20 Places to Visit in Kangra, Tourist Places & Top Attractions

 There are a number of places to visit in Kangra that lies in the foothills of the regal Dhauladhar range. This “Land of the Gods” has managed to reserve the gorgeousness of this place. With scenic beauty 360-degree, the Kareri Lake right in the midst of the Kangra Valley allures majority of people. The Kangra tourist places are in plenty but the sight of the Kangra valley is a soulful picture your mind will click. 

The Dhaulandhar Range that guards Kangra tops the tourist places in the city whereas the temples and monasteries are much-visited sites of this area. On the other hand, the rock-cut-temples are one-of-a-kind in entire North India.  

Kangra Valley is a pioneer when it comes to trekking with trails like Triund, Indrahar Pass and several others that will flabbergast you. If you wish to delve in devoutness, then the Brajeshwari Temple which is one of the 51 Shakti Peeths is a must visit spot.

Here are some of the best places in Kangra:

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Kareri Lake
Very few people who like stillness around such hypnotic places, pick Kareri Lake amongst the other places to visit in Kangra. Emerging from the heart of the Dhaulandhar range, this scintillating lake is one of its creation. The lake freezes in the winters leaving behind a revitalizing breeze. A major magnetism is the trekking experience during which you can partake in activities like Tyrolean Traversing. 

Although, only experienced people go for this since it is conducted on higher altitudes. It also forms the base for trekking further into this mountain range to Bagga and Rewa until one finally reaches the end point-Guna Devi Temple. You can bow down at the ancient Shiva and Shakti temple by the lake, a devotional place for many.

Where exactly: 
2 km ahead of Sari Village.
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Namgyal Monastery
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The Brajeshwari Temple
The Brajeshwari Temple is one well-known places to visit in Kangra. A paramount reason why devotees want to visit this temple is that it is one of the 51 Shakti Peeths in the country. The shopping street that leads one up the temple from the parking area is an ecstasy.

Dedicated to Goddess Brajeshwari, a form of Durga, this temple holds utmost importance in mythology. The temple that stands today is a re-built version of the original pagoda which had dropped to dust in the 1905 earthquake.

Where Exactly: Kangra Dev

Drop By: Open all day; closed from 1 pm to 3 pm.
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Dhaulandhar Range
This name does not sound alien to you anymore. If you make it to the top of the peak via its trek routes, you will find what we call “bliss”. The Dhaulandhar Range is the fencing southern range of the mighty Himalayas. With the highest peak being Hanuman Ji Ka Tiba, this is a favourite amongst the many trekking destinations.

You have to believe this, the views of this range and from this range is a visual treat. What makes this all the more attractive is that you can make a trip to this location any time in the year. People residing in this area surrender their lives to Goddess Dhaulandhar. You owe this visit to yourself!

Where Exactly: 130.0km from Dharamshala.
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Masrur

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Masrur
Masrur, also called Masroor is much famed as the Rock Cut Temple that resembles the sculptures of Ellora. While at Masur, you can stop by at the artificial lake and get some wonderful clicks. This archaeological place was visited by the Pandavas, characters from the epic Mahabharata, who carved out these rock-cut temples that have brought reputation to Masrur.  

Where Exactly:
47kms from Dharamshala.
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Kangra Art Museum
If history is your loved subject, then a visit to the Kangra Art Museum will become your beloved book. It is a warehouse of information about the Tibetan, Buddhist and Kangra’s stories. Every attraction displayed in this museum has been supported by info boards set by them. It has been recorded that the museum is a treasure of about 1500 artefacts that belong to the 5th century until the year today.

You have heard about the 1905 earthquake several times, but here is where you can catch glimpses of the same. If time matches, you may find a number of inspired painters and sketch artists camped there to re-create history creatively.

Where exactly:
Middle of Dharamshala

Drop By:
10.00am-1.30pm and 2.00pm to 5.00pm (Closed on Mondays)

Entry Fee: 
Rs10 for Indians and Rs50 for Foreign Tourists. 
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Malana Village
So you may ask, ‘Why to go to a village?’ You have no idea how Malana Village looks down upon Kangra tourist places. This village that is otherwise called the “Village of Taboos” is unbelievably true! The people of this village consider themselves superior to everyone else and claim that they are the nth generation of Alexander the Great.

With an excellent parliamentary system of its own, the village is bound by exclusive rules. That doesn’t take away from the fact that it is one of the best sightseeing locations. The Jamdagani Temple is very famous, although outsiders aren’t allowed to touch the walls or their praying space.

You do the opposite, and you are an official offender owing them a fine the amount of which equals the expense of the slaughter they do as a sacrifice. This temple holds the shrine of Goddess Renuka Devi. All’s well at a distance!

Where Exactly:
222.9km from Dharamshala.
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Indrahar Pass

Indrahar Pass is most acclaimed for its trek and the heavenly experience you get in return for it. But once you are on it, you might want to testify that, ‘This is amongst the best places to visit in Kangra.’ The difficulty level of this trek route has been graded between moderate to hard. You should know, that completing this route takes anywhere between 4-5 days. 

Camps are set up between these routes at nights. Nonetheless, it is sure to be written down as the best investment of time in this lifetime. Although many people have found this trek faintly daunting, none have ever mentioned the slightest regret. You need to be prepared for an unpredictable climate that will surprise you with rains, sunlight, hail storms or snowfall

Where Exactly:
 Boundary of Kangra and Chamba.

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Kangra Valley
Kangra Valley is just a blend of some of the above-mentioned places. This place is considered an epitome of serenity in Himachal Pradesh. A lot of tourists consider ST Johns Church amongst the best places to visit in Kangra. Some other locations you can visit in the Kangra Valley are the tea garden, the Chamunda Temple and the McLeod Bazaar.

The snowy mountains ranges, the treks, and the mountain passes are all put together to make this Valley heaven on Earth. The Norbulingka Institute, The Bhagsunag temple, and the Bhagsu Waterfalls are one of the cherished places in the Kangra Valley.

Where Exactly: 4.6km from Dharamshala.
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 Gyuto Monastery
It is not a difficult calculation anymore that this area of Himachal is one with a prominence of religion and spiritualism. The Gyuto Monastery is not just considered amongst the first picks of places to visit in Kangra but around the world. This holy abode surrounded by a picturesque view is accredited for practising tantric meditation but for the good.

Located on the top of a hill, you can get a splendid view of the river Beas and the Dhaulandhar Range. Buddhists from around the world seek their blessings in front of the Sakhyamuni Buddha shrine that reflects the golden light of the sun.

Where Exactly:
Sidhbari

Drop By:
7 am to 7 pm.
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Bhagsu Waterfalls
The Bhagsu falls is one of the most sought after places to visit in Kangra. One of the most beautiful sights of the Bhagsu waterfalls has been captured in the monsoons for taking a superficial height of 30 feet. The waterfall starts at the foot of the Dhaulandhar mountain range.

On its way, it passes across the Bhagsunath temple and the many other tourist places in the area. The trekking experience with the glistening waterfall adjacent to you is enchanting. A lot of places in the course of this fall are a favourite amongst many picnickers.

Where Exactly:
Dharamshala

Drop By:
7 am to 9 pm.
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Masroor Rock Cut Temple
Also heavily damaged in the 1905 earthquake, this 8th-century temple has still kept its flag bearing in the places to visit in Kangra. These ones of a kind cave temples of North India houses deities of Ram, Laxman, and Sita in the main temple hall. A lot about this place resembles the Ajanta and Ellora Caves in Maharashtra. Once you reach the top, look back to find the most mesmeric view of the Dhaulandhar range that guards the rest of the town.

Masroor secures 15 colossal rock-cut temples, each as striking as the other. This archaeological site has been styled in the Indo-Aryan manner depicting the mindset of the Vedic Period. Devotees who visit this temple believe that taking a dip in the tank that is present in the temple helps wipe off their sins.

Where Exactly:
Nagrota- Surian Link Road.

Drop By:
6 am to 6 pm.
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Kangra Art Gallery

If you are an artsy person who can see through a painting and retrospect what it wants to convey, the Kangra Art Gallery tops the list of places to visit in Kangra. Kangra painting has found a lot of fame around the world. Not just paintings, even the items that have been secured in this gallery holds a tunnel full of Himachal’s history. 

Visitors who visit this gallery do not leave the place without pictures of the ancient sculptures. Kangra’s famous minuscule style of painting is also kept on display. Apart from these, the ancient style of pottery and other ethnologic items is a treasure to this gallery.

Where Exactly: 6.4km from Dharamshala.
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Triund

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Triund

Why to visit in winters – Searching for some best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh in winters? Try out Triund trekking this winter. The whole area looks great with thick covered snow and it will be fun to pass through this snow covered valleys and hills

What to do – Trek to Triund from Mcleodganj and spend a day or take a picnic break to enjoy the pristine beauty of the rivers and sceneries

What to see – There are some nearby attractions like Bhagsunath temple, Bhagsu falls, Minkiani pass and some best sightseeing places too

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Malana Village Trek

This trekking trail is yet another popular route for trekking in Himachal Pradesh. Malana village is inhabited by the tribal people and is deemed to be one of the earlier democracies of the world.

This trek which terminates at Baralacha Pass through the Manali-Leh highway. The Malana tribes have their distinct laws, customs and language and also a governing body named Koram which is formed by the village elders. One can have a visit around the village but after securing proper permission from the village elders.

This rather moderate trek takes you through beautiful, picture perfect landscapes, rhododendron bushes, birch forests and sprawling meadows. The awesome views of Dhauladhar, Hanuman Tibba and Ghalpo peaks are sure to fascinate you.

Best Season: April - October
Max. Elevation: 3029m
Duration of the Trek: 5 days
Difficulty Level: Moderate

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