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Kangra


Packages start from

Rs. 4,000 per person

Best time to visit

September - June

Recommended stay

2 to 3 days

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Highlights

About Kangra

Situated in a pristine location between the Dhauladhar Range and the Shivaliks, Kangra is a beautiful destination where tourists are seen all round the year. This magnificent valley is an abode of heaven as one can see only lush greenery and mountains on all sides. The Kangra Fort is one amazing place to visit which will explain you about the rich history of this place. The Kaleshwar Temple is also one prime location here. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Other temples that one must definitely visit are Baglamukhi Temple, Bajreshwari Temple and Kaleshwari Mahadev Temple. Apart from this, one can take a walk along the Kareri Lake. Trekking can also be enjoyed by the adventure enthusiasts here.


Places To See


Dharamshala
Located about 27 kms from Kagra, Dharmshala is a very popular hill station in Himachal Pradesh. In fact, Dharamshala is considered to be the gateway to the Kangra Valley. Set against the backdrop of the snow-capped Dhauladhar mountain ranges, Dharmshala offers several scenic hiking, biking and trekking trails. The town also serves as the base to explore the Kangra Valley.

Haripur-Guler
These twin towns in the Kangra District are famous for their traditional Kangra and Pahari paintings. The towns are separated from each other by a stream. The area around the stream has been developed as a wetland and is known as the Ramsar Wetland Site. The wetland attracts a fair share of native and migratory birds. There are several other attractions here including caves, some temples and caves.

Kangra Fort
Built by the royal family of Kangra, the fort is also named Nagar Kot. Located 350 feet above sea level, the fort has been mentioned in the Mahabharata and much later in the records of Alexander the Great. The fort is situated at the confluence of two rivers, Banganga and Manjhi. It is about 3 km away from the town of Kangra and is surrounded by thick walls and fortifications.

Baba Baroh Temple
Situated about 52 km away from Dharamshala, the temple is a famous religious shrine in the region and attracts hundreds of pilgrims’ everyday. It is said that the temple has been built using the largest amount of marble ever in any temple of Himachal Pradesh. You can also pay homage at the Kali Nath Bhole Shankar temple, an ancient shrine located in close proximity to the temple.

Shiva temple
As the name suggests, the temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva and houses a Shivalingam, which is divided into two parts. The bigger part is dedicated to Lord Shiva, while the smaller part is worshiped as his wife, Parvati. An interesting fact about the shivalinga is that the distance of the two divided portions keeps varying from season to season.

Kangra Art Museum
The museum is situated at Kotwali Bazaar of Dharamshala. Visit the museum to see the stunning Kangra Kalam artworks depicting sensual figures in vibrant colors. Some of the artworks belong to the 5th century. Works of contemporary artists and sculptures is also on display. You can also see an interesting collection of anthropological items including pottery and artefacts of Tibetan and Buddhist cultures.


Things To Do


Kareri Lake
This lake is situated at a height of 2934 m from sea level and is fed by the melting snow from the Dhauladhar range. The lake is very popular with the adventure enthusiasts since there is a stunning trekking trail that originates from here. It is named after Kareri village in which it is located.

International Himalayan Festival
Held in McLeod Ganj every year in December, the festival commemorates the Nobel Prize which was conferred to the Dalai Lama is 1985. The festival signifies peace and prosperity between the locals and the Tibetans who have settled in the Kangra Valley. This three day festival is sponsored by the Department of Tourism of Himachal Pradesh and Central Administration of Tibet.

Dhauladhar Mountain Range
The Kangra Valley is located amidst the backdrop of the Dhauladhar Mountain Range, which has Hanuman-Ka-Tiba or White Mountain as its highest peak. The terrain is rocky with granites and slates stones that have been extensively put to use to build roofs of houses. No matter where you set base in Kangra, you will be able to take in the tranquil views of these mountain ranges.