At the convergence of the Bener and Majhi streams , over looking the Ban Ganga torrent is the town of Kangra. Famous for its temples, the most notable would be the shrine dedicated to goddess Brijeshwari.
Steeped in history, the ruined fort of Nagarkot stands as testimony to its glorious past. Mohammed Ghaznavi attacked the town, which was later conquered by Emperor Feroz Tuglak and Maharaja Rant Singh.
Prior to those events, Kangra was the capital of the great hill state and its ruler was the renowned Maharaja Sansar Chand Katoch, a great patron of arts. The Miniature and Rajpur Schools of hill paintings thrived during his reign. One of the most picturesque valley of lower Himalyas, it is sheltered by the magnificent Dhauladhar range.
This provides a tremendous disparity in nature of places to be visited. Dharamshala is full of Buddhist air while ancient Hindu Temples like Brajeshwari, Baijnath, Jawalamukhi and Chamunda Devi mark the countryside.
Notwithstanding the assaults and political turmoils, the arts and crafts of the region continued to expand and created lyrical expressions. Exquisitely designed shawls and crafts are appreciated internationally.
Kangra map shows its location in the western part of the state of Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the prettiest valleys of Himachal Pradesh which offers lush greeneries, beautiful stream – the Banganga. The best time to visit Kangra is between March and June. The attractions of Kangra are alluring and exciting to visit. Brajeshwari Devi temple is known for its legendary wealth of diamonds and pearls. The Kotch Raja’s fort is also another interesting spot to stop.