Kandaghat, District Solan, Himachal Pradesh
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Ideal holiday destination for families
Kandaghat, Shoghi Overview
Step out of your little tempo traveller and all you will experience is cold breeze which can make you shiver even in the month of June when summer is at its peak in India but all this is not unexpected when you will land in Kandaghat. One of the most popular tourist attraction Kandaghat is a small little town tucked away in the Himalayas in the Solan district of Himachal Pradesh which presents a brilliant amalgamation of scenic beauty and architectural wonders. As you stepped in the beautiful place, you will see another world which is waiting for you. The blue sky blazes red and orange at sunrise and sunset times with hills all around with the queen of hills and the capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla at a distance of 30 km. The road to the famous tourist destination of Chail turns from Kandaghat. It is located on the National Highway 22 that connects Kalka and Shimla in the Solan district. The town is at a height of 4,667 ft. above the sea level.
The beautiful view of the valley and the chilling weather is the main attraction of the place. You should definitely visit Kandaghat if you are seeking for is a quiet and serene vacation. It has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in India in the recent time. This place offers fantastic tourist attractions as well as an amazing cuisine that you can enjoy in the blissful weather. It does not matter if you want to lie down in the lap of Mother Nature or climb the mountains or be there to experience snow falling on your face; this is definitely the best place to rejuvenate yourself in any way you want to. It is so mesmerizing that even after leaving the place, the picturesque views of this little hamlet atop the hills will not leave your mind.
Attractions of Kandaghat
A trip to Kandaghat will be paid with interests in the form of tranquillity, accordance with nature, a harmony of peaceful thoughts. You can enjoy the mist float gently from one peak to the other, revealing streaks of sunlight caressing the contours of the conifers and much more eye-catching beauty of nature. There is not much to do with trekking at Kandaghat but you can visit the Taradevi Temple, a Devi temple set on hilltop offering views of Shimla town and area around which itself is a major tourist spot and the view from the temple shows the beauty of the town. Temple is popular with locals and tourists to the area. It is famous for the Chail View Palace that was constructed by Maharaja Bhupinder Singh as his residence. Apart from this, you can also visit the Shiva temple, Karol Ranges and Baba Thada Mulla.
Not only the attractions but it is also famous as a getaway popular with corporates from Chandigarh for their conferences/meets and getaways. A lot of tourists like to venture out into the mountains, go on long hikes, visit local temples and drink in the beauty of the landscape. There are many herb gardens and a nice collection of local herb plants are there. The most famous temple of Kandaghat is the Shiva temple which was built in the 17th century. Other than this, the major attractions are Chail view palace, Karol ranges, Shiva temple and beautiful gardens. Karol tibba or Karol ranges are famous for the historical Krishna Temples which are located in caves which were dug by the Pandavas. This place has it all what makes it a perfect tourist destination, Kandaghat. Other places which are not to be missed in Kandaghat are the Baba Balak Nath Temple, Siddh baba and the Hanuman Mandir.
It is even a perfect destination for a relaxing do-nothing holiday where you just wander around soothing your eyes and heart with scenic beauty as you can just be there in the lap of nature, listening to birds chirping and feeling the wind on your face. Everything about this place gives an ecstatic feeling.
History of Kandaghat
Kandaghat was the seat of the local Deputy Commissioner during the British Rule. Kandaghat was also the summer capital of the Princely State of Patiala. Kandaghat is undergoing a green revolution under Himachal Government agricultural project. This place offers fantastic tourist attractions as well as an amazing cuisine that you can enjoy in the blissful weather. Before independence, this place was known as the ‘Kohistan Distt’ and after the refuge of Maharaja, it gets its name Kandaghat. Now the palace is a polytechnic college for women and making its contribution in the education field.
Best time to visit
Best time to visit kandaghat is in winters as the weather is pleasant and ideal for sightseeing and enjoying the various activities that Kandaghat has to offer. The first option lets you escape from the heat wave and the latter lets you enjoy the mildly falling snow during winters.
It enjoys pleasant summers and cold, snowy winters with a moderate climate ranging from 5 degrees in the winter months and a maximum of 30 degrees in the month of May and June.
Club Mahindra at Shimla hills, Kalka Shimla highway is one of the famous luxe resort with landscaped grounds and there is a charm in the resort. It is not a hidden secret that people sometimes go to Kandaghat especially to enjoy being at the Club resort which is far away from the crowded areas and is situated in the mesmerising beauty of the town. Aamod at Shoghi is another magnificent hotel nearby. Other than this, a lot of other good hotels are also available at Kandaghat.
How to Reach Kandaghat
There are no bus routes from other major cities to Kandaghat. Nearest bus stand is Solan. The nearest railway station is Kandaghat only and it is connected by day train with Chandigarh. The Nearest Airport is Shimla Airport which is 35 Kms. away while Chandigarh is 90 Kms. and Ludhiana is 180 Kms away from the attraction spot. Other than this, one can also drive the way as the place is an Ex- Chandigarh/ Ex- Ludhiana/ Ex- Dehradun/ Ex- Jalandhar/ Ex- Amritsar/ Ex- New Delhi/ Ex- Gurgaon/ Ex- Noida/ Ex- Faridabad/ Ex- Jammu/ Ex- Agra/ Ex- Jaipur Getaway.
- Do visit the Chail View Palace.
- Do not overeat while travelling as it can lead to nausea/ vomiting.
- The following things are a must to have:
- Heavy woollen clothing and socks
- Good rubber soled shoes
- Personal Medication
- Do not venture alone at night.
- Maintain a safe distance from the people like tourist guides, taxi drivers, bus conductors, etc.
- Do not forget to go slow at the curves and blow the horn.