Una city is located towards the south-west region of the Indian State of Himachal Pradesh. Due to its religious and cultural significance, it is mainly a Pilgrim spot where visitors flock in gigantic numbers. Three important districts of the state surround it on all sides. These include Bilaspur, Hamirpur and Kangra. Punjab’s Hoshiarpur district lies on its west. Originally, this city was a part of Hoshiarpur in Punjab until 1966. Today, the hilly area of the state of Punjab became a part of Himachal Pradesh, and Una was one of them. Una has varying altitudes, ranging from 350 m-1200 m (Solahsinghi Dhar). The district area is over 1549 km² and constitutes of Amb and Una Sub-divisions.

Over the years, Una has developed into a popular stopover, a must visit destination for people travelling on to Kullu, Manali, Dharmsala, Khajjiar, Jawalamukhi, and MacLeodganj. According to popular belief, Una means ‘Only This Much’ in the Punjabi language. In Hindi it means, ‘Unnati’ or Progress.

Una is famous for its festivals and fairs that are celebrated here from time to time. Some of the famous ones include Chintpurni, Paanch Bhisham, Hola Mohalla, and Piplu fair. Important festivals here are Prakash Utsav and Baishakhi fair. This city has the distinction of being the hottest region in Himachal Pradesh in spite of the presence of a number of Himalayan ranges, including the Shivalik range.

Places to See in Una

As mentioned before, Una is famous for its temples and places of religious interest. Some of the must visit places include the following.

  • Chintpurni Temple - Counted as one among the 51 Shakti Peethas, this temple is the religious centre in the city.
  • Govind Sagar Wildlife Park – Board for Bhakra Management administers this wildlife Park. One can come across a variety of flora and fauna here.
  • Baba Rudranath Temple - This temple is 10 km away from the main city and is an important site for festivals and fairs.
  • Govind Sagar Lake - This Lake is spread across Bilaspur and Una districts and is an important site for water sports of every kind.
  • Killa - It is one of the important destinations in Una, which is popular with visitors because it is the ancestral abode of Guru Nanak Dev and his descendants.

Una Cuisine

A number of fantastic eating-places in Una cater to all kinds of tastes and palates. This range from roadside Dhabas serving Dal, Roti and multi-cuisine fare to high-end restaurants where you can order anything you want. Whatever your budget is, finding food that suits your taste is a cake walk. Presence of fine eating joints ensures that one is never far away from high quality food during their visit here. Even the finickiest of eaters will find appealing food. One can try out indigenous dishes of the state here, or order from the global cuisine ranging from Mexican, Italian, Chinese, and Continental.

Climate and Best Time to Visit Una

Una has moderate temperature throughout the year. Therefore, it is a popular place with tourists.

  • Winter (October – February) are cold with temperature varying between -3C - 28C.
  • Summer (March – May) have high temperatures, which may reach as high as 14 C - 44C.  
  • Monsoon (June – September) is synonymous with unpredictable rainfalls and the weather is cooler.

Una experiences temperate climate, with hot summer but the nights turn cooler. During this time, carrying light woolens can help. Winters however can turn biting cold. Ideal month to visit here during winters is February. Monsoons are also quite hospitable for visitors.

How to Reach

By Air

Jalandhar is the nearest airport from Una. It is situated at a distance of 78 Km. Major Airport located nearest from here is at Amritsar.  From there visitors can take regular flights to Muscat, Delhi, Sharjah, Tehran, London, and Tashkent. Airfare ranges from Rs. 2900 – Rs. 3200.

By Rail

There is a broad gauge railway station present in Una with train connections to Hoshiarpur, Old/New Delhi, and Chandigarh. Basic train fare ranges from Rs. 150 – Rs. 170.

By Road

One can travel via road to Una from Shimla, Pathankot, or Chandigarh. So, visitors can take this route for coming here or avail the frequent bus services.

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