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“Kangra District - A perfect vacation”
Review of Kangra Valley

Kangra Valley
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Hiking Day Tour to Triund from Dharamshala
Ranked #13 of 57 things to do in Dharamsala
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Reviewed 3 August 2011

Most visitors to the Kangra valley restrict themselves to Dharamsala and McLeod Ganj. In fact, there is so much more that makes the Kangra District a perfect holiday destination, as we discovered to our delight in April this year.

With an airport at Gaggal, the Pathankot - Jogindernagar railway line and frequent inter city bus services, Kangra is a lot better connected than most places in Himachal.

Decent accommodation to fit all budgets is available at most places. We stayed at Barot, Jogindernagar, Dharamsala, Palampur and Bharwain.

Bound in the north by the snow clad Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas, with the fertile riparian valley below, Kangra has abundant natural scenic beauty.

Easily accessible by road from the highway near Joginder Nagar via Jhatingri, are the pretty mountain villages of the Uhl valley - Barot, Multhan, Luhardi - a nature lovers paradise.

Billing is a well known paragliding site. It is also a great place for easy hikes on the mountain ridge and stunning scenery. Longer treks to the Bada Bhangal region are also possible. A road goes all the way up to Billing from Bir, which has a colourful new Tibetan monastery. There are several more monasteries at Tashijong and Sherabling.

Baijnath is a much venerated ancient Shiva temple with exquisite stone carvings. .

Palampur has its "Kangra tea" estates, military establishments and a plethora of educational institutions. Snow capped mountains loom large over the beautiful Neugal Khad [river] here. The temple of Chamunda Devi and the World War II POW camp at Yol are on the way to Dharamsala

Dharamsala is on the tourist map thanks to the Dalai Lama. Upper Dharamsala or McLeod Ganj is a food lovers paradise with a variety of good quality global cuisines available at low prices. It also has a stunning view of the Dhauladhars, especially from Naddi.

Masroor is an ancient rock cut temple complex between Lunj and Nagrota Suriyan. It is the only one of its type in north India. The Kangra Fort and Haripur Fort are also worth a visit.

The temples of Jwalaji, Naina Devi and Chintpurni attract huge numbers of visitors. There are several smaller temples of the antiquity of Baijnath, which make for an interesting stopover.

The Pong reservoir at the southern end of the district is an excellent bird watching site.

This was an introductory visit for us. We look forward to a longer visit for there is so much more waiting to be discovered in beautiful under rated Kangra.

15  Thank Gita-TA
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Reviewed 26 June 2011

masroor rock cut temple is the ruins of a monolith temple few of its kind in north india.approx 50 km from dharamshala, so if you happen to be in dharamshala travelling , it will be worthwhile to vis this place, omnipresent signpotings allow easy access and the best part is not many people vis it so u might be the only one there, the only caretaker and entry tickt seller is a very genuine guy

6  Thank rajshru
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Reviewed 2 September 2010

A not-so-well-know but a must-see site is Masroor Monolith Rock temple - a group of 15 temples carved out of rock in 8th century with a pond in the foreground is a wonderful site hidden in the mountains of Kangra district, 60 kms from Dharmasala and Kangra, merely 30 kms from Kangra (Gaggal) airport.
It's a small site which is badly affected by the earthquake of 1905 but a wonderful place to visit if you can spare half a day while in Dharmasala.
This happens to be one of the three of its kind in India - the other two being very famous Ajanta cave in Maharashtra and Mammallapuran in Tamil Nadu.

25  Thank Himanshuray
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Reviewed 10 February 2009

The most well spent Rs.23/-. Writing a review on something so breathtaking and awesome is very difficult, one would hardly find enough words to express that great feeling. The toy train into kangra valley in the himalayas originates at Pathankot railway station in Punjab, the train is good with not much rush especially if you catch early morning train. We took 4.00 am train and we were lucky to be spectators to the morning transcending into the montains and witness the mountains change from black to blue to red to yellow when you are just sitting in the train and moving. The ride can be 8 hour long but one never feels bored with the sights of the mountains, flora, fauna and the people. We took the ride till Baijnath Paprola station for just Rs.23/- and we loved every moment of it, the joy you find when you are looking at the cold, fog and the ever beautiful mountain thats filling you eyes at every moment you look into it is plain awesome. This ride is recommended to everbody fond of mountains and natural beauty and nature's power to play with colors. The ride is long and toilets are not that great in the trains and you won't find any good food either during the journey, so you need to be ready for all that, but barring that you will not detest any moment of this ride no matter what time of the year you are boarding it.

27  Thank ramith
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Reviewed 28 May 2017
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