Sundar Nagar

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Sundar Nagar
सुंदर नगर
Sunder Nagar
Sundar Nagar is located in Himachal Pradesh
Sundar Nagar
Sundar Nagar
Sundar Nagar is located in India
Sundar Nagar
Sundar Nagar
Location in Himachal Pradesh, India
Coordinates: 31°32′N 76°53′E / 31.53°N 76.88°E / 31.53; 76.88Coordinates: 31°32′N 76°53′E / 31.53°N 76.88°E / 31.53; 76.88
Country  India
State Himachal Pradesh
District Mandi
Elevation 800 m (2,600 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 24,344
 • Rank 8 in HP
 • Official Hindi
 • Local Language Mandeyaalee
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 175018
Telephone code 91-1907
Vehicle registration HP-31

Sunder Nagar is a City and a municipal council in Mandi district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Formerly it was a princely state, known as Suket.[1]


Sunder Nagar is located at 31°32′N 76°53′E / 31.53°N 76.88°E / 31.53; 76.88.[2] It has an average elevation of 950 metres (2600 feet).


From Distance
Delhi 416 km
Manali 125 km
Shimla 135 km
Chandigarh 170 km
Dharamshala 218 km

SunderNagar is situated on National Highway 21


Air: The nearest airport is Bhuntar, near Kullu which is about 82 km.

Rail: Nearest Broad Gauge Railway Station is Kiratpur Sahib which is about 105 km. Another broad gauge railhead is at Pathankot, a distance of 210 km. From Una and Pathankot the narrow gauge railway connects Joginder Nagar which is 80-km from SunderNagar.

Road: Frequent bus services are available from Chandigarh, Delhi, Shimla & Jammu for Sundernagar. 22 km from Mandi is well connected by road to other places. The main bus stand is just above an open playing field, where the National Highway- 21 continues along the left bank of river to Pandoh.


As of 2001 India census,[3] Sunder Nagar had a population of 23,979. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Sunder Nagar has an average literacy rate of 82%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 85%, and female literacy is 78%. In Sunder Nagar, 10% of the population is under 6 years of age.


The Sunder Nagar lake.

There is a mixture of Himachalis and other states people in this town. This is due to the presence of the Bhakra Beas Management Board (B.B.M.B), which is a Govt. of India project having Punjab, Haryana, Rajsthan and Himachal Pradesh as partners and hence the employees are mostly from Punjab, Haryana and Rajsthan. Now the number of people from Bihar are also increasing due to different construction works going on (mainly houses).

The place as a whole is quite peaceful. There are lot of scenic beauties to see like sunset across the lake, valley view from the road going to Keran etc. There are two open big grounds in the colony where a lot of children play, people usually go for a walk in the evenings and mornings, usually on the roads towards nearby villages like Chambi and Keran. But there is a project of Cement factory which has been initiated by the government in Keran. 10/05/2011 At present the government has given stay order for the factory project and it will take next 5 years to take further step in installation of factory. But the stone to be used in factory for cement making will still be going from Keran.


Sundar Nagar has emerged as an educational hub in past few years, having a Government Engineering College (Jawaharlal Nehru Government Engineering College), Government medical College (Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Government Medical College in Nerchowk), Government Dental college, Government Polytechnic College, Government Sanskrit College and Semi Government Degree College


Government schools[edit]

Affiliated to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)[edit]

  1. Govt. B.S.L. Sr. Sec. School
  2. Govt. Sr. Sec. Model School

Affiliated to Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education (HPBOSE)[edit]

  1. Government Senior Secondary School (Boys)
  2. Government Senior Secondary School (Girls)

Semi Government Schools[edit]

Affiliated to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)[edit]

Private schools[edit]

Affiliated to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)[edit]

  1. D.A.V Public School
  2. St. Mary's Senior Secondary School
  3. Mahavir Public Senior Secondary School]
  4. Angel's public school
  5. Vision International Public Senior Secondary School
  6. St. Xavier's Residential School
  7. Axiom International School
  8. The Phoenix school of Integrated Learning

Affiliated to Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education (HPBOSE)[edit]

  1. Varadman Mahavir Public Senior Secondary School
  2. Modern Hi Tech Public School


Government colleges[edit]

  1. Jawaharlal Nehru Government Engineering College
  2. Government Polytechnic College
  3. Himachal Dental College
  4. Government Sanskrit College
  5. Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Government Engineering College, Nerchowk

Semi Government Colleges[edit]

  1. Maharaja Lakshman Sen Memorial College sunder nagar mandi H.P.#

Around Sundernagar[edit]

Mahamaya Temple: Located on the top of a hill, offers a panoramic view of the city and is one of the most sacred places around.

Murari Devi Temple: Murari Devi Temple is a beautiful place to visit in Sunder Nagar. This Temple is in the west of Sunder Nagar on the top of a sacred hill named Murari Dhar & is situated at the height of 7000  ft (2,133 m). It is believed that this temple was made by Pandavas during their "AGYATWAAS". This place often receives snowfall in the month of January.

Shukdev Vatika: It is situated near to BBMB reservoir. During Pre-Mahabharata period Rishi Shukdev meditated at this place. There is an ancient cave dating back to Puranas. This cave leads to Haridwar and it is believed that Rishi Shukdev used this cave to take bath in the holy Ganges every morning.

Haateswari Temple: This temple is situated at Sundernagar Baggi Road at a distance of about eight km from Sundernagar. History of Pandavas can also be traced to this famous temple. Devi Haateswari, the presiding deity of the area has a huge following.

Lake Reservoir: It is the reservoir of the BSL Project. Lies in the heart of the town and is blessed with a serene environment and a panoramic view overlooking the mighty Himalayas, and is along the national highway 21 (Chandigarh - Manali).

Rewalsar: About 30  km from Sundar Nagar, it is a small Tibetan settlement with a beautiful lake in between. It has a lot of Tibetan temples, a small zoo, and boating facilities at the lake.

Jangam Bagh: It's in BBMB colony (BBMB Colony Titled as Mini Chandigarh) near Govt. Senior Secondary Model School. It has a temple and fish pond and is surrounded by lush green trees.

Sheetla Mata Temple: It is a beautiful temple devoted to Maa Sheetla. It is located about a mile away from the bank of BSL lake. Along with this lies a broadcast point of Doordarshan.

Kalwara Mahadev Temple: It is a beautiful temple devoted to Lord Shiva. It is famous for its caves. It is situated on the top of a hill, 6 km from Sunder Nagar bus stand & 2 km on foot journey from village Keran.

Thakur Art Gallery: It is an Art gallery of Oil paintings situated near 18 KM from Sunder Nagar towards Bilaspur at NH-21, Village- Slapper

Eating Joints and Restaurants

  1. Hotel Hamsafar, Sukhdev Vatika
  2. Neelam Sweets Shop {established in the 1970s} (Famous for Ras Malai (a type of sweet) and traditional Sweets), BBMB Colony [4]
  3. Polo Regency
  4. Bake Shop
  5. Osho Food Corner
  6. Besillio Grand Hotel & Restaurant

PLC Business Complex (near by Polo Regency Hotel)

- Manali Sweets & Baker

- K & K Computers

- Mandyali Dham

                                                                   ॐ श्री गणेशाय नमः
                                                               श्री मातृपितृगुरूचरणकमलेभ्यो नमः
                                                             सरस्वती नमस्तुभ्यं वरदे कामरूपिणी।
                                                          विद्यारम्भं करिष्यामि सिद्धिर्भवतु मे सर्वदा॥ 
                                                                --Location of Kharota--

There is a gram panchayat named Dehar & a village named Kharota in this panchayat having a population of 125 including children.Some people are government employees and some are also in the private jobs. There is a temple of Thanewer in the direction of south. In this temple every year the program is organized by the villagers. In the night singers and artists entertain the people and the next day gives a party for the localized people. There's a primary school in this village. There is a small shop.This shop is famous for pakoras. Some peoples are cooks who make tasty dham (cultural food of Himachal).

(Location of Kharota Prepared by)- "Vipin Kaushal Jyotishacharya"


Further reading[edit]

  • Hutchinson, J. & J. PH Vogel (1933). History of the Panjab Hill States, Vol. I. 1st edition: Govt. Printing, Pujab, Lahore, 1933. Reprint 2000. Department of Language and Culture, Himachal Pradesh. Chapter VIII Suket State, pp. 340–372.
  • History of Mandi