Massive doors, open-air courtyards, narrow corridors, and the scent of luxury in the air. That’s exactly how one would describe a royal orifice or a castle, to be specific. Theatre, books, films, and other mediums have always portrayed a dream-like picture of these places. One of the main reasons that one is captivated by their beauty is the ability of castles to make you feel like royalty. The era of kingdoms and aristocratic charm may have eroded, but we continue to feel its essence through their dwellings.
India has countless momentos from a majestic age characterised by kingship and surreal cityscapes. One such specimen of India’s rich history is the Naggar Castle in Himachal Pradesh. A jewel in the crown of Kullu, this castle was built by Raja Sidh Singh around 1460 A.D. As a medieval architectural marvel, it beautifully represents the ‘wood and stone’ construction used in Himachal Pradesh since ages. However, the interiors have a slight western touch to it while retaining the Himalayan vibe. The King of Kullu stayed here for a long time before it was turned into a rest house and then to a Heritage Hotel by the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation in 1978.
The charm of Naggar Castle lies in its simplicity. Unlike many Indian ‘acropolises’ that speak volumes about luxury but stay confined by large stone walls, this castle is in sync with nature. One gets to see thousands of shrubs, towering trees, River Beas, and a breathtaking view of the valleys of Kullu. The artwork of Russian Nicholas Roerich adorns the walls of its Art Museum. The castle also houses a small temple as well as a shop that sells authentic shawls. Gorge on delicious food at the restaurant inside its premises, each dining area offers a distinct view of the hilly terrain. Other facilities such as Drive-in, 24/7 power backup, medical assistance, and taxi on demand ease your stay here.
Over the years, the entertainment industry has benefited a lot from the beauty of Himachal Pradesh. The Naggar Castle has caught their eyes quite often and enhanced numerous theatrical backdrops. Its two dimensional representation has managed to impress and attract thousands of tourists over the years. You might’ve seen this gem in bollywood movies such as Jab We Met, The Hero, and Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya. The song ‘Yeh Ishq Haaye’ needs no introduction to an Indian viewer, the castle effortlessly blends into the peppy song and brings out the heavenly touch of Himachal Pradesh within seconds.
The Naggar Castle can be visited without any inconvenience. Its proximity to major tourist spots in Himachal Pradesh fascinates countless people and enhances their trip by tenfold. The distance between Shimla to Naggar is about 239 km, equating to a six-hour long drive, while it takes eight hours to cover the 397 km long distance from Chandigarh to Naggar. If you happen to start your journey from the Bhuntar Airport, the Naggar caste is away by a one hour drive, 55 kms to be precise.
The allure of Himachal Pradesh is concentrated in each corner of the Naggar Castle. The serenity and vibrance bring out a contrast that makes you want to come back for more! The courtyard gives you a panoramic view of the peaks and the enthralling moods of the sky. Cute tables and chairs make for the perfect seating space during the day and lets you sip on your coffee like royalty. Explore its magic on your next trip to the heart of North, Himachal Pradesh.
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