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Chaurasi temple is complex temple located in center of Bharmour town. This temple has a great religious value as temple was built around 1400 years ago. The temple of Ganesha, Lakshmi, Narsingh and Manimahesh completes Chaurasi Temple. Chaurasi is hindi word for number Eighty Four. There are several things related to this Chaurasi which we are going to mention below. Here below is all information about Chaurasi Temple, Significance of temple, Gods that completes chaurasi temple, best time to visit temple and how to reach temple is given below.
Chaurasi Temple Bharmaur

History/Story about Chaurasi Temple

  • There are several stories and believes about this ancient temple. Some of them are given below.There is a beautiful temple of Manimahesh in shikhara style located at center of the complex. It is believed that when 84 Siddhas, who had come from kurukshetra, were passing through Bharmour to visit Manimahesh, they fell in love with the calmness and beauty of Bharmour and for friendly relation between nature to meditate here. Chaurasi Temple Complex was built approximately in 7th century, although repairs of many temples have been carried out in later period.
Lord Ganesha Temple in 84 Temple Complex
  • There is a beautiful story about this temple which is also linked with District Chamba. Is is believed that 84 yogis visited this place at the time of Sahil Varman. Yogi's were pleased with hospitality of Sahil Verman. Yogi promised Varman 10 sons as Sahil Varman was not blessed with any Son or Daughter. King requested them to stay back in Brahampura(Old Name of Bharmour) till the prediction of Yogis was fulfilled. In due course of time the king was blessed with ten sons and a daughter. Daughter was named Champavati and because of liking of Champavati new capital Chamba was established.
So in respect of these yogi's this clean, delightful and great scenic view temple was built by King Varman.

Major temples at Chaurasi temple complex

- Lakshana devi (Lakhna devi) Temple
- Ganesha Temple
- Jai krishan Giriji temple
- NarSingh temple
- Ardh Ganga or Ardh Gaya
- Trameshwar Mahadev
- Dharmraj Temple
- Surya linga Mahadev   
- Kuber Linga Mahadev
- Swami Kartik (kelang) Temple
- Manimahesh temple (Lord Shiva)
- Maa Chamunda Temple
- Hanuman Temple
- Sheetla maa Temple
- Dharameshwar Mahadev temple
- Nandi temple
Dharmraj Temple

Accommodations/Places to stay 

There are several Hotels and Lodges to stay while visit to chaurasi temple. There are some given staying options when you visit Chaurasi temple, Hadsar and Manimahesh. These are given below.
- PWD Rest house
- Rajdhani Hotel at Bharmaur
- Chamunda Guest house
- Krishna Lodge
- Sharma Paying guest house
- Shanti Guest house etc.

Time to visit 

Chamba is known for heavy snowfall, so best time to visit chaurasi temple is during in May to November month. As in other months this divine place is covered with snow. Manimahesh is most popular pilgrimages for devotees and open to visit during these months.

Tourist Places near Chaurasi Temple

- Manimahesh Lake : Manimahesh lake is center of attraction for devotees. The Lake is dedicated to lord shiva and located at a height of around 4000 meters. People believe that manimahesh lake water is holy and dip in this holy water makes anyone holy man.
- Kugti : Kugti is a small village located at Bharmaur near kugti pass. This place is located at a height of more than 5000 meters. Kugti is winding from Bharmour to Keylong.
- Hadsar : Hadsar is end point of road and is flooded with tourists during Manimahesh Yatra. Hadsar is 17 km from manimahesh lake and 14 km from Bharmaur.
- Dhancho : Dhancho or Dhanchho is mid way or destination during manimahesh yatra. It is around 24 km from Bharmour.
some other famous tourist places near Chaurasi Temple are
Chail
Chamba
Konark
Shimla 

Shiva Temple in Temple Complex

 How to reach Chaurasi Temple

- Bharmour is around 63 km from Chamba and HPRTC provides special bus services between Chamba and Bharmaur. There is also Taxi services availble in region.
- Nearest Airport : Pathankot (Around 118 km)
- Nearest Railway Staion : Pathankot , Kangra Airports
Baba Balaknath temple is located in Deot sidh village of Hamirpur district in Himachal Pradesh. Baba Balaknath ji worshiped in the northern Indian states of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. Puja/Aarti is done two times a day and prasad or bhog is offered to all devotees in Shri Baba Balaknath ji temple after completion of Aarti.
Baba Balaknath Cave

Location 

Shrine of Baba Balaknath is situated on a hill-top in village Chakmoh at 45 kms from Hamirpur and is near Hamirpur and Bilaspur both districts. Baba Balaknath temple has natural cave carved in hills and considered as residence of Baba Balaknath ji.

History | Source : www.bababalaknathdeothsidh.com

Birth-story as Sidh
The most popular story about the birth of Baba Balak Nath as 'sidh-purush' is associated with the Amar Katha of Lord Shiva. It is said that Lord Shiva was sharing the Amar Katha with Goddess Parwati in the cave of Amarnath, and Goddess Parvati fell asleep.. A kid-parrot was there in the cave and he was listening the entire story and was making noise of 'yes' ("hmm..").
When the story finished, Lord Shiva found Goddess Parwati sleeping and so he understood that someone else had heard the story. He became very angry and threw his Trishul on the kid-parrot. The kid-parrot escaped from there to save his life and Trishul followed him.
In the way, the wife of Rishi Vyas was yawning. The kid-parrot entered her stomach through her mouth. The Trishul stopped, as it was unreligious to kill a lady. When Lord Shiva knew all this he also came there and narrated his problem to Rishi Vyas. Rishi Vyas told him that he should wait there and as the kid-parrot would come out, he could kill him.
 Lord Shiva stood there for a very long time but the kid-parrot did not come out. As Lord Shiva stood there, the whole universe got disordered.. Then all the Lords met Sage Narada and requested him to request Lord Shiva to save the world.. Then Narada came to Lord Shiva and prayed him to leave his anger as the child had already heard the Amar Katha and so now he had become immortal and now nobody could kill him.
Baba Balaknath Temple

 Listening to this, Lord Shiva told the kid-parrot to came out and in return the kid-parrot demanded a blessing from him. Lord Shiva accepted that and the kid-parrot prayed that as he comes out as a man, any other child who gets birth at the same time would be granted all kind of knowledge and would be immortal. As Lord Shiva accepted this, a divine baby come out from the mouth of Rishi Vyas. He prayed Lord Shiva and got his blessings. This divine baby was called Sukhdev Muni later. The other babies who got birth at that time were famous as Nau Nath and Chaurasi Sidh. One of them was Baba Balak Nath.
Connection With Lord Shiva in Dwapar Yug 
It is believed about Baba Balak Nath that he takes birth in every age (yug). He appeared as "Skand" in Satyug, as "Kaul" in Treta and as "Mahakaul" in Dwapar. In Dwapar age Baba Balak Nath was in the way to Kailash Dham with a wish to meet Lord Shiva. In the way he met with an old lady.
The lady asked him where he is going. Then Baba Balak Nath who was Mahakaul told her that he is praying Lord Shiva since last three births but he had not been blessed by Lord Shiva with his appearance and so he was moving towards Kailash Dham with this very wish.
The old lady told Baba that it was not easy to have a live appearance of Lord Shiva. You have to do something extraordinary. When Baba asked her what he should do,she told that Baba should stand in the foothills of the Kailash near ManSarovar and pray there. Mata Parwati used to come there on some occasions for bath. When Mata Parwati comes there he should pray her to fulfill her wish. Mata Parwati will surely try to give him something else but he should insist on his wish only. Baba Balak Nath stood for twelve gharis with the old lady and moved towards the Man Sarovar. He did the same as the old lady had advised him and finally Lord Shiva was pleased and blessed him to be Paramsidh in the Kaliyug and will remain as Balak (young) and age would not affect him. MahaKaul of Dwapar age got birth in Kaliyug at Kathiyawad in the house of Narayan Vishnu and Laxmi. Parent named him as "Dev".
 Dev was very religious from his childhood and he used to pray all the times. His parents then tried to marry him so that he cannot leave the home. Dev was not ready for this. When he was so much under pressure for marriage he left home and moved towards Girnar Parwat in the search of Paramsiddhi. In Junagarh he met with Swami Dattatreya. Here at the ashram of Swami Dattatreya, he got divine knowledge and emerged as Sidh. As Lord Shiva had blessed him that age will not affect him he remained as a child and called "Balak Nath".

Places to visit 

  • Baba Balak Nath Ji Ki Gufa
  • Main Thara
  • Charanpaduka
  • Museum Hall Near Langer
  • Baba Balak Nath Ji Ka Dhuna
  • Samadi Sathal Math at Village Kalwal

Festivals celebrated 

- Chaitra Mela
Mela of Chaitra is day where people woship divine goddes and celebrated around 14th march to 13th April every year.
- Vasant Panchmi & Holi
Vasant Panchmi is celebrated which is dedicated to goddess saraswati and other than this festival of colors Holi is also celebrated in this divine temple.
- Maha Shivratri
Hindu Festival deciated to maa Parvati and Lord shiva celebrated in temple with lots of joy. Devotees used to celebrate this festival by reciting Shlokas and singing bhajans.
- Raksha Bandhan & ram Navmi
Festival of bonding of brother and sister and Ram navmi is also celebrated with lots of spirituality and joy in Baba Balaknath ji temple and Deot Sidh.

There are many more festivals like Diwali, Dusshehra, Navratre etc. which are celebrated.

Temples all over India dedicated to Lord Baba Balaknath ji

- Mandir Sidh Baba Balak Nath, Prem Nagar, Ghumar Mandi, Ludhiana
- Baba Balak Nath Temple, Bhanowal, Hoshiarpur district
- Sidh Shakti Sh Baba Balak Nath Banga, Nawashehar Punjab
- Sidh Baba Balak Nath Mandir, Noida Sector 71
- Baba Balak Nath Mandir, Ghaziabad -

How to Reach Baba balaknath Temple

- By Road 
To reach by road governement as well as private bus and taxi services are available.
Chandigarh to Baba Balaknath Temple distance : 186 Km
Shimla to Baba Balaknath Temple distance : 155 Km
- By Air
Nearest Airtport : Gaggal & Chandigarh
- By Railway 
Nearest Railway station : Una

Intersting Facts about Baba Balaknath Temple

- Ladies were not allowed in temple as it is said that baba balaknath ji was brahmachari.
- After supereme court decision ban was removed.
- Baba balaknath temple is mamaged by trust which was formed in year 1987.
- Baba balanth ji trut used to run school , colleges etc.
- Temple of Baba balaknath is under supervision of more than 100 workers.
Sangla valley is most charming and most beautiful Valley in country. Sangla is a city in the Baspa Valley in Kinnaur District of Himachal Pradesh. Sangla is located very close to the Tibetan border.
Sangla is a perfect gateway from busy life of cities. Sangla valley is also famous for temples and Meadow in valley. Other name for Sangla Valley is Baspa Valley.
"Sangla" meaning in language of Kinnaur is "Pass of Light" mean valley receiving sunlight during the day.
Sangla Valley/Baspa Valley

Location 

Sangla Valley is located in Kinnaur District of Himachal Pradesh. Sangla or Baspa valley starts at Karcham and ends at Chitkul. Chitkul is also a beautiful village located in this heavenly valley. Sangla valley is situated at an height of around  8,900 feet. This beautiful and majestic Sangla valley is located on the bank of the river Baspa.

Demography & Political View

Sangla Valley cosists of many villages and town but Sangla is biggest town where all facilities are available. here is a little view of Sangla.
According to census 2011
Total Population : 2244
Total houses : 536
Literacy : 78%
Sex Ratio :  1028
Total No. of houses : 536

Temples in Sangla Valley 

Sangla valley is known as for its temple also. There are several famous temples in Sangla valley. Some of them are here below. 
- Badri Nath Ji Temple
- Mata Devi Temple
- Bearing Nag Temples 
These all temples are great example of extraordinary creativity and spirituality.
Temples are truly architecture wonder and devoted to Hindus mostly.

Places to Visit in Sangla Valley

  • Chitkul Village
Chitkul village is located on India-Tibet border and at a distance of around 27 km from Sangla. Village is famous for its extraordinary scenic view and Potatoes also.
  •  Sangla meadows 
Sangla meadows or Sangla Kanda is most favored spot in Sangla valley as it is lush green meadows with mud patches and a magnificent backdrop of snow covered Himalayan Mountains.
  • Kamru Fort
Kamru fort and now temple is great mix of extraordinary architecture and perfection. Kamru Fort is dedicated to Kamakhya Devi. 
The fort consist of a wooden balcony and a big wooden idle of goddess Kamakhya Devi.
  • Batseri Village
Batseri village is located at a distance of around 8 km Batseri village is famous for local handicrafts like kinnauri shawls, caps and other handicrafts items.
  • Tibetan Wood Carving Center
Tibetan Wood Carving Center is also located in Sangla valley and famous for Tibetan handicrafts and items. 

Facts about Sangla Valley

  • Sangla Valley is famous for Sweet & Juicy apples.
  • Until 1989 outsiders were not allowed in valley without permission due to its geographical location.
  • Baspa Dam Reservoir is located in Sangla Valley and this dam is on Baspa River.
  • A saffron farm is located in outskirt of Sangla town.
  • Fulaich Fair is celebrated in sangla valley in the month of August and  September.
  • Kamru fort is more than 800 years old and now it has been turned into temple and temple is dedicated to maa Kamkhya Devi.

How to Reach Sangla ?

To reach Sangla there is only Bus services and Taxi services as there is no airport or railway facility in this place. To reach there one can hire private taxi also.
Distance From Delhi : 560 km
Distance from Shimla : 225 km
Nearest Airport : Shimla
Nearest Railway Station : Shimla
Malana is an ancient Indian village known for its weed/Cream. Malana is located in Naggar Tehsil in Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh.
Malana is famous for its unique house structure, nature but popular because of Hasish. Malana is known for its ancient custom & manners and judiciary system.
Malana village is in Kullu district but outlying of rest of world. Even primary facilities are missing at this beautiful place.
Malana, Himachal Pradesh

Location

Malana village is in north east of kullu valley & a side valley of Parvati valley. It is located at a height of around 8-9 thousand feet above sea level. Beautiful green village Malana is overlooks the Deo Tiba & Chandarkhani peaks.
Malana is situated side of Malana river.

History

Malana follow oldest democracy in world. They have there own rules and regulations  which revolves around Jamlu Rishi. It is said that Jamlu rishi ihabited this place and people of Malana still follow his made rules and regulations. There is a parliamentary system in malana which consist of two floors & all is guided by Jamlu Rishi considered as God over there. Jamlu rishi is identified with the time of Puranas & believed to have been worshiped in Pre-Aryan's time.

Demography & Government

Malana is situated in Tehsil Naggar of kullu district in Himachal Pradesh. It comes under Kullu assembly constituency .
According to census 1961 population of Malana was around 500 whereas today its around 3 times of that. Total population of Malana is around 1700 and total area is around 179 hectares.
 Malana have oldest democracy & have their own rules an regulations and village is governed by a parliament which consists of lower and upper house. Lower house called as Kanishthang, upper house called as Jayesthang. The current panchayat is Bhagi Ram. They believe highly in their own god Jamlu Rishi & follow rules and regulations set by him.

Language & Culture

Malana residents speaks a local language 'Kanashi or Raksh' which is understood by villages only. Language seems to be mixture of Sanskrit language and Tibetan language.
The village follows a democratic administration & is oldest republic of the world.
There are several rules which will surprise everyone as help of police is not allowed in Malana if somebody wants to seek help of Police he has to pay fine of Rs. 1000 to village council.

Environment

Malana residents are nature friendly and they are caring about there trees and animals in Forests. They have several rules and regulations for their forests as one can't fix nails on tree as it could damage the tree.
Burning woods & trees are prohibited in Malana village. Only dry branches are permitted to be carried.

Temples

Malana village is famous for its temples specially Jamlu rishi temple, which is built in Kathkuni style and other is Rukmini temple. One interesting thing in temple is that it is prohibited to touch Jamlu rishi image. If someone touches it, will be fined 1000 Rs.
Way to Malana

Education

There are primary as well as government middle school. There are more than 100 students in Malana primary school whereas in Middle school around 15 students.

Rishi Jamblu Devta

Jamblu rishi is everything in Malana village as every rule, regulation and law revolves around him. They have lots of faith in Jamlu devta. The entire administration is controlled by devta Jamblu & village council. This village council consists of around 11 people which are considered as representatives of Jamblu devta . There decision is final . There is no permission to any outsider to administrate in decision of Malana. This is the reason why malana is called as Athens of Himalayas.

How to reach Malana ?

Malana village is connected to kullu by three Mountain passes(Parvati valley, Rashol Pass and Chanderkhani pass).
There is no Bus service for Malana village . So easiest and simple way to reach there is by Taxi service from Jari.
Nearest Town : Manali
Nearest Airport : Bhuntar lies at a distance of around 34 km.
Nearest Railway station : Shimla which is at a distance of more than 100 kms.

Shimla is capital of Himachal Pradesh and  during Britishers time Shimla was summer capital of India. Shimla is known for its natural beauty and tourist places.
Shimla is also known as queen of hills.
Kufri, Naldehra, Chuddhar , Sarahan-Rampur, Mashobara etc are famous places to visit. Shimla is third most populous and urbanized city in Himachal Pradesh.
In shimla agriculture is main occupation of people, and shimla is also known for Apples. Rohru, Jubbal & Kothkhai, theog, kotgarh and Rampur are places where different varieties of apples are grown.
Many major offices and heritage buildings are located in shimla.
Ridge-shimla-photos
Location of Shimla
Shimla district is located in south-western ranges of the Himalayas. Shimla is located at a height of around 2206 meters from sea level surrounded by Kinnaur and Uttrakhand in East, Solan and mandi is west, Mandi and Kullu in North and Sirmaur and Uttrakhand in south .

History of Shimla district

Before independence every part of Shimla which was located in middle of Sutlej River and Yamuna River was called as Pahari estate. This area was ruled by Kushaan, Maurya, Guptas, Mukhri etc. In year 1864 Shimla was declared as summer capital of India by British government.
Shimla was declared as Capital of Punjab after independence and later of Himachal Pradesh. In year 1972 shimla became district of Himachal pradesh.
Kalka-Shimla Railway

Administrative view

  • Headquarter - Shimla 
  • Tehsils - Rampur, Kumarsain,Sunni, Shimla Rural, Shimla Urban ,Theog, Chaupal, Jubbal,Kotkhai, Chirgaon, Dodra Kawar.
  • Sub-Tehsils  - Nankhari Rampur, Junga Shimla Rural, Chaupal, Nerwa Chaupal, Tikkar Rohru.
  • Sub divisions - Shimla Urban, Shimla Rural, Theog,Chaupal,Rohru,Rampur, Dodra Kawar.
  • Assembly constituency - Shimla Urban, Shimla Rural, Theog,Chaupal,Rohru, Jubbal Kotkhai, kasumpati.
  • Loksabha seat - 1 seat (Shimla)

Demographic view 

Area - 5131 square km
Forest in area - 3418 square km
Population (census -2011) - 8,14,010
Literacy rate - 83.64 %
Population density - 154 per square km

Temples in Shimla

1. Jakhu Temple
2. Taradevi Temple
3. Hatkoti Temple
4. Sarahan Temple
5. Giriganga Temple etc.
6. Narehan Temple
7. Jaga Mata and Mahasu temple Arhal
8. Rudra Devta Pujarali
Wildlife sanctuary Shimla
Hospitals in Shimla
- Indira Gandhi medical college
- Lady reading hospital
- Rippon hospital shimla
- Tenzin hospital , kusumpti
- Sri Ram hospital etc.
Ridge Ground Shimla
Popular Schools in Shimla
* Bishop cotton School (BCS)
* Auckland House school
* Jesus and Merry (Chelsea)
* Tara Hall school
* St. Edwards public school
* DAV public school , Sanjaulli
* Portmore Public school
* St. Thomas public school
* Dayanand public school
* DAV public school New shimla
* DAV Lakkar bazar
Lahaul-Spiti district in Himachal Pradesh is largest district according to area. Lahaul-Spiti is located in North of Himachal Pradesh. Lahaul-Spiti district is known for its beautiful natural beauty and Tibetans Monesteries. Keylong is headquarter of district and located at a height of around 3165 meter which is highest length of a Headquarter from sea level. Lahaul-Spiti is also coldest district of state, district is divided in two valleys one is Lahaul and other is Spiti. Lahaul Spiti district has highest area in state and lowest population density.
Lahaul-Spiti-photos
Kaza 

History of Lahaul-Spiti

Lahaul-Spiti district was established in year 1960. Lahaul-Spiti is combined of Lahaul and Spiti both. Keylong is district headquarter.
Before these two were merged together Kadrang was capital of Lahaul, and Dhankar the capital of Spiti. Keylong was declared as headquarter by Marwian mission in year 1853. In 1840-41 Lahaul-Spiti was under administration of Sikhs, whereas in 1846 Britishers became administrator of this district.At the time of independence Lahaul-Spiti was part of Punjab government, in 1960 Keylong was declared as district headquarter by Punjab government, and Spiti was declared as Tehsil and Kaza was declared as headquarter of Spiti. In year 1966 Lahaul Spiti was merged in Himachal Pradesh and became biggest district of Himachal Pradesh.

Geography of Lahaul-Spiti

Lahaul-Spiti district share boundary with Kashmir in North direction with big mountains , in south with Kullu and Bada Bhangal, with Chamba district in West direction.
Lahaul and Spiti can be described in different ways given below.
  • Lahaul - Lahaul is known High peaks and valleys. Lahaul can be divided in five main area blocks given below.
1. Chandra valley- This valley is also known as Rangoli. Almost 72 km of this area is covered with long peaks , mountains and snow covered area.
2. Bhaga Valley - This valley starts from Baralaacha pass in south west.
3. Patan Valley - Chandra and Bhaga rivers meet at a point known as Patan valley. This is most fertilise land.
4. Madhya Valley - This valley is mostly covered with snow , sometimes for 12 months.
5. Lingti Valley - 260 square km long area towards north of Baralaacha pass is called as Lingti ground . There is no population in this area.
  • Spiti - Spiti valley is covered with high peaks and mountains and some of them are at height of around 3300 meters to 5500 metres from sea level. Most of peaks of Spiti valley are covered with snow. 

Rivers in Lahaul-Spiti district

- Chandra River
- Bhaga River
- Spiti River
- Sarab River
Chandartal Lake

Weather of Lahaul-Spiti

Weather in Lahaul-Spiti is very pleasant in summer , but in winters temperature drops and reaches to minus. Average snow is around 7 feet, which clearly signifies that most of the area of district is covered with snow.

Administrative view of Lahaul-Spiti

- Headquarter - Keylong
- Tehsils -  Lahaul, Spiti.
- Sub-Tehsils - Udaipur.
- Sub divisions Keylong, Kaza and Udaipur
- Panchayat - 41

Demography of Lahaul-Spiti


  • Area - 13,385 square Km
  • Area covered with forest - 10,133 square km
  • Population (census 2011) - 31,564
  • Population density (census 2011) - 2 people/square km

Customs-manners|Languages

In this district marriages are on culture of Buddhism. Two popular way of marriages are Ta-Bhagstan and Kumai-Bhagstan.
Dress - In this area warm clothes are weared and long coats, Pajama, Green and Yellow basket, Cap are weared.
Languages - In Lahaul-Spiti some lanagues like Bhoti, Bunam, Tinan , Manchaat etc are spoken.
Buddhism Followers 

Tourist places in Lahaul-Spiti

1. Keylong - Keylong is located at a height of around 3156 meters. This is also headquarter of Lahaul-Spiti district. In 1861 Marwian mission opened a primary school in keylong.
2. Taabo - This village is located in Kaza , headquarter of Spiti. This village is located at a height of around 3050 m.
3. Rohtang pass - Rohtang pass is entry of Lahaul-Spiti from Kullu Manali. This is called as last place in world for people .
Some other places to visit
- Keh Gompa
- Guru Ghanta
- Losar
- Trilokinath
- Kibber
- Kaza
- Gindala
Photography at  Lahaul-Spiti

Interesting facts about Lahaul-Spiti

  • Lahaul-Spiti is biggest district in Himachal Pradesh according to area.
  • Lahaul-Spiti has minimum population density.
  • Keylong is headquarter of Lahaul and Kaza of Spiti.
  • More than 90% area is covered with forest.
  • Most of the area of the district is covered with snow.
  • Pin Valley in Spiti is National park in district.
  • Kibber in Spiti is wild life sanctuary in district.
  • Kibber has telephone exchange located at most height in world.
  • Gete and Kibber are located at most height in world.
Manali is a beautiful valley located in Incredible adorable state Himachal Pradesh, India. Manali, Kullu district is located at a height of around 2000 meters in Beas river valley. Manali valley is like a magnet which keeps attracting tourists here every year. Tourist places to visit in Manali, temple in Manali and Nature is always centre of attraction for tourists from all over the world. Manali is located in July district of Himachal Pradesh and at a distance of around 269 km from state capital shimla.
Places-to-visit-in-manali
Manali-kullu District
Manali is famous for for adventures activity like trekking, climbing, mountain biking, rafting skiing and paragliding. Manali is trade route for Laddakh and gateway for Lahaul and spiti district as well as Leh and also for Rohtang Pass But Manali valley is known for its natural beauty and tourist places. Manali have a different places spiritually as several Hindu gods and goddesses temples are located here.

Location of Manali Valley | Geography

Manali valley is located at an elevation of around 6500 feet from sea level. Manali is situated at the northern end of Kullu district and is around 42 km from Kullu town.

History of Manali Valley | Kullu

Manali town is named on a lawgiver Hindu named Manu. Manali is derived from word Manu-Alaya which means Adobe of Manu. According to ancient stories and legends says that Manu stepped this place and created human life again after flood. Manali is in Kullu district and known as 'Valley of Gods'.
Apple, plum , pears etc were Main source of income before Tourism in Manali Valley. Britishers introduced Apple trees in Manali Valley. There were no Apple trees in Manali Valley.
Before people know about tourist places in Manali Valley, this was one of most visited and best destination for first PM of India Jawahar Lal Nehru.
During disturbance in Kashmir , tourism in Manali Valley is on its top. This was also seen during 1980. In peak season most of the Hotels, cafe and resorts are full.

Demography of Manali valley | Population

Manali valley is small town with a population of around 8000 according to census 2011. Manali have around 65% of males and 35% of females. Literacy rate of Manali is around 74 %.
Around 10 Percent of the population is less than of six years. Tourism is main occupation of people of Manali , Himachal Pradesh.

Climate of Manali valley |Temperature

Temperature in Manali Valley is almost similar to Temperature inmost of the hill towns. Temperature ranges between 3°C to 27°C.
In Winters climate is cold in Manali whereas in summers Temperature is moderate in valley.
Manali Valley experience snowfall during December to March , during month of January snowfall is maximum.
Manali is one of the top skiing destination in India.

Places to Visit in Manali | Tourist Places

There are several tourist places in Manali Valley . Manali is known for Adventures activities like Skiing, trekking, bike riding, maintaining etc, which attracts tourist every year. Beauty of Manali can be known from this , that several film had been shoot in this town. Manali Valley is one of the best destination for stars like Sachin Tendulkar , Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Salman Khan etc.
Some of the must visit tourist destination in Manali are given here.
* Hidimba Devi temple
* Nature Park, Manali
* Museum of Himachal culture and Folk art
* Himalayan Nyinmaapa Buddhist Temple
* Manu maharishi Mandir
* Von Nagari Monastery
* Van Vihar Park
* Sacred Tree
* HPTDC Club House

Temples in Manali | Spiritual Places

Hidimba Devi Mandir
Manu maharishi Temple
Vashishts Spring and Temple
Arjun Gufa
Temple at JagatSukh.

Interesting facts about Manali District

  • Manali is ancient trade route for Laddakh and Karakoram Pass on to Yarkand and Khotan.
  • Manali is gateway route for Leh and Lahaul and Spiti.
  • Minimum temperature in Manali Valley is around -14°C.
  • Salman shoot his last movie 'TubeLight' here in Manali.
  • Manali is top skiing destination in India.

How to reach Manali Valley?

Road Transport :
Manali is attached via road with Delhi in NH-1 , Chandigarh in NH-22 and Mandi, bilaspur and Kullu on NH-21.
-  Distance of Manali from Chandigarh : 309 km
- Distance of Manali from Delhi : 571 km
- Distance of Manali from Shimla : 269 km
Air Transport
Nearest Airport : Bhuntar Airport (50km)
Bhuntar Airport is located on NH -21 and at a distance of 50 km from Manali.
Railway Transport
Nearest Railway station : Una (250 km)
- Distance of Manali from kiratpur sahib railway station : 267 km
-  Distance of Manali from kalka railway station : 277 km
- Distance of Manali from Chandigarh railway station : 309 km
Palampur is a beautiful hill station and one of best tourist places in Himachal Pradesh. Palampur is located in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, India. Palampur is a Municipal council in Kangra valley , surrounded by gardens of tea, forest and also Dhauladhar ranges.
Palampur is also known as 'Tea capital of North India'. Palampur is known for many famous personalities.
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Snow covered Dhauladhar ranges from Palampur

History of Palampur, Kangra

Palampur derived from name 'Palum' which means water, combination of water,tea gardens, rice paddies and mountains. Palampur is one of the beautiful and best tourist place in Himachal Pradesh and North India.
Palampur was earlier part of Jalandhar kingdom.
In 1849 Dr. Jameson, Superintendent of Botanical Gardens, introduced tea bush from Almora. In 18th century it was made as tehsil with success of tea gardens. With increase of success of Tea gardens and business , several schools hotels, buildings and other construction work started in Palampur, Kangra.
Before independence first prime minister of India , visited palampur that's why Nehru chawk was built here to remember that event.
After independence military station, PWD office, CSIR , housing board etc were constructed.

Demography of Palampur, Kangra

Palampur is one of the biggest city in Himachal Pradesh, and has population around 3500. Sex Ratio in Palampur city is around 953 female out of 1000 male.
- Literacy rate : around 91 %
- No. of houses : 853
Most of Population in city is of Hindu community , out of total population around 93 ℅ of Population is of Hindus.

Geography of Palampur

Palampur is a hill station located at a height of around 1500 Meters above sea level. Palampur is located in northern India , in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh.  Snow covered ranges of Dhauladhar can be seen from palampur city. Palampur is around 30 km from Dharamshala.

Weather of Palampur city

Temperature in Palampur varies with seasons. In winter temperature drops around -4° Celsius , whereas in summers temperature is around 30° to 34° Celsius.
- Average Temperature in Summer : 33° Celsius
- Average Temperature in winters: -3° Celsius

Popular personalities from Palampur

  • Captain Vikram Batra - Army man
  • Shanta Kumar - Politician
  • Ch. Sarvan Kumar - Politician
  • Praveen Sharma - Politician
  • Shiv Kumar - Politician
  • Kunj Behari Lal Butail - Politician
  • Behari Lal Butail - Politician

Market in Palampur| Kangra

There is very famous market in Palampur and are several shopping complex and brands showrooms etc.
Old cooperative such as Bhuttico, is known for woolen dresses.
There are several shops for grocery, vegetables, fruits , stationery, electrical appliances etc.
There are malls like 3D plaza and Grand Plaza shopping malls in Palampur.

Temples in Palampur

* Devi latti Lakhni
* Birni Mata temple
* Vindhyavasini temple
* Bandla devi temple
* Mata Ashapuri Mandir
* Shiva temple baijnath

Tourist places in Palampur

  1. Neugal Cafe
  2. Country's 1st bamboo museum in IHBT
  3. Bir & billing
  4. Sobha Singh Art Gallary
  5. Saurabh Van Vihar
  6. Chamunda Devi temple
  7. Baijnath temple
  8. Neugal khad
  9. Bundla stream and Bundla tea estate

How to reach Palampur ?

Palampur , a beautiful hill station for tourism can be visited by road, railway and air transport.
  • Road Transport 
Palampur is connected with all big cities by road Transportation. Bus , taxi services are available to visit this beautiful destination.
* Distance of Palampur from Delhi : 530 km
* Distance of Palampur from Chandigarh : 253 km
* Distance of Palampur from Shimal : 258 km
  • Railway Transport
Palampur is connected with railway line also. Palampur is connected with Pathankot by rail network.
* Distance of Palampur railway station from bus stand : 4 km
* Distance of Pathankot railway from Palampur - 143 km
  • Air transport
Nearest Airport : Gaggal Airport (41 km )
Bajreshwari or Brajeshwari temple is located in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, India. Brajeshwari devi mandir is dedicated to Vajreshwari Devi.Vajreshvari devi temple is also linked with some ancient stories of Mahabharata. History of Brajeshwari temple is linked with Devi sati, Shiva and Lord Vishnu.
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Brajeshvari Temple,Kangra

Location of Brajeshwari Temple

Brajeshwari temple is located in Nagarakot ,Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, India.
Distance from Railway station: 11 km
Distance from Chamunda Devi Temple: 16km
Kangra fort is also near Brajeshwari temple in Nagarakot , Kangra district.

History of Brajeshwari Devi Mandir

There are two stroies which are associated with maa Vajreshwari Temple. One is about Devi sati and other story is about Mahabharata.
* According to legends when Devi sati sacrificed her life in his father Daksha's Yagya, Shiva starts Tandava by picking maa sati on his shoulder. Lord Vishnu cuts her body in 51 pieces so called as 51 shaktipeeths. Legends says that her left breast fell at this place , so this is one of shaktipeeths like Chintpurni and Naina Devi temple.
* Other story about temple is associated with Pandava and Mahabharata. According to legends,Brajeshwari temple was built by Pandva's after they saw Maa Durga in their dreams.

Structure of Brajeshwari temple

Brajeshvari Temple is surrounded by a wall of Stone and entrance of Mandir is Drum house.
Idol of maa Vajreshwari Devi is in shape of Pindi. It is said that Dhyanu Bhagat offered his head to devi maa at the time of Akbar. So his idol is also present in front of Vajreshwari Devi idol.
Structure of temple is quite unique as there are three tombs in temple, which is rarely seen in temples in Himachal Pradesh.

Weather in Brajeshwari temple

Temperature in Kangra district or near Brajeshwari temple is quite high during summers , and chilling in winters( December - February).

Interesting facts about Brajeshvari Temple

  • This temple is one of the 51 shaktipeeths, as devi Sati's left breast fell in this place.
  • Maa Vajreshwari Devi idol is in shape of 'Pindi'.
  • 'Dhyanu Bhagat' idol is also present in temple.
  • There is also a small 'Bhairav' temple in temple complex.
  • There are three tombs in Devi Brajeshwari temple.
  • Pandva's built this temple after they saw Maa Durga in dreams.
  • Several Muslim emperor's looted this temple.
  • Mohammed Gajnavi looted temple Atleast 5 times and looted tonnes of gold and silver.
  • In 1905 temple was destroyed in earthquake and government built it again.
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    Idol of Maa Brajeshwari

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Vajreshwari Devi Pindi
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Festivals in Brajeshwari temple

Several festivals are celebrated in Vajreshwari such as Navratre, Makar Sankranti, Diwali , dusshera etc. 
But Makar Sankranti is biggest festival in temple. This festival continues for full week and 'Pindi' of maa Brajeshwari is covered with Makkhan(butter) as it is said that during fight with Mahishasura, Devi maa got some injuries. So she put Makkhan on her body to heel it.

Places to visit Near Brajeshwari temple|Tourist places

  1. Kangra fort
  2. Kareri Lake
  3. Kangra art museum
  4. Jawala devi temple
  5. Baijnath temple
  6. Pragpur village
  7. Kaleshwar Mahadev Pragpur
  8. Taragarh palace
  9. Palampur
  10. Bir & billing

How to reach Brajeshwari temple?

  • Road Transportation
Devotees can reach temple by road Transport as government and private bus service is available. Taxi services is also available to reach temple.
  • Railway Transportation
Nearest Railway station: Kangra railway station(11 km)
  • Airport Transportation
Nearest Airport : Gaggal Airport
Chintpurni Devi Temple is one of 7 major and 51 Shaktipeeths located in Una District of Himachal Pradesh. Temple is dedicated to maa chinnamasta. Chinnamastika Devi temple is surrounded by Shivalik ranges and bordered area with Punjab state.
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Maa Chintpurni Devi

Location of Chintpurni Temple

Chintpurni temple is located at an altitude of about 950 m, and is situated at Una  District of Himachal Pradesh.
From west of Bharwain (at Dharmashala- Hoshiyarpur road) ,maa chintpurni temple is at 3 km distance.

History of Chintpurni Temple

  • History of Chintpurni temple is quite similar to the history of Maa naina devi temple , when Devi Sati's burning body was severed by Lord Vishnu, 51 Parts of body scattered all over India to calm Shiva's Tandava. It is said that feet of maa sati feel at this place, so this temple is considered among 7 major and 51 Shaktipeeths in India.
  • Maa Chintpurni is also called as Chinnamastishka (Mastishka is related to head). According to Markendya Purana , goddess Chandi cut her head to quench yogini emanations (jaya and Vijaya)'s thirst of blood.
  • It is believed that a Brahman Mai das built this temple in Chhaproh village. His descendants still live there and worship maa Chintpurni , they are official priests of temple.

Timings of Chintpurni Temple

Maa Chintpurni Temple is opened between 4 am to 11 pm.
Devotees bring puri, halwa, sweets , coconut and Chunri etc. Devotees can bring prasad from home as well as market near Chintpurni Temple.
Professional photographers are also available in temple for devotees.

Weather of Chintpurni Temple

Temperature near Chintpurni Temple changes according to the season.
During December to February temperature is very low and woollen clothes are required.
During summer temperature is quite high whereas in rainy season its very humid.

Facilities provided in Temple

There are lots of Hotels , Dharamshala as well as guests house near temple. But during festival times it's almost full specially during Navaratra fairs in July, Ashwin during October and Chaitra in March and April.
Hotel Chintpurni Heights also known as Yatri niwas, is run by Himachal tourism located at Bharwain ,3 km distance from Chintpurni Temple.

Places to visit near Chintpurni temple

*  Sheetla Devi temple
*  Jawalamukhi temple
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Naina Devi temple
*  Sujanpur Tira
*  Baba Balaknath Sidhpeeth

How to reach Maa Chintpurni Mandir?

Devi Chintpurni Temple can be reached by all means , Air, road as well as Railway Transportation.
Road Transport : Bus and taxi services are available to reach Devi Chintpurni Temple.
Air Transport:
Nearest Airport: Gaggal is nearest Airport located at Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. It is located at a distance of around 60 km from Maa Chinnamastishka Mandir.
Railway Transportation
Nearest Railway station: nearby railway station Amb Andaura (station code AADR) , whereas other stations are Una and Hoshiyarpur which are located at a distance of around 43 km and 50 km respectively.

Interesting facts about maa Chintpurni temple

[lock] - Chintpurni devi is also called as Chinnamastika Devi and Chinnamasta devi.
- Chinnamasta is severed-headed one as well as the foreheaded-one.
- Shiva and Rudra Lord protect maa Chintpurni as temple of maa Chintpurni is surrounded by Lord Rudra and shiva temples.
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Chintpurni Temple from inside
- Devotees can reach temple by Himachal express, Jan shatabadi as well as DMU Shuttle Train Service trains.
- In year 2012, snowfall was recorded after 52 years in Chintpurni temple.
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Jakhu temple dedicated to lord Hanuman is located on jakhu hill in Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh.This is an ancient temple in Shimla belongs to Hindu religion.
World biggest statue of Hindu deity, Hanuman is located here in this temple. Other than this there are several tourist places near Jakhu Temple in shimla.
Devotees and tourists can enjoy incredible sunrise and sunset view from jakhu temple.
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Incredible Jakhu Temple

Location of Jakhu temple

Jakhu Temple is located on the highest hill of capital shimla , jakhu hills. Jakhu temple is situated at a distance of around 1.3 km from famous The ridge shimla. Jakhu temple is at a height of around 8500 feet from sea level. This highest peak of shimla , give great view of snow covered shivalik mountains as well as sanjaulli town.

History of Jakhu Temple

The history of Jakhoo Temple is related to monkey lord Hanuman ,during the epic of Ramayana. This is story when Lord Hanuman was searching 'Sanjivini Booti' to save Lakshmana.
During Ramayana, Lakshmana got injured by an arrow while fighting with devil Ravana's son Meghnath . Only way to revive Lakshmana was 'Sanjivini Booti'.
When Hanuman dug up the entire mountain after unable to recognise 'Sanjivini Booti'.
Lord hanuman landed on jakhu hill to get more information from the sage yaaku.
Due to heavy weight of lord Hanuman half of size of mountain sank into earth. After getting information about herb Sanjivini lord Hanuman promised yaaku to meet him back , yaaku made a small temple to commemorate the visit of lord Hanuman .

Hanuman statue jakhu

Jakhu is also famous for world tallest statue of Lord Hanuman which was unveiled by Bollywood Actor Abhishek Bachhan in year 2010. This giant idol of Lord Hanuman is 108 feet high on a highest hill of summer capital of British era shimla.
This titanic size of hanuman statue can be seen from a long distance in Shimla.

Tourist places near Jakhu Temple

There are several tourist places near Jakhu Temple in Shimla district . Some of them are given below.
* The Ridge Shimla
* The mall shimla
* Tara Devi temple and Sankatmochan Temple
* Fagu and Kufri
* Advance study shimla
* Naldehra
* Lakkar Bazar, Ice saking rink etc.

Weather of Jakhu Temple

Weather in jakhu hill is freezing during winters and around 15-25 degree Celsius during summer. Snowfall in winters can be seen during months of December to February.

How to reach Jakhu Temple?

Jakhu temple can be reached by air , road as well as railway transportation.
* Road Transportation : Bus and Taxi serves are available to reach Jakhu Temple.
Railway Transportation :
Nearest Railway station - Shimla
Air Transportation
Nearest Airport : Shimla

Interesting Facts about Jakhu Temple

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- Worlds tallest statue of Lord Hanuman is located here.
- 108 feel long statue on 8100 feet high jakhu hill.
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Jakhu Mandir in 1920 postcard
- Thousands of Monkeys can be seen around Temple.
- Temple is far from The mall and Ridge at a distance of around 2 km.
- Abhishek Bachhan unveiled world's tallest statue of Hanuman in 2010.
- Hanuman statue costs around 1.2 crore rupees.
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Shri Naina Devi temple is one of the 51 shaktipeeths located in bilaspur district in Himachal pradesh. This temple of maa naina Devi belongs to both Hindu as wells as Sikh people. There is very interesting history of maa naina devi. So many tourist places are there near mata naina devi temple which attracts several devotees and tourists every year.

Location of Temple

Maa naina devi temple is located in a triangular shaped hill, in bilaspur district in Himachal pradesh . This hill is at a height of around 3540 feet from sea level. Distance of maa naina devi temple from bilaspur is around 71 km.Mata naina devi Temple is located on NH-21.
Naina devi temple is at a distance of around 20 km from Anandpur sahib. Temple is surrounded by Bhangra dam and Govinda sagar lake.

History of Maa naina devi temple

Naina devi temple belongs to Hindu as well as Sikh people. There are three stories behind Naina devi temple.
Story 1: 
- According to first mythological story , it is said that when goddess Sati or known as Parvati burnt herself in bonefire, Lord Shiva got distressed,corpse of his wife Sati on his shoulder and started Tandav dance across the country.
- All deities were angered with it and lord Vishnu released his Chakra and cut sari's body in 51 pieces. That is why there are 51 shaktipeeths in country , Naina devi temple is place where maà sari's eyes fell down. So called naina devi temple in which nain means eyes.
Story 2 :
Shri Naina Devi temple is also linked with Mahishasur, so called as Mahishapeeth also.
Mahishasur was immortal as power given by lord Brahma but with one condition that unmarried woman would defeat him.
He started terror everywhere, later he got impressed with beauty of maa naina devi and proposed her for marriage. But Devi put a condition that she will marry only if he will defeat her.
Devi naina killed demon and took her both eyes out. So called as naina devi temple.
Story 3:
According to Sikh believe it is said that Guru Govinda singh ji left his military against Mughals in year 1756,he did yagna for blessings of thedess naina devi.After maa naina devi's blessings,Guru Nanak dev ji defeated Mughals so Maa naina devi temple is also called as “Temple of Strength” .
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Naina Devi,Bilaspur

Aarti Timings

- "Mangal Aarti" is first Aarti in morning and it's timing is 4 am in morning. Priest of temple open gates of temple.
- Second Aarti is "Shringaar Aarti" and it's timing is around 6 am in morning. All kind of pooja and snans are performed by priests in front of devotees.
- There is a noon Aarti also around 12 and called as madhyann Aarti , and last Aarti is around 6 pm in everything.
  • Temple are opened for devotees whole week in timing of 5 am to 7 pm.

Facilities provided at naina devi temple

- Free Langar/ Free boarding
Temple trust provides facilities of free Langar in 24 hours everyday whereas boarding facility for devotees is also available. Around 1000 devotees can stay in boarding of trust.
- Paid boarding
There is also paid boarding facility provided by trust of maa naina devi. There are 45 rooms and 14 dormitories and these boarding are named as “Matri Aanchal”, “Matri Chahya” and Matri Sharan”.
- Government Rest house
Near maa naina devi temple there is government rest house , managed by Himachal pradesh government
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Naina Devi temple

Weather

Temperature in bilaspur district is always quite high. So this region comes in hot region.

How to reach maa naina devi temple?

To reach maa naina devi temple air , road and railway transportation is available as given below.
  • Air Transport :
Nearest airport : Chandigarh(135 km) and Bhuntar(131 km)
  • Railway Transport: 
nearest Railway station :Kiratpur Sahib(broad
 gauge)and shimla(narrow gauge).
  • Road Transport: Temple is located on the National Highway 21 ,buses and taxis are available for this place.
Kasauli is one of best tourist place or hill station located at Solan district in Himachal pradesh in India. Kasauli is located at a height of around 1950 m from sea level. Kasauli is famous for its tourist places like Manki point, Baptist church,
Christ church, gurdwara shri Nanak dev ji ,
Nahri temple, kasauli club etc.
There are several hotels in Kasauli and cottages to stay for tourists. Kasauli is known for its unspoiled beauty and nature.
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Kasauli,Solan Himachal Pradesh

History of kasauli

Kasauli is a cantonment and town established in year 1842 as a colonial hill station during britishers time in India.
There are several streets and buildings in Kasauli which reflects britishers architecture. There several churches in Kasauli like Baptist church,
Christ church that add to the beauty of the place. The adorable tinted glass windows and shining clocks attracts every person visiting the town.

Demography of kasauli

Kasauli is a beautiful place having population more than 5000 and around 55% of male and 45% female. Literacy rate is higher than national literacy rate , it is about 80%. Around 10% of Population in Kasauli is below age 6.

Weather Kasauli

Temperature in Kasauli is very pleasant in every season. This is biggest reason of more number of visitors in this area. Minimum Temperature during winter in Kasauli is around 1 or 2 degree Celsius and in summer it is around 30 degrees Celsius. Humidity is maximum during September and minimum in April as it is 90% and 27% respectively.

Villages near kasauli

Samol,Gharkhal,Kasauli Gaon, Chhatiyan, Nahari, Manjhla Madhyana, Kot Beja ,Mashobra are some villages situated near Kasauli.

Tourist places in Kasauli

There are several tourist places in Kasauli which attracts visitors every year. There are many temples, churches and other tourist places given below.
-Manki point
Manki point is best place to visit in Kasauli. It is situated in Air force station and about 4 km from centre of town. It is said that when Lord Hanuman was returning from Himalaya with 'sanjivani booti' ,one step touched this place.
On a clear weather at night stunning view of beautiful city Chandigarh can be see from this place. Remember digital devices like cellphone, cameras, headphones etc are not allowed here.
- Central Research Institute
- Kasauli Brewery
- Beja state
- Mahlog State
- Kasauli club

Temples in Kasauli

- Krishna bhavan Mandir
Krishna bhavan Temple is located in middle of town and was built in year 1926. Krishna bhavan temple is a Hindu shrine and is dedicated to lord Krishna.
- Nahri temple
Nahri temple in Kasauli is dedicated to goddess dunga and lord Shiva. Near nahri temple there is an old bawri which offers water to nearby people. It is said that this temple was built around 150 years ago.

Churches in Kasauli

- Christ church
This Christ church which is made with Italian and Spanish imported glasses was inaugurated in year 1853.
In year 1970 this church came under church of north India in Amritsar.
- Baptist church
Baptist church is one of the best building with brick and wood building and Indian express called it a best architecture of British era.

Gurdwara in Kasauli

- Gurdwara shri Nanak dev ji
Gurdwara is an holy place for Sikh people as temple for Hindu and church for Christians. Gurdwara shri Nanak dev ji is located in Garkhal Market near kasauli. This gurdwara is dedicated to Guru Nanak dev ji.

How to reach Kasauli?

Kasauli can be reached by road ,railway and air transport.

Kasauli to shimla distance - 77 km
Kasauli to Chandigarh distance - 65 km
Kasauli to Ambala cantt. distance - 94 km
Nearest airport - Chandigarh
Nearest Railway station - kalka
Kangra district  is most populous district among 12 districts in Himachal pradesh. There are several tourist places in Kangra district in Himachal pradesh. Dharamshala is headquarter of Kangra district.
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Kangra valley
Kangra is most beautiful valley in Himachal pradesh located at southern edge of Dhauladhar ranges.
There are several temples in Headquarter Dharamshala and Kangra which attracts tourist every year.

History

Kangra became district at the time of Britishers in year 1846. Before this it was famous for longest serving royal dynasty of Katoch. Earlier Kangra was headquarter f district Kangra but due to more population in 1855 headquarter moved from Kangra city to Dharamshala.
After conclusion of Anglo-sikh war Kangra was declared district and was part of Punjab. Kangra district had some part of Hamirpur, Lahaul and Spiti, kullu and Kangra under Kangra district.

Geographic View of Kangra district

Geographic view of kangra district is very interesting, some part touching border of Punjab is plain area and rest area is hilly area. Total area of kangra district is around 5,739 km, which is around 10.30% of total Area of Himachal pradesh.
Kangra is located in Himachal pradesh at an altitude and latitude of 31°2 to 32°5 N and 75° to 77°45 E.
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Location of Kangra district
Kangra district is located at the altitude of ranges between 430 to 6400m from sea level. District is attached to Gurdaspur of Punjab district in West, una and Hamirpur in south. Kangra district is attached it's border with kullu and Lahaul and Spiti.

Administrative view and Demography

Headquarter : Dharamshala
Area: 5740 square km
Population: more than 15 lakhs
Population density: 262 km square
Sex Ratio: 1013

  • Vidhan sabha seats(Assembly seats)

Nurpur
Indora
Fatehpur
Jawali
Dehra
Jaswan-Pragpur
Jawalamukhi
Jaisinghpur
Sullah
Nagrota
Kangra
Shahpur
Dharamshala
Palampur
Baijnath
Kangra Fort

  • Tehsils

Nurpur, Indora, Jwali, Kangra, Palampur, Badoh, Kasba Kotla, Jaswan, Dehra Gopipur, Khundiyan, Jaisinghpur, Baijnath, Fatehpur, Dharamshala and Shahpur.

  • Sub-Tehsils: Harchakkian, Dhira, Rakkad, Thural and Meerthan.
  • Sub divisions: Kangra, Palampur, Dharamshala, Nurpur, Dehra Gopipur, Baijnath, Jwali and Jaisinghpur.

Weather, people and language

Weather in Kangra district vary from place to place as some part is plain area and Temperature in Kangra varies from 22 to 33 degree Celsius.
People in Kangra district are simple and peace loving people.
Farming is prime source of income of people of kangra . Tea farming is also one of the top economy source of Kangra district.
Language spoken in Kangra district is Hindi, English, pahari and Kangri.

Temples in Kangra district

- Brajeshwari Devi temple
- Chamunda Devi temple
- Chintpurni temple
- Baijnath's Shiva temple
- Bhagsu nath temple

Tourist places/places of interest in kangra

Cricket Ground Dharmashala

  1. Dharamshala
  2. Palampur
  3. McLeodGanj
  4. Nurpur
  5. Jawalamukhi
  6. Baijnath
  7. Nagrota

How to reach kangra?

Kangra 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
Mandi district in Himachal Pradesh is located at the center of Himachal pradesh. Mandi district is situated at the bank of river Bea's surround by high hill ranges of Gandharv Hills,Rehra Dhar ,motipur dhar and Tarna Hill. Mandi district is famous for its International fair of Shivratri.
Mandi district is also called as ' choti kashi' because it is surrounded by temples and located at bank of river Beas.
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Statue of Padmasambhava at Rewalsar lake
There are natural salt in Gumma and Drang of Mandi district .

History

In history of Mandi district, Mandi district in past was known as ' Mandav Nagar'. Mandav Nagar was names because Rishi 'Mandav' prayed in this area.
Sen family founded this historical 'choti kashi'  in around 1526 AD and ruled it for a long time.
Later after independence Mandi district come to existence after merger of Mandi and suket princely states which were ruled by Sen family. Jogindra Sen was the last ruler of Mandi state.
MahaShivratri Fair Mandi

Geography and weather

Mandi district is located at an altitude of 1040 Meters and latitude and longitude of 31 degrees 72'N and 76 degrees 92'E. Most of part of district hilly area.
Weather in district is pleasant in every season but in city sometimes it very hot as compared to other districts in Himachal pradesh.
Rivers in Mandi district are beas, suketi, Satluj and Uhal

Administrative view

Headquarter : Mandi
Area: 3950 km square
Population: 9,99,518
Literacy Rate: 82.81%

  • Tehsils : 

Mandi, Chachyot, Thunag, Karsog, Jogindernagar, Padhar, Ladbharol, Sundernagar, Sarkaghat, balh

  • Sub-Tehsils: 

Bali Chowki, Sandhol, Kotli, Baldwada, Aut, Nihri, Dharampur, Tikken

  • Sub divisions

- Mandi
- Chachyot
- Sunernagar
- Karsog
- Sarkaghat
- Padhar
- Jogindernagar
Assembly Constituencies
Sadar, Balh, Sunder Nagar,Nachan, Karsog, Chachyot, Drang, Joginder Nagar, Sarkaghat and Dharampur.
Prashar Lake
Contact address of DC mandi
Deputy Commissioner,
Mandi District, Mandi
Phone No.: 01905-225201 (Office)
Fax           : 01905-225213
Email Address: dc-man-hp@nic.in

People and culture

People of Mandi district are middle class , and very simple. Shivratri of Mandi district is very famous. Hindi English pahari languages are spoken but people used to speak in Mandyali language mostly.
Major Highways
NH-21 : Chandigarh-Manali highway
NH-20 : Pathankot-Mandi highway

Lakes in Mandi district

- Prashar Lake
- Rewalsar Lake
- Kunt Bhagyog Lake

Temples in Mandi district

- Shikari Devi temple
- Bheema Kali temple
- Kamakshi devi temple
- Mahu Nag Temple
- Triloknath Temple
- Panchvaktra Temple
- Kamrunag Temple
- Bhoot Nath Temple
- Ardhnareshwar Temple

Places to visit in Mandi district

- Chindi
- Jogindernagar
- Janjheli
- Pangna Fort
- Gadda Gussaini Valley
- Chauntra valley
- Kamlagarh Fort
- Barot Valley
- Barot Dam
- Bir Monetary
- Nargu wildlife sanctuary
- Shikari Devi sanctuary
Sarao Chail Chawk Mandi
How to reach Mandi district ?

  • Road Transport

Distance from shimla: 158 km
Distance from Chandigarh: 202 km

  • Train Transport

Nearest Railway station : Jogindernagar and Chandigarh

  • Air Transport

Nearest Airport : Bhuntar kullu district (50 km)
Hamirpur district in Himachal Pradesh is spread out over an area of 1118 km square. Hamirpur is one of the district out of 12 districts in Himachal Pradesh. Hamirpur district is smallest district of Himachal Pradesh.
Hamir-district-photos
Hamirpur district is also called as 'Martyr's Land' in Hindi it is called as 'veer Bhumi'.

History

Hamirpur district was part of Jalandhar, and was closely attached with katoch dynasty, Hamirpur was carved out in 1972 from Kangra.
Hamirpur district is producer of soldiers and so called as 'Veer Bhumi'. Maximum number of soldiers are from Hamirpur ,in nowadays in Dogra regiment, j&k rifles etc.

Administrative view

Headquarters : Hamirpur
Tehsils: 5 (Hamirpur and Sujanpur,Barsar, Nadaun and Bhoranj )
Assembly seats: 5 (Barsar, Hamirpur, Sujanpur, Nadaun and Bhoranj)

  • Loksabha seats: 1 (Hamirpur)
  • Sub-divisions

- Hamirpur
- Barsar
- Nadaun
- Bhoranj
Chamunda-ji-temple

Geography

Hamirpur district is located in West of Himachal pradesh between 31°25′N and 31°52′N and between 76°18′E and 76°44′E. Hamirpur is located at the altitude of about 780 Meters.

Weather/climate

Hamirpur district in Himachal Pradesh have temperature more than other districts as Hamirpur is not hilly area like other districts. Temperature during summers sometimes reach around 45 degrees. During winters temperature is cool.

Demographic View

Population: 4,54,768
Population density: 410 per km square
Area: 1118 km square
Literacy rate: 100 %
Sex Ratio: 1095
Hamirpur have an area of around 1118 km square and population of 4,54,768 in which population of male are around 217,07 and females around 237,698 according to census 2011,which is rarely seen ,more females than male.

Places of interest/Tourist places in Hamirpur

- Hamirpur
- Sujanpur Tira
- Nadaun
- Bhota
- Deothsidh
Sujanpur-Tira

Interesting facts about Hamirpur district

- Hamirpur district is smallest district in Himachal Pradesh.
- Literacy rate is highest i.e 100 %.
- Population of females is more than men.
- sex ratio of Hamirpur district is 1095 females per 1000 male.
- Hamirpur is also called as 'Martyr's Land' or 'Veer Bhumi'.

How to reach Hamirpur?

Road Transport
Distance from Dharamshala - 94 km
Distance from Chandigarh - 206 km
Nearest Railway station
Pathankot- 185 km
Nearest Airport
Gaggal - 83 km