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Kangra Fort


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The Kangra valley is one of the most picturesque valleys of lower Himalayas. The valley, sheltered by the sublime Dhauladhar range, is green and luxuriant. It provides a tremendous contrast in nature of places to be visited. Dharamsala is full of Buddhist air whereas ancient Hindu Temples like Bajreshwari Devi, Chamunda Devi, Baijnath Shiva temple and Jwala Devi ji dot the country side. The history of Kangra valley dates back to the Vedic times more than 3500 years ago. The area was exposed to successive invasions, the last being the British domination of the princes of many small the hill states. Despite the onslaughts and political upheavals, the arts and crafts of the region continued to develop and found lyrical expressions.
Crafts like the exquisitely designed shawls and miniature paintings of this region are internationally appreciated making Kangra one of the prime holiday destinations.

Language: Hindi, Punjabi, English are understood and spoken by the people engaged in tourism trade.
Temperature: In winter, the temperature can drop to freezing point. The summer temperature is 35 o C
Clothing: Heavy woolens in winters and light woolens and tropical in summers.
Where to stay: Accommodation is available at the HPTDC Hotels at Bhagsu and Dhauladhar, private hotels and Palampur tourist Bungalow. Budget and medium range hotels available in Kangra.

By Road: Kangra is well connected by road. State Transport buses connect Kangra with most of the major cities of the state and neighboring states. National and state highways criss-cross the area.
By Rail: The nearest narrow gauge railway station is Kangra. The nearest broad guage railway station is Pathankot.
By Air: The nearest Airport is at Gaggal, 13 Kms from Dharamshala and 8 Kms from Kangra Town. The AirIndia and Spicejet flights are available.
How To Get Around: Local buses operate regularly. Taxis are also available

Places to visitKm (from Kangra town)
Baijnath Shiv Temple54
Bajreshwari Devi Temple01
Chamunda Devi Temple24
Chintpurni Temple59
Dehra Gopipur37
Jwalamukhi Temple35
Kangra fort3
Masroor Rock Cut Temple38
Mahrana Pratap Sagar52
Taragarh Palace45
Gopalpur Nature Park28
  1. Visit the formidable Kangra Fort to retrace your steps back in time.
  2. Visit the Fort of Nagarkot to explore a rich historic past.
  3. Sightseeing around the heritage village of Pragpur and explore the ethnic side of Himachal.
  4. Indulge in recreational activities at The Taal.
  5. Visit the Judge’s Court to explore the splendor of Indo-European architecture.
  6. Visit the Masroor Rock Cut Temples and explore their ancient architecture.
  7. Set up a ‘jungle camp’ on the grounds of Taragarh Palace Hotel.
Chaitra and Ashwin Navratra Mela
During the Chaitra Navratra in March/April and Ashiwin Navratra’s in September/October, large number of Pilgrims visits the various temples around Kangra district to seek the blessings of the Goddess Durga.
Shukalpaksh Fair
This fair is held during the 10 days of “Shukalpaksh” in August at the Chintpurni Temple. Thousands of devotees visit this temple to commemorate this fest.
STD Code 01892
District Tourism Development Office, Kangra at Dharamshala224430, 223325
HPTDC Marketing Office, Dharamshala224212
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Kangra Fort
The torrential Banganga River deep in the valley forming a formidable sheer and the Kangra Fort lurking atop the flat mountain range is a scene that one encounters on nearing Kangra town when you drive from Shimla-Mataur national highway. A feeling of awe mixed with joy pervades you as you look back in time. The Kangra Fort is approximately 3 Km from the town and is also known as Nagarkot. The fort is historically significant; its massive size and the beauty of its structure lend it an added charm. At the entrance is a museum containing some valuable old photographs of the fort prior to the devastating earthquake of 1905 and some exquisite stone sculptures, carvings, idols and other artifacts.

Masroor Rock-cut Temples
Known for its monolithic rock-cut temples, Masroor is 38 Km from Kangra Town. There are 15 rock-cut temples in Indo-Aryan style and are richly carved. It is a unique monolithic structure in the sub-Himalayan region and is a protected monument. The main shrine contains three stone images of Rama, Lakshmana, and Sita. The temple complex is located on a hill and also has a large rectangular water pond. The view of snow clad Dhauladhar is amazing from the temple premises.

Bajreshwari Devi Temple
In the middle of the town of Kangra is the temple dedicated to Bajreshwari Devi. It is one of the 51 Shaktipeeths. Known once for its legendary wealth this temple was subject to successive depredations by invaders from the north. Destroyed completely in 1905 by an earthquake, it was rebuilt in 1920 and continues to be a busy place of pilgrimage. In the surroundings of Kangra, one can visit the historical Kangra Fort at Old Kangra (3 Km) and also trek up to the temple of Jayanti Devi located on the hilltop, opposite to the Kangra fort.

Baijnath Shiv Temple
This particularly beautiful ancient Shiv temple at Baijnath is 16 Km from Palampur, on the Pathankot-Mandi national highway. Built of stone in the 9th century AD in the shikhara style, it is a fine blend of sculpture and architecture. The temple is easily accessible from both Palampur and Kangra. The linga enshrined in its sanctum is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in the country. Every year during the Shivratri fair, pilgrims descend on Baijnath for the colorful fair and festivities.

Chamunda Devi Temple
Just 24 Km from Kangra and 15 Km from Dharamshala is the famous temple of goddess Chamunda Devi (Chamunda Nandikeshwar Dham). At the back of the temple is a cave-like scoop where a stone “Lingam” under a boulder represents Nandikeshwar (Shiva). The temple complex is an enchanting spot with the glorious view of Dhauladhar, the Baner Khad, and Dadh. A vast running water pool houses the statues of Lord Shiva and Saraswati. A trek of about 16 Km up in the Dhauladhar ranges is the ancient temple of Aadi Himani Chamunda.

Maharana Pratap Sagar
Named in the honour of the great patriot Maharana Pratap (1572-97 AD) the Maharana Pratap Sagar (Pong Lake) is situated at an altitude of 450 metres above sea level, 32 degree north and 76 degrees east, in district Kangra. Clean blue water all around with the panoramic view of Dhauladhar Ranges and Kangra Valley make the visit to Ransar Island an unforgettable experience. Black buck and Cheetal on the island along with Surkhab, Cranes, Pintails and variety of water birds welcome the visitors on the Island. The best season to visit the Pong Lake is between September to March. The nearest other visitable places are Masroor rock-cut temple 10 Km from Nagrota Surian railway station, Haripur fort, near to Guler railway station.

Located at an elevation of 2000 feet above sea level, heritage village Pragpur is ideally suited to explore the Kangra valley. The area has several streams that drain into the river Beas. Many places of historic, religious and cultural importance are within easy reach. With its equitable climate, easy access, safe passage and rich flora and fauna, Pragpur and its surroundings offer an ideal location for village tourism.

The town of Palampur (1219 m) is situated in an idyllic valley priding itself with tea gardens, and hills covered with pine trees. The place enjoys a year-round pleasant climate and the pine scented air is said to have curative properties. The scenery presents a sublime and beautiful contrast- the valleys presents a picture of rural innocence and repose, while the hills are majestic.