Kangra in Himachal Pradesh is one of the most sought-after destinations by tourists. The snowcapped mountains, the rich heritage of the world’s oldest surviving royal dynasty, Katoch dynasty and the revered Baijnath Temple, are some of the reasons people visit Kangra. In the near future, Kangra will be home to a massive zoo, theme parks, water sports, electric buses and more. Read on to know more.
Kangra In Himachal Pradesh To Get Zoo, Electric Bus, Water Sports & More
According to a report by the Hindustan Times, Kangra will soon establish a ‘tourist village’. The reason behind this is to create more employment opportunities for locals and to promote the art and culture of the region. Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu revealed in a statement that the tourism village will create permanent employment opportunities for the local youth. Apart from ensuring tourism development, this will also increase the revenue of the state.
Most importantly, government authorities will construct a massive zoo in Bankhandi in the Kangra district at a cost of ₹300 crore. Also, Kangra will get a golf course of international standards. Also, tourists visiting Kangra in the near future can travel in electric buses, indulge in water sports, take their kids to theme parks and dine at high-end food courts.
Heritage sites and eco-tourism spots are being beautified. Asia’s largest ice skating rink in Shimla is also getting an upgrade, and so is the ice and roller skating rink in Manali. Local youth in Kangra will get employment opportunities in the fields of art, handicrafts, music, culture and other things in the tourism village.
From Revered Temples To Art Museums To Trekking Spots, Here’s What You Can Do
Meanwhile, if you’re planning a trip to Kangra, let’s help you sort out your itinerary. Firstly, visit Kangra Fort, an abode for history buffs, this fort has changed ownership over the years from the Mughals to an Indian emperor. Baijnath Temple has a special place in the hearts of Lord Shiva devotees. Known to be very sacred, the water in this temple is known to have healing properties. Lord Shiva’s avatar, Baijnath or Vaidyanath is referred to as the ‘Lord of Physicians’.
An underrated place near Kangra, you must visit is Pragpur. It’s a heritage village that serenades you with its old-world charm. Imagine red brick shops and rural houses built in the traditional style. Art lovers and artists, mustn’t miss out on a viist to Kangra Museum. From rare coin collections to paintings to pottery, immerse yourselves in the artistic marvels of the Tibetan and Buddhist communities in the region.
Finally, trekkers can embark on scenic treks along the Baijnath-Parai Jot, Dharamshala-Laka Pass, McLeodganj-Minikiani Pass-Chamba and more. Expect gratifying treks, mesmerising views of the mountains and much more to awaken your senses.
Travel enthusiasts, now that we have given you a low-down on where and how you can spend your time in Kangra, are you planning on a trip here soon? Also, are you looking forward to the developmental projects here?
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