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Overview of Sidhbari and Fatehpur in the Kangra Valley
Overview of Sidhbari and Fatehpur in the Kangra Valley
Sidhbari is located in Himachal Pradesh
Location in Himachal Pradesh, India
Coordinates: 32°10′46″N 76°22′41″E / 32.1793901°N 76.3779831°E / 32.1793901; 76.3779831Coordinates: 32°10′46″N 76°22′41″E / 32.1793901°N 76.3779831°E / 32.1793901; 76.3779831
Country  India
State Himachal Pradesh
District Kangra
 • Official Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
A view of the Dhauladhars from Rakkar, Upper Sidhbari
Another view of the Dhauladhars from Rakkar, Upper Sidhbari

Sidhbari is a suburb of Dharamshala town, situated in the foothills of Dhauladhar mountains, in Kangra district of the state of Himachal Pradesh, India.


Sidhbari derives its name from a sage, Baba Sidh. It is believed by the locals that the dhuni (burning piece of wood) here has been burning for centuries and has never been extinguished even once. Hence the vibhuti (ash) is said to have the sacred blessings of the Sidh Baba.

Since 2000, Sidhbari has gained renown as the temporary residence of the Karmapa (Ogyen Trinley Dorje).

Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha is also situated here.

Places of Interest[edit]

The small town of Sidhbari is bustling with activity due to several local attractions.

  • Very near to the village is Chinmaya Ashram or Sandeepany Himalayas. In this Ashram is the Samadhi (resting place) of Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda, founder of Chinmaya Mission.
  • In the village of Sidhbari, near Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh, lies what is commonly regarded as the meditation spot of Kapila. The sage who lived there is locally regarded as Sidh Baba due to his mystic powers, and hence the name of the village Sidhbari.
  • One attraction for tourists in Sidhbari is the Naam Art Gallery, exhibiting paintings by European artists Elsbeth Buschmann and Alfred W. Hallett.
  • Another attraction is the earthen architectural works of Didi Contractor, including several homes made of adobe and bamboo.
  • Vidhan Sabha : The winter session of assembly meetings happen here in Sidhbari.
  • The hamlets of Rakkar and Sokni Da Kot in Upper Sidhbari is inhabited by the Gaddi community and offers visitors authentic homestay options in traditional mud houses.


  1. ^ Activities of the Karmapa

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