Nurpur is a beautiful city in Himachal Pradesh. it is an 11th-century ancient city. Nurpur city settled by name of “Nurjehan” queen of Mughal emperor Jehangir. it is located 66 km from Dharamsala and 24 km from Pathankot. Nurpur city is at an elevation of 643 meters above sea level. it located in hills of Kangra Dholadhar series. Nurpur is known for its orchards, which grow crops of mango, oranges, leech, and amla. Nurpur is also famous for silk and pashmina shawls. folk generally speaks their local dialect “Pahari” and Hindi.
Prior Nurpur was known with the name of Dhameri. This was changed when it was visited by Queen Nur Jehan, the spouse of the Mughal ruler Nuruddin Salim Jahangir, who administered between 1569 – 1627. in 1622, the name of the town was changed to Nurpur out of appreciation for the Mughal ruler. Prior to 1947, Nurpur was a royal state led by the Pathania ruler of Rajputs. The Pathania Clan (or Tomar/Tanwar tribe of Chandravanshi Rajputs) had administered here for over eight centuries.
Climate and the best time to visit
The whole year is suitable for visiting Nurpur. In winter, the temperature can drop to freezing point when heavy woolens are required. During summer, the climate is mild and light woolens/cotton are required. mostly the weathers become cool this place. September to April is the best time to visit Nurpur.
Sightseeing and attractions
Nurpur Fort is the major attraction of Nurpur, which was built in the 10th century. The fort was built by the Pathania empire, who were the rulers during that time. there is a lot of things to see in the fort for visitors. On the north-west side of the fort wall, there is animal carving, which is quite interesting to see. With this, visitors can also find figures of men, women, children, kings, deities, goddesses and birds. Inside the fort, visitors will find the Brij Maharaj Temple, which is dedicated to the Hindu god Shri Krishna. The black stone idol of Tejaswi Prabhu was brought from Rajasthan during the reign of King Jagat Singh.
At present, the fort is very bad which was ruined due to the terrible earthquake in April 1905. Apart from this, the British also played a role in destroying some parts of it. But visitors can still see the remaining parts of the fort, which is worth a visit.
The Brij Raj Temple
The Brij Raj Bihari temple inside the Nurpur fort a sixteenth-century verifiable temple. here Lord Krishna and Meera symbols are denoted by Marble statue. It is Recognition the statue of Lord Krishna was worshipped by Meera, and when Raja of Nurpur went to Chittorgarh he got this statue as an arrival blessing from the Maharana of Chittorgarh. Alongside this, Raja additionally brought a Moulsary (one kind of tree). This plant has now developed into a gigantic tree. many peoples come here and worshipped loard Krishna and for blessing and happiness.
In Himachal Pradesh, there are temples in Kangra district, which are submerged in water for eight months of the year. This is due to the Pong Dam located here, whose water keeps climbing.
These temple submerged in Maharana Pratap Sagar Lake of Pong Dam are known as Bathu Temple. Locals call it ‘Bathoo Ki Ladi’. This temple was submerged in the water of this dam in the 70s. the temple is accessible only in the summer season when the water level of the dam is reduced for four months. The remaining eight months of the year are immersed in water, which can be reached only by boat.
It is said about the construction of this temple that they were built by the Pandavas during the Mahabharata period. It is said that the Pandavas had also tried to build a ladder to go to heaven here, which remained incomplete.
These temples were built by the Pandavas during their unknown stay only one night. Currently, thousands of tourists arrive here every year to see these temples.
aside from this, there are many small Devi Temples in Hills of Nurpur.people of there are very devoted and Worshipers. Nurpur is also famous for its Fruits farming. many varieties of fruits like (Mango, Oranges, Gooseberry, Guavas, Litchi, and lemon), etc.