Karsog Valley (Himachal Pradesh)
Enjoy an environment, free from pollution and is filled with fresh aromatic air in the dense forests and apple orchards of Karsog Valley. Kamaksha Devi and Mahunag are the famous ancient temples within this Valley. If you go to Karsog valley from Simla via Tattapani, do not miss the hot water springs on the side of river Satluj.
Being a hub of activity, Karsog offers you to enjoy the beautiful sights by road or walking in the area around. The visit to this place can be an enjoyable family holiday or a weekend break or a general vacation tour, taking a break from the activities of daily life. Therefore, head to Karsog because this holiday is going to leave you relaxed and rejuvenated. Image Source
Location: 125 kms from Mandi
Climate: With warm and temperate climate, summers have a good rainfall, while rainfall in winters is very little. Wear light cotton clothes. Take few light woollens as a precaution.
Best time to visit: The whole year except from November - April
How to reach:
By Air: Nearest airport is in Shimla. From there, public transport is easily available
By Train: Nearest railway station is also in Shimla
By Road: Many public transports are available
Places of interest
Mamleshwar Mahadev Temple
Location: In the Mamel Village of Karsog, Mandi
Timings: Open all seven days from 7.00 a.m.- 8.00 p.m.
How to reach: By road
The ancient Mamleshwar Mahadev temple has Lord Gauri-Shankar sitting on the lotus seat. Intricate wooden carvings can also be seen in the two Pagoda Style temples situated in the complex here. A four-inch diameter rope used for human sacrifice known as Bhunda, a drum made of a bush stem locally known as Bhekhal and a grain of wheat weighing 250 grams being displayed in the temple, are astonishing. The number of Shivlingas emerged in the excavations in the temple recently, and the existence of stone statues of Vishnu and Shiva in this temple intimate that, earlier a Shikhra Style stone temple did exist here.
Kamaksha Devi Temple
Location: About 8 kms from Karsog
Timings: Open the whole weak from 5.30 a.m.- 10.00 p.m.
How to reach: By taxi or cab
As per the Puranas, the temple of Kamaksha Devi was established by Lord Parshuram. Famous for its wooden carvings, the temple is of Pagoda Style. The people who go for ‘teerth-yatra’ should make a stoppage here. This temple is dedicated to the female source of energy, Mother Goddess ‘Kamakhya’. It is said the carvings in the temple were instructed to the carpenter, by the Devi herself.
This temple is also one of the 108 Shakti – peethas of Goddess Durga.
According to a myth, this temple is the place where the ‘yoni’ of the burnt corpse of Lord Shiva’s wife Sati fell, when he was carrying it in an enraged state.
Mahamaya Bhuneshwari temple:
Location: At Pangna, about 24 Kms from Karsog
Timings: Open all seven days from 7.00 a.m.- 7.00 p.m.
How to reach: Easily reachable by local public transport
In the olden days, this place in Pangna used to be the capital of old Suket State, which is also related to Pandavas. It is said that the famous five brothers had spent their time there, during their exile period. In the shape of a fort having six stories and a height of 52 feet, the temple is also known as ‘Devi Kot’.
Mool Mahunag temple
Location: 24 kms from Karsog, towards Shimla
Timings: It is open from early morning to evening
How to reach: By road
Built in 14-15th century, the temple Mahunag is believed to be an incarnation of Karna, son of Kunti. Legends say that when the worshippers in this temple are in distress, they pray to Karna for help. He listens to their prayers and comes to their help in the form of a ‘mahu’ (bee). After the problem is solved, the offerings are made in silver, to the Deity Karna.
The temple has a splendid view of Karsog valley on one side and on its other side are the breathtaking giant Himalayas.
It is believed that Sunday is the most auspicious day to visit the temple. Every year, a very big fair is also held here on Sankranti day.
Location: About 53 kms from Simla
Timings: Open all seven days
How to reach: Easily reachable by cab or taxi
Famous for hot sulphur water springs on the side of Satluj River and backwaters of Kol Dam, the splendid Tattapani is an entry point to Karsog Valley.
‘Tatta Pani’ means hot water. This sulphur water has many medicinal values. This water is believed to have curative powers for ailments like skin diseases, fatigue and joint pains. People from all over India come here to have a dip in this spring water. The temperature of the water changes naturally, according to the level of the river water.
The water is so warm and pure that you would love to have a dip in it. You can also enjoy trout fishing and river raftinf in the waters of river Satluj here.
Location: 107 kms from Mandi via Janjehli and 155 kms via Karsog
Timings: All seven days from 6.00 a.m.- 9.00 p.m.
How to reach: By road
One of the widely spread regions of Mandi District, Chhatri is famous for its dense Deodar forests, beautiful apple orchards and exotic Magru Mahadev/Chatreshwar Mahadev temple. You will love the temple as its architecture is designed in Pahari Style. The wood craft of the temple and the events and sequences of Ramayana and Mahabharata on the ceiling of the roof of the temple are intriguing.