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Chindi, Mandi Overview

Away from the buzzing sound of the city, this small village sits quietly in the lap of nature at 1850 masl in Himachal Pradesh. Packed with apple orchards and blessed with divine beauty of nature, one can also find several small temples near the village. 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 including wheat and corn fields lining the valley.

Chindi is the best place to enjoy some tranquillity, in the Karsog Valley of Himachal Pradesh. Although yet to receive sustainable tourist footfall, Chindi makes for the perfect quiet destination. Lined in apple orchards and enormous pine and deodar forests, the region is a fun-size locality welcoming travellers to experience its pristine lifestyle.

Located 107 kms from Mandi, this place is easily accessible via Tattapani. About 87 km from Shimla and 204 KM from Chandigarh, Chindi is known primarily for different temples, and is also well-connected to other popular Himachal zones.

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Weather in Chindi

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.

How to Reach Chindi

  • Via 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.
  • Via Flight: Those taking a flight to Chindi would have to avail the Shimla Airport and further take a 99-km drive to Chindi.
  • Via Train: 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.

Places near Chindi

1. Mamleshwar Temple

Situated 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 Temple

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Another 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 Dar

If 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. Kamrunag

If 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.

Accommodation in Chindi

Since 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.

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Ravi Kumar 9 months ago
The taste for travel in India has changed a lot over the years. The new generation travellers prefer places that are away from the hustle and bustle of busy tourist destinations. All they look forward to is a quiet and relaxing vacation. A little bit of sightseeing and more of lazying out in a hotel that offers a great view, clean air, a place that is quiet and natural. Such is this destination known as CHINDI that is just 95 kms away from Shimla and 100 kms from Mandi. Not many people have known this, but this truly is a place to spend your next vacations.

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