Time and the elements have peeled off the outer skin of tall brick walls of the Nurpur Fort in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. The walls do not support any roofs under which Raja Basu and his successors once lived luxurious lives. Raja Basu (1580-1613) laid the foundation of the fort and his successors added more structures to it during their reigns. According to legends,
- The erstwhile Dhameri Fort was renamed Nurpur after the wife of Mughal Emperor Jahangir, Nurjahan.
- Or, the fort was named after the place (Nurpur) where it is located.
Local boys learn the lessons in over 80-year-old government school located within this more than 400-century-old fort. They spend free time at the platform of the ancient temple. The devotees regularly visit two relatively new temples built within the fort walls.
Should you visit the fort? Watch the photo essay and decide yourself.