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Kangra

Kangra is a charming town famous for its temples. Notable is the shrine dedicated to goddess Bajreshwari Devi. Kangra is steeped in history and its ruined fort - Nagarkot, stands as testimony to its glorious past. The town was attacked by Mohammed Ghaznavi and subjugated by Emperor Feroz Tuglak and Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Though the main temple was ravaged by foreign invaders and flattened by the 1905 earthquake, it has since been restored to its pristine glory. Earlier, Kangra was the ancient capital of the great hill state, and also known as a thriving centre for arts, in particular, the exquisite Pahari style of miniature painting that flourished during the reign of Raja Sansar Chand Katoch (1775-1823). Fine murals commissioned by the King are still to found in palaces and temples across this area. At Kangra town one can also visit the historical Kangra fort at Old Kangra (3 km) and Jain temple and also trek up to the famous Jayanti Devi temple (3 km) from Old Kangra. ...

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Kangra
Kangra is a charming town famous for its temples. Notable is the shrine dedicated to goddess Bajreshwari Devi. Kangra is steeped in history and its ruined fort - Nagarkot, stands as testimony to its glorious past. The town was attacked by Mohammed Ghaznavi and subjugated by Emperor Feroz Tuglak and Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Though the main temple was ravaged by foreign invaders and flattened by the 1905 earthquake, it has since been restored to its pristine glory. Earlier, Kangra was the ancient capital of the great hill state, and also known as a thriving centre for arts, in particular, the exquisite Pahari style of miniature painting that flourished during the reign of Raja Sansar Chand Katoch (1775-1823). Fine murals commissioned by the King are still to found in palaces and temples across this area. At Kangra town one can also visit the historical Kangra fort at Old Kangra (3 km) and Jain temple and also trek up to the famous Jayanti Devi temple (3 km) from Old Kangra. Kangra, a picturesque spot located at the confluence of Majhi and Bener streams, is a pleasant place renowned as a hot tourist spot overlooking the majestic Ban Ganga torrent in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Kangra town in the magnificent Kangra valley is secluded and scenic and is located between the Dhauladhar range and the Shivaliks. Kangra, erstwhile Nagarkot, is a town with historical importance. The town had witnessed many invasions and battles. It was the political bastion during the ancient times and the imposing Kangra fort is the testimony for the town’s famed past. Kangra is renowned all over the world for its crafts and temples. Handicrafts and artifacts including paintings and marvelously embroidered shawls are world known. Kangra is proud of its rich cultural legacy. There are many rock-cut temples displaying the architectural excellence of the region. Masrur is known for many marvelous rock-cut temples. The town houses shrines of Chamunda Devi, Baijnath and Jawalamukhi. Brajeshwari Devi Temple is an important temple witnessing huge inflow of pilgrims every year. Kangra Fort, known also as the Nagar Kot, is an amazing structure dating back to many centuries located on the confluence of the Rivers Banganga and Manjhi. The fort, ideally placed at a mountain range of 350 ft, was built by Bhuma Chand. Kangra fort extending about 4 km contains high ramparts and thick walls. The fort is awesome with a huge superb entrance gate known as Ranjit Singh Gate, a polygonal watch tower and the Shish Mahal. The fort is under the maintenance and control of Archeological Survey of India. Laxmi Narayan Temple and Adinath Temple inside the fort displays the earliest remains of the fort structures. Prime attraction in Kangra include Behna Mahadev – the famous gable roofed shrine in the Satluj valley, Brajeshwari Temple, Brijraj Behari Temple, Kangra Art Gallery, Karaeri Lake, International Himalayan Festival, Masrur Temple, Sujanpur Fort and the Judges Court.

How to Reach By Train By Bus


•    By Air: Kangra airport is 7-km away and has got straight flights from Delhi.
•    By Rail : Nearest broad-gauge railhead at Pathankot is 86-km away and one is situated at Mukarian is 30-km.
      Kangra Valley express is a narrow gauge train, starting from Pathankot and continues to Bajinath.
•    By Road: Kangra is well connected by road with Dharamsala, which is 18-km away.


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News & Events


Buddha Purnima
March-April is the festival season associated with Buddha Purnima, which is celebrated with grand religious functions and cultural performances.


Drukpa Teshi
August-September adorns beautiful colors with the festivities of Drukpa Teshi.




Attraction points
» Brijeshwari Devi Temple
» Masrur
» Pong Lake Sanctuary (Maharana Pratap Sagar)
» Nadaun
» Jwalamukhi Temple
» Kangra Fort
» Behna Mahadev



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