What About Chindi?About 87 km from Shimla and 204 KM from Chandigarh, Chindi rests at the height of 1850 m above sea level. Known primarily for different temples, the place is also well-connected to other popular Himachal zones.
What's Great About the Region?The quaint town of Chindi is primarily known for its greenery and the vibrant forest cover. The Karsog valley attracts tourist attention to enjoy a relaxing time amid the scenic valley views. The Mamleshwar Temple, as well as the Kamakhya Devi temple, are some of the other attractions near Chindi. You can also drop by the numerous wheat and corn fields lining the valley.
What's The Chindi Weather Like?The weather in Chindi remains pleasant and enjoyable throughout the year. It is mildly cold during the summers with sunny days. Visitors would need to pack light woollens while visiting during the summers as well. Although pleasant during the day, winters get chilly, and it is advisable to pack thicker woollens while travelling to or while in Chindi to beat the cold. Visit the region during July and August if you wish to see the town heaving with fruits and greenery.
1. Mamleshwar TempleSituated about 13 KM from Chindi in the village of Mamel, Mamleshwar Temple is said to have existed since the Mahabharata era. Dedicated to Mahadev, the temple is said to have been built in wood and slate by the Pandavas. This beautiful temple structure also houses an undying sacred fire!
2. Kamaksha Devi TempleAnother famous temple around 17 KM from Chindi, Kamaksha Devi Temple is located in the village of Kau. Dedicated to Devi Kamaksha who has been beautifully portrayed in the Mahishasuramardini form, the idol is made of ashtadhatu or eight primary metals. The woodwork of the temple pulls the attention of travellers and pilgrims from all across the country.
3. Kunhoo DarIf you drive 23 KM to Kunhoo Dar, you would come across a flat-topped hill that also acts as a great city-viewpoint. Take a kilometre’s walk from Karsog Bazar to reach Kunhoo Dar. The 360 degrees panoramic view includes mesmerising views of the Karsog Valley and the Shikari Devi peak in the North. You can view the Pir Panjal, the Hanuman Tibba and other mountains on a clear and bright day. Enroute to Kunhoo Dar, one can spot a temple dedicated to Shilgiri Nag at Matel, the course would also have a small cave dedicated to Deoli Mata on the way.
4. KamrunagIf you are in the mood for some trekking, then the Kamrunag temple in Mandi district. You would have to drive along the Chindi-Mano road to reach Chowki village, from where you can trek up to the shrine. Kamrunag is known to be a pilgrim site where devotees make offerings here. The towns around the place are pristine, offering scenic landscape views. The region also has several trekking routes.
Where to StaySince Chindi is still a small town away from the stretches of tourism, there are very few hotels. The government accommodation at PWD Rest House is the best option in addition to the hotel Manleshwar. Visitors may not receive top-notch modern amenities, but they would receive essential requirements to relax in the beautiful valley.
How to ReachVia Road
Chindi is accessible from different parts. Those beginning from Delhi can easily visit this place for a weekend getaway after a 457 KM-long drive down from Delhi city.
Those taking a flight to Chindi would have to avail the Shimla Airport and further take a 99-km drive to Chindi.
If you’re taking the train, you would have to get off at Kalka and then take the narrow gauge train to Shimla. Hire a cab henceforth to reach Chindi city. We prefer roadways to be the ideal option to enter this peaceful town.
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