Kangra is well known for a distinctive brand of miniature painting
, some of which may be viewed at the museum near Kangra Fort
. Miniature painting flourished in Guler, Basohli (which even had its own school of thought, the Basohli school of painting), Chamba, Nurpur, and Bilaspur among others.
The abiding theme of Kangra painting is the verdant greenery on display, and the rich textures afforded to landscapes, typically involving mountains and pastures. The distinguished body of work of several unknown Kangra artists has a number of common characteristics: details of dress, delicate lines, soft pastel colours embellished with gold, and the use of varied hues of green shades to evoke depth and texture. The heritage of the Pahari school of painting was believed to have faded but with a renewed interest by patrons, it is undergoing a revival.