Kangra Tourism
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Kangra Tourism

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  • State: Himachal Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: Hill
Kangra is a beautiful district of the Himalayan state of the Himachal Pradesh of India. In the ancient times Kangra was called as Nagrkot. It is situated between the two rivers, Sutlej and Ravi. Kangra district has a very special significance in the history of India for witnessing many battles. Kangra was very prosperous in the ancient times during the rule of Katoch Rajas.

The famous Kangra fort which is a fort cum place was built by Raja Susharma Chand Katoch. Raja Susharma Chand Katoch’s reference is also found in the great epic Mahabharata. It has been found that he was in the close ally of Kauravas in the Mahabharata war. The famous Kangra fort has faced many wars.

Like Mohammed Ghazni, who came to India in the 11th century and looted Kangra, amazed by the prosperity of the fort, Kangra was also captured by Mohammed Bin Tuglaq in 1337, while Raja Priti Chand was in the reign. However In 1351, Raja Purab Chand recovered the fort from the Muslims.

The district of Kangra is also called Dev Bhoomi as it has numerous temples dedicated to different Gods of Sanatan Dharma. There is a temple of Kangra Devi also known as the Vajreshwari Devi temple, where thousands of devotees come every year on different Hindu festivals. The original temple no longer exists, as it was destroyed by the earthquake. Now, at the same place a new temple is constructed.

The Jwala Ji temple is the holiest amongst these temples. The word ‘Jwala’ means flame in Hindi. Jwala Ji is a major source of the attraction for the pilgrims as well as the visitors because of its unique and inexplicable property. The temple exhibits natural jets of flame. Many researches have been conducted to find the source of the flares of flame, but reason still to be discovered.

It is also said that, the great Akbar tried to shut them off, but failed and started suffering. People say his attempt was the cause of it and he came bare footed to the temple to apologise. He also donated a precious umbrella made of silver. The history of the temple strengthens in the belief of the pilgrims on the existence of the god. The best time to visit Kangra is between March and June.



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Mukesh

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"had a nice visit"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This is very most special destination. This is different other place of this destination. Jan, Feb & March is best time. There are many places in this city like Jawalamukhi, Chamunda temple, Garden, lake, This city orange fruit is lowest price and very sweet. There were many food like paratha, momo, veg food.
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Amanpreet Singh

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  • Lives in Ludhiana
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"Kangra Fort, awesome spot"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
While returning from McleodGanj & Dharamsala most of the people comeback to their homes without knowing about a very beautiful historical place in Kangra, The Kangra Fort. Its among the very few built Forts in the Hills in 17th Century in India. Well maintained. Worth watching. Great place to take pictures.
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Vijay Sharma

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"The Queen of Valleys, Kangra"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Kangra known for its Valleys, Forts, Museums and Temples. It's around 15 kilometres from Dharmshala and 18 kilometres from McLeod Ganj which is famous for Tibetan Capital. Hindu visited here to pay homages to Mata Jwala Devi and Mata Brajeswari Devi Temple's which are famous and are within the 51 Shakti Peeth. Kangra Fort is also much popular and it's 1000 years old which soars on the high outcrop between Manjhi and Banganga rivers. The fort was occupied by Kings, Mughals, Sikh conqueror's and even British Administration since 1846 and finally toppled by the earthquake in 1905. Kangra Valley is also known for the residence of Pandava's. The early Royal family of Katoch's was supposed to fight against the Padavas of Mahabharata. Maharaja Sansar Chand Museum and his peacock feather fans, Pasmina fly whisks and pretty Kangra school miniatures gives a fine insight into the lifestyle of the erstwhile royal families. War Memorial Museum are famous among tourists which is a memoirs of the War Heroes of the Himachal Pradesh. Tourists can reach here by air, Train, car or even by buses. Direct flights from Delhi and Direct Trains from Delhi are available, so there is no difficulty to reach here. Hotels here are much comfortable. Tourists can visit here all the year. Cool and pleasant weather attract tourist's all the time. Journey gives a romantic, religious, heritage feel for everyone, so visit once this place to enjoy the cool and pleasant journey.
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Shailender Rana

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"Good place to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 17, 2015
I love this place. So much freshness is here. So cool and amazing environment, greenery and calm place. Market is full with amazing products and foods. Best place to visit.
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Rahul Sharma

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"The right place for every kind of travellers."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 21, 2015
I went to Kangra for mata mandir, kangra devi and jawala devi. They are very famous shakti peeth. From Dharmshala its only 20 km. Kangra is a very good place to visit during holidays. Right time to visit is during November to July, all kind of travellers like the destination. Mata kangra devi and kangra jwaladevi and most important temples. People can go to Kangra by road just near Pathankot which is 85 km away. Regular buses travels from Pathankot station and other way to go to Kangra is from Chandigarh which is at a distance of 250 km approx and toy train from Pathankot travel to Kangra is world heritage property. I have no idea from flights but Dharmsala has an airport so you should go to Kangra. The right place for every kind of travellers.
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Aakash Deep singh

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"Awesome place both spiritual and adventurous"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 28, 2015
Awesome place to visit with your family and friends. Spiritual and adventure both exists side by side. Almost all the temples are situated within range of few miles here. For adventure sports one has to go to Bir Billing near baijnath. Paragliding activities are very much prominent here. Recently Pre Paragliding world cup was organised here. You can reach Kangra by any mean Air, Rail or by Road. Only place in Himachal where you can find such facility. Dalai Lama temple is of great interest for people here. Must visit for each and everyone once in a lifetime.
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"Amazing place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 13, 2015
I visited Shri Jawala g yesterday. It's amazing. Weather, people, temple, arrangements everything is very nice. One can actually clearly see the Jawala g (flame from rock). Very nice and easy for old people to go as the way to go to temple is very easy.
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Nabneet Rana

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"Beautiful place to visit with family and friends"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 11, 2015
Kangra valley is a beautiful place to visit with family and friends. Lovely breeze coming from the middle of mountains cutting through the pine groves makes you happy and cheerful. It is a very nice place and is a must to visit. The rivers there are so nice. The British style railway is also a must to see and it is a must must must to visit place to love it.
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Rakesh Tiwary

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"Abode of culture and beauty of Nature"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Mar 27, 2015
Kangra pertains to a whole region in beautiful Himachal and is a district in this state. It is a part of lower Himalaya but one can see snow-clad mountains from different locations in Kangra. Just roam around in this region and you can enjoy its valleys. If specifically interested in religion, you can visit whole lot of famous temples including Chintpurni, Chamunda and Jwalamukhi. A rock cut temple at Masroor is unique in whole of the world.

Kangra has a heritage village in Pragpur, the first in the country, which was inhabited by a business community called Soods. The Pong Dam in Kangra is just beautiful and is like a sea on the Himalaya. More than 200 varieties of Birds come here migrating every year. Kangra Fort overlooking its valley has a history of its own. Kangra has its own painting style. Mcleodganj and Dharamshala are also the places to visit.
Kangra can be visited any time of the year but rainy season is not advisable. I have enjoyed staying in Tourism hotels at places like Chintpurni and Dharamshala in this region.
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"A must visit for Paragliding"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 3, 2015
We visited Bir Billing. A small town in the heart of Kangra District, near Palampur, Dharamshala and Macloedganj. Ultimate place for the best Para-Gliding experience from 7500 feet from sea level. In Oct 2015, first time ever in India, a paragliding world cup will be organized in this place. If we talk about food, trout fish is what you may like the most and other Tibetian delicacies. Fresh and amazing to taste. Weather is fantastic round the year in billing. 6 - 8 km ahead of Billing, you can trek on snow covered mountains and visit Hanuman Mandir.
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