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Hidimda Devi Temple

Hidimda Devi Temple

in Architecture, Himachal Pradesh, History, Mahabharata, Nature, North India, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Water falls | 0 comments

Hidimdi Devi Temple is located in Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India. Other name of this temple is Hidimba Temple. This temple is dedicated to Hidimbi Devi. She is the sister of Hidimba. Hidimba and Hidimbi are the character in the epic Mahabharata.   What to see at Hidimba Devi Temple: This is ancient cave temple. Temple is surrounded by cedar forest. Over the huge rock cutting out of the ground a sanctuary was built. This is worshiped as image of the deity.  In 1553, a structure was built.  It is believed that temple was built at the place where Hidimba did meditation. Hidimba got married to Bhima, one of the brothers of Pandavas. They gave birth to Ghatotkacha.   Structure of this temple is the main attraction of this temple. It was carved with wooden doors. Tower above the sanctuary is 24meters tall. Tower consists of 3 square roofs. Roofs are covered with timber tiles. Main door carving of the temple is Goddess Durga. Mud covered stone work can be seen at the base of the temple. Inside the temple enormous rock work can be seen. Goddess Hidimba Devi image is only 3 inches. 70 meters away from this temple a shrine is dedicated to Ghatotkacha son of Hidimba. Footprints of the Goddess can be seen here.   What to see around Hidimba Devi Temple: Jagatsukh: It is located 8kms away from the temple. Jagatsukh consists of several temples dedicated to Goddess Sandhya Gayatri and Lord Shiva. Earlier this place acted as capital of Kullu. Arjun Caves are another attraction here. Naggar Castle: This was built by Raja of Kullu before 600 years. Now it was converted into heritage hotel. From this castle visitors can have excellent view of Naggar Valley. It is located 21kms away from the temple. Nehru Kund: After drinking water from the pond by Jawaharlal Nehru it was named as Nehru Kund. It is located 7kms away from the temple. Vashisht: This village is having a temple which is dedicated to Sage Vashisht who is the Guru of Lord Rama. Several sand stone temples and natural springs can be enjoyed here by the tourists. It is located 4kms away from the temple. Rahala and Rozy Waterfalls:...

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The Great Himalayan National Park

The Great Himalayan National Park

in Himachal Pradesh, Nature, North India, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary | 0 comments

The Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) is located in Kullu district, Himachal Pradesh, India. Area covered by this park is 754.4 sq.kms. In 1999, it was declared as National Park. Other name of this park is Jawarhalal Nehru Great Himalayan Park.   What to see in The Great Himalayan National Park: Park: This is one of the attractions of the park. Trekking at this place is the major attraction. Ecozone: This area contains villages. At this place state Government of Himachal Pradesh developed several programmes. Villagers of this place create alternative sources of economic well being.  This is the best place for craft creation, viewing local crafts, cultural tours, religious pilgrimages, wildlife viewing, and bird watching. Other attractions of this place are sacred groves, viewing local architecture, attending village festival, fishing, climbing, rafting, Siund Saran Ghat Seri Pashi village, Gushaini Tinder Village, Neuli Manu Temple, Neuli Shangarh Loop. Park Treks: Visitors have to take permission from park official for safety purpose. Major trekking routes are Neuli to Shakti, Shakti to Campsite, Shakti to Dehl, Dehl to Jogni, Dehl to Guntrao, Guntrao to Shilt, Shilt to Gushaini. Through trekking visitors can reach to several valley’s such as Sainj Valley, Sainj – Tirthan Valley, Jiwa Nala to Parvati River Valley. Birds: This is one of the important parts of the park. 209 species of birds can be seen here. Major attractions of the bird are Golden Eagles, Himalayan Griffon Vultures, Lammergeyers etc. Along with them plenty of migratory birds can also be seen here. Animals: 31 species of animals can be seen here.  These 31 species belongs to 6 orders. They are Lagomorpha, Rodentia, Insctivora, Artiodactyle, Carnivora, Primates. Major attractions are Snow leopard, Himalayan Musk deer etc.   What to see around The Great Himalayan National Park: Chandrakhani Pass: This valley is 3600 meter above the sea level. It is the best place for trekking. It is located 42kms away from the park. Raghunath Temple: It was believed that Lord Rama worshiped Lord Raghunath in this place. Local believes that Lord Raghunath is the protector of this valley. Temple was built by King Jagat Singh in 1650 AD. Pahari and Pyramidal styles can be seen here. It is located 31kms away...

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Solang Valley

Solang Valley

in Adventurous sports, Himachal Pradesh, Mountian Biking, Nature, North India, Trekking | 0 comments

Solang Valley is a side valley situated at the top of Kullu Valley in Himachal Pradesh, India. Name is derived from the words Solang and Nullah. Solang means nearby villages and Nullah means water stream. From the town of Manali it is located 14kms away.   What to see at Solang Valley: This valley is well known for winter and summer sports. Solang is one of the best picnic spots in Himachal Pradesh. For the natural lovers also this is one of the best places. Visitors can enjoy glaciers and snow clad mountains. Lakes, snow-capped peaks, apply orchards and lush greenery attracting the tourist from India as well as from foreign countries.  Along with sports this valley also known for Snow Point. It has 300 meters ski lift. During the winter season, different courses will offer by Ski Agencies. These agencies actively work here only during the winter season.   During the summer season, snow melts here. These agencies provide equipment to the visitors to enjoy. Trekking lovers can enjoy this place. One of the ways to reach this place is through trekking.  Adventurous activities conducts here are paragliding, Zorbing, skating, Parachuting, Winter sports. During winter season Skiing activity takes place and in the summer season this activity will be replaced with Zorbing. Zorbing is a giant ball with room for 2 people which is rolled down a 200 meters hill.  Horse riding also conducts here. Ropeway was also introduced recently. Apart from these activities visitors can see the shrine of Lord Shiva on the top of the hill. Several bollywood movies shooted here. Every year during January – February months, National Senior Alpine Skiing Championship organises here.   What to see around Solang Valley: Naggar Castle: It was built by Raja of Kullu 600 years old. Now it was converted into heritage hotel. From this place visitors can have the best view of Naggar Valley. This complex also having houses of wooden Jagati Patt temple. It is located 30kms away from this valley. Rahala and Rozy waterfalls: These waterfalls are located on the way to Rohtang. It is located 19kms away from the valley. Jagatsukh: It is one time capital of Kullu. Major attractions of this place are...

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Chandratal

Chandratal

in Himachal Pradesh, History, Lahaul and Spiti district, Nature, North India, Trekking | 0 comments

Chandratal is situated in Lahaul and Spiti district, Himachal Pradesh, India. It is a beautiful lake situated 6kms away from Kumzum Pass. Shape is of this lake is Crescent. People believed that this place was discovered by the traders who came to this region from Ladakh or Tibet. Before reaching their destination, traders used to stay at this place.   What to see at Chandratal: This is one of the beautiful places of India. Among Campers and Trekking lovers this place is one of the best places. This lake looks so beautiful in blue colour.  Chandratal is surrounded by Chandra Bhaga mountain range and wide carpet of green grass. This place is also played a major role in the historical record also. This is the place where Indra who is the king of Gods, came down on his chariots to transport Dharmaraja, who is the eldest one of Pandavas, in his mortal form to heaven.  People believe that fairies visit this place during night times.   Visible source of this lake is not there i.e. water of this lake comes from underground. It is a sweet water lake. Area spread by this lake is 2.5kms.  This is the source to Chandra River. To form Chandrabhaga River, Chandra River merges with Bhaga River.   What to see around Chandratal: Ki Monastery: In the Spiti Valley this is the largest monastery. This monastery is famous for wind instruments, stucco images, rare manuscripts, thangkas, and murals. This monastery is dates back to 1000 years. This is the best place for Pasada Style of architecture. It consists of 3 floors. Small rooms in the monastery are allotted to monks. Underground is used as storage and Ground Floor is used as assembly hall. Kaza: It is the base point for trekking. Places to visit in Kaza are Hikkim Monastery and Sa Kya Pa Sect monastery. Dhankar: Main intension to build this fort is to keep an eye on enemies and enjoy the Spiti Valley by seeing from this place. Old temple in Dhankar is known as Lha O Pa Gompa. Pin Valley: It is located on the banks of river Pin. Major activities in this place are archery competitions and Horse racing. Most of...

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Tabo Monastery

Tabo Monastery

in Buddhist Monestery, Buddhist Stupas, Buddhist temples, Caves, Himachal Pradesh, History, Lahaul and Spiti district, Nature, North India, Temple, Trekking | 0 comments

Tabo Monastery is located in Tago village of Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India. In the Tibetan Era Fire Ape, this monastery was founded.  This monastery is famous for murals, frescos, statues, stupas, manuscripts and Thankas.  It was reconstructed after the earthquake of 1975.   What to see in Tabo Monastery: Architecture: Tabo Monastery consists of cave Shrines, 4 decorated stupas, and 9 temples. Temples belongs to 15th to 20th centuries, Stupas belongs to 13th to 14th centuries and Paintings of the main temple 10th to 11th centuries. Huge collection of Pramana and manuscripts texts can be seen at this monastery. These belong to 1991 to 1998. Main Temple: Main temple consists of entry hall and assembly hall. Entry hall has pictures of Yeshe O’d and his two sons Devaraja and Nagaraja. They were the founders of this monastery. In the main temple, visitors can see 110 cm height Vairocana.  Painted decorations of sculptures can be seen here. On the walls of the main temple scriptures written on wooden planks can be seen here. More than 50 clay images are located here. Older Temples:  Golden temple is said to be covered with Gold. In 16th century it was renovated by Sengge Namgyal.  Other ancient temple of this monastery is Bodhisattva Maitreya temple. Height of this main statue of this temple is 6meters. Other attraction among the old temples is Trom ton Temple. Murals of eight medicine Buddhas can be seen here. Paintings are the major attraction of interiors of Small Trom- ton. Newer Temple:  Largest newer temple of this complex is Temple of Dromton. This temple is famous for paintings. Other main temple among new temples is Mahakala Vajra Bhairava Temple. There are 5 temples in this monastery. Stupas: Temple complex consists of several stupas. Four stupas are most attractive with interior paintings. These stupas belong to 13th century.   What to see around Tabo Monastery: Ki Monastery: In the Spiti Valley this is the largest monastery. This monastery is famous for wind instruments, stucco images, rare manuscripts, thangkas, and murals. This monastery is dates back to 1000 years. This is the best place for Pasada Style of architecture. It consists of 3 floors. Small rooms in the monastery are...

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Pin Valley National Park

Pin Valley National Park

in Hill station, Himachal Pradesh, Lahaul and Spiti district, Nature, North India, Trekking | 0 comments

Pin Valley National Park is located in Spiti Region, Lahaul and Spiti district, Himachal Pradesh, India. This park was declared as national park in 1987.  It is situated in the cold desert area of Spiti Region. This park is famous for Flora and Fauna. It is surrounded by several monasteries, Buddhist shrines and Lamas.   What to see in Pin Valley National Park: This is one of the best places for natural, wildlife and trekking lovers. Major attraction of this Pin Valley National Park is Snow Leopard. More than 20 species of birds and animals can be seen here. At the base of this valley Pin River flows. Only Indians are allowed to see this park. Foreigners are not allowed here. During the winter season, animals migrate to lower regions due to heavy snow and cold atmosphere. Major bird attractions of this place are Raven, Himalayan Chough, griffon, Golden Eagle, Chukor, Bearded Vulture, Snow cock, Pika. It is the home place to Marten, Red Fox, Weasel, Bharal, Siberian Ibex, Snow Leopard and several other animals. This park is famous for medicinal plants also. Rare Species of Medicinal plants such as Birch and Juniper are available here. Another attraction of this place is park’s alpine pasture lands. This valley is famous for Chhumurti Horses. At this place local people conducts archery competitions and Horse Racing.   What to see around Pin Valley National Park: Ki Monastery: In the Spiti Valley this is the largest monastery. This monastery is famous for wind instruments, stucco images, rare manuscripts, thangkas, and murals. This monastery is dates back to 1000 years. This is the best place for Pasada Style of architecture. It consists of 3 floors. Small rooms in the monastery are allotted to monks. Underground is used as storage and Ground Floor is used as assembly hall. Kaza: It is the base point for trekking. Places to visit in Kaza are Hikkim Monastery and Sa Kya Pa Sect monastery. Dhankar: Main intension to build this fort is to keep an eye on enemies and enjoy the Spiti Valley by seeing from this place. Old temple in Dhankar is known as Lha O Pa Gompa. Pin Valley: It is located on the banks of...

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