Kangra name is originated from Nagarkot.This is the real name of Kangra town in the ancient time. Still this name works.In the ancient time Kangra was the part of Jullundhar provinces.Know the Kangra is a district of Himachal Pradesh although the adminstrative headquaters of this district is situated in Dharamsha
The distric lies between latitude 70 degree 35′ and 77 degree 5′ north and longitude31 degree 40′ and 32 degree 25′ east .The elevation generally varies from 500 mts to 5500 mtrs from the sea level.
In winter, the temperature can get quite low when heavy woollens are required. It is warm in summer and cottons are recommended.
How to get Here
By road : Direct buses/ taxies are available from Delhi (496 km) via Chandigarh-Nangal-Una-Kangra which is 13-14 hours journey.
By Rail : Nearest broad gauge Railway station is at Pathankot 85 km away. Frequent bus service is available for Dharamshala, a three hours journey.
Narrow gauge train : (Toy train) running between Pathankot-Joginder Nagar/Baijnath, Paporala passes through Mandir which is 2 km from Kangra city.
By Air : Nearest Airports
Chandigarh 222 Km
Jammu 210 Km
Kulu (Bhuntar) 195 Km
Places to See in Kangra
Vajreshwari Devi (Kangra ) :
The Vajreshwari Devi temple was originally a Buddhist establishment dedicated to the tantric goddess Marichi Vajravarahi. A seventh century temple stood at this place till 1009 A.D.when that was destroyed by Mahmud Ghaznavi. Lithic images of the Buddhist deities and old architectural fragments of that temple can still be found in the temple complex.
It is said that a mosque was built over the foundation of the Buddhist temple. But later , the Katoch ruler of Kangra regained control of the town and restored the old temple, but with the Shakta bhrahmanic nomenclatures. The temple was devastated once again in 1360 A.D.by Firoz Shah Tughlug. It is said that the temple was built in the pure Mughal style during the time of Akbar. The emperor is also known to have paid homage at the temple. Later the devastating Kangra earthquake of 1905 almost wiped it out of existence. The present standing temple is , thus a few decades old.
This is a newly build temple a true picture of today’s architecture and is 22 km from Kangra.
Masroor Temple :
In a place which is around 44 Kms from Dharamshala, you can see the 15 carved rock-cut temples in the Indo-Aryan style which is also known as the Ellora of Himachal Pradesh. This is a peaceful place having a artificial lake and good lawn.
Kangra fort :
Kangra fort is situated 1.5 km from Kangra on a hill.Know turning out to be the place of attraction for tourist with many developments from Department. of tourism like lighting of fort etc..
Major Travel Destinations in Himachal Pradesh