Thursday, 28 June 2012

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Jwalamukhi Temple Kangra


The legend of the Jwalamukhi Temple relates to Sati, who was born when gods concentrated their individual energy on the ground. The Jwalamukhi temple is the place where the tongue of Sati fell. Here the goddess is manifested as tiny flames that burn through the fissures in the age old rock.

The temple of Jwalamukhi is not an architectural delight. Moreover, there is no idol to worship too. The building has a gilt dome and a silver plated folding doors. Inside, there is a 3 feet square pit with pathway all around. In the centre, there is a hollowed rock over a primary fissure of flame. This one is regarded as the mouth of the Mahakali.

History of Jwalamukhi Temple ( Kangra ) - Himachal Pradesh:-


Dating back to the origin of Adishakti or Sati, the temple basks in a glorious past. It was to get respite from the unending atrocities of the demons that the gods concentrated their individual energies at one point, thus giving birth to Sati. Brought up in the house of Prajapati Daksha, Sati got married to Lord Shiva later.

Once Prajapati Daksha organized a yajna and invited al the gods and goddesses to it barring Lord Shiva. Sati wanted to partake in this grand affair so she reached the place of the Yajna uninvited. All her sisters were welcomed by her father there except her. Daksha did not even dedicate the sacred portion of the Yajna Prasad to Lord Shiva. This made Sati feel immensely humiliated. Therefore, she immolated herself in the fire of the Yajna.

Sati's end disturbed the Lord Shiva immensely. He sliced Daksha's head. On his reparation, the Lord affixed the head of a male goat to him. Unable to restore his mental peace even then, He roamed in the entire universe carrying Sati's burnt body. Foreseeing a calamity approaching, the gods requested Lord Vishnu to diffuse the anger of Shiva. At this, Lord Vishnu cut apart Sati's body into several pieces with his Sudharshan Chakra. Wherever those pieces of sati's body fell on earth, a shaktipeetha or the power centre of the goddess came up.


The Jwalamukhi temple is the place where Sati's tongue fell. The goddess therefore is manifested as tiny flames here that burn through the fissures in an age old rock. There are nine flames at the temple that have been burning here without any oil or cotton since ages.


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Jakhu Temple Shimla




At the top of the famous Jakhu hill is located the famous Jakhu Temple of Shimla. It is hardly 2 kilometers from the Ridge and is an uphill climb through the beautiful deodar trees. The Jakhu Temple of Simla is dedicated to the monkey God, Hanuman. The Jakhu temple is located at a height of 2455 meters and is situated on the highest peak in Shimla. The scenic view that surrounds this beautiful temple of India is absolutely breath taking and splendid.


The temple has an interesting legend behind it. It is said that a deadly arrow injured Lord Rama's brother Lakshmana when he was fighting the battle with the demon king Ravana. A priest diagnosed Lakshmana and said that he needed a particular Sanjeevani herb from the Himalayas to cure Lakshmana. Hanuman was sent to get that herb from he lofty mountains. Upon reaching the Himalayas, Hanuman couldn't make out as to which herb was the Sanjeevani. So he dug up the entire mountain and flew back to where Lakshmana was lying injured.

History:- The Jakhoo hills and the Jakhoo temple surroundings are the abode of a lot of monkeys and their families. One can see the monkeys enjoy their life here with no fear. Jakhoo temple is a beautiful temple located atop of Jakhoo hills dedicated to Lord Hanuman. Jakhoo hill is the highest peak in Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh state, India. Monkey see, monkey do. Here is a monkey who has observed humans at a public tap and learned the trick to quench his thirst

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Tuesday, 26 June 2012

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Hadimba Temple Manali

Hadimba Temple Manali



The Hadimba Devi Temple is dedicated to the wife of Bhim, one of the Pandava brothers.
Bhim married Hadimba and stayed togather for a year. Hadimba gave birth to his son and took care of him till he was old enough to look after the kingdom. After this, she went into isolation and meditated. The place chosen by Hadimba for her meditation was Dhungri. Later, in 1553, a four storeyed wooden temple was erected in her respect.

The temple is constructed in pagoda style and has no idol within. A footprint on stone is at the centre of worship. A fair remembering Raja Bahadur Singh (who constructed the temple) is also held on the first of Savan every year. This fair is known as the Bahadur Singh Re Jatar.

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Chintpurni Temple Una


Jai Maa Chintpurni 




Chintpurni Temple at Chintpurni near Jwalamukhi in Himachal Pradesh: A revered Shakti shrine where the Goddess is worshipped in the form of a stone lingam. The Chintpurni Temple, located at a distance of 35 km from Jawalamukhi, is a famous temple devoted to Goddess Parvati. It is said that Parvati's feet fell at Chintpurni. A lot of devotees come here to pray for boons. The temple is built around the Devi's pind. The image depicts her without a head, for it is said that her head was cut to assuage the blood thirst of her companions. Hence the name, Chinmastika Devi, 'The Goddess without a head

History:-

The temple is believed to be founded by Pandit Mai Das, a Saraswat Brahman. He established this shrine of Mata Chintpurni in Chhaproh village twenty-six generations ago. Over time this place became known as Chintpurni after the eponymous deity. The descendants of the Brahmin still live in Chintpurni and perform prayers at the Chintpurni temple.


Apart from the holy shrine, the place is also known for its picturesque surroundings. The valley houses excellent views for sight seeing, indoor and out door activities. The temple is also very well connected through road. That is to say, the place can be an ideal option for a religious visit and holiday both.

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Chamunda Devi Temple

Chumundi Devi Temple



Chamunda Devi Temple is located at a distance of 15 km from Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh. Dedicated to goddesses Durga or Chamunda (Hindu deity), the surroundings of the temple provide an excellent venue for meditation prayers and spiritual attainments. The Chamunda Devi Temple is said to be more than 700 years old. It is a  big temple complex with a large pond where devotees take a dip.


The location of temple was used as a cremation ground by the people of 22 villages and supposed to be a place of solace, spiritual attainments. A large number of devotees travel to this place for worship and to attain spiritual peace for their ancestors. The main deity of the temple is kept under cover and is not accessible by the visitors, because of its sacred importance. There is a cave-like scoop located at the back of the temple, representing the stone lingam ( embodiment of Shiva). Apart from these attractions, there are many brightly painted images of gods and goddesses located in the vicinity of the Chamunda Devi temple.


The famous Chamunda Nandikeshwar Dham is an abode of Shiva Shakti since the saga of Puranas. According to a legend, the Goddess Chamunda was enshrined as chief Goddess with the title of Rudra in the battle between demon Jalandhra and Lord Shiva which made this place famous as “Rudra Chamunda”. Another legend has it that “Savarni Manamantra” battle between the gods and demons, Chamunda emerged as Chandika from an eyebrow of Goddess “Kaushiki” and was assigned the task of eliminating the demons “Chand” and “Mund”. Chandika fought a fierce battle with these two demons and at last killed them. Goddess Chandika took the slain heads of the two demons “Chand” and “Mund” to the Goddess “Kaushiki” who being immensely pleased, blessed Chandika and bestowed upon her the title of “Chamunda,” the name which is famous all around the world.

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Baijnath Temple Palampur

Baijnath temple , Himachal Pradesh




Baijnath Temple is a revered shrine of Himachal Pradesh. Located at a distance of 16 kms from Palampur in the Beas valley, Baijnath Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. According to the inscriptions on the walls, Baijnath Mandir was built by the two native merchants by the name of Ahuka and Manyuka in 1204 A.D. In the porch of the temple, the two long inscriptions state that before the present temple, there was a shrine of Lord Shiva at the same spot.


History:-
As far as the history is concerned, the temple has been in worship since 1204 AD. There is an amazing story about the temple. It is said that king Ravana had worshipped Lord Shiva in this temple and had sacrificed his head ten times at a place marked out in the temple. And people are still following the same traditions and it is said that during Dussehra, people here don't organize festivals as they keep away of celerbation of Dussehra. People here think that they can offend Lord Shiva to celebrate the death of his devotees. 


Lord Shiva is commemorated here as Vaidyanath (the Lord of Physician) and is placed in the form of 'Lingam' (phallic form of Lord Shiva). The main sanctum comprises five projections on every side and a tall curved shikhar (spire). The history of Baijnath temple is inscribed on the stone slabs inside the complex. As per the beliefs, Ravana (King of Lanka) had worshipped Lord Shiva in this temple. 

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Thursday, 7 June 2012

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Kangra valley / Taragarh / Palampur

Beautiful Himachal




Kangra Valley:- The Kangra valley is one of the most picturesque valleys of lower Himalayas. The valley, sheltered by the sublime Dhauladhar range, is green and luxuriant. It provides a tremendous contrast in nature of places to be visited. Dharamshala is full of Buddhist air whereas ancient Hindu Temples like Bajreshwari Devi, Chamunda Devi, Baijnath Shiv temple and Jwala Devi ji dot the country side.



The history of Kangra valley dates back to the Vedic times more than 3500 years ago. The area was exposed to successive invasions, the last being the British domination of the princes of many small the hill states. Despite the onslaughts and political upheavals, the arts and crafts of the region continued to develop and found lyrical expressions. Crafts like the exquisitely designed shawls and miniature paintings of this region are internationally appreciated.

Taragarh:-   Low rolling hills criss-crossed by narrow fast-flowing streams, scores of tiny hamlets, lush tea gardens and paddy fields with the backdrop of the majestic Dhauladhar mountains - all combine to make Kangra one of Himachal's most beautiful tracts. Here, built in 1931, by the 27-year old ruler of Bahawalpur, Nawab Sadiq Mohammed Khan Bahadur is Al Hilal (literally the Land of the crescent moon), now called Taragarh after Maharani Tara Devi, of the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, who became its subsequent owner. Now a heritage hotel, this is a splendid art-deco mansion set amidst large grounds. Memorabilia of past adorn its elegantly appointed rooms while the grounds host a 'jungle camp'

Palampur:-  The town of Palampur (1219 m) is situated in a idyllic valley priding itself with tea gardens, and hills covered with pine trees. The place enjoys a year-round pleasant climate and the pine scented air is said to have curative properties. The scenery presents a sublime and beautiful contrast- the valleys presents a picture of rural innocence and repose, while the hills are majestic. Overlooking this town are the majestic Dhauladhars, whose tops remain covered with snow for most of the year. This place is thronged tourists and is now being developed as a large tourist centre. A ropeway and an amusement park is also on proposed to be constructed. An Agricultural University and a Cenral Scientific Research Institute’s IHBT are pride of the town. Some tea factories are also coming up here. 


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Wednesday, 6 June 2012

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Dalhousie & Khajjiar

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Khajjiar is the most scenic picnic spot near Dalhousie. It is situated twenty-two miles from Dalhousie, at an elevation of 1920 meters (6400 ft). This saucer-like, natural field, with a small glacial pond in the heart, and enclosed by a heavy natrual enviroment of deodar plants and hills is definitely value a check out.


There are several rest houses and hotels for accomodations. In the past, the only way to reach Khajjiar was by horse or by foot. Now, most people travel to Khajjiar by taxi but tourist buses from Dalhousie or Chamba are also available. The government of Switzerland has recognized this site for its Alpine beauty. Golf, horseback riding, and strolling are among the many activities tourists enjoy. An ancient temple devoted to Khaji Nag, after whom Khajjiar is named, is a popular attraction.



Beautiful View Of Khajjiar:-




Dalhousie:-  Dalhousie (2036 m) is a hill station full of colonial charm that holds lingering echoes of the Raj. Spread out over the five hills (Kathlog, Potreys, Tehra, Bakrota and Balun) the town is named after the 19th century British Governer General Lord Dalhousie. It was popular with the British Army personnel in 1860's. The town’s varying altitude shades it with a variety of vegetation that includes stately grooves of pines, deodars, oaks and flowering rhododendrowns. Rich in colonial architecture, the town preserves some beautiful churches. St. John church is the oldest one built in 1863, St. Francis was built in 1894, St. Andrew in 1903 and St. Patric in 1909.

Dalhousie:-


A walk up a mountain in Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India

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Bilaspur & Mandi

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The Bilaspur district is to be found on the depository of Sutlej valley in the external hills and swathe vicinity of 1,167 sq. Kms. With the Himachal Tourism explore Punjab plains and outlines a fraction of the basin that gushes diagonally at 90 km. It is surrounded on the north by Mandi and Hamirpur district. It is bordered in the east and north-east by Solan and Mandi district. A number of sightseer places at Bilaspur in Himachal like Gobind Sagar,Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sport's,Bandla Ridge Top, Vyas Goofa, Kot Kahlur, renowned Temple of Gehrwin etc.

Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh INDIA





Mandi:-  The remarkable and momentous town of Mandi is located near the banks of river Beas and is believed to be the significant business centre of this rapid emergent mount position which still holds a calm and serene moral fiber. Mandi in Himachal is famous for its various historical sagas and architectural types where one can witness the 81 old stone temples (Varanasi of hills), sage Mandva meditation spot, colossal fine carvings, houseboat style temples, colonial architectures etc. Exotic location / town of Mandi is also named as the “Kashi of hills” and is also bottom of more than a few tour places like the Kullu valley Manali, Lahaul and Spiti. Enclosed within the lush green wood’s the physical vicinity of Mandi also comprises of the renowned tea plantations, deodar and pine wooded area an is considered to be the amazing tourist destinations for Himachal tourism

Amazing View Of Barot Valley



very beaytiful valley called barot in district mandi of himachal pradesh, the river the mountains eerything is jus amazing ,do comment and like if like u like this video

Apple trees:- 


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Tuesday, 5 June 2012

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Kullu / Manikaran / Kasol






There are several reference of Kullu in the Ramayana & Mahabharata, Vishnu Purana & other Sanskrit literature. But it is believed that Manu after the great deluge, first stepped into the earth from the celestial boat at a place on this land. The particular spot where he established his abode was the present Manali (village), which is regarded as the changed name of 'MANU-ALAYA', that is the home of Manu. It was from here that the human race came into being after the deluge.

Kullu was probably the most ancient state next to Kashmir and Kangra. Like other hill states, Kullu had its ups and downs till it was ceded to the British in 1846 according to Lahore agreement, along with other trans-Sutluj states.

Kullu was made a sub-division of Kangra District. Lahaul-spiti was attached to Kullu for administration. In 1960 Lahaul-Spiti was a separate district. Kullu was also declared a district in 1963 and was a part of Punjab up to October 1966. On 1st November 1966, on reorganization of states, Kullu became a District of Himachal Pradesh.


Manikaran:- 





High up under the snowy peaks, of the Parvati Valley is situated the hot springs at Manikaran. The water from the steaming springs is noted for its healing properties. The springs in the area are hot enough to boil rice in it. Manikaran, a place of pilgrimage for Hindus and Sikhs, has a temple and a gurudwara. It is also a good spot for trout fishing.





Sri Ramchandra temple is located in the center of the town and one can have a very good look in and around this temple. The Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Gurudwara provides some extraordinary sights. One can enjoy a dip in the hot waters from the springs. There are altogether three baths, one is located under the Gurudwara itself and the other two are privately owned and located in guesthouses.

Kasol :-



 It all started with yet another research and discussion with my friend about the village we wanted to hit this time in Himachal. Himachal has always been the desired state of mine, I mean to the extent of it being comparable to the incomparable beauty of Colorado or the Black Forest in Freiburg. So we decided not to get into much research this time and target the Parvati Valley. Parvati Valley aka Parvati is located next to the beautiful farmland –the Kullu Valley. Parvati holds something in her, something very dense like the depth of a bottle green beer bottle.

Kasol to Gramphu



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Sunday, 3 June 2012

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Rohtang Pass / Solang Valley Tourism Place

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Rohtang Pass:- 51 km. At an altitude of 4,112 metres on the highway to Keylong, the pass affords a wide-spread panorama of mountain scenery. In place of the pinnacled hills, sheltered valleys and cultivated tracts, the eye meets a range of precipitous cliffs, huge glaciers and piled Moraine, and deep ravines. Almost directly opposite is the well defined Sonepani glacier, slightly to the left are the twin peaks of the Geypang, jagged pyramids of rock, snow streaked and snow crowned.


Solang Valley:- Solang Nullah is in a part area at the top of the Kullu area. It is the website of Manali’s ski university and, once the snowfall has gone, all the regional paragliding 'schools'. Phatru is a extreme, rugged experience above Solang Nullah, experiencing approximately eastern. Take-off is about one hour’s go up above the ski university. There is no top getting, but fantastic base getting near the university or in the areas above Solang town on lack of of the stream. From 10am until 1pm or so there are many fantastic heat resources. In manufactured the sun is often invisible by reasoning developing on the greater hills behind and it can get difficult as soon as it is out of immediate sun. In a stunning establishing this has fantastic ski extreme and eat outside areas.

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Manali Tourism Place

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Endowed with some of the most amazing and wonderful landscapes anywhere, it is a tourists heaven -lofty snowfall mountains, deeply gorges, rich natural valleys, quick streaming estuaries and waterways, wonderful hill ponds, plant bedecked mdw, wonderful wats and monasteries rich in time. May it be for calming, touring, going, outdoor, sportfishing, para-gliding, snowboarding, ice skate boarding and tennis, Himachal has it all...Come Discover Himachal with himachal tourist...

The area of gods, as the Kullu area has come to be known, is perhaps the most pleasing area in the european Himalayas. The historical Hindus considered it as the furthermost restrict of individual habitation - Kulantapitha, and its unique name discovers discuss in the epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata as well as Vishnu Purana.

Like a slimmer delicate-hued fern sparkling the next day dew, the area propagates out its appeal on either side of the higher gets to of the stream Beas. Operating northern to southern region, the main stream area is only 80 km long and 2 km at its largest, yet a pretty large area is start to the guests have fun with the scene of variegated hill landscapes.

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Places to see in Manali:-  


Kothi:- 12 km. A quiet but picturesque spot. The Rest House overlooks the narrow valley and commands views of the mountains. Below Kothi, for more than a kilometre the river Beas flows through a deep gorge, almost a subterranean passage, 30 metres or more in depth, and the cliffs which flank both sides of the canyon are a favourite haunt for rock pigeons. The site of the bridge provides an interesting historical episode in the early annals of Kullu.
Solang Valley:- 13 km. A splendid valley between Manali and Kothi which offers views of the glaciers and snow-capped mountain peaks. The plateau is frequently used for holding camps by the trekking parties. Good skiing slopes of the Mountaineering Institute. Venue of annual winter carnival from February 10-14. Bus service upto Palchan village (10 km) and then by jeep or on foot.

Rahla Falls:-2 km from Kothi. Here the river Beas hurtles down from a height of about 50 metres. Charming spot for picnics.
Manali Sanctuary:- A bridle path from the Manali log huts goes past the Dhoongri Temple and wanders into the dense deodar, kail, horse chestnut, walnut and maple forest which is a part of this sanctuary. Camping overnight in tents at Lambadug or Galiani Thatch is possible.
Around Manali :-

Rohtang Pass:- 51 km. At an altitude of 4,112 metres on the highway to Keylong, the pass affords a wide-spread panorama of mountain scenery. In place of the pinnacled hills, sheltered valleys and cultivated tracts, the eye meets a range of precipitous cliffs, huge glaciers and piled Moraine, and deep ravines. Almost directly opposite is the well defined Sonepani glacier, slightly to the left are the twin peaks of the Geypang, jagged pyramids of rock, snow streaked and snow crowned. 

Keylong:- 117 km. A fair sized village amidst green fields of barley and buckwheat, Keylong is the headquarters of the Lahaul and Spiti district, surrounded with brown hills and snowy heights. Karding Monastery overlooks Keylong and is 3.5 km across the Chandra river while Shashur Monastery is about 1 km. HPTDC Tourist Bungalow.

Triloknath and Udeypur:- These are two important places of pilgrimage in Pattan Valley. At Triloknath is a six armed image in white marble of Avalokiteshvara, Bodhisattava. Visitors will enjoy crossing the Chandra-Bhaga river and the trek of 3 km to reach the destination. The temple of Marikula at Udeypur is highly remarkable for its wood carvings. Udeypur is 166 km from Manali.

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Saturday, 2 June 2012

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Himachal Pradesh Tourist Places



Manali
Rohtangpass / Solang Valley
Kullu / Manikaran / Kasol
Bilaspur & Mandi
Dalhousie & Khajjiar
Kangra valley / Taragarh / Palampur
Shimla
Kufri / Chail / Solan
Fagu & Narkanda
Mashobra
Nalagarh / Parwanoo / Kasauli
Lahul / Spiti
Kinnaur / Kalpa / Sangla
Nahan / Renukaji

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Friday, 1 June 2012

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Beautifull City In Distt. Una In Himachal Pradesh

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Una is a district of Himachal Pradesh which lies in its south western part. On the 1st September,1972 the Himachal Pradesh Govt. reorganised the then  Kangra district into  three districts namely Una, Hamirpur and Kangra.The famous places of Una are ‘Chintpurni’ Goddess temple, Dera Baba Barbhag Singh, Dera Baba Rudru, Joggi Panga, Dharamshala Mahanta, Dhunsar Mahadev Temple Talmehra, Shivbari Temple Gagret and Mini Secretariat.  Una district is well developed in the industrial sector due to close proximity to Punjab. Mehatpur, Gagret, Tahliwal & Amb are main industrial centres of Una. On 11th January 1991, Una has been provided with railway line by laying 14 Kms broad gauge track from Nangal(Punjab) to Una. Punjabi, Hindi, Pahari are common languages spoken. In winter, climate is cool, woolen clothes required. In summer, climate is hot, cotton clothes required. From July to September, it is rainy & humid.

Distances to Major Stations
Kilometers
Una-Nangal-Bhakhra Dam-Naina Devi Temple
55                             Top
Una-Anandpur Sahib-Naina Devi Temple
56
Una-Amb-Mubarakpur-Bharwain-ChintPurni Temple
55
Una-ChintPurni Temple-Dehra-Jawalaji Temple
85
Una-Talwara-Pathankot-Jammu-Katra(Vaishno Devi)
325
Una-Lathiani-Barsar-Baba Balak Nath(DeotSidh)
70
Una-Anandpur Sahib
40
Una-Anandpur Sahib-Kiratpur Sahib-Ropar-Chandigarh
120
Una-Chandigarh-Shimla
240
Una-Chandigarh-Delhi
375
Una-Amb-Mubarakpur-Bharwain-Dehra-RaniTaal-Kangra
102
Una-Kangra-Dharamshala
120
Una-Kangra-Palampur
140
Una-Kiratpur-Bilaspur
120
Una-Kiratpur-Bilaspur-Mandi
184
Una-Kiratpur-Bilaspur-Kullu
250
Una-Kiratpur-Bilaspur-Manali
290
Una-Lathiani-Barsar-Bhota-Hamirpur
85
Una-Jogipanga
16
Una-Pirnigah
10
Una-Mahadev Temple of Talmera
30
Una-Dera Baba Barbhag Sing
42
Una-Dera Baba Rudra Nand Ji
9

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History


The present Una district until 1st Nov., 1966 was one of the tehsil of the Hoshiarpur district of Punjab. Consequent upon reorganization of Punjab all the hill areas including Una tehsil was transferred to Himachal Pradesh. Eversince, until September, 1972 it continued to remain as tehsil of the then Kangra district. On the 1st September,1972 the Himachal Pradesh Govt. reorganised the then Kangra district into three districts namely Una, Hamirpur and Kangra. Una district consists of two Sub-Divisions(Una and Amb), three Tehsils(Bangana, Amb and Una) and two Sub-Tehsils(Haroli and Bharwain) and is having five Development Blocks(Una, Bangana, Gagret, Amb and Haroli).

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Himachal Pradesh

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