Swarghat, Himachal Pradesh

Marking the entry point to the popular KulluManali circuit, Swarghat on the Chandigarh-Manali highway, is an ideal stopover destination. Commanding scenic views of the plains panning out before you from the undulating ridges of the Shivalik mountains, Swarghat was the summer retreat of the erstwhile royal family of Bilaspur. Surrounded by pine trees, it is a beautiful place and an ideal spot for a quite overnight stay.

Fast Facts

Height: 1220 m

Climate: The low winter temperatures necessitate warm clothing, but the summers are pleasant and cottons are recommended.

Getting There & Away: How to reach Swarghat

Road: Chandigarh through Ropar and Kiratpur is 90 kms away, Shimla is 124 kms and Bilaspur is 40 kms.

Rail: Chandigarh is the nearest major railhead, at a distance of 90 kms.

Air: Chandigarh is the nearest airport, 90 kms away.

Tourist Attractions in Swarghat

The Laxmi-Narayan temple stop a hill is at a walkable distance.

Nalagarh Fort (4.5 kms) – the ruins of this strategic hill fort here are a testimony of the importance the region once command.

Bhimakali Temple (6 kms), the short trek to this temple has rewarding views.

Naina Devi Temple (20 kms) is famous as a Shaktipeeth temple that pilgrims visit. A popular fair is held each August.

Bhakra (37 kms) has India’s highest straight gravity concrete dam that holds back the waters of Gobind Sagar lake.

Deotsidh (37 kms) meaning ‘Light of Truth’ is a cave temple shrine, high on a spur of a Dhaulagiri hill where a sacred fire has been constantly burning for over five centuries. This famous pilgrim centre is dedicated to a child saint Baba Balaknath, a deified ascetic of ancient times.

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