Kandaghat

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Kandaghat, Shoghi Overview

Located almost within a stone-throwing distance from the various attractions of the ever-popular hill station destination Shimla, Kandaghat is a quiet and peaceful vacation spot to spend a nice weekend with your family or friends. Nestled amidst the Himalayas, it offers a great view of the green valleys and high mountains, all without the hustle-bustle of the crowd. A tehsil or sub-district in Solan, Kadaghat has become one of the favourite spots in Himachal, favoured by those who love the beauty of the mountain and appreciate serenity over stereotype. It is said that the sun here paints a brilliant picture twice every day during sunrise and sunset, and otherwise a brilliant blue sky, free from smoke and pollution screens the sky atop the mountains.

Kandaghat falls en route to the famous attraction spot Chail. In fact, the small village town is located on the Kalka-Shimla National Highway 22, equidistant from Chail and the state capital Shimla - both around 30 kilometres away. Even though the place does not have a vast array of options where site seeing is concerned, it sure has its bountiful of natural beauty to offer, If you are looking for a pleasant trip to somewhere noiseless and tranquil in the lap of the mountains, Kandhaghat is one of the best choices.

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During the British rule, Kandaghat played a small role in the administration of the area in and around Himachal. It was the seat of power for the local Deputy Commissioner and also the summer capital of the royalty of Patiala. The king of Patiala, Maharaja Bhupinder Singh was allotted the land by the British Government for his assistance in the Anglo-Nepalese War.

Chail View Palace of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh
In the land given to him by the British, Maharaja Bhupinder Singh decided to build the most beautiful palace which would be his summer retreat. However, before building the palace at Chail, which is now called the Maharaja Palace, he built yet another at Kandaghat which offered a stunning view of Chail. A part of the building now has been taken up by the government to form the Women's Polytechnic College, but the private chambers used exclusively by the royalty are preserved for the tourists to have a glimpse into the riches of the past.

The Shiv Temples
There are many Shiv temples in Kandaghat for those with a spiritual heart. Jatoli Shiv Temple and Baba Balak Nath Temple are two of the most frequented ones. Some of these were restructured by the Maharaja when he took over the region in a sense, but their origins date back to 350-400 years, as per the folklore goes. So if a little bit of darshan is always on your tour itinerary, you will not miss out on that at Kandaghat.

Karol ranges or Karol Tibba
The Karol ranges are about 4 kilometres uphill from the main town of Kandaghat. There is an ancient temple for Lord Krishna at the highest point, one that has the legend of being built by the Pandavas during their exile from Hastinapur. The temple is inside a cave that is believed to be dug up by the five brothers of the epic. The actual depth of the cave has remained unfathomable and to where it leads remains to be a mystery, but many elders believe that it has its other end at the historical Mughal Gardens at Pinjore. You can trek up to the top of the Karol ranges to have a look of this mystical cave temple yourself. The peak also offers a mind-blowing view of the entire district of Solan. It is a view worth looking as well as capturing.

Baba Thadda Mulla
Baba Thadda Mulla is basically a waterfall around half a kilometre downhill from Kandaghat. It is a place of worship for the locals, though women are not allowed to do the same. The most passionate devotees believe that if you pray for something here, the wishes will be fulfilled within a week and after being granted with it, one has to sacrifice a black goat here as per the traditional vote of thanks to the deity. However, you can skip this if you don’t like the custom here.

In summer, Kandaghat has a more or less cool and pleasant climate, being high up in the mountains. However, if you are a fan of chilly weather and even a little bit of snow, winter might be the right time.

Do visit the Chail View Palace.

The nearest airport to Kandaghat is the Chandigarh airport, but Kandaghat has its own railway station. However, buses don't go to Kandaghat directly. From Solan, you have to take a cab to Kandaghat. You can hire a car to go to the sites to visit in the town itself.

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