Are you a history buff with a taste for discovering new places and a weakness for anything musty? Bored of heading to the usual tourist destinations with the regular crowd of constantly cuddling couples, screaming babies and disgruntled families? Do you want to spend some time alone, surrounded by art and its alluring kind? Pragpur, then, is definitely the place for you. This small hamlet, a popular place to holiday in HImachal
, has been recognized as a World Heritage Village, Pragpur is the only village in India that has been provided with the honor. Deeply interwoven into the annals of Indian history and widely renown for its largely medieval aura, the village is also a paradise for any art buff. The entire Garli-Pragpur zone is well maintained by its local residents and the buildings have been expertly restored to stunt decay and retain the village’s original sheen.
Attractions with a Medieval touch
The buildings in Pragpur are magnificent, and they play a major role in giving the entire village of Pragpur its medieval ambience. The village is also an ideal ground to explore the Kangra valley due to its perfect placement in the mountain range, at a high altitude of 2000 feet above sea level. Under the shadows of the mighty Dhauladhar range which provides a stunning backdrop, the region has countless streams that merge with the Beas River. It is also a haven for all types of flora and fauna, and has a pleasant climate throughout the year. The ideal time to book Paragpur tours in North India
would however be during the months of January and September, because this is the time when the Lohri and the other local wrestling festivals are organized.
Plan a trip to Shimla
and head to Paragpur for two days to delve deeper into the essence of this ancient town, and the experience will only have you asking for more. A beautiful pond forms the center of the village, providing a place for people of all generations to get together in. This pond, called Taal, has been part of the village since 1868 and serves as a core around which the other heritage structures are present: namely the Nehar Bhavan, the Naun, the village inn and the Radha Krishna Mandir.
All these buildings are ancient and have stood the test of time for hundreds of years. You can visit all the heritage sites in two days, so choose the places you are more curious about for the first day. Visit the Butail Nivas, a huge complex with six apartments and a courtyard in between. This building is a famous site and it is roughly more than a hundred years old. Also visit Nakki, which is one of the entrances to the village. The Judge’s Court, a huge mansion constructed in the Indo-European style of architecture, now serves as a heritage hotel. Take your mind off your wallet and spend a few days basking in its posh rooms.
The Lala Rerumal Haveli, a stunning garden designed in the Mughal style with a huge reservoir and a wide terrace, is also a must see for any tourist in Pragpur. Other places to see include the Chaujjar Mansion, an ancient Shakthi Mandir and the Atilyalas, which are nothing but public platforms. Satisfy your shopping bug by spending the second day in Pragpur’s attractive market. Pragpur is an excellent place to shop for craft-work, tailors, painters and musicians form a major part of its populace and can be easily visited by booking packages from Delhi
Road travel is the easiest way to reach Pragpur, since it lies just 170 kilometers from Amritsar in Punjab. Train links to Pragpur run from New Delhi through Pathankot, Jalandhar and Amritsar. The nearest airport is Gagal Airport in Kangra located around 45 kilometers from Pragpur.
The Heritage Inn, Kamal Guest House and aforementioned The Judge’s Court provide quality services with respect to accommodation and food in Pragpur for moderate rates similar to every other Kangra valley resort. The city’s inner reaches can be covered by foot, hence transport is not an issue. Book a trip to Pragpur, and bring to life the history buff in you.