altitude of 8,00m and 15-kms to the south of Kangra, is the
town of Masrur. Here are 15 Shikhra Temples, cut out of
solid rok and built in the 10th century. Built in the
Indo-Aryan monolith style, these temples have got a great
resemblance with the Ajanta-Ellora temples.
of Masrur though slightly damaged, are very beautiful. The
images, however, are badly damaged. The images of Lord Rama,
Lakshmana and Goddess Sita are particularly striking. An
artificial lake and a well-maintained and sculpted lawn
flank the temples. These richly ornamented cave temples are
the only rock shrines in the northern part of India.
Only a few of
the original shikharas stand and some of the most
beautifully carved panels are now in the state museum,
Shimla. The main shrine dominates the centre. Although the
remote location of these temples protected them from the
invading army of Mahmud Ghazni and their stone construction
prevented severe damage in the 1905 earthquake.
are situated on a ridge, their position on top commands a
superb view of the fertile verdant countryside.
48-kms from Kangra is Nadaun, which, it seems was designed
by nature for providing peace of mind. When Kangra was
attacked by Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the then Raja of Kangra
moved his capital to this place, overflowing with beauty. On
the left bank of the river Beas, he built a palace, which
soon grew into a centre for Kangra's culture, art and
business. A temple dedicated to Lord Shiva was also erected
here so that the Raja could mediate there in peace. An ideal
place for a quite weekend, Nadaun also offers fishing
opportunities for enthusiasts in the river Beas