Shri Naina Devi ji Temple, Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh

Shri Naina Devi ji Temple, Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh

I started Royal Enfield Thunderbird Twinspark motorbike from Mohali (Punjab) at 8 am. At Mohali petrol tank was filled with Rs. 500 petrol (Rs. 79.42 petrol per litre).

Road condition from Mohali till Kiratpur Sahib via Rupnagar is excellent i.e., approx. 60 km. Continue driving via Swarghat till Kainchi more. Turn left for Naina Devi. Straight road goes to Bilaspur, Mandi, Kullu, Manali. Mandi is approx. 112 km from Kainchi more.

After 20 km of driving within hills I reached bus stand, Naina Devi. 10:30 am motorbike parked.

Total distance from Mohali to Naina Devi is approx. 95 km.

Total driving time 2 hours 30 minutes. Yes,  I drive slow.

450 approx. well made steps to reach Naina Devi temple. If you want to skip steps and having your own/hired vehicle you may reach via the road that reaches towards holy cave. Road repair work was going on. This is one of the easiest way to reach temple because you are very near to holy cave as well as temple and climbing 450 approx. steps can be skipped too.

There is rope-way also available on the way via the road that reaches nearby holy cave.

Ropeway Rate List
Adult – Rs. 120/- Two Way
Adult – Rs. 80/- One Way
Child – Rs. 60/- Two way
Child – Rs. 40/- One Way
Handicap – Free – Two Way
Handicap – Free – One Way
Lunch time: 12:55 Noon – 1:30 pm

(source: display board)

Because I was unaware of other way to reach temple situated at an altitude of 1177 meters I reached via steps from bus stand.

Prayers, parikrama, talks with a temple employee and towards Langar as I was hungry.

Langar Timings
7 am – 9:30 am
11/11:30 am – 3:30 pm
7 pm – 10:30 pm

(source: display board)

Very nice meal. Great arrangement by temple authorities for devotees. Thank you very much.

And then towards Gufa (holy cave).

Naina Devi Temple Cave Timings
March – October
6 am – 7:30 pm
November – February
7 am – 6 pm

(source: display board)

Holy cave is 70 feet long. One has to wait in queue. Once you are allowed by temple authorities to enter holy cave you have to sit to slide a little to reach rock stairs. Few steps towards basement and a walk between wall of rocks till you reach the end of  holy cave. The passage is very narrow but a wonderful experience and one should try to visit. Though there is fear for many but do not worry lights are there as well as temple employees are present for your help if required.

Regarding accommodation numerous dharamshala as well as guest houses are there nearby temple. I inquire with a house providing homestay having basic facilities. 300 rupees – He said for a night stay.

In short Shri Naina Devi temple is a must visit place. Gobind Sagar lake is visible as well as Anandpur Sahib. Buses are available for Anandpur Sahib, Chintpurni, Bilaspur from bus stand. I am sure during winter the nature around must be amazing to watch. Maybe one day a visit during winter for sure.