Kangra Fort

Old Kangra
Kangra, HP - 176001

Type: Landmarks
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Kangra Fort: A Testament to India's Grandeur. Nestled in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, the Kangra Fort is a silent witness to millennia of history. Known also as 'Nagarkot' and 'Kot Kangra', this fort is perched on a hillock at the confluence of the Manjhi and Banganga rivers, against the majestic backdrop of the Dhauladhar range.

The origins of the Kangra Fort trace back to the ancient Trigarta Kingdom, mentioned in the epic Mahabharata. It is revered as the largest fort in the Himalayas and is considered to be one of the oldest forts in India. The fort's history is a tapestry of invasions and wars, with its earliest recorded siege dating back to 1009 A.D. by Mahmud Ghazni. Over the centuries, it has seen the rule of the Rajput family of Kangra State, the Katoch dynasty, and has been a coveted prize for many empires due to its strategic location and the legends of immense treasures within its walls.

The architectural marvel of the Kangra Fort is evident even in its ruins. The fort's entrance, through the Ahani and Amiri Darwaza, leads to a winding passage that opens up to reveal the grandeur of a bygone era. The Jahangiri Darwaza, named after the Mughal Emperor Jahangir, marks a significant point in the fort's history when it fell under Mughal control in the 17th century.

Despite the numerous battles it has witnessed, the fort's resilience is remarkable. It has withstood the test of time, including a devastating earthquake in 1905, which left it in ruins. Today, the Kangra Fort is under the protection of the Archaeological Survey of India, serving as a poignant reminder of India's rich heritage and the impermanence of human conquests.

Visitors to the fort can explore its historic ramparts and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. The fort's complex history and architectural significance make it a must-visit for history enthusiasts and travelers alike. As a symbol of elegance and royalty, the Kangra Fort continues to fascinate and inspire, holding within its walls stories of power, ambition, and the eternal human spirit to endure.

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