Visiting Kangra forts and palaces and not visiting Pragpur, the first heritage village, is just unthinkable. Here are the medieval cobbled ways, the crumbling ornamental arches, mud-plastered and slate-roofed houses and an easy serenity of an era gone by. The village is named in the honor of a princess from the Jaswan royal family who had organized a revolt against the marauding bands.
Recognizing that this unspoiled traditional village could contribute to rural heritage tourism, the Government of Himachal Pradesh notified Pragpur as a
Pragpur has magnificent havelis, mansions and Italianate buildings interspersed amongst lovely mud-plastered and slate-roofed houses and paved streets. The Havelis have elaborate designs, carvings, triple windows and arches, pillars and fortress-like entrances. Most of the mansions and havelis have bare bricks that are small. "Some of these mansions are about 300 years old," locals tell.
At Pragpur, a wonderful building is the
Garli, the sister village of Pragpur, is around 4 kilometers drive from Pragpur and can boast of fancy tile-work, carved wooden eaves, ornamental towers and tainted windows of green, red and blue stained glass. Together, Pragpur is a befitting tribute to history.
Altitude: 1800ft. above sea level.
Location: In Kangra District. Nearest Railway station is at Una, 66 kms.
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