Situated on the outskirts of the town of Kangra, in the state of Himachal Pradesh, the Kangra Fort is witness to thousands of years of grandeur, invasion, war, wealth and evolution. This mighty fort traces its origins to the ancient Trigarta Kingdom, which is mentioned in the Mahabharata epic. It is the largest fort in the Himalayas and probably the oldest dated fort in India. Occupying the lower valley of the Beas and its tributaries, it was one of the leading hill stations of Punjab and Himachal earlier.
"You must pass through the gate leg first. Never lead with your head because if there is an enemy on the other side, you might lose your head". This tip by Tikaraj Aishwarya Katoch (present scion of the Katoch dynasty) indicates at the heavy security in the fort maintained by the kings to protect the unimaginable treasures inside. Though the tales of these treasures are nothing but stories in this ruined fort now, there was a time when the sanctum sanctorum of the Kangra Fort
held unimaginable riches which were offered to the large idol in the Brijeshwari temple inside the fort. Perhaps because of these treasures, this colossal fort has been attacked many times. Almost every ruler, be it an invader or a native ruler have tried to lay control over the Kangra fort.
Best Time To Visit
This hill station area is best to be visited during the summer months of March to August as it has a mild and pleasant climate during that time. The winters can get too chilly and even experience snowfall. Visiting the fort during the day is perfect as the many things to see can keep you occupied even till sunset.
Open and Closing Time
Visiting Time: All days of the week 9:00AM-6: 00 PM
Suggested duration: 1-2 hrs
Indian Tourists: INR 150
Foreign Tourists: INR 300
Near By Attraction
Hotels available near Kangra Fort
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Interesting facts about Kangra Fort
The Fort is believed to be constructed back in the fourth century and is said to have seen the events of Mahabharatha.
Its other names are Nagarkot and Kot Kangra. This grand Fort was struck by a devastating earthquake in 1905 which led to its present state of ruin.
The Fort has been constructed at the meeting point of the two rivers of Banganga and Manjhi.
There are many gates like the Ahani Darwaza, Amiri Darwaza, and the Darsani Darwaza which account to a total of seven in number.
The rich artifacts in the fort and its strategic location has caused it to be the source of conflicts amongst the Rajputs, Sikhs, and the Mughals, with it being finally taken over by the British Raj in 1846.