Temple run – Jatoli, Solan

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Temple run – Jatoli, Solan

Almost a year back, Nitin Thapa, friend, co-traveller and colleague whom we fondly call Thapa ji saw a facebook post about a colourful temple near Solan. He was quite impressed by the picture and insisted that we should visit this temple. A few days after he stated his wish, he saw the same temple in his dreams. The next day onwards he started pestering us to visit this place. However days went by and we forgot about this temple.

In the month of June, he told us that he has resigned from his job and that he would be leaving company by July end. Last weekend of July was fast approaching when we thought of giving Thapa ji a fitting farewell. He had been part of many wonderful road trips. I had also enjoyed his hospitality at his village at Dehradun many times where he treated us with his farm fresh desi chicken. It was time to payback and fulfill one of his wish to visit the Jatoli Shiv temple near Solan. He was very happy at this offer and accepted it gladly.

Well this was the background story of how we decided to visit Jatoli village near Solan, Himachal Pradesh.

We started early on 27th July 2019. Manish picked me up from my home while Thapa ji came to Raja Garden where he got picked up. He was late by half an hour from the scheduled time. By 7.00 am we were zooming on the highway – NH1.

The skies were heavy with clouds but didn’t look ominous.

Manish's Thar
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Murthal called for a break. We gladly stopped at Gulshan Dhaba and had a hearty breakfast.

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Manish and Thapa Ji enjoying a ride
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After a break of 30 odd minutes or so, we were again back on the road. Traffic wasn’t much on the highway. We merrily munched miles before we took a break before Zirakpur for tea.

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We were soon thereafter sprinting on Himalayan Expressway.

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As most good things, Himalayan Expressway got covered in a jiffy and we came face to face with broken roads of the under construction four lane road to Shimla.

In few kilometers we stopped to relish bhutta. Manish and Thapa ji also enjoyed the gol gappas (paani-puri).

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lovely greenery in the hills
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Again moving forward for few kilometers, the gmaps showed a traffic jam of 50 plus minutes on the highway. It also showed another way to reach Jatoli via the interior roads. We decided to explore the interiors and were glad we did so.

We took a right turn from Chakki Mod, few kilometers after crossing Datyar just before Jabli. These roads went through small villages and hamlets and joined somewhere on the Nahan-Kumarhatti road after 20 kms. The roads were good despite the recent rains. Nahan-Kumarhatti road was smooth two lane road bereft of any traffic.

We had to take a right turn for Ochghat just few kilometers before Kumarhatti. The roads were still good. This road went through some universities and colleges.

lovely road after the detour
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some poses
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fresh produce
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some university
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Around 4.00 pm we reached Jatoli. Jatoli village is about 6 kms from Solan on Solan-Rajgarh road.

We parked the vehicle in a huge parking space besides the temple. The temple looked impressive from outside. As we entered the premises, we had to stretch our necks to see the spire of the temple. Apparently this temple is the tallest temple in Asia. The Shikhara or Vimana of the temple is 111 feet tall. Another intriguing facet about this temple is that it has been built Dravidian style of architecture. It is very colourful similar to South Indian temples. Also, it took almost 39 years to complete this temple. The construction finished in 2012. Also, there is a natural water spring inside the temple premises which never goes dry.

the entrance
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the temple
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cave inside the temple premises
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Nandi looking towards the temple
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there are five shikhars
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front view
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closer view
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view from the temple
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We spent almost an hour at the temple. Thapa ji was happy as his wish was fulfilled. Mighty impressed, we headed back towards Rajgarh for the night stay.
 

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Rajgarh was about 35 kms away from Jatoli. We stopped at a small town enroute for some refreshments and reached Rajgarh around 7.30 pm. We found a good hotel called Hotel Chiranjeev right at the beginning of the town and checked into it. We celebrated till midnight and then crashed completely exhausted.

chai-pakoda break
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lovely sights
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a beautiful village enroute
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our room at Hotel Chiranjeev, Rajgarh - nice hotel, recommended
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The night diminished and sun broke through.

Morning was beautiful as always everywhere, more so in the hills.

lovely day break
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The day was going to be long. We prepared for it by having a hearty breakfast and few rounds of tea. We checkd out and decided to reach home via Nahan. The road to Nahan went through Baru Sahib and many other nondescript villages. The roads were narrow and completely desolate. There were few patches which were completely broken. The drive of about 70 kms was entirely through remote interior villages with no dhabas or other amenities. After almost driving for 4 hours on these narrow interior roads, we joined the Renuka Ji - Nahan road at Jamta, which was about 13 kms away from Nahan. We took a chai break at Jamta.

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small waterfall enroute
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beautiful valley
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break at Jamta, Nahan
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views at Jamta
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view of Nahan from Jamta
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We joined the national highway few kms before Kurukshetra around Shahbad. Thereafter it was a home run with a dinner break somewhere on NH1. We reached our home by 11.00 pm. It was the end of the two day temple run.

See you again.
 

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Great Trip !
Great Food !
Great Posers !
Great Greenery !
Great Monsoon !
Greta Memories !
Great Temple Run !
Great Photography !
 
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Great Trip !
Great Food !
Great Posers !
Great Greenery !
Great Monsoon !
Greta Memories !
Great Temple Run !
Great Photography !
Thank you Satinder Ji

there were many more univerties, colleges and institutes on this stretch till Ochghat and also few more on Ochghat to Rajgarh section... seems like the area has been being developed as educational hub around Shimla
 
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