The drive upto the pass is quite an uphill and tedious one,yet the pass itself is superb to view.The mountains all over, the cool temperature, and a 2km walk to a lake -- are all truly enjoyable.
You have to go via Shoja village.
We went to a small village called Goshaini.We stayed at the Raju's Guesthouse that is situated on the banks of the river Theerthan.The river is fed by glacier water.The whole place is so scenic and unspoilt by modernisation.To this day,I have not seen a better place.
The best part is ofcourse Raju's guesthouse,which truly makes your stay so comfortable and homely.The food there is too good to believe,the rooms are cosy and their hospitality -- unparalleled!!
What to do there
*Raju's dogs would guide you on walks!!
*Take long walks and enjoy nature.
*Do nothing,laze around,sleep on hammocks,eat and be merry by the bonfire in the nights!
*Go trekking in the near by Himalayan forest park(about 10 kms trek)
*go visit Jalori pass
*go to near by Banjaar village and drink in the village atmosphere.
*read books and improve health with the great fresh food that Raju's wife Lata ji cooks
*Just go there -- you will know what to do or not to do!!!!
Khajjir is Stutted 25 Kms from Dalhouise and 23 Kms from Chamba 1900 mts Above to Sea Lavel.Known as mini Switzerland surrounded by Devdar trees.A small picturesque saucer-shaped plateau surrounded by dense pine and deodar forests.
Khajjiar is famous for the popular Khajji Naga shrine dedicated to the serpent god from which the name is believed to have been derived. The temple dates back to the 10th century and is interspaced with different patterns and images on the ceiling and wooden posts.
The Khajji Nag temple is made in pahari style and the object of worship is 'Nagdev', carved out of stone in human from. The images of five Pandvas Yudhishtra, Bhim, Arjun,Nakul and Sahdev beautiful made out of wood stand in the corners of the Mandapa of the temple. A small temple of Hidimba also stands close by. This has led people tp believe that the Pandavas happened to visit this place during their exile and their period of incognito.
Himachal pradesh comprises of 12 districts Bilaspur, Chamba, Hamirpur, Kangra, Kinnaur, Kullu, Lahaul & Spiti, Mandi, Shimla, Sirmaur, Solan and Una..and each one is better than the other....in kangara..u can go and trek at dharamshala,take a walk around the kangara fort,visit the bhagsunag temple,the chamunda devi temple. U can have a look at the bhuddist monks life thanks to the tibetian govt in exile at dharamhsala...with monastries at mcloodganj,khanayara and norbulinga....if u want to do something different take a trek to triund,or krarie village...mcloodganj..is a junk jwellers delight..do bargain a lot with the tibetian ladies selling all the authentich looking traditional tibetian stuff.....n just enjoy.....
Situated in the Kullu valley, the Great Himalayan National Park makes a good visit. Situated in the vast area of 620 sq km, the park is full of coniferous forests, with alpine pastures and glaciers forming a beautiful background. Some of the rare species found in here are the Musk deer, Brown bear, Goral, Snow Leopard, Monal and many more. The visit to this park gives an unforgettable experience.
An excellent trekking/ skiing base, Narkhanda is 65 kms from Shimla on the India Tibet road. Narkhanda is famous for its commanding view of the fertile potato and apple growing area and the dense forests. Narkhanda is a vista of hill stretching peak after peak, with snow covered Himalayas in the vicinity this small place is slightly higher than Shimla. The Hattu Peak offers a stupendous view of the Narkhanda village. On the peak resides the temple of Hattu Mata, from where one can have a spectacular view of the entire Himalayan range. The Kotgarh and Thanedhar are famous for the produce of golden and juicy apples. The Koteshwar and the Mahamaya temples nearby are worth a visit.
Apart from these things Narkhanda is more famous as a transit point for trekkers and skiers.
22 kms from Shimla is another delightful village of Fagu. Fagu offers an extensive view of the valleys around and one can experience wonderful natural warmth. The Pabbar valley nearby is the place one can visit to explore the ancient temples and the orchards of fruits and trees laden with flowers.
Overlooking the Institute of Advanced Studies and housed in a beautiful building on high ground, the Shimla State Museum was opened in 1974 and has a wonderful collection and display of around 2,000 objects. The collection includes the Kangra paintings, Pahari Paintings and sculptures in bronze and wood.
One of the must visit site in the itinerary to Dharamshala other than the residence of the Dalai Lama is this museum. It is treasure trove of the artifacts dating back to the 5th century A.D. On display are the objects like the famous miniature paintings of Kangra, its rich craft and many other valuable items. Sculptures and pottery of the Kangra region, their attire and other items are also on display.
Bharmaur, 65 kms from the main town of Chamba is the home to the semi nomadic Gaddis, the shepherds of this area, and once was the capital of the rulers of this place. It remained the capital of the rulers for nearly 400 years. Today apart from the abundant natural beauty that it is surrounded with, Bharmaur is famous for its ancient temples. It is full of beautiful temples dating back to the 7th and the 8th centuries. The land mark of this small town is the Chaurasia square. The name is given after the 84 temples it has in that vast complex. The main temple is the Mani Mahesh temple that stands tall in the complex. It has many other temples dedicated to various Hindu Gods like the Ganesh, Lakshmi and Vishnu.
This is the fine art Museum in the State.A major attraction of the area is the Bhuri Singh museum, which is a rich store house of Chamba''s cultural heritage and an excellent and interesting collection of this region particularly the miniature paintings of Kangra and Bashali schools. Some of the murals and paintings from the Rang Mahal are seen here.
This small hill station seems to live in time warp that belongs to the 19th century. The narrow roads of Kasauli (1951m) slither up and down the hillside and offer some magnificent vistas.
The upper and lower malls run through Kasauli's length and one can enjoy longs walks on it. A mixed forest of pine, oak and huge horse-chestnut encircles the town. Its colonial ambience is reinforced by stretch of cobbled road, quaint shops, gabled houses with charming facades and scores of neat little gardens and orchards.
MONKEY POINT: 3.5 km from Hotel Ros Common a hill which deriveds its name from Rishi Man-Ki who used to worship an idol of Lord Hanuman Ji and later the summit is crowned with a small temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman and presently being looked after by the personnel of Air Force, stationed here. The area being restricted from security point of view, no belongings like Camera, bags are allowed.
OTHER ATTRACTIONS, An ancient Church is worth seeing located on the upper Mall Road. A little above this place, there is a Central Research Institute established in 1906 by Dr. Sample, It prepares vaccines for treatment of typhoid, cholera, smallpox, and snake-bite and is only of its kind in Asia. Close to this there is Pasteur Institute founded in 1900 to produce antirabies vaccine against dog-bite. There is yet another sanatorium for TB patients because of its heal thy most environment.
BABA BALAK NATH TEMPLE 3 km. On the Graner Hill top is a famous temple of Sidh Baba Balak Nathji. It is believed that Baba Balak Nath ji one night appeared in dreams to a local resident - named Vijay Kumar and told him to built a temple at the place, where the present temple is located. This temple is of its own kind where many issue less couples visit to be blessed with a child, whose baptism ceremony is also performed in the same very temple. A number of photographs of such blessed children are the evidence, which are kept as record by Baba Vijay Kumarji in the temple.
Manikaran is Suitied 55 Kms from Kullu and 90 Kms from Manali At 1737 m above the sea leavel, on the right bank of river Parvati. this place is famous for hot sulphur springs revered by both Hindus and Sikhs pilgrimages. Thousand, of pilgrimages have their dip in hot water. The water of the spring is also said to be radio-active which cures many skin diseases. While the temperature of the water is above boiling point. Rice and Dal if placed in a Muslin bag or tied up in cloth, soon be ready for eating purpose. According to an ancient saying Manikaran is also connected with Lord Shiva and His divine concert Parvati.
Baijnath is situated on the main road Dharmsala/Kangra to Mandi. Baijnath is in reality the appellation of the chief temple dedicated to Siva Vaidyanatha (?Lord of Physicians?) by which the town itself has become known. The original name of the town was Kiragrama. This we learn from the two extensive Sarada inscriptions incised on stone slabs, which in elegant and florid Sanskrit verse give the history of the foundation of a temple, by two local merchants. "There is in Trigarata," we read in the inscription, "the pleasent village of Kiragrama, the home of numerous virtues where the river called Binduka, leaping from the lap of the mountain, with glittering wide-waves resembling playing-balls, merrily plays, like a bright maiden in the first bloom of youth. That village is protected by the strong-armed Rajanaka Lakshmana." The river Binduka, so well described by the poet, is the modern Binwa, a tributary of the Beas. The date of the inscription is expressed both in the Saptarshi and in the Saka eras. Cunningham first read the Saka date as 726, coresponding with A.D. 804. The true date, however, must be the Saka year 1126 corresponding with A.D .1204.
Once a year, people invite a God to their house to bless them and their house. In the God's honour they hold a feast. The God is bought with a lot of music and is dressed up very colourfully. They take the God to bless every room in the house and sprinkle rice and flour behind the path He takes. The cowshed is also blessed.
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