Shakti Peeths in Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh is a state located in North India, bordered by Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab from different sides. Shimla – the state capital – is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the country. People from all across the world come to enjoy the scenic beauty of this place comprising cold mountain peaks and green vegetation. Apart from Shimla, Kangra, Mandi, Dharamshala, Kullu, Manali, Hamirpur, Chamba and Dalhousie are some of the destinations visited by millions of tourists every year. Most of the state revenue is generated from tourism, and this is the reason that travellers find all type of facilities in these regions. Be it accommodation, transportation or souvenir shops, each and every thing, is managed for the convenience of tourists.

For nature and history lovers to adventure and spirituality seekers, this place has something for everyone. There are numerous places where people can find peace and solitude. It is often referred as the Dev Bhumi, which means the abode of gods. As per reports, over 2000 temples are located in Himachal Pradesh, which flaunt magnificent carvings and architecture. Most of them are associated with legends of the ancient times and some of them have an interesting story behind their construction. Here is a list of some of the most revered places in Himachal Pradesh.

Naina Devi Temple

Naina Devi Temple

Naina Devi Temple

India is known for its cultural diversity; hence, people can find popular temples, monasteries, churches and mosques in almost all parts of the nation. Naina Devi is one of the popular temples of the country, located in the district of Bilaspur. As per tell a tales, to avenge the insult of her spouse – Lord Shiva, Goddess Sati burnt herself. This made Lord Shiva furious, who started Tandava (a destructive dance form) after picking up the body of Sati. This could have led to destruction the earth, and to save the world, Lord Vishnu decided to stop this horrifying dance. He used his Chakra, which slashed the body of Sati into 51 pieces. As per Hindu Mythology, a peeth (known as Shakti Peeth) was established everywhere the body part fell on the earth. It is believed that eyes of the goddess fell at this place, and hence, it is called the Naina Devi Temple. It is one of the most visited temples in the region, popular among the followers of the Hindu religion.

Jawalamukhi Temple

Jawalamukhi Temple

Jawalamukhi Temple

This is one of the 51 peeths, and it is believed that the tongue of Goddess Sati fell here. It is dedicated to goddess Jwala, and the name means mouth of flames. Travellers can reach this place by booking a cab or taking the help of transportation from Kangra Valley. It is situated at distance of around an hour drive from the Kangra Valley – known for its picturesque beauty. It is believed that there are nine flames that never stop burning. Travellers from all across the country come to see the aarti session, held five times a day. However, the Shaiyan Aarti – performed in the evening – is the most important one, and attracts the maximum number of devotees. At this time, the idol of goddess is decorated with valuable ornaments and fine clothes.

Mata Chintpurni and Chamunda Devi Temple

Mata Chintpurni

Mata Chintpurni

These ancient religious places are located in the Una district of Himachal Pradesh dedicated to Goddess Chintpurni and Chhinnamastika. The temple received its name from the idol of Goddess Durga without head. It is believed that after Lord Vishnu cut the corpse of Sati into 51 pieces, the feet of Sati fell down at this place. This is how this temple adapted its name Chinamastika, which literally means without head or behead. Followers believe that any wish can be fulfilled if asked from the Sati with a pure heart at this temple. The Chintpurni temple near this place is visited during festive seasons, especially Navaratri.

Chamunda Devi Temple

Chamunda Devi Temple

 

Tourists can also head towards the Chamunda Devi temple situated at around 8 km from Dharamshala. The mythology says that the trunk of the goddess fell at this place. However, there are contradictions regarding this belief, and may say that Goddess Durga killed Chand and Munda (demons) at this place. Apart from paying reverence to the goddess, travellers can also enjoy the festivity at these places.

The Unexplored Nahan of Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh is an Indian state that earns fame for the pristine natural beauty of its towns, hamlets and hill stations. Nestled in the Western Himalayas, this picturesque state is dotted with lofty snow-covered peaks, meandering rivers, scenic valleys and dense green forests, which together make it a paradise for nature-loving holidaymakers. The natural charm of this place is the reason why it has been amongst the favourite shooting locations of Bollywood filmmakers since decades. Getting featured in films has added to the popularity of this Indian state, which is dotted with tourist delights. People who wish to explore this place can choose any state-wise holiday package in India that can be availed on any travel portal on the internet.

When talked of holiday destinations in this region, people have ample of options to choose from. While Shimla, Manali, Kullu, Kasauli, Kangra, Dalhousie, Dharamshala and Chamba are the famous hill stations and valleys in the state, there are also several lesser-known destinations, which are yet to be explored. Kinnaur, Spiti, Lahaul, Nahan and Palampur are a few such places in Himachal Pradesh that are not much known, but are no less than spectacular when it comes to the natural splendour. Amongst these, Nahan is a hilly town, which is gradually gaining popularity for its scenic locales and verdant countrysides.

 

Impressive Landscapes of Nahan

Nahan, Himachal Pradesh

Nahan, Himachal Pradesh

Situated at an altitude of less than a thousand metres above the sea level, Nahan is a small and picture-perfect destination in Himachal Pradesh. It serves as the administrative headquarters of the Sirmaur district, which is a mountainous and rural region in the southeast of the aforementioned state. This town is nestled atop a hill in the Shiwalik ranges and commands a stunning view of the undulating green terrains. It is linked to saints and princes as per the local lores and traditions.

 

There are various interesting legends regarding the origin of this hilly town. According to a story, it was founded in the first half of the 17th century by a local king. Another story narrates that a saint lived at this place with his companion named Nahar. As per the third story, Nahar means do not kill in local parlance, which concludes that a saint stopped a king from killing a lion, thus providing such a name to this town.

 

This salubrious place serves as an important base for the exploration of significant sites, which include Paonta Sahib, Renuka Lake and Suketi. The pleasant climate of this town further enriches the holiday experience. Owing to its natural charm and uncluttered environs, Nahan can be a wonderful destination for couples opting for honeymoon packages to Himachal Pradesh. Taking walks on the winding roads of this place is a fulfilling and romantic experience in itself. Rani Tal – the lake in the heart of this destination – is an ideal place for spotting ducks and cranes. There are a few other lakes and water bodies with adjoining gardens, which are dotted with beautiful sculptures and fountains. The town also has several temples, some of which are several hundred years old in origin.

Summer Hill- A Wonder of Nature in Shimla

Mall Road, Shimla

Mall Road, Shimla

The beautiful city of Shimla is all about breathtaking natural vistas and picturesque surroundings. It was the summer capital of Britishers in the late 19th century and majority of structures in the area bear a hint of colonial design. A plethora of lush green cedar trees can be witnessed on the sides of bendy roads that lead to this place. The Mall Road of this hilly region is a paradise for shopaholics, and at the same time, it is a place for avid foodies as there is a series of multi-cuisine dining houses located here. Innumerable legends and myths are associated with this land, which provides it a mystical charm. Temples dedicated to several gods and goddesses of Hindu mythology have been erected in the place, some being centuries old. The ideal time to visit this hill resort is throughout the year but peak seasons of October to March account for an assemblage of a large number of tourists from around the globe. With Shimla holiday packages, tourists can gain an insight about the rich history of the land.

Summer Hill

Summer Hill

Summer Hill

Lying in the laps of nature, Summer Hill is situated at the periphery of Shimla and is locally known as Potter Hill for the clay found in this area, which is used by potters to make earthen utensils. The region is a small town, which is encompassed by lofty pine and deodar trees, and a rich profusion of green valleys. Such a site rejuvenates the mind and soul of an onlooker, thereby invoking a sense of calmness. Away from the paradigm lifestyle of urban cities, the region boasts of quietude, which resides in every corner of this land. Avid trekkers can be seen romping on the quaint paths of the area. Some local shops also offer the unique experience of horse riding to tourists.

Major highlights of this destination is the Georgian mansion, which belonged to Rajkumari Amrit Kaur.

Manorville Mansion

Manorville Mansion (once a property of Rajkumari Amrit Kaur, now a guest house)

Rajkumari Amrit Kaur

Rajkumari Amrit Kaur

This magnificent piece of architecture had been a temporary residence of Mahatma Gandhi during one of his visits. The lavishly designed three-storey complex comprises luxurious suites among other grand rooms. The home décor displays the use of fine quality teak and walnut in the furniture and walls are adorned with graceful paintings. This location is ideal for nature admirer to contemplate the beauty of snow covered mountains of the surroundings, along with dense meadows.

Summer Hill has a proximity with other tempting attractions, namely Observatory Hill and Viceregal Lodge, which now serves as Indian Institute of Advanced Studies.

IIAS

IIAS

All these attractions are ideal spots to get a panoramic view of the region of Shimla and Himachal Pradesh tour packages give an opportunity to travellers to witness these majesties. These deals are all inclusive of sightseeing options and offer a variety of facilities to be chosen by visitors, which constitute transportation, meal and accommodation provisions. Tourists planning a trip to this destination are advised to visit during Christmas time as they might be greeted with snowfall.

Chail: A Destination to Visit to Enjoy a Peaceful Vacation

Chail

Chail

Chail is a scenic hill station in the state of Himachal Pradesh and is around 40 km away from Shimla. Located at a height of 2226 m above sea level, this hill station is located higher than famous places, like Shimla and Kasauli. Abound with magnificent, snow-capped peaks, chir pine forests and imposing deodars, this place is a famous destination among tourists coming to this region. For a hassle-free and amazing trip to this splendid hill station, backpackers can choose from a range of Himachal tour packages available on the internet. Travellers can look for a deal according to attractions they wish to visit and activities to partake in. With a range of adventure sports like hiking, mountaineering, and flying fox and rock rappelling organised here, it is a perfect place for thrill seekers.

This hill town was once the summer capital of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh, the erstwhile ruler of Patiala. It came into being in the 1890s, when the ruler was banished from Shimla, the British summer capital. This was done as the king eloped with the daughter of British Viceroy of India. To counter this move, Bhupinder Singh explored the neighbouring areas with the sole idea of a place, which is at a higher altitude than Shimla. The little village of Chail seemed perfect, and moreover most of its land already belonged to him. This land was an ancestral property given to his ancestors as a token of gratitude for the services rendered during the Gurkha War (1814–1816). Hence, he set up his new summer capital at this place.

This post-card pretty hill resort has a wonderful romantic air that has time and again attracted couples to come here. Many travel websites offer honeymoon packages for this destination that include accommodation, sightseeing and meals for a convenient trip. There are many tourist attractions that are must-visit while on a tour to this place and some of them are the royal palace, wildlife sanctuary and cricket ground.

Chail Palace

Chail Palace

Chail Palace

Built during the late 19th century, this palace is well-known for its elegant architecture. Sprawling over an area of about 75 acres, it boasts of peripheral cottages, an orchard and well-maintained sports ground. As the king was an avid cricket fan, he made a cricket ground here, which is among the highest cricket grounds in the world. In the year 1972, the property passed into the hands of Himachal Tourism, who converted this palace into a heritage hotel. This hotel is a full-fledged destination resort in itself. There are large elegant lawns, pavilions and fountains at this property that preserve its old charm and grandeur.

Chail Cricket Ground

Chail Cricket Ground

Chail Wildlife Sanctuary

This wildlife sanctuary, covering about 10,854 hectares of land, was established in 1976. It is famous for its diversity in fauna and flora. Tourists can see animals like sambar deer, ghoral, kakkar, red jungle fowl, khalij and cheer pheasants over here. The sanctuary is provided with a machan like sighting posts that help to witness various animals without disturbing them. So, make a plan and come to this amazing destination to spend holidays with loved ones.