated to lord shiva and goddess Durga called as maa hateshwari.It is believed that this is spot where the gods fought a Battle.There is also a temple of shiva. ...more

  • Jubbal

 Jubbal is located at around 20km from hatkoti ,jubbal is famous for Palace located in Jubbal market, it was designed by a French architect in the 1930 and is a remarkable mix of European and Indigenous styles.

  • Giri Ganga

The hike and trekking 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.

How to reach?

Distance from shimla- 85 km
Nearest Railway Station and Airport (108 km)Shimla. 
Distance to Rohru is 30 km
Rampur via Sungri is 110 km 
Narkanda via Baggi is 95 km. 

Kaza a small but beautiful town in Spiti Valley Himachal Pradesh. Kaza is 210 Km from Kalpa, 47 km from Tabo. It is situated at the left bank of river Spiti at an altitude of 3800 Meters.
Kaza the beautiful town of Spiti Himachal is famous for its colourful festivals and Sakya Tangyud monastery.
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Kaza is a cold desert with very close similarities to the Tibet and Ladakh regions in terms of terrain, climate and the culture as they follow Buddhist culture .
Kaza is perfect place for tourists because of its precious beauty, perfect scenery and peaceful nature. It's perfect place for various tourist activities.

Weather and climate of Kaza

Weather in Kaza is pleasant in summer but colder than other region of country. Winter lies between November to April in this region , and temperature during winter is below freezing point due to heavy snowfall.

Facilities at Kaza ,Spiti

Kaza in Spiti valley and its nearby village has good accommodation and other facilities like Petrol/Diesel pumps. It also has a market for daily necessities. There is also good facilities of medical services.
Places to visit in Kaza

  • Dhankar: This beautiful place is located at a height of 3890 m , 24 km from Tabo and famous for Buddhist monastery.
  • Pin Valley : A valley which is very beautiful and known for its monasteries, is below kungri glacier.
  • Kunzum pass: Kunzum pass is at a height of 4551 m and 74 km from Kaza. Kunzum pass is highest motorable pass. Kunzum pass is named on the name of Goddess Kunjum.
  • Chandar tal lake: Chandar Tal lake is located at a height of 4270m and around 7 km from Kunzum pass and 81km from Kaza. This lake is one of the most beautiful lake in Himalayan region,this lake is Surrounded by snow, this deep blue water lake has a circumferences of 2.5 km. River Chandra flows very close to the lake.

Food and best time to visit Kaza, Spiti valley

Tourist can get limited food variety here in Kaza. Only Indian and Tibetan food is available here ,in vegetarian and non vegetarian variety.
Best time to visit Kaza is between may to September due to better temperature.

Activities at Kaza ,Spiti valley

Kaza is central station to the other parts of the Spiti valley, Kaza is perfect place for  base camp for trekking, mountaineering and tours directed to other parts of the valley.

Places to stay in Kaza , Spiti valley

Best place to stay in Kaza , Spiti valley are of different range, mid range and low range also available near river. PWD guest house is also available in Kaza but prior booking is needed.
Home stays in Kaza is also available and it's best if tourist want to explore culture of region. 

Important note before Kaza visit for foreigners

To visit this region foreigners have to take permit from SDM or DC office , this is not applied on Indian tourist.

How to reach Kaza, Spiti valley

Nearest airports : Kullu (Bhuntar) 250 km. and Shimla 445 km. Kaza can be approached by road from Shimla  in month of May to October and from Manali 200 km. via Kuzam Pass in month June to October.
In winters when Rohtang Pass remains closed Periodic flights from Kullu can let you through to Kaza.

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