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PANGI VALLEY:- (A virgin valley)
Full of grandeur and tribal majesty is the land locked valley of Pangi, 173 km from Chamba via Sach Pass (4414 m). It is one of the sub-division of Chamba district surrounded by the Peer Panjal & Zanskar ranges. Killar is the sub-divisional headquarter of Pangi Valley. The native Pangwals and Bhotis are robust, hardworking, handsome people who keep the valley’s unique culture alive in folk songs, music and tribal dances. Beyond the reach of tropical monsoon rains, the valley is one of the off-beat challenging tourism destinations in the State. Approach to the Pangi valley is across the high mountain passes like Sach, Chehni and Rohtang Pass. The Valley is remained land locked for about six months due to heavy snow fall.
There are beautiful valleys within Pangi region like Sural, Saichu, Kumar-Parmar, Hundan and Sechu. All these valleys are connected with Zanskar. People of Pangi valley are mainly Hindu with a small population of Buddhist. These people with Mongolian features are called Bhots and they live in higher reaches of the valley called Bhatoris such as Sural Bhatori, Hundan Bhatori, Parmar Bhatori, Chasak Bhatori and Hilu-Twan. There are number of exciting treks from Pangi valley to Keylong (Lahaul valley), Manali (Kullu) and Kishtwar in Kashmir.
The entire area of Pangi Valley is spread in 3 valleys. These are Saichu, Hudan Bhatori and Sural Bhatori. At present, the construction of link roads is in progress to panchyat headquarters of Resi, Kothi (Kariyuni), Luj, Kumar and Shoon. According to an estimate the State Govt. is spending around Rs. 5 crore every year under different schemes on the construction of roads and bridges in Pangi tehsil.
The Saichu valley road is 22 KM from Killar and it connects Dharwas, Sural, Rus Unu, Tai Sural and Sural Bhaturi. Out of this so far 19 KM road length stands completed. The major road link in Pangi valley is Killar to Hudan Bhatori. It is 14.6 KM long and has been completed upto 13 KM. The link road to Mindhal village is 3.6 KM on the boundary of Lahaul and Jammu areas and it has connected panchyat headquarter of Mindhal and also holy temple of Mata Mindhal.
All the roads in Pangi Valley have given a big boost to the growing of cash crops in all the areas. During the last couple of years, the tribal people of the valley had taken up the production of Peas (Matar) in a big way. The Peas is mostly grown in rural Hudan and Purthi areas and is considered to be an off-season vegetable since it is grown during the months of September- October. The turnover of Peas in 2006 was estimated at Rs. 25 Lacs. The Peas grown in Pangi valley fetches appreciable rates between Rs.20-25 per Kg. and the entire crop is purchased by the contractors from Jammu and Pathankot area in the fields itself. The people of valley has also taken up cultivation of Apple besides other fruits, which is also fetching remunerative rates for their production and resulting in the economic prosperity of local people. Pangi Valley is now connected by road from Chamba via Sach Pass (4414 m) and from Manali via Rohtang Pass (4116 m) and Lahaul valley. Best season to visit Pangi valley is between May to October.
PLACES OF INTEREST
Sural Valley:- 12 kms northeast of Dharwas, this is one of Pangi’s side valleys. This has the villages of Ganwas, Kanwas, Rusums, Sural tai, Sural Bhatotri and the last Sural Bhatori has the Bhot people, who are Buddhists. This pocket, apart from its numerous wild flowers and herbs has large grove ofpeeling-birch (bhoj patra) trees whose strips ofbark, at one time, provided the parchment for ancient texts.Sural is a picturesque sub-valley of Pangi Valley, and is situated at an altitude of around 10,000 feet above sea level. At about 22 kms distance fromKillar, there is a beautiful sub-valley of Sural. People of Sural are also placed in government jobs. There is one Ayurvedic hospital, one High School, three primary schools, two Aaganwadi Kendras in Sural. The village is an ideal base camp for a number of trekking trails, and is said to be a paradise for trekking enthusiasts. Sural consists of Kanwas, Ganmas, Rusmas, Sural, Tai and Sural Bhatori villages. Kanwas is inhabited by the lower caste people. It’s located in the deep and narrow gorge of Chenab River. Mahlu Nallah is said to be the gateway to this village. The place is blessed with incredible natural beauty. Killar can be reached from Sural via Dharwas, and it’s the most frequented route. From Killar turn NW, cross Lujal Nala (also called Sural Nala) after a walk of 8Km and reach Dharwas PWD rest house, 1Km from the Nala. Dharwas is a thicky populated village with a few provision shops. From the rest-house the trail climbs for 30 minutes to a school; turn right, pass through Chaloti and Anch villages to enterSural Valley. Also known as Tingloti Pass.
There is a Buddhist temple and monastery at Sural Bhatori Village. A few kms from Sural Bhatori is a great waterfall. Beyond this waterfall a trail leads upto Zanskar. Treks also go to Talk (a lake situated right above Dharwas at 15,000 feet) Killar and Hudan, overTingloti pass (16,000 feet) and Gandhar Bhatori(Buddhist village in Jammu & Kashmir). During winters Sural valley remains cut off from Killar for at least four months.
Saichu Valley:- Saichu Valley has the villages of Kuthai, Hillar, Saheli and Saichu. Saichu is built by the confluence of three streams, the Hillutwan Nallah, Chasak Nallah and the Saichu Nallah. The Higher tracts, as elsewhere in Pangi, are inhabited by theBhot People, who are Buddhists. The Chasak Bhatori is surrounded by woods of peeling birch, the bhoj patra trees whose strips once provided the parchment for ancient texts. Saichu has a lovely Forest Rest House and good camping facilities.
Chasak Bhatori :- Chask Bhatori is 13 km from Saichu via Chasak. The Trekking route leads you through dense forest predominantly comprising of deodar trees. From Saichu to Chasak, you cross verdant surroundings. However, the trail leading you to Chaska Bhatori via Chask village is devoid of any vegetation, the landscape is barren. FromChask village to Chaska Bhatori, you gradually ascend along the right bank of Chasak nallah, and pass through the Murch village, which is located between two glacier points. The trekking trail from Murch leads you to Chasak Bhatori village along the left bank of Chasak nalla. Chasak Bhatori is located at an altitude of 12,000 ft. It houses a small Buddhist Gompa. There are nine houses in Bhatori and inhabitants belong to the Bhots tribe.
Hudan bhatori Valley:- Hudan bhatori Valley Eight kilometers east of Killar, this valley had the villages of Seri Bhatwas, Tundrow, Icchwas and Hudan Bahotari. There is the famous Nagni spring near Bhatori and a magnificent view is also to be obtained. Hudan valley is located at a distance of 13 kms upstream Mahlu nallah. It has rich pastures beyond Hudan Bhatori known as Shinkal dhar. It includes Seri Bhatwas, Takwas Tundroo, Ichwasand Hudan villages, Hudan Bhatori being the last Beyond Hudan Bhatori lies a lake which remains frozen from December till May. This is a beautiful camping site. Every year a fair is held here which is largely attended by people from all over the valley. From Hudan treks lead to Sural, Kiryuni and Twan. At Hudan Bhatori there is agompa. Water colour paintings adorn the walls besides statues of Lord Buddha. People of Hudan Bhatori, like all other Bhatories are very nice and hospitable. At Tundroo nallah one can rest and have cool refreshing water before starting on steep climb. Near Tundroo there is a rock with three swords dug into it. Presently only the handles of the swords are visible. According to one belief there lived three pundits in Hudan valley who were well versed in tantrik vidya. They claimed that they could fly. The people did not believe them so they flew upto Tundroo rock which is inaccessible and dug the swords deep into the rock face as a proof of their ability to fly.
TEMPLES IN PANGI
Det Nag Temple:- There is a shrine to the deity Det Nag at killar (Pangi) and there hangs an interesting legend. It is believed that Det Nag was originally enshrined in Lahual where he demanded human sacrifices. One day, it came the turn of a widow to send her only son to Det Nag. A passing Gaddi, went to Det Nag and told him that he was ready to be eaten, but on one condition. He had to be eaten alive and every part of his body shown to him before being eaten. The Gaddi laid down a condition before Det Nag that he should be devoured alive and presented parts of his body in succession but without any result. Det Nag was unable to do this and a fierce fight ensued. Det Nag was thrown into the Chandrabhaga where he got out of the river at killer and was found by a cowherd. The cowherd carried him on his back till he fell off with his face down. At the spot where he fell, a temple was built to him with the image facing inwards. Several deodar trees took root at the spot and even now, the shrine is in a distinct grove. Previously a buffalo used to be sacrificed at this place which practice has not been discontinued. Goat of sheep are however sacrificed at the temple even now.
Mindhal Mata Temple:- Some 12 Km south of Killar is the village of Mindhal. This has the famous pent-rooted and richly carved temple dedicated to the goddess popularity known as Mindhal Devi. The Devi is regarded to have revealed herself as a black stone in the hearth of woman whose house stood .Mindhal Basan Devi temple is an exceedingly honoured shrine, situated in Pangi Valley of Chamba in Himachal Pradesh. Mindhal Devi temple is located in Mindhal village, twelve kilometers from Killar towards south. Known for its dainty woodcarvings, Mindhal Devi Temple is a vast pilgrim centre for the Pangwals, people who worship the goddess for safer crops and fate. The annual fair, held in the month of Bhadon, fetches a great number of people from all over the valley. Umpteen sheep and goats are ritually sacrificed on this event as offerings to the deity. Scores of of sheep and goat are sacrificed on the occasion keeping in with sukhna (saying of wish) of people to the deity. It is believed that blood of the sacrificed livestock flows through a hole at the temple door to a pool at the foot of Kulal village. The pool is said to be tinged red owing to this, thus giving it a hint of red. The Mindhal Devi Temple is situated 12km from Killar in Pangi Valley. The legend associated with this temple as follows:
The spot where the temple stands was originally occupied by a house, consisting of an upper and lower storey, as is usual in Pangi, belonging to a widow with seven sons. One day in early autumn while she was cooking in the upper storey, a black stone appeared in the chulah (hearth) causing her much annoyance. She tried to beat it down but in vain. At last she was seized with a trembling, and thus knew that the stone was a Devi . Rushing outside she called her sons, who were ploughing in a field with two oxen to a plough, and told them that a Devi had appeared in the house. They made light of the matter and asked tauntingly if the Devi would enable them to plough with one ox or give them a sasan, Immediately, the widow and her sons were turned to stone, she in the house and they in the field. From that time only one ox to a plough has been used in ploughing at Mindhal and the place has been a sasan grant for many centuries. People believe that if two oxen are used for plugging, one of them will die. Sasan stands for revenue-free grant of land which the temple enjoyed for centuries.
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