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About Pragpur

Pragpur is a very popular village with very less population in the Kangra valley. Pragpur is located at an altitude of 1800 ft. Pragpur is India’s first certified heritage village along with the nearby village of Garli. Pragpur is referred to as the white ranges as it lies on the foothills of the massive Dhauladhars. Prag means pollen in Sanskrit which is India’s ancient language.

The village of Pragpur was set up in the memory of Princess Prag Dei belonging to the Jaswan Royal Family by the Kuthiala Soods. At Pragpur there are a number of heritage structures for sightseeing as Pragpur itself is the 300 years old inherited home of the Kuthiala Soods. Pragpur is developed into a Rural Heritage site with the help of ‘The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage’.

The main attraction of Pragpur village is the well-preserved and protected ancient architecture where the prominent Kangra School of painting has originated. There are orchards which contain very tasty sweet seasonal fruits such as King of fruits mangoes, citrus fruits and lemons. During the spring season, the land is decdorated with colorful flowers.

The places of interest in Pragpur are Taal or the artificial pond which was founded as early as in 1864 AD, the Nehar Bhawan that has got a history of 250 long years, the temple of Radha Krishna and the village inn also known as Dhunichand Bhardial Sarai. The judge court is a heritage resort which was founded by Justice Jai Lal in the 20th century in a typical Anglo-Indian style of architecture.. Many silversmiths can be seen working in the market of pragpur who are selling showy jewelleries. The Pragpur village is also famous for the weaving cottage industry. Tourists purchase hand woven blankets, shawls and hand block printed clothes.

Pragpur is a good holiday spot for those who want to spend their time individually and in a traditional way. Our heritage is conserved at other places in Pragpur only, Lala Rerumal Haveli by Raos in 1931. This Haveli has a Mughal style garden, a large water reservoir and a pleasure terrace also. Other places of interest for seeing preserved heritage are Butail Mandir, Courtyards of the Sood Clans, an ancient Shakti Mandir and Atiyalas or public platforms. Tourists are always welcomed here with a warm heart.

The Kangra Valley, where Heritage Village Pragpur is located, is panoramic and replete with history. It is the home of the famous Kangra school of painting and possibly the world's - most certainly India's - oldest ruling lineage comes from here.

The area of Pragpur was part of the Principality of Jaswan whose chief, in the late 16th or early 17th Century accused a band of learned men, led by a Kuthiala Sood, to find a suitable place to honor Princess 'Prag' of his royal lineage.

The core area of Pragpur is notified as a "Heritage Village", and, along with the nearby village of Garli, the surrounding area is a Hertitage Zone. The Soods are a special community laying claim to being Agnivanshis - born of a sacred fire - with references to them in ancient Hindu texts like the Rig Veda. At the time when Simla was the summer capital of the British Raj the Soods from around Pragpur owned more than half of it, and they still continue to be the leading community.

The site chosen for Pragpur lies in the shade of the Dhauladhar mountains - the white ranges - and is said to be so located as to receive the astral benefic influence of prayers that have been offered for thousands of years at three nearby ancient SHAKTI (Primordial Energy) Temples of Bajreswari (Kangra), Jwalamukhi and Chintpurni. Founded about 3 centuries ago Pragpur has held onto the essence of an earlier era - unchanged shops, ornamental village tank, cobbled streets, mud plastered and slate roofed houses.

Village Tourism

Heritage Village Pragpur is perfect for Village land nature Tourism and is being promoted as an example of community involvement in tourism. The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage jointly with the government of Himachal Pradesh is developing and preserving Heritage Village Pragpur.

Apart from The Judge's Court , Pragpur offers a variety of accommodation with rates to suit all pockets. Several heritage structures are now being restored using original techniques but with modern facilities to facilitate tourist.

The Taal: Dating before 1868, the Taal or pond forms the core of Pragpur village and serves as a recreational space for young and aged alike. The Taal is enclosed by heritage structures.

Pragpur Weather

Paragpur experiences a temperate climate throughout the year, and the climate can be divided into three seasons, namely summer, winter and monsoon. Summers in the village of Paragpur are quite moderate as compared to the nearby regions, and winters are also moderate. The climate of the region throughout the year is thus amusing, and the village can be visited anytime.

Summer Season
Summers in the village of Paragpur extends through the months of April, May and June. These three months are the summer months, and temperatures will hit a maximum of thirty two degrees (32°C) and a minimum of twenty degrees (20°C) during this time. This is a good time to visit the village, due to the pleasant climatic conditions.

Monsoon Season
The region of Paragpur experiences heavy rainfall during the months of July, August and September. These three months are the monsoon months in Paragpur, and this is also a good time to visit the place, as the general weather will be hospitable.

Winter Season
Winters in the village of Paragpur are mild and temperatures do not drop as low as they do in other parts of the state. Temperatures during the winter will drop to a minimum of sixteen degrees (16°C) during the winter, and it may also hit a maximum of twenty five degrees (25°C) during this time. Winters are from October to February.

Tourist Attractions in Pragpur

Jai Singh Palace- Jai Singh Palace was founded in 1918 AD, Jai Singh Palace in Pragpur is well-known for its architectural splendour.

Maharana Pratap Sagar

Maharana Pratap Sagar, also known as Pong Dam Lake is one of the prime attraction of Kangra. This 2 km long dam is categorized as the highest dam in the country and is located on the Beas river. It was founded in the year 1975 and is about 60 km from Dharamsala. The lake behind the dam is a well known wildlife sanctuary. Recently established water sports center offers various water sports like sailing, canoeing, rowing, and water skiing.

Chintpurni Temple
Chintpurni temple is about 20 km from Pragpur and is dedicated to Goddess Parvati or Durga and many legends have been associated with this temple.

Dada Siba Temple
Pragpur Dada Siba Temple is situated about 22 km from Pragpur. It is a very old Temple and the main highlight here is the beautiful Kangra murals on the inner wall of the temple.

Chamba Pattan
Chamba Pattan is situated at a distance of 6 km from Pragpur on the bank of Beas River is Chamba Pattan, a great picnic spot. It is also a great place for angling. Fishing facilities are available here but one requires a fishing license.

Garli is located about 4 kms from Pragpur, is a charming village which falls within the heritage zone outlined by government of HP. This small heritage village is older in history than Pragpur. Buses from Pragpur to Garli are available but one can have a pleasant walk passing through the tiny Muhin village, enjoying the beautiful surrounding.

How to reach Pragpur

By Rail
Una is the the nearest railhead to Pragpur., which is about 67 km away. Taxi fare from Una station to Pragpur is about Rs 1200. Una is connected to other railway stations of India by regular train services.

By Road
Buses to the village of Paragpur will be available from Chandigarh. Regular buses to the village of Paragpur will be available from here in both air conditioned and non air conditioned types. One can opt for government buses and even private buses in order to reach Pragpur. There are regular buses from the village of Pathankot that ply to Paragpur too. Buses to the village of Paragpur can also be taken from the city of Amritsar. The village of Paragpur lies at a distance of 190 kilometres from the place.

By Air
The nearest airport to Pragpur is at Shimla, which is about 203 km from Pragpur. Shimla is connected to Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata by air. International travelers can get connecting flights from Delhi, which is 418 km away from Pragpur.


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