1925, the enterprising Raja Joginder Sen of Mandi created and elaborate
hydel power scheme near the village of Sukrahatti, which was then renamed
Jogindernagar(also spelt as Joginder Nagar) after him. After tunnelling
and piping the water over seeral kilometers from the river Uhl to Joginder
Nagar, the Shanan powerhouse was built by a team of engineers headed by
Col. Battye. Later, the H.P. State Electricity Board added another set of
turbines at nearby Bassi.
Joginder Nagar has everything for a quiet and relaxing holiday and leaves options open for trekking, fishing, sightseeing, picnics and enjoyable drives in the area.
Macchiyal Lake: 6-km from Hotel Uhl is this small but enchanting lake held sacred to Machendru Devta.
Bir: 16-km from Jogindernagar, this is a Tibetan settlement with a beautiful monastery.
Baijnath: This exquisite temple is 23-km from Jogindernagar, where Lord Shiva is worshipped as Vaidyanath, which means "The Lord of Physicians". The original temple was built in 804 AD. Here king Ravana is said to have supplicated Lord Shiva for the boon of immortality. more...
Bassi Powerhouse: 6-km from the hotel, this forms the second phase of the Jogindernagar power generation scheme and is an attractive picnic spot too.
Jhatingri (2130m): 12-km from Joginder Nagar is this enchanting spot atop a hill. Surrounded by a thick deodar forest, the ruins of the "summer palace" of the Mandi rulers is located over here and the vistas it unfolds are breath taking.
Barot (1830m): 40-km by road from Jogindernagar, and covering 12-km by the haulage trolley, Barot packs an enormous range of outdoor activity. The reservoir of the power project is located here, and there is a Trout Breeding Centre, making it a wonderful place of angling. Across the river Uhl is the Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary home of the ghoral, Himalayan black bear and a variety of pheasants.
A variety of treks and hand as well as paragliding are possible in Jogindernagar. Barot is one of finest places for angling in Himachal Pradesh. more...
Air: The airport at Bhuntar is at a distance of
110-km and the airport at Gaggal, a distance of 60-km from Jogindernagar.
Taxis and buses are available from these places to Jogindernagar.
Road: Jogindernagar is connected by road and is 55-km from Mandi and 65-km by Kangra.
Rail: Jogindernagar is the terminus of the narrow gauge rail track from Pathankot. PLACES TO STAY
There are not much accommodation options in Jogindernagar except one or two hotels. But one can check out nearby towns of Mandi and Kangra for better accommodations.
In winter, temperature can hover just above freezing point when heavy woollens are required. During summer, the climate is hot and cottons are recommeded.