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Maharana Pratap Sagar (Pong Lake)

maharana pratap sagar himachal pradeshMaharana Pratap Sagar is named in the honour of the great patriot king Maharana Pratap (1572-97 AD). The Maharana Pratap Sagar (Pong Lake) is situated at an altitude of 450 metres above sea level, 32 degree north and 76 degrees east, in district Kangra. It is 170 km from Chandigarh, 110 km from Amritsar and 55 km from Dharamshala. The closest railway stations are at Mukerian 30 km, and Pathankot at 32 km. The settlements of Nagrota Surian and Jawali-which are located on the sagar's periphery-are connected by the charming narrow gauge Kangra railway line that connects Pathankot to Jogindernagar. The closest airport is Gaggal 40 km. The lake is well served by a network of roads.
Maharana Pratap  struggled valiantly for freedom of Mewar-as for the principle of independence. In words of chroniclers James Tod and william Crook, "He spurned every overture that had submission for its basis". Over the river Beas, the Pong dam was completed in 1976. Its reservoir covers an area of about 45000 hectares at maximum possible flooding.The level varies every season and averages around 30000 hectares. Over 200 villages with a population of over 85000 people lie along the wetland. This lake sanctuary is a big attraction for migratory ducks from Siberian region during winter. One can see thousands of ducks in the swamp area between Shahnahar barrage and Pongdam and the surrounding shallow waters of the lake. Clean blue water all around with the panoramic view of Dhauladhar Ranges and Kangra Valley make the visit to Ransar Island an unforgettable experience. Black buck and Cheetal on the island along with Surkhab, Cranes, Pintails and variety of water birds welcome the visitors on the Island. The best season to visit the Pong Lake is between September to March. The nearest other visitable places are Masroor rock-cut temple 10 km from Nagrota Surian railway station, Haripur fort, near to Guler railway station.

Chail, Himachal Pradesh

Chail-Himachal-PradeshChail lies at a height of 2,250 metres above the sea level.Bhupinder Singh, Maharaja of Patiala, when was facing an exiled from Shimla, he decided to create his own summer capital, which was Chail. Chail was perfect - it was surrounded by a thick cover of majestic, soaring deodars, Simla was just 45 kms away, and most significantly, the hill of Chail was decidedly higher than the then British - controlled Shimla. The picturesque hill station located amidst scented forests of chir pine and gigantic deodars. Chail is built on three hills, the palace is on Rajgarh Hill, the Residency Snow View once occupied by British resident is on Pandhewa Hill and on the third hill Sadh Tiba where Chail is situated. Overlooking Satluj Valley, Shimla and Kasauli are also visible at night from here. Chail has also the highest cricket ground in the world. Well kept and well maintained the ground is surrounded by huge trees of deodar and pine. On the other side of the town are situated the massive Himalayan ranges spectacularly gleaming in the sun and snow-covered every thing under it.

Places to visit in Chail

Chail Sanctuary
Chail is a hill station visited by many tourists. The Deodar and Oak forests with grasslands around the township are the abode of wildlife. Chail sanctuary was notified on 21st March 1976 near Chail Town in District Shimla and covers an area of 10,854.36 hectares.
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The little 'hill station' of Chail came into being when Bhupinder Singh, Maharaja of Patiala was banished from Shimla, the 'summer capital' of British India, after a dalliance with the Commander-in-Chief's daughter in the late 19th century.
Cricket Ground
Surrounded by gigantic deodar and well maintained Chail Cricket ground is the highest cricket ground in the world. Built in 1893, this cricket pitch located at the height of 2,144m is also used as polo ground.
Maharaja'S Palace
The magnificent Rajgarh palace, with elaborate furnishings, built in 1891. With comfortable log huts and cottages, dense forests and serene walks, sprawling lawns, a childrens park, a `lovers hill', and sports facilities, Chail is a resort in the real sense of the term.
Sidh Baba Temple
Maharaja Bhupinder Singh had originally intended this to be the site of his palace, and had even started building it, but as is believed, a 'sidh', saintly person appeared in the Maharaja's dream, and declared that this was the place where he had meditated. Consequently, Bhupinder Singh shifted his venue and built a temple on the spot.

Adventure Activities in Chail

Chail stipulates for adventure seeking tourist, as it is being located in several mountain ranges and dark green forests. Tourists to Chail have great account of adventurous activities to perform and make their holidays unforgettable.
Bamboo Bridge Adventure Activities: Bamboo Bridge to cross the river is a unique adventurous task to perform that increases the tourist's heartbeats.
Flying Fox: Flying Fox is little dangerous to perform, hence it is being trained by the professionals in this area. For Tourists, it would make them feel as if they are flying through the forests of Chail.
Rope Walk: Walking over the rope could be little challenging at a high altitude, but an exciting and life-risking experience at the same time. Balancing on the rope is very much important while performing this task.
Rock Rappelling: Rock rappelling needs experienced instructors with excellent gears, who can make the tourists to perform this activity safely.
Burma Bridge: Burma Bridge is made up of cable that is being used to walk and keep their body balancing at the same time. A small bridge of cable made is capable enough for tourist to sway away from one corner to another, but tourists are offered with proper protection all over the bridge to avoid any kind of harness.
Tyre Bridge: Tyre Bridge is a chain like bridge made up of tyres with Hand rails on either side to hold while crossing the bridge to lend support.
Commando: The Commando Net adds an element of fun and adventure to the tourists of Chail, as they walk through this long network of ropes resembling a spider web. Expert instructors are also available for offering the necessary guidance.

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Address : United-21, 29, LBS Marg, Gokul Nagar, Thane (W) - 400 601, Maharashtra, India.
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Chhatrari

shakti devi temple chhatrariChhatrari is a beautiful little village located at a distance of is 35 km from Bharmour, Himachal Pradesh. Chhatrari is situated at a height of 6,000 feet (1,800 m) and it is famous for its remarkable hill-style temple of Shakti Devi. Chattrari has an ancient township and is surrounded by beautiful Deodar forests. The Chattrari village has a Shakti Devi temple complex which was constructed in 650 AD, around the same period when the Lakshana Temple of Bharmour was constructed. The temple has specific sculpure comprising wood and slate roof. The Idol placed inside the temple is made of Panchloha (An alloy of 5 metals), and is quite lustrous. it is said by the elders of the village that the temple used to be a revolving one on base over a pivot. But, later on it was fixed to the ground. The old idols which were made of stone, are now fixed out side the shrine, having been replaced by a statue made of an alloy.
Just over the entrance of temple a beautiful row of flying figures are present. Four figures each on both sides and two in the center with a crown in hand are present. There are 6 more figures which are accompanied by female characters. Beneath these figures are present thirteen figures which are cross- legged and nine of them are Nava grahas.
As per archaeological experts other four figures, two each and two ends acts as guardian to four regions. Being one of the famous temples of Bharmour, this place became an important pilgrimage center. The other idol figures present inside this temple includes six-faced Karttikeya, four-armed Brahma, three-faced Vishnu, Shiva and Durga.
This temple is also called as “temple of Chhatrari” as is one of the holiest one located in Himachal. Influence of post Gupta period can be noticed in the sculptures of this temple. Ceder columns in this temple are decorated with foliage motifs and pot.
The main Brass image of Shakti Devi is of 8th century period adorned with beautiful jewels and a stunning crown. The outer walls of Sanctum sanctorum, are painted with vegetable dyes mainly dipict of Gods like Vishnu, Narsingh (The God with human body and Lion head, the avtar of Lord Vishnu) and other goddesses. An idol of the sculptor "Gugga" also finds a place in the main shrine on the left corner of the Shakti Mata statue.
Every year in the month of September on the third day of Manimahesh Yatra in Bharmour, water from Manimahesh Lake is brought and the idol of Shakti Mata is performed a holy bath. the masked dances are performed by the local inhabitants, a Hindu Shepherd community locally known as "Gaddi". On this ocassion, the Gaddis offer many sheep and goat as sacrifice before Mata.
People can reach by trek on a bridal path from Gehra to Chattrari or through a vehicle upto Chattrari village, from Luna and a little walk of less than half a kilo meter.
The village has a Forest Rest House built during 1960 in the Fringes of forest. A recent addition to the township being a double storied PWD Rest House providing facility to the visitors a comfortable stay.

Bir and Billing

Chokling-Monastery-Bir-Himachal-PradeshBir and Billing are famous for its Buddhist monasteries. Hang gliding pilots use it as their landing site. Bir, surrounded by tea gardens and an amphitheater of low hills, is an ideal landing around for para-gliders. Bir has Buddhist Monasteries that are worth visiting. Fine Tibetan handicrafts are also produced here. Billing, up in the hills 14 km. from Bir with an arena of 200 km. for high altitude and cross country flying, is one of the best aerosports sites in the country.

Bir

Bir, surrounded by tea gardens and an amphitheatre of low hills, is an ideal landing ground for para-gliders. Bir has Buddhist monasteries that are worth visiting. Fine Tibetan handicrafts are also produced here. Billing, up in the hills 14 km from Bir with an arena of 200 km for high altitude and cross country flying, is one of the best aero sports sites in the country. This site is regarded as among the best in the world for Paragliding. Billing (2290 m) is the take-off site and Bir (1400 m) is the village at the landing site.The road distance between the two is 14 km. Bir is sheltered by the Dhauladhar mountains and the ridges behind keep rising to 3000 mtrs, 4000 mtrs, 5000 mtrs and one after the other so as pilot can fly at 4000 mtrs and still watch the mountains tower above. Bir is a beautiful village surrounded by tea gardens and spectacular scenery, whereas Billing offers unique opportunities for high altitude and cross country flying and flights of 180 kms have been achieved from here. All along the bottom of the ridges runs a parallel road from Mandi to Dharamshala and beyond which assures easy recovery for pilots after landing. The most important feature of this region is its weather. On bad weather days one can still fly 20-30 kms and on good days 100 kms is not difficult. October & November are the ideal months for flying in autumn and March to May i.e spring is also flyable but conditions are very strong in spring with thermals of 6-12 mtrs/sec and cloudbase of 4000 to 6000 mtrs. Palampur is 29 km and Baijnath is 13 km from Bir.

paragliding at bir himachal pradeshBilling

14 km from Bir, which came in the news in 1984 when an international Hang Gliding rally was organized at Billing, a place 20 km from Palampur where some expert hang gliders of the world participated. They rated this place as one of best in the world. In the month of May / June a tented colony is set up by H.P. Tourism to facilitate Hang gliders. At this time all the roads lead to Billing. All along the bottom of the ridges runs a parallel road from Mandi to Dharamshala and beyond which assures easy recovery for pilots after landing. The most important feature of this region is its weather. On bad weather days one can still fly 20-30 kms and on good days 100 kms is not difficult. October & November are the ideal months for flying in autumn and March to May i.e spring is also flyable but conditions are very strong in spring with thermals of 6-12 mtrs/sec and cloudbase of 4000 to 6000 mtrs. Palampur is 29 km and Baijnath is 13 km from Bir.

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