DISTRICTS OF HIMACHAL PRADESH
Himachal Pradesh has 12 districts in all.
CHAMBA: bowl shaped town, Chamba was found in 920 A.D. by Raja Sahib Verma. It draws its name from Raja’s favorite daughter, Champavati and is perched on a plateau with gushing river waters of Ravi below.
SPOTS TO SEE
1.Chaugan: A big ground with lush green grass carpet.
2. Hari Rai Temple: An 11th Century structure with Bronze idol of Chaturmurti – the four armed Vishnu.
3. Sarol: A picnic spot.
4. Laxmi Narayan Temple:
- Dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu.
- Built around 8th Century.
5.Collection of fine miniatures from Kangra, Basholi and Chamba Schools of painting. There are also murals and paintings from Rang Mahal Palace, which was damaged by fire.
Temperature: Around 37degrees in summer.
Season: April- July
Altitude: 996 mts.
Clothing: Light woolens in summer
Heavy woolens in winter
Serenely set by the winding banks of river BEAS. It continues to offer calm and placid atmosphere with the background music of gushing river waters. Weather here is very enchanting from April to June.
A weeklong Dussehra celebration in October is a major attraction of this district of Himachal Pradesh.
SPOTS TO SEE
· 11km away from Kullu.
· A Shiv temple where the Shivling inside the temple is shattered into pieces by lightning practically every year. The pieces are assembled together and put into its original form with the help of butter.
2. Saryolsar lake:
· Can be approached by crossing Jalori pass via Banjar.
· People consider it auspicious to visit this lake on 20th Bhadon.
· Situated on the bank of Jirthan River.
· 58 km from Kullu via Aut on way to Jalori pass.
· 11km from Banjar.
· National Himalayan Park.
· 45km from Kullu
· Hot water springs of Parvati valley
· Ramchandraji temple and the Gurudwara.
· 48km from Kullu.
· A picnic spot.
7. Akhara Bazaar:
Main shopping center presenting Kullu caps, Shawls, Pattus, Godmas, Puhlas, Namdas etc.
Temperature: 33.8 deg C – 14deg C in summer
16 deg C – 1 deg C in winter
Altitude: 1219 mts.
Season: April – June
September – November
Clothing: Cottons in summer
Heavy woolens in winter.
Truly tribal district of H.P. is situated at a distance of 250 km. From Shimla on N.H 22. The entire district has a number of valleys varying in altitudes from 1000mts to 4000mts.
SPOTS TO SEE
- Braham valley: picturesque valley, rich in flora and fauna. Famous for Sanjay Vidyut Power Project.
- Karchham: The confluence of Sutlej &Baspa Rivers marks the location of Karchham at a height of 1899 mts. On Hindustan-Tibet Road.
- Sangla: 18 kms from Karchham.
- Kumru fort: An impressively built temple dedicated to the goddess Kali.
- Rakchham: On the right bank of River Baspa.
At 2900 mts
- Reckong Peo: 240 kms. From Shimla at height of 2758 mt. It is the headquarter of district Kinnaur.
- Ribba: T 2745 mts on N.H.-22, is full of vineyards, famous for a local brand wine-Angoori.
- Namgia; Village closest to Indo-China border.
- Tashigang Gompa
- Hangrang valley: Nako is the largest village of this valley.
- Chitkul: 26kms from Sangla
- Kothi: 3kms from Reckong Peo has atemple of goddess Chandika Devi.
- Kalpa: Main village of the district.
- Puh: 58kms from Powarialong N.H.22, Puh has modern facilities for comfortable stay.
Temperature: cold with temp.0deg C in winters
Altitude: 2000mts or more.
Season: June- October
Clothing: Heavy woolens.
“Mushroom City” of India, Solan is situated between Kalka and Shimla.
SPOTS TO SEE:
Barog: Barog is 37km from Kalka and 5km from Solan; it was an important stop on the railway line in the early part of the century.
Chail: The idyllic resort, set amidst scented forests of pine, deodar. It overlooks the Sutlej valley.
Kasauli: A little town with dainty English cottages set in gardens spilling with flowers, pretty paths and quaint old-fashioned shops.
Parmanoo: Parwanoo is an upcoming township and gateway to Himachal Pradesh via Kalka touching the boundaries of Haryana.
Temperature: Temperature ranges between 10degC-39degC.
Best time for visiting: April to June, September to November.
Clothing: Light woolens in summer and heavy woolens.
SIRMOUR: This southeastern corner of the state is noted for its places of pilgrimage and for the legends that surround them.
SPOTS TO SEE:
Renuka: A sacred lake set among green hills, a temple dedicated to the immortal Renuka and her son Parsuram-Tirlokpur Temple, a wildlife sanctuary and a Lion Safari- Suket, make Renuka 45km from Nahan.
Poanta Sahib: Located in the foothills, on the banks of the river Yamuna, along the Nahan Dehradun road.
Rajgarh: Just 30km from Solan, Rajgarh blessed with considerable with considerable natural beauty is an unspoilt retreat set amidst apple orchards.
Temperature: Cold in winter, warm in summer.
MANDI: Flanked by the Shivalik ranges the thickly inhabited town of Mandi is scattered on both the sides of the river Beas. Its name is related to to “Mandav Rishi”.
SPOTS TO SEE:
Rewalsar lake and Kunti sar lake: An uphill drive of 25km,surrounded by temples, a gurudwara and a monastery.
Prashar lake: Sacred lake visited for special benevolence on Bhadon by the locals and attracts tourist for a quiet on the other hillside of the town.
Barot: A nice picnic spot situated at a distance of 33km from Mandi on Mandi-Pathankot highway. It is also very famous for trout fishing and a Ropeway that attracts the tourist.
Kamru nag Lake: Resting resort for trekkers at a height of 10,000ft from the sea level on Mandi –Karog road.
Shekari Devi Temple: Tranquility for the trekkers at a height of 12,000ft, from the sea level.
Sundernagar: Beautifully fertile valley receives the tired traveler with open arms at a distance on the National highway. Waters of two giant rivers-Beas and Satluj have been wedded here.
Tattapani: Resting deep in a scenic valley and surrounded by hills, it is also famous for hot springs.
Chindi: This little hamlet in an apple growing area, it is also famous for its small temples.
BILASPUR: This monition is situated on the bank of “Gobind Sagar Lake” at an altitude of 673mt from the sea level. Bilaspur is one of the hottest places in Himachal Pradesh. The fury of the river Satluj has been tamed by an engineering feat and a new township has sprung up just above the sunken temples, which occasionally raise their tops to remind man of their underwater existence.
Road: Deluxe buses &Ordinary buses ply from Chandigarh to Bilasdpur via Kiratpur on way to Manali crossing Mandi and Kullu.It can also be approached by bus or by a taxi from Shimla via Darlaghat
HAMIRPUR: Hamirpur is situated at a height of 927mt. Midway between Shimla to Dharamshala via Bilaspur –Ghumarwin these districts headquarter can boast rich cultural heritage.
SPOTS TO SEE:
Deot Sidh Baba Balak nath: Situated in the border of Hamirpur and Bilaspur this has been an important place of worship from times immemorial. It s approachable by road.
Sujanpur Tihra: At a distance of 25km from Hamirpur the historical Mandir is situated on the banks of the river Beas.
Good road s from Kirtapur via Bilaspur –Ghagas- Ghurmarwin and from Shimla via Bilaspur –Ghurmarwin have a large number of buses plying regularly from all places within the state as well as from Delhi and important towns from Punjab and Haryana.
LAHAUL&SPITI: The high Rohtang Pass (3,980mt), at the top of the Kullu valley, very near to Manali, is the main entry point to the stark splendour of Lahaul- a part of the district Lahaul-Spiti.
Lahaul with its curious mix of Buudhism and Hinduism has fine gompas (monasteries) and temples. The gompas, repositories of Lahaul’s rich store of Buddhist art and culture, are the focus of the social activity and festivity.
SPOTS TO SEE:
Keylong: Keylong is situated 3,350mt is located in the heart of Lahaul. This town is blessed with greenery; planted along watercourses, make a patch of brilliant colour against the bare hills.
Ardang: The largest monastery in the area, filled with paintings ancient weapons, musical instruments and large life-size statues of Buddha are its rich treasures.
Gondla: On the right bank of the river Chandra, the tall imposing structure up on a hill, is also a fortification. (18km)
Udaipur: Located in upper Lahaul, (59km from Keylong), in the Pattan valley, Udaipur is the starting point for a umber of exciting treks to Chamba-Kistwar and Padam.It also has camping sites.
Suraj Tal:One of the high altitude lakes in this area, Suraj Tal is 65km from Keylong. This emerald lake is the source of River Bhaga.
Climate: Dry and very cold.
Season: June to October.
Clothing: Heavy woolen.
UNA: UNA is at a distance of 67km from Chandigarh (by road) via RoparNangal was raised to the level of district headquarter in 1972.
SPOTS TO SEE:
Chintpurni Mandir: At a motorable distance of 33km from Una on road to Dharamshala via Mubarakpur, this temple is perched at a height of 976mt.
Dera Baba Barbhag Singh: This religious spot at a distance of 4 km from Una is situated on Nehri war marg. This Dera has about 80 rooms, which can be used for stay by the pilgrims without any cost.
SHIMLA: Formerly summer capital of India.Shimla derives its name from Shymla- the Goddess-whose temple is situated in the thickly wooded hilly region of Jakhoo.Shimla is situated in the lower spurs of the North-west Himalayas at a height of 2205mt.Shimla has the “Mall” which is a major tourist attraction not only for its natural beauty but also for the shopping it provides for all sections of tourists. Shimla also does hold great heritage buildings with their significant vibrant history’s each of their own kind.
SPOTS TO SEE:
The Mall: An attractive shopping area to answer the needs and likes of every person visiting the Mall, catering to the latest trends in the market, the old world charm. It caters to the taste buds of different tongues serving standards of different class and taste.
Gaiety Theatre: Located strategically in the center of the Mall this Heritage building is more than 100 years old. The auditorium with perfect accoustics, it has a capacity of 240 seats including five boxes for VIP’s. Attached to the theatre is the club known as the Amateur dramatic Club (ADC) meant exclusively for members.
Christ Church: Just above the Mall is a vast Ridge that provides visitors of all categories an area for relaxation and entertainment through all seasons; it is the second oldest church in North –India.
Jakoo temple: Worshippers of Hanuman &the routine tourists find the Jakoo temple of 3,438mt,offering a very panoramic view.
Viceroy’s Lodge: It has now been converted into the Indian Institute of advanced study.
Kufri: At a distance of 16km from Shimla the place is a favorites haunt of picnickers. The forest department has also set up a mini zoo.
Chail: 45km from Shimla via Kandaghat or Kufri the place boasts of the highest cricket ground in the world
Naldehra: A one-hour drive from Shimla and you reach a lush green Golf course having a cozy restaurant with Beer bar. Enroute one can visit Craignanoo for holiday in solitude.
Tatapani: The place at a distance of 50km from Shimla is famous for hot water springs on the banks of Sutlej River and a Shiva cave.
Hatkoti:Interested in fishing-one has to go down 104km to the famous Hatkoti temple-get your wishes granted by the Goddess and catch some Trout in the river flowing by the temple.
Narkanda: Narkanda is famous place for snow skiing and trekking. Mountaineering Institute.
Altitude: 2,130mt(7000ft.) above sea level.
Temperature: Ranging from sub zero in extreme winter to 32degC in top summer.
Best time for visiting: Throughout the year. Rains- Mid June to Mid August.
Cool weather, clear skies, mid August, September.
October: Snow fall- Anytime from December to February.
Distance from Shimla:
Kangra town is 18 km from Dharamshala. This was the first seat of Raja Sansar Chand2 (1775-1823).
One of the ancient capital of powerful hill state – fort of Nagarkot stands as a mute witness to the ravages of conquerors from Mahmood of Ghazni to the emperor Jehangir, and the disastrous earthquake of 1905. The place is now called “purana kangra”. 2km away from the bus stand is the temple diedicated to goddess Bajreshwari Devi.Known for its legendry wealth it was invaded in 1009 AD by Mahmud of Ghazni who departed with King’s ransom in gold, silver and jewels. Earthquake of 1905 destroyed it completely. Rebuilt in the present form in 1920,it continues to be a busy place of pilgrimage. Old Jain temple and Gupt Ganga are other attractions in the town. Jayanti Devi temple is 7 km and Kangra Mandir railway station 3 km from the main bus stand.
In winter the temperature can drop to freezing point when heavy woolens are required. During summer the climate is mild. Light woolens/ cottons are recommended.
Maximum 38 degree C in June; Minimum 0degree C in January.
Varies between 290 cm to 380 cm.
S.T.D code 01892