Highlights : Adventure, Apple Orchards, Heritage Attractions
Location : Various Valleys of Himachal Pradesh
Rural Destination : Paragpur, Naggar
Experience : Cultural Rural Heritage of Himachal Pradesh
|Major Rural Destination :||Paragpur, Naggar and Rukhala.|
|Best Time To Visit :||Paragpur
March to October.
Naggar May To October.
Rukhala November to January.
|Rural Charms :||Gardens and Orchards, Mud Houses, People Engaged In Daily Chores, Local Handicrafts.|
|Naggar Attractions :||Naggar Castle
Turned into a Palace Hotel.
Jagtipath, Gauri Shankar and Tripura Sundari Temple Attraction.
Reorich Museum Museum.
|Fact :||Paragpur in Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh has Been Recognized as the First Heritage Village of India.|
|Must See :||The Sir Jai Lal's 300-year-old Judge's Court, Which Now has been Converted Into a Heritage Resort.|
|Paragpur Attractions :||Jai Singh Palace Built in 1918 AD.|
|Don't Miss :||Fishing for Trouts and Mahseer in the Tirthan near Larji, in the Sainj valley in Naggar, Rivers Giri and Chagaunti in Rukhala.|
|Adventure Options :||Trekking, Fishing, Long and Short Walks.|
|Trekking Trails :||Naggar
Trek to the Nearby Village of Nishala for Temple and Heritage
Paragpur 4 Km Long Trek from Paragpur to Garli.
Rukhala 1 km Long Jungle Walk.
|Rukhala Attractions :||Apple and Plum Orchards.
Excursions to Chambi-Kuppar (40 km) and the ancient Kiari Temple (10 km) and the Deori Temple (12 km).
|Museum Hopping :||Roerich Museum Managed by Himachal and Russian Government, Houses Paintings of the Famous Russian Painter Nikolai Reorich, Located in Naggar.|
|Must Enjoy :||Savoring the Cuisine Delight of 'Sidcoo' in Rukhala. It is Local Dish Made of Wheat Cakes Stuffed with Mixture of Lentils, Opium Seed Paste and Spices.|
|Inside Tip :||Village Tours in Himachal Pradesh is the Best Way to Get Closer to the Cultural Life of the People.|
Rural Tourism in Himachal Pradesh comprises of the small
villages that since ages due to their simplicity and aloofness, have been
the favored destinations of all the tourist who wanted to enjoy an
unconventional stay in Himachal Pradesh. The most illustrious villages
that has won the accolades as heritage village is Paragpur - Garli, while
Naggar and Rukhala among the other destinations that still need to be
Come to Himachal Pradesh and discover the rural charms that lies in the remote villages and towns. They will not only give you a chance to enjoy rural life from proximity, but will help you understand better the cultural and religious beliefs of villagers, as well.
Naggar is a small village but has its charm that lies in
the mystic aura spread by Deodars, untamed and blotched roads, razor like
cascades and snow covered peaks. This has been the erstwhile capital of
the Kullu state for about 1,400 years. At a height of 5,775 ft, Naggar has
its attractions in the apple and plum orchards. The prime attractions of
Naggar lies in its valleys and various heritage allurements that makes
this rural village a favorite of the tourists. Take a Naggar tour in the
month of March to October, when the area is swarmed with tourists. Travel
to this small hamlet that has retained its sanity and solitude.
Reaching Naggar is not difficult due to its personage among the tourists. Located at a distance of 24 km from Manali, it is well connected with roadways to most of the places in north India. The nearest rail heads are Chandigarh and Pathankot.
The Scenic Garli Village in HP
Take a Naggar tour to see the multitudinous attractions
that are located in this village. The most important highlight of Naggar
is the Naggar Castle that has been converted into a hotel by the
government. This heritage hotel is the ideal destination for all those who
want to experience a pinch of royalty. To arouse some weird interest that
acts as a bait to lure the tourists to Paragpur, there is a close guarded
secret related to the castle. It is is said that in this hotel there is a
ghost of medieval queen who said to have jumped to death from here.
Temple attraction of the village comprise Jagtipath temple, that is located within the castle. This temple too has a very arresting legend attached to it. Other important temple in the village are Gauri Shankar temple and Tripura Sundari temple. For all the art buffs, there is a museum called Roerich Museum, which was earlier the home of Russian painter, Nikolai Reorich. Presently managed by Russian and Himachal government, this museum houses the paintings of the painter himself.
For adventure seekers, the ideal choice would be trekking to the nearby village of Nishala. This route is equivalent to walking on a cloud and as you will come inside the village, a small temple will be awaiting for your appraisal. Fishing is possible along the river Tirthan near Larji, in the Sainj valley.
In the west of Shimla, when the roads become narrow and
the avenues takes brief dips and indolent curves, comes the sleepy village
of Paragpur and Garli, located at a distance of 4 kms from each other in
the Kangra Valley of Himachal Pradesh. Paragpur is a first ever government
recognized heritage village that will introduce you to the rural mystiques
of Kangra. Take a walk around the village and see the mud houses with
sloping roofed ceilings, that have been made from the sun baked bricks.
Watching people engrossed in their everyday activity of carrying water on
heads and farmers busy working on their field, is splendid. This village
is one of its kind in Himachal Pradesh, which has been acclaimed for its
The heritage attraction of Paragpur lies in the Courtyard Heaven that is a manor built by Justice Jai Lal in 1918. Encompassing this manor house are orchards of exotic fruits and gardens. Experience some leisure time in Garli, that lies on the banks of river Beas. Having several places of religious interest, here the charm of rural Himachal is well preserved. When in Garli, options of fishing can also be savored.
The joint village of Paragpur and Garli act as gateways to several remote villages that cradle the rich culture of Himachal Pradesh. Travel to Paragpur and Garli and see the orchards and pastoral perfections that will instantly bring a warm and beautiful smile to your face. Paragpur is just a four-hour drive from Chandigarh via Ropar and Anandpur Sahib. It can also be approached by train from Pathankot.
Paragpur and Garli are located at a distance of 77 kms from Shimla, which serves as the airport. Una is the nearest railhead and is around 60 kms away. Various roads and highways also connect Paragpur and Garli to the major areas of the state as well as the country.
Women Performing Daily Chores in Rukhala
Rukhala tourism in Himachal Pradesh will take you closer
to the green and reds of the apples and gardens. Come to enjoy a village
that has the perfect combination of scenery, culture and hospitality. This
will be a popular adventure hill retreat, an ideal place for those who are
seeking solitudinous bliss from the hustle and bustle of the ever crowded
cities. Every season floods the village with its own fervor. Come in the
months of December and January when the apple trees laden with fruit, seem
to bend down in order to touch you. This crossroad is no more than a
fairytale village which is adorned with farmhouses where you will feel
spreading your limbs and relax forever.
Besides the gardens and orchards, one thing you cannot miss eating is 'Sidcoo'. This is a local dish made of wheat cakes stuffed with a mixture of lentils, opium seed paste and spices. After enjoying this delight go out and enjoy oodles of fresh air, that will revitalize your souls.
But all those who are looking for some action, do not get disheartened. Take up 1 km long jungle walk that will take you through the forest, and will be a pleasure. Furthermore, anglers can move towards the concourse of rivers Giri and Chagaunti, where the water babies can enjoy some fishing delights. From Rukhala, it is fun to take an extended excursion to Chambi-Kuppar (40 km) and the ancient Kiari Temple (10 km) and the Deori Temple (12 km).
Think of touring Naggar, Pragpur and Rukhala These
are not the only villages meant to be explored! The list of rural charm
that are located in the various parts of Himachal Pradesh are not confined
to the most celebrated names, rather the true experience can only be
sought in the quaint areas that you should traverse. There are many tiny
hamlets that are located in the extreme roots of the state. There are the
villages that seem to have frozen with time, and spending time with the
locals is an experience you cannot bask anywhere else in the world.
Take an exclusive Village tour of Himachal Pradesh to enjoy the beautiful heritage and culture of the people, who on the superficial level do not seem to exist. So get your gears ready, for you need to dig deep for the treasure of Himachal Pradesh.
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