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Thaneek Pura is believed to be the native place of the famous saint, Manav Bharadwaj. Located in Chintpurni in the district of Una in Himachal Pradesh, Thaneek Pura is considered to be a religious place for both Hindus and Sikhs. This is a scenic place with the backdrop of the Himalayan Mountain Range and situated in close proximity to the Shakti Peeth Temple at Chintpurni, where Hindus and Sikhs pay their respects in large numbers. This hill station also doubles up as a pilgrimage spot as it contains a few temples like Radha Krishna and Baba Balak Nath Temple. The day after Janmashtami is celebrated with great fervour here, with fairs and competitions being organised and festivities going on for three full days. The day which is also the occasion of Guga Navami witnesses one of the best wrestling competitions in the country, where the state’s reputed names participate. The Yagna and Bhandaara that are organised for this festival are one of the biggest in the country.
Chintpurni, in Una district of Himachal Pradesh, is where the remote and spectacular hill station of Thaneek Pura is located. It stands at a height of 950m or about 3120 feet above sea level and is located at 31.81 degrees towards the North and 76.13 degrees towards the East.
How to reach and local transport
Air - Gaggal airport at Dharamshala, at a distance of 60km, is the nearest airport to Thaneek Pura.
Rail – Amb and Una railway stations, at a distance of 20km and 55km respectively, are the nearest ones to Thaneek Pura.
Road – There are lots of buses to Una district from all the cities in Himachal Pradesh and neighbouring places like Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and many more. Taxis too are available in plenty within Himachal to reach Chintpurni.
Local transport – Trekking and jeeps are some of the options to move within Thaneek Pura.
Tourist Attractions and things to do
Chintpurni Shakti Peeth Temple is one of the major attractions at Thaneek Pura. In addition to that, the temples dedicated to Radha Krishna, Baba Balak Nath, Guga Zahar Peer and Mahiya Sidh are some of the must-see places here. An interesting historic structure in the form of a well attracts many tourists. This well has around 60 steps that leads into it. This is quite unique in appearance. The Chat Bazaar should never be missed by tourists visiting Thaneek Pura. Different kinds of exotic tasty chats are available here. Trekking, camping in the dense forests and taking part in nature –walks are some of the activities that tourists can indulge in, when they come here.
Places to eat and local cuisine
Chat Bazaar is the best place to have snacks and chat items. Being the predominant producer of fruits in India, it is no wonder that the Chat Bazaar of Himachal Pradesh has some exclusive spicy chats with fruit toppings.
Places to stay
Chintpurni Heights is a budget accommodation operated by the Himachal Pradesh. This is in close proximity to the Shakti Peeth Temple and offers excellent view of the serene Himalayan valley from the rooms, which is why it is the most sought after place to stay for tourists coming to Thaneek Pura. The other budget hotels available for staying around this area are mostly lodge-type accommodations like Jalandhar Hotel, Pankaj Hotel and Picnic Shop of Bombay.
STD, PIN codes and Emergency Contact Numbers
The STD and PIN codes of Thaneek Pura are 0177109 and 911976 respectively. Emergency Helpline numbers that apply all over the country like 100 for Police, 101 for Fire and 102 for Ambulance are available in Thaneek Pura as well.
Banks, Hospitals and Tourist Office
Banks – There are no banks in Thaneek Pura, as it is quite a small place.
Agnihotri Hospital Lifeline Hospital
Close to Bus Stand, Una district – 174315
Ph: 01975 223237
Tourism Directorate of Himachal Pradesh State
Complex of SDA, 28th Block,
Kasumpti, Shimla – 171009
Ph: 0177 2625924