Know About Kangra - A Beautiful Valley and Most Populous District of Himachal Pradesh

Kangra is the most famous and populous district of Himachal Pradesh. Kangra is known for its attractive tourist destinations, famous temples, Kangra painting, Kangri dham etc. The most popular tourist attraction of Kangra is the renovated Brajeshwari Devi temple, featuring two big statues of lions at the entrance.

Baijnath Temple

The Kangra valley is a picturesque valley of lower Himalayas sheltered by the Dhauladhar range in eastern Himachal Pradesh. With an average elevation of 733 metres or 2404 feet, Kangra extends from the Jalandhar Doab to the southern ranges of the Himalaya. It firms up its presence at the confluence of the Bener River and Majhi River where Beas is also an important river. In terms of area, Kangra extends over 55,673 square kms.


Kangra shines in history as the capital of erstwhile Chand dynasty. The place was also known as Nagarkot in ancient times. Under the Chand dynasty the glory of Kangra MataTemple spread all over the world as a treasure house of fabulous wealth. It attracted the evil eyed many invaders who plundered its wealth. Despite these setbacks and political upheavals the region continued to march towards more prosperity.


The ideal time to visit Kangra is between March and October when the weather is very pleasant. Kangra has a mild climate throughout the year. The summer is pleasant and mild while winters are too cold.


By Air: Nearest Airport is Gaggal which has flights from New Delhi and Chandigarh. Once you reach at Kangra airport (also known as Dharamshala airport and Gaggal airport) you can book taxi from Kangra airport to Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, Palampur or any region in Kangra district.

By Rail: The nearest broad gauge railway station is Pathankot. There is also a narrow gauge toy train station at Kangra Mandir. The Kangra toy train links Pathankot and Joginder Nagar and meanders through a maze of hills and valleys.

By Road: Kangra has good connectivity with cities such as Chandigarh, Delhi, Dalhousie, Nainital, Jammu and other places. There are regular buses plying to and from these places.


Tourists have a great choice in accommodation mainly in hotels. There are first class hotels, middle range hotels as well as economy hotels.


There are many beautiful places to visit in the Kangra Valley and these include:

Kangra Art Museum: The Kangra art museum is located at Kotwali Bazar in Dharamshala. If you like art and history, you must visit this place. The museum was was inaugurated in 1990.  The attractions of Kangra Art Museum are jewelry, rare coin memorabilia, paintings, sculptures and pottery.

Kangra Fort: Kangra fort is one of the main attractions of Kangra. The Fort was built by the royal Katoch dynasty of Kangra State. The fort is spread over an area of around 4 km and is guarded by high walls and ramparts. 

Nurpur Fort: the Nurpur Fort is built by Raja Basu in 16th century. Nurpur obtained its name by Jahangir, Mughal ruler, who named it after his wife in the year 1672, Nurjahan. The fort is very royal and magnificient.

Naam Art Gallery: It is popular tourist spot near Dharamshala. Elsbeth Buschmann and AW Hallett paintings can be seen here.

St John Church: The St. John Church is an Anglican church dedicated to John the Baptist. It is located about 8 kilometers from Dharamshala.

Triund: Triund is a trekking destination. Triund is situated in Kangra region of Himachal Pradesh. The trek offer panoramic views Bhagsu village, Mcleodganj, Dharamsala valley and distant views of Shivalik hills and plains of Kangra valley.

Kareri Lake: Kareri Lake Trek is located at the height of about 2,950 meters in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. It is a perfect spot if you want to get relaxation from your monotonous routine and get close to nature. The Kareri lake is surrounded by beautiful alpine trees and mountains.
Dal Lake: Dal Lake is near the village of Tota Rani in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. Its name is taken from Kashmir's Dal Lake. The Dal lake is considered to be a sacred spot as there is small Shiva mandir on its bank. The lake is surrounded by beautiful deodar trees.

Mannuni Lake: Mannuni is another lake which is in district Kangra. It is a  beautiful lake situated 13 km from Dharamsala.

Bir Billing: Bir Billing is a paragliding hub in India. Billing is one of the best spots in the world for paragliding and it hosts the World Paragliding Championship every year.

Bhagsu Waterfall:  The Bhagsu waterfall is in Bhagsu village and among the most beautiful attraction of Mcleodganj. The waterfall is 2165 meters in height.

Palampur: Palmpur is one of the prettiest hill stations of Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. It is a tea capital of North India. It is surround by beautiful pine trees, deodar trees, tea gardens Dhauladhar ranges. The world famous Baijnath temple is in Palampur. You must read Palampur – ‘The hidden paradise of Himachal to know about the beauty of this place.

Pong Dam: It is also known as Beas dam as it is on the Beas River in the state of Himachal Pradesh. You can do various  activities such as canoeing, rowing, sailing, and water skiing and swimming here.

Masroor Temple: Masrur Rock temple is 32 km from Kangra on Nagrota Surian link road. It is  among the magnificent rock cut temples of India. It is situated at a height of 2535 ft above sea-level. There are 15 rock-cut temples richly carved and built in the Indo-Aryan style. According to the local myths, the Pandavas spent a long period of time here in this temple premise during their exile. 

Gopalpur Zoo: Gopalpur is also known as Dhauladhar National Park. It is situated in Gopalpur village of Kangra district. It is surround by the beautiful Dhauladhar ranges.


                    Bhagshunath Temple
                    Baglamukhi Temple
                    Bajreshwari Devi Temple
                    Baijnath Temple
                    Kaleshwar Mahadev Temple
                    Chamunda Devi Temple
                    Jwalamukhi Temple
                    Indrunag Temple
                    Jakhni Mata Temple

A visit to Kangra can be a great experience by reveling in scenic beauty that is immersed in idyllic surroundings with sprawling vegetation covering trees such as Pine, Eucalyptus, Sal and Rhododendron.

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