Kangra Valley

By | February 26, 2012

 

A quite famous tourist and honeymoon destination Kangra (Nagarkot in ancient times) Valley is in state Himachal Pradesh of Country India. The capital of Kangra District is Dharamshala. This valley is famous for its rich and dense Pine forests, Tea Gardens and Terraced farms. This Valley is also blessed with some remarkable ancient temples like Jwalamukhi Devi, Baijnath, Brijeshwari Devi, Chintpurni, Bhagsunath and Chamunda Devi.

Kangra Valley is full of incessant runnels which help in spraying the valley.  Kangra Valley is well known home of some of the fish species like   Mahaseer, Bachwa, Soal, Gid and Shingra. Important towns in Kangra valley are Kangra, Dharamsala, Palampur, Baijnath, McLeod Ganj, Bhawarna, Palampur.

 

Places to Visit in Kangra Valley

Whenever One visit Kangra Valley he should visit all these beautiful places  Kangra Art Museum,Naam Art Gallery, Pong Dam, Bhagsu Waterfall, Martyr’s Memorial, Kareri Lake,Dal Lake, Mannuni Lake, Bhagsu Nag Temple, Masroor Temple, St John in the Wilder, Ness Church, Kangra Fort, Nurpur Fort, Gopalpur Zoo, Tea Gardens, Tsuglag Khang – Dalai Lama’s Temple, Namgyal Monastery, Nechung Monastery, Gyuto Monastery, Norbulinkgka Institute, Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts, Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Tibetan Children’s Village, Tibetan Refugee Reception Centre.

Kangra Fort

Kangra Fort is 20 Kilometers from Dharamshala. It has  an historical value and has been mentioned in the war manuals of Alexander. Kangra Fort is built at the intersection point of two rivers Majhi and Banganga.

Brajeshwari Devi Temple

This temple is dedicated to Brijeshwari Devi which was full of Gold and Diamond. Mahmood Ghazini took away all the wealth of this temple with him when he was ruining Inidia’s wealth. This temple was rebuilt in 1920 after getting completely destroyed in earthquake of 1905.

Baijnath Temple 

This Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and attract a huge number of local devotees. This temple is known for this architecture and spiritual values. It’s a famous travel destination for tourists to Kangra.

Jawalamukhi Temple

The most distinguish feature of this temple is that there is no Idol in this temple. This temple is not dedicated to any famous God or Goddess. This is located 53 Kilometers from Dharamshala. This temple is named so because of the flames coming out of rocks and that flame is named as Jwalamukhi and temple is named after that.

 

Bhagsu Nag Temple

This famous temple is 3 Kilometers from Mecleodganj. There is a famous waterfall also near Bhagsu Nag Temple. A famous annual fair is held in month of September in this famous temple which is located on outskirts of Mecleodganj. It’s a must visit place for any visitor to Mecleodganj.

Chamunda Devi Temple

Chamunda Devi Temple is approx 700 years old. This temple is dedicated to Devi kali who is also named as Devi Chamunda. This temple is 15 Kilometers from Dharamshala. There is a huge Kund (Water Tank) in the Temple complex where devotees take a dip.

Adventure Sports in Kangra

The famous sports in Kangra valley are trekking, rock climbing, mountaineering and fishing.  People may be finding Shingra and Soal species during fishing in good numbers. There are many peaks at a height of 3500 meters to 5000 meters in Dhauladhar ranges. These are very favorites of mountaineers and trekkers.  Triund is a very famous ridge in Dhauladhar ranges of Himalayas. It is just 9 Kilometers from Bhagsu Nag Temple and now very famous among trekkers. One more place for adventure sport is Billing which is known for paragliding.

There is huge list of the must visit places in Kangra Valley which we will be talking on in later posts.


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