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Kangra is a wonderful district, which was known as Nagrkot in ancient times is located in Himachal Pradesh the India’s Himalayan state, amid the two rivers Ravi and Sutlej.  This district has occupied significant pages of Indian history for so many battles have been fought in this place. In the olden days during the reign of Katoch Rajas, Kangra was a wealthy district.

King Susharma Chand Katoch who is also referred to in Mahabhartha, one of the great epics, built the well known Kangra fort, which is a palace cum fort. As per the epic, King Susharma was one of the close associate of Kauravas in the battle of Mahabharatha. Numerous wars have been faced by this popular Kangra Fort.

Several temples are there in Kangra district, which are devoted to various Lords of Sanatan Dharma and hence it is also named as Dev Bhoomi. Among these temples, the most vital one is the Vajreshwari Devi temple, the temple of Kangra Devi. This temple is crowded with thousands of disciples on various Hindu festival occasions. An earthquake has ruined the original temple and now a new one is built at the same place.

The most sacred temple in Kangra is the Jwala Ji temple. In Hindi, ‘Jwala’ means Flame. This is the most holy place for the pilgrims in Kangra and also the most attractive place for all the visitors in general. The main reason for this attraction is the distinct and mysterious property of the temple. Natural jets of flame are exhibited in the temple. In spite of several researches, the cause or source of the fire is yet to be discovered.

Historically it is said that Akbar the great attempted to shut the flames off but failed and started to suffer a lot and that realizing his mistake, he visited the temple bare footed for apologizing to the God. He has donated a silver umbrella to the temple. This temple’s history has reinforced the faith in the presence of God among the devotees.

Tourist Places in Kangra


Haripur-Guler is well known for the conserving the inheritance of Guler Riyasat. This is a dual township located in Kangra district and are divided just by a small river, which serves as a sanctuary for migrating birds. The remains of several different monuments and a fort are still found in the hill located in Haripur, which was founded by Raja Hari Chand.

Kangra Fort

The Kangra Fort is one of the biggest and ancient forts of India built by the Kangra’s royal family. It is situated about 3 km from Kangra and 20 km from Dharmasala and is referred in the Alexander’s records of war during 4th century BC.

Kareri Lake

This lake is located on a great height and the source of water is the melting snow from Dhauladhar Mountains. Kareri is a shallow lake with fresh water, the river bed of which can be easily seen. It is located approximately 9 km from Dharamsala

Bajreshwari Temple

Bajreshwari temple is a famous religious place, well known for its renowned wealth is situated in the center of Kangra town. The main deity being Bajreshwari mata, this temple is considered as one of the 51 shakthipeeths and hence honored by Hindus throughout India.

Baglamukhi Temple

The main shrine of this temple is Goddess Baglamukhi, who is one among the ten power goddess of Hindus. The Baglamukhi temple is situated on the highway passing through Kangra from Dharmashala to Chandigarh and is a well known holy place that is being visited by numerous people from various parts of the country.

Dhauladhar Ranges

The Dhauladhar ranges rise to the northern part of Mandi and Kangra, which is a division of the southern outer Himalayas. Offering wide range of trekking choices, they are famous for their unearthly beauty.

Kangra Painting – Main Attraction of Kangra

Kangra paintings are the symbolic art of Kangra, which is named after Kangra located in the former princely state Himachal Pradesh, which extensively supported the art. It was widely established with the vanishing of the school of painting, Basohli, during the middle of 18th century and rapidly created excellent grades in content and quantum of paintings. This made the Pahari School of painting to be named as Kangra paintings.

As the name says, Pahari paintings were those that were practiced in the hilly areas of India mainly in Himachal Pradesh. The Kangra School features the enhancement and the amendments of Pahari paintings. This became the chief centre of Pahari painting, under the beneficiation of Maharaja Sansar Chand during 18th century. Some of the master pieces are kept in Maharaja Sansar Chand Museum adjacent to the Kangra Fort.

Culture in Kangra

Majority of populates of Kangra belong to various religions. Some of the chief Rajput societies in Kangra are Dogra, Jasrotia, Jamwal, Guleria, Mian, Rana, Katoch, Jaswal, Pathania and Katwal. Scheduled tribes comprise the minority of the population. The most popular group dance in Kangra is the Jhamakada which is performed exclusively by women accompanied by various drumming instruments and poetic songs.

Climate and Best Season to Visit Kangra

The weather remains cool throughout the year.

  • Summers: The temperature is warm from March to June ranging between 22° to 38° Celsius. This season is ideal for tourists who come for trekking.
  • Monsoons: During July to September there will be heavy rainfall and the place will be messy. Tourists avoid travelling to Kangra especially during July and August, during which the valleys will be decorated with greenish landscapes.
  • Winters: From December to February the climate will be very chill and freezing with a temperature of -4°C. Especially during January, snowfalls will occur blocking the road and making the visibility very poor.

Hence September to June is the perfect season for visiting Kangra. January should be avoided by the tourists.

  • To enjoy the snow capped mountains of Kangra, December to February are the best months.
  • The best period for enjoying vacation and for tourist to do trekking is From March to June.
  • For temple visits, admiring the beauty of nature and jaunting September to November will be the ideal months.
  • For expending time in shrines and other indoor activities July and August are ideal.

How to Reach Kangra

By Rail

Pathankot is the nearest railway station which is 90 kms from Kangra. From Pathankot Kangra can be reached by taxi at an overhead of Rs.1000/-.

By Air

Gaggal Airport is the nearest airport which is about 13 kms from Kangra. Other airports which are nearer to Kangra are Chandigarh, Amritsar and Jammu which are 255, 208 and 200kms respectively from Kangra. Taxi services can be availed to reach Kangra from these airports.

By Road

Fleet of state government buses are plying through the city of Kangra and also connect the same with the neighboring states and cities like Pathankot, Amritsar, Dharamsala, Jammu and Chandigarh.

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