Primarily known as Nagarkot, modern kangra District was founded by government of Himachal Pradesh on 1st September, 1972. Katoch Kshatriya Chandervanshi was the founder of ancient Nagarkot. Chamba, Mandi and Hamirpur are its neighboring states.
Palampur, it is one of the town is hub of tea cultivation where tea is produced in abundance, making it one of the most commercial town of Kangra. It helped in establishing commercial ties with neighboring states and countries. Apart from this, wool honey, rice and potatoes are also cultivated here.
This place preserves a very rich heritage and history, old culture and customs in its womb. It witness demographic diversity. Dharamshala bears the coldest temperature during winters.
People of Kangra celebrate various festivals with great fervor, jhamakara is one the popular dance form performed by women on various important celebrations like marriages, festivals and cultural programs.
According to the census of 2011, population of Kangra district was 1,507.223.Widly spoken languages are Pahari and Hindi.
Some of the rarest species of animals and birds are found in the thick forests of Kangra. Forests are full of pine trees and many other types of flora and fauna.
Main attractions in Kangra district are:
Dharamshala:It is District headquarter of Kangra as well as Tibetans headquarter in exile. It is a Holy home of Dalai Lama where hundreds of Tibetans live happily .Picturesque beauty and serene environment attracts tourist from all over the world.
Brijeshwari Devi temple, which was built during medieval time period, has great popularity among pilgrims
Jawalmukhi Temple: Situated in the lap of Shivalik hills, is holy shrine of goddess of light .Unlike other temples, an eternal blue flame emanating from rocks is considered as presence of Goddess and worshipped by pilgrims, who throng this place throughout the year.
It houses golden dome gifted by Mugal Emperor, Akbar which turned black later on.
Kangra valley: As the name suggests, is hub of many activities like mountaineering, rock climbing, tracking and fishing. Many sports lover come here to enjoy these activities in the lap of nature.
Kangra fort: it is just 20 km from Dharamshala, located at the periphery of Kangra. It is believed to be built in 4th century.
Tirlok pur temple: this temple is situated 80 Km from Dharamshala which has great religious significance.
Temples of Chamunda Devi, Chintpurni Devi, Bhagsunag Temple, Brajeshvari Devi, Mahakaal and Baijnath’s Shiva temple have also great significance.
Access to Kangra: It is only at a distance of10 km from Gaggal Airport in the north of the town. If one wishes to travel by train, it is just 94 km from Pathankot and can reach her by Kangra valley line. On the other hand, it is well connected with roads from all around cities and towns.
Maharana Pratap Sagar Lake: Initially it was a lake but got converted into lake later on. There is a wildlife sanctuary, where 220 species of birds which belong to 54 families can be found, which is a rarest of rare beautiful scene.
Sujanpur Tira and Nadaun are place of historical importance and worth visiting. In the month of March, a very famous fair is held in Sujanpur Tira, which is important from the point of view of cultural exchange, business and religion.
Title: District Kangra of Himachal Pradesh
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