Best Places To Visit In Una- An Overview
Explore UNA, located in the south-west region of the state of Himachal Pradesh, situated at the base of the Shivalik ranges shares its boundary with Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Kangra and Hoshiarpur of Punjab. An ideal destination to visit all year around where you can spend the best of your vacation time relaxing in the proximity of nature and devour mesmerizing sightseeing opportunities. Pleasant weather at all times whenever you are visiting Una to explore the offbeat hidden gems will definitely make your visit a memorable one.
There are different beliefs as to how Una got its name. So if you are a travel enthusiast and planning to go for a vacation, enjoy a discounted holiday with the Goibibo coupons where you get great handpicked deals from time to time. According to some religious folklore, Una, meaning ‘only that much’ in Punjabi, was named by Guru Nanak Dev. Another belief associates it with ‘unnati’, meaning ‘progress’, in Hindi.
Una is a destination which is well-connected by various means of transportation, which include road, rail and air.
Amritsar Airport is the closest airbase to Una at a distance of 78 km.
The broad-gauge railhead is linked to all major cities of Himachal Pradesh and other cities like Chandigarh, Rupnagar, Ambala, Haridwar and New Delhi.
By Road the city is approachable from Shimla, Pathankot and Chandigarh.
There are many interesting places out of which some of the Notable tourist attractions at Una are the religious sites like :
Chintpurni Temple- 53 kms
An old famous temple about a thousand-year-old venerated to Goddess Chintpurni. Thronged with a large number of devotees who visit the temple all around the year to seek the blessings of the goddess. It is one of the 52 shaktipeeth with the main deity of the temple, Goddess Chintpurni placed in the temple as a stone idol, which is also known as Pindi. The city also has a Chintapurni fair popularly known as ‘Mata da Mela’ thrice a year.
Sheetla Devi temple
Another religious shrine which is located atop the hill just behind Chintapurni. It is one of the 9 important temples dedicated to Goddess Durga. The 9 temples depict the 9 incarnations of the goddess. These temples have a special sanctity and those who love water, can go to Beas river on the link road from Sheetla Temple which is 25 km away and can have a lot of fun
Thaneek Pura, famous for the Chaat bazaar
This is located 3 km away from the Chintpurni Devi temple and is surrounded by shrines of Guga Jahar Peer, Mahiya Sidh and Radha-Krishna. An old deep well with 60 steps is a great attraction for tourists. Every year a fair is held following Krishna Janamshtami which also coincides with the celebration of Guga Navami.
During the fair, a bhandara and grand yajna are organized along with a wrestling competition for the devotees.
Other notable attraction is the Dera Baba Bharbhag Singh Gurudwara- 40 kms
A Sikh shrine standing on top of the hill where thousands of Sikhs come to seek blessings of the saint. The place is very neat and clean with beautiful and charming surroundings and one has an amazing experience to be here. Baba Bhar Bhag Singh Mela is conducted here during February to offer greetings to Bharbhag Singh Ji. This fair is held during the Holi festival and known for treating mental problems of mentally challenged people at the gurudwara by the priest who is known as “Masands”.
Gobind Sagar Lake
Gobind Sagar Lake is a man made reservoir built in 1976, 78 km away from Una which is an embodiment of true Himalayan beauty. A treat for nature lovers and adventure junkies this is one of the most visited tourist spots where activities like swimming, surfing, water-skiing, kayaking, rowing, canoeing, and White Water River rafting are organized. Known for its flora and fauna along with fishes of different species even today this lake is home to many species of birds and animals like Panther, Wolf, Chausinga, Chinkara, Wild boar, Sambar, Sloth bear, Hyena, Sloth bear and Nilgai. Fishing is a regular activity in the reservoir which is home to fifty species and sub-species of fishes namely Tor Putitora (Mahasheer), Labeo Dero (Gid), Mystus Seenghala (Singhara) and mirror carp. The water sports activities are organized here by the Himachal Pradesh tourism and under the strict vigilance of Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation.
Popularly known as Forts of Solah Singhi were constructed by Kangra ruler Sansar Chandra. With ceilings of the fort made with huge stone slabs,these forts are the site of relics and ten out of sixteen forts have been ruined. The forts were renovated by Maharaja Ranjit Singh. The forts are situated in the beautiful site of Pong Dam and the view of Govind Sagar Lake and the Pong Dam is amazingly breathtaking from here.
Known for Adventure activities, this place is around 25 km away from the district of Una, an ideal place for trekkers and nature lovers.
Baba Rudranand Ashram
This is another important tourist destination located at Amlehar Village in the Una District. Devotees look forward to the annual festival of the ashram , which is organised during ‘Kushotpaatini Amavasaya’ as well as on the auspicious occasions of Shri Krishna Janamashtmi, Makar Sankranti and Shivaratri. Apart from these other important festivals and fairs like Nirjala Ekadashi Fair, Panch Bhisham Mela, Vyas Puja and Baba Rudru’s Jayanti are also celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm here. With comfortable accommodation facilities the devotees look forward for this change where they can rest and stay during their visit. From evening to morning tourists will be able to listen to the echoes of holy hymns within this premises. Another added attraction is the burning of the ‘akhand dhoona’, a holy powder which is believed to be burning since 1850.
Shiv Bari Temple, Mini Secretariat, Dhunsar Mahadeva Temple and Bangana Lathian Piplu , a place which can be spotted at Una Barsar Hamirpur Road are some other tourist attractions not to be missed.
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