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:
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.
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.
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: 47kms from Dharamshala.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Location: The distance of the fort from Dharamshala is around 20 km but it has proper connectivity to roadways which makes it easier to get there.
Highlights: The beautiful entrance is something what people love. The way the whole fort is built is completely marvelous. Inside the fort, you will find defaced statues of many lords that these people worship. This fort is considered as one of the most beautiful forts in India and people love it for the built structure.
Best time to visit: You can plan a visit anytime of the year.
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
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
Namgyal Monastery comes with a deep history. Located in McLeodganj in the Kangra district, this hermitage was founded by the third Dalai Lama. Earlier meant for conducting daily Tibetan customs, this historical monastery was moved to Dharamshala soon after the Tibetan Revolt.
Buddhists from around the world try to make at least one visit as it is one of the leading monasteries for learning the art of meditation in lines with Buddhist teachings.They have a guest house of their own alongside a café and a library.
The monastery mansion has poised images of Buddha, Avloketshwara, and Padmasambhava. Many visitors lost their hearts to the Thangka paintings that have been exhibited within these sanctified walls. Even the non-religious people who set foot into Namgyal Monastery are drawn by its soothing ambience and are forced to praise its beauty.
Where exactly: Next to Central Cathedral
Drop by: 5.00am to 8.30pm.