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Mata Chintpurni Devi


    
    
    
    
    
    
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Aarti and Stuti
 
Location, Accommodation and Access
 
Temple Opening Times
 
Nearby Places of Interest
 
Acknowledgements
 

The Chintpurni Temple langar bhavan is the building shown in the centre.

Location

The village of Chintpurni (elevation 940 metres) is part of Amb tehsil, Una district, Himachal Pradesh. The Temple sits atop one of the highest peaks of the Sola Singhi range about 3 km west of Bharwain village which is located on the Hoshiarpur - Dharamsala road. This road is part of the National Highway network and is normally kept in good repair. In 2010, Government of India (with assistance from the World Bank) agreed to upgrade Mubarakpur - Nagrota section of this road (NH 503) to national highway standards. Rest of the Hoshiarpur - Dharamsala road has already been designated a national highway.

 Here is a map showing the location of Chintpurni and Bharwain villages -

 

Chintpurni bus stand and parking are located about 1.5 km west of Bharwain. Private vehicles are usually not allowed beyond the Chintpurni bus stand. Devotees usually walk this distance of 1.5 km to the Temple. A refreshing walk (about 1 km) up a gentle incline brings you to the foot of the hill on top of which the Temple is located.

Then you climb up the steps to the top of the hill. If you are a senior citizen, not in good health or have restricted mobility, you may find this climb somewhat strenuous. A lift has been installed at the foot of the hill for such devotees.

The temple is open from 4.30 am to 10 pm in summer and 5 am to 9.30 pm in winter. The Temple opening hours are extended during the three Navaratras. More details are available on the Temple Opening Times page.

 

Weather

Spring : About mid-February to mid-April. Winter starts to lose its bite around mid-February.

 

Summer : Mid-April to end of June. It is hot in summer and light cottons are recommended. 

Rainy season : July - September. Still quite warm and humid on most days. Plenty of rain.

Autumn : October - November. Days are pleasantly warm, nights are cool. May need light woollens at night and early mornings.

Winter: December - January. It is quite pleasant during the day when the sun is out and you may get by with one layer of woollen clothing. Winter nights are cold and an extra layer of woollens is required.

In general, temperatures in Chintpurni are about 5 Celsius lower than in the nearby Punjab and Haryana plains.

Current weather forecast for Chintpurni can be found here.

Accommodation

The Navaratra fairs in Shravan (July-August), Ashwin (September-October) and Chaitra (March-April) are very popular with devotees when accommodation is very tight. Other popular days are Sankranti, Purnima and Ashtami.

There are a number of dharamshalas, guest houses and hotels of varying quality in and around Chintpurni. Himachal Tourism runs Chintpurni Heights a budget hotel located at Bharwain  which is only 3 km from the Chintpurni temple. It has a magnificent view of the Swan valley to the south and the Dhauladhar mountain ranges to the north.  The Chintpurni Temple Trust runs a Yatri Bhawan which is also located in Bharwain.

More information on accommodation in and around Chintpurni is available from -

Hotels in and around Chintpurni - yatra.com

How to get there

There are a number of ways to get to Chintpurni from Delhi.

By Road:Delhi - Chandigarh - Ropar - Nangal - Una - Mubarakpur - Bharwain - Chintpurni route

Delhi and Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) run buses on the Delhi-Chandigarh-Chintpurni route. Many buses running direct on the Delhi-Dharamshala and Delhi-Palampur route often bypass Chandigarh and stop at either Bharwain or Chintpurni. Frequent State Transport bus services are also available from most important cities of Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir. There are also very frequent buses plying on the Delhi-Chandigarh route (about 5 hours). Chintpurni is another 4.5 hours away by bus from Chandigarh.

Flash: From May 1 2016 Himachal Road Transport Corporation has started a Volvo coach service between Delhi and Chintpurni. As per the tentative schedule, the bus will start from Delhi at 5 am and reach Chintpurni at 1pm. On the return journey the bus will leave Chintpurni at 3 pm and reach Delhi at 11 pm. The one way fare is Rs 880.

HRTC also runs a Volvo tourist coach service from Delhi to Dharamshala which stops at Bharwain by request. The coach leaves Delhi Inter State Bus Terminus, Kashmiri Gate at 8 pm and arrives at Bharwain just after 4 am. The fare is approx. Rs 900. This is a very comfortable and fast service. Please inform the driver of the coach that you would like to get down at Bharwain. The downside is that you arrive very early at Bharwain and may have to wait for at least 1 hour before you can catch any kind of transport for the 3 km to Chintpurni. For the return journey to Delhi, try booking online at http://www.hrtc.gov.in/hrtctickets/Members/Booking.aspx. If that fails you may have to go to Kangra in person to make the necessary bookings. More information is available from the HRTC  website http://hrtc.gov.in/

A fairly complete list of bus services from/to Una is available at this page.

If you are driving, an alternative route is Delhi - Ambala - Ludhiana - Phagwara - Hoshiarpur - Chintpurni.

By
Rail: Closest railheads are at Hoshiarpur ( 42 km) and Amb Andaura ( 19 km). Frequent bus and taxi services to Chintpurni are available from these towns.

Delhi - Jalandhar - Hoshiarpur - Gagret - Bharwain - Chintpurni route
You could take the New Delhi-Amritsar Shatabdi Express from New Delhi (departs 7.20 am and which arrives at Jalandhar around 12.0 noon) or any of the other fast train from Delhi to Jalandhar. Then take a bus or taxi to Chintpurni. Jalandhar to Chintpurni (90 Km.) journey should take no more than 3 hours by private transport.
Jammu Mail leaves Delhi station at 08.20 pm and arrives at Jalandhar City at 03.40 am. It has a Hoshiarpur - bound compartment which is detached from this train and is coupled to a local train which leaves Jalandhar at 5.00 am and arrives at Hoshiarpur at 06.25 am. Return journey times are: depart Hoshiarpur 07.15 pm, arrive Delhi 05.45 am. Buses and taxis are available for the onward journey to Chintpurni at the Hoshiarpur bus station.

Delhi - Chandigarh - Ropar - Nangal - Una - Mubarakpur - Bharwain - Chintpurni route

A number of trains (including a New Delhi-Kalka Shatabdi Express which departs Delhi at 7.30 am and arrives at Chandigarh at 11 am) run between New Delhi and Chandigarh.

A Jan Shatabdi Express leaves New Delhi at 2.35 pm and arrives at Una (via Chandigarh) at 10.10 pm. These timings are particularly inconvenient if you wish to travel onwards to Chintpurni.The reverse journey begins at 5 am from Una and the train arrives at New Delhi at 12 noon.

Himachal Express leaves Old Delhi Station at 10.55 pm and arrives at Amb Andaura (via Ambala, Ropar and Nangal, Una) at 08.30 am. Return journey timings are - Leave Amb Andaura 08.10 pm and Arrive Delhi 05.30 am. Amb Andaura railway station is about 20 km from Chintpurni.

Hazur Sahib Nanded - Una Superfast train runs on a weekly basis. You can catch it from New Delhi Railway station at 13:00 and arrive Una at 20:50 pm. The return journey times are: depart Una: 3.30 pm;  arrive New Delhi at 11.15 pm.

More information is available at the Indian Railways official site http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/

By Air: Nearest airport is Gaggal which is 20 km from Kangra town and 60 km from Chintpurni. Air India and Spicejet fly daily on the Delhi - Gaggal route. Other nearby airports are Amritsar (160 km) and Chandigarh (200 km). 

 

Some distances:

1. Delhi - Chandigarh - Ropar - Nangal - Una - Mubarakpur - Bharwain - Chintpurni : 430 km

2. Chandigarh - Ropar - Nangal - Una - Mubarakpur - Bharwain - Chintpurni : 200 km

3. Jalandhar - Hoshiarpur - Gagret - Bharwain - Chintpurni : 90 km

4. Hoshiarpur - Gagret - Bharwain - Chintpurni : 42 km

5. Kangra - Jwalaji - Bharwain - Chintpurni : 70 km

6. Naina Devi - Nangal - Una - Mubarakpur - Bharwain - Chintpurni : 115 km

7. Vaishno Devi - Jammu - Pathankot - Kangra - Bharwain - Chintpurni : 250 km 



  


    
    
    
    
    
    

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