Hillsides covered with thick forests, acres filled with apple orchards, small picturesque hamlets and remarkable views in all directions combine to make Chindi (1825 m) and the area around it, one of the most beautiful places in Himachal Pradesh. The area is still off the beaten track and yet, has good facilities in terms of roads, small markets and accomodation. Chindi is an excellent off-beat destination that holds the charms that Himachal is just famous for.
ACCESS : The closest airport is at Shimla at Jubbar-Hatti, 110 km away. The nearest narrow gauge railhead is at Shimla, 87 km away. By road Mandi is 100 km, Rampur via Baina Khud is 92 km, Chandigarh is 204 km and Delhi is 457 km. The road from Shimla passes through Naldehra, Tattapani, Al Chindi and Churag.
CLIMATE : In winter, the temperature can drop to below freezing point when heavy woolens are required and in summers, light woolens / cottons are recommended.
PLACES OF INTEREST
- The wide Karsog Valley lies below Chindi and has good excursion spots. Apple orchards add thir attraction to the area and Chindi is surrounded by them.
- The area has several temples that display a high level of traditional craftmanship. Some of the important temples are – Mamleshwara Mahadev, Kamakshya Mata, Mahunag, Ardhnarishwara, Aledi Mahadev, Palinag at Nalagali, the sacred Bhima Rock, Churag temple, Nag Dhamooni at Sairi Bangla, temple at Chatri and the temple of Nag Dhamooni at Saranda.
- The hike to Shikari Devi (3359 m) is possible from Chindi. The views from Kunhoo Dhar (23 Km) are spectacular.