Resting on a wooded slope, commanding a panoramic view of the valley, Naggar was the capital of Kullu Rajas till 1460. The foundation of this ancient capital was laid by Raja Visudhpal. Naggar retained its pre-eminence in the valley till Raja Jagat Singh shifted the capital to Sultanpur – Kullu in 1460. At this little town high above the left bank of river Beas, the glory f the old capital is reflected in the many famous temples in the vicinity of castle fort which is a marvellous medieval building. Built of rough stone around a courtyard with a tiny temple at its centre, this historic castle which Himachal Tourism now runs as a heritage hotel speaks of the grandeur of the place. Naggar is a popular tourist spot where apple orchards and deodar forests abound giving the place a scenic rural setting.
Height: 1768 m
Climate: Snow in the winters at Naggar lowers the temperature substantially and heavy woollens are essential. The summers are pleasant and cottons are recommended.
Getting There & Away: How to reach Naggar
Road: Delhi is 589 kms from Naggar and Shimla is 246 kms. Naggar can be reached from Kullu (26 kms) as well as from Manali (12 kms).
Rail: The nearest broad gauge rail head for Naggar is at Chandigarh at 306 kms.
Air: The Kullu airport at Bhuntar is 36 kms from Naggar.
Tourist Attractions in Naggar
The quaint Old Fort built around a courtyard, bordered with verandahs offer stupendous valley views.
Nicholas Roerich Art Gallery has become a refuge for artists and art lovers. The former residence of Professor Nicholas Roerich, converted into a gallery, houses a rich collection of the famous artists’ work.
Outside the castle fort, the heritage status grey sandstone Gauri Shanker temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This monument is a fine specimen of the temple architecture for the period.
Tripura Sundari Temple is a pagoda shaped temple like the famous Hadimba temple at Manali, has a rare wooden roof.
There are several other shrines located at Mushare, Jhiri and Bhutani.