The impressive beauty of Masrur lies in its fifteen rock-cut monolithic or Shikhara temples dating back to the 10th century. Masrur is located 15 km south of Kangra Valley at a height of 800 m above sea level. There are other attractions in and around Masrur. Masrur can be visited throughout the year.
Attractions of Masrur
The Rock-Cut Temples
The Rock-Cut Temples of Masrur are worth a visit. Tourists from far and wide visit here to capture the beauty of these temples, which resemble the renowned Ajanta and Ellora caves. The temples are meticulously carved in sandstone. These partially ruined temples ornamented with exquisite sculptures look astonishing. The temples are great examples of the Indo-Aryan style of architecture. The shrines house many beautiful images of deities such as Lord Rama, Lakshman and Goddess Sita. A great deal of damage was caused to the temples due to the earthquake that occurred in April 1905. The center of the temple complex is occupied by the main shrine, which is elaborately carved. This shrine has black stone images of Rama, Sita and Lakshmana.
The Artificial Lake
The other lure located in Masrur is the artificial lake where people flock to have a great time. The lake offers amazing views of the Dauladhar range.
Nearby Attractions of Masrur
Maharana Pratap Sarovar
Located not very far from Masrur, Maharana Pratap Sarovar is a known destination for fishing and water sports.
This is a wonderful place with a beautiful cave temple, which has stalactite and stalagmite formations. The foundation of this cave temple was laid in honor of Lord Shiva.
It is one of the Shaktipeethas held in high respect by the Hindus. The little blue flames here are worshiped by the devotees as they are believed to be the manifestation of the goddess. The other attraction of this place is a musical fountain that looks fabulous.
Pragpur is a village popularly known as the 'Heritage Villlage'. It draws thousands of tourists every year and the credit goes to its traditional rural beauty and classic architecture.