Sirmaur, a gorgeous district in Himachal Pradesh, was founded in the 11-century by a Rajput king of Jaisalmer. Today, it is home to many religious and historic sites along with stunning natural beauty, thanks to its rolling hills, majestic mountains and deep valleys. Incase you’re planning a trip up there, these are the places you must have on your itinerary.
The first place to see is Habben Valley, an idyllic spot to savour the beauty of nature. The valley is covered with thick deodar forests and lush green vegetation; a real treat to nature lovers and photographers alike. The major temples here include Tokro Tibba Kali Mata Temple, Shrigul Devta Temple and Palu Devta Temple.
An ideal destination for trekkers and campers, Churdhar is a beautiful peak at 11,900 feet, that offers mind-blowing panoramic views of the Himachali landscape. Apparently, one can also see the peaks of Badrinath and Kedarnath from here. Legend goes that, this is where Lord Hanuman found the divine medicine – sanjeevni booti – for the unconscious Lord Lakshman. Therefore, it is a sacred site among Hindu devotees. The region is also rich in wildlife; you can spot a variety of plants, animals and birds here, including the moral – Himachal’s state bird.
Another important peak in Sirmaur is Haripur Dhar, home to Maa Bhangayani Temple, dedicated to a local deity. It is visited by hundreds of local devotees every year as well as offbeat travellers who go there to explore the fort built by the rulers of the Sirmaur Kingdom. There’s heavy snowfall in and around this beautiful peak during winter; a major reason to plan a visit around that time as well.
Last but not the least, Renuka Ji, a site of tremendous religious importance, is a must visit for every traveller. From lakes to mountains and hills to charming valleys, there are numerous spots here where a nice picnic can be savoured, or treks and camps undertaken. The most favourite attraction is Lake Renuka, known for its calming waters and relaxed ambiance.