The royal town of Kangra is a treasure trove of scenic treats, wealth and history. Historically, the kingdom of Kangra comprised of three capitals. The third capital which is tucked away in the hills, is what we know as present-day Kangra. Nagarkot, Susarmapura, Bhimkot and Katoch are names that are often associated with Kangra. The captivating Kareri river flows here from the melting snow of the Dhauladhar range and can be best described as cinematic. Alpine forests, quaint villages, pristine streams and green meadows make Kangra quite the dream destination.
Kangra flourished under the Katoch dynasty whose founder Bhumi Chandra is said to have been born of God Ambika’s perspiration. According to mythological lore, when Bhumi Chandra destroyed a demon for Goddess Ambika, he received the large kingdom of Kangra (which spanned Kutch, Khadi and Multan) as a gift. This is also when he was also conferred with the title of Katoch (best in swordsmanship) by the Goddess. Even to this day, descendants of the Katoch clan use this title as their surnames. Given Kangra’s religious and mythological past, it isn’t surprising that the region comprises not just of majestic forts but also impressive temple structures. Like the one you’ll find in Kangra fort, where Goddess Ambika has been worshipped for centuries as the clan Goddess of the Katoch Kingdom.