Kangra Himachal Pradesh is a staggeringly enchanting tourist destination roosted in the foothills of the majestic Himalayas. Boasting of glorious history, Kangra is a city in the Kangra district of the state of Himachal Pradesh. This destination is dotted with several beautiful temples attracting devotees from far and wide. Kangra Valley Temples are famous as important pilgrimage centers of Himachal Pradesh that are highly revered by Hindus. Take a break from the scorching summer heat of North India and book from a range of Kangra Tour Packages to explore the beautiful Kangra Valley.
Famous Attractions of Kangra
Brajeshwari Devi Temple
Brijeshwari Devi Temple is a famous religious destination in Kangra. Dedicated to Goddess Brajeshwari, the temple used to be the storehouse of diamonds and pearls at one point of time. Greedy Mohammed Ghazni looted all the wealth of this temple in the year 1009. Later it was also damaged by Sultan Feroze in 1360. In the year 1905, the temple got destroyed by an earthquake and later in the year 1925, it was built again. Inside the temple is the idol of four-armed Goddess Durga seated on a lion and also Lord Vishnu in Vaikuntha form.
The Jwalamukhi Temple is another beautiful and famous religious center of Kangra Valley. It is one of the Shakti Peethas in the country. According to the legend after the Daksha Yoga Bhanga, Lord Shiva put the burnt dead body of Sati (his consort) on his shoulders and started moving here and there in anger. Seeing Lord Shiva's anger, the other heavenly deities started worrying about the grave results of it. And for saving the earth from his wrath, Lord Vishnu began to cut the limbs of the dead Goddess Sati. The places where the limbs fell became the holy centers known as Shakti Peethas. It is said that the place where the tongue of Sati fell, a temple was built that was named Jwalamukhi. The flames that come out of the openings in the earth's surface in this temple are believed to be the manifestations of the Goddess. These flames are worshiped.
On the outskirts of Kangra town, this huge fort has been a witness to many invasions and war. With a history that goes back to erstwhile Trigarta Kingdom, the place has also found a mention in epic Mahabharata. Once laded with unimaginable riches, Kangra fort continues to be one of the largest forts in the Himalayan range and also the oldest in India.
A picturesque lake in the middle of Dhauladhar ranges, Kareri is one of the major attractions in Kangra. Also famous as Kumarwah Lake, it is also a popular trekking destination at an altitude of 2,934 metres above the sea level. A trek to this lake is a peaceful experience.
Radha Krishna Temple
Situated in the Baba Baroh Tehsil, the temple of Radha and Krishna is famous for its beautiful murals. The temple is located amid scenic surroundings and the structure has the largest amount of marble in Himachal being used for construction.
Kangra Art Museum
On the Shimla-Kangra road, the exciting Art Museum is the favourite haunt for art lovers and history buffs. It exhibits a lot of artifacts like ancient coins, glinting weapons and stunning sculptures. Prime attractions of this museum are the miniature paintings and also other paintings of some eminent artists.
Chamunda Nandikeshwar Temple
About 24 km from Kangra, Chamunda Devi Temple is a celebrated Hindu Temple built on the banks of Baner River in Kangra district. Dating back to 16th century, it is dedicated to Chamunda Devi, who is a form of Goddess Durga. As per legend, this is the place where Goddess Kali killed two atrocious demons Chanda and Munda. This is the reason; the Goddess presiding here is called Chamuda.
One of the most popular and picturesque treks in Himachal, it starts from Mcleodganj and passes through Lahesh and Triund Caves. About 24 km from Kangra, the trek is 14 km approx one way. This is the best way to witness the beauty of Pir Panjal range and other surrounding ranges. The best time to do the trek is from April to October.
It is a famous excursion of Kangra. This small town is located only 15 km from Kangra. It is famous for its exquisitely carved temples. It boasts of a group of 15 monolithic rock-cut temples, which dates back to the 10th century.
A peaceful town about 23 km from Kangra is famous for its beautiful tea plantations. During the British Raj, these tea gardens allured the British and they turned it into a centre for trade and commerce. The beauty of Palampur should be witnessed while on a visit to Kangra valley.
Best Time to Visit
Summer months of May and June are ideal time for trekking in the valley. For sightseeing, the best time would be September till June. Winters here are chilly and temperature goes below 20 degree celsius. The ideal time for winter lovers is October till December.
How to Reach
By Air: Gaggal is the nearest airport (30 km off Kangra).
By Rail: Kangra has two railway stations namely the Kangra Station and the Kangra Mandir Station. It also offers a luxury train which operates from Pathankot to Palampur. On the journey the train offers breathtaking views of the snow covered Dhauladhar range.
By Road: Kangra can be easily reached from different cities of India such as Delhi, Chandigarh, Amritsar and Manali by road. Himachal Road Transport Corporation buses are a good mode of transport.
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