Nestled at the melting point of Majhi and Bener River, Kangra is a breathtaking destination renowned all across the world for its marvelous rock-cut shrines and handicrafts. Unending natural beauty, beautiful attractions, salubrious ambiance and friendly people are the main highlights of this region that beguile the tourists from wide and far. It is a picturesque town with historical and religious importance. The place had encountered scores of battles. And its appealing history takes you back to 3500 years ago (Vedic time period). Planning a trip to the most beautiful and highly admired town of Himachal Pradesh and that is Kangra would be a pleasurable experience for anybody.
Also dubbed as Nagarkot, Kangra was created by Katoch Kshatriya Rajputs of Chandervanshi family. It has another name - Bhimagar and it was apparently created by younger brother of Kuru Emperor Yudhister of Inderprastha, Raja Bhim.
Brijeshwari shrine was the oldest and rich temple of this place. The earthquake demolished the temple in the year 1905, but later it got reconstructed. Another attraction namely Kangra fort, constructed by royal family of this area, was under the control of Britishers in the year 1846. But in 1905, a terrific quake destroyed it completely.
Attractions in Kangra:
Baijnath : A marvelous town in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, Baijnath is situated at a distance of about 30 miles from Dharmashala. One can pay a visit to the very famed shrine devoted to Lord Shiva, which is said to be amongst the 12 jyotirlingas of India. The shrine entices a great number of devotes during the festivals like Maha Shivratri, Vaisakha Sankranti and Makara Sankranti.
Kareri Lake : Kareri Lake is known for the idyllic trekking experience in the Dhauladhars. The lake is positioned at a height of 9626 ft above sea level and to embark on the trek one has to reach Ghera. The distance covered from Ghera to Kareri Lake is 3km. Trekkers looking to get on a long trek can go for 13km hike from Kareri. Experience the real fun and adventure of trekking in the lap of Mother Nature. You will undoubtedly be fascinated by the natural beauty and cool climate.
Bajreshwari Temple : Positioned amid the Kangra town in the beautiful state of Himachal Pradesh, Bajreshwari Temple is a spiritual place in the region famed for its celebrated wealth. It is devoted to Bajreshwari goddess and amongst the 51 Shakti Peethhas.
Kaleshwar Mahadev Temple : One of the famous temples in Kangra District, Kaleshwar Mahadev Temple is a very old shrine devoted to Lord Shiva. The devotees pay a visit to this holy place from different parts of the world just to take blessing of the lingam and to have a glimpse of the beautiful sculptures which are worth admiring.
Nadaun : It is perched around 48 km from Kangra, Nadaun is beautifully described by Bullah Shah in his famous poem which says "Bulla Ki Janna Mein Kaun" and there he has also talked about Nadaun as: Na Mein Rehnda Vich Nadaun.
Kangra offers a wide range of hotels and resorts that cater to the needs of each and every traveler. Moreover, one gets to stay amid the surroundings of verdant greenery which are worth scouting. Almost all the hotels and resorts in Kangra have been endowed with swish amenities to make the stay of the visitors memorable and remarkable.
Kangra has a pleasant temperature throughout the year. The summers are warm with a temperature of 22°C to 38°C while in winters the temperature goes below 20°C.
March to November is the perfect time to plan a travel to Kangra.
By Rail: Kangra doesn't have a railhead. Tourists have to arrive at Pathankot which connects to the major cities of India through rail.
By Air: The closest airport is situated in Gaggal, about 8 miles from Dharamshala and 5 miles from charming town of Kangra.
By Road: Kangra is well connected to the main cities of India by excellent roads. Bus services are also available from some of the famous cities around Kangra including Amritsar, Palmpur, Dharmashala, Chandigarh, Delhi and Pathankot.