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Joginder nagar in Himachal Pradesh

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In 1925, Raja Joginder Sen of Mandi created an elaborate hydel power scheme near the village of Sukrahatti-which was then renamed Joginder nagar (1,220 m) after him. After tunneling and piping the water over several kilometers from the river Uhl to Joginder nagar, the Shanan Power House was built by a team of engineers headed by Col. Battye. Later, the HP State Electricity Board added another set of turbines at nearby Bassi.

Joginder Nagar has everything for a quite and relaxing holiday and leaves options open for trekking, fishing, sightseeing, picnics and enjoyable drives in the area.


Places to see

Haulage way
It is the one kind of system  - haulage track - kind of track or the trolley system could be one of its kind in the world.

Macchyal lake
6 kms from Joginder Nagar is this small but enchanting lake held sacred to Machendru Devta who is the God of Fish.

Bassi Power House
6 kms away is this power generation scheme. It is also a picnic spot.

Baijnath
It is at 1250m and around 20 kms from Jogindernagar. This is an exquisite temple where Lord Shiva is worshipped as Vaidyanath - The Lord of Physicians. The original temple was built in 804 A.D. Here King Ravana is said to have supplicated Lord Shiva for the boon of immortality.

Bir
16 kms away from Jogindernagar is this Tibetan settlement with a beautiful monastry. This place is also famous for Hang Gliding.

Jhatingri
It is at 2012m and 12 kms away from joginder Nagar. This is a beautiful spot which is sorrounded by thick deodhar forests. The ruins of the summer palace of Mandi rulers are located here.

Barot
It is at 2000m. 40 kms away from Jogindernagar and 12 km by the haulage trolley Barot packs an enermous range of out door activity. The reservoir of the power project is located here and a Trout Breeding centre making it a wonderful place for angling. Across the river Uhl is the Nargu wildlife sanctuary home to the Ghoral, Himalayan Black Bear and a variety of peasants.

Siqandar Dhar
It is  the highest peak of Jogindernagar which is located at a height of  6,010 feet from sea level. The place is very beautiful with rhododendron forests and peaks.

Winch Camp
Winch Camp is located on a mountain peak  at an altitude of 8,000 feet. Forests of  Rhododendron  inhabit the area providing the green lush look to the mountains
 
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Himachal Pradesh
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Capital city - Shimla
Ideal time to Visit - March to June.
Spring (May/June)- You would get lots of snow but roads are at worst, lots and lots of tourists and obviously a costly trip with escalated price.
Monsoon (July/Aug) - Ladakh/Lahaul/Spiti is historically there is no rain but traffic is high.
Autumn (Sep/Oct) - Roads are at the best but almost no snow enroute. Weatherwise I like this season personally the most, the weather after monsoon recedes remain crystal clear with least haze/dust/mist and gives excellent visibility for watching peaks.
Winter (Nov-April) - At your own risk without any tourists, excellent bargain and budget trip is likely. Also for special interest tours like say Chaddar trek of Zanskar, this is the time to go.
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How to reach

By Air - The nearest airports are the Gaggal (Kangra) and the Bhunter near Kullu at a distance of 110 kms
By Train -  Joginder Nagar is the terminal of the narrow gauge rail track from Pathankot.
By Road -  It is 65 kms by road from Kangra and 55 kms from mandi. Taxis and Buses to Jogindernagar are available at all major stations.


 
 
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