Sunday, October 27

Himachal Ki Awaz 2013 - Auditions and Application Form

Auditions for Himachal Ki Awaz 2013-2014 Season 2
by Divya Himachal
After the success of Season one Himachal Ki Awaz is back in Hiamchal Pradesh. The musical event with the aim to find the singing talent in Himachal is Divya Himachal initiative. Divya Himachal daily news paper is published from Dharamshala and is one of the top Hindi Dailies in the state.

Are you a music lover and love singing? Did you miss season one of Himachal Ki Awaz? Have you missed the Indian Idol this season? Don't worry, Divya Himachal is coming up with Himachal Awaz 2013.

The Auditions for Himachal Ki Awaz are being held in various cities of Himachal. For more details check the official site of Divya Himachal or the daily Divya Himachal paper.  Auditions for Season 2 Himachal Ki Awaz are currently going on in different cities of Himachal to find the singing talents in Himachal Pradesh.

Age Limit for Himachal Ki Awaz 2013 Juniors – Below 16 years

Age Limit for Himachal Ki Awaz Seniors – Above 16 years.

Himachal Ki Awaz Audition 2013 Application Form is attached here.


Friday, July 19

Dance Himachal Dance - Auditions Venue Schedule dates

Dance Himachal Dance DHD
Dance Himachal dance is being presented by one of the leading news papers of Himachal, Divya Himachal. So if you are a dance lover and a good dancer then here is the chance to showcase your talent. Participate in Dance Himachal Dance and get rewards and recognition.

Age Groups for Dance Himachal dance DHD
Juniors – 8 to 16 years
Seniors – 17 to 35 years

Categories for Dance Himachal dance DHD
Solo and Group dance in all dance styles

Contact details Dance Himachal danceAuditions
01892 307700

Down load the entry form for Dance Himachal dance at the official website of Divya Himachal

Saturday, May 11

Unexplored places in Himachal Pradesh - Masroor Rock Temples Kangra

Places not to miss in Himachal Pradesh - Masroor Temple Kangra

Masroor Rock-cut Temple Kangra

Masrur is one place in Kangra District in Himachal which is not very famous among the tourists who visit Dharamshala, Kangra or Mcleodganj. Masrur is located about 35 km from Dharamshala. From Gaggal you need to take the Nagrota Surian link road to reach Masrur. Masrur has one of the greatest and finest groups of rock cut temples. There are about 15 monolithic groups of rock cut temples in Masrur.

The Masrur Rock Temples are carved richly in the Indo Aryan style. The Rock Temples are the only luxuriously decorated cave temples in Himachal and entire North India. There are three stone images of Ram, Kaxman and Sita on the main Shrine of Masrur Rock Temples. You will also find figure of Lord Shiva in the centre.
It is believed that the ancient temples in Masrur built in Rock-cut style were built during the reign of the Pallava king Narsingha varman I Mahamalla (630-668 A.D.). Though the work was left un finished during his reign, it was finally completed during the reign of that of Krishna I (758-773 A.D.).

How to Reach Masroor Rock Temples Kangra
Masrur is about 50 Kms from Pathankot the nearest broadguage stations. Toy trains from Pathankot are also available till Nagrota Suriyan.

From Dharamshala or kangra town you need to take the Nagrota Surian Road. Masroor is around 35 Kms from Dharamshala and 32 Kms from Kangra.

You can definitely add Masrur to your Site seeing spots from Dharamshala or Kangra

Wednesday, May 1

How to Plan a Trip to Temples in Himachal Pradesh - Chintpurni - Jawalaji- Kangra Mandir- Chamundaji - Dharamsala

How to plan a Trip to Chintpurni - Jawalaji- Kangra Mandir- Chamundaji - Dharamsala
Himachal is also known as Dev Bhoomi or Land of Gods. People from all over the country and abroad visit various religious places in Himachal Pradesh. There are number of famous temples of Goddess Durga in Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh where millions of people visit to seek blessings of Goddess Durga. Some of these temples include Chitpurni Devi Temple, Jawalaji Temple, Ma Brajeshwari Temple Kangra, Chamunda Devi.
You can plan your trip as per the below suggestions if you wish to visit all these temples. You need to come to the city beautiful Chandigarh which is connected by rail, air and road from all parts of the country.
Day 1
Chandigarh - Jawalaji/ Chintpurni (via Rupnagar-Kirtpur-Una-Chintpurni)
From Chandigarh proceed towards Chintpurni Mata Temple via Nangal and Una. After paying obeisance at Chitpurni Devi you can proceed to Jawalaji. Check in at a hotel preferable HPTDC run Hotel Jwalaji, ADDRESS : Hotel Jwalaji, Jwalamukhi (H.P.) - 176031. Tel: (01970) - 222280, 222801  
In the evening visit famous Jawalaji Temple during Arti time which is worth seeing. Dinner and night stay at Hotel jawalaji.
Day 2
Jawalaji –Dharamsala
Next morning after breakfast you can proceed towards Dharamsala via Kangra.  On way visit famous Brijeshwari Devi Temple at Kangra and famous Chamundaji Temple at Chamundaji to pay obeisance to the Goddesses. Lunch at Yatri Niwas, Chamundaji and proceed to Dharamsala. Evening tea, dinner and night stay at Hotel Kunal, Dharamsala.
Day 3
After breakfast proceed to Mecleodganj. Visit Tibetan Monastery, Dal Lake and Bhagsu nag Temple. Trekking around Mcleodganj. Lunch, evening tea at Hotel Bhagsu. Dinner and night stay at Hotel Kunal, Dharamsala.
Day 4
Dharamsala -Chandigarh( Via Chintpurni-Una-Kirtpur-Rupnagar)
After breakfast proceed to Chandigarh

Friday, April 26

NAGGAR IN HIMACHAL - Places of Interest

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Naggar is a beautiful place in Himachal Pradesh situated at a height of over 1800 meters from sea level on the left bank of stunning river Beas. Naggar is a small and calm ancient town with spectacular views, specifically to the North West of the valley. Naggar once used to be the capital of Kullu. This remarkable town was founded by Raja Visudhpal and Naggar continued as a headquarters of the State until the capital was transferred to Sultanpur (Kullu) by Jagat Singh in 1460 A.D. Naggar is one of the popular and fantastic tourist destinations in this region.

 How to reach Naggar
 You can reach Naggar by road from Kullu which is about 26 km. Naggar is about 21 Km from the famous Manali town. The nearest airport from Naggar is at Bhunter Airport(Kullu) about 36 km.

There are number of places where you can enjoy your trip to Naggar.
Some of the best places to visit in Naggar include Jagatipatt Temple, Tripura Sundri Temple, Nicholas Roerich Art Gallery, Gauri Shankar Temple.
You can also enjoy Fishing and Adventure at Naggar especially the Trout Fish
Trekkin at Naggar - There are many places to the adventure lovers here. You can chack out several trek routes. Some of the main trek routes are over the Chanderkhani Pass to Malana village, over the Jalori Pass to Shimla, and over the Pin Parvati Pass to Sarahan. The river Beas offers excellent opportunities for white water rafting.
SHOPPING IN NAGGAR KULLU : Shawls, Local Tweeds, Rugs, Foot Wear (Pullan), Baskets, Natural oil (almond and olive), special Kullu Caps.

It is better to stay in the HPTDC run hotels in Himachal. The hotels are very affordable and offer excellent facilities at very affordable rates.
In Naggar The Castle Hotel is run by Himachal Government owned HPTDC. The Castle was converted into a rest house, a hundred year back and in 1978 this ancient building was handed over to HPTDC to run as a heritage hotel.
This medieval Castle was built by Raja Sidh Singh of Kullu around 1460 A.D. The hotel overlooks the Kullu Valley and apart from the spectacular view and superb location this has a flavour of authentic western Himalayan architecture. Here, a gallery houses the paintings of the Russian artist Nicholas Roerich. Naggar also has three other old shrines. Hotel Castle is a unique medieval stone and wood mansion, once the home to the Raja of Kullu and now an HPTDC Heritage hotel. 
ADDRESS : The Castle, Naggar, Distt. Kullu (H.P.) Tel: (01902) 248316. 
CLASS : A Premium Heritage Hotel
NOTE : The tariffs are on CP basis. During May-June all rooms will be sold on Modified American Plan (MAP) by adding Rs. 250/- per person per day (Veg. Food).
  Tariff on CP except during May-June MAP applicable
  Rooms are airy, spacious, well furnished.
  Restaurant serving Indian, Continental, Chinese and Himachali cuisines.
  Satellite Television
  Art Museum.

Friday, April 19

Toy Trains from Pathankot Timings, Schedule, route and Reservation | Trains from Pathankot to Kangra Palampur, Jogindernagar, Chamunda, Jwalalji, Dharamshala

Toy Trains from Pathankot Timings, Schedule, route and Reservation | Trains from Pathankot to Kangra Palampur, Jogindernagar, Chamunda, Jwalalji, Dharamshala

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If you wish to enjoy the journey through the hills in a toy train in Hiamchal then you can enjoy traveling in this meter Guage train from Pathankot to Jogindernagr via Kangra, Chamunda, Palampur, Baijnath and other small towns of Himachal.

Number of trains run between Pathankot to Joginder Nagar every day. Though time taken by these trains is more as compared to Taxis or Buses but the journey is enjoyable. Above all the Fare of Toy trains from Pathankot is 1/4th that you will pay in a bus journey. For example in a bus you pay around 100 rupees from Pathankot to Kangra but in a train from Pathankot to Kangra you just pay around 30 rupees. Moreover the trains from Pathankot to Jogingernagar travels amidst lush green pine forests and covers many small towns like Kangra, Chamunda, Palampur, Paprola, Baijnath before it finally reaches Joginder nagar. 

The train from Pathankot will also travel through small villages in Kangra like Nagrota Surian, Paprola, Sulaha, Panchrukhi, etc and also passes through the famous Kangra Mandir and Chamunda Devi Temple.

List of Trains from Pathankot to Himachal Pradesh

Schedule, timings and Time Table of Kangra Himachal Toy Trains from Pathankot Up Trains

Train No Pathankot Kangra Palampur Baijnath Joginder Nagar

1PBJ -        2:20 -     6:25 -    16:48 -   9:00 -   11:15

3PBJ -       4:50 -    14:08 -    9:57 -    17:30 - 19:40

1PB -        4:20 -     8:05 -      9:57 -    10:55

3PB -        6:50 -    10:40 -      13:05 -   13:25

5PB -       12:55 -  17:00 -    19:59 -    20:45

7PB -      16:10 -  20:45 -    21:58 -     22:45

Timing, Schedule and Time Table of Kangra Himachal Trains from Pathankot, Down Trains

Train -- JoginderNaga -- Baijnath ----Palampur – Kangra -- Pathankot

2PBJ -   7:20 -              10:45 -   11:29 - 12:50 - 17:10

4PBJ -   12:20 -           15:55 - 16:43 -  18:05 - 22:45

2PB - -   4:15 -            4:55 -     6:18 -   10:45

4PB - -   7:20 -           8:04 -     9:50 -   14:30

6PB - -   14:10 -        14:53 -   16:12 -   21:10

8PB - -  17:35 -         18:19 -   19:36 -  23:46

Pathankot Kangra Toy Train Enquiry Numbers and Train Reservation

Railway Reservation Centre Dharamshala:

Palampur (Maranda) Railway Station :
 +91-1894-239010 +91-1894-239010 
Baijnath (Paprola) Railway Station :
 +91-1894-242921 +91-1894-242921

Pathankot Railway Station :
+91-186-2222502 +91-186-2222502, 2222503

Online Train Bookings Pathankot to Himacha Kangra Palampur. Please check for any change in timings
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Tuesday, April 16

Best Home Stay in Himchal Pradesh - Where to get in touch for Home Stay

Home Stay options in Himachal Pradesh – Economical and better stay options in Himachal

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Are you planning to visit Himachal Pradesh? Are you living in USA, UK or other countries and would like to know about the secure and safe place for a comfortable home stay? If you are in India, would like to know the culture of Himachal Pradesh?

Millions of people visit Himachal Pradesh every month. The most visited hill stations are Shimla, Manali, Dharamshala, Dalhousie, Kullu, Solan, Palampur, Mcleodganj Chail etc. Most of people visit these places and just touch the site seeing points in hurry. There are many who are interested in knowing the culture of the place and always enthusiastic to explore the unexplored and beautiful places within these famous hill stations.

In today’s day and age when the inflation is so high it is increasingly becoming difficult for the middle class to go for vacation within their budget. To cut on the expenses people generally cut down the days, reduce the sight seeing points and compromise living in low standard hotels. A middle class family of 4 people needs to shell out minimum around Rs 50000 for a 5 days trip in a hill station. The accommodation is in a non star hotel and with shared taxi site seeing.

Do you know that the same 5 day trip for 4 people can be organized at as low as Rs 20000? This would include your meals (Local Organic Food). Food menu includes local delicious dishes. A local resident will guide you to the most enthralling and unexplored places. You would get to know about the local culture and people apart from enjoying the breathtaking natural beauty.

You would stay in the dust free zones free from pollution and all the hustle and bustle of the city.

If you are an adventure lover, curious to know about the culture and heritage of the place then you will not find that in the hotels which are centrally located. You need to look for options in the outskirts of the city in the country side.

Many Home Stay options are available in Dharamshala Shimla Kullu Manali Mcleodganj, and other hill stations in Himachal Pradesh. If you really wish to make your vacation unforgettable then you may contact at the mail ID given below. We will get in touch with you with more details.

Plan a trip to Himachal now Best Home Stay options are now available at very affordable prices. Get close to the nature and learn about the culture of the place. The kids will specially love the Home Stay options as they will have enough space to roam around the natural places without fear of any traffic or pollution.

Plannig a trip by bus?
Home stay options for foreigners and Indians are available in Dharamshala Dalhousie Shimla Manali and other places in Himachal Pradesh.
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Thursday, April 11

How to Book Toy Train from Kalka to Shimla

Online Booking of Toy Train Tickets from Kalka to Shimla
The trip to Shimla is incomplete without experiencing the amazing toy train journey between Kalka to Shimla. The breathtaking journey through the hills amidst pine and deodar trees is truly exciting. The kids, the young and the old everyone will love this journey.

Are you looking for the tickets for the toy trains from Kalka to Shimla? Do you want to know how you can book tickets for the toy train from Kalka to Shimla?

It is very simple. You don't have to go anywhere, just need a computer an internet connection and you can book your toy trains tickets for Shimla at your home. However people sometimes get confused while booking tickets for Shimla to Kalka in IRCTC. The reason being the station code for Shimla is SIMLA (SML). Please enter this code in irctc site while booking your seats online to shimla. Below is the list of toy trains from Kalka to Shimla. Online tickets are available at irctc website and that is the only reliable source to book your online toy train tickets to Shimla.

List of Toy Trains from Kalka to Shimla
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