Waterfall Castle & Gallery
Naggar is a big village with two valuable heritages situated at a distance of 22 Kms from Manali (21Kms from Kullu, district head quarters) in Himachal Pradesh state of India. Naggar is at a height of 5750fts from sea level and situated on sleepy hill, nearer to the left bank of Beas River. Many of the palaces which were royal do not exist now. In 17th century Naggar was the capital for Kullu (for 1460 years) under Raja Jagat Singh. The capital was later shifted to Sultanpur at Kullu in 1860. .
Naggar, the royal seat of kullu state remained its capital for about 1460 yeas. Naggar Castle is traditionally believed to have been built by Raja Sidhi Singh in early sixteenth century. The stones for construction were brought from Varagarh across the river Beas.
Another belief is that stones were passed on to the site by a human chain comprising of men and women of surrounding areas. From the ruins of the of fortified palace of Rana Bhosal called Garhdhek situated below the present baragaon. Naggar Castle was used as a royal residence & state head quarter until the middle of the seventeenth century, when Raja Jagat Singh transferred the capital to Sultanpur. However, the castle continued to be used as summer palace, by subsequent rulers until the British took over the whole of Kangra & Kullu from Sikhs in 1846, when Raja Gyan Singh sold it to the first Assistant Commissioner, Major Roy, for a gun. The latter converted the northern wing to the European way of living by putting in staircase fire place & chimney. Thus emerged a unique amalgam of indigenous architecture & and English country seat. He later sold it to the Government when it was used as a court-house. In 1920’s the court activity ceased but its door remained open for visitors and travelers as a civil rest house.
The Naggar Castle has with stood the detractive wrath of trends in the year 1905 due to shock bearing contrition technique. In 1978 the Naggar Castle was taken over by the Himachal Tourism Development Corporation and the castle has recently witnessed an exhaustive restoration and refurbishing
Nicholas Roerich was a famous artist. He married the famous Indian actress Devika rani and settled in Naggar. He spent nearly 20 years in this place before his death. His entire property is now converted as an Art gallery showing his paintings. This place was originally belonging to a Raja of Mandi and Roerich bought from him. The paintings show landscapes of many important places surrounding Kullu, Manali and Naggar. Most of the paintings show the beauty of ice covered valleys and peaks during early hours of in the evening. The Roerich Museum is at the right side to the main road. Both the buildings of Art gallery and Museum are now in good condition with the help of Indian government which helped for developing the tourism and there is a trust managing both. The museum consists of traditional items used by people of Himachal Pradesh like dresses, ornaments, cooking utensils etc…
There is entry fee for both Art gallery and Museum (same ticket). The timing is from 10AM to 5 PM, Monday is holiday for both. A sale counter is also kept where tourists can buy books, paintings from the counter.
It is a beautiful waterfall in Choid Nala, Vashisht and is not explored by many. The significance of the waterfall is that you can see a very beautiful Rainbow during the Day. Your car won’t move till the waterfall you have to trek at least 2km to reach the fall. There are two ways to reach the place one is from the sase gate located in Bhang toward Rohtang and the other is from Vashisht. It is better to move from Vashisht for people who are unable to walk. On the way back you can halt at Vashisht and enjoy hot spring bath. The hot Spring water is believed to have many medicinal values.
This Shiva temple is a protected monument. This is located on the way to Nicholas Rerich Art gallery and Museum. We saw many foreign origin people singing Sanskrit slokas in the temple premises wearing Indian traditional dresses. Gauri Shankar temple is facing the valley side where one can see the ice covered peaks of Kullu valley.