Ride a train through the Kangra Valley and visit ancient forts and Shiva temples on this day tour …
Visit forts, temples and ride a train through Himalayan landscape on this day out in the Kangra Valley. The tour can be taken from either Dharamshala or Palampur and starts with a drive to the Kangra Fort, the oldest fort in the region that was built in the 4th century. It’s also the largest in the Himalayas and has stood through invasions and even the earthquake of 1905, which destroyed much of the area.
The fort is set on a steep rock where the Banganga and Patalganga rivers merge, on a piece of land shaped like an ear, hence the name: kan means ear and gra means fort. To reach the main courtyard there’s five different gates to cross. The view is incredible from here, you can see the entire Dhauladhar mountain range which is covered in snow during winter and spring. Next, we board the Kangra Toy Train, which was constructed by the British in 1927 to build a hydroplant near Palampur. During the hour-long journey, you get to relax and take in views of the mountains, hills and valleys.
Enjoy a traditional Indian lunch at the heritage hotel Taragarh Palace before our final visit of the day, to Baijnath Temple. This Shiva temple was built in the 12th century and has legendary stories attached to it, with amazing architecture. The detailed stone carvings are the most preserved in the valley. Baijnath a living temple that’s been in use for 900 years, so you’ll see priests and devotees from around the country worshiping there, it’s a unique, spiritual experience.
Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Malcolm, who's travelled extensively in India. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember.
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