Jogindernagar is one of the terminal points of 163 km long narrow gauge from Kangra. It is a famous town of state Himachal and is named after Raja Joginder Sen at the height of 1010 m. Having 3 hydro-electric projects, Joginder nagar is also known as the City of Powerhouse and is the first in Asia to have such achievement.
With a population of around 5000 and located in the Mandi district, the place comes in the high danger zone of the earthquake. The climate is good and the place is surrounded by the oak and pine trees. Everything can be enjoyed there in Jogindernagar that includes fishing, trekking, picnics and sightseeing. No doubt, you can also enjoy a better hilly area drive in a taxi or a private car.
Joginder Sen, the ruler of mandi built the hydel power unit at Sukrahatti village in 1925. Subsequently the place has been named as Jogindernagar. The place is famous for its Haulage ways. The reservoir has been constructed at Barot (1900 M). Barot is the gateway of beautiful and wild life rich Barot valley and Nargu Wildlife sanctuary. The Trout fish breeding farm located at Barot releases Trout fish into the river Uhi. The Resident Engineer issues permit to travel by haulage trolley against an indemnity bond of Rs.5/-. The total time taken for the trip is about 5 hours. The office of the Electricity Board remains closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Bus is also available at 9 AM from Jogindernagar to Barot in 2 hours. At the top of the hill, there is temple of Banderi devi under the shadow if Pine and Cedar trees.
Jogindernagar – Places of interest
Barot : 41 km by road from Joginder Nagar, and 13 km by the Haulage trolley. This is the most beautiful hill station of Jogindernagar packs an enormous range of outdoor activities. Two reservoirs of the power project is located here. A trout breeding centre makes it a wonderful place for angling. Across the river Uhl is the Nargu Wild Life Sanctuary home to the ghoral, Himalayan black bear, leopard, Monal, kite, monkey, kasturi deer, wild cat, nilgai, kakkar and a variety of pheasants. Every year hundreds of tourists from nearby places and states like Punjab , Haryana visit it. In winters snowfall takes place here and makes its beauty much gorgeous. There is also a high altitude panoramic lake at an height of 14000 (3950m) feet known as Dianasur lake where holy journeys are started in the month of August and September. Lord Hanuman is believed to have stopped over this place while killing an evil witch. There are many varieties of herbs and flowers over these mountains having great importance and medicinal use. There are many beautiful temples of local Devtas (Gods) in this valley known as Chauhar Valley . Proper arrangements of staying are available in rest houses being run by govt. and hotels being run by local bodies within reasonable and cheap prices. One Govt. school, computer and music centre as well is located here. Population of Barot is a thousand approximately.
Machhiyal Lake is a small lake that is located 6km from hotel Uhl is a sacred place where God Machendru is worshipped.
Baijnath temple that is situated 23 km from Jogindernagar has a divine temple of Lord Shiva, also called Vaidyanath
The highest peaks of Jogindernagar are Billing peak (9510 feet), Winch Camp (8820 feet), Jhatingari (6,725 feet), Siqander Dhar (6010 feet), Banderi (5225 feet). However Winch Camp is the nearest (8 km from Jogindernagar). In Siqandar Dhar peak as well as Banderi some ancient forts are constructed by Rajas of that period. There is heavy snowfall over these mountains during winter.
Chaprot : This is an enormous picnic spot situated at an altitude of 4075 feet above sea level. On the occasion of Christmas Day people come here to celebrate and enjoy. A beautiful reservoir of Bassi Power House is situated here. A haulage way system was also built here after independence which still not working.
Chauntra : It’s a beautiful town situated at an altitude of 4,250 feet above sea level. There are many beautiful Buddhist monasteries and a large Institution of Tibetans. This town is also showered with tea orchards. An annual fair is held here at nearby ground.
Banderi Temple : This temple at Banderi peak (5225) is held sacred to Goddess Banderi. People from distant villages come for the completion of their prayers. A big public lunch locally called as Bhandara or Jag is held in Navaratra period. Half a km from this temple is Kila Karanpur Fort made by Raja Joginder Sen.
Shanan Power House is one of the oldest hydro-electric projects established in 1932 also has a panoramic view.
Haulage way system in Jogindernagar which is perhaps its only kind of track in the world. There are different haulage way stations in this particular transportation system starting from Buffer stop (4150 feet). Next is Adit Junction set at an altitude of 6000 feet is locally called as 18 number as it is imprinted over there. The water rushes down from the reservoir at Barot in the Uhl river through penstock pipes going down nearly a thousand meters (3280 feet). The loading capacity of haulage way cars are 15, 10, 5 tons. Higher the capacity, lower the speed.
Baba Balakrupi Temple : This beautiful temple is situated in Balakrupi village which was renamed after this temple. An annual fair is held here at nearby temple ground at every Saturday of a particular month.. It also packs a beautiful picnic spot called as Thara which seems like a small plateau. On the right hand side of this place is Gugli Khadd where people enjoy swimming. Balakrupi is 2 km from Jogindernagar. In Balakrupi temple a special tradition of cutting down the hair of 2 and half year old child known as ‘Mundan Sanskar’is done.
Winch Camp is a place where you can travel at a height of 8000 ft to 8300 ft (Head-Gear). This is the location where you can the nature in its purest form.
Jhalwan Village: This beautiful village is situated beside state highway 20.It has only Govt. revenue training centre of the state near Jhlawan (3km from Jogindernagar). At nearby Bhatta a beautiful residential colony for Uhl Stage III employees is situated. The temple of Chamunda Mata , the Goddess of war is situated here. Devotees from distant villages come here. Here one temple of Lord Shiva is situated at Bagh. The residential colony near Bhatta is made in modern style and gives a view like a big city.
Lakshminarayana Temple: In a nearby village known as Ner (6km from Jogindernagar) is a hundreds of year old temple of Lord Lakshminarayana . Lord Vishnu is said to have meditated here for 300 years and is built by Pandavas. This temple came into the minds of people when an industrialist from other state dreamt of meeting God and God said him to take care of the temple. Industrialist donated thousand of rupees for the repair of this temple. It is said that the idol of God on that night moved inches from its original place and bells started ringing automatically.
Jhatingiri (2130m) contains the destroyed ruins of the Mandi rulers and it is surrounded by the thick forest of deodars. It presents a better view of nature and it is situated 12 km from Jogindernagar.
It is one of the finest places to visit in Himachal Pradesh from mid-May to mid-October.
How to reach Jogindernagar
By Air : The nearest airports are at GaggI (Kangra) and from the one at Bhuntar near Kullu the distance is 11km.
By Road : Taxis and buses to Jogindernagar are available at all major stations.
By Rail : Jogindernagar is the terminus of the narrow gauge rail track from Pathankot. It is 65 km by road from Kangra and 55 km from Mandi.
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