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Naagar

Naggar Castle inside
Naggar Castle inside

DESCRIPTION 

Naggar is an ancient town in Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh. It is situated on the bank of river Beas, at an elevation of 1800 m above sea level. It is famous among tourists who are in search of peace and natural beauty. Tourists can also enjoy camping and trekking here. 

CLIMATE 

The climate in Naggar is mostly pleasant, however it is quite chilly in peak winter months. During summers the temperature range between 21 ℃ to 27 ℃. However, most of the time its pleasant and temperature ranges from 18 ℃ to 24 ℃. Winters are chilly and temperature ranges from 3 ℃ to 8 ℃. June is the hottest month of the year while January is the coldest month.
The average yearly rainfall is about 1730 mm. November has the lowest precipitation rate of about 28 mm. July receives maximum rainfall of about 374 mm. 


 PLACES TO VISIT 

  • Naggar Castle 
  • Uruswati Himalayan Folk and Art Museum 
  • Dagpo Shedrupling  Monastery
  • Gauri Shankar Temple
  • Jagatipatt Temple
  • Trekking and Fishing

Naggar Castle

Naggar Castle
Naggar Castle
Naggar Castle was built by Raja Sidh Singh in 1460 AD. The castle is situated on a beautiful mountain surrounded by mind-blowing view. It has a blend of western and Himalayan style of architecture (in simple words Pahari style of architecture which is also known as Kathkuni). The property is used as a hotel from past hundred years and in 1978 the property was handed over to Himachal Pradesh Tourism Corporation (HPTDC). 

The structure comprises of walls which are made of alternate layers of stones and wooden beams and no use of any metal. 
Downstairs is the museum, that showcases paintings of Russian artist Nicolas Roerich. It is open for tourists to explore most part of the castle at a price of ₹30.


Uruswati Himalayan Folk and Art Museum

Uruswati Himalayan Folk and Art Museum
Uruswati Himalayan Folk and Art Museum
The Uruswati Himalayan Folk and Art Museum was found by Roerich's wife in 1928. It is located on the outskirts of the village. The main attraction of the museum is folk art, traditional clothes, paintings of Roerich. The museum has also preserved the folk and craft, weapons, fossil stones, utensils, door framework, quotations of Agni yoga etc. 
It was established as a research institute to provide a place of study and research on traditional and Tibetan medicines. In 1993 it was renamed as 'Uruswati', which is a Sanskrit word that means 'Light of morning star'. 
It is located at a distance of 1.5 km from Naggar Castle.
Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM (Mondays are closed)

Dagpo Shedrupling Monastery

Dagpo Shedrupling Monastery
Dagpo Shedrupling Monastery 
Dagpo Shedrupling Monastery is located at 12 km from Naggar. It is situated beside the main road on the left bank of the Beas river. It's a new monastery inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 2005. It showcases the lifestyle of monks. The monastery has Lord Buddha statue and Buddha paintings on its walls.
The view of the valley from monastery surrounded by market place makes it very beautiful. 
It has conserved the traditional and scriptures of Buddha Dharma and serves as an institute for Buddhist philosophy. 
His Highness Dhakpo Rinpoche comes here in August and gives his blessing to everyone present there.


Gauri Shankar Temple 

Gauri Shankar Temple
Gauri Shankar Temple
Gauri Shankar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and his lingam installed inside.  It is made by stones which are beautifully engraved with figures of Lord Ganesha. It is believed that all the wishes of devotees come true.
Gauri Shankar Temple was built in 11 century AD. It is located below Naggar Castle and its a must-visit sight. The temple is maintained by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).  


Jagatipatt Temple

Jagatipatt Temple
Jagatipatt Temple
Jagatipatt Temple is located inside the Naggar Castle. The temple is made of stones and its roof is made of wood that are in a triangular shape. Its door and windows are also made of wood which has beautiful and complex carvings. The temple has a rich architectural style. 
Inside Jagatipatt Temple enshrines a slab of stone known as Jagatipatt. According to locals God and Goddess transformed themselves in honeybees and cut the slab from Bhrigu Tung peak. Then the honeybees placed the slab inside the temple in order to make the place divine. 

Some people also believe that the slab is cut from Deotiba peak. Locals gather here during the time of natural calamities like earthquake and discuss the course of action.

Trekking and Fishing

Beas river Naggar
Beas River Naggar
Naggar is a beautiful place and a base of many treks. One can enjoy Trout Fishing in Naggar. But make sure that you have a permit for fishing.

Transport

Flight

There is no airport in Naggar. The nearest airport is Kullu-Manali airport that is located in Bhuntar. The distance between Kullu-Manali airport to Naggar is 38 km. Cabs are easily available from the airport. However, Chandigarh airport is the major airport and it is 270 km from Naggar. Buses run from Chandigarh to Manali, get down at Bhuntar take a cab and you can easily reach Naggar.

Train

There are no direct trains to Naggar. Joginder Nagar is the nearest narrow gauge railway station that is 126 km from Naggar.

Road

There are no direct buses to Naggar. But you can reach Naggar via Bhuntar. Buses run frequently from Delhi to Manali, get down at Bhuntar and hire a cab to Naggar.






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