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Baijnath

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BaijnathThe Baijnath Temple is located 16 km from Palampur in the Beas valley and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Shiva is worshipped here as Vaidyanath or the Lord of Physician. The temple has lent its name to town as well which earlier was known as Kiragrama. The history of the temple is stated on stone slabs. According to it, the temple foundation was laid down by two local merchants in the 9th century. The date of inscription is itself given in two eras - Saptarshi and Saka. The Saka year 1126, which corresponds to 1204 AD, is considered more authentic. Renovation work in the temple was carried out by Raja Sansar Chand in the 19th century.Today, the temple is still very much in use and attracts a number of visitors year round. The unique feature of the temple is its architectural style, which is very different from the rest of the temple in the state. Actually, the architectural style is Orissan which is far away from Himachal.

Tashiding Gompa

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tashidingTashiding Monastery is an important and popular monastery amongst the Buddhists of Sikkim, India. Located at a distance of approx. 40 kms from Geyzing, Tashiding Monastery can be easily reached by regular buses or taxis from the town. The Monastery or Gompa looks stunning with an astounding backdrop served by Mt. Kanchenjunga. Perched on a heart-shaped hill, Tashiding Monastery was built by Ngadak Sempa Chembo (one of the three Lamas who performed the consecration ceremony of the first Chogyal) in 1717.

Palampur

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palampurPalampur is the tea capital of northwest India. Set on the rising slopes of Kangra Valley before they merge with the Dauladhar ranges. But tea is just one aspect that makes Palampur a special resort. Abundance of water and proximity to the mountains has endowed it with mild climate. The town has derived its name from the local word "pulum', meaning lots of water. Palampur was a part of the local Sikh kingdom and later on came under the British rule.
The place enjoys a healthy climate and the pine scented air is said to have curative properties. The scenery presents a sublime and beautiful contrast- the plain presents a picture of rural loveliness and repose, while the hills are majestic. Behind this town stands the high ranges of Dhauladhar Mountains, whose peaks remain, covered for most part of the year. Situated in and about the middle of the Kangra Valley, it is convenient base to explore the surroundings.

Chamunda Devi Temple

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chamundaSituated at a height of 1000m above sea-level, Chamunda Devi temple is a famous tourists destination of Himachal Pradesh. Overlooked by the mighty Dhauldhar ranges, the temple is rightly situated on the bank of river Ban Ganga. Every year, a large number of devotees travel to this holistic destination of Himachal Pradesh to get blessings of goddesses 'Chamunda' (Hindu deity).

Kangra Art Museum

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kangra-artIt displays Arts and Crafts of the Kangra Valley some dating back to 5th century. It includes a gallery of Kangra’s famous miniature paintings and collection of sculptures, pottery and anthropological items. Shamianas and dresses used by local royalty, old carved doors and lintels, coins lewellery and manuscripts are also on display.

Jwalamukhi

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jwalamukhiJwalamukhi Temple is situated 30 km south of Kangra valley. It is dedicated to Goddess Jwalamukhi. There are natural flames in the temple which are worshipped as a manifestation of the nine Goddesses - Mahakali, Unpurna, Chandi, Hinglaj, Bindhya Basni, Maha Lakshmi, Saraswati, Ambika and Anji Devi.
These flames burn continuously without any fuel or assistance and may be seen erupting from a rock-side.Ancient legends speak of a time when demons lorded over the Himalaya mountains and harassed the gods. Led by Lord Vishnu, the gods decided to destroy them. They focused their strengths and huge flames rose from the ground. From that fire, a young girl took birth. She is regarded as Adishakti-the first 'shakti'.

Dharamsala

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dharamshalaDharamsala over looks the plains and is surrounded by dense pine trees and Deodar forests. A nearby snowline with numerous streams and cool healthy atmosphere makes the surroundings very attractive. Dharamsala is a busy bazaar town and has established itself as the travellers base camp, who come to explore the nearby mountains. The Kotwali Bazaar provides the entire colour and characteristic of a small town, which is mixed with the simple life style.

Brajeshwari Devi Temple

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brajeshwarideviBrajeshwari Devi Temple is the 11th century stone carved shikhara style temple dedicated to goddess Vajreshwari. The images of four-armed Durga seated on a lion and Vishnu in Vaikuntha form, are on the exterior of the temple. The marvelously carved pillars depict images of numerous gods and goddesses.