Sandhole

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Sandhole
Town/Tehsil/Taluka
Sandhole is located in Himachal Pradesh
Sandhole
Sandhole
Location in Himachal Pradesh, India
Coordinates: 31°51′28″N 76°39′05″E / 31.857858°N 76.651504°E / 31.857858; 76.651504Coordinates: 31°51′28″N 76°39′05″E / 31.857858°N 76.651504°E / 31.857858; 76.651504
Country  India
State Himachal Pradesh
District Mandi
Tehsil Sandhole
Government
 • Type Tehsil
 • Body Tehsildar
 • District Headquarters Mandi
Elevation 726 m (2,382 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Total 8,190
Languages
 • Official Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 176090
Telephone code +911905
Website www.sandhol.com

Sandhole is a town and the Tehsil (Earlier Sub-Tehsil, officially converted to tehsil on 30 June 2011 by then Chief Minister of State, Professor Prem Kumar Dhumal) of district Mandi in the Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh. Sandhole is located in Middle-Western Himachal Pradesh with a lower altitude as compared to the other areas of the state. It is bordered by Jaisinghpur tehsil of District Kangra to the north, Sujanpur Tira tehsil of district Hamirpur to the west, Sarkaghat tehsil of district Mandi to the west and south. It is the town where three districts of the state joins hands together.

Geography[edit]

The exact geographical co-ordinates of Sandhole is 31°51′28″N 76°39′05″E / 31.857858°N 76.651504°E / 31.857858; 76.651504, and the average elevation is 726 m (2,382 ft).

Sandhole is mainly a hilly terrain.

Area Profile of Sandhole Town[edit]

As of 2011 India census,[1]

Number of Households 1,820
Average number of persons per Household 4.5
Population-Total 8190
Population-Urban 0
Proportion of Urban Population (%) 0
Population-Rural 8190
Sex Ratio 873
Literates 7289
Illiterates 2%
Literacy Rate (%) 89

About Sandhole[edit]

This Beautiful town is surrounded by gradually lowering hills from south-east to north west, while the river Beas flows from the east to west making this town most beautiful and separating apart from district Kangra. It is surrounded by hills in east and south directions while the in west The Baakar Khad flows which separates it from district Hamirpur. The Early People say Sandhole is the town having the boundary from Masaut Khad (Gardhar villlage) in east to Baakar Kahd in West, Koon Panchayat in south to the Sohar Panchayat in North.

Sandhole has an educated middle class and people converse in Mandyali, one of the Pahari languages of Himachal.[2]

Sandhole, is known for its worriers, the land of heroes, teachers, diplomats, sports persons, doctorates and royal people.

History[edit]

Sandhole tehsil was formed after the separation of Sarkaghat on 30 June 2011. There are two large plains which has grain fields and orchards, banking the River Beas. Known for its temples, worriers, bravery Sandhole is the home to a number of doctorates. On the Sainella hill, there is a new temple dedicated to Bhagwati Mata, overlooking the valley and giving a panoramic view of the whole town. The Beas valley is broad near Sandhole, but there are a number of striking vales such as those of Baakar and Masut Khad an Camp Wali Khad. A transit for visitors to Sarkaghat, Dharampur, Palampur, Awahdevi, etc., it is approachable from Sujanpur TIra(25 km or 1.6 mile), Sarkaghat (52 km or 3.4 miles) and Palampur (64 km or 4 miles). On either side of the road, there are rock hill sides rising perpendicularly to more than 300 metres (1,000 ft).

General information[edit]

  • Area: 42.12 km2
  • Population: 8910
  • Clothing: Cotton clothes in summer and woollen to heavy woollen in winter.
  • Language: Hindi, English, Pahari and Mandyali, Kangri are understood and spoken by the people engaged in tourism trade.
  • Sub-Tehsils: Dharampur.

Approach[edit]

  • Train: The nearest railway stations are Amb Andaura, Joginder Nagar and Shimla by narrow gauge train, Chandigarh and Kalka by broad gauge train which are connected by regular bus services.
  • Road: Sandhole is approachable by road from Shimla, Chandigarh, Pathankot and Delhi. There are regular bus services linking it to the other towns like Hamirpur, Palampur and Dharamshala.
  • Airplane: The nearest airport is at Gaggal in Kangra District, about 86 km from the town.

Places to Visit[edit]

  • Jole
  • Neri
  • Hatnala Bazaar
  • Rawara bats are found here
  • Baba Kamlahiya Temple
  • Sanaila Mata Mandir (Temple)
  • Basantpur CAMP
  • Doghi (Grain Fields)
  • Badaur Sehar (Banks of River Beas)
  • Kamlah Fort
  • Sandhole Police Chowki (Ancient Architecture)
  • Baakar Khad
  • Harsi Pattan Bridge
  • Uhloo Ka Pher
  • Kujabalh
  • Taurkhola
  • Seoh
  • Saklana
  • Marhi
  • Gowalla
  • Chej
  • Bakaari
  • Koon
  • Ghanala
  • Gardhar
  • Dhalara

and many more....

Banking Services[edit]

  • Punjab National Bank
  • Himachal Grameen Bank
  • Himachal State Co-operative Bank
  • Uco bank

Education[edit]

Sandhole is considered as a town of doctorates. It has 95% Male and 83% Female literacy rate. Town's 57% population is graduate in which 97% is youth.

University/Colleges/ Institutes[edit]

  • Industrial Training Institute (ITI), Sandhole

Professional Institutes[edit]

Following is the list of notable Institutes:

  • HIIT Sandhole
  • Walia C-Tech Computer Centre
  • Nivedita Academy
  • Rajkumar Tution Classes
  • ABS Globe Computer Centre
  • Shiva Computer Center

Schools[edit]

Following is the list of notable schools:

  • Model High School
  • Govt Senior Secondary School Sandhole
  • Saraswati Vidya Mandir
  • Vipasa Public High School
  • Gurukul Public School
  • Central school

References[edit]

  1. ^ "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. 
  2. ^ Lewis, M. Paul (2009). "Mandeali". Ethnologue: Languages of the World, Sixteenth edition. Dallas, TX: SIL International. Retrieved 2009-10-03.