Dharamshala, McLeod Ganj
McLeod Ganj (also spelt McLeodGanj or Mcleodganj) is a suburb of Dharamsala in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, India. It is known as "Little Lhasa" or "Dhasa" (a short form of Dharamshala used mainly by Tibetans) because of its large population of Tibetans. The Tibetan government-in-exile is headquartered in McLeod Ganj.
It has an average elevation of 2,082 metres (6,831 feet). It is situated on the Dhauladhar Range, whose highest peak, "Hanuman Ka Tibba", at about 5,639 metres (18,500 feet), lies just behind it.
Bir is a village located in the west of Joginder Nagar Valley in the state of Himachal Pradesh in northern India. Bir is a noted centre for ecotourism, spiritual studies and meditation. Bir is also home to a Tibetan refugee settlement with several Buddhist monasteries and a large stupa.
The paragliding World Cup 2015 is set to commence from the 21st of October in Bir. The Bir-Billing area is a popular site for paraglider pilots, both Indians and visitors from all over the world. The flying season is from September to October, with some flying also done in November.
Tashi Jong Monastery
The Mandi-Pathankot National Highway is probably the best NH of the state currently. And whatever little troubles this road throws at you, a mere sight of the snow laden ranges make your woes disappear. Divert a little from the main road and you find yourself in an entirely new world. One such monastery is the Tashi Jong Monastery located close to the Palampur Town.
Gopalpur Zoo is situated in Gopalpur village, Kangra district, Himachal Pradesh in India.
The major attraction of the zoo are: Asiatic lion, leopard, Himalayan black bear, sambar deer, hog deer, musk deer, barking deer, red fox, angora rabbits, wild pigs, mongooses, Langur, Indian crested porcupine, peacocks, vultures, eagles, Himalayan monal, cobra and pythons, etc.
Jakhani Mata Temple
Dedicated to Devi Latti Jakhni, the Jakhni Mata Temple is situated at the topmost point of Chandpur Village in Kangra district. This holy shrine is situated about 7 kms from Bundla Mata Temple and 5 kms from Palampur. It's a steep climb up to the temple, so it is ideal to take a car instead of choosing to walk.
Birni Devi Temple
Birni Devi Temple is a popular shrine in Palampur. The temple can be reached via Lohna, Upper Bundla and Gallu Langha. From Gallu Langha, there is a moderate trek for Birni Devi Temple, which takes from 3hrs to 5hrs to complete. Perched on a hill, the temple overlooks the majestic Kangra Valley and offers a panoramic view of Dhauladhar range
Neugal Khad is a wide stream of water that flows close to Palampur. The panoramic view of the Dhauladhar Range from Neugal Khad is commendable; the mountains in a distance can be seen clad with snow.
Saurabh Van Vihar
Saurabh Van Vihar is a nature park that is dedicated to brave soldier Saurabh Kalia. The park is situated on the bank of snow-fed Neugel Khad in Kwat Village. A perfect place for recreation, it is at a distance of about 4kms from Palampur.
Palampur is a green hill station surrounded by tea gardens and pine forest. Palampur is the tea capital of northwest India but tea is just one aspect that makes Palampur a special interest place. Kangra tea is a tea from the Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh, India. Kangra tea is known for its unique color and flavor. Kangra tea was given the Geographical Indication status in 2005. Kangra cultivates both black tea and green tea, black tea constitutes around 90 percent of the production. As of May 2015, there are 5,900 tea gardens in the area covering about 2,312 hectares of land between Shahpur, Palampur, Baijnath and Jogindernagar; with an annual output of 8.99 lakh kg.
Out of 51 Shaktipeeths in India, Himachal is privileged to have 5 Shakti Peeths. It is believed that 51 different body parts of goddess Sati, wife of Lord Shiva fell in different regions of India and they werelater worshipped as Shakti Peeths. Five Shakti Peeths in Himachal are:
Chamunda Devi Temple : This is a very important Hindu shrine with the temple of Goddess Chamunda. Thousands ofdevotees from all over India visit the temple and offer prayers. Chamunda Devi Temple issituated on the bank of river Baner. River Baner is also known as Banganga. The name is acombination of Chanda and Munda, two monsters which Devi killed. She is closely associatedwith Kali, another fierce aspect of Devi.
Brijeshwari Devi Temple : It is believed that charred breast of Goddess Sati fell in the Kangra district and it gave birth to theBrijeshawri. Now Brijeshwari temple is also worshipped as one of the Shakti Peeths in India.
Chintpurni Devi Temple : It is believed that when one of the severed feet of Goddess Sati, fell in Chintpurni region ofHimachal, it gave birth to this holy shrine in Chintpurni. Since then it became one of the ShaktiPeeths in india.
Jwalamukhi Devi Temple : The history behind Jwalamukhi temple is that the burning tongue of Goddess Sati fell in theJwalaji region of Himachal Pradesh and since then a burning flame can be seen here which has been burning since then continuously.
Naina Devi Temple : The eyes of Goddess Sati fell in the Bilaspur region of Himachal Pradesh. As a result the placecame to be known as Naina Devi and became one of the Shakti Peeths in Himachal.
Sobha Singh Art Gallery
Sardar Sobha Singh was born on 29 November 1901 in a Ramgarhia Sikh family in Sri Hargobindpur, Gurdaspur district of Punjab. His father, Deva Singh, was in the Indian cavalry. In 1949 he settled down in Andretta (Palampur). Sobha Singh is fondly remembered as Darji and his adopted daughter Bibi Gurcharan Kaur has converted Andretta into an ever popular tourist destination not only for art enthusiasts but for all who admire his work at the art gallery. Gurcharan Kaur's son Hirdaypal Singh now manages the SOBHA SINGH ART GALLERY, a jewel in the heart of the Kangra Valley.
Baijnath is a small town in the Dhauladhar range of western Himalayas, Its 16 km from Palampur in the Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh is famous for its 13th century temple dedicated to Lord Shiva as Vaidyanath. Originally known as Kiragrama, the town lies on Pathankot - Manali highway (NH 20) almost midway between Kangra and Mandi. The present name Baijnath became popular after the name of the temple. The town is located on the left bank of the river Binwa.