My trip to Himachal Pradesh has been quite a mix of adventure, history, and natural beauty. One of the historic visits was to Kangra Fort, an ancient fort located near Dharamshala. According to the Archaeological Survey of India, Kangra Fort is the largest fort in the Himalayan region. Spanning over an area of about 462 acres, it is believed to be the eighth largest fort in India. Visiting historic places and learning about the interesting tales associated with such places had always been my interest.
Hence the fort, the history behind it, and its structural beauty enticed me a lot. In this article, I am going to share my experience.
Kangra Fort was believed to be constructed about 3500 years ago by Maharaja Susharma Chandra, the king of the Katoch dynasty. Several attempts were made by the Mughal ruler Akbar to conquer the fort. However, in 1556, Raja Dharam Chand yielded to Akbar and renounced the claims to the fort. Ultimately in 1620, Mughar Emperor Jahangir defeated and killed Raja Hari Chand, the then king of the Katoch dynasty.