It is situated at an altitude of 1,425 metres on Kalka- Shimla highway. When late Maharaja Bhupinder Singh, the ruler of Patiala State was expelled from Shimla. Maharaja Bhupinder Singh built his first palace at Kandaghat known as “Chail View Palace”, which is presently housing the Government Polytechnic College for Women. Later in the pre-independence days Kandaghat was called “Kohistan District”, it was the seat of the Deputy Commissioner and was also the “Summer Capital” of the Princely State of Patiala. After independence it was called “Pepsu”.
Kandaghat is presently undergoing a green revolution under a Himachal Government agricultural project. The agro-climactic conditions of Kandaghat is congenial for the production of off-season vegetables and seeds for temperate vegetables. The vegetable production in the near region is contributing a massive 400 crores to the economy of Himachal Pradesh.
Best time to visit Kandaghat: October to May
Places around Kandaghat:
Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala vowed to build his own Summer Capital at Chail, which was planned to be superior to Shimla, the Summer Capital of British. Before starting his construction he built a palace at Kandaghat offering view of Chail, giving it a prominent position in the history and called it Chail View Palace. Even today, one can visit the rooms in the Palace that were used exclusively by the Maharaja that have been well preserved in their pristine glory.
The ancient temple of Lord Shiva is revered for its religious and archaeological significance. According to the folklore, it was constructed around 400 years ago. However, it was restructured and repaired by Maharaja Bhupinder Singh during his reign.
Karol Ranges are at the highest point in the Kandaghat region. It is known for an old Krishna Temple that is housed in a cave. It is said that Pandavas had dug up this cave and built this temple here. Though, no one knows the depth of the cave, some people believe that it opens up somewhere near the historical Mughal Gardens at Pinjore.
Baba Thada Mulla is located at a distance of half a kilometer downhill from Kandaghat. Women are not allowed to worship here. There is a beautiful waterfall, which is about 250 feet high. Devotees believe that wishes are granted here within a week and one is obliged to offer sacrifice of a black goat after it gets fulfilled as a token of thanks to the deity.
How to reach Kandaghat:
By air: The airport at Shimla is around 29 km away. The airport at Chandigarh is 90 km away
By rail: The narrow gauge railway station at Kandaghat is just 3 km.The broad gauge railway station at Kalka, 53 km away.
By road: The destination is situated at National highway No 22 and is around two hours drive by car from Chandigarh. Shimla is around half an hour drive. Chail (29 km), Kufri (43 km), Shimla (61 km), Delhi (320 km) and Chandigarh (90 km).
(Please note: The information has been compiled from what we could lay our hands on while preparing for the trip)