Una is a small town that lies in Himachal Pradesh. Though Una does not have those lofty high peaks of the Himalayan Mountains, it is a very scenic little place. There are plain areas as well as some hills in Una. Una is like the gateway into the state of Himachal Pradesh as it lies very close to the border with Punjab. There is a great Sikh influence in the culture and traditions of Una. Una is more of an industrial town, but there are many famous temples and age-old Hindu shrines in Una. These temples are also highly revered by Hindu devotees and Sikhs. To visit Una, you can book a Himachal Holiday Package. The places to visit in Una, Himachal Pradesh that is shown below are its top tourist attractions.
1. Chintpurni Temple
Chintpurni Temple is one of the 51 Shakti Peeths of Goddess Shakti. Maa Chandi or Chinnamastika is the main deity of this temple. Chintpurni Temple is also known as Chinnamastika Devi Temple. According to Hindu mythology, the forehead of Sati fell at this place. Chintpurni Temple is located on a hill of the Sola Sanghi mountain range. Being at a height, the temple offers a magnificent view of the surrounding areas. Chintpurni Temple is a huge pilgrimage center for lakhs of Hindu devotees who come here from all over India. The temple has a gold plating and its garbhagruha or innermost chamber has the idol of Maa Chintpurni. A big fair is held here at the time of the Navratri festival.
2. Kaleshwar Temple
Kaleshwar Temple is a temple of Lord Shiva and it is estimated to be 400 years old temple. The temple is also popularly called Shri Kalinath Kaleshwar Mahadev Temple. The temple was originally built by the Pandavas and was redeveloped by the kings of the Katoch dynasty. Temple is on the banks of River Beas. Kaleshwar Temple is a highly revered temple and thousands of devotees flock to this temple to seek spiritual bliss. Mahashivratri is celebrated with great festivities at this temple. There is a water tank or kund near the temple where devotees take a holy bath before visiting the temple. The temple is also mentioned in Hindu scriptures and is one of the most sacred and holy temples of Lord Shiva in Himachal Pradesh.
3. Drona Shiva Temple, Ambota
There is an old Shiva temple at Ambota, which is close to Una. The temple is around 5000 years old temple of Lord Shiva and the shiva linga was established by Guru Dronacharya, who was the great teacher who trained the Kaurava and Pandava brothers in the art of warfare. There is a mythological legend associated with this temple. It is said that the daughter of Dronacharya used to play with Lord Shiva at this place. It is for this reason that the temple is called Drona Shiv Bari. The temple is located amid dense forest and the peace here is best to feel relaxed.
4. Gobind Sagar Lake
Gobind Sagar Lake is close to Una, and this lake is the best site in Himachal Pradesh to spot exciting birds. It is a reservoir that was formed due to the construction of the Bhakra Dam on River Sutlej. Gobind Sagar Lake is a very beautiful and scenic lake with a lot of greenery and forested areas. You can do boating, kayaking, fishing, water skiing, and many other adventurous activities in Gobind Sagar Lake. If you are interested in wildlife you can go deep into the jungles and spot many animals and birds.
5. Thaneek Pura
Thaneek Pura is a small hill station that is very close to Maa Chintpurni Temple in Una. The hill station has fascinating natural beauty. The hills are covered with forests and there are many temples in this place. The famous temples are Radha Krishna Temple, Baba Balak Nath Temple, Guga Zahar Veer Temple, and many smaller ones. A wrestling competition and religious festival are organized in the temples which is a big draw for tourists. Thaneek Pura is best for nature walks, forest camping, and trekking trips. Shivratri, Krishna Janmashtami, Guga Navami, and other religious festivals are celebrated here with great festivities, festive events, and competitions.
6. Gurudwara Dera Baba Bharbhag Singh
Una has so many religious places such as Gurudwara Dera Baba Bharbhag Singh. This Sikh gurudwara is a religious place of worship for thousands of Sikhs who live in Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. A Sikh saint called Baba Bharbhag Singh founded the gurudwara. The gurudwara is on top of a small hill. Devotees have a deep sense of devotion to this gurudwara. They come here to treat themselves with mental illnesses and emotional problems. A big fair is held here called Hola Mohalla during February.
7. Maharana Pratap Sagar / Pong Lake
You can plan a visit to Pong Lake on your visit to Una Himachal Pradesh. Pong Lake is more famous as Maharana Pratap Sagar or Pong Dam. Pong Lake is a reservoir that was formed by building Pong Dam on River Beas. It is one of the most famous places in Himachal Pradesh to spot migratory birds and animals. The lake is one of the most scenic lakes in Himachal Pradesh. You can spot birds like ducks, gulls, and egrets, besides a lot of animals like otters, deer, boars, and others. You can visit Pong Dam for a one-day trip from Una. Also can do boating, canoeing, water skiing, and rowing, in Pong Lake.
8. Kila Baba Bedi Sahib
Kila Baba Bedi Sahib is a historic gurudwara in Una Himachal Pradesh. The gurudwara architecture is the most eye-catching thing to look out for in this gurudwara. There is a mix of Afghani and Indian architecture in the construction of Kila Baba Bedi Sahib gurudwara. Another remarkable thing about this gurudwara is that this is the ancestral place of Guru Nanak, the first Sikh guru.
9. Bangana Lathian Piplu
Bangana Lathian Piplu is a Sikh shrine in Una. The shrine is famous for its fair known as Piplu Fair. The fair is held in June and is visited by many Sikh devotees. Bangana Lathian Piplu is on a hill and offers a magnificent view of Gobind Sagar Lake. There are temples and religious shrines nearby like Jogi Ponga and Naina Deviji which you can visit.
10. Dera Baba Rudra Nand
Dera Baba Rudra Nand is a famous Hindu shrine of a local saint called Baba Rudranand. The shrine is in a hilly area and there are a lot of trees and greenery. The remarkable thing about this place is that the sacred fire here has been burning for the past 150 years and has not been extinguished even once. There are many mythological stories associated with this place. It is said that five holy saints or rishis meditated here and took the form of five peepal or fig trees that have grown here. If a person is bit by a snake, he can cure himself of the snakebite after going around these five trees seven times. It is also a popular belief that applying the holy ashes from the sacred fire pit or havan Kund on the forehead, and sitting below the five trees will cure one from snakebite.