1925, the enterprising
Raja Joginder Sen of Mandi created and elaborate hydel
power scheme near the village of Sukrahatti, which was
then renamed Jogindernagar(also spelt as Joginder Nagar)
after him. After tunnelling and piping the water over
seeral kilometers from the river Uhl to Joginder Nagar,
the Shanan powerhouse was built by a team of engineers
headed by Col. Battye. Later, the H.P. State Electricity
Board added another set of turbines at nearby Bassi.
Nagar has everything for a quiet and relaxing holiday
and leaves options open for trekking, fishing,
sightseeing, picnics and enjoyable drives in the area.
Lake: 6-km from Hotel Uhl is this small but enchanting
lake held sacred to Machendru Devta.
16-km from Jogindernagar, this is a Tibetan settlement
with a beautiful monastery.
This exquisite temple is 23-km from Jogindernagar, where
Lord Shiva is worshipped as Vaidyanath, which means
"The Lord of Physicians". The original temple
was built in 804 AD. Here king Ravana is said to have
supplicated Lord Shiva for the boon of immortality.
Powerhouse: 6-km from the hotel, this forms the
second phase of the Jogindernagar power generation
scheme and is an attractive picnic spot too.
(2130m): 12-km from Joginder Nagar is this
enchanting spot atop a hill. Surrounded by a thick
deodar forest, the ruins of the "summer
palace" of the Mandi rulers is located over here
and the vistas it unfolds are breath taking.
(1830m): 40-km by road from Jogindernagar, and
covering 12-km by the haulage trolley, Barot packs an
enormous range of outdoor activity. The reservoir of the
power project is located here, and there is a Trout
Breeding Centre, making it a wonderful place of angling.
Across the river Uhl is the Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary
home of the ghoral, Himalayan black bear and a variety