Naggar is a settlement of Kullu Distirct in Himachal Pradesh in North India, one it was the capital of whole district. It is located in Kullu Valley, just by the river Beas. The founder of the town was Raja Visudhpal who built the town in an altitude of more than 1800 meters on the place with great views over the valley. There are some places to see in Naggar and many people visit this charming town as a one day trip, nevertheless there are options and enough activities to fill your time for longer stay either.
How to reach Naggar
Naggar is easily reachable from neighboring places of Kullu Valley. Kullu, present capital of Kullu district is only 26 km away, popular hilly station Manali is 21 km.
Travelers usually arrive from Delhi via Chandigarh in direction to Manali. In that case get down in Kullu and take one of the direct frequent busses running between Kullu and Naggar. Bus ride will take approximately 1 hour to reach Naggar. If you are already in Manali and want to go for Naggar sightseeing, then take bus from there. Busses from Manali depart periodically in hour intervals and time spent on bus will also be around 60 minutes.
Places to see in Naggar
Naggar Castle is the dominant of the city and the most famous place to see in Naggar. Castle dates back to year 1460 and it attracts by its majesty and interesting design combining European and Himalayan influences. Palace was build of stone and wood and has amazing architecture and patterns that visitors love to see in the interior of the castle. Naggar Castle served as a residence to King Sidh Singh of Kullu and is filled with wonderful artistic pieces worth not only for lovers of arts and crafts. Castle was later rebuild and started to be used as a rest house, but recently was given for run to Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation and at present it is used as one of the Indian stunning historical heritage hotels. There is an art museum within the castle and castle is open for visitors.
Another interesting attraction in Naggar is Nicholas Roerich Art Gallery. Nicholas Roerich was an artist who fall in love with Naggar and decided to move in and live there at the beginning of 20th century. His former house now serves as a space for displaying valuable pieces of arts to visitors. His own paintings are kept there as well; he made thousands of paintings of the Himalayas he loved so much.
Wouldn’t be Indian place without a temple. In Naggar you can visit Gauri Shankar Temple standing close to the Naggar Castle. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva interesting especially for its design, architecture and wonderful carvings. Temple is claimed to date back to 11th century.
Just by the Naggar Castle, in its courtyard stands Jagatipatt Temple, where deities of Kullu meet. Jagatipatt is a slab of stone told to be brought to its current place by a honey bee from Vashisht where hot sulphur springs and popular temple is.
Tripura Sundri Temple is another popular place to visit in Naggar. It has interesting architecture with building shaped as pagoda, built of wood. This unique temple stands in the upper side of Naggar.
For worshippers of Krishna there is Krishna Temple. You can climb up the hill surrounded by dense forest till you can see the top of the building among the greenery and wooden chariot of the temple.