Jamula Temple is dedicated to Jamula Rishi Devta, a sage who is believed to have lived in the area. Legend has it that the sage was in search of a proper place to meditate. During his search, he carried a bag of 18 pictures of different gods with him.
At some point in his hunt, the pictures fell from his bag and spread all across the Beas Valley owing to the wind. The 18 different places, where the pictures supposedly fell, became holy sites for the locals. Currently, this temple acts as a court where the final decision is taken on any matter or dispute.
Kibber is a small village in Lahaul situated at an altitude of 4270 m in Himachal Pradesh. The place lies at the top of a limestone rock in a narrow valley. A monastery built by Serkang Rimpoche of Tabo and the Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary is two of the most prominent attractions of Kibber. This place is located at a distance of 16 km of Kaza, which is connected by bus service in summers.
Kibber is known as the highest village in the world, which is connected by road.The economy of this place largely depends upon agriculture apart from bartering horses for yaks or selling them for cash. They travel for over three days from Parang La to Ladakh for trading.The village of Kibber has 80 houses, the architecture of which resembles the Tibetan style.
All these houses are built with stones and wood. The village boasts a civil dispensary, a post office, a high school and a community television.
Kunzum Pass also known as Kunzum La in Tibet is a high mountain pass situated in the east of the Kunzum Range. It is located at an altitude of 4590 m and is placed about 122 km away from Manali. The pass connects the Kullu Valley and the Lahaul Valley with the Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh.
Travellers who are religiously inclined can also visit the temple of Goddess Durga situated at the top of this pass. A drive of 20 km from the Rohtang Pass and a right turn from Grampoo lead to the Kunzum Pass.
A drive through the pass offers visitors with the opportunity to witness the magnificent view of the Bara-Sigri glacier, which is the second largest glacier in the world. Batal C.B. or Chandra-Bhaga, Manali, Keylong, Darcha, Baralacha La, Sarchu, Tanglang, and Pangi Valley are some of the attractions situated near Kunzum Pass.
Adi Brahma Temple is one of those few temples in India which is devoted to the Hindu god of creation, Brahma. This temple is situated in the village of Khokhan, situated at a distance of around 4 km from Bhuntar. The temple is made of fine wood and enshrines an idol of Brahma, which is placed in the middle of the temple along with a chariot with mohras or monumental masks.
These mohras are made of brass, silver and ashtadhatu, an amalgamation of eight metals. An idol of the Hindu Lord Vishnu is also enshrined in the temple. Featuring four roofs, the temple displays the Pagoda style of architecture. The entrance gate of the temple has carvings that narrate stories related to mythology.
The site also has temples of Garh Jogni and Manikaran Jogni standing on either sides of the temple. Earlier, a natural spring flowed in the vicinity of the temple, which has now run dry. Some of the festivals celebrated here include the Naagni Birshu, Khokhan Festival, Mohal Festival and Bhulang Birshu.
Amtar-Nadaun Fort is a famous tourist destination nestled on top of a hill in Nadaun. This fort still has some ancient paintings, which represent the royal heritage of Maharaja Sansar Chand of Katoch Dynasty. Though the fort is decaying, it still attracts tourists from all over the country.
Constructed by Raja Prithvi Singh in the 18th century, Arki Palace is quite popular for its frescos, which have been done in the Arki Kalam style. Though the palace is decaying now, the mural paintings that display different subjects from Puranas, folklores, Kalidasa, and Kumarasambhava are worth visiting even today. Converted into a heritage hotel, this palace offers alluring views of the snowy mountains of the mighty Himalayan ranges. Moreover, it has numerous sculptures and artefacts, which represent the progressive kingdom of the Baghal period.
Bhagsunag Temple, a prominent religious centre, is situated at an altitude of 1770 m above sea level. Devoted to Hindu Lord Shiva, the temple depicts the art and culture of the medieval period. This ancient temple is considered sacred by the Hindu and the Gorkha communities. There are beautiful pools within the premises of the temple.
Travellers can see several tiger-head water spouts in the pools. Local people believe that the water of these pools has healing property. In addition, the idols enshrined in the temple are believed to possess incredible powers. There is a double storey rest house within the premises where pilgrims visiting the temple can stay.
According to a legend, this temple was built by King Bhagsu. As per folklore, King Bhagsu and the Snake God, also known as the Nag Devta, fought a battle because the king stole the water from the Nag Dal Lake. Later, King Bhagsu built this temple to seek forgiveness from the Nag Devta.
Bhimakali Temple is a prime pilgrimage site for Hindus located at Sarahan in Himachal Pradesh. Devoted to Goddess Bhimakali, this temple is believed to have been built around 800 years ago. It is known for its unique architecture, which is a blend of Hindu and Buddhist architectural styles.
This age-old temple now remains closed to public viewing except for early in the morning or evenings during the ritualistic aarti. A new temple was built within the temple premises in 1943. The temple enshrined a statue of Goddess Bhimakali depicted as a virgin and as a woman. There are two more temples in the complex including a temple dedicated to Raghunath and the Narsingh Shrine of Bhairon.
The Bhimakali Temple is believed to be one of most important Shakti Peeths or sacred sites in India. According to religious beliefs, this is the place where the left ear of the Hindu goddess of marital felicity and longevity, Sati, the consort of the Hindu deity Shiva, fell.
According to another legend, Goddess Bhimakali first appeared in the wooden staff of the great Hindu sage Brahamagiri. The popular Hindu festival of Dussehra is celebrated here with pomp and ceremony here every year.
Bhootnath Temple is a popular tourist destination located at the heart of Mandi in Himachal Pradesh. According to records, this temple was built in 1527 AD by Raja Ajber Sen. Dedicated to the Hindu god of destruction, Shiva, this temple was constructed during the time when the state capital was being shifted from Bhiuli to its current place.
According to a legend, Raj Madhav, the deity who ruled the state of Mandi, along with other hill deities, visits the temple and offers prayers before beginning with a procession during the festival of Shivaratri. This festival is celebrated here in a grand manner for the duration of one whole week and is attended by thousands of devotees. It is also believed that 100 local deities come to the festival.
Chail Wildlife Sanctuary originally served as a hunting reserve for the kings of Patiala, which was later declared as a wildlife sanctuary by the government in 1976. Situated on the top of a mountain and spread over an area of 110 sq km, this sanctuary has deep forests all around covered with pines, shrubs, oak trees and grasslands.
This sanctuary is home to numerous animal species like goral, rhesus macaque, the Indian muntjac, leopard and crested porcupine. Further, panther, wild boar, sambar, the European red deer, the Himalayan black bear, common langur and black-naped hare are also found here. Diverse species of birds including the cheer pheasant and the kalij pheasant can also be witnessed at the Chail Wildlife Sanctuary. There are many sighting posts commonly known as machans that offer a bird's-eye view of the sanctuary.
Chaka is a prominent mountain peak, which is located at an altitude of 15,000 ft above sea level. This peak is a prominent trekking zone, where uphill trekking takes around 2-3 h and downhill trekking takes around 2 h. Travellers can hire local guides for trekking in the upward region alongside the water channel from Kalpa.
It is recommended that the trekkers start early to experience the natural beauty of the place. During the day trip, travellers can pass by a lake and a beautiful valley, which is used as a grazing land around Chaka and Kalpa.
Deer Park Institute, founded in March 2006 by the Bhutanese lama, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, known as a writer and filmmaker, is a centre for the ‘Study of classical Indian wisdom traditions'. The organisation is under Siddhartha's Intent Society and receives the support and appreciation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
The main endeavour of the organisation is to rebuild the spirit of Nalanda University, one of the greatest and the oldest university of ancient India. This institute also conduct regular workshops and guest lectures.
Gurudwara of Dera Baba Bharbhag Singh, locally known as the Gurudwara Manji Sahib, is a popular religious site located at a distance of around 40 km from Una. Located on top of the hill and surrounded with beautiful eucalyptus trees, this place offers to mesmerise visitors.
A well-known saint, Baba Bharbhag Singh founded this shrine and dedicated it to Baba Gurbarbhag Singh, the son of Baba Ram Singh, a renowned social reformer and religious leader. Every year, a festival called Baba Bharbhag Singh Mela or the Hola Mohalla Fair, is organised here between February and March.
Baba Bharbhag Singh was popular among local people for his magical powers. During this 10 days long fair, numerous patients suffering from mental sickness come here to get cured by the priests, who are called ‘Masands’. Also, people affected by evil spirits attend this fair.
Gurudwara Paonta Sahib is a well-known heritage worship place for Sikhs in Paonta Sahib. It is believed that this is the place where Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th Sikh guru, wrote a major portion of the "Dasam Granth" or the "Book of the Tenth Emperor", a scripture of Sikhism. Locals say that Guru Gobind Singh stayed here for four years.
According to a legend, the guru decided to stay at Paonta Sahib after the horse that he was riding stopped here on its own. Folklore also narrates that the river Yamuna, usually thundering by, flowed less ferociously on the guru’s request as he sat nearby writing the "Dasam Granth". Ever since, the river is said to have flows calmly through this region.
The Sri Talab Asthan present inside the gurdwara is said to be the place from which Guru Gobind Singh distributed salaries. Also, present in the gurdwaras is the Sri Dastar Asthan from where he supposedly judged turban-tying competitions. Another attraction of the gurdwara is a museum, which exhibits the pens that the guru used and the weapons of his time.
Hadimba Temple is one of the most prominent religious sites in Manali. A cave temple, it is dedicated to Hadimba Devi, the sister of Hadimb who is a demon from the Hindu mythology. Located at the foothills of the Himalayas, it is bounded by forests of cedar. This temple was constructed over a large rock emerging from the ground and dates back to 1553. This rock inside the temple is worshipped by devotees as a representation of the deity. According to a local legend, the king responsible for the erection of the temple ordered the amputation of the right hands of the artisans who worked on its construction. He did this in order to avoid the construction of a similar masterpiece. A ceremony called Ghor Pooja, which involves seeking blessings from the goddess by a ceremonial horse, is organised at this temple. This religious site is thronged by devotees on the 14th of May, which is believed to be the birthday of the presiding deity.