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Kangra Fort in Himachal

The hefty fort of Nagarkot stands on a steep rock in Purana Kangra dominating the surrounding valley. It was strategically built at the confluence of the Banganga and Manjhi (also called Fatal Ganga) streams which serves as a natural moat for the fort. Weather beaten yet stoic among the surrounding hills, Nagarkot braved many natural onslaughts and destruction by invaders.
In fact, the history of the fort is synonymous with the history of the town. Kangra belonged to him who owned the fort.
Today most of it stands touched by ruination, an existence taken advantage of by creepers and shrubs, but that doesn’t belittle Nagarkot’s grandeur in any way.

Kangara Fort¤ The Darwazas (Gate-Ways)

One way to get to the fort is by a culvert over a deep gully. Right across the culvert is a massive wooden door called Ranjit Singh Darwaza, one of the several darwazas or doors in the whole complex. The gate is flanked by ramparts on both sides demarcating a 4km-long outer circuit. From the Ranjit Singh Darwaza, steps lead to the Jahangiri Darwaza through the intermediate Ahni and Amiri Darwazas. From the Jahangiri Darwaza a path over stones and steps leads to andheri Darwaza.

Just before you reach the andheri Darwaza, a path ascends westwards to the wooded wild plateau where a desolate mehrab (arch) of the now non-existent mosque from Jahangir’s days is hidden under thick foliage. Nearby, to the south of the mehrab, you’ll find a large stone stepwell, called Kapoorsagar, and other structures in ruins. Hidden in the woods, they are now the playground for leopards.

But the most interesting part of the Fort is inside the Darshani Darwaza. This gate is one of the oldest standing structures. It opens up to a spacious stone-paved courtyard around which are built various chambers.

¤ Hindu Temples

On the other end of the courtyard beyond the Darshani Darwaza are extant structures of Lakshminarayan Mandir (9th-10th century) and Shitala Mandir. Both of these are beautifully carved and are a must-see. To the north of these temples stands the Ambika Devi temple.

Kangara Fort¤ Jain Temples

To the south of the Ambika Devi temple are two Jain shrines in a sad state of repair. One of them contains only the pedestal but the other still has a stone image of Adinath. At the foot of the fort stands a large modern Jain temple which offers accommodation for pilgrims.

¤ Sheesh Mahal & Watchtower

From the courtyard a steep staircase leads to the upper level of the fort – to the Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Palace).
But not a trace of the glorious mirror studded edifice remains now, except for blocks of stone.
However, there’s a spacious terrace here and along its edge stands a polygonal watchtower.

Sansar Chand must have taken a last look at his beloved land from this tower on the fateful day of July 20 in 1809, when the fort had to be given away to the Sikhs. The ruins of the Sansar Chand’s palace at the very top offer fantastic views of the surrounding area.

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