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Naggar Sightseeing

Naggar, sightseeing in the most scenic and relaxed village in Kullu

Naggar is a beautiful village located in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh and is easily accessible from both Kullu and Manali, roughly 21km from either side. Filled up with the lush green terrains, terraced slopes of the valley as you move towards the tree line from the left bank of the Beas River. Situated around an old palace, this scenic village was the regional capital of Rajas of Kullu until mid-1800s. A few hundred years later, Europeans started to settle down in Naggar. Attracted by the village’s ancient temples, peaceful location and unhurried pace, travelers often stay for a long – longer than they intended.

Naggar is a very pleasing place, luring the travelers by making a perfect stop before Manali. The relaxed atmosphere, refreshing picturesque views and a number of attractions in Naggar, makes it an excellent place for your holiday for a day or two.

Naggar Sightseeing

Naggar Castle

Naggar Castle

Naggar Castle

Since it was built by Raja Sidh Singh in 1460, Naggar castle, has served as palace, colonial mansion, courthouse and a school. It is now a hotel governed by HPTDC, but travelers can visit parts of castle taking an entry pass in for Rs.20 to appreciate and look at the views from its balconies. Built in the traditional “earthquake-proof” pahari style (stones layered and bonded together with cedar wood logs), the Naggar Castle has a central courtyard, a small temple and a souvenir shop selling local handicrafts, shawls and handlooms. The Jagti Patt temple holds a 2.4m long amorphous sacred stone slab, strewn with rose petals and currency notes, is said to have been carried here by a large number of deities in the form of honey bees, from somewhere in the hills above Manali.

The Nicholas Roerich Art Gallery

Timings: Tuesday–Sunday: May–Aug 10am–1pm & 1.30–6pm; Sept–March 10am–1pm & 1.30–5pm
Ticket: Rs.50, camera Rs.25, video Rs.60; ticket includes admission to Urusvati-Himalayan Folk Art Museum

Roerich Art Gallery

Roerich Art Gallery

Located on the upper outskirts of the village, the Nicholas Roerich Art Gallery houses a painting exhibition and photographs dedicated to the memory of its former owner, the Russian artist, writer, philosopher, archeologist, explorer and mystic. Around the beginning of the twentieth century, Roerich’s atmospheric landscape paintings and esoteric philosophies – inspired a cult-like following in United States and France. Financed by donations from fans and lovers, Roerich was able to indulge his passion with Himalayan travel, getting retired in Naggar in 1929 in the end, and died here eighteen years later.

Urusvati Himalayan Folk Art Museum

Timings: Tuesday–Sunday: May–Aug 10am–1pm & 1.30–6pm; Sept–March 10am–1pm & 1.30–5pm
Ticket: Admission included with Nicolas Roerich Art Gallery

A cemented path winds up from the Roerich’s gallery surrounded by trees for around 100m. Founded by Roerich’s wife in 1928, Urusvati museum has a collection of local folk art, costumes, more of Roerich’s paintings, several paintings by his Russian followers, and a gallery of Russian folk art.

The Temples

The biggest and most particular of Naggar’s ancient Hindu temple, the wooden pagoda-style Tripuri Sundri situated at top of the village, just below the road to the Roerich Art Gallery. The temple consists with a three-tiered roof, whose top storey is circular, like the Dunghri temple in Manali. Its diety (devta) is the focus of an annual fair (mid-May) in which deities from other villages are brought in yatra to pay their respects. A further walk of ten minutes, following the stone steps will brings you to a an open space where the old Murlidhar Mandir looks down on Naggar, with superb views up the valley to the snow peaks around Solan and the Rohtang Pass.

Naggar Castle Distances

Destinations
Distance
Manali to Naggar
21 km
Kullu to Naggar
23 km
Kasol to Naggar
57 km
Manikaran to Naggar
61 km
Mandi to Naggar
89 km
Dharamshala to Naggar
216 km
Chandigarh to Naggar
290 km
Delhi to Naggar
520 km

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  1. […] those who can not trek and want to go to Bijli Mahadev, there is one more motorable road from Naggar side via Jana Waterfall. Though, the road is not broad or well made but you can travel in small […]

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