Kangra Attractions/Tourist places/Local Sightseeing
Kangra was initially called Nagarkot. Situated in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, Kangra is one of the most scenic towns of the lower Himalayas. Kangra town is located in the beautiful Kangra valley, amids of the mountain ranges of the Shivaliks and the Dhauladhar. The town of Kangra and its nearby areas are mainly recognized for its smooth and safe trekking paths. The Majhi and Bener watercourses flow through this district. Many pilgrims gather here to take a dip in the blessed waters of the Ban Ganga.
The history of Kangra valley dates back to the Vedic period more than 3500 years ago. This whole area was exposed to consecutive invasions throughout its history. Despite the onslaught and political disturbances, the arts and crafts of the region continued to develop with the passage of time. Crafts like the exquisitely designed shawls and miniature paintings of this region are highly appreciated at international level. Kangra travel guide will help to explore Kangra better. Kangra is the gateway to Dharamsala amd Mcleodganj.
Just 16 km from Palampur is the ancient Shiva temple at Baijnath. The old temple has been dated to 9th century and has been conserved. Apart from the religious significance, the temple is an architectural marvel and has been known to withstand earthquakes within the last few centuries.
Judges Court #2
The Judges Court in Kangra is located near the ornamental village tank of Pragpur and is surrounded by fruit orchards that grow litchi, mangos, grape, plum, parsimmon and citrus fruits. This rambling 300 year old ancestral property was the residence of Justice Sir Jai la of Kangra. It has seven rooms, a private suite and a gorgeous view of the mountains.
Nadaun palace the former capital of King Sansar Chand is popular for its murals. It is located on the bank of River Beas and is a popular spot for picnics and day trips. Nadaun is 48 km away from Kangra.
On the Mandi- Pathankot road, Nurpur is an idyllic township named after Noorjahan, Jehangir's favorite Queen. Though the once grand Nurpur fort is in ruins, the fine carvings and sculptures can still be seen. Close to the fort is an ancient Krishna temple partly in ruins. The verdant unexplored surroundings and picturesque views are worth a visit.
The temple of Chamunda Devi is located 10 km west of Palampur, on the Baner River. The sacred site is called Chamunda Nandik-eshwar. The temple enshrines an enraged form of Durga, which is entirely hidden beneath a red cloth.
Taragarh Palace #6
The Taragarh Palace estate is sprawled on 15 acres of forest area surrounded by tea gardens. This entire area is one of the lesser explored in Kangra so still maintains an untouched beauty. This area used to be called Alhila - the land of the crescent moon when it was built in 1930. This magnificent palace is at the foot of the Dhauladhar range and has a stunning backdrop of snow-covered mountains.
Shiva Temple #7
The Shiva temple at Katgarh is popular and is located at the border of Kangra District. The temple preserves a human-size linga which is vertically split into two parts.
Pong Lake Sanctuary #8
Pong Dam reservoir is located at a distance of 65 km from Panthankot and 115 km from Dharamsala on the Beas River. The Pong Dam Lake is popular for its wildlife sanctuary, which houses wild species like sambar, nilgai, barking deer, wild boar, leopard and clawless otter. The reservoir has been developed on a large scale for promoting water sports for tourists.
Kangra fort #9
The ruins of the Kangra Fort are located on a strategic height overlooking the Manjhi River and Ban Ganga River. The remains of the Kangra fort are still a dominating feature of the Kangra Valley. Mohammed Ghazni occupied the Kangra Fort in 1009 AD and at that time the place was called Bhima Nagar, after the name of Bhima, one of the Pandavas.
The tiny hamlet of Masrur came into prominence with the discovery of 15 rock cut temples crafted in the Indo Aryan architectural style. The beautiful and awe inspiring rock temples bear close resemblance to the temples at Ellora. However, the temples are partly in ruins due to climate and age.