NAGGAR

Naggar was the former capital of Kullu and was founded by Raja Visudhpal. It served as the headquarters of the state until Sultanpur (Kullu) was declared the capital in 1460 A.D. by Jagat Singh. It is situated at an altitude of 1851 m, on the left bank of the river Beas. “Naggar” means “a learned man.” It is the most charming village in the valley. There are many tourist attractions in Naggar, including the Naggar Castle, which was converted into a rest house 100 years ago and it was handed over to the HPTDC in 1978 to be run as a heritage hotel. The castle was built in 1460 by Raja Sidh Singh of Kullu. The castle, now a hotel, overlooks the Kullu valley.

A gallery in Naggar houses the work of Russian painter and explorer Nicholas Roerich (Nikolai Reich) who liked the place so much that he settled down there in 1929. His house has been converted into a gallery and is open to visitors.

Other attractions include the Jagatipatt Temple, which is located in the upper courtyard of the castle, houses a small slab of stone “jagatipatt” which is said to be brought from a place near Vashist by a honeybee. This place is also said to be the meeting place of local deities of Kullu.

Another temple is the Tripura Sundri Temple, which is a pagoda shaped wooden temple situated in the upper part of the temple.

The Gauri Shankar temple is located at the foot of a small bazaar below the castle. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is a protected monument with a heritage status.

One can also go trout fishing in the valley, as well as choose from various trekking routes and go river rafting on the Beas.

Naggar is 35 km from Bhuntar Airport, 25 km from Kullu and 20 km from Manali.