THE YATRI NIWAS: Barely 300m from the temple of Chamunda Devi, Himachal Tourism runs a Yatri Niwas. This rests on the same spur as the shrine which is clearly visible from it. The water of the Baner (Banganga) rivulet flow just below the Yatri Niwas. On the facing hill, the Durga Temple is is visible.
Rooms are airy, spacious, decently furnished with attached baths and running hot & cold water.
Restaurant, Room Service, Parking within premises.
Chronicled in the Durga Sapt-Shati, the story goes that on the orders of Shamb and Ni-Shamb, two demons tried to harass the goddess Ambika. Enraged, Ambika knitted her brows and from the folds a horrifying from of Kali emerged. After a great battle, the goddess Kali slew the two demons, Chand and Mund. Delighted by Kali's achievement, Ambika declared that she would now be worshipped here as Chamunda a combination of the demons names. Chamunda Devi temple is at height of 1000m.
ACCESS: The closest airport is at Gaggle, 28 km away. The nearest railhead on the narrow guage line is at Moranda near Palampur, 30 km. Taxis and buses are available at both places. By road, Chamunda Devi is 15 km from Dharamsala and 55 km from Jwalamukhi.
CLIMATE: In winter, the temperature can get quite cold when woolens are required. It is hot in summer and cottons are recommended.
PLACES OF INTEREST
Palampur (14 km.), Baijnath (30 km), Andretta (26 km), Tashijong Monastery (25 km) and Bir (38 km).