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Dalhousie

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dalhousie A picturesque and popular hill station, Dalhousie was set up in 1854, as a retreat for the British soldiers and bureaucrats. Located atop the five hills of Kathalagh, Potreyn, Terah, Bakrota and Bhangora, it was named after the British Viceroy Lord Dalhousie. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, and situated on the western side of the mountainous ranges of Dhauladhar, it is known not only for its captivating beauty, but also for the ancient temples, the valleys of Chamba and Pangi which are great trekking grounds.

Khajjinag temple

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rewalsarKhajjiar 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. A curious blend of Hindu and Mughal styles of architecture is reflected in the wooden carvings on the ceilings and wooden posts. The image carvings are said to represent the Kauravas who were tied up here in the hideout by the Pandavas. The temple consists of a spacious congregation hall sufficiently enclosed by wooden supports. The dome-shaped shrine is made of slates locally extracted from limestone quarries. Adjoining are other shrines of Shiva and Hadimba goddess also. The age-old tradition of sacrificing a goat is still practiced outside the temple premises.

Lakshmi Narayan

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lakshmi narayanThe "home of the Gods", better recognized as Himachal Pradesh has the distinction of hosting about two thousand temples. All these temples are designed following different patterns of architecture. So, you get to see temples resembling Gurudwaras of the Sikhs, pagoda styled shrines, those similar to Buddhist Gompas or even a few carved stone shikharas. Amongst these enormous count of temples, one which draws heavy footfalls is the Lakshmi Narayan Temple. Located in Chamba, Himachal Pradesh, the ancient temple of Lakshmi Narayan has great archaeological importance. Tourists can make use of state transport buses to arrive at this temple. Private taxis on hire, from either Dharamsala or Palampur are also available for tourists coming to this temple. So, Lakshmi Narayan Temple is effortlessly accessible by road.

Bajreshwari Devi temple

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bajreshwari templeThe beautiful state of Himachal Pradesh is often called by the name of "Devabhoomi", the house of the Gods. The impressive altitudes of the Himalayan ranges, coupled with its picturesque surroundings and an atmosphere of spiritual tranquility appears to make it the accepted home of the Gods. This fact finds its support amidst almost two thousand temples built all over the State. Himachal Pradesh is the abode of temples built in varied styles of architecture. So, you can view shrines of pagoda style, carved stone shikharas, temples resembling Sikh Gurudwaras or Buddhist Gompas at this place. A major tourist attraction of this state is the Bajreshwari Temple, sometimes also called as Vagreshwari Devi Temple. Pilgrims, both domestic and international, visit Bajreshwari Temple each year in huge numbers. Reaching Bajreshwari Temple via road, rail and air is quite easy as the place is well linked with the neighboring areas as well as the rest of the country. The nearest airport is at Kullu which is 23 kms away. At a distance of 90 kms from the temple, lies the closest rail station of Kalka.

Sui Mata

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suimataSui Mata Temple is surrounded with legend and stories of devotion and sacrifice. The temple was first built by Raja Sahil Varman when he built Saho Town. Saho had no water and he built an aqueduct to channel water for his people. But the aqueduct ran dry and no one knew what to do, So he built a temple around the aqueduct and still there was no water. He resigned himself to the fact that the Gods must be angry with him. Finally he consulted the Brahmins, his religious counsel and they, after much prayer told him that the spirit of the stream must be propitiated. They told the Raja that the sacrifice must be either of his son or his queen. The conscientious Raja Sahil Varman decided to sacrifice his son so his people might have water, but the queen begged that her own life be sacrificed instead. So the queen and her maidens were buried alive in the temple premises. As soon as she died, water began to flow in the Saho and till today, the people of Saho sing songs praising the queen for her sacrifice and worship her as Sui Mata. A fair is held in her honour every year and a shrine has been erected in her honour too. The temple is in three parts. One part has gargoyles guarding over the water flow, another has the aqueduct and a third has the queen's shrine. In later years, Rani Sarda, the wife of Jit Singh built a flight of stone stairs leading to the aqueduct from the Sarota Stream. The temple also has three exits and is on the Shah Madar Hill. Do visit this temple if for no other reason than to give solace to Queen Varman's soul.

Harirai temple

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haririThis temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and dates back to 11th century. It was probably built by Salabahana. This temple lies in the north-west corner of the main Chaugan, which had became the official entrance to the town by the end of 19th C. A steep path leads to the old Shitla bridge, which was constructed in the year 1894. The temple is built in Shikhara style and stands on a stone platform. The Shikhara of the temple is finely carved. This is one of the major old temples, which is away from the old township and the only one near the Chaugan. Much of this temple is hidden behind some unimaginative structures of the British period behind the Gandhi Gate and the Fire Station Building. The Gandhi Gate was built in the year 1900 to welcome Lord Curzon, Viceroy. It is the only structure that has been coated with saffron colour and stands out because of its prominent colour. The temple enshrines a marvellous bronze image of Lord Vishnu in the form of Chaturmurti. The temple of Hari Rai is believed to be of great antiquity and legend affirms that the Ravi once flowed in a shallow stream across the Chaugan and the temple had to be approached by stepping stones.

Gandhi Gate

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gandhi-gateGandhi Gate, an important heritage structure of Chamba, is in a state of neglect Earlier known as Delhi Gate, it was built in 1900 to welcome Lord Curzon, the British Viceroy. Situated adjacent to Hari Rai Temple in the north-western corner of the historic Chowgan, the structure has now been coated with brick red colour.

Bhuri Singh Museum

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bhuri-singh-museumBhuri Singh Museum was inaugurated on 14th September 1908, during the reign of Raja Bhuri Singh. Infact, the museum has been named after the king only. Situated close to Chaugan town of Chamba, it was initially started with the paintings donated by Raja Bhuri Singh. With time, its collection as well as its popularity grew and today, it comprises of one of the major attractions of Himachal Pradesh. The rich collection of the museum comprises of carved doors from the old palaces, frescoes, copper plate grants, miniature paintings, title deeds and inscriptions on the medieval history of Chamba.

Bhandal Valley

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bhandal Bhandal Valley, 1730 m above sea level, is 22 km from Salooni. It is at the western boundary of Himachal Pradesh, and hosts several rare species of fauna. The valley is the base for trek route, which links Chamba to the Kishtwar region of Jammu and Kashmir. This route starts along the right bank of the Ravi River, and covers the areas of Pukhri, Siyul and Salooni. Padri Gali, 3,049 m, is the highest point on the trek. Bhandal Valley is accessible by road from Chamba and Salooni.

Sarol

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sarolJust 11 Km from Chamba is a remarkable picnic spot where, along with beautiful Agricultural gardens and a Sheep Breeding Farm, there is a Bee-keeping Centre. The honey from the apiary is delicious. To reach this charming sopt one has to travel 8 Km by bus and ther rest on foot.

Killar

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killarKillar, the headquarters of the Pangi sub division, is a charming hamlet situated in a deep and narrow gorge of the Chenab River in Chamba District of Himachal Pradesh. It is located at the center of the SKT Road (Sansar-Killar-Thirot Road) and is about 45 km from Rohli. Dharwas, near the Jammu and Kashmir border, is north while Tandi is 62 km south.
Killar is famous for its charming dances and rich natural beauty. It is also a suitable base for trekkers venturing to Kishtwar, through Umasi la into the Zanskar Valley, and to Keylong and Manali. One the way to Lahaul, one will come across the beautiful spot of ' Purthi', renowned for a historical guest house on the banks of Chenab and a fine nursery.