Viceregal Lodge, Shimla

( Now known as Indian Institute of Advanced Study )

Viceregal Lodge

History

From 1823 onwards, for some six decades the Governors-General and later Viceroys of India had shuttled from one unsuitable residence to another during their summer sojourns in Shimla. It was Lord Lytton (1876-80), who chose Observatory Hill for constructing the building that was to be the final Viceregal address in town. The hill derives its name from Observatory House which was built in 1840 by Captain J. T. Boileau. In time, Observatory House became the residence of the Viceroy's Private Secretary. Observatory Hill is a watershed which stands figuratively astride India. The waters from one side of the hill flow down to the Bay of Bengal, and the wash from the other heads towards the Arabian Sea.

The first designs for the new Viceregal residence were prepared by Captain H. H. Cole of the Royal Engineers. These were presented before the workaholic Viceroy, Lord Lytton at the Simla Fine Arts Exhibition of 1878. It was Lord Dufferin (1884-88), however, who took great personal interest in the matter. He persuaded the Secretary of State for India, Lord Randolph Churchill, to sanction the project that was finally to cost thirty-eight lakh rupees. The annual upkeep of the estate was estimated to be one and a half lakh rupees.

To breathe life into the Viceregal vision, Henry Irwin was appointed architect and chief superintendent of works. F. B. Hebbert and L. M. St. Clair were associated as executive engineers. With them were three assistant engineers - A. Scott, T. Macpherson and T. English. The overall plan of the Lodge was suggested by Lord Dufferin, who repeatedly examined and modified the drawings. The machinery of the Public Works Department was placed in high gear and work on the site began in 1886. The top of Observatory Hill was leveled out to create a wide plateau. But this also revealed a surface of crushed shale that was 'fissured and cracked in every direction'. To remedy this, concrete was liberally used so as to create a strong base for the foundations. The structure that finally rose had a style of architecture that drew inspiration from the 'English Renaissance'. Yet it also overwhelmingly reflects elements of the castles of the Scottish highlands. The building is of light blue-grey stone masonry with tiled pitch roofing.

Lord and Lady Dufferin moved into the building on 23 July 1888. It was the newly installed electric lighting in particular that Lady Dufferin found a pleasure. A fortnight later, the Dufferins gave their first entertainment. Sixty-six people sat down for dinner at the table, and while the electric light was enough, candelabra were used to ornament the table. And the large dimensions of the new building could host over 800 guests that were to attend state balls in the coming years.

The VIceregal Lodge soon after its completion in 1888.

(The Viceregal Lodge soon after its completion in 1888.)

The Viceregal Lodge was now almost complete, though some construction continued till September 1888. Minor works were, nevertheless, to continue for a much longer time as the hurried construction schedule followed by Lord Duffferin had left numerous defects. Embellished with wrought stone-work, the main block has three storeys and the kitchen wing has five. A tower strikes above the rest of the building and its height was increased during Lord Curzon's tenure (1899-1905). In Lord Irwin's time (1926-31), a public entry building was added in 1927. By this date the character of the building was formed and remains to the present day.

In so far as the interior is concerned, it is the elaborate wood-work that has stood the real test of time. Along with the paneling and pilasters, the staircase with its heavy newels and handrails is remarkable. A massive shipment of teak was procured from Burma for this purpose and supplemented, wherever required, by local cedar wood (deodar) and walnut. During the time of Marquis Curzon, many parts of the building came in for major refurbishing. The carving in the dining room was completed, and a replica of the screen that stood behind the Emperor of China's throne was added. In the old Council Chamber, that later became the billiards room, portraits of every Governor-General and Viceroy were hung. A collection of Indian arms was displayed on the walls of the main gallery where their impressions are still visible.

The huge estate of 331 acres provided a splendid setting for the fancy fairs and garden parties. It was during the Viceroyalty of Lord Lansdowne that the colossal task of landscaping the lawns and grounds began but it continued during succeeding regimes. Though somewhat smaller today, the estate is still a princely 110 acres. The estate staff of 23 is now far fewer than the original 700. But the collection of rare and exotic plants and numerous grasses is as remarkable as ever. The glass-house is a little shrine for any gardening aesthete.

As the Second War drew to a close, India lay like a seething cauldron. On 14 June 1945, the Viceroy, Lord Wavell, in a radio broadcast, called for what was termed 'The Simla Conference'. This was designed 'to ease the present political situation and to advance India towards her goal of full self-government'. The Conference was to propose the reconstitution of the Viceroy's Executive Council. Except for the Viceroy and the Commander-in-Chief, it was intended to be an entirely Indian Council with an equal numbers of Hindu and Muslim members. From 25 June to 14 July 1945 the Conference was held at the Lodge. A wide spectrum of Indian political leadership was present - Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Maulana Azad, Liaqat Ali Khan, Bhulabhai Desai, Master Tara Singh and Mohammed Ali Jinnah. Though Mahatama Gandhi was present in Shimla throughout the Conference, he did not personally attend any of the sessions. The Conference staggered on, till everyone, including the Viceroy admitted its failure. What was perhaps the last chance for India to remain undivided was gone.

The War ended and in March 1946, a Cabinet Mission was sent to negotiate and work out the modalities by which power could finally be transferred to the Indians. A tripartite conference between the Congress, the Muslim League and the British took place at Viceregal Lodge from 5-12 May 1946. Once again, the Congress and the League failed to agree on many of the main issues, and the partition of India was now certain.


After India gained independence, the building was renamed Rashtrapati Niwas and was used as a summer retreat for the President of India. However, due to its neglect, Dr. S Radhakrishnan decided to turn it into a centre of higher learning. The summer retreat of President was shifted from here to a building known as "The Retreat" situated in Chharabra, on outskirts of Shimla.
The Indian Institute of Advanced Study was first created as a society on 6 October 1964. The institute was formally inaugurated by Prof. S. Radhakrishnan on 20 October 1965.

Viceroys and Governors - General

Viceroys and Governors-General who occupied Viceregal Lodge, and their period of tenure

1. Marquess of Dufferin, 1884-88.
2. Marquess of Landsdowne, 1888-94.
3. Earl of Elgin, 1894-99.
4. Marquess Curzon, 1899-1904 and 1904-05.
5. Earl of Minto, 1905-10.
6. Lord Hardinge of Penshurst, 1910-16.
7. Viscount Chelmsford, 1916-21.
8. Marquess of Reading, 1921-26.
9. Lord Irwin, Earl of Halifax, 1926-31.
10. Marquess of Willingdon, 1931-36.
11. Marquess of Linlithgow, 1936-43.
12. Earl Wavell, 1943-47.
13. Earl Mountbatten, April to August 1947

Location

Situated in the north west Himalayas at a height of 2205 mts is Shimla and at a distance of about five kilometers from the railway station and the Inter State Bus Terminal (ISBT), away from the din of commercial Shimla is the Indian Institute of Advanced Study. It becons to all those who have experienced its magnificent charm and aura.

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By Air
An airstrip has been constructed 17 km from the Institute.

Departure : (Delhi): 07:20
Airlines : Air Deccan
Days: Daily
Arrival (Shimla): 08:40
Flight Num: DN549



By Rail
Broad guage rail Himalayan Queen and Hawrah Express leave Delhi for Kalka every day from Kalka. One has a rare traveling delight in a toy like train on narrow guage Leisurely spiraling through the green hills it touches Shimla after crossing 103 tunnels and many bridges. At so many places it runs parallel to the road. In addition to this there is an exclusive luxury coach fitted with 5 star facility for a group of six to eight persons journey in this coach and the railcar is an experience - 'Out of the world'.

Delhi to Kalka to Shimla

TRAIN NAME
STARTING STATION
DESTINATION
DEPARTURE FROM SOURCE
ARRIVAL AT DESTINATION
KALKA SHTBDI NEW DELHI KALKA 07:40 12:00
HIMALYAN QUEEN H NIZAMUDDIN KALKA 05:40 11:20

Kalka to Shimla


By Road
Deluxe buses and many more buses ply to Shimla from all over the Northern area of India directly at all hours of the day and night. Drive on the National Highway 22 from Kalka to Shimla is soothingly refreshing.

Himachal Road Transport Corporation Volvo AC Bus Schedule

SOURCE DESTINATION Type DEPARTURE TIME
Himachal Bhawan, Delhi Shimla VOLVO-AC 05:30
Himachal Bhawan, Delhi Shimla VOLVO-AC 08:25
Himachal Bhawan, Delhi Shimla VOLVO-AC 20:00
Himachal Bhawan, Delhi Shimla VOLVO-AC 21:00

Government Polytechnic College, Hamirpur

( ISO:9001-2000 Certified Institution with NBA Accredited Courses)
Out of dozens of Polytechnic Colleges in Himachal Pradesh, Government Polytechnic College Hamirpur is one of the best polytechnic college in Himachal Pradesh. Govt. Polytechnic - Hamirpur was established in 1963 to impart technical training leading to diploma level certificate. Initially, three diploma courses viz. Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Electrical Engineering, were offered by the polytechnic. Subsequently, Diploma in Computer Engineering and Diploma in Information Technology were introduced in 2000 and 2001 respectively.
Government Polytechnic College Hamirpur is situated on Hamirpur Road near Dasarka chowk sprawling in an area of approximately 13 Hectares.

Govt. Polytechnic - Hamirpur is arguably among the best polytechnics of Himachal Pradesh. The institute is equipped with state-of-the-art laboratories and workshops, spacious and well-ventilated classrooms, playground, hostels, residences, bank, post office, canteen, and guest house etc.

A well-designed curriculum is implemented by a team of well-qualified and experienced faculty according to a pre-planned schedule. H.P. Takniki Shiksha Board conducts the examinations of all the courses run by the institute and awards the diploma to the students on successful completion of the course. Frequent house tests, class tests, quizzes, seminars, and projects are carried out for comprehensive and continuous evaluation of the students.

Streams in Government Polytechnic College Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh:

Department of Civil Engineering was established in 1963. Current annual intake for the diploma in civil engineering is 40 (first year) + 4 (lateral entry in second year).

Department of Electrical Engineering was established in 1963. Current annual intake for the diploma in electrical engineering is 40 (first year) + 4 (lateral entry in second year).

Department of Mechanical Engineering was established in 1963. Current annual intake for the diploma in mechanical engineering is 60 (first year) + 6 (lateral entry in second year).

Department of Information Technology was established in 2001. Current annual intake for the diploma in information technology is 30 (first year) + 3 (lateral entry in second year).

Department of Computer Engineering was established in 2001. Current annual intake for the diploma in computer engineering is 40 (first year) + 4 (lateral entry in second year).

Facilities provided in Government Polytechnic College Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh:


1. Hostel facility in Government Polytechnic College Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh.
2. Library facility in Government Polytechnic College Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh.
3. NCC facility in Government Polytechnic College Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh.

 

Institute Details

Phone No. 01907-266120,266716,266752 Telefax : 01972-258509

Contact Person: D.K.Gautam, Principal

Country: India

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Other Details

Placements: 

Erudite Engineers Pvt. Ltd. Haryana Larsen & Toubro Sonalika International Tractor Ltd. Plant Jalandhar Road, Hoshiarpur TVS Motor Company Ltd. TATA Motors Ltd. Shivalik Bimetal Lanco Green Power Pvt. Ltd. Essel Propack Ltd. HCL Col Dam, Chandigarh Energy Infratech Pvt. Ltd M/S Punj LLOYD New Delhi M/S ABIR Construction Coy Micromatic Machine Tools Pvt. Ltd M/S SOMA ENTERPRISES Pvt. Ltd HCL Wipro

Hostel & accomodation: 

There is 1 boys hostel of 180 seater and 1 girls hostel of 30 seater available in the College. Around 150 strong fraternity of students stay in these hostels. The rooms are airy and hygienic. A full fledged Hostel Management System runs the system smoothly. The hostels are equipped with all the modern facilities like TV, water heaters, water coolers etc. A good number of newspapers and magazines facility are available in the hostels. Internet connections are being provided under TEQIP in the students rooms. Indoor and outdoor games facilities are also provided.

Faculty:

Er. J.C. Verma Sh.KC Rai Sh. K C katoch Sh. RS Ranote Sh. Tanuj Gupta Sh. Anil Sen Sh Chander shekhar Sh. Rajiv Verma Sh. Pankaj Thakur Sh. Vijay Sharma Sh Sameer Bharti Sh. Rajesh Sharma Sh. Sunil Dhiman

Kinnaur - the land of fairy tales and fantasies

Kinnaur - the land of fairy tales and fantasies, has a spectacular terrain of lush green valley, orchards, vineyards, snow clad peaks and cold desert mountains. It is a border district of Himachal Pradesh. Kinnaur is also rich in flora & fauna. The culture and language is different from other parts of the state. Kinnaur, the tribal district of Himachal Pradesh, lies 250 km away from Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh and is situated on the NH - 22 (Hindustan Tibet Road). The landscape of the area varies from lush green orchards of the scenic Sangla Valley to the stark magnificence of the Hangrang Valley. The massive snow clad ranges that provide a regal dignity to the scene are dominated by the peak of Kinner Kailash. Kalpa is one of the biggest and beautiful villages of Kinnaur. One can enter Kinnaur district at Village Chshora and follow a straight line road constructed in vertical rock and it is a rare treat to travel on this road which is a great engineering feat.

Kinnaur is the south eastern district of Himachal Pradesh and lies at an altitude ranging between 2320 - 6816 m. It is situated on the National Highway No - 22 which is popularly known as the Hindustan Tibet Road. Shimla, the state capital is around 250 km away. The district is basically a mountanious region with a temperate climate. Vegetation in areas on higher elevation is sparse while at lower elevation temeperate trees like oak, chestnut, maple, birch, alder, magnolia, apple and apricot can be spotted.

About The History & Legend Of Kinnaur

The people of Kinnaur believe themselves to be the descendants of the Pandavas of the great Hindu epic, Mahabharata. They also believe that their ancestors were somewhere between men and god and had supernatural powers.
About the history of Kinnaur, not much is known. What is however known is that the area was ruled by the Magadha kingdom, Mauryan Empire and Guge Kingdom of Tibet before 12th century. Frequent conflicts led to the disintegration of Kinnaur into seven parts or Sat Khund. It took efforts from Mughal Emperor Akbar to reconsolidate the entire area. At this point of time, Kinnaur became very prominent. So much so that even after the fall of the Mughal Empire, Kinnaur managed to retain its identity for sometime. Later on, it merged with the Mahasu district. The current district of Kinnaur came into existence in the year 1960.

Kinnaur Tourism

Tourists coming to Kinnaur have a lot to see and do. There are beautiful natural surroundings to relax and refresh. Nearly every village of the district has a gompa or a temple. Moreover, since Kinnaur is located on the Indo - Tibet border, their culture and lifestyle is a considerable mix of both.
Kinnaur is not accessible throughout the year. In the winter season, heavy snowfall cover the area and block the passage to Kinnaur. The best time to visit Kinnaur is in summers, between the months of April to October.

Kinnaur Attractions

KALPA

Kalpa

Situated at the height of 2758 m above the sea level and 110 km from Sarahan, Kalpa is a beautiful and main village of Kinnaur. Across the river faces the majestic mountains of the Kinner Kailash range. These are spectacular sights early in the morning as the rising sun touches the snowy peaks with crimson and golden light.

Beyond Recong Peo, around 14 km from Powari is the former district headquarter of Kinnaur, Kalpa. Kalpa is located at an altitude of 2758 m and also offers some fantastic early morning views of the Kinner Kailash. According to legends, Kalpa is the winter abode of Shiva and all the god of Kinnaur assemble before him during this time for an annual conference. And when the supreme god himself seems to be so impressed by the beauty of Kalpa, how can human beings be far behind? So Kalpa has also managed to enchant many its human visitors. Lord Dalhousie, for one was extremely fond of the outstanding views offered by Kalpa and took frequent ride to the region.
Even today, you can take a ride upto Kalpa and enjoy the scenic beauty enroute. However, be prepared for a tough drive. Once in Kalpa, you can also take up a hiking expedition to Recong Peo. This hike too, will be tough and it is better for you to ride back to Kalpa.

ACCESS : Nearest Airport (267 km) and Railhead (244 km) is at Shimla. The route is on NH - 22 (The Hindustan Tibet Road) which bifurcates to Kalpa from Powari. Buses and Taxis are available at Shimla and Rampur. One can also reach Kalpa via Manali - Rohtang Pass - Kunzam Pass - Kaza (400 km).

CLIMATE : In winter, the temperature can drop to below freezing point when heavy woolens are required and for summers light woolens are recommended.

PLACES OF INTEREST

RECONG PEO (2670M) : Located 240 km from Shimla, 7 km from Powari and 13 km from Kalpa. Recong Peo is the headquarter of district Kinnaur. It is a pretty mountain town at an altitude of 2200 m. The town is surrounded by the Kinner Kailash ranges which are considered extremely sacred by the people. From Recong Peo, the view of the snow covered Kinner Kailash is simply breathtaking. A recently constructed gompa, where His Holiness the Dalai Lama carried out a 'Kalchakra' ceremony in 1992, is also an attraction here.

KOTHI : Just 3 km from Recong Peo. Kothi has a temple dedicated to the goddess Chanadika Devi. Set against a backdrop of mountains and graves of the deodar the temple has an unusual architectural style and fine sculpture. An exquisite gold image of goddess is enshrined in sanctum. Also known as Koshtampi, this village is dominated by the peaks of the Kinner Kailash. The main attraction of the village is the Shuwang Chandika' temple. The natural beauty of the village is worth seeing.

SANGLA VALLEY :

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If a landscape had the powers of casting spells, then the Sangla valley would be a magician extraordinary. Once seen, it is a place that can never be forgotten. Even the rushing waters of the Baspa river, that flow through its 95 km length, seem to absorb some of the magic and slow down to savor its snow-frame beauty. 2 km from Sangla is the fort of Kamru (300 m) its tower like architecture resembles that of the Bhima Kali complex and this was the origin of rulers of Bushehar. Chitkul (3450 m) is the last village of the valley and beyond lies Tibet.

This is one of the prettiest valleys of Kinnaur district. It is also known by the name of Baspa valley because the river Baspa flows through it. Natural attraction here include the magnificent views of the Kinner Kailash peak, wonderful saffron fields and relaxing alpine meadows. Other attraction in the valley include the Kamru Fort and the Kamakshi Temple. The former is the erstwhile bastion of the rajas of the Rampur and Bushehr State while the latter is the place where the coronation ceremony of these rajas were usually conducted. The idol in this temple was brought all the way from the Kamakhya Temple of Guwahati.
Sangla valley is also quiet perfect for those interested in adventure sports. Options for angling, river crossing, paragliding, trekking, bird watching and forest trails are available to enthuse you. Shopping in Sangla Valley is yet another attraction for you. Items ranging from colourful Kinnauri shawls, local tweed, woolen socks, silver jewelleries to Kinnaur's speciality, Golden Delicious' apples and chilgozhas are available. You can also pick up walnut, saffron and almonds which are comparitively cheaper here.

RIBA (2745M) : Just 18 km from Powari on NH-22 is famous for its vineyards and local wine 'Angoori' made from grapes.

JANGI : 26 km from Powari, the inner border is located here beyond which foreigners require permit to travel upto Tabo. From this point the famous Kinner Kailash Parikarama Trek starts touching Morang, Thangi and Kunocharang villages and entering Chitkul village in Sangla Valley.

PUH (2837m) : Lush green fields, orchards of apricot, almond trees and vineyards, are to be seen on route to Puh. Just 58 km from Powari along the NH-22, Puh has rest house and basic hotel facilities.

NAKO (3662m) : 117 km from Kalpa. In Hangrang Valley is the largest village above sea level. It is also famous for Nako Lake which has boating facilities in summer and during winter its frozen surface is used for ice skating. Buddhist monastery is located here.

TABO (3050m) : 163 km from Kalpa and 27 km from Sando the ancient village, Tabo is situated on the left bank of river Spiti. Flanked on either side by hills, it is one of the most important Buddhist monasteries regarded by many as only next to the Tholing Gompa in Tibet. It is also known as the Ajanta of the Himalayas. Tabo is the largest monastic complex of Spiti which has since been declared a protected monument under the Archaeological Survey of India.

KAZA (3600m) : 210 km from Kalpa 47 from Tabo. The headquarters of Spiti sub-district, Kaza is on the bank of river Spiti. In earlier times, it was the capital of Nono, the chief of Spiti. It has a Buddhist Monastery and Hindu Temple.

KEY GOMPA (4116m) : 7 km from Kaza. The largest monastery in Spiti Valley. Established in the 11th century, it has ancient Buddhist scrolls and paintings. Also houses the largest number of Buddhist monks and nuns.

KIBBER (4205 m) : 18 km from Kaza. The highest village in the world which is connected by a motorable road and also the highest village in the world which has its own polling station during elections.

KUNZAM PASS (4551m) : 76 km: One of the highest motorable passes. Goddess Kunjum keeps guard over the pass and wards of the evil.

Chitkul : At an altitude of 3450 m is the last and highest village of the Sangla Valley, Chitkul. Beyond Chitkul is the difficult and unwelcoming mountain terrain. Still further is Tibet. Actually, Chitkul lies in an area that, earlier, was the trade route between India and Tibet. One look at the people of Chitkul will conform this connection with Tibet. The looks of these people as well as the jewelleries they wear reminds of the Tibetan influence.
A drive from Sangal village to Chitkul is full of variety scenes. You will come across winding and cutting streams, pretty countryside, desnsely forested hillside, alpine meadows and lastly barren mountains. Within Chitkul itself, there are three temples of local goddess Mathi. The main temples here are believed to be built around 500 years ago.

Nichar : This is a small village with fascinating views of the surroundings. Ghoral, Antelopes, Black & Red Bears are occasionaly encountered in higher ranges.

Morang : Morang is a small village located on the left bank of river Satluj. The highlights of this village is predominantly its location. You reach it passing through apricot orchards. Also worthseeing are the three structures dedicated to the local goddess Urmig. The ark of the deity is usually placed in the fort, however once on an auspicious day, the ark is taken to these structures. The ark itself has got 18 'mukh' representing the 18 days of the great epic Mahabharat. The 'mukhs' are made of silver, gold and brass.

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Religious Tourism in Himachal

Himachal was known since the earliest of times as "Devabhoomi", the abode of the Gods. The splendid heights of the Himalyan ranges, with its great scenic beauty and aura of spiritual calm seem the natural home of the Gods. Two thousands or more temples all over the State, reiterate this fact.

Being a State full of isolated valleys and high ranges, several different styles of temple architecture developed and there are temples with carved stone shikharas, pagoda style shrines, temples that look like Buddhist Gompas or Sikh Gurudwaras etc. Several of them are important places of pilgrimage and each year attract thousands of devotees from all over the country.

HINDU PILGRIMAGE

BAJRESHWARI TEMPLE: Just outside the town of Kangra is the temple dedicated to Bajreshwari Devi. Known once for its legendary wealth this temple was subject to successive depredations by invaders from the north. Destroyed completely in 1905 by an earthquake, it was rebuilt in 1920 and continues to be a busy place of pilgrimage.rele01

BAIJNATH: The ancient temple at Baijnath is particularly beautiful. Built of stone in the 9th century AD, in the shikhara style, it is a fine blend of sculpture and architecture. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Baijnath is close to Palampur and Kangra.

JWALAMUKHI TEMPLE: Not too far from Kangra is this popular place of pilgrimage. An eternally burning flame that issues from a hollow rock in the sanctum, is considered the manifestation of the goddess Devi. During March-April and September-October every year, colorful fairs are held during the Navratra celebration. Jwalamukhi temple is 30 km. from Kangra.

CHAMUNDA DEVI TEMPLE: Not far from Dharamsala (Kangra) is the famous temple to Chamunda Devi. It is an enchanting spot with glorious views of the mountains, the Baner Khud, Pathiar and Lahla forest.

LAKSHMI NARAYAN TEMPLE: The Lakshminarayan group of temples in the town of Chamba are of great archaeological importance. Six stone temples dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu with tall shikaras, finely carved, date from the 8th century AD. The Lakshminarayan Temple is the oldest in this group. Other temples around Chamba town include, those dedicated to Hari Rai, Champavati, Bansigopal, Ram Chandra, Brijeshwari, Chamunda, Narsingh, and Yogi Charpat Nath.

CHAURASI TEMPLES: The 9th century temples at Bharmaur are among the most important early Hindu temples in the Chamba Valley. According to legend, 84 (chaurasi) yogi's visited Bharmaur, capital of King Sahil Varma. They were so pleased with the king's humility and hospitality that they blessed him with ten sons and a daughter, Champavati. A cluster of shrines commemorates that visit. The temple square is the Centre of all activities in the little town of Bharmaur and the Lakshmi, Ganesh, Manimahesh and Narsing temples, the main shrines, are splendidly set off by the dramatic mountainscape.rele03

CHATTARI TEMPLES: Not far from Bharmaur (Chamba) is the Chattari Temple with early examples of carved wood and an 8th century brass image of Shakti.

MANIMAHESH (3,950 m): The Manimahesh Lake, high up in the mountains near Bharmaur, is an important place of pilgrimage. The solitary Manimahesh Kailash Peak- the legendary abode of Shiva, is reflected in its still waters. A little temple in the shikhara style with an exquisite brass image of Lakshmi Devi as Mahishasuramardini stands near-by. Every year, following Janmashtami, the annual Manimahesh Yatra is undertaken. The pilgrimage starts from Chamba from the Lakshaminarayan Temple and devotees wend their way up the arduous track from Bharmaur to take a sacred dip in the waters of the lake.

MANDI: Mandi has a picturesque group of ancient stone temples with tall vimanas, splendidly located below the town on the banks of the foaming river. The Tarna Devi Temple (Mandi), a new shrine up on a hill, overlooks the town and valley.

REWALSAR: Around a natural lake with a floating island are a Shiva temple-the Lomesh Rishi Temple, Guru Govind Singh's gurdwara and a Buddhist monastery founded by Guru Padmasambhava. A spot that is revered by people of three faiths (Mandi).

PRASHAR TEMPLE: This temple, built in the 14th century, is a shrine where the rulers of Mandi once worshipped. The pagoda-style temple stands in the little green hollow around the Prashar lake, above the town of Pandoh. The views of the mountains are spectacular.

SHIKARI DEVI (2850 m): It is possible to trek up to Shikari Devi from Janjheli and Karsog (Mandi). Through woods of assorted trees and shrubs - which include several medicinal herbs - two separate trek routes lead up to this ancient shrine located at the crown of the hill. Hunters in the area once prayed to the Goddess for success in their hunt - and here, perhaps, lies the origin of the name 'Shikari Devi'. The Goddess is worshipped in the form of a stone image. Interestingly, the temple which is said to have been in existence since the time of the Pandavas, has no roof - for local legend has it, that all attempts to build one have been unsuccessful.

HANOGI MAA & KOYLA MAA TEMPLE: Hanogi Maa temple in on the way from Mandi to Kullu near Pandoh and Koyla Maa temple near Sunder Nagar in Mandi district.
RAGHUNATHJI TEMPLE: Built in 1651 by the Raja of Kullu, the temple has an image of Raghunathji that was brought from Ayodhya. During the Kullu Dussehra, all the temples in the area send their deities to pay homage to Raghunathji at Kullu.

BIJLI MAHADEV TEMPLE: An unusual temple dedicated to Shiva-the Lord of lightning, is located on a height overlooking the Kullu and Parvati valleys. A 60ft staff above the temple attracts divine blessing in the form of lightning and breaks the stone linga in the sanctum.

DHOONGRI TEMPLE: This four tiered pagoda, embellished in finely carved wood, stands sheltered in grove of tall deodar at Manali (Kullu). It is dedicated to Hadimba Devi, wife of the Pandava, Bhim.

BHIMAKALI TEMPLE:  A marvelous example of hill architecture, the temple complex at Sarahanis set against the incredibly beautiful backdrop of high ranges and forested slopes. Built in a mixture of the Hindu and Budhists styles, it was the temple of Bushair rulers of Rampur (Shimla). The palaces of the royal family are adjacent to the temple. From Sarahan there is a view of the Srikhand Peak, revered as the home of goddess Lakshami.rele02

HATKOTI: Along the River Pabbar, 104 km from Shimla, is the temple dedicated to Durga and Shiva. The gods are said to have fought a pitched battled at this spot.

JAKHU AND SANKAT MOCHAN: These two temples close to Shimla have a commanding views of the hills.

NAINA DEVI TEMPLE: On a hill, close to Bilaspur and Kiratpur (34 km), is famous shrine of Naina Devi. A colourful fair, the Shravana Astami Mela is held in July-August.

CHINTPURNI: A winding road goes up to the temple dedicated to Bhagwati Chinmastika or Chinpurni-the goddess who grants all wishes. A popular place of pilgrimage, Chintpurni is about 75 km from the town of Una and 100 km from Jalandhar.

RENUKA: The  temple, dedicated to the immortal Renuka, stands near the picturesque Renuka Lake (Sirmour).

TRILOKPUR: About 25 km from Nurpur (Kangra), at the confluence of the Bohar and Bhali streams, is another sacred spot popular with pilgrims of various faiths. There is a Hindu temple, a Buddhist monastery, a gurdwara and a mosque at Trilokpur.

BABA BALAK NATH TEMPLE: A cave temple located in Deothsidth, in the Dhaulagiri Hills of Hamirpur, is a noted place of pilgrimage. People come here to seek the blessing of Baba Balak Nath whose image is located in the cave. Shahtalai, 46 km from the the district headquarters of Hamirpur and accessible by road, is about 10 km from Deothsidh.

 

BUDDHIST PILGRIMAGES

The remote valleys of Lahaul, Spiti and Kinnaur have strong Buddhist traditions. Splendid gompas, Buddhist monasteries, built along bare mountain-sides seem to be a part of the rugged terrain. These are the repositories of a wealth of Buddhist art and culture. The dim, cool interiors of ancient monasteries glow with the brilliance of painted murals, stuccos and elaborate thangkas framed with rich borders of silk.

In Dharamsala, where the Dalai Lama has settled in exile, is a marvelous Tibetan township where an entire cultural tradition is being nurtured. It is a centre that attracts scholars, pilgrims and tourists.

REWALSAR: Perhaps the most sacred spot for Buddhists in Himachal Pradesh, Rewalsar is 20 km south west of Mandi. According to legend, Guru Padmasambhava departed for Tibet from this beautiful spot, to spread the 'dharma'. A pagoda-style monastery stands along the edge of the lake.

GURU GHANTAL MONASTERY(3020 m): This is on the right bank of Chandra river about 4 kms. above Tandi and is believed to be the oldest Gompa of Lahaul having wooden structure with pyramidal roofs, wood carving, preserving the idols of Padmasambhava & Brajeshwari Devi. On the full moon night in mid-June a festival called "GHANTAL" is celebrated by Lamas & Thakurs together.

KARDANG MONASTERY(3500 m): It is about 5 kms. from Keylong across Bhaga river. It is believed to be built in 12thcentury. Monastery has a large library of Kangyur and Tangyur volumes of Budhist scriptures in Bhoti. Kardang village was once the capital of Lahaul.

SHASHUR MONASTERY: Situated on a hill about 3 kms from Keylong (Lahaul & Spiti) towards north on the same slope. During June/ July this monastery attracts a large number of visitors when Lamas perform the devil dance. It was founded in the 17th century a.d. It belongs to red hat sec and is located among the blue pines. The paintings represent the history of 84 Buddhas.

TAYUL GOMPA(3900 m): Tayul Gompa is 6 kms. from Keylong (Lahaul & Spiti) and is one of the oldest monasteries of the valley having a huge statue of Guru Padmasamhava about 5m high and houses library of Kangyur having 101 volumes. In Tibetan language Ta-Yul means the chosen place. There is an interesting story behind this.

KYE MONASTERY: It is situated 12 kms. north of Kaza (Lahaul & Spiti) and serves the western population of Spiti. It is the oldest and biggest monastery of the valley and located at (4116 m) above Kye village. It houses beautiful scriptures and paintings of Buddha and other goddesses. Lamas practice dance, sing and play on pipes and horns. Relegious training to Lama's is imparted here. It has murals and books of high value.

THANG YUG GOMPA: It is located 13 kms. above Kaza (Lahaul & Spiti) serving western part of central Spiti. Situated in a secluded place in the narrow gauge of Kaza Nallah, it generally has a Lama from Tibet. Above this there is a long plateau which leads to Shilla peak.

KUNGRI GOMPA: It is situated in the Pin valley about 10 kms. from Attargo where Spiti river has to be crossed to enter Pin valley. It is serves the population of Pin valley.

DHANKAR MONASTERY: It is situated about 25 kms. east of Kaza and serves eastern part of central Spiti. Dhankar is a big village and erstwhile capital of Spiti King. On top of a hill there is a fort which use to be a prison in olden times. The Monastery has about 100 Lamas and is in position of Buddhist scriptures in Bhoti language. Principal figure is a Statue of "Vairochana" (Dhayan Budha) consisting of 4 complete figures seated back to back. It has relics in the shape of paintings and sculptures.

TABO MONASTERY: This is another large gompa serving the population of eastern side. It has its origin in the tenth century old and is located 50 kms. from Kaza (Lahaul & Spiti). In fame it is next to Tholing Gompa in Tibet. It has about 60 Lamas and houses a large collection of Scriptures, wall paintings etc. Murals of this gompa have similarity to that of the Ajanta paintings.

NAKO: The legendary footprints of the Guru Padamsambhava are enshrined at the Lotsabaage Monastery at Nako. This high altitude village in Kinnaur is located near a limpid lake.

TASHIGANG GOMPA: Can be visited by taking diversion from Khab to Namgya and then trekking to the Gompa.

TILASANGH MONASTERY: 1 km. trek from Ka, it is 12 km. short of Yangthang.

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SIKH PILGRIMAGES

The Sikhs came to the Shivalik Hills, in Himachal Pradesh in 1695, at the invitation of the ruler of Sirmaur, to help him fight the Mughals. Guru Gobind Singh with his army, settled in Paonta Sahib in the foothills. During the reign of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, at the end of the 18th century, many of the western hill states also came under Sikh sovereignty.

PAONTA SAHIB: This is the main centre of Sikh pilgrimage in Himachal. The gurdwara picturesquely located on the banks of the River Yamuna in district Sirmour, is venerated due to its association with Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th Sikh Guru. In March, an important fair is held and the holy Granth Sahib is taken out in procession.

REWALSAR: The gurdwara at Rewalsar, near Mandi, is located on the periphery of a lake sacred to both the Hindus and Buddhists as well.

MANIKARAN: The serene location and the seemingly mysterious hot springs made Manikaran (Kullu) a place of pilgrimage in earlier times. Guru Nanak, the first Guru of the Sikhs, visited this place to spend time in meditation. A gurdwara that was built to commemorate his visit, is now a place of pilgrimage for the Sikhs.

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CHRISTIAN PILGRIMAGES

Christianity made a late appearance in Himachal Pradesh, after the arrival of the British. The churches here are not more than 150 years old. Tall churches-the relics of the Raj, are to be found mainly in the small hill stations that the British created as summer retreats.

KASAULI: Still unspoiled and very much as the British left it fifty years ago, Kasauli (Solan) has a fine old church. The Christ Church, is a typically Anglican structure of the period. Its foundation stone was laid in 1844. Well proportioned, its spires, buttresses and gothic arches are framed against the stately deodars.

SHIMLA: The Christ Church, with its tall spire dominates the ridge in Shimla. This imposing structure is visible from as far away as Tara Devi, 8 km away. It was built in 1844, when Shimla was slowly coming into its own as the premier hill station of India., the Christ Church was designed to accommodate the entire Shimla congregation. Various memorials and stained glass windows fill the somber interior with colour and light.

The first Catholic edifice of Shimla, St. Michael's Church, was built in 1850, at the western end of the Lower Bazaar. Later additions have made it an unusual piece of architecture. Inside the church are five marble altars, all brought from Italy in 1855 and fine stained glass windows.

DHARAMSHALA: The stone church of St. John lies on a motorable road between Mcleodganj and Forsyteganj 8 Km from Lower Dharamshala (Kangra). It has a monument of Lord Elgin, one of the viceroys of India, who died in Dharamshala and was buried here.

DALHOUSIE: Dalhosie (Chamba) is another hill station with a number of old churches. The church near the G.P.O. looks untouched by time. It has an angular roof of inter-leafed hexagonal slates. The Catholic church of St. Francis, built in 1894, is set against a backdrop of tall pines overlooking the Subash Chowk.

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List of Driving Training Schools in Himachal Pradesh

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Sr. No. Name of Establishment Name & Address of the Owner Type
1 980, Transport Company Karcham. Sh. R.K. Sahaya, Lt. Col., Officer Commanding, 980, Transport Company, C/O 56 APO at Karcham Military Garrison, Distt. Kinnaur. LMV Only
2 Grover Driving Training School Sh. Naresh Kumar Grover, S/O Late Sh. Ishwar Dass Grover, Gandhi Mohalla Solan. LMV Only
3 Naveen Motor Training School Sh. Sandeep Gupta, S/O Sh. Bir Bhan Gupta, Near D.C. Office, Solan. LMV Only
4   Sh. Sandeep Chauhan, S/O Late Sh. Satinder Singh Chauhan, Honey Sunny Villa, Rajgarh Road Solan. LMV Only
5 Himachal Car Driving School Sh. Nitin Garg, S/O Sh. Subhash Chand Garg, Himachal Auto Engineering Wirkshop, Bhoop pur, Paonta Sahib, Distt. Sirmour. H.P. LMV Only
6 Ramaul Driving School Sh. Narender Mohan Ramaul, S/O Late Sh. Shiv Nand Ramaul, Saket Canel Road, Ward No. 11, Paonta Sahib, Distt. Sirmour. LMV Only
7 Simran Driving Training School at Sanjauli. Sh. Ajay Kumar Shandil, S/O Sh. Rajinder Singh Shandil, Varun Cottage,Near Shiv Mandir, Vill. Andry, Summr hill , Shimla-171005 LMV Only
8 Sai Driving Training School, Panthaghatti Sh. Hari Chand Rana, S/O Late Sh. Prabh Dayal, Set No. 10, Type-II, Near Brock Hurst , Shimla-171009 LMV Only
9 Shimla Driving School, Taradevi. Sh. Nanak Singh Gandhi, S/O Lt. Sh. Pritam Singh, Rockdene Estate, Kachi Ghati, Taradevi, Shimla-171010. LMV Only
10 Kinnar Kailash, Recongpeo. Sh. Hir Pal Singh Negi, S/O Late Sh. Udham Lal Negi, Vill. & P.O. Pangi, Tehsil Kalpa, Distt. Kinnour, H.P. LMV Only
11 Nikka Motor Driving School, Manali. Sh. Nikka Ram, S/O Sh. Bansi Ram, Goldan Machanical Works, Manali, Distt. Kullu. LMV Only
12 Jwala Driving Training School, Dhami Sh. Rajesh Kumar Alias Sh. Chet Ram, S/O Late Sh. Mausa Ram, Vill. Galog, P.O. Palaniya, Tehsil Arki, Distt. Solan LMV Only
13 Highland Driving Training School, New Shimla Sh. Chander Mani, S/O Sh. Basti Ram Sharma, Yashoda Bhawan, B.C.S. Bus Stop, New Shimla, Shimla-171009. LMV Only
14 Sheetal Driving Training School Sh. Ghanshyam, S/O Sh. Ram Dass, Vill. Khilra, P.O. Meeramasit, Tehsil Sunder Nagar, Distt. Mandi. LMV Only
15   Sh. Praveen Gautam, Vill Takoli, P.O. Panarsa, Distt. Mandi. H.P. M.Cycle, L.M.V. & H.G.V.
16 Narsingha Driving School, Chail Chowk Sh. Chaman Lal Sharma, Vill. Dor, P.O. Chail Chowk, Mandi. H.P. M.Cycle, L.M.V., M.G.V. & H.G.V.
17 Thakur Motor Garage & Service Station. Sh. Brij Lal Thakur, S/O Late Sh. Ram Singh Thakur, Thakur Motor Garage & Service Station, W.No. 11 P.O. Dugha, Hamirpur. M.Cycle, L.M.V., M.G.V. & H.G.V.
18 Beas Motor Training School Sh. Hem Raj, S/O Sh. Besakhi Ram, R/O Bharwan, P.O. Kufri LMV Only
19 Sharma Driving School, Amb Sh. Satinder Kumar, C/O Sharma Motor Driving School, Una Road , Amb, Distt. Una. LMV Only
20 Sharma Driving Training School, Jiana Sh. Raj Paul Sharma, S/O Sh. Sant Ram Sharma, V.P.O. Anoo, Sujanpur Road Hamirpur. LMV Only
21 Shiv Shakti Driving Training School Sh. Daleep Thapa, Shop No. 2, Boileauganj, Shimla-171005 LMV Only
22 Tip Top Motor Trainng School Sh. K.J. Badlani, S/O Sh, Jhamat Mal Badlani, Sunny Side, Ward No. 12. Solan LMV Only
23 Him Driving School Sh. Harish Kumar, S/O Late Sh. Hem Chand Sharma, 21/7, Sam Khetar Bazar, Mandi, H.P. LMV Only
24 City Driving School Sh. Santosh Kumar Shushta, S/O S.R. Shushta, R/O Vill. Kiarvi, Tehsil Kotkhai, Distt. Shimla. H.P. LMV Only
25 Dhiman Driving Training School, Jaisinghpur Sh. Mehar Chand, S/O Sh. Duni Chand, Vill. Kachhal Jaggian, P.O. & Tehsil Jaisinghpur, Distt. Kangra LMV Only
26 Hil Driving School Sh. Amarjeet Singh, S/O Sh. Puran Singh, Kingslay Cottage, Sanjauli, Shimla-171006 LMV Only
27 Jain Driving Training School Sh. Niranjan Jain, S/O Sh. Sita Ram Jain, V.P.O. Nadaun, Distt. Hamirpur M.Cycle & L.M.V. Only
28 Sakshi Driving School Sh. Rakesh Dutta, S/O Sh. R.L. Dutta, Raju Cottage, Subathu Road , Dharampur, Distt. Solan LMV Only
29   Sh. Arthur Dean, S/O Sh. C.C. Dean, Civil Lines, Dharamsala LMV Only
30 Aruna Motor Driving Training School Sh. Sanjay Kumar Mehta, S/O Sh. Jagdish Mitter Mehta, V.P.O. Bindraban, Tehsil Palampur, Distt. Kangra. M.Cycle, L.M.V. , H.G.V. & H.T.V.
31 Kundan Motor Driving Training School Sh. Sanjay Kumar Mehta, S/O Sh. Jagdish Mitter Mehta, C/O Sh. Hemant Kumar, 302, Civil Lines, Dharamsala M.Cycle & L.M.V. Only
32 Anku Motor Training School Ms. Manju Sharma, D/O Sh. B.C. Sharma, Merry Cottage, Bye Pass Road, Set No. 1, Ground floor, Khalini. LMV Only
33 Kanwar Motor Driving Training School, Kunihar Sh. Vijay Singh, S/O Late Sh. Daleep Singh, Vill. Upperly Beheli, P.O. Kumihar, Tehsil Arki, Distt. Solan. LMV Only
34 Sharma Driving School Sh. Rajender Pal Sharma, S/O Sh. Sant Ram, Mehre (Barsar), Distt. Hamirpur. LMV Only
35 Himachal Driving School Sh. Khem Chand, S/O Sh. Govind Ram, C/O Sh. Madhu Ram Mate, Bhatta Kuffar, Sanjauli, Shimla-17006 LMV Only
36 Shah Auto Driving School Sh. Anil Kumar Shah, Prop.Shah Auto Driving School, Ghurkari, Tehsil & Distt. Kangra. LMV Only
37 Nalagarh Driving Training School Sh. Rajinder Singh, Sh. Dalip Singh, Jain Muhalla, Ward No. 6, Nalagarh, Distt. Solan LMV Only
38 Sangam Motor Driving Training School Sh. Hem Raj, S/O Sh. Ram Dass, V.P.O. Sultanpur, Teshil & Distt. Chamba. M.Cycle, L.M.V., M.G.V. & H.G.V.
39 Amar Driving Training Institute. Sh. Amar Singh, S/O Sh. Bidhu Ram, V. P.O. Gaggal, Tehsil, Dharamsala LMV Only
40 Chauhan Driving Training School, Kotli Sh. Dalip Singh Chauhan, S/O Sh. Sher Singh Chauhan, Vill. Alge, P.O. Kot, Mandi. LMV Only
41 Surya Driving Traning School Sh. Govind Verma, S/O SH. S.L. Verma, N.H. 22, V & P.O. Shoghi, Distt. Shimla-173219 LMV Only
42 Sirmour Driving Training School Sh. Yogesh Kumar Kaushik, S/O Sh. Om Prakash Kaushik, H.No. 260, W. No. 1, Cantt Road , Nahan. LMV Only
43 Himani Driving Training School Sh. Ravinder Kumar, S/O Sh. Nand Lal, V.P.O. Pangna, Tehsil Karsog, Distt. Mandi-175046 LMV Only
44 Thakur Motor Driving School Sh. Anil Thakur, S/O Sh. Mast Ram Thakur, Near Court Colony Theog, Distt. Shimla LMV Only
45 Rohru Driving School Sh. Suresh Thakur, S/O Sh. Amar Singh, Vill. Rohru, Distt. Shimla LMV Only
46 Everest Driving School Sh. Rakesh Mohan Sharma, S/O SH. Leela Dhar Sharma, H. No. 75/2, Purani Mandi, Mandi. LMV Only
47 Highland Driving Training School, at Rampur Ms. Asha Sharma, W/O Sh. Chandarmani Sharma, Yashoda Bhawan, B.C.S, New Shimla C/O Palsara Niwas, Khopri, Rampur. LMV Only
48 Tarang Driving School Sh. Chaman Lal Sharma, Shop No. 417, Mehta Market, Ropar Road , Nalagarh. LMV Only
49 Highway Driving Training School Sh. Jeet Ram, S/O Sh. Malu Ram, Highway Driving Training School, Chatrokhary (Subder Nagar, Distt. Mandi. LMV Only
50 Global Driving Training School Sh. Baldev Singh, S/O Sh. Chaman Singh, Vill. & P.O. Bata Mandi, Tehsil Paonta Sahib, Distt. Sirmour. LMV Only
51 R.J. Driving Training School at Dosarka, Hamirpur. Sh. Rakesh Kumar, Sh. Madan Lal, V.P.O. Chandpur, Tehsil Palampur, Distt. Kangra. LMV Only
52 Rathish Driving Tyraining School Ms. Santosh Tomar, W/O Sh. Lekh Ram Tomar, Shiv Vihar, Vill & P.O. Shamti, Solan. LMV Only
53 Anku Motor Training School Ms. Manju Sharma, W/O Sh. Naresh Sharma, Keshab Niwas, Hospital Road , Solan. LMV Only
54 Anmol Driving Training School, Baddi. Sh. Vijay Kumar, S/O Sh. Jagir Singh, C/O Davinder Kumar, Sai Road, Gullar Wala, Baddi, Tehsil Nalagarh. LMV Only
55 Bharat Motor Driving School Ms. Ram Kumari, Bharat Motor Driving Training School, Mohal, Kullu LMV Only
56 Friends Driving School Nahan Sh. Vishal Bhardwaj, S/O Sh. Ashok Bhardwaj, H.NO. 320/7, Devi Bhawan, Upper Street , Nahan, Distt. Sirmour. LMV Only
57 Shivalik Driving Training School, Summer Hill Sh. Mahinder Singh, S/O SH. Khem Chand, V.P.O. Rouri via Totu, Tehsil & Distt. Shimla LMV Only
58 Unique Driving School Sh. Praveen Kumar, S/O Sh. Rishikesh Thakur, H. No. 19/4, Hospiptal Road Mandi. LMV Only
59 Mahajan Driving Training School, Goli. Ms. Niti Alias Arti Mahajan, W/O Sh. Anup Kumar Mahajan, V.P.O. Goli, Near Bathri, Distt. Chamba-176306 LMV Only
60 Rohit Driving Training School, Jeori Sh. Sudershan Sehgal, S/O Late Sh. Chint Ram , V.P.O. Jeori, Tehsil Rampur Bushahar, Distt. Shimla-172101 LMV Only
61 Raju Motor Driving School Sh. Vimal Kumar Grover, Sh. P.L. Grover, Chauhan Complex, Plot No. I, Sec, II, Parwanoo LMV Only
62 Bharat Motor DrivingTraining School , Malghota Sh. Gagan Deep Rana, S/O Sh. Shakti Chand Rana, Vill. Malghota, P.O. Kharanal via Paprola, Tehsil Baijnath, Distt. Kangra LMV Only
63 HRTC Drivers Training Institute, Taradevi. M.D. HRTC, Divisional Workshop, Taradevi Division, Shimla MPMV & HPMV only
64 HRTC Drivers Training Institute, Mandi. M.D. HRTC, Divisional Workshop Mandi, Distt. Mandi. MPMV & HPMV only
65 HRTC Drivers Training Institute, Jassur M.D. HRTC, Divisional Workshop Jassur, Distt. Kangra MPMV & HPMV only
66 I.T.I. Una The Principal, Motor Driving & Heavy Earth Moving, Machinery Operator Training Institute, Amb, Distt. Una. MPMV & HPMV only
67 Chandel Driving Training School, Bilaspur. Sh. Abhay Singh Chandel, Sh. Anil Kumar Chandel, H.No. 38, Roura Sector-III, Bilaspur LMV Only
68 Vishnu Driving Training School, Tutikandi. Sh. Chander Singh Thakur, S/O Late Sh. Kundan Singh, Vill. Panjari, P.O. Chaura Maidan, Shimla-171004. LMV Only
69 Krishna Driving Training School, Totu. Sh. Surinder Kumar, S/O Late Sh. Ram Lal, Vill. Rangal, P.O. Koh Bagh, Tehsil & Distt. Shimla LMV Only
70 Saini Driving Training School, Dadour. Sh. Khem Chand Saini, S/O Sh. Devi Roop Saini, Village Dadour, P.O. Dhaban, Tehsil Sadar, Distt. Mandi. LMV Only
71 Maha Maya Driving Training School Sh. Yogesh Kaushik, Sh. Om Prakash Kaushik, Shanti Cottage, Panthaghati, Shimla-171009 LMV Only
72 Good Luck Driving School Sh. Raj Chand Negi, S/O Late Sh. Ratti Bhag Negi, V.P.O. Purwani, Tehsil Kalpa, Distt. Kinnour. LMV Only
73 Shoolini Motor Driving School, Solan Sh. Sudhir Kumar, S/O Sh. Gurdas Raj, Adarsh Nagar, Ward No. 7, Dhobighat Road, Solan LMV Only
74 Sahil Driving Training School, Recongpeo Sh. Amrit Lal Negi, S/O Sh. Thubdhan Tashi, Opp. Jiwan Jiyoti Hotel, Recongpeo. LMV Only
75 Amar Motor Driving School, Rajgarh Sh. Amar Datt, S/O Sh. Dhianu Ram, V.P.O. Pabiana, Distt. Sirmour. LMV Only
76 A.R. Driving School, Panchrukhi Sh. Rajender Kumar Sharma, Prop. AR Driving School, Panchrukhi, Distt. Kangra LMV Only
77 Shiv Shakti Driving School, Sidhpur. Sh. Ramesh Thakur, Sh. Kanwar Singh, Qr. No. Block-B, Type-II, Police Line, Dharamsala, Distt. Kangra LMV Only
78 Raj Driving School Sh. Raj Kumar, S/O Sh. Bihari Lal, H.No. 6, Ward No. 4, Near Shiv Mandir, Hamirpur. LMV Only
79 Aradhna Driving School Sh. Shamsher Singh Banshtu, S/O Late Sh. Sukhchain Singh Banshtu, Panchratan Building, Main Bazar, Rohru, Distt. Shimla-171207 LMV Only
80 Shushnk Driving Training School Sh. Kamal Dev, S/O Sh. B.R. Sharma, Prem Niwas, Boileauganj, Shimla-171005 LMV Only
81 Bawa Driving Training School, Sunder Nagar Sh. Mahinder Singh, S/O SH. Salegram, Vill. Salah, P.O. Sundernagar, Distt. Mandi LMV Only
82 Himalyan Driving Training School, Dehra Sh. Sukhwinder Singh, S/O Sh. Budhi Singh. V & P.O. Bangoli, Tehsil Dehra, Distt. Kangra LMV Only
83   Sh. Pradeep Mehta, S/O Lt. Sh. Roshan Lal Mehta, Vill. Manjhotli, P.O. Chopal, Distt. Shimla LMV Only
84 Rohal Driving School, Bhatta Kuffar, Shimla Smt. Pushpa Rohal, W/O Sh. Madan Mohan Rohal, Vill. Bhatta Kuffar, Kamla Nagar, Sanjauli, Shimla-6 LMV Only
85 Dashmesh, Doon Motor Driving School, Paonta Sahib Sh. Surmukh Singh, S/O Sh. Kartar Singh, Vill. Suraj Pur, P.O. Puruwala, Tehsil Paonta Sahib, Distt. Sirmour. LMV Only
86 Sayal Driving Training School, Sujanpur Tihra Sh. Sher Singh, S/O Late Sh. Roshan Lal, Ward No. 9, Tihra a LMV Only
87 Shubham Driving Training School, Vill. Hatwas, Distt. Kangra Sh. Suneet Kumar, S/O Sh. Thakur Dass, Vill Hatwas, P.O. Nagrota Bagwan, Distt. Kangra LMV Only
88 Jeet Driving Training School Jeet kumar,S/o Sh.Prem Chand Vill,Kotli PO Gunehar Tehsil.Baijnath . LMV Only
89   Sh. Roshan Lal, S/O Sh. Mast Ram, Vill. Bokaroa, P.O. Bhager, Tehsil, Ghumarwien, Distt. Bilaspur. LMV Only
90 M/S Himachal Motor Driving Training School, Jahoo Sh. Roshan Lal Sharma, S/O Sh. Ram Lal Sharma, V.P.O. Jahoo, Tehsil Bhoranj, Distt. Hamirpur. H.P. LMV Only

Hatkoti Temple



Hatkoti Temple is situated 105 kilometers east of Shimla. Hatkoti Temple is noted for its unique architecture which dates back to the Gupta period. The Gupta dynasty ruled northern India from the 6th century AD to the 9th century AD.



Hatkoti Temple is actually not a temple in isolation; it is a an aggregation of a number of small temples on the banks of the Jabbar river. The temple complex in essence consists of a main temple dedicated to Goddess Durga, flanked by a small temple for Lord Shiva. It is interesting to note that the entrance of the Shiva temple is smaller than the ShivLinga (the material representation of Lord Shiva) housed inside the temple- pointing to the fact that the temple was constructed later than the installation of the Lingam.

The architecture and design of Hatkoti Temple was originally in the classical Shikhara or tower style. The Shikhara style represents ancient structures that is conical or narrow at the top and have a wide base at the bottom. At one time in its long and interesting history the structure of Hatkoti Temple also participated in the region's economic activity; the conclusive proof is found in the design of the structure-which is constructed with the primary aim to store food grains.Two charming mountain streams Bishkulti and Raanvati joins the Jabbar river in Hatkoti. Local lore is that these confluence of streams oozes poison. This confluence is also a great place of pilg
rimage.



You can reach Hatkoti Temple either by driving through Shimla-Theog-Kotkhai-Kharapathar-Hatkoti-Rohru route or by the Dehradun to Hatkoti route.




LIST OF GENERAL HOSPITALS IN HIMACHAL PRADESH

Hospital-LogoSr.No. Particulars of Institutions - Beds (In-Position)

  • Bilaspur
    1. Regional Hospital, Bilaspur - Beds 200
    2. Civil Hospital, Ghumarwin - Beds 40
    Total  - Beds 240
  • Chamba
    3. Regional Hospital, Chamba  - Beds 200
    4. Civil Hospital, Dalhousie  - Beds 10
    5. Referral Hospital, Chowari - Beds 50
    6. Civil Hospital, Tissa - Beds 21
    Total  - Beds 271
  • Hamirpur
    7. Regional Hospital, Hamirpur  1- Beds 80
    8. Civil Hospital, Touni-Devi  - Beds 6
    Total - Beds 186
  • Kangra
    9. Zonal Hospital, Dharamsala  - Beds 375
    10. Dr.RPMC Hosp.Kangra at Tanda  - Beds 500
    11. Civil Hospital, Palampur  - Beds 84
    12. Civil Hospital, Nurpur  - Beds 50
    13. Civil Hospital, Dera, Dera-Gopipur - Beds 90
    14. Civil Hospital, Kangra  - Beds 50
    15. Civil Hospital, Baijnath  - Beds 100
    16. Civil Hospital, Garli  - Beds 12
    17. Civil Hospital, Thural  - Beds 10
    Total  - Beds 1271
  • Kinnaur
    18. Regional Hospital, Reckong-Peo Kalpa  - Beds 88
    19. Civil Hospital, Chango  - Bed 1
    Total - Beds 89
  • Kullu
    20. Regional Hospital, Kullu  - Beds 200
    21. Civil Hospital, Banjar  - Beds 20
    Total - Beds 220
  • L & Spiti
    22 .Regional Hospital, Keylong  - Beds 30
    Total - Beds 30
  • Mandi
    23 .Netaji Subhash Chand Bose Zonal Hospital, Mandi - Beds 297
    24. Civil Hospital, Sundernagar  - Beds 100
    25. Referral Hospital, Sarkaghat  - Beds 77
    26. Civil Hospsital, Joginder Nagar  - Beds 52
    27. Civil Hospital, Karsog  - Beds 50
    28. Civil Hospital, Sandhol - Beds 35
    Total 611
  • Shimla
    29. DDU Zonal Hospital, Shimla  - Beds 150
    30. Indira Gandhi Hospital, Shimla  - Beds 673
    31. Kamla Nehru Hospital, Shimla  - Beds 134
    32. Civil Hospital, Junga  - Beds 25
    33. Civil Hospital, Kotgarh  - Beds 12
    34. Mahatma Gandhi Medical Services Complex Khaneri (Rampur) - Beds 160
    35. Civil Hospital, Sarahan Rampur - Beds 30 
    36. Civil Hoppital, Theog  - Beds 50
    37. Civil Hospital, Jubbal  - Beds 50
    38. Civil Hospital, Chaupal  - Beds 30
    39. Civil Hospital, Rohru  - Beds 100
    40. Civil Hospital, Nerua  - Beds 6
    Total  - Beds 1420
     
  • Sirmaur
    41. Regional Hospital, Nahan  - Beds 150
    42. Civil Hospital, Rajgarh  - Beds 50
    43. Civil Hospital, Paonta  - Beds 40
    44. Referral Hospital, Dadahu  - Beds 36
    45. Civil Hospital, Sarahan Pachhad - Beds 30
    Total  - Beds 306
  • Solan
    46. Regional Hospital, Solan  - Beds 124
    47. Civil Hospital, Chail  - Beds 18
    48. Civil Hospital, Kandaghat  - Beds 15
    49. E.S.I. Hospital, Parwanoo  - Beds 50
    50. Civil Hospital, Arki  - Beds 24
    Total  231
  • Una
    51. Regional Hospital, Una  - Beds 172
    52. Civil Hospital, Chintpurni  - Beds 30
    Total - Beds 202

List of Online Police Stations

List of Online Police Stations in Himachal Pradesh
to which Online Complaint / Information may be sent

S.No.

District Name

Police Station Name

1.

Bilaspur

Police Station Sadar Bilaspur

2.

Bilaspur

Police Station Ghumarwin

3.

Bilaspur

Police Station Barmana

4.

Bilaspur

Police Station Bharari

5.

Bilaspur

Talai

6.

Bilaspur

Kotkehloor

7.

Chamba

Police Station Sadar Chamba

8.

Chamba

Police Station Dalhousie

9.

Chamba

Khairi

10.

Hamirpur

Police Station Sadar Hamirpur

11.

Hamirpur

Police Station Nadaun

12.

Hamirpur

Barsar

13.

Hamirpur

Bhoranj

14.

Hamirpur

Sujanpur

15.

Kangra

Police Station Kangra

16.

Kangra

Police Station Palmpur

17.

Kangra

Police Station Nurpur

18.

Kangra

Police Station Dehra

19.

Kangra

Police Station Jawalaji

20.

Kangra

Police Station Sadar Dharamshala

21.

Kangra

Indora

22.

Kangra

Baijnath

23.

Kangra

Shahpur

24.

Kullu

Police Station Sadar Kullu

25.

Kullu

Banjar

26.

Kullu

Manali

27.

Lahaul & Spiti

Police Station Keylong

28.

Mandi

Police Station Sadar Mandi

29.

Mandi

Police Station Sundernagar

30.

Mandi

Police Station Jogindernagar

31.

Mandi

Police Station Balh

32.

Mandi

Gohar

33.

Mandi

Sarkaghat

34.

Mandi

Karsog

35.

Kinnaur

Police Station Sadar Reckong Peo

36.

Kinnaur

Bhawanagar

37.

Shimla

Police Station Sadar Shimla

38.

Shimla

Police Station Boileauganj

39.

Shimla

Police Station Chhota Shimla

40.

Shimla

Police Station Theog

41.

Shimla

Police Station Dhalli

42.

Shimla

Police Station Rohru

43.

Shimla

Police Station Rampur

44.

Shimla

Kumarsain

45.

Shimla

Chopal

46.

Shimla

Kotkhai

47.

Sirmour

Police Station Ponta-Sahib

48.

Sirmour

Police Station Rajgarh

49.

Sirmour

Renukaji

50.

Sirmour

Shillai

51.

Sirmour

Police Station Sadar Nahan

52.

Solan

Police Station Sadar Solan

53.

Solan

Police Station Kandaghat

54.

Solan

Police Station Dharmpur

55.

Solan

Police Station Parwanoo

56.

Solan

Police Station Arki

57.

Solan

Police Station Nalagarh

58.

Solan

Barotiwala

59.

Solan

Kasuali

60.

Solan

Darlaghat

61.

Una

Police Station Sadar Una

62.

Una

Amb

63.

Una

Bangana

64.

Una

Gagret

Note: Presently the facility of Online Complaint /Information is available only at above mentioned Police Stations.

Submit your Complaint or Information Here.

Or go to this url in your browser http://admis.hp.nic.in/himpol/Citizen/OnlineComplaints.aspx

Points to remember
You can use this service to send complaint/information to Himachal Police.
Giving false complaint/information is punishable under  law 
It is important that you provide full details of how Police can contact you 
In emergency always contact your nearest Police Station