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Jun 7, 2010

KOTLA FORT

Kotla fort is another heritage monument on the State Highway between Shahpur and Nurpur. Kotla fort stands on an isolated peak, impressively looking around the deep valleys. The fort was built by the Guler Rajas. The road to the fort winds upwards and is not too difficult; the climb going through the dense forest of pine is pleasant. At the main entrance is the Bagulamukhi temple, one of the incarnations of Durga. The idol inside the temple is magnificent. There is also a small temple dedicated to Lord Ganesh with roundish roof resembling Bengal roof architecture. Inside there is a unique Ganesh idol. The temple has wall paintings on the outer walls. The deep arches have superb workmanship, paintings and carvings. One particular wall with three arches and niches standing amid ruins displays a kind of grace and originality that is unique to the fort. The fort is at present with the archaeological department and efforts are afoot to restore its glory at least partially.




Getting there: By road from Kangra/ Dharamsala. Taxis & Buses are available.

Location: Midway between Dharamsala-Nurpur route



Climate: Hot in summers and cold in winters.



Accommodation: Medium range lodges and hotels are available at Nurpur and at Dharamshala.



Places of interest: Trilokpur cave temple, Kathgarh shiv temple and other attractions of Kangra valley.
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KOTLA

Kotla is a small hill town situated on the Pathankot- Dharamshala road, in Himachal Pradesh, India, Asia. It is about 45 km from Pathankot and the same distance from Dharamshala. It has a beautiful hill stream cutting through the town. Across the stream is a 100 year old bridge connecting the two portions of the town. The construction work on new bridge is also in full swing. The town is famous for its Bagula Mukhi temple, the old fort and a number of other religious places. The Dehar Khad stream is an all season stream with fresh water coming from higher Chamba ranges. The beauty of the river is that it is having water mill, the anicient water run Gharat which is used to make flour from grains. There is another unit making local ice cream with cooling machine run by river water flow. There is one beautiful fish tank situated about 5Km from here in village Solda, which is quite an interesting and must see place.in other interesting places near here there is a beautiful Tibetan Monastery with excellent carvings and big statue of lord Buddha. Just 1Km on the Dharamshala road is Ram Tirath Ashram, further 1Km and there is beautiful Hanuman Mandir on road side. About 3 km from the Kotla town is fimous Trilokinath temple, famous for its natural cave with shiv lingam. The temple is also having a beautiful stream byK its side.

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