Where to travel
At the well-maintained Fort of Nurpur (Noorpur), you can picnic on verdant lawns, soak up the sun in winter, do sketching and photography, explore geography of Kangra District and enjoy a chapter from the history. Or, just watch the world go by in the popular hangout of the locals. The protected monument is not another touristy destination, so hordes of tourists do not crowd you.
Who will enjoy this short adventure trip idea?
People looking for off-beat, less crowded destinations
People who love art, history and architecture
What to do & see: physical, cultural
The fort, maintained by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), is located on the south western part of the ridge that houses Nurpur Town, Kangra District, Himachal Pradesh, India. However, entry to the fort is free. The fort, built in 16-17th century as Dhameri Fort, was renamed as Nurpur Fort in honor of Nurjehan on a later date. It was given status of the national monument in 1909.
The fort, built on a huge plateau (about 645 meters / 2,125 feet), commands views of the Jabhar Khad that merges into the Chakki River. The strategically located fort is surrounded by sheer sandstone cliffs on all sides except one. Deep ravines on the three sides make the access more challenging. Large size bricks are used to build the fort.
As you enter the fort by the massive stone door in the north, you will find more than 80 years old Government Boys Senior Secondary School on your left. Then, a profusely carved platform of the old temple would invite your attention. The platform, excavated by the Archaeological Surveyor of the Panjab, C.J. Rodgers, during 1886-1904, reminds you of grandeur of the erstwhile temple (of Nurpur). The platform lends itself to the views of the ruins and the Himalayas and its valleys irrigated by the river.
A number of walls and arched gates and windows are still there, retaining the feel of a fort. The original color and decorations of most of these structures have succumbed to time and weather, but the foundations are still strong. The walls do not shoulder any responsibility of protecting the royals from the elements but still stand tall and strong, reminding of engineering skills of the former generation.
The new Brijraj Temple at the end of the fort houses a black marble statue of Lord Krishna. The walls are decorated with colorful murals focusing on His life. However, the many murals are fading. This is probably the only Lord Krishna temple where both Meera Bai and Lord Krishna are worshipped.
The pond filled with lavender-color flowers enhances the green lawns. The palace is being renovated. You have to wait to see how much grandeur of the palace can be restored by ASI. Another part of the fort covered with wild vegetation requires maintenance.
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When to go
How to reach
Delhi – Nurpur: about 525 kilometers (approximately 9 hours drive)
Delhi – Jassur: about 520 kilometers
Jassur – Nurpur Fort: about 5 kilometers
Delhi-Pathankot: about 510 kilometers
Pathankot-Jassur: about 22 kilometers
Pathankot-Nurpur: about 26 kilometers
Pathankot-Kotla: about 50 kilometers
Airport in Nurpur: No
Nearest airport: Gaggal Airport, Kangra District, Himachal Pradesh.
Currently, there are no flights to the airport from any part of the country. However, the flights from New Delhi to Gaggal may resume from March 31, 2013.
Travel to Nurpur
Himachal Road Transport Corporation runs deluxe and ordinary buses between Delhi ISBT (Kashmiri Gate) and Jassur. The bus fare starts from INR 410.00 per passenger. The bus service is available in afternoon and evening. Book your bus ticket online.
Travel within Nurpur
Mao Fort Hotel in Raja Ka Bagh – Niazpur (Nurpur): about 10-15-minute public bus ride; Bus fare: INR 7 per passenger.
If you are traveling by public bus, you can get down at Chowgan (Nurpur) or Niazpur (Nurpur).
- If you get down at Chowgan (Nurpur), you have to walk more.
- Get down at Niazpur (Nurpur) and follow the directions given below:
- Walk on Main Bazaar Road until State Bank of India (SBI) ATM.
- Take a left from the ATM.
- Walk on Court Road.
- Take second right for the fort.
Bring your own car.
Taxi fare for Delhi-Nurpur journey starts from INR 3,000.00 for Tata Indica.
Kangra Toy Train stops at Kangra and Raja Ka Bagh. Get more information about the train.
There are no hotels in Nurpur. You can stay in Kotla, Jassur or Raja Ka Bagh. Or, you can even stay in Kangra, Dharamshala or Pathankot if you have your own car and severe fuel hike is not your concern.
Himachal Pradesh Public Works Department (H.P.P.W.D.) rest house: The tariff starts from INR 250 per night.
Hotels in Jassur
Hotel Vatika: INR 500-1000 per night plus taxes. Contact 91-9418067085
Hotel Shagun: The tariff starts from INR 700 per night plus taxes. Contact 91-01893-226207
Hotel The Heights: INR 1,200-3,000 per night plus taxes.
Accommodation in Raja Ka Bagh
Mao Fort Hotel: The room tariff starts from INR 750 per night plus taxes. Contact 91-01893-226830