Forts and Palaces
Himachal Pradesh is a state brimming with natural beauty and great history. The colonial and historical mansions dotted here are loved by tourists for their architectural beauty.
The most fascinating mansion here is the Viceregal Lodge in Shimla. Often termed as the heart of the city, the mansion is a six-story establishment with well manicured gardens and a refreshing atmosphere. There are many stories associated with the mansion.
It is a charming historical palace located in Chamba. It was raised by the ruler Ummed Singh in the 18th century and is now maintained by the government department of Handicrafts of Himachal Pradesh. Here one can see many handicrafts apart from shoes, slippers, etc. The interiors of the mansion show beautiful wall paintings belonging to the Kangra School. The paintings narrate stories of Lord Krishna. The most captivating facade of the mansion are its delicately carved doors which are painted beautifully. Rang Mahal also has a Himachal emporium and a college within its boundary.
Situated in Chail, Maharaja's Palace is located on the Rajgarh Hill in Himachal Pradesh. It was once the royal residence of the rulers of the bygone era but now it has been converted into a heritage hotel. The palace offers breathtaking views of the surroundings region.
It is a must-visit place in Himachal Pradesh. Black gram paste was used to cement the stones of the palace.
Famous Forts Of Himachal Pradesh
Kangra Fort is located in the Kangra district and is the oldest fort of Himachal Pradesh. It is a famous fort with numerous gates and shrines. Today it is almost in ruins due to the earthquake that hit it in 1905.
The wonderful wall paintings of the Sujanpur Fort lure all tourists. The fort is located on the banks of River Beas. Popularly known as 'Tira', the fort was built by Raja Abhaya Chand in 1758.
Occupying a perfect place in a beautiful location, Kamru Fort is located at a distance of 229 km from Shimla. The main gate of the fort is decorated with a beautiful image of Lord Buddha.
The foundation of the fort was laid by Raja Basu and it was initially know as Dhameri. It was later renamed as Nurpur by Jehangir, the grandson of Mughal Emperor Akbar. It is located 66 km from Dharamshala and 24 km from Pathankot.