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Mata Chintpurni Devi

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

Location

The village of Chintpurni (elevation 940 metres) is part of Amb tehsil, Una district, Himachal Pradesh. The temple is situated on one of the highest peaks of the Sola Singhi range. It is about 3 km west of Bharwain village which is located on the Hoshiarpur - Dharmashala 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 to national highway standards. Rest of the Hoshiarpur - Dharamshala road has already been designated a national highway.

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

 


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Chintpurni bus stand is located about 1.5 km west of Bharwain. Private vehicles are usually not allowed beyond the Chintpurni bus stand. You would have to walk a distance of 1.5 km to the Temple. A refreshing walk of about 1 km up a gentle incline brings you to the foot of the hill.

Then you walk up the steps to the top of the hill where the temple  is situated. If you are not in good health, you may find this climb somewhat strenuous. A lift has been installed at the foot of the hill to help devotees who are unable to walk up the steps to the temple.

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

 

Weather

Spring : About mid-February to mid-April. Winter starts losing 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 or in 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. The 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 Punjab and Haryana plains.

Accommodation

The Navaratra fairs in Shravan (August), Kartik (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.  

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

Hotels around Una and Chintpurni

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

Himachal State Road Transport Corporation 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 600. 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, you have to go to Kangra in person to make the necessary bookings. Online bookings can be made in advance as well. More information is available from the Himachal State Road Transport Corporation website http://hrtc.gov.in/

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 for Hoshiarpur at 5.00 am. Arrival time of this train at Hoshiarpur is 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 Delhi at 10.15 pm and arrives at Una (via Ambala, Ropar and Nangal) at 07.50 am. Return journey timings are - Leave Una 08.50 pm and Arrive Delhi 05.30 am. More information is available at the Indian Railways official site http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/

By Air: Nearest airport is at Gaggal which is near Kangra. Gaggal - Chintpurni distance is about 60 km. Kingfisher Red Airlines flies daily to Gaggal. Other airports are at Amritsar (160 km) and Chandigarh (200 km). More details are available from www.flykingfisher.com .

 

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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