Tuesday, October 26, 2010

India- Kangra- Himalayas

The Kangra valley is one of the most picturesque valleys of lower Himalayas. The valley, sheltered by the sublime Dhauladhar range, is green and luxuriant. It provides a tremendous contrast in nature of places to be visited. Dharamshala is full of Buddhist air whereas ancient Hindu Temples like Bajreshwari Devi, Chamunda Devi, Baijnath Shiv temple and Jwala Devi ji dot the country side.

The history of Kangra valley dates back to the Vedic times more than 3500 years ago. The area was exposed to successive invasions, the last being the British domination of the princes of many small the hill states. Despite the onslaughts and political upheavals, the arts and crafts of the region continued to develop and found lyrical expressions. Crafts like the exquisitely designed shawls and miniature paintings of this region are internationally appreciated.

Places to visit

Baijnath Shiv Temple
Bajreshwari Devi temple
Chamunda Devi Temple
Chintpurni temple
Dehra Gopipur
Jwalamukhi temple
Kangra fort
Masroor rock cut temple
Mahrana Pratap Sagar
Taragarh palace
Gopalpur nature park

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