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.
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