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
The temple of
Devi is very famous in the area. It is believed that in the
bygone era this temple was very rich and each
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.
The 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
Devi dot the countryside.
Brajeshwari Devi Temple
(Bajeshwari Devi Temple):
Known 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.
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.
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
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.
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
HOW TO GET THERE
airport is 7-km away and has got straight flights from
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
Dharamsala, which is 18-km