Tourist Places in Kangra

Brajeshwari Temple - Largely Known as Nagarkot Dham or Kot Kangra, the temple is devoted to goddess Barjeshwari Devi. The temple is among the most popular and important view in Kangra. It is a one of the 51 Shaktipeeth of India. It is believed that the left breast of Sati is to have fallen here. The Devi is worshiped here in the form of Pindi. In ancient time, the temple widely known for its legendary wealth of Diamonds, Pearls, Gold and Silver. This temple was subject to consecutive depredation by invaders from the North. Mohammed of Ghazni is known to have departed with a king's ransom in gold, silver and jewels in 1009. the temple is entirely ruined by the 1905 earthquake. But it was restructured in 1920 and has been restored to its original glory.
 
Kangra Fort - Kangra Fort is located 3 kms from Kangra on the convergence of the rivers Banganga and Manjhi at the height of 350 feet. There are two gates for entrance and Fort have an attractive courtyard in between them. The historical fort of Kangra was built by Bhuma Chand. This fort had been the center of attraction for the rulers of northern India, since quite a long time. In the fort foreyard has temple of Laxmi Narayan and Adinath that are committed to Jainism. Inside the Fort there are two ponds one of them is called “ Kapur Sagar”. Presently, The Fort of Kangra is under the control of Archaeological Survey of India.
 
Kangra Art Museum - The Kangra Art Museum was particularly designed and build to maintain, conserve and revive the rich history and culture heritage of Kangra region. It is dedicated to the brilliant marvels of Tibetan and Buddhist artwork and their rich culture and history. It displays artefact's which can be traced back to the 5th century. The Museum possesses a good collection of Arts, Crafts, Artefact's, Costumes, Jewelery, Woodcarvings, Anthropological items, Coins, Manuscripts, Sculptures, Pottery, Royal tents, Shamianas and Pandals. It also show a wide selection of Contemporary Artists, Sculptors and Photographers, Kangra Kalam works or the Pahari miniature paintings. 

Kareri Lake - Kareri Lake is a shallow fresh and pure water lake, It is originating from the melting of Dhauladhar Ranges. This is encircled by dense and greeny forest. It is one of the well-known and hotspot for trekkers in the region. 

The Judge's Court - The Judge’s Court has been developed spanning an area of eight acres of land. Heritage and nature, in perfect co existence can be found in the Judges' Court. This is ancestral property of Sir Jai, now converted into an attractive and heritage site. The floor of the property follows the design and pattern of colonial bungalow. The style of decoration used for property are both local and saracenic. The Court encircled with huge rooms and spreading orchards, of a large variety of fruits, blooming in serene youth. Most of time, it is very hard to believe that the property is about 300 years old. 

Kaleshwar Mahadev Temple - Kaleshwar Mahadev Temple is situated at a distance about 8 km from Paragpur village within the Kangra region. This is an ancient temple, that is dedicated to Lord Shiva. 
It has an attractive and unique architecture. The main attraction of the temple is the Shiva Lingam that is placed beneath the ground level and is also adorned with beautiful sculptures. Because of this, The Kaleshwar Mahadev Temple is one of the must see excursions from Kangra. 

Haripur Guler - The area is well known for maintaining the legacy of Guler Painting which is commonly known as Pahadi Paintings of the Guler Riyasat. It is the homeland of the famous kangra miniature paintings. The age-old fort and water springs at Haripur are most famous tourist destinations. A petite canal separates these and welcomes numbers of migratory birds every year. The Haripur hills still have the skeleton of various memorials and a citadel which was built by Raja Hari Chand. 

Maharana Pratap Sagar Lake - It is made of Beas River. It is located at a distance of 65 Km from Panthankot and 115 km from Dharamsala. In 1960, a dam was built on the Beas river and this dam resulted in a huge Maharana Pratap Sagar Lake (once known as Pong Lake). This huge mass of water varies from 180 sq. km. to 400 sq. km. In 1983, It was declared a wildlife sanctuary and over 220 species of birds belonging to 54 families have been sighted over the waters and the fringing mud-banks - these include black-headed gulls, plovers, terns, ducks, water-fowl and egrets. The land portion of the sanctuary has Sambar, Nilgai, Barking Deer, Wild boar, Leopard and Clawless otter. 27 species and sub-species of fish belonging to six families have been recorded in the Sagar's waters. The reservoir has been developed on a large scale for promoting water sports for tourists. 

Masoor Rock Temple - It is situated 40 Kms from Kangra. The 15 Shikhra temples located at the place is the perfect attraction of Masroor. It is renowned for its monolithic temples. This temple that traces back to the 10th century is made out of solid rock. The Temple has been built in the Indo-Aryan monolith style and are richly carved. It is decorated with sculptural ornamentation conceived in the same manner as the great temple of Kailash at Ellora in Maharashtra. The main shrine contains three stone images of Ram, Lakshman and Sita. 

Kotla Fort Kangra - Kotla fort is a famous and historic structure. It is built on the state highway between Shahpur and Nurpur near Kangra. The fort is situated on a distant peak, overlooking the surrounding deep valleys. The way of fort is protected with lush and thick forests of pine. It was built under the patronage of Gular Rajas. 

Sujanpur Fort and Sujanpur Tira - The Sujanpur Fort is located adjacent to the district border of Kangra. The fort is popularly identified along with its twin title Tira. The fort is built by Raja Abhaya Chand of Kangra in 1758. Sujanpur Tira is Known for its palace, now in ruins, buit by Raja Sansar Chand. The place is also well-known for its temples of Gauri Shankar, Murli Manohar and Narbadeshwar. Additionally there is the largest ground of Himachal Pradesh which is widely used as a meeting place and also for sporting activities.

Tourist Places Near Kangra

Chamunda Devi Temple - It is most visited shrines of the Holy Goddess, Chamunda Devi. It is located on the bank of Baner river that are quite15 kms far from Kangra. The Temple is dedicated to the warmth form of Goddess Durga. Goddess Chamunda, who, it is said, was given the boon to fulfil the desires of those who worshiped her. On the back of the temple is a cave where a stone 'Lingam' under a boulder represents Nandi Keshwar (Shiva).The walls of the temple are decorated and painted with scenes from the Mahabharata and Ramayana. On either side of the deity, images of Hanuman and Bhairo are sited. 

Jwalamukhi Temple- Jawalamukhi Temple is situated 30 kms form Kangra. This place is well known for Jwalamukhi, the 'Flamming Goddess'. It is one of the most well-known temple in northen India. Temple is of highest religious importance to the followers of Hinduism, and worshiped as one of the 51 Shaktipeeths. The holy shrine is located in a slightly deep seated underground sanctum, where a priest presents the offerings of devotees to the flaming shrine. Two important fairs are organized throughout the Navratras, in early April and in mid October.

Taragarh Palace - Nearly 2 km south of Tashijong and around 50 km from Kangra. It is well-known for the Taragarh Palace which previously was the summer palace of the Maharaja of Kashmir. Currently, it has been transformed into a heritage hotel. The hotel showcases a lot of portraits of the Dogra Royal Family. The architecture consists mainly of Italian Marble, chandeliers and tiger skins. There is a pool area and tennis courts for entertainment and a eatery which serves lavish buffet.

Chinmaya Tapovana - It is just 10 kms from Kangra situated on a hillock. Swami Chinmayananda recently developed an Ashram here. Swami Chinmayananda, is a good exponent of the Gita. It is a probably the most beautiful and peaceful place to visit. There is a larger than life statue of Hanuman and also a very big Shivling which is often seen from far.

Kathgarh - It is a village located 7 kms. from Indora on the meeting point of the Beas and the Choch rivers. It is well-known for its old Shiv Temple, that built in Mughal style, housing 6 feet long and 5 feet round Shivalinga. The temple preserves a human-size ‘Shivalinga’ which is vertically split into two parts. The ShivLinga here is of its own kind. You might not found all over the world. 
Nadaun- Nadaun is situated 10 km. from Jwalamukhi and 40 km. from Kangra. A pleasant place for a quiet weekend. It is situated on the bank of River Beas and is a well known location for picnics and day trips. Additionally there is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. 

Trilokpur - It is quite 41 kms far from Kangra. Here is natural and attractive cave. The cave has alluring pillars of limestones. On other hand, on the floor of the cave by the percolation of water from the roof. It is something like stalagmites. The cave is devoted to Lord Shiva.

Naam Art Gallery - The Naam Art Gallery is purely committed to upcoming artists and art lovers. Per year, one can enjoy numbers of art shows arranged in this gallery. Here, one can gets the desired chance to show their artist quality throughout art paintings and other art pieces. Naam Art Gallery displays the work of many well known artists like the English painter A.W. Hallett and the German painter Elizabeth Buschmann. Some of the art pieces are also on sale and one can buy these paintings from the art gallery as painters generate their earning from these.

Triund Trek From - Triund trek of 9 kms from Mcleodganj. This is a very popular tourist attraction in the area and listed in one of the few eco-friendly sites in India. It is also the best place for adventure seekers and camping. It is a peak in the Dhauladhar range of the mighty Himalayas. The place provides amazing and mesmerizing views of the Moon peak-Indera Pass. Lush and green forests and splendid hilly areas offer the visitors and trekkers some breathtaking views.

Dhauladhar National Park - Dhauladhar National Park stands as a popular tourist attraction site in Kangra district. It is spread over 12.5 hectares of flourishing green land at an elevated height of around 1200 metres. From here, you can enjoy the stunning natural view of Dhauladhar Mountain ranges and dazzling green valleys rolling below. The Park is key attraction among animal lovers and photographers. There is also a zoo inside the park is favourite place amongst children and leisure travelers. Animals like Leopards, Black bears, Angora rabbits, Asiatic lion, Sambhar, Red fox and Wild deers can be spotted in the zoo.

Dhauladhar Range - The Dhauladhar Range trek is one of the most beautiful and visually rewarding treks. This peak is visible almost all throughout the higher altitude treks in Kangra. This particular trek is to the north of Kangra and covers the southern outer range of Himalayas.

Tea Gardens - One of the main attractions in the region of Palampur, Kangra. It is well known as 'Tea Capital of Northwest India'. Tea of this area is very famous, natural and free from chemicals. And, available in the market with various names like Bageshwari, Darbari and Bahar.

Baijnath Shiva Temple - It is probably the most popular sight in Kangra. The main attraction of this area is its an ancient Baijnath Temple which is devoted to Lord Shiva. It was built by local merchants named Manyuka and Ahuka in 1204 A.D. The structure of this temple reveals about Nagara style of temples. This place attracts a lot of pilgrims and visitors throughout the year and is very crowded during the festival of Shivaratri.

Chruch of St. John - It is one of the key attractions in the region. It attracts many the visitors to view the breathtaking attractive views. And, also with marvelous style of the Church. Church of St. John was rebuilt in the year 1929.

Bhagsu Falls - The oldest Temple of Bhagsunath ( Lord Shiva ) is located 3 km east of McLeodganj and 11 km from Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh. There is small waterfall that is just 0.5 km away from temple. This small waterfalls attracts a lots of tourist and visitors every year. People who are in search of peace and natural atmosphere, can rest here. The place serves as a good picnic spot where one can go and enjoy with their family and friends.

Dharamkot - Dharamkot is an appealing and beautiful small village located nearby Bhagsu Waterfall. Surrounded by, high green pines and rhododendron forests. There are many famous religious centers in the village, which comprise Tushita Research Center and Mountaineering Institute.

Palampur - Located between the beautiful and majestic Dhauladhar Ranges at a height of 1219 m, Palampur is known over the world for its tea plantations, gardens and its fine quality of tea. Their presence in this town is beautifully reflected in the Victorian style mansions and castles. Palampur being one of the more unexplored destinations offers a quaint and serene environment to tourists.

Dal Lake - Named after one of the most famous lakes in India, the Dal Lake in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh. It is located at an altitude of 1775 m above the sea level, at the road connecting Mcleodganj and Naddi village. The Lake is surrounded by Deodar forests. It offers the tourists amazing sceneries and cool ambiance to enjoy. There is also a temple devoted to sage Durvasa is worth paying a visit to. It is believed that one, who takes a dip in this lake, can get away from all the miseries of this world. And will be showered with the blessing of Lord Shiva.

Bagalamukhi Devi Temple - Bagalamukhi Devi is one of the ten Hindu Goddesses of power. The temple of Bagalamukhi is located at the opening of Kotla Fort near Kangra ( HP ). There is also a little temple devoted to Lord Ganesh. The temple features a round roof like the Bengal roof architecture. The temple is furnishes with wall paintings on the outer walls. It is considered that the worship of Bagalamukhi not only diminishes the power of the enemies, but makes them helpless too.

Behna Mahadev - This is among the biggest gable-roofed Hindu temples nestled in the Satluj Valley. The mandapa and corridor constructed around the sanctuary are open to all sides. In this temple, angled struts support the overhanging stone-tiled roof.

Tashi Jong - Tashijong is situated roughly 5 km west of Baijnath and around 50 kms far from Kangra town towards Mandi. This small village is famous as it is home to a small community of Drukpa Kagyud monks and refugees.

Pragpur Village - Pragpur is a heritage village situated near Kangra and houses the Judge's Court Manor. The village is complete with an old world charm of small red brick shops and traditional rural houses is prefect for an undisturbed village tourism option. A number of budget friendly accommodation options are available in the village.

Bir-Billing - The town of Bir is an important center of religious studies and meditation. There is an important Tibetan community settlement in this town. This town is the hub of adventure-sports activities such as Paragliding, Handgliding and Trekking. These activities are safe and all standards of safety are taken care of. For people passionate about learning more about Tibetan and Buddhism History and culture, Bir is the ideal place to be.

Trekking - With the absolutely magnificent and stunning views and sights that Kangra has to offer. Some more popular treks like the Dharamshala-Laka Pass, Baijnath-Parai Jot and Bhim Gasutri Pass, Dharamshala-Talang Pass, McLeodganj-Minikiani Pass-Chamba, are a more difficult, but absolutely more gratifying treks. You must sure to have a guide along with you, if not at all times, then at least to brief you about the trek and the ways to go about it.

Mcleodganj - Mcleodganj in Dharamsala is amongst the most famous world tourist destination in Himachal Pradesh. People visit this place all through the year from all over the world. It is also known as Little Lhasa and famous around the world for being home to the Tibetan Spiritual leader Dalai Lama. It is a beautiful town situated near upper Dharamsala. This town was named after David Mcleodganj, after the former governor of Punjab during the British rule. Mcleodganj has one of the most mesmerizing landscapes in the entire state of Himachal Pradesh which attracts hundreds of tourists per year.

Indrahar Pass - The trek to Indrahar Pass is a fairly easy one, being the most picturesque track starting from Mcleodganj, covering Lahesh and Triund Caves, and lasts about 14 kms single way. One can quite easily spot the Pit Panjal range along with other smaller ranges on either sides. The scenic beauty of this trek is so fascinating, even the simplest conifers and mountain ranges appear majestically beautiful.