• Kanika Chauhan

Kangra – Land of Gods

Kangra is also known as Devbhumi or the Land of Gods, Kangra remains wrapped in the spectacular natural beauty all year long. The most popular state of Himachal Pradesh has lushly green hill town that stands at the foothills of the spellbinding Dhauladhar Range has the mighty Beas River prancing through it.

So, are you ready for a race of the best places to visit in Kangra?

1. Kangra Fort

One of the most prominent landmark in the Kangra Valley, the Kangra Fort has remained witness to dignity, wealth, war, invasion, and more. It is considered to be the largest fort in the Himalayan region and perhaps the oldest one in India. The fort traces its origins back to the ancient Trigarta Kingdom, which finds mention in the Mahabharata. Though this historical edifice suffered extensive damage during an earthquake in 1905, it is still a grand structure and one of the top places to visit in Kangra. You can get panoramic views of the surrounding areas from the top of the fort.

  1. Timings: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

  2. Entry Fee: 150 for Indians; 300 for foreign nationals

2. Brajeshwari Temple

Brajeshwari Temple is also known as Kangra Devi Mandir is a Hindu temple in the town Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. The temple was built by the Pandavas of the Mahabharata after Goddess Durga appeared in their dreams and instructed them to build a temple in her honor. When the ancient temple was destroyed in the earthquake of 1905, it was rebuilt by the government. One of the 51 Shakti Peeths in India, the temple boasts of impressive architecture and unmatched spiritual vibes.

  1. Timings: Open all day long except from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

3. Baijnath Temple

Baijnath is a town in district Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. The ancient temple of Lord Shiva is situated here giving the town its name Baijnath. The main attraction of town is an ancient Baijnath Temple. It’s one of those few temples in India where both Lord Shiva and Ravana are worshipped.

According to the legend, During the Treta Yug, Ravana in order to have unbeatable powers worshiped Lord Shiva in the Kailash. Influenced by this extra ordinary deed of the Ravana, the Lord Shiva not only restored his heads but also bestowed him with powers of invincibility and immortality.

  1. Timings: 6:00 am to 9:00 pm

4. Indrahar Pass

With beautiful landscapes, deep gorges, tranquil lakes, sparkling streams and deodar forests all throughout the journey, the Indrahar Pass Trek in Himachal Pradesh. Himachal Pradesh is one the most awe inspiring treks in the Indian Himalayan region. The beautiful mountain journey is a perfect combination of diverse nature and traditional colors of Himachal.

Often vouched as one of the most breath-taking treks in the Himalayan region, the trail starts from McLeodganj and offers a majestic view of the Kangra Valley and the Dharamshala town.

  1. Best time to trek: May to mid-October

5. Jwala Devi Temple

Jwala Devi temple is also known as Jwala ji. It is located in Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh. The temple is dedicated to the “Goddess of Light” There is no idol placed inside but is has the series of natural flame since the times immemorial believed to be the symbol of goddess. Devotees believe that the Goddess exists in the sacred flames.

The Jwala Devi is the reigning goddess of this shrine. It is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas in India.

  1. Timings: 5:00 am to 10:00 pm (summers); 6:00 am to 9:00 pm (winters)

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