Kangra Tourism

The Old Kangra


Kangra, located at the heart of Kangra Valley is a very popular tourist destination. On one hand it offers a magnificent scenic beauty and on the other the whole area is seeped with archeological wonders and historical heritage. Indeed, the town offers something for everybody. If you are religious type, there are many big and small temples to visit. Those looking for historical monuments will find the Kangra Fort to be highly mesmerizing. Then again, there are also plenty of opportunities for those who are interested in adventure sports. Let us therefore take a tour of the town looking into its different aspects.

Natural Beauty in Kangra

The scenic beauty around the town is magnificent to say the least. The mountain slopes are covered by lush green forests made up mainly of pine trees. In some places, one can witness the terraced fields that grow different types of crops. The greenery around the town is broken by three gushing rivers; namely Majhi, Bener and Banganga. Further away, the valley looks even more beautiful. The place is ideal for those who would rather sit and stare at the natural beauty that abounds this area.

Temples in Kangra

Gupt Ganga

Kangra is famous for its temples. Among them, the Mata Brajeshwari temple on Mandir Road is most important. It is one of the fifty-one Shakti Peethas in India. Although the temple as we see today was built in 1930, it is actually an ancient temple that existed long before Mahmud of Ghazni came to India. History says that he carried away immense wealth from this temple. In this temple, Mother Goddess is worshipped in the form of Pindi. During the time of Makar Sankranti a great festival is held for seven consecutive days. Built in Shikhara style, this temple offers a stupendous example of beautiful stone carvings.

Gupta Ganga Mandir

Another Important temple in Kangra is Gupt Ganga Mandir located in Pushp Vihar Colony. It is also known as Gupt Ganga Khsetra or Gupt Ganga Dham. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Ganga. The temple is small in size; nonetheless, it is much revered by the people here. There is a small pond in the middle of the complex. It is believed that Mother Ganga lies hidden in this pond and hence the name Gupta (hidden) Ganga. Devotees here believe that the water of this pond is as purifying as the water of the main Ganges River. A huge Shiv Ling is another big attraction of this place.

Jayanti Mata Mandir

Jayanti Mata Mandir

Jayanti Mata Mandir is another important temple of this region. It is believed that the temple was built by a Nepali General during the time of Gorkha seize. In the month of November, a five-day festival celebrating the marriage of Shaligram and Tulsi takes place in this temple. Moreover, the festival also pays homage to the Bhishma Pitamaha of Mahabharata fame, who lay on a bed of arrows for many days. This temple located at the top of a hill across Kangra Fort also offers a picturesque view.

Some other temples located in Kangra

Hateswari Temple, located at a distance of 1 Km from Gupta Ganga is another big draw. Besides, there are the Radha Krishna Temple, Bimra Bhawan, Temple of Andereshwari Mahadev, Jain Mandir etc. The murals at Radha Krishna temple are said to be exquisite. Most of these temples are located in Old Kangra Region.

Also Read: Mata Bajreshwari Devi Temple

Kangra Fort and the Adjoining Museum

Kangra Fort

The Kangra Fort located in Old Kangra is another great attraction of this town. This ancient fort was the seat of the Katoch rulers who ruled over the entire region from here. It has also witnessed many assaults and has changed hands several times. However, it took the earthquake of 1905 to humble this great fort.

Some historians also refer to it as Nagarkot fort because the ancient name for Kangra was Nagarkot. The museum located at the entrance showcases many valuable pictures taken before the 1905 earthquake. They depict the grandeur of the fort .before the fury of nature destroyed a large portion of it. There are also exquisite stone carvings, idols and other artifacts preserved in this museum. Ancient weapons as well as make up kits for the queens (known as Rani Shringar) have also been exhibited in this museum.

Adventure Sports in Kangra

Although adventure sports have not been fully developed in Kangra, there is indeed a great scope for it in and around the town. A trek to the Jayanti Devi temple offers a picturesque view.  Besides, one can walk through different trails savoring the wonderful views. The three torrential rivers that flow nearby can also offer chances for great adventure.

Tour Operators in Kangra

However, without local guidance moving around in unknown land often becomes problematic. Following are few of the travel agents in Kangra who can help you get the best of your tours:

Kangra Tour and Travel
National Highway 88
City: Kangra
District: Kangra
State: Himachal Pradesh
Pin Code: 176001
Mobile No: 9418185

Kaushal Travel Services
Shop No: 41
New Bus Stand Complex
City: Kangra
District: Kangra
State: Himachal Pradesh
Pin Code: 176001
Mobile No: 98160-20725, 97355-

Malkeet Singh Tours and Travels
Fatehpur
City: Kangra
District: Kangra
State: Himachal Pradesh
Pin Code: 176001
Mobile No: 98163-28445, 91293-28445, 91293-42130

Manu Adventures and Tours
Main Market
City: Kangra
District: Kangra
State: Himachal Pradesh
Pin Code: 176001
Phone No: 01892-220-426

Mata Baglamukhi Tour and Travels
Main Market
City: Kangra
District: Kangra
State: Himachal Pradesh
Pin Code: 176001
Phone No: 01892-233-686

Shivam Travels
City: Kangra
District: Kangra
State: Himachal Pradesh
Pin Code: 176001
Mobile No: 98821-66184

Swiss Tours and Travels
City: Kangra
District: Kangra
State: Himachal Pradesh
Pin Code: 176001
Phone No: 01892-220-883

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