Kamru Fort, Himachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh treasures within its area a rich legacy of history. The forts of the state constantly remind you of the happenings that took place in the ertswhile era. Today, many of the forts have been converted into hotels, still they have the capability to transport you into an era that was dominated by kings and princess. An era when luxury was not hard to find and when royal elegance made its presence felt every now and then.
Famous Forts Of Himachal Pradesh
Arki, the erstwhile capital of the Baghal State which subsequently formed part of the Himachal Pradesh, is a huge attraction for the visitors to the Solan Valley. It was built by the son of Sabha Chand ( founder of Baghal State) called Prithvi Singh in the period of 1695 - 1700 and is situated atop a 1273 m high hill. The fort also served as the headquarters of the Nepalese General Amar Singh Thapa for eight years from 1806 -1815 before passing into the hands of Rana Jagat Singh of Baghal and Raja Ram Singh of Handur. Raja Kishan Singh, who headed the Baghal state from 1840 - 67, added a touch of elegance to the fort when he got it decorated with murals in pahari style. Views of Shimla and Kasauli hill station from the fort are simply bewitching. The fort now functions as a heritage hotel.
This fort was built in 1700 AD and is located at a height of 3160 m. The fort, also known as the Gondla castle was the residence of the Thakur of Gondla. It is an eight storeyed structure and comes alive particularly during the annual fair in the month of July. The fort, though in not a very good state, is unique in the entire Lahaul valley. Around 4 km from the fort, there is the Guru Ghantal monastery which should be visited if you are there. Gondla Fort is around 18 km from Keylong in the Lahaul Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh.
Located at an altitude of 2600 m, the Kamru Fort is just 2 km away from the Solan valley and 229 km away from Shimla. Right at the entrance of the Kamru, a magnificent image of Lord Buddha is installed. From there, a series of gates through the villages reach upto the fort. The fort, which looks like a tower, has a beautiful wooden balcony. Moreover, there is also an image of Kamkhya (Kamakshi) Devi placed on the third floor. The deity is supposed to be brought all the way from Assam. A 15th century temple dedicated to Lord Badrinath is also a highlight of the fort. This temple becomes a venue for the triennial festival when the image of Lord Badrinath is carried to Gangotri, the place where the sacred river Ganga originates.
Fort Kuthar is located at a close distance from Shimla. The uniqueness of the fort lies in its remarkable blend of old and new. You can explore the sections of the fort that date back to around 800 years before and can also have a look at the newer construction which are just 8 decades old. Another highlight of the fort are the fresh water springs that flow within the fort area.
Originally known as the Dhameri, the fort was named Nurpur by Jahangir, the great Mughal Emperor, after his favourite wife, Nur Jahan. The fort was constructed by Raja Basu around 100 years back and fell into the hands of Jahangir much later. The fort is not in a very good state yet some finely carved reliefs and a Krishna Temple will keep you busy during the trip. The fort is around 66 km from Dharamshala in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh.
This fort was built in 1758 by Raja Abhay Chand of Kangra. The fort, which is fondly known as Tira, was the residence of renowned Raja Sansar Chand who gave tremendous support to the Kangra School of miniature paintings. Accordingly, the highlight of the fort are its excellent wall paintings. There is also the Barahdari Hall where Sansar Chand conducted his court.