Kangra – Places of Interest

    Brajeshwari Devi Temple
    Brajeshwari Devi Temple Situated just outside the Kangra town, this temple dedicated to Brajeshwari Devi, was once filled with a legendary fortune in diamonds and pearls. Hearing the wealth of this temple. Mahmud Ghazni plundered in the 11th century. Feroz Tughlak clearned out the restored fortune three centuries later. Final sack was carried out by Timur the lame before Mughals who followed and restored the shrine to its glory. Destroyed completely in 1905 by an earthquake, it was rebuilt in 1920.

    Jawalamukhi Temple
    Jawalamukhi TempleThe famous temple of shaktipeeth Jawalaji and also known as the Flamming goddess the temple is one of the most popular Hindu temples in northern India. There is no idol and the flame is considered as a manifestation of the goddess. An eternally burning and shining blue flame emanates from the rock sanctum and is fed by the priests with the offerings of devotees. The golden tower (dome) of the temple was a gift from the Emperor Akbar. Jwalamukhi is 35 km from Kangra and 53 kms from Dharamshala.Read More…

    Chamunda Devi Temple
    Chamunda Devi TempleChamunda Devi temple is located between Dharamsala and Nagrota. The temple has its origin over 700 years ago. It is about 15 kms from Dharamsala and 10 Kms from Nagrota Bagwan. The temple is dedicated to Devi Chamunda the “goddess of Shakti”. At the back side of Devi temple is a Shiva temple in a cave like structure.The temple comprises a kund or a pool in it. The temple can easily be reached from Dharamsala, Palampur or Kangra by Taxis or by buses.read more….

    BaijnathBaijnath is at a distance of 16 kms from Palampur on the Pathankot Mandi National Highway.The Shiva temple at Baijnath is one of the most remarkable monuments of Kangra Valley. Baijnath Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. According to the inscriptions on the walls, Baijnath Mandir was built by the two native merchants by the name of Ahuka and Manyuka in 1204 A.D. In the porch of the temple, the two long inscriptions state that before the present temple, there was a shrine of Lord Shiva at the same spot. There is a fine sculptures work to be associated with Ravana who worshipped Lord Shiva at this Place. Baijnath is one of the twelve jyotirilingas. Shivratri fair of Baijnath is celebrated with great devotion and is well attended.Read More…

    Shiv Mandir Kathgarh
    Shiv Mandir Kathgarh is one of the very famous temple in Himachal Pardesh. This temple is devoted to Lord Shiva and Parvati. The temple has a large ‘Shivaling’, which is divided vertically in two parts. The bigger portion of the shivaling is worshipped as Lord Shiva and the smaller portion is worshipped as Parvati. The distance between two parts keeps increasing and decreasing as per changing seasons i.e summer and winter.There is an old temple, built in Mughal style, housing 6 feet long and 5 feet round ‘Shivalinga’ The ‘Linga’ here is of its own kind not found anywhere in the world.Read More…

    Dharamshala Dharamsala is the District headquarter of Kangra Valley. It has a beautiful view of the Dhauladhar. Dharamsala is about 10 kms from Kangra Airport. Mcleodganj is 9 Kms from Dharamsala. Dharamsala is mainly divided into upper and lower Dharamsala the upper dharamsala is called Kotwali and the lower Kachheri. Dharamsala is a picturesque town and is also famous for a beautiful cricket ground.

    Bir- Billing
    Bir- Billing Bir is a village at a distance of 35 kms from Palampur. This village is surrounded by tea gardens and is famous for its Buddhist monastries. Bir is a landing ground for hang and para gliders. 14 kms from here is the famous aero sport site of Billing. In the month of May/June a tented colony is set up by Himachal Pradesh tourism to facilitate hang-gliders. At this time all the roads lead to billing.The launching (take-off) destination ‘Billing’, is a little meadow at 2,400m on the Dhauladhar ranges.The massive Dhauladar mountain range and the Kangra valley below with its panoramic views offer opportunities for high altitude ‘up and down’ and cross-country flying.Read More…

    PalampurPalampur is a green hill station and a municipal council in the Kangra Valley in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, surrounded on all sides by tea gardens and pine forests before they merge with the Dhauladhar ranges. Behind this town stands high ranges of Dhauladhar mountains, whose tops remain snow covered for most part of the year.Palampur is the tea capital of northwest India but tea is just one aspect that makes Palampur a special interest place. Abundance of water and proximity to the mountains has endowed it with mild climate.Read More…

    Mcleodganj Often referred as “Little Lhasa” McLeodganj is a beautiful hill station in the Kangra valley. It is in the upper part of Dharamshala and is at about 9 Kms from Dharamsala via Dharamsala Cantt and 4 Kms via a short route from Kotwali Bazaar Dharamsala. Mcleodganj is well known world wide for its scenic beauty and as the residence of His holiness the Dalai Lama. This small town is the administrative hub of the Tibetan government in exile and is a Buddhist pilgrimage center. People from all over the world come here to learn Buddhism and the Tibetan culture.2 kms from Mcleodganj is Bhagsunaag which is known for a Naag temple and a Water spring. Nearby waterfall of Bhagsunaag is a picturesque site and is a worth visit.

    Masrur Rock Cut Temple
    Masrur Rock Cut Temple The Masrur rockcut temple is known for its monolithic temples. There are fifteen rock cut temples in the Indo Aryan style. It is one of the four monolithic rockcut temples in India. Two of these, including Kailash of Ellora and Mamlapuram in Deccan are famous across the world. Third is Dhamnar located in Rajasthan. While the other three temples are in a pit or on the ground, Masrur temple is unique because of the fact that it is located on a hill top at a height of about 760 m above the mean sea level. Legend has it that like many temples in the region, Masrur temple was also built by the Pandavas.

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