Ghornala is situated at the western side of the Joginder Nagar Valley. It is approximately midway between Bir and Baijnath temple complex. Ghornala is emerging as a centre for ecotourism, meditation studies and volunteering, with the primary attractions being the Dharmalaya Institute for Compassionate Living and Ghornala Resort.
This village is situated beside national highway 19. It has only Govt. revenue training centre of the state near Jhlawan. At nearby Bhatta a residential colony for Uhl Stage III employees is situated. The temple of Chamunda Mata, the Goddess of War is situated here. The devotees from distant villages come here to pay visit. Here one temple of Lord Shiva or Mahadeva is situated at Bagh. The residential colony near Bhatta is made in modern style.
Bhalaridha village is situated beside Rana Khadd near Yora and Sainthal. It is part of Main Bharola Gram Panchayat. The word Bhalaridha consists of two words "Bhalla" means Watch or View and "Ridha" means Hill it was earlier known as Pipal Ka Behdoo. So this village is populated on a small hill surrounded by 3 water streams named Balohal, Sukkar and Bajgar khad. This village is connected with road leading to all directions of the valley from this village. There is middle school and Sharda Mata Temple is located there. This village is well cultivated and famous for all types of ayurveda medicines. The population of this Village is about 850 persons.
Bassi Power House
The generation cost of Bassi Power Project at Joginder Nagar Valley is the cheapest in the country. The capacity of Bassi Power House is 60 MW. HPSEB has constructed a housing colony for its employees working in the Bassi Power House having almost all modern amenities.
Chapru Baba Temple
There is also a temple near Bassi Power House called Baba Balakanath which is also known as Chapru Baba. Chapru Baba Temple is situated at a distance of 2 km from Bassi Colony on a steep hill gradient in between tranquillity of forest. The pilgrims of Chapru Baba Temple come from distant places to visit the holy temple.
It is a beautiful town situated at an altitude of 4,250 feet (1,300 m) above sea level. There are many beautiful Buddhist monasteries and a large Institution of Tibetans. This town is also showered with tea orchards. An annual fair is held here at nearby ground. About 10 government and privately managed educational institutions are giving best education to the scholars.
Banar Baba Temple
Banar Baba Temple is located at an altitude of 5,500 feet (1,700 m) above sea level. Baba Balaknath is situated in Banar village at a steep rocky mountain. It is said that various kind of skin diseases can be cured by taking a bath near a waterfall in Banar village. Maheshwari Mata Temple (Gaddwali Mata) (13 km). This temple, popularly known as the Gaddwali Mata Temple, is situated in an old fort at an altitude of 4,776 feet (1,456 m) on the top of the hill (Sikander Dhar Ahju). Thousands of people every year come to pray to the goddess. A small fair is held in Navaratra.
Baijnath Temple is about 20 km from Joginder Nagar. This temple is this exquisite temple where Lord Shiva is worshipped as Vaidyanath - ‘The Lord of Physicians’. The original temple was built in 804 AD. Here King Ravana is said to have supplicated Lord Shiva for this boon of immortality.
Machchiyal Lake is about 6 km from the Hotel Uhl. This is a small lake held sacred to Machendru Devta means the God of Fish. Fish are fed and worshipped here especially on Saturday and Tuesday. Fishing is strictly prohibited here. A fair in the month of April is held here every year. A bridge over Gugli Khadd, a small river, is situated here. Out flowing water of Uhl river from Bassi Power house meets into Gugli Khadd. Some beautiful temples of Machendru Devta are lying beside the lake with very old idols of God of Fish. A comparatively large lake is 1.5 km away from sacred lake which is 200 m lengthy and 20-50 m broad. There are thousands of Mahashir fishes here. The first Mahashir fish farm of India is proposed to build at upper Machchiyal. A Basakhi fair is celebrated from 13th April to 15th April.
This is a very ancient temple said to be built by Pandavas is situated at an altitude of 4,830 feet (1,470 m) held sacred to Goddess Chaturbhuja, a form of Goddess Durga, is situated in Basahi Dhar. It is an enchanting temple along with 100 feet (30 m) high TV tower. A big fair is held here in Navaratra Period.
Siqandar Dhar is one of the highest peaks of Jogindernagar and it is a paradise of trekking who visits this valley. It is lying at 6,010 feet (1,830 m) from sea level and is a small mountain range of 30 km from North-west to South-east. Certain beautiful villages, temples and forts are lying here. Thick rhododendron forests are home to various wildlife species.
(Last Updated on : 30-03-2015)