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Location and History of Kangra Valley :
The picturesque Kangra Valley lies in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Kangra Valley refers to the name given to the entire region that lies between the Dhauladhar ranges of the Himalayas to the north. It is one of the most pleasant and relaxing destination in the Himalayas. Kangra valley finds mention in the rig veda, one the oldest epic in the world. The Valley was called as the Nagarkot in the ancient times, as it was the ancient capital of the powerful hill state fort of Nagarkot. Kangra town was the powerful seat of the Raja Sansar Chand II. The town was attacked by the Mohammad Ghaznvi and was conquered by Maharaja Ranjit Singh. It is the site of the oldest recorded war in the human history. It is dotted with most idolized temples of India. The valley holds moderate to fine climate through out the year.kangra-valley

Flora and Fauna of Doon Valley :
Kangra Valley is well protected by the Dhauladhar range. The valley provides the magnificent view of the Dhauladhar Range in gentle slopes covered with the forests of pine, orchards, tea gardens and terraced fields. The biggest attraction of the region are the migratory birds from Siberia during the winter season. You may also spot Cheetal, Black Buck, cranes roaming in this area. The valley is known for the scenic beauty, ancient temples and numerous adventure sports. The valley enjoys the alpine climate. Summers are mild an d the winters are cold.

Sightseeing in Kangra Valley :
The valley is cladded with the number of sightseeing places, which makes it a perfect holiday destination. The most important among them is the Brajeshwari Temple, situated in the bazaar, at the end of the labyrinth of alleys. It is believed that this temple was very rich, each time it was plundered it was able to restore itself. There is another pilgrimage site in the area called Chintpurni, famous for the numerous stone temples. One more very attractive temple is the Varajeshwari temple located behind the Kangra Bazaar. Make a visit to the Kangra School of painting to check out the miniature paintings made wit the vegetable dyes. Kangra fort is the worth visiting place seized over the British in 1846 on clause of the Treaty. Tourists can also shop for the handicrafts items from this area. The area is quite famous for the rugs, carpets, and blankets made of beautiful designs.

Adventure Activities in Kangra Valley : Kangra Valley is simply the ideal location for the adventure sports. Be it trekking, Mountainering, Para Sailing or hang gliding. The picturesque Kangra Valley also has several spots for mahaseer. The valley holds the hang-gliding rally anually. There are many trekking routes passing through the Dhauladhar ranges. Most of the famous treks start in Kangra include Dharamsala to Chamba over Bhimghasutri Pass, Dharamsala to Holi and then to Manimahesh over Talang Pass; Palampur to Holi over Shinghor Pass; Palampur to Dharamsala via Indradhar Pass and Baijnath to Manali over Thamsar Pass. Para-gliding is the another popular sports of the Kangra Valley bringing the adventure sports lovers from all over the world. Tourists can also take the excursion trip from Kangra to the small town of Masrur and to the Jawalmukhi temple.

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