Naggar is an old town in the Kullu region of Himachal Pradesh, and has an undoubtedly mystical appeal. Its appeal could be attributed to the stately deodars lining the landscape, snow-capped mountains, razor-thin waterfalls and a peaceful environment. Glaciers surround the upper Beas region from three sides, the highest peaks going upto 23,050 feet. The trek from Chanderkhani Pass at an elevation of 12,200 feet, leading to the Malana valley is the most beautiful attraction in the area. Also Read - All Schools, Colleges to Remain Closed in This State Till April 15. Read Full Guidelines
The town is spread out like a leaf of a pipal tree; and unfolds on the slope of Han peak. Naggar was the capital of Kullu for about 1460 years; there’s a charming lineage that’s now left behind. A classic example is that of the Naggar Castle, which was built in the 16th century, but has now been converted into a hotel with a spectacular view and a superb location. You can just visit the property and check out its intricate wood carvings and the breath-taking views of the Kullu valley and surrounding forests. You could even grab a cup of tea at their terrace restaurant, with the mild fragrance of cedar in the air. Also Read - Woman Slaps Revenue Officer's Aide For Allegedly Harassing Her in Himachal Pradesh's Sirmaur
Then there’s the Tripura Sundari Temple, constructed by Raja Yashodhapal. The temple is one of the simplest examples of pagoda style of architecture in Himachal. Located just 400m from the Naggar Castle, this temple is sacred to the local mother Goddess Tripura Devi. The temple is shaped like a web; is built with deodar wood, and has a three-tier tower structure with multiple eaves.
Another prime attraction here is the Roerich museum, which was the residence of the Russian artist, Nicholas Roerich, when he came to India in 1929. The house is now an art gallery which houses a number of rare paintings. The house is an enchanting mix of Himalayan and Russian architecture. The rooms have a stunning view of the Himalayas, and its not hard to understand why he chose to breathe his last here.
Last but not the least, you can walk down to the Urusvati Himalayan Folk Art Museum, which is historic in the sense it showcases the rich history of Kullu and Naggar. It displays an excellent collection of local folk art, weapons, costumes from the Kullu heritage, a number of paintings by Roerich’s Russian followers, his family photographs and a ton of other stuff.
Naggar can be reached by bus from Chandigarh, Kullu and Manali. While it’s an overnight journey from Chandigarh, Kullu and Manali are only 25km and 15km away from Naggar.