‘ Heritage village of India’ – Pragpur

“We live in a Wonderful world that is full of beauty Charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eye open.”Pt.JaWaharlal Nehru

An attractive little village of Himachal Pradesh was certified as India’s first heritage village on 9th December 1997. It is around 130 Kms from state capital Shimla in Kangra district situated at an elevation of 2000 feet above the sea level. It was founded in the late 16th century by the Kuthiala Soods to find a place to honor princess ‘Prag ‘Dei of the Jaswan regents. The house of the Soods perfectly preserved to this day, as a prominent place of interest.

The heritage village provides glimpses into a rural society with the grace of the mighty Dhauladhar Ranges. Decorated with many flower gardens and orchards where one can soak in the charming heritage feel of the area.

  • Lifestyle : People of Pragpur have maintained their lifestyle according to the olden system of living. Although Pragpur has not been untouched by the modern influence of the society and still they have maintained their culture and customs really well. The major occupation of the people of Pragpur is farming and most of the people day starts in the field.
  • The attractions of the Heritage village:

  • Judges Court :

    A two storied brick red country manor house which is designed in the Indo-European tradition. The structure was constructed in 1918 out of the vision of Justice Sir Jai Lal. It is spread over an area of around 12 acres. It has now been converted into a Heritage hotel by the Government.

  • Reasons to visit this hotel:-
    • Experimental heritage home which is built in a country Manor Style.
    • It has 10 hotel rooms out of which 3 are suites inclusive of the cottage in the ancestral courtyard.
    • Meals are cooked using in house farm which produce of fruits and vegetables.
    • It has 12 acres of orchards consisting of Mango, Lychee , plums and exotic trees like camphor , Clove and cardamom.
    • The old architecture and quant little dining hall which is of the early 19 th century is a must see.

  • The Taal : A pond is located in the heart of the villages, is also a major attraction of the place as the entire village seems to be constructed around it. This heritage structure also includes the Radha Krishan Temple. Taal has been built by the village brotherhood known as Nehar committee which has records of its meeting since 1864.
  • Butail Complex : The unique building is around 100 years. It was built by Lala Buta Man Scion of the Ghujjar Sood Clan.
    It has six identical apartments which were built for his six sons. In warm weather this courtyard is flooded with water to provide cooling.
    Richly decorated doorways, wooden railings stone arches, wooden arched facades and niches etc are some of the architectural features of the complex.
  • Architectural character of the village is one of the finest examples of the traditional architecture of Himachal Pradesh. Planning features and construction techniques adopted are highly influenced from Mughal Architecture and some colonial presence.

    The place is perfect base to explore the Kangra with its forts, simplicity and ancient history!!