Kangra is one of the most cheerful, refreshing & Spiritual valley in Western Himalayas. It is a small city in most populous District Kangra of state Himachal Pradesh. Kangra is known for the oldest serving Royal Dynasty in the world Katoch. Kangra is a popular tourist destination. The best time to visit Kangra is March & April. The highest peak is on Dhauladhar range which is also known as White Mountains. Kangra is famous for its High Mountains, Temples & the peace which one gets here. This place is also known as “Dev Bhoomi “ which is known as land of Lords. The district is full of rare species of birds & animals like Aimu, Ibex, mountain sheep, Thar, Black Bear, Brown Bear, leopard, snow leopard, Chital, Samber, jackal, Monkey, Langoor, Fox, Ghoral, Kakar, Kastura etc.
Dharamshala, Mcleodganj & Palampur are some most famous tourist places in Kangra Valley. One can visit War Memorial, Pong Bird Sanctuary, The Kangra Art Museum at Kotwali bazaar, Kunal Pathri temple and tea gardens on way to Kunal Pathri. There is also a beautiful Cricket stadium in the city facing mighty Dhauladhar. Kangra is well connected by road, Air and Railway.
Delhi to Kangra Distance
The distance from Delhi to Kangra is approx. 500 Kilometers. It takes 10-11 hours to reach by road. One has to pass through Transport Nagar , Panipat , Karnal , Pipli, Ambala, Zikarpur, Kharar, Rupnagar, Swarghat, Una, Amb, Mubarakpur, Dehra Gopipur, Ranital to travel from Delhi to Kangra.
Delhi to Kangra Flight The nearest airport is Dharamshala (Gaggal) airport which is 14 kilometers from Kangra city. Kingfisher Airlines provide daily flights from Delhi to Kangra. Departure from Delhi at 14:30 & Arrival at Gaggal at 16:00. Departure from Gaggal 16:30 & arrival at Delhi at 18:00.
Delhi to Kangra by Train
The nearest Broad gauge railway station from Kangra is Pathankot. Pathankot is at a distance of 90 Kilometers from Kangra. The narrow gauge track starts from Pathankot. Kangra Queen which runs in Kangra valley is between Pathankot & Jogindernagar. This track covers a distance of 164 Kilometers. The train takes 4 hours & 25 minutes with two stoppages at Jwalamukhi and Kangra. The train has to cover an extra distance in comparison to road but it is exempted as the scenario views around it are admirable. This railway line has 2 tunnels one of 1000 feet & other is of 250 feet. Kangra Valley Railway gives the traveler the opportunity to see the ever present panorama of snowy mountains and green fields of gold without being turned every few minutes in a narrow arc before his eyes may greet to the stage. The most picturesque parts of the valley is from Mangwal to Kangra. . As one reaches Palampur, the ever present background of snowy chain peaks, 15,000 and 16,000 feet in height is just few Kilometers away. From here onwards, the line runs parallel to the Dhauladhar range. This is the only railway line in India that come so close to the eternal snows.
Delhi to Kangra Bus Service
Buses Ply from Delhi to Kangra daily. There are many government & private operators which ply buses from Delhi to Kangra route. The overnight journey takes 10-12 hours. There are normal & AC Volvo buses available from Delhi to Kangra, Dharamshala, Palampur & Mcleodganj. The fare from Delhi to Kangra bus varies from INR 500 to INR 1000 per head.
Delhi to Kangra by Car
Distance from Delhi to Kangra is approximately 500 kilometers which may variate because of different routes. The time taken for this journey is approximately 8- 10 hours. There are many operators who provide Cabs from Delhi to kangra & further for sightseeing in whole Kangra Valley which includes some famous tourist spots like Brajeshwari Devi Temple , Kangra Fort , Kangra Art Museum , Maharana Pratap Sagar , Pong Dam Sanctuary , Masroor , Jwalamukhi Temple.
Kangra Hill Station is an ideal place for adventure and sports activities like mountaineering, trekking, rock climbing and fishing. This valley witness annually Hang-gliding rally. There are many peaks between 3500 metres to 5000 metres in Dhauladhar ranges. Most of the trekking groups are operational from May to October. Pilgrimage is on peak in Kangra in the month of April for the Navratra celebrations, and in September-October, before the Dussehra festival, to pay their homage to Goddess Durga at the Vajreshwari (Kangra Devi) temple.
View Larger Map