Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh is one of the most beautiful places in India. It is one of the popular tourist’s destinations in India and is most visited around March and April. Dharamshala is headquartered of Kangra and Tibetan administration during their exile and was established by 14th Dalai Lama in 1959 after his exile from Tibet. The place has excellent natural beauty and is one of the must visit places in India. Dharamshala has located about 18 Km from Kangra. and local transport is easily available.
Kangra Valley itself is loaded with natural beauty and the view of Himalayas from valley is breathtaking. There are many popular towns in kangra valley including Dharamshala, McLeod Ganj which are popular tourist destinations in the State.
Beauty Of Himalayas From Kangra Valley
How to Reach
By Air: – The nearest airport to Kangra is Gaggal and is just 10 KM from Kangra, 14 Km from Dharamshala. You can easily reach kangra via taxi.
By Railway: - Pathankot is the closest railway station and is about 94 Km to Kangra. Taxis are easily available. You can also opt for narrow gauge train from Pathankot to Kangra.
By Road: – The nearest highway to Kangra is NH-20 and is well connected to this region. The Kangra valley is just 12 Km from Gaggal town.
Best Time to Visit
Kangra has cool climate throughout year and environment is green and very pleasant, but nights are cold. The only time which you should avoid is January as snow fall is expected and winters are chilly.
Famous Places to Visit Here
Masroor Rock Temple: –
This is a rock cut temple, and contains three stone images of Rama, Lakshmana, Sita. The temple is located on the hill and has water pool. The view of Dhaulandhar ranges from the temple is amazing and beautiful. The nearest place to visit the rock temple is hot water spring located near Tattwani village.
Chamunda Devi Temple: –
It is one of the famous temples of Devi Chamunda and also known Shakti Peeth in India. The Indian legend that chamunda devi killed two fierce demon chand and Mund. It is located near the city of kangra. There is a statue of devi chamunda and thousands of pilgrims visit the place every year. There is also a cave inside temple where “Lingam” is placed and a statue of nandi is placed outside this cave.
Kangra Fort: –
Kangra Fort is located about 20 Km from Dharamshala and 3 Km from Kangra City; it was built by royal rajput of Kangra. The fort is located in very large area and has excellent view of Himalayan ranges which gives illusion of clouds to its viewers. There is a small temple located in the premises of Fort. The view from the fort is very beautiful.
Jawalamukhi temple: -
Jawalaji is one of the famous shakti peeth in India and is one of the most visited temple. There is sacred jawala(fire) which never fades away. According to legends Goddess Sati Mata’s tounge fell there. The flame in Jawalaji represents the same. It is also said that great mugal emperor Akbar tried to test the sacred flame and was unsuccessful in extinguishing the burning flame, he presented “golden chatra” to devi which converted into some unknown metal with the touch of the flame and still the metal type is unknown. There is also a room where it is believed that devi rests there.
Bhagsunath Temple and Bhagsunath Waterfall: –
Bhagsunath is famous tourist spot and is 11 Km from Dharamshala. Bhagsunath waterfall is 0.5 Km temple and look very beautiful. Every year thousands of devotees visit the temple.
McLeod Ganj: –
It is the main town of Dharamshala and has good market place where you can shop for cloths and other items. You can also find good touch of Tibetian culture. There is also a Dalai Lama temple and prayer of wheels are must see.
Chintpurni Temple: –
Chintpurni temple is also one of the shakti peethas, it is also called Chhinnamastika temple and is located in Una District of Himachal Pradesh. According to legend that here parts of Sati’s head fell there. Every year thousands of pilgrims visit this temple.
Maharana Pratap Sagar: -
Maharana Pratap Sagar Lake was created in 1975 and is also known as Pong Reservoir. The view of Maharana Pratap Sagar Lake is very beautiful. The reservoir covers an area of 45000 hectares.
Baijnath Temple: -
Baijnath Temple is one of the oldest temples in India and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is also believed to be one of the Jyotirlingas. According to legends famous demon Ravan requested Lord Shiva to come and bless Lanka, and then Lord Shiva presented him aatmalinga and told him to take it to Lanka and also told him not to place Linga on ground. But Ravan couldn’t take the Linga to Sri Lanka and that linga is the place where Baijnath Temple is located.
Bajreshwari Devi Temple: –
The temple is dedicated to Devi Bajreshwari and known for its legendary wealth. The temple is also one of the shakti peetha and was destroyed by severe earthquake in 1905 and was rebuilt in 1920. Thousands of pilgrims visit this place and have great experience of blessing of Devi.
Nupur is one of the oldest and important city of Kangra. The famous places to visit here Brij Raj Swami temple which is located inside Nurpur fort is only temple in the world where Meera and Lord Krishna idols are worshipped. It is said that this Meera used this idol to worship. Another famous temple here is Mata Nagani Temple where there is an idol of Naagini Mata. A person who gets snake bite comes here, drink water and apply miti on wound and gets cured.
Nadaun is a town in Hamirpur district and is located about 43 Km from Kangra. It is located on the banks of river Beas. You can visit here the old Fort on hill top. There is an old Shiv temple located here which is believed to grow every year by one grain of rice. There is also a sikh gurudwara located near the river Beas. You can spend beautiful time at wooden boat in river Beas.