Altitude : 615m.
Attractions : Jawalamukhi,
Kangra Fort, Brajeshwari Devi Temple
Best Time To Visit : Mid-May to
known as an important seat of administration, Kangra the capital
city of Chand dynasty tells a story of glory, which has faded into
history. One of the most picturesque valley of lower Himalayas, the
valley, sheltered by the sublime Dhauladhar hills, is green and
temple of Brajeshwari
Devi is very famous in the area. It is believed that in the
bygone era this temple was very rich and each time it was plundered
it was always able to restore itself. The valley also comprises of
the famous Kangra fort, which was taken over by the British in 1846
on clause of a treaty. In 1905 an earthquake destroyed both the
temple and the fort, but the temple was rebuilt.
town was attacked by Mohammed Ghaznavi and conquered by Emperor
Feroz Tuglak and Maharaja Rant Singh. Prior to this episode, Kangra
was the capital of the great Hill State, its renowned ruler being
Maharaja Sansar Chand Katoch, a great patron of arts. It was during
his reign that the Miniature and Rajpur Schools of hill paintings
flourished. Close to Kangra is Nagarkot a beautiful area with the
fort perched on top of a ridge overlooking the confluence of Manjhi
and Baner rivers. Kangra valley provides a tremendous contrast in
nature of places to be visited. Dharamshala is full of Buddhist air
whereas ancient Hindu Temples such as Brajeshwari, Baijnath, Jawalamukhi
Devi dot the countryside.
Brajeshwari Devi Temple (Bajeshwari Devi
once for its legendary wealth of diamonds and pearls, this temple
was subject to successive 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. Earthquake of 1905 destroyed it
completely. Rebuilt in the present form in 1920, it continues to be
a busy place of pilgrimage.
from Kangra, 56-km from Dharamsala, near the Beas river and on the
side of cliff, is one of Hindu dome most famous shrines. Built
against the side of a rocky spur, the temple is dedicated to the
manifestation of the Devi of fire also called the "Flaming
remains of the fort of the Kotch Raja's of Kangra are located on a
strategic height, overlooking the Ban Ganga and Manjhi rivers. At
the top of the fort there was also a place of the Kotch kings. The
earthquake of 1905 in Kangra destroyed both the palace and the fort.
It is now in its ruins.
Kangra Valley offers exciting opportunities for trekking, rock
climbing, mountaineering and fishing. The Kangra Valley is the
proverbial home of various fishes such as Mahaseer as also the Malli,
Soal, Bachwa, Gid and Shingra.
from Palampur is a predominant Buddhist town of Bir and 14-km from
Bir is Billing, a beacon for "Hang-gliders" all over the
world. In the month of May or June a tented colony is set up by H.P
tourism to facilitate Hang-gliders.
airport is 7-km away and has got straight flights from Delhi.
broad-gauge railhead at Pathankot is 86-km away and one is situated
at Mukarian is 30-km. Kangra Valley express is a narrow gauge train,
starting from Pathankot and continues to Bajinath.
is well connected by road with
which is 18-km away