Local Sight seeing of Kangra
Kangra Fort is situated alongside the banks of Banganga River, near Kangra town. It is easily accessible from Shimla-Mathura National Highway. This fort is located at a distance of 3 km from the main town and is also known as Nagarkot. There is a museum at the entrance of the fort, which features valuable old photographs of the fort.
These photographs belong to the period prior to the earthquake of 1905 in the region. Further, the museum features carvings, idols, artefacts and stone sculptures. There are around seven entrance gates for the Kangra Fort, which houses three carved temples of Lakshmi Narayan, Ambika and a Jain temple of Adi Narayan. The carved patterns of these temples are similar to that of the Madurai Meenakshi Temple in Tamil Nadu.
Kangra Fort is easily reachable from main town of Kangra Town by air, road and rail. It is also accessible through road, from Shimla, which is 220 km from Kangra, and from Chandigarh, which is located at around 235 km from the main town.
nd main entrance door of the temple. There will be long Queue for the darshan in peak tourist seasons like summer.
Kangra Art Museum is situated in the Kangra Valley in the state of Himachal Pradesh. This museum displays arts, crafts, culture and history of the people living in Kangra Valley. The Kangra Art Museum is situated close to the famous Kotwali Bazaar, which sells all types of handicraft and religious items.
This museum features collection of miniature paintings that date back to the 17th century. It also comprises a wide collection of anthropological artefacts, pottery and sculptures. Visitors can see many artefacts of 5th century that are preserved in good condition. This museum can be visited from Kangra Railway Station which is situated just few kilometres from the town
The famous Jwalamukhi Temple is about 56 km from Dharamsala in the Valley of Beas. Unlike any other temple, this one doesn’t have a statue or an image, but a constantly burning blue flame that seems to come from the rocks. Jwalamukhi Temple is a temple of the Goddess of Light. Jwalamukhi is also known as the Flaming Goddess or She of the Flaming Mouth. According to one legend, Lord Shiva conquered the Demon Jalandhara by burying him with mountains. The flames are believed to come from his mouth. The local women who worship the Goddess here believe that she will grant any wish, any desire and many songs are composed in honour of Jwalamukhi Devi and sung on the walk to the temple. First built by the Sikh Raja Kharak Singh, the temple is ornate and heavily embellished with a gilt dome, lots of gold and decorated pinnacles.
The doors to the temple are of pure silver and of such beauty that Lord Harding is said to have had a copy made for himself. A canal channels the spring waters which come from a different source around the back of the temple and another local story states that the Emperor Akbar built this canal in an attempt to put out the flames in the temple. When it didn’t work, he became an ardent devotee himself. In fact one of the local women’s songs has lyrics that describe how Akbar came to the temple and placed his gold crown near the flames. The Goddess turned the gold to copper. Two huge fairs are held at the temple in April and mid October during the Navratries which anyone can attend. This is definitely a temple worth.