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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
Kufri is one of the best tourist place in district shimla, Himachal Pradesh. Kufri is located at a height of around 2300 metres and almost 7450 feet. Kufri is small tourist hill station situated at around 13-14 km from capital shimla.
Kufri name of hill station is derived from word 'kufar' which means lake in local language.
Animals in Himalayan nature park kufri

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History of kufri, geography of kufri, tourist places in kufri best time to visit kufri and how to reach kufri etc.

History of kufri |shimla

Kufri was part of kingdom of Nepal including shimla and was unknown for world. Later it becomes part of Sugauli Treaty under British empire. In year 1819 Britishers developed this area as a tourist place.

Geography of kufri

Kufri is located at a height of around 7500 ft. ,it is situated at 31.10 degree north and 77.25 degree East.
Kufri is located at around 13 km from capital shimla and 6 km from other famous destination Fagu.

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Tourist places/places to visit in kufri

There are so many places which are centre of attraction for many of the visitors in kufri, shimla H.P.
Some of them are here given below.

  • Himalayan nature park kufri

Himalayan nature park kufri is spread over 90 hectares of area , it is aground vvv GT 18 km from shimla. Himalayan nature park is located at a height of around 2600 metres.
Himalayan Nature Park include himalayan animals like Leopard, Brown Bear, Musk Deer, Bharal, Black Bear, Tibetan Wolf, Leopard Cat, Sambhar, Ghoral, Barking Deer, Monal, White Crested Kaleej and Cheer pheasant.

  • Kufri fun world

Kufri fun world is another tourist destination where tourist can spend whole day. Kufri fun world is a joy park with lots of facilities for speacilly kids.
Kufri fun world have world's highest go-kart-track. Park is equipped with various rides and pools. Huge number of children, teenagers and adults visit this place.

  • Mahasu peak

Mahasu peak is one of the best destination in kufri shimla, it is few km from shimla. There is no proper facility of skiing in mahasu peak but local operators organise skiing for tourists. On a clear day , bandrinath and kedarnath peaks are seen from mahasu peak.

  • Chini bungalow

Chini bungalow is located at kufri and is famous for its statues and architecture.

  • Indira nature park

Indira nature park is a park which gives panoramic view of locations around. It is near Himalayan nature park kufri.

  • Skiing and yak riding in kufri

Tourists in kufri can enjoy skiing as well as yak riding.Horse riding and Yaj Riding in Kufri is popular tourist activity especially for kids to be taken around to different view points on a horseback

  • Fruit research center

Near kufri , few kms short of Naldehra is Craignanoo, the biggest fruit Research centre in Northern India.

  • Fagu

Fagu is also one of the most beautiful place to visit. It is near kufri . Fagu is around 6 km from Kufri shimla.

Best time to visit kufri

Kufri in summer(April, may ,June , July, august and September)
In summer kufri is best place because of its peaceful environment.
Kufri in winter( October, November, December, January ,February, march)
In winter kufri becomes more beautiful destination for visitors because in winter they can enjoy skiing etc on this hill station.

How to reach kufri ?

Air:Shimla , Chandigarh.
Rail: Shimla, Shoghi and Kandaghat are nearest railway stations.
Chail  is one of the most famous tourist place in Himachal. Chail is exotic place of Himachal Pradesh. Chail is famous for Chail palace, kali ka tiba, Cricket Ground and many more. This place attracts visitors every year with its beauty. Chail is a small village near Shimla with  surrounded lush forest and views of the snow-covered Himalayas.

History

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Highest Cricket Ground Chail Himachal Pradesh

In year 1891 during time of Britishers in India,Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala suffers anger of Lord Kitchener which led to restriction of his entry in Shimla (Indian summer capital at that time). So he built place named Chail for himself.
Maharaja Bhupinder Singh donated his most of buildings to Military school(chail) and GOI(govt of India).

Geography

Chail is located in District Solan at an altitude of 2,250 m which is around 7,300 ft. Chail is Located almost at same distance from Solan District and well as shimla district. Chail is located in between boundary of Rajgarh, Pandava and Siddh Tibba hills. The place is surrounded by forest of deodars and chir. Shimla, kasauli and solan can be seen at night time from here.

Weather and Climate Of Chail

Temperature of Chail during summers is around 15°C to 20°C.Which can go maximum upto 25°C during mostly in March to July. This time is best to visit this exotic place of Himachal Pradesh.
Monsoon season in Chail continues June and ends in September and the rain is average during this time.
Minimum temperature during December to February is around -1 or -3 degree Celsius.

Tourist attractions/ Places in Chail


  • Maharaja's Palace in Chail

This palace was built in 1891 by maharaja Bhupinder Singh.This palace is known for its architecture.
This palace was built with huts and cottages, lawns, children park etc.

  • Sidh baba temple(Sidh baba ka mandir)

Maharaja starts building his palace from this place and It is said there that sidh which is a saintly person appeared in his dreams and asked to build a temple.

  • Cricket Ground

This is the highest cricket ground in the world and is at around 2,445 m.It is used by military school chail. This ground was built in year 1893.This is used as polo ground also during vacations time of military academy.

  • Wildlife Sanctury

Wildlife sanctury located at sadhupul chail, covers near about 11000 hectares area.hail sanctuary has ghoral, kakkar, sambhar,red jungle fowl, khalij and cheer etc.

  • Sadhupul

This is also a perfect destination, and famous among students and used as a picnic spot.This is located in between kandaghat and chail village and bridge on the Ashwani stream.

  • Chail Military School

Chail Military School is one of the five Military Schools in India. Around 300 cadets from all over India are groomed to be the future leaders of country.This building was donated by Maharaja to govt of India.

  • Kali ka tibba and lovers point are also center of attraction in Chail.
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Kali ka Tibba Chail Himachal Pradesh


How to reach Chail?

  • Air

Nearest Airport : Shimla and Chandigarh.


  • Road

Chail is connected by road and is at distance of around 42 km from shimla and 60 km from kandaghat

  • Railway

Nearest Railway station- Shimla and Kandaghat

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