Himani Chamunda Temple
Barfani Chamunda or Aadi Himani Chamunda is a Hindu temple near the town of Chamunda (Himachal Pradesh). At 2810 metres and flanked by Dhauladhars; Aadi Himani Chamunda temple is accessible via two well-defined trek routes. The more frequented trek route connects Chamunda temple with Aadi Himani Chamunda via Jadrangal. This is a route frequented by pilgrims and it is a much straighter and paved with stone steps. The other trekking route is lesser known, but is more scenic. This route starts near Jia Village. Jia is a picturesque mountain hamlet nestled in Dhauladhar foothills. This picturesque village is 7 kilometres from Chamunda town. The village is dominated by a hydroelectric power project overlooking the village. If you are driving to Jia, plan a visit to the upper reservoir of this hydroelectric project. The drive is quite scenic and is worth a detour.
Buddhist Monastic Institute
Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama inaugurated a Buddhist monastic institute at Gopalpur area near Dharamsala in Himachal’s Palampur district. 1Km. from The Wishpring Pines Hotel. Over a hundred admirers and followers of the Dalai Lama gathered to seek his blessings, as he inaugurated this institution named Dorzong Buddhist Monastic Institute. The Dalai Lama and Karmapa jointly held a prayer session in the monastery. Tibetan Buddhist monks of Dorzong Institute from Tashi Jong also came to offer prayers and to receive the Tibetan spiritual leader. According to P Atisha, Secretary of Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR), Tibetan Government-in-exile, it is a special occasion as the efforts of Dorzong Rinpoche bore the fruit at the hands of the Dalai Lama.
Chamunda Devi Temple
Chamunda Devi Temple is a renowned holy shrine of the Hindus. Located in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, Chamunda Devi Mandir is at a distance of 10 kms from Palampur and 2 Km. from The Wishpring Pines Hotel, on the banks of Baner River. This ancient temple dates back to the 16th century. The temple is dedicated to Chamunda Devi, who is a form of Durga / Shakti. Chamunda Devi Mandir is believed to be the abode of ‘Shiva and Shakti’. Due to this reason, it is also known as ‘Chamunda Nandikeshwar Dham’. Chamunda Devi is considered as the wrathful form of Durga, but at the same time, the Goddess is kind to her true devotees. The term ‘Chamunda’ has been derived from two words, ‘Chanda’ and ‘Munda’. As per the mythological legends, Durga made a goddess with her power, to slay the demons, Chanda and Munda. With her immense power, the Goddess killed the demons. Goddess Durga became happy with the slaughter and blessed the goddess that she would be known and worshipped as Chamunda. The temple is situated in the picturesque beauty of lush green mountains. Many saints can be seen here involved in penance and meditation. In the past days, the image of the Goddess was situated on the hill above the present site of the temple. The site was found to be in a remote area, where it was not possible for everyone to reach and moreover, it was quite risky. There is a story behind the establishment of this temple.
Nature Park of Gopalpur
The Nature Park of Gopalpur is located in a small village near Palampur in Himachal Pradesh. It is famed for being one of the most frequented nature parks in the Himalayan region. The lush green cover of the Nature Park of Gopalpur is cocooned cozily amidst the magnificent Dhauladhar range. The Nature Park of Gopalpur is a rich treasure trove of a wide variety of flora and fauna. Bestowed with stunning beauty and conserved with care, the park endeavors to spread awareness about wildlife among the thousands of tourists hat flock here every year. The alpine landscape lends a unique charm to this nature park in Gopalpur. Musk deer, Monal and Himalayan Black bear gain the maximum focus and cheer in the Gopalpur Nature Park.