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Kangra, Himachal Pradesh


General Information about Kangra
Area: 5739 sq. km
Population: 13.39 lakh

Information about Kangra
Kangra is a charming town located just 17 km away from Dharamshala. Kangra is one of the Himachal's most beautiful valley and most picturesque valley of lower Himalayas which rolls down the southern edge of the magnificent Dhauladhar range. Kangra is situated at the confluence of the Bener and

Kangra Himachal Pradesh

Majhi streams, overlooking the Ban Ganga torrent. Kangra is famous all over the world for its astounding beauty. The gentle slopes of this range are covered with lush green forests of pine, orchards, tea gardens and terraced fields and overlooks a gushing stream known as Banganga. Kangra valley is surrounded by splendid valleys and dotted with several ancient shrines, thus offering as a famous tourist destination. It provides a tremendous contrast in nature of places to be visited. Kangra is known for its magnificent temples and as a thriving centre for arts. Kangra is still a busy place of pilgrimage.

History of Kangra
The history of Kangra valley dates back to the Vedic times more than 3500 years ago. Earlier, Kangra was the capital of the great hill state, its renowned ruler being Maharaja Sansar Chand Katoch, a great patron of arts. The Miniature and Rajpur Schools of hill paintings flourished during his reign. 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 Tughlak and Maharaja Rant Singh. It was lastly taken over by the British from the princes of the hill states.

Crafts of Kangra

Despite the onslaughts and political disturbances, the arts and crafts of the region continued to develop and found lyrical expressions. Crafts like the exquisitely designed shawls and miniature paintings of this region are internationally appreciated. Kangra is known for the exquisite Pahari style of miniature painting.

Tourist Attractions in Kangra
The ancient Hindu Temples like Brajeshwari, Baijnath, Jawalamukhi and Chamunda Devi dot the Kangra town. The other attractions in Kangra are Nadaun, Sujanpura Tira, Kangra Fort and Maharana Pratap Sagar Lake.


Kangra Fort
The remains of the Kangra fort are located on a strategic height, overlooking the Ban Ganga and Manjhi rivers. The historical Kangra Fort is 3 Kms from the Kangra Town.

Jwalamukhi temple
The main tourist attraction in Kangra is the Jwalamukhi temple. This ancient temple was built against a wooded spur and has a dome that was gilded by Maharaja Ranjit Singh.


Nadaun was built as a capital by Raja Sansar Chand on the river Beas. Nadaun soon emerged as a centre of arts and the royal palace still has beautiful paintings. Nadaun is a quiet, charming place for an extended weekend or for a spot of angling in River Beas.

Sujanpura Tira

Kangra Fort Kangra

Sujanpura Tira is located further upstream on the banks of the Beas river. This city is the famous capital city of Raja Sansar Chand. Located amidst idyllic surroundings, the temples of Narbadeshwar, Gauri Shanker and Murli Manohar built by the King are still adorned with fine wall paintings.

Bajreshwari Devi Temple
In the middle of the town is the temple dedicated to Bajreshwari Devi. Known once for its legendary wealth, this temple was raided by various invaders from the North. Mohammed of Ghazni is known to have departed with a king's ransom in gold, silver and jewels in 1009. Destroyed completely in 1905 by an earthquake, it was rebuilt in 1920.

Maharana Pratap Sagar
The Maharana Pratap Sagar Lake is named in honour of the great patriot Maharana Pratap (1572-97 AD). Over the river Beas, the Pong dam was completed in 1976. Its reservoir covers an area of about 45000 hectares at maximum possible flooding. The level varies every season and averages around 30000 hectares. Over 200 villages with a population of over 85000 people lie along the wetland. The settlements of Nagrota Surian and Jawali are located on the sagar's periphery.

How to reach Kangra
By Air:

The Kangra airport is located just 7 kms away from the Kangra town.

By Road:

Kangra is well connected by road with Chandigarh, Amritsar and Dharamshala.

By Rail:

The broad gauge railway station is located at Pathankot (86 km) which connects to a narrow gauge line.


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