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.
Bangana Lathian Piplu is a popular tourist destination nestled on the top of Solah Singhi Dhar, on Una Barsar-Hamirpur Road. The place offers a splendid view of Govind Sagar Lake, which is located close to the place. This is a renowned Sikh shrine, visited by numerous Sikh pilgrims every year.
The destination is known for hosting a popular fair known as Piplu Fair. This fair is celebrated every year on the day of Nirjala Ekadashi in the month of June. The Naina Devi Temple and Jogi Ponga are some of the attractions located nearby.
Chintpurni Temple is an important religious centre located at an elevation of 940 m above sea level in Una. This temple is regarded as one of the most important Shakti Peethas, places of worship sanctified to the Hindu Goddess Shakti.
Devoted to the Hindu deity Chintpurni Devi, this temple is situated at a distance of 3 km from Bharwain. The temple was founded by a Saraswat Brahman called Pandit Mai Das. The prime attraction of the temple is the garbha griha, the innermost sanctum of a Hindu temple, having a statue of the goddess.
This stone temple has the main entrance facing to the north, and at the entrance there are the idols of Hindu deities namely, Ganesh and Hanuman. The deity is in the form of a stone idol, which is also known as pindi. This idol is placed in a palanquin made of white marble. The western part of the temple roof is adorned with stone images of Hindu gods such as Bhairon and Hanuman.
In the premises of the temple is a banayan tree, where the first hair cutting ceremony known as ‘mundana’ of children is performed. Chintpurni Fair, also known as ‘Mata Da Mela’ is organised thrice in the Chintpurni Village every year. This fair is celebrated in the Hindu months of Chet (March-April), Sawan (July-August) and Asanj (September-October).
This fair is organised near the temple devoted to the Hindu Goddess Bhagwati Chhinmastaka. According to belief, the Goddess appeared in astral form in the ancient era. The fair lasts for nine days during the Hindu festival of Navratras and for ten days in Sawan.
Amb is a noted tourist destination located at a distance of 32 km from Una, in Himachal Pradesh. In earlier times, this place was renowned for gardens of the kings of Jaswal. Situated on the Dharamshala-Una-Chandigarh Road, this place is well connected via buses from Hoshiarpur, Hamirpur, Chandigarh, Una, Nadaun and Jwalamukhi.
In 1972, after the reorganisation of the districts was done, Amb was elevated to the status of sub-divisional headquarters.
Kutlehar Forts, popularly known as the Forts of Solah Singhi, are counted among the renowned tourist attractions of Una. Located at an altitude of 4500 m above sea level, these forts were built by Sansar Chandra, the King of Kangra. Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the first Maharaja of the Sikh Dynasty renovated these forts in 1809.
The ceilings of these forts are made of huge stone slabs. The view of Govind Sagar Lake and the Pong Dam is amazing from here. Other tourist attractions located nearby the fort is the Raipur Palace, the Kutlehar Forests, Bilaspur, Piplu and Bangana. These forts are accessible from Bangana and Piplu, up to Jarola by bus.
Sheetla Devi Temple is a noted religious site located in the village of Dharamshala Mahantan in the Una District. Devoted to the Hindu Goddess Sheetla Devi, an incarnation of the Hindu Goddess Durga, this temple is visited by numerous devotees every day.
Situated close to the Chintpurni Devi Temple in Bharwain, this temple is approachable easily from the railway station of Hoshiarpur via roadways.
Solah Singhi Dhar or Jaswan Dhar Range is a prominent tourist attraction in Una. The first 14 km of the hill range, starting near Talwara on the Beas river, lies in the Kangra District and ultimately culminates as a ridge separating Kangra from the Una District.
Bharwain, a beautiful small hill station is situated at a distance of about 29 km from the district of Una on the Kangra-Hoshiarpur Road. Perched at an elevation of 3896 ft above sea level, this place offers the opportunity for trekking, which is a popular activity among visitors.
This beautiful hill station is known for a popular and ancient temple known as the Chintpurni Devi Temple. Some of the important tourist destinations located close to Bharwain include Karoli, Pragpur, Chanota, Nalsuha and Garli.
Thaneek Pura is a prominent tourist destination located at a distance of about 3 km from the Chintpurni Devi Temple in Una. The place is bounded by shrines such as the Radha Krishna, the Guga Jahar Peer, and the Mahiya Sidh. Located at the destination is an ancient well having around 60 steps, which is quite popular among tourists.
A fair is organised here every year on the eve of Krishna Janmashtami, a popular Hindu festival. During this time, a huge bhandara, distributing food among people and yajna, the Hindu ritual of sacrifice along with a wrestling competition is organised here. This place is also known for the Chaat Bazaar.
Pir Nigaha is a renowned religious centre situated at Basoli Village in Una. Located at a distance of about 8 km from the town of Una, this shrine is visited by numerous pilgrims every day. The fair of Pir Nigaha is organised on every Thursday. However, the first of the month ‘Jetha Virvaar’ has religious significance, owing to which a large number of people visit this place from far flung areas.
Dhyunsar Mahadev Temple is a popular shrine located at Bahi Village in Una. Legend has it that Dhaumya Rishi, the family priest of the Pandavas, the characters from the Hindu epic, the Mahabharata, came here and was attracted by the beauty of the place. He worshiped the Hindu Lord Shiva at this place.
Happy with his prayers, Lord Shiva blessed him with a boon that the devotees who will worship Him here, their wishes will be fulfilled. Since then, the place was known as Dhaumyeshwar Sadashiv Tirath, which now has changed to Dhyunsar Mahadev.
The temple was renovated more than 50 years ago by Swami Anand Giri, a saint from Uttarkashi. During Shivaratri, a renowned Hindu festival, a large number of devotees visit this Temple and worship the Shiva Lingam by offering milk and butter.
A fair is also organised during this time, which is quite popular among devotees. For the convenience of the devotees, ‘serais’, place for resting and a water tank has been built in the vicinity of the temple.
Baba Rudranand Ashram is an important tourist destination located at Amlehar Village in the Una District. This ashram is known for an annual festival, which is organised during ‘Kushotpaatini Amavasaya' as well as on the auspicious occasions of Shri Krishna Janamashtmi, Makar Sankranti and Shivaratri.
Festivals and fairs like Nirjala Ekadashi Fair, Panch Bhisham Mela, Vyas Puja and Baba Rudru’s Jayanti are also celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm here. The ashram has accommodation facilities where the devotees can rest and stay during their visit. There is also an 'akhand dhoona', a holy powder which is believed to be burning since 1850, which is an added attraction to the destination.
Dera Baba Rudru is a major tourist destination located at the village of Nari in the district of Una. Situated at a distance of 10 km from Una, this shrine is devoted to Baba Rudranand, who is regarded as an incarnation of the Hindu Lord Shiva. It is believed that the saint not only built a shrine here but also established an 'akhand dhoona', holy ashes, in 1850.
This holy ash is said to have been burning since the time of its foundation. According to popular belief, the akhand dhoona acts as an antidote to snake bites. In 1970, Mahant Sugrivanand, the present guru, founded Baba Rudru Bal Gopal Temple in Delhi.
Festivals and fairs like Panch Bhisham Mela, Nirjala Ekadashi Fair, Baba Rudru’s Jayanti and Guru Poornima are celebrated with gaiety and enthusiasm here. Besides, a big fair, known as Kushokpatini Amavasya is celebrated every year on the Hindu festival of Sankranti.
Shiva Bari is a popular religious centre located on Hoshiarpur-Dharamshala Road in the district of Una, Himachal Pradesh. This temple is situated on the banks of the Swan river and according to folklore this is the place where great Guru Dronacharya’s pupils used to practise archery.
There is another legend associated with the place, which says that Guru Dronacharya founded this shrine for his daughter Jayati to worship the Hindu Lord Shiva. Devotees in a large number visit this shrine to offer their prayers every year, especially in the months of July and August.
Dharamshala Mahanta is a noted tourist destination located at a distance of 62 km from Una in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It was founded by Baba Nakodar Dass, who was a ‘Panchdeva Upaska' or worshipper of the five deities, during the reign of great Mughal King Akbar. The founder was a great devotee of the Hindu Lord Vishnu.
There are two buildings here which are famous for their beautiful mural paintings. Among these, there is a collection of ancient paintings in the baithak or sitting room. As per Mahanta Lakshami Dhar, these paintings were created by a mistri or mason, during his grandfather’s time.
Apart from mural paintings, the folk arts painted on the walls of the shrine also attract visitors. Writer Mira Seth, in her book, ‘Wall Paintings of the Western Himalayas’, has mentioned that Mahanta Lakshami Dhar, the father of the present Mahanta, who died a few years back, has a sanad or grant. This is believed to have been given to his predecessors by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in 1667.