Temple at Chameli Van
|Elevation||190 m (620 ft)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Vehicle registration||HR50 ....|
As of the 2001 India census, Hodal had a population of 98,306. Males constituted 53% of the population and females 47%. Hodal has an average literacy rate of 57%, lower than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 67%, and female literacy is 46%. In Hodal, 18% of the population is under 6 years of age.
Chameli Van is an attraction, being a sacred place with an ancient monkey temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman (Lord of the Monkeys), where devotees throng in large numbers from nearby areas, particularly on Tuesdays (Mangal-var). Visitors bring large offerings of bananas, chanas (roasted grams) etc. for hundreds of monkeys who stay around the temple in a large area dominated by 'Pelu' bushes (Salvadora oleoides). The area is accessed from Hodal Railway Station.
It is also a good hot-spot for birding, with the Ujjina drain nearby, and having varied habitats like ponds, agricultural fields, canal, shrubby areas, etc. Large numbers of migratory birds also come here from far-off places, such as Siberia, Northern & Central Asia, etc. More than 125 species of birds have been recorded here by Sh. J.M. Garg, a birder from Hodal
The area is also known for the place of Sadhus. There is a good temple of Tygi Baba Mandir. It is situated near the "Dabchick" on highway NH-2. The elders say that there is lord 'Hanuman Ji' who is living in soul in this temple. The mehant of this temple is Baba Uddho Das Maharaj. This temple is famous for the fest of 'Guru Purnima'. There is a big langar for this temple, where a long-distance saint comes for this fest. Another attraction in Hodal is Dabchick (a landscaped area, named after a bird called "Dabchick" as shown in the picture. There is a restaurant, motel accommodation, and other attractions, located along highway NH-2. This is a place of dreams where a large number of tourists come every day. There is a beautiful lake. Another tourist attraction in Hodal is Bagichi, at about 500 m (0.31 mi) from Hodal: on Gorota road, after crossing the railway fatak. This is also a memorable place. Every Saturday people go for parikrama to this place. This Bagichi is on the land of Tihab Patti Hodal. So this is also called 'Tihab Bagichi'.There is also an old temple in Hodal, known as Panduvan. Fifty years ago, Hodal was like a big, self-sufficient village with a bazaar run entirely by local baniyas. At that time, there were nearly 200 families of Mahajans. Most of them settled here after the British took over the territory and ensured peace and stability. They had migrated to Hodal from far-off places, and built their shops-turned-residences in the mandi and old bazaar area, now within the old town. Hodal is in a developing stage. Many private banks, hospitals, schools, real estate ventures, etc. are looking to open their offices in Hodal. One department store from SRS has opened in Hodal near Rest House. Kishan Singh Hospital & Medical Research Centre opened in Hodal, near Dabchick on the Delhi-Agra Highway.Near Bhulwana Village. There is Mr.Virender Parashar (Veeru) a devotional Singer and Casio Player in Bhulwana Village with his Hari Kirtan mandli.
- Kishan Singh Hospital & Medical Research Centre (of KSH LTD.) is an ISO 9001:2008 & ISO 14000:2004 Certified 100-bed hospital, located near Dabchick on NH-2. KSHRC is the largest healthcare provider in and around Hodal. On 5 September 2010, Chaudhary Laxmi Narayan (Minister of Industrial education, U.P. Govt.) inaugurated the dialysis unit and echo with color doppler. KSH LTD. shortly opening a nursing college, Kishan Singh Institute of Paramedical and Allied Sciences, at Hodal.
- Goyal Nursing Home (near Old Anaj Mandi).
- Bansal Nursing Home (on NH-2, near Bypass Chock Hodal).
- State Bank of Patiala (Old GT Road Hodal).
- Punjab National Bank (in front of Aggarwal DharamShala).
- Syndicate Bank (Old GT Road Hodal).
- Canera Bank (Hasanpur Road).
- State Bank of India (Hasanpur Road).
- HDFC Bank (Hasanpur Chock).
Bus Stand Hodal 9813738308
- "Parliamentary/Assembly Constituency wise Electors in Final Roll 2009". Chief Electoral Officer, Haryana.
- "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
- See photos by J.M. Garg, at commons:Category:Birds of Hodal.
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