Kiarighat hill station himachal pradesh

Kiarighat is beautiful hill station located in Kalka-Shimla national highway in Himachal Pradesh, India. Its distance from Shimla is 27 Kms and from Solan is 19 Kms. Kiarighat a fantastic tourist spot is surrounded by oak, pine and deodar trees makes the places look amazing. Its picturesque and scenic beauty attracts tons of tourists every year. Sightseer heading towards Shimla can have a fantastic stay at Kiarighat situated at a height of 1750 metres. The Apple Cart Inn is renowned economy hotel of this place which was Dak Bungalow and staging post one time where horses were transformed for the final stretch to Shimla.

Many resorts and hotel in Kiarighat offers the luxurious and tremendous accommodation at affordable budget. Even the local people also offer the home stay facility to tourists in their Bungalows and villas which are quite comfortable and relaxing. There are many hotels and resorts offer outstanding food services. Bar & Restaurants serve Indian, Continental, Chinese and Himachali cuisine and therefore people love to visit this place. Windows and balconies of the hotels offer the scenic beauty and eye-catching view of the mountains and by sitting in your room, one can enjoy the beauty of nature and their privacy too.

In winters, the temperature can drop near to freezing point and heavy woollens are required and in summers, light woollens or cottons are recommended. The best time to visit the place is December to July. In December to January month snowfall is quite common and most of hills can be seen snow-capped. The most suitable time for trekking and sightseeing is March to June. The splendid mountains of Kiarighat have immense flawless and perfect beauty to offer its visitors. Also the place is very quiet and green, just perfect to beat the city pollution and noise.

PLACES TO VISIT Nearby

Dagashai: A beautiful little town on a hill. There are forested ravines and hills. It is a wonderful picnic spot with a lot of serenity.The canopy of oaks and holly forests are mesmerizing. As a reminder of the British raj, there is an old church. Dagshai was a well established cantonment. It was here that a large jail was constructed in 1846. Mutineers and foreign law breakers were sentenced to life imprisonment and sent to the jail in this place.

Jatoli: There is an ancient Shiva Temple, famous for its annual fair during the Mahasivaratri festival. This town is 6 kms. from Solan.

Parwanoo:  A small town on the banks of a river that separates it from Kalka. The town is divided in to 6 separate sectors on the Shivalik range. There is a cable car that takes visitors across the Timber Trail. There is a resort at a height of 5000 feet above sea level on the Shivalik ranges.

Solan Brewery: The brewery was incorporated in the year 1855 as Dyer Meakin Brewery and was later named Mohan Meakin Breweries.

Maharajah’s Palace: The Palace is 38 kms. from Kariaghat. It is located in 75 acres of land and the surroundings area is exquisite.

Ramgarh Fort: Built by Kushal Singh who also built Khajuraho, this is a spectacular fort. It has been converted into a hotel.The Fort is near Lake Sukhna.. The fort had been built more than 360 years ago. The rulers who lived there were from the Chandel dynasty, whose empire extended over Central IOndia in the period 800 to 1182 AD. The entrance is through a massive gate which is 37 feet in height and considered as the tallest wooden door in India by the Limca Book of Records.Lattice work and mirror mosaics adorn the inner side of the fort.

Summer Hill: The peak is 2123 metres above sea level and is a part of the seven hills that forms Shimla.

Bon Monastery: This is the second oldest monastery in the world after Tibet. It is also known as the Yungdrung Bon Monastery run by the YungdrungBon Monastic Centre. It was founded by the Abbot Lungtop Tenpai Niyama in 1969. This is a self sufficient monastery that houses 120 monks. On the Tibetan New Year eve, the Bon dance is conducted in this monastery.

 Nalagarh Fort: Nalagarh was the capital of Hindur state. The fort is built in the Mughal style architecture and had witnessed the Gorkha war in early 19th century. This fort has been extensively renovated and made into a hotel.

Kamna Devi Temple: The temple is situated on the top of a hill and gives a spectacular view of the Deodar forests and the toy train that runs to and from Tara Devi. It is believed that the Goddess blesses anyone who climbs up to the temple. The temple is also known as Creeda Devi Temple. This temple is open round the clock.

Chail Wildlife Sanctuary: This is a small wildlife sanctuary located close to Chail Hill station. The inhabitants of the sanctuary are Sambar, barking deer, cheer pheasants and others. There are oaks and deodar trees and thick vegetation. There are trekking trails through the forerst. This was the former hunting place of the Maharajah of Patiala, Bhupinder Singh.The Maharajah introduced the Eurpean red deer a hundred years ago. He was later banished for eloping with Lord Kitchener’s daughter. The Sanctuary is a wonderful place for nature lovers and bird watchers. The sanctuary has a clear view of the Sutlej valley.Angling is another popular activity  in the Gaura river for Mahaseer.

Churdhar Wildlife Sanctuary: named after the Churdhar Peak which has an altitude of 3647 metres above sea level, is the highest in Sirmour district. It is holy to Hindu pilgrims because of the Chureshwar Maharaj temple. Legend states that Bheem’s son,Barbareek witnessed the Mahabharatha war from the summit which is 12000 feet above sea level. It is a paradise for trekkers. The Gujjars inhabit this area. The story goes that Barbareek promised his mother that he would fight with the weaker side in the war. He came down to the Pandava camp and Lord Krishna sensing trouble as the Kauravas were losing, he disguised himself as a Brahmin and asked for the head of Barbareek which he readily gave only after asking for a boon.The Sanctuary has common langur, rhesus macaque,Himalayan Black bear,Indian porcupine, Indian Musk deer,laughing Thrush and many other birds and reptiles.

Majathal Wildlife Sanctuary: it is situated on altitudes averaging 900 to 1966 metres above sea level Rare. This sanctuary is spread over the rugged terrain of the Himalayan ranges.The inhabitants are cheer pheasants, ghorals, Himalayan black bear, leopards and primates like rhesus macaque, jungle cat, civet, barking deer, sambar, Indian wild bear and langur of this sanctuary. The forest is covered with a dense growth of oak trees. The only coniferous species that grow here is the Chir Pine. This wildlife sanctuary is situated 10 kms. away from Kiarighat.

HOW TO REACH

The small town of Kiarighat can be accessed by road. The place is on the Shimla – Kalka Highway. Shimla is 27 kms. away and Solan is 19 kms. The nearest airport is at Jubbarhatti which is 23 kms. from Shimla. The nearest meter gauge train is Kandaghat which is 34 kms. from Shimla.

BEST SEASON TO VISIT

The temperature during winter can go below freezing point and visitors are advised to carry heavy woolen clothes at that time. During summers, the climate is pleasant and visitors need to carry only light woolen or cotton clothes. Accommodation is available in the inn belonging to the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation.

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