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Tourist Places To Visit In Kangra
Looking to rejuvenate your senses? Kangra in Himachal Pradesh is just the place for you. If you want to spend a relaxing time, away from the city life, this little hill station will definitely serve the purpose. The town has been ruled by various rulers in the past and the remnants of each dynasty can be seen in the architecture of the structures that are built in the region, which is worth seeing. Other than the religious significance that the place holds, Kangra is blessed with a number of scenic lakes and beautiful landscapes that makes it a perfect spot for a vacation.
Browse through our list of tourist places to visit in Kangra to get a better idea of the places that you would like to go to.
Located on the outskirts of the town, the Kangra Fort is a very popular attraction. The Kangra Fort is surrounded by high walls and is spread over an area of 4 km and is situated on a hilltop that is established at the confluence of River Banganga and Patal Ganga. The entrance of the fort is made of carved stone and has several doors inside the fort made by several rulers of different dynasties. The main attractions at the fort are the three temples, namely Ambika Devi Temple, Lakshmi Narayan Temple and Shitlamata Temple that are situated within the fort.
Surrounded by a vast expanse of oak and cedar forests, the Kareri Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in Kangra. The water that flows in this lake comes from the snow that melts from the Dhauladhar ranges and is absolutely crystal clear. The Kareri Lake is surrounded by the majestic Dhaladhar Mountains, blue skies and lush greenery. Thousands visit every year to absorb the scenic beauty of the lake and its surroundings.
A trek through the Indrahar Pass is one of the most stunning hiking trails in Kangra. The trails of the pass are surrounded by lakes, green forests, tall mountains and have small streams passing through. Several adventure enthusiasts embark on this trek, which acts as a border between the Kangra and Chamba District. The Pass also uncovers the tranquil waters of Kareri Lake and Lake Mankiana. The trek through the Indrahar Pass is not very difficult and is apt for both beginners and experienced trekkers.
Chamunda Devi Temple
The beautiful Chamunda Devi Temple is a 750 year old temple which is located on the banks of the sparkling Baner River. This temple is one of the most famous ones in the region and is dedicated to Goddess Kali, an incarnation of Goddess Durga. The Chamunda Devi Temple is revered by many devotees who visit very year to offer their prayers. Along with the pious feel that the temple gives, the place is surrounded by beautiful views of mountains in the background.
Nestled in the north-west of Himachal Pradesh and a few kilometers away from Kangra, is the quaint village of Palampur. The village is surrounded by huge green tea plantations that give out an emerald glow. Palampur is ‘the tea Capital of North India’ and is one of the main producers of tea in the region from the 18th century. The small village has numerous tea estates, with the oldest one amongst them being Bundla Tea Estate Complex.
Kangra Art Museum
The Kangra Art Museum is an art exhibition hall that exhibits artifacts that date back to the 5th Century. This historical site has art that depicts the culture of the kings and queens who have ruled Kangra in the past. The Museum also exhibits things like old palanquins, weapons, sketches, ancient coins, old jewellery worn by the elite society and wooden carvings. The Kangra Art Museum is visited by many, especially the ones who are inquisitive about the history of Kangra.
Pong Dam Wetlands
A manmade lake created by the Pong Dam is the Pong Dam Wetlands, also known as the Maharana Pratap Sagar Lake. This site is located at the Beas River and is famous for bird sightings. More than 130,000 from 93 different species have been spotted at the wetlands. A rare winter migrant, the bar-headed geese and the Northern Pintail is the most commonly found species at the Pong Dam Wetlands.
The Bajreshwari Temple is a famous temple near Kangra in Nagarkot town and is dedicated to Goddess Bajreshwari. It is believed that the temple was built over the charred breast of Sati and was built in the Shikhara style in the eleventh century. The exterior of the temple has a carving of a four armed Goddess Durga sitting on a lion. The temple also consists of various pillars that have carvings of various Hindu Gods and Goddesses.