Best time to visitN/A
Things to doCity walk, History Tour
Best MonthsAll year
Traveller TypesFriends, Families, Couples
Rank1 out of 18 attractions in Kangra
It is about 20 kms from Dharamshala and is one of the largest forts in the Himalayas and its history can be traced back to the Mahabharata epics.
Places to stay near Kangra Fort
Reviews of Kangra Fort • 11
I had already arranged a cab beforehand which took me to a few places that were there in my checklist for this trip. I Started with the Kangra Fort.The Kangra Fort is located 20 kilometers from the town of Dharamsala on the outskirts of the town of Kangra. The fort was built by the royal Rajput family of the Kangra State. It is the largest fort in the Himalayas and probably the oldest dated fort in India.You can Google the history if you want. The location is absolutely scenic offering amazing views of the Kangra Valley.
Take a tour of India's oldest dated fortThere’s so much to see in and around the Kangra district of Himachal – from impregnable mountain fortresses, ancient temples associated with Mahabharata legends to tea gardens. Once the seat of power to the Katoch dynasty that held sway over much of Himachal, the Kangra fort now stands as a testament to brilliant defensive fortifications capitalizing on impassable terrain.
The ride to the fort was interesting. The cab driver wanted to make sure we reach before 5pm (entries close then). He drove really fast and the turns he took were very sharp. Naysayer was sitting in the front (he was safe) but the three of us swayed in every direction. Superwoman felt a little nauseated. I did too. Soon I started enjoying the ride. I do not know what went wrong but I was freaking hilarious the whole ride.We managed to reach the Fort at 4:45pm. When we got down of the car, it took us time to walk straight. It was quite humid and sunny. We entered the fort. Had the weather been a little better we might have stayed there longer. Ants started biting me. The fort wasn't crowded so we could click good pictures without people photo bombing.
The next day we were planning to visit Jwalamukhi temple, one of the 51 Shaktipeeths, a sacred pilgrimage of the Hindus and the Kangra fort. According to mythology, the Jwalamukhi temple is the place where the tongue of Sati fell after the Dakshya Yajna. The Goddess manifests here as small blue flame (representing the tongue) which appears out through the crevices in rock. I have visited some other Shaktipeeths in Eastern India but this place is a new experience for me. It took nearly one and half hours to reach Jwalaji. Our car was parked in HPTDC car parking area. I would like to mention here that throughout our trip in Himachal, we stayed in HPTDC hotels and sought their help while travelling in different sightseeing places and we were quite happy with their hospitality and room service.
The Kangra city is pretty much like Mandi, a developed hill town with strong roots in history. On your way to the city, visit the famous Kangra Fort, which was built by the Katoch Dynasty and is considered the largest fort in the Himalayas. Adjoining the Kangra Fort is the Maharaja Sansar Chand Katoch Museum, which exhibits the history of the dynasty. You can also collect audio guides from the museum. The Kangra Fort is in Old Kangra, only an hour away from Dharamsala.
A trip is not complete without some historical monument or castle revealing its untold story non verbally. Kangra Fort will finally complete my exploring journey. People say this fort speaks for itself. The truth ? Well, go and check it out for yourself. If you ask me, I believe, Old places have souls, not the "Lets haunt visitors" kind of soul but the philosophical "What a beautiful story happened here decades ago" kind of soul.Now, you can go back to your monotonous life with same office and same daily routine but with a new perspective, as the same person but with a new soul. Dharamshala is a spiritual glimpse of Tibetan culture and it definitely fills you with one.So, Himachalised ? :)
Steeped in history, a tour of this fort is a must. Taking along an audio guide helps in discovering the forgotten stories.
Awesome place to explore ancient time.
Kangra Fort has a small temple at the top and you need to climb seven gates to visit it. The Fort is mainly in ruins due to the earthquake in 1905, but still what remains is impressive. The view of mountains is spectacular from the top. The Fort has a museum at the entrance which was under renovation when I visited the Fort. Audio guide is also available at the gate.