Places to See
This was the first seat of Raja Sansar Chand II (1775-1823) .One of the ancient capital of powerful hill state-fort of Nagarkot(3km) stands as a mute witness to the ravages of conquerors from Mahmood of Ghazni to the Emperor Jehangir, and the disastrous earthquake of 1905. The place is now called "Purana Kangra".2 km from the bus stand is the temple dedicated to the goddess Barjeshwari Devi.
The famous temple of goddess Jawalamukhi also called the "Flaming Goddess" or "She of the flaming mouth".It lies in the valley of Beas and is built over some natural jets of combustible gas believed to be a manifestation of the goddess Devi Bhagwati . There is the Gorakh Dibbi, Chaturbhuj Temple and a host of other smaller shrine at Jawalamukhi town.
Famous English Playwright, Nora Richards and renowned Painter Sant Sobha Singh was so taken in by the enchanting beauty of this place that they decided to settle down here for the rest of their life. An Art gallery displays the original painting of S. Sobha Singh. There is also a pottery and crafts centre at Andretta.
The Beas valley and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Shiva is worshipped here as Vaidyanath or the Lord of Physician. The temple has lent its name to town as well which earlier was known as Kiragrama. The history of the temple is stated on stone slabs. According to it, the temple foundation was laid down by two local merchants in the 9th century. The date of inscription is itself given in two eras - Saptarshi and Saka. The Saka year 1126, which corresponds to 1204 AD, is considered more authentic.
Bir, surrounded by tea gardens and an amphitheatre of low hills, is an ideal landing ground for para-gliders. Bir has Buddhist monasteries that are worth visiting. Fine Tibetan handicrafts are also produced here. Billing, up in the hills 14 km from Bir with an arena of 200 km for high altitude and cross country flying, is one of the best aero sports sites in the country.
The Brajeshwari Devi temple in Kangra, The ancient city of kangra is famous for its temple of Brajeswari Devi. It is one of the ‘Shaktipeeth’ where the breasts of the Goddess Sati is believed to have fallen. The temple was of such legendary wealth that it was plundered by successive invaders – Mahmud Ghazni, Firoz tughlak, Timur the Lame etc. Emperor Akbar have presented gold umbrella to the temple. Held in high esteem by worshippers of Shakti the supreme power of God, it draws pilgrims from all parts of India and abroad.