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Naggar Hidden gem in Himachal.


“Naggar” many of us are not aware a hidden gem near Manali, Naggar is famous for his real beauty and less crowded place just 22km before Manali. Naggar Castle is one of the centre of attraction for its architecture.

Naggar is a small-town village in the Kullu district of the Himachal Pradesh state of India. The hamlet is home to a number of ancient temples and the well-known Naggar Castle, which offers breathtaking views of the surrounding area.

For over 1,400 years, Naggar was the capital of the Kullu Kingdom.Naggar underwent major reconstruction and development in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, during the reign of Raja Bhuri Singh. In Naggar, numerous interesting structures, including temples, were built during his rule.

One important attraction that showcases the historical legacy of the area is the Naggar Castle. The castle, built in the traditional Himachali style, provides a window into the past. It currently houses a historic hotel where you can have a stay fit for a king.

  1. First of all, because Naggar was formerly the capital of the Kullu Kingdom, it has a rich cultural legacy.
  2. despite the fact that Manali, a popular tourist destination, is only 22 km away. Even so, not many people are aware of this unique gem.
  3. Naggar is hidden away in the beautiful Kullu valley, so wherever you stay, you’ll be treated to Majestic Mountain View.
  4. Naggar is the ideal place to take in the breathtaking surroundings and is ideally situated for easy access to a variety of locations.

Naggar is easily reachable by road and is situated on the eastern bank of the Beas River at an elevation of 1,800 meters (5,775 feet), facing the great Himalayan range. The distance from Manali, Himachal Pradesh, is only 22 km. I’m going to share the Top 10 things to do in Naggar and around.

When is the best time to visit Naggar?:

Best time to visit Naggar is summer that is March- July. its a perfect time to explore Naggar as weather is pleasant, Good time for outdoor activities and some adventurous activities as well.

In September -November is best time to witness lush greenery, and it’s the time of apple harvesting.Winters are knocking around so don’t forget to carry winter clothes.In this period tourist are quite low so can get accommodation quite less comparatively March- July period.

Where to stay in Naggar:

Naggar has many stay options, Homestays, Hotels and Resorts.Those who wants to stay in Homestays and enjoy the local food in my experience Jiwan Niwas Homestay is best. I stayed there over 10 days and I never forget this experience, the food, beautiful view from room. Jiwan Niwas homestay is located hardly 30 meters from Naggar Castle. most important thing is ample parking space. its on Main Naggar road. [NAGGAR Hidden Gem in Himachal.]

Jiwan Niwas Homestay
Jiwan Niwas Homestay

There are many hotels and resorts in Naggar few of them are like.Below is list of few homestays :

Himalayan Homestay

Sai Krishna Homestay

Himalayan Brothers Adventure Homestay


Naggar Castle

Fursat – Boutique Stays

Haven Seven14

The North

Resorts In Naggar

Span Resorts and SPA

Kohinoor Heritage Resort

  1. Roerich Art Gallery Nicholas Roerich, a renowned Russian painter and highly esteemed public figure, converted his once-private home into an art gallery, which is called the Art Gallery. Between the late 1920s and 1947, he resided here.Roerich was born in Saint Petersburg to a prosperous notary Baltic German father and a Russian mother. He traveled the world until passing away in Naggar.His primary interests were in literature, philosophy, archaeology, and especially art. He was trained as a lawyer and artist.
Roerich Art Gallery
Roerich Art Gallery
Roerich Statue

2. Naggar Castle The Kullu kings ruled from Naggar for approximately 1500 years. Kullu was given the status of capital during the middle of the 1800s. According to what I’ve read on Life History India, Sultanpur became the capital after Raja Sidh Singh and his heirs ruled from this castle until 1660. There wasn’t much information about Naggar Castle on Wikipedia when I searched for it on Google.[NAGGAR Hidden Gem in Himachal.]

The castle, which is perched on a cliff, is visible from neighboring places. Constructed in 1460, the castle boasts stunning architecture that blends European and Himalayan styles, giving it a remarkable appearance. The Himalayan style is indigenous to the Kath-Khuni people.

This fort was once home to Raja Sidh Singh of Kullu, during whose reign this castle was constructed. It is tastefully constructed.It is reported that every part of the building, including the windows, doors, and walls, has been fixed without the need of any metal nails.

The walls are constructed with a layer of alternating wooden beams and then appropriate stone. One surprising fact about this fort is that no metal, including iron, was used in its construction. It is rumored that the stones used in this castle were removed from Rana Bhonsal’s abandoned palace. The laborers crossed the Beas River in a human chain as instructed by Raja Sidh Singh. They manually moved the stones while joining the banks from one end to the other in this manner.

Naggar Castle
Valley View from Window
Window View From Naggar Castle

3.Krishna Temple:

About a kilometer from Naggar Castle, at the summit of a hill, sits Krishna Temple. There is a steep hike through the woods to reach the temple. On this adventure, reestablish a connection with wildlife. Many lone travelers will be encountered along the route.

Once you get to the top, you’ll see stunning apple orchards surrounding an ancient Krishna Temple. This location offers an incredible view that should not be missed! Your heart will find peace in the tranquility of the surroundings combined with the natural freshness of the surroundings.

Krishna Temple
Krishna Temple Main Gate

4. Bijli Mahadev Temple The historic Bijli Mahadev temple honors Lord Shiva and features a “Shiva-Lingam” in the “Kasha” style. Located at an elevation of about 2,460 meters, this temple is perched atop the mountain. Because of its stunning location, this temple offers a view of verdant meadows all around. Bijli Mahadev Place is ideal for people who wish to spend a single day taking in the splendour of Kullu Valley.

The photo trek to Bijli Mahadev is what I decided to share because the view from the top is simply breathtaking and beyond words.The ultimate boundary and highest mountain range are the Himalayas, also known as “a board of snow”. These mountains have many places to reveal and many stories to tell, including the extinction of species and the destruction of civilizations. One such place is Bijli Mahadev.

Two ways to get to Bijli Mahadev, according to Naggar locals:Prepare yourself for an exciting ride as you travel through Jana Waterfalls, Naggar, which is entirely off-road.By way of the Manikaran Road, which we took; however, be advised that the roads are treacherous and narrow after you cross the Charod Nala Bridge!

For trekking lovers it’s a magical trek of moderate difficult level. You can witness lush green landscape throughout the trekking.

Bijli Mahadev Temple
Bijli Mahadev Temple

5. Tripura Sundari Temple :

One such temple in Himachal that is very significant historically is the Tripura Sundari Temple. The temple is a massive wooden structure that showcases the local style of carving and architecture. The goddess Tripura Sundari is honored in the temple. The goddess idol is housed in a temple adorned with twenty-one masks.

This temple is constructed of deodar wood and is shaped like a pagoda. The temple and the Hidimba Devi temple in Manali are strikingly similar. This three-tiered temple has a circular top, with a Chhatra at the pinnacle. Wooden pillars that are squat in shape divide the building’s two lower stories.

The Raja Yashodhapal built the temple. There is a belief that the Goddess created the temple in the shape of a web after changing into a spider. The stone images of Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu are present. Within the temple are Lord Ganesha, Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Shiva, and Goddess Parvati. There is also a 30-cm idol of the demon Tripura Rakshasa in the temple.[NAGGAR Hidden Gem in Himachal.]

Tripura Sundari Temple

6. Rumsu Village:Rumsu Village is situated in Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu district. The village is encircled by snow-capped mountains and verdant forests, and it is located 7,500 feet above sea level. The Rana family founded the village in the fourteenth century, and it has a long and rich history since then. The village has grown over time into a major cultural center that draws tourists from all over the world.An outdoor lover’s paradise is Rumsu Village.

Some of the most beautiful hiking trails in the area encircle the village. Hikers can experience breathtaking scenery, charming villages, and dense forests on the well-known Rumsu-Naggar Trek. The hike is appropriate for both novice and seasoned hikers. Adventure sports like paragliding, rafting, and mountain biking are available to tourists in addition to hiking.[NAGGAR Hidden Gem in Himachal.]

Rumsu Village

7. Jana Waterfall: Jana falls is a stunning natural waterfall located in the Himachal Pradeshi village of Jana in the Kullu district. This village is located in Naggar, a small town in the Manali tehsil. One of the places that visitors to Manali frequently overlook is the Jana Waterfall, little realizing how magnificent they are missing.Distance from Nagar Castle to Jana Waterfall is around 12 km. it will takes 30-40 Minutes to reach this mesmerising waterfall even can enjoy local food like Sidu and Maggi is easily available around the shop near Waterfall.

Jana Waterfall is a 30-foot-tall waterfall encircled by apple orchards, pine trees, deodar trees, and breathtaking snow-capped mountain peaks. The visitor will be taken aback by the falls’ first sight, which is fairly concealed. Water suddenly erupts from a group of rocks that overlook a wooden bridge.[NAGGAR Hidden Gem in Himachal.]

Jana Waterfall
Jana Waterfall

8. Gauri Shankar Temple :

The Naggar Bus Stand is not far from the Gauri Shankar Temple. This temple is just below the Naggar castle side road.Lord Shiva is worshipped at the Gauri Shankar Temple, which is well-known for its stone carvings. On the pedestal, the idols of Shankar and Gauri are positioned over Nandi. The garbagriha is embellished with exquisite carvings of dancing girls, Lord Ganesh, and various people performing various musical instruments.

With a view of the Beas River, the temple is surrounded by an abundance of lush greenery. The Gauri Shankar Temple faces the valley, from which the ice-covered peaks of the Kullu valley are visible.[NAGGAR Hidden Gem in Himachal.]

In addition to its stunning architecture, this temple is well-known for the local belief that visiting it grants one’s wishes. The temple is designated as a protected monument under the ASI by a signboard.

Gauri Shankar Temple

9. German Bakery: For me German bakery is best bakery in Naggar. A visit to the German BAKERY is a must on any trip to Naggar. In my opinion, this is the ideal spot to relax, eat, and sip delicious beverages while taking in the breathtaking mountain views. Ideally styled café in the town with very little clutter.[NAGGAR Hidden Gem in Himachal.]

Positioned close to Naggar Castle. The two vibrant people who run the German Bakery are Yogesh and Ujjwal. The Café’s open balcony seating arrangement contributes to the laid-back atmosphere of the establishment. The walnut cake, chocolate cake, honey lemon tea, and plum juice are my favorites.

German Bakery
German Bakery
Delicious food

10. Chachogi Village is a tiny village or hamlet in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh’s Naggar Tehsil, Kullu District. It falls under Panchayath Naggar. It is 20 kilometers north of Kullu, the district headquarters. Two kilometers away from Naggar. [NAGGAR Hidden Gem in Himachal.]

From the temple, it’s about 2km to the unnamed village of Chajogi. Village Chajogi, which serves as the entryway or the beginning point for hikers undertaking Chandrakhani Pass, has lately gained popularity among tourists as well.Imagine it as a 20-house village perched on a hilltop; it’s perfect for people who would rather stay in a village than a busy city. The village does not currently have any guesthouses, but some are being built.

Chajogi Village

11. Chandrakhani pass trek:The Himachal Pradesh district of Kullu is home to the Chandrakhani Pass Trek. 12,180 feet is the altitude at which it is situated. Beginners and those who have completed at least one trek can both hike the moderately difficult Chandrakhani Pass. You can smell the scent of maple, deodar, and oak trees as you stroll through the forest. Because there is forest on both sides of the trail, the trek is fantastic. You will notice pasture as you approach Kullu Valley. Many myths, histories, and hidden cultures can be found in Chandrakhani Pass. The Chandrakhani Pass Trek trail begins in Naggar, the location from which their prehistoric tales are connected, and ends in the village of Malana, which has a distinctive way of life.

chandrakhani pass trek
In summary :

Himachal Pradesh is home to many undiscovered, undiscovered gems that are too beautiful to be included in travel guides. One such gem is Naggar, about which I wrote and photographed about my personal discovery. I had a great time exploring Naggar and the area around it.
There are plenty of options to stay in Naggar for both peace and adventure, and you will be immersed in its history, architecture, and fine cuisine. A great place for those seeking peace and natural beauty, with a slow pace and no hustle. [NAGGAR Hidden Gem in Himachal.]

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