Popular Places to visit in Kangra Valley

Kangra Valley is situated in the most populous Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh State of India. The district has five sub regions of which Kangra Valley and Dharmshala are among the most popular tourist destinations. Kangra offers a beautiful picnic spot for tourists coming here. Located at the confluence of Maihi and Bener rivers,  Kangra Valley represents a confluence of natural beauty with snow white steep mountains and deep narrow valleys surrounded by green pine trees.

Kangra Fort

Kangra Fort

Kangra valley and Dhauladhar range together present magical natural beauty with shining white mountain slopes and lush green valley. Kangra Town has its historical importance where many battles were fought. Kangra Fort testifies those battles. Kangra is also famous for world famous art, craft and temples. Kangra paintings, embroidered shawls are commercially high-valued. Rock-cut temples of Chamunda Devi, Baijnath, Jawalamukhi Brajeshwari Devi are very famous Hindu pilgrimage.

Local people speak here Kangri. Majority of people are Hindus but many Buddhist, Tibetans, Sikhs, Punjabi and Christians are also settled here. Thus Kangra Valley represents a conglomeration of religion and culture that reflects in dressing styles, languages and food popular here. Kangra Tea is worldwide famous for its aroma and taste and Tea plantations add to the beauty of Kangra Valley. The beauty of Kangra Valley lies in its river basins which are always full of water. High mountain peaks-Dhauladhar Range rise sharply from the valley floor with no intermittent hills present a magnificent view.

How to Reach Kangra

The Kangra Valley is easily accessible through roads. Kangra Valley Railway is a narrow gauge line which people can come via Pathankot.

Weather of Kangra

Located at height ranging from 400m to 5500m Kangra district has variety of landscape. The climate is moderate with annual temperature ranging from 13 to 20° and rainfall varies between 1800 to 3000mm.

Places to visit in and around Kangra Valley

Kangra Valley  offers many unique and peaceful picnic spots and tourist resorts to enjoy. There are numerous famous sites within the valley and in its surrounding areas visiting which can rejuvenate souls and minds of people.

Baijnath is located in Kangra district. It is famous for ancient Lord Shiva Temple-Baijnath Temple, considered one among the 12 Jyotirlingas of Hindu legends. The temple was built in 13th century. The town is located on the left banks of Binwa River, which is a tributary of Beas River.

Bir and Billing are popular tourist destinations because of their beautiful tea-gardens and sports. Bir is a playground of paragliding. Bir and Billing together appear as amphitheatre between mountains. Billing looks like another star-studded sky from the Bir valley. Bir Valley is also famous for Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and handicraft market. IN 1984, Hang gliding rally was organized at Billing and since then the place became popular globally. It was rated best in the world as a hang gliding spot due to its unique geography.

Dharamshala is among the hottest tourist destination being the place of Tibetan Government in exile when China annexed Tibet mainland. The town became home for Tibetan refugees since 1950s and Tibetan Buddhist leader Dalai Lama lives here. Dharmshala has many beautiful monasteries and Tibetan market. In fact, McLeodGanj is also called as Little Lhasa. The place has become a hub of tourism and business activities. Also, Dharamshala serves as the winter capital of Himachal Pradesh. Sidhbari houses the Legislative Assembly, which is located near Chinmaya Tapovan.

McLeodGanj is a suburb of Dharamshala in Kangra district located at a height of 2082 metres.. Hanuman ka Tibba is the highest peak of Dhauladhar range located here. It is 2,082 metre high. The place houses a huge population of Tibetans and this is why people prefer calling it “Little Lhasa.” McLeodGanj is famous as a Buddhist study centre, a shopping hub for Tibetan handicraft goods. McLeodGanj has a Dalai Lama’s temple known as Tsuglagkhang, Namgyal Monastery, Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts and also a library of Tibetan works and archives.

Palampur and Bhawarna are two fascinating tourist spots within the Kangra Valley. Palampur attracts peace-loving tourists with a healthy and pollution-free environment, wide and green tea gardens and pine trees surrounding the town. The plain and simple life of rural folk amid holy snowy Dhauladhar mountains just mesmerize people who visit here. Because of its beauty, Palampur is now being developed as a tourism centre. An amusement park, an agricultural university and a ropeway have added to the attractions of the town. M any tea factories have also come up.

Bundla chasm of Bundla stream is just few kms walk away from Palampur town which swells in the monsoon season making the fall roar as thunders.

Bhawarna is also located in Kangra district, famous for shopping for wedding accessories. It is an important trading centre for surrounding areas.

Sidhbari  derives its name from Baba Sidh. It is said that the dhuni [burning piece of wood for sacred Yagna etc] has been burning here without any break for many centuries. Since 2000, Tibetan leader Karmapa has been residing here in Sidhbari at Gyuto Monestary. Sidhbari also has Naam Art Gallery which possesses many rare European artists’ works. Apart from these Chinmaya Ashram also attract people who seek for solace in peace.

Tira Sujanpur is a beautiful town in Hamirpur district near Kangra Valley. Located at the height of 562 metre, the town has severe winters and low lying clouds and tourists can enjoy feeling special by walking amid clouds. Located on the banks of Beas River, Tira Sujanpur was established by Sansar Chand Katoch  of Kangra kingdom. When Muslims captured his Kangra Fort, Sansar Chand shifted to Tira Sujanpur and made palces, temples and courts on Tira hills. Holi celebrations are specialty of Tira Sujanpur. Chamunda Devi temple within the Tira Sujanpur palace is very famous here

Kangra Valley attracts people with its scenic beauty that combines high snow-loaded mountains surrounding the narrow green valley. It is a must see place for those who love natural environment, unique cultural experience, and aesthetic beauty

For those, who love visiting museums, art galleries visit to Kangra Valley is a learning experience to know Buddhist religion and assimilation of local and foreign culture of Tibetans. Also Tibetan Children Centre and Tibetan Refugees Reception centre help new Tibetan refugees coming from the mainland in settling here in India.

Apart from these, Kangra Valley is an ideal location for adventure sports like trekking, hang gliding etc. Kangra and Nurpur Fort are beautiful sites seeing spots where tourists can enjoy for the whole day passing through passage of history. Kareri Lake, Bhagsu Waterfall, Dal Lake, and Pong Dams are other spots of interest here.