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. 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, Bajreshwari Temple, Brijraj Behari Temple, Kangra Art Gallery, Karaeri Lake, International Himalayan Festival, Masrur Temple, Sujanpur Fort and the Judges Court.
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by Akshay Balraj on Apr 21, 2010
Welcome to a magical valley filled with lush green meadows and magnificent peaks. Kangra truly looks like God's own home!
Travel within city
Kangra is a very famous district and town in the Himalayan region. Kangra encompasses almost all the popular valleys in the Himalayan region, and the natural beauty of this region is the sole reason for its popularity. Travelling within the town of Kangra is very easy, as the town is a very small one. You can easily cover all the places in the town by foot, without any need for other means of transport. Travelling by foot is one of the easiest ways to get around the city of Kangra.
However, the surrounding regions of Kangra can’t be accessed through normal means or by foot. This is because all must see places that are around Kangra are located around forty to fifty kilometers (40-50 km) away. These destinations can be reached by opting for government organized cars and buses. Local buses and auto rickshaws are not available in the region of Kangra. Only government buses to outside villages and towns are available, and these vehicles run under the HPTDC. These buses can cost you around Rs 50 to 100 to travel to the nearby places, and cabs or cars provided by the HPTDC will cost you around Rs 300-500.
Other than these, you can take a pony ride through the town of Kangra. This is very cheap, and a slow means of transport. This will cost you around Rs 10.
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