Kangra has gained itself a name being one of the most beautiful valleys of Himachal Pradesh. Brimming with lush green terraces and orchards, it overlooks a gushing stream known as Banganga. Once the ancient capital of the state, Kangra was known for its magnificent temples and as the thriving art center, particularly for the exquisite Pahari miniature paintings. Unfortunately, only a fort and some temples remain reminding us of its glorious past.
Just outside Kangra is the Bajreshwari Devi Temple; a monument of legendary wealth and craftsmanship. It was invaded by Mohammad Ghazni in 1009 and devoid of its treasure. Destroyed in the 1905 earthquake, it was rebuilt in 1920. Kangra is world-famous for its spellbinding beauty. Surrounded by splendid valleys, it is dotted with several ancient shrines, making it hard to resist a destination for any traveler.
Places to see around include the historical Kangra Fort or The Fort of Nagarkot maintained by the Archaeological Department. This place is also known as ‘Purana Kangra’ and has immense importance for pilgrims and tourists. There is also the ancient Jwalaji Temple, Baroh – famous for its Radha Krishna Temple made of glistening white marble, Nag Mandir Temple, Baglamukhi Temple, Kaleshwar Mahadev Temple, Kathgarh, Dada Siba Temple, Haripur-Guler which stands as the testimony to the royalty and grandeur of the era gone by. Major School of Pahari miniature paintings were established here. While here, the tourists would also like to see Nadaun where you can spend a quiet weekend or go angling in River Beas and Sujanpur Tira to watch the fine wall paintings.
Kangra is at an altitude of 630m, where the climate varies from 35C to 0C. Kangra is well connected by road. The broad gauge railhead at Pathankot (86km) connects to a narrow-gauge line. The nearest airport, Kangra is just 9 km away from the city.