Naggar, Himachal Pradesh

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 of 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.

Fast Facts

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 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 is at Chandigarh at 306 kms.

Air: The Kullu airport at Bhuntar is 36 kms.

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.

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