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Naggar Castle
Naggar Castle
Naggar is located in Himachal Pradesh
Location in Himachal Pradesh, India
Naggar is located in India
Naggar (India)
Coordinates: 32°07′N 77°10′E / 32.12°N 77.17°E / 32.12; 77.17Coordinates: 32°07′N 77°10′E / 32.12°N 77.17°E / 32.12; 77.17
Country  India
State Himachal Pradesh
District Kullu
Elevation 2,047 m (6,716 ft)
 • Official Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Vehicle registration HP
Sex ratio 9:8 /

Situated on the left bank of river Beas at an altitude of 2,047 meters, Naggar is an ancient town in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh, India. It was once capital of the Kullu kingdom.


Naggar is located 22 kilometres (14 mi) north of the District headquarters at Kullu and 133 kilometres (83 mi) south of the state capital at Shimla.

It is bound by Kullu Tehsil towards South, Spiti Tehsil towards East, Drang Tehsil towards South and Lahul Tehsil towards North . Manali, Keylong , Mandi, Sundarnagar and Hamirpur are some of the nearby towns to Naggar.


The climate in Naggar is mild; in winter, there is much less rainfall than in summer. The average temperature is 16.6 °C. In a year, the average rainfall is 1,730 mm.[1]


Naggar was the capital of the erstwhile Kullu Rajas for about 1400 years, it was founded by the Visudh Pal and remained as the State headquarters until the capital was transformed to Kullu (Sultanpur) by Raja Jagat Singh.

Naggar Castle,[2] the official seat of kings for centuries. was built by Raja Sidh Singh more than 500 years ago. According to a legend, he used stones from the abandoned palace (Gardhak) of Rana Bhonsal to build the castle[3], he ordered the labourers to form a human chain over the Beas river connecting its left and right banks to transfer the stones manually. The caste survived the earthquake of 1905. While most houses in the valley and the nearby city of Jawa were completely ruined, the castle's use of earthquake-proof techniques helped it sustain despite the calamity.

In 1978, the castle was converted into a rest house and subsequently a heritage hotel run by HPTDC.[clarification needed]

The Russian painter and explorer Nicholas Roerich settled in Naggar in the early 20th century, the Roerich Estate, his two-floor house, is now a museum and key attraction of the town featuring a collection of his popular paintings.[4]


  • Distance from Delhi: 589 km
  • Distance from Shimla: 246 km
  • Distance from Kullu (main town): 26 km
  • Distance from Manali: 22 km
Car of Nicolas Roerich in his museum at Naggar
View of Beas and Kullu from the castle


Fruit shop in Naggar
  • Nicholas Roerich Art Gallery.
  • Gauri Shanker Temple.
  • Acharya Enclave Home Stay Naggar.[5]
  • Himalayan Home Stay Naggar.[6]
  • Tripura Sundri Temple.[7]
  • Vasuki Nag Temple
  • Manali
  • Naggar castle


  1. ^ "Climate Naggar: Temperature, Climate graph, Climate table for Naggar -". Retrieved 2017-09-22. 
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  3. ^ "The Sunday Tribune - Spectrum". Retrieved 2017-09-22. 
  4. ^ Kamalakaran, Ajay (2012-05-02). "Nicholas Roerich's legacy lives on in Himalayan Hamlet". Retrieved 2017-09-19. 
  5. ^ "Acharya Enclave Homestay". Himachal Stay. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Himachal Homestay". Himachal Stay. 
  7. ^ "Himachal Tourism". Himachal Tourism Department. 

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