(Last Updated on : 26-03-2015)
Joginder Nagar Valley is a small hilly valley in Himachal Pradesh
. Joginder Nagar Valley contains the town of Joginder Nagar and various other villages surrounded by mountains on all sides.
Location of Joginder Nagar Valley
Joginder Nagar Valley falls in the mid-hill zone (900 to 2700 metres) of the Dhauladhar
mountain range in the foothills of the Indian Himalayan Mountain Range.
Railway Station in Joginder Nagar Valley
Joginder Nagar Valley is a haulage way system in Joginder Nagar which is perhaps its only kind of track in the world. There are different haulage way stations in this particular transportation system starting from Buffer stop (4,150 feet).
Next to Joginder Navagar Valley is Adit Junction. It is set at an altitude of 6,000 feet (1,800 m) and is locally called 18 number as it is imprinted over there. The water of Joginder Navagar Valley rushes down from the reservoir at Barot in the Uhl river through penstock pipes going down nearly a thousand meters (3,280 feet). The loading capacity of haulage way cars are 15, 10, 5 tons. Higher the capacity, lower the speed. The Haulage Way System or Trolley at Jogindernagar is one of its own kinds in the world.
Winch Camp near Joginder Nagar Valley
Winch Camp is situated at an altitude of 8,000 feet. The height of the peak is near about 8,800 feet. On the way to Winch camp there are thick forests of Rhododendron (Burans or locally known as Brah ka fool) from which people prepare delicious sauce having a great medicinal use. From this place one is able to see kilometres of distance including Beas River
Hills, Kangra district
and Hamirpur boundaries etc. In winter season there is heavy snowfall over these mountains which sometimes even scales up to 2 feet (0.61 m) or above. The local people, tourists, students from schools and colleges step onto these marvellous mountains for having the gorgeous pleasure of snowfall on their feet.
Headgear in Jogendar Nagar Valley
On the other side of the mountain near Joginder Nagar Valley is Headgear. The next haulage way station is at an altitude of 8,300 feet (2,500 m). This spot packs outstanding scenery of Himalayan ranges, including Dhauladhar Mountain Range, which are about 16,000 feet or above from the sea level. From Headgear haulage way car descends the steep hill having a large gradient. This steep hill is known as Khooni Ghati means Valley of death as it is locally said that there had been any accident over here but nobody is sure in this regard.
Katheru in Joginder Nagar Valley
Further coming station is Katheru set up at an altitude of 7,000 feet (2,100 m) above sea level. The next short journey track is called as Zero Point at 6,050 feet (1,840 m).
Barot in Joginder Nagar Valley
The two reservoirs of the power project near Joginder Nagar Project are located in Barot. It has a trout breeding centre. Across the Uhl river is the Nargu Wild Life Sanctuary home to the ghoral, Himalayan black bear, leopard, Monal, kite, monkey, kasturi deer
, wild cat, nilgai
, kakkar and a variety of pheasants. Every year, hundreds of tourists from nearby places and states like Punjab, Haryana visit it.
Dianasur Lake in Joginder Nagar Valley
There is also a high altitude panoramic lake near Joginder Nagar Valley at an height of 14,000 feet known as Dinosaur lake where holy journeys are started in the month of August and September. Lord Hanuman
is believed to have stopped over this place while killing an evil witch. There are many varieties of herbs and flowers over these mountains having great importance and medicinal use. There are many temples of local deities in this valley known as Chauhar Valley.
Dhar Peak in Joginder Nagar Valley
Dhar peak as well as Banderi some ancient forts are constructed by local kings of that period. There is heavy snowfall over these mountains during winter particularly Winch Camp and Jhatingari in the months November to March. The temperature drops as low as -6 degree Celsius in upper reaches and up to -2 degree Celsius in the town and nearby areas in peak winter nights.
Balakrupi Temple in Joginder Nagar Valley
Balakrupi Temple was dedicated to Lord Balak Nath who according to an ancient belief was the re-incarnation of Lord Kartikeya, the son of Lord Shiva or Mahadeva. Balkarupi temple is 2 km from Jogindernagar is a very ancient. An annual fair is held here at Balakrupi on every Saturday of a particular month. In Balakrupi temple a special tradition of cutting down the hair of 2 and half year old child known as Mundan Sanskar is done.
Other Tourist attraction in Joginder Nagar Valley
Other tourist attractions of Joginder Nagar Valley are Lakshminarayana Temple (5 km), Ner, Bassi Power House (6 km), Chauntra (10km), Banar Baba Temple (12 km), Maheshwari Mata Temple (Gaddwali Mata) (13 km), Baijnath Temple (20 km)
Chaturbhuja Temple (25km) and Siqandar Dhar and forts (15km).